With the iPhone 5 coming, here are five reasons to stick to Android
On Wednesday, Apple announced the iPhone 5 with all the expected trimmings, including a larger 4-inch display, 4G LTE data speeds, a smaller dock connector, and a slimmer, lighter design.
Of course, the iPhone 5 will also come with iOS 6. The new iPhone software brings its own improvements, such as turn-by-turn voice navigation; new capabilities for Siri; Facebook integration throughout the OS; tab syncing in Safari; and Passbook for storing tickets, loyalty cards, and coupons in digital form.
All these new features make a strong case for getting an iPhone 5, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider other options.
Here are several reasons why you might still want an Android phone over the iPhone 5:
Bigger Screens and Other Hardware Perks
The Apple viewpoint is that smartphones should be compact enough to use with one hand. For those who don't agree, Android phones offer a wider range of screen sizes--even some humongous ones like Samsung's Galaxy Note II, which also has a stylus. You can also find Android phones with physical keyboards, and with gigantic batteries that can breeze through a day or two of heavy use. The smartphone market is competitive enough that one size doesn't have to fit all.
More Storage For Less Money
For a 64GB iPhone 5, Apple charges $400 with a two-year contract. If you're planning to take lots of video and music with you, an Android phone with removable storage is more economical. Samsung's Galaxy S III with 32GB of storage costs $250 on Verizon Wireless, and you can throw in any microSD card (up to 64GB) for even more capacity. For a little over $300, you could have a high-end smartphone with 96GB of storage, compared to 32GB for a similarly-priced iPhone.
Fancy Photo Features
The iPhone has one of the best smartphone cameras around, but lately it's fallen behind its Android counterparts on advanced photo features. HTC's One series has a burst-shooting mode and the ability to capture photo and video at the same time. Samsung's Galaxy S III also has burst-shooting, as well as a “Smile Shot” mode that automatically takes a photo once everyone in the frame bares teeth.
All the Stuff Apple Won't Allow
One of the best things about Android is its nerdy side, which allows power users to do things that the iPhone can't or won't. Don't like the stock browser, keyboard, or camera app? Set an alternative as your default. Want to access text messages on your PC or on your smart watch? Only Android allows third-party apps and hardware that do these things. Want your home screen to be more than just a list of apps? Android supports widgets to let you glance at the weather, change settings with a single tap, view your calendar and more.
Grade-A Google Services
If you're a frequent user of Google services, Android is the best way to enjoy them. Gmail's app is simply better on Android than it is on the iPhone, and now that Apple's given to the boot to Google's Maps database, Android is a safer bet for looking up directions, especially if you need public transportation or bike routes. Although Google services are still available on the iPhone, they're more seamlessly integrated with Android.