Our recent article comparing the differences between Android and iOS sparked a heated debate in the Brighthand forum on the relative value of both platforms, and particularly on their ease of use. Analogies were offered and contested, points made, and lots of people chimed in about their favorite, and least favorite, parts of both platforms.
Former Brighthand editor Ed Hardy ascribed a very simple and straightforward division to the merits of each:
To describe the differences between Android and iOS, I like to phrase it as “Do you want to be able to tinker with it or do you want it to just work?”
Not everyone agreed with that kind of viewpoint though, noting that while Android is much more customizable in the “interior workings,” you don’t neccessarily need to take advantage of that fact to enjoy an Android device. In the words of reader jigwashere:
Saying that iOS “just works” implies that Android doesn’t and I resent that characterization…. Android is very stable and works very well out of the box. Android is more configurable and you can download apps from more than a single source. To take advantage of that you do have to learn a bit more, but you don’t need to if all you’re doing is using your Android device similarly to how one uses an iOS device…. The advantages of one OS vs the other [are] simply a matter of personal preference.
raspabalsa on the other hand felt that the enthusiasm for “tinkering” by most average users, whether using Android or iOS, was probably low.
Around me, I’ve yet to see a single jailbroken iOS device, and the only rooted Android devices I see are mine… almost all the people find their devices just work and don’t feel the need or desire to get to know their inner workings.
Some others like scjjtt mostly kept out of the way and watched the debate, soaking up the points and information offered by various viewpoints.
I know that many are writing as objectively as they can, but I still feel that the differences come down to preferences. I really liked what r0k and jigwashere wrote since they are having hands on experiences with both OS’s.
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