Why iPhone is Better Than Android and BlackBerry

By Posted 2010 Updated   GadgetsGuest Posts

There has been a lot of buzz in the market about who is better – BlackBerry, Symbian, iPhone, Microsoft, or the latest entrant Android? But, so far iPhones are winning the lead among the other contenders.

However, of course people have their own thoughts – some are in the favor of Android and some are of the opinion that Symbian is ten times better than the other names. So many thoughts, so many opinions and so many fans…who gets to be right and who wins?

Which is the Best Mobile SmartPhone?

According to the commercial developers, there are three major areas, which need to be seen when judging. These are:

  1. Who has a larger fan following and defined market?
  2. What is a more efficient channel to reach that market?
  3. What is the cost for developing products for that market?

If you study PC Microsoft, you’d notice that all three traits are evident. The PC market was huge and well defined, Microsoft and its partners had retail channels to deliver the products, the Windows SDK’s were economical, and Windows itself was amply urbanized which made development job more efficient, faster, and rather low-priced.

In the race of mobile OS, even if SDK’s were low-priced, so far the only channel to market the products was the carrier, and a mass of platforms and form factors led to driving the costs higher.  Although many changes have been witnessed, nevertheless, the in-house lessons haven’t been made by all the vendors so far.

BlackBerry, Android or iPhone?

Now let us take a look at the top troupe ruling the market these days in terms of the three traits mentioned above– BlackBerry, Android and iPhone.

BlackBerry

  • Blackberry has the largest market.
  • Although, BlackBerry doesn’t have a very conspicuous channel to reach the market, however BlackBerry AppWorld is fairly good and developers can still choose to go with the carrier store, or even have direct distribution.  However, to look at it from customers’ end, looking around for an application in various locations makes a pitiable experience.
  • The development cost is significantly high owing to excess of form factors and the conflicting versions of the operating systems on the phoneset.  Even if the model number is the same, you’d find that BlackBerry’s sold to AT&T has different versions of the OS compared to BlackBerry’s sold to Rogers or Orange. The test matrix for BlackBerry is off-putting, excluding the part that they are the largest commercial developers so far.

Android

  • Android’s have a burgeoning market, which is still considerably large.
  • Android has multiple stores available similar to BlackBerry.  Again, oddly enough, the channel choice doesn’t essentially make up for a good customer experience or a competent way for a developer to be able to reach the market.
  • Similar to BlackBerry, Android devices have different OS in a single model – no uniformity.  Vendors pick any form factor and combination of features as they desire, which makes it a suffering for developers.

iPhone

  • iPhone has a large market and huge fan following.
  • It has a single store – AppStore – that makes it easy to search and efficiently buy from user’s perspective. Developers’ products have a better chance of being found conveniently by the customers.
  • The development cost is low. Fundamentally, the operating systems for iPhone and iPod touch are the same and users can easily upgrade themselves to latest version quickly using iTunes. With a uniform technical structure and a single test platform, it makes it quite convenient from the developers’ perspective to rely on a given set of features being available, making the cost noticeably lower as well.

The biggest benefit iPhone has over the others is that the homogeneity of the iPhone platform and channel makes it convenient from a developers’ perspective.  Owing to the economical pricing associated with development, it can be safely said that developers will target iPhone compared to others for marketing new products.   If products are successful, then they can expect to see them transferred on other prominent platforms.

Therefore, one can easily predict who is better than the other and who needs to work much on their end.

Ever since VoIP phone services have been introduced, iPhone popularity has increased even more. As Voice Over Internet Protocol or VoIP is the latest technology for making cost effective phone calls to business, families and friends living father away and the ease to be able to stay connected, more and more people are signing up with VoIP services.

In iPhones, owing to the above mentioned benefits, developers and users both have found satisfaction in developing and using for the latter. If there were multiple OS for iPhones, perhaps VoIP applications compatibility would have been a question and people would have had to find alternatives to iPhones even.

This guest post is written by Mimran who works for Axvoice internet phone service providers. You can also submit articles and guest blog on QOT.

This is a guest article and represents opinions of the guest author

19 comments on “Why iPhone is Better Than Android and BlackBerry

  1. Hedberg says:

    I think it really will take a while for any smart phone company to rival the iPhone App store. The audience and reaching power of the Apple Store is pretty impressive. With that said, I really like how the Android is more open, so as a developer, this is something that would move me towards Android Development.

  2. Techie Blogger says:

    I agree with you
    I have been using iphone for an year.

  3. The OffCampus Student says:

    Too true. As much as the opponents try and convince people that it’s untrue. Nothing has come close to knocking the iPhone from its perch. It, like the iPod, has completely shaken up the market.

  4. John Delaney says:

    Simple response. The iPhone is as awesome device. However, it has the “worst” and most user “unfriendly” keyboard on the market. Blackberry’s keyboards are much more functional and the “Droid” phones kick ass.

    All this from an 8-year Blackberry user, and 26-year veteran of the cell phone and internet industry’s. It’s my opinion, but I use my Smartphone 10-12 hours a day. The iPhone cannot cut it as a business device because the keyboard doesn’t do the deed properly.

  5. Jeffrey says:

    Seriously… is this your best argument? I actually read the entire article. I want my 20 seconds back… is there an App for THAT?

  6. omar swavez says:

    id have to agree with jeffrey

  7. loola says:

    blackberry for business…or if you like to text A LOT.

    iPhone for everything else.

    i own an iPhone and my fiance owns a blackberry.
    i find blackberrys boring and ugly.

  8. ulun says:

    smartphone market is moving toward android. That’s why Steve Jobs is xx off over Google and android. Hopefully iphone wll still be around after android took over the market as a leader.

    • Oyabin says:

      Are you from Cave? Did you know how large iPhone market in the world compare to android?

      • Jakob says:

        yes that is so true, also the stock value of apple is way higher than Android except for the fact they are owned by google the company who’s slogan is “don’t be evil” shows how they got so far. with out google android would be nowhere. keep in mind the reason that android is up there is because people want the latest and greatest but apple charges for that where as android gives their phones away with a contract. apple has the best build quality of smart phones lets face it they are good at what they do.

  9. Bob says:

    More Android OS on more handhelds than IPhone – Effective 3/2010 – 39% Iphone & 46% Android. Seems like Android already took over the market!

  10. Jay says:

    “blackberry for business…or if you like to text A LOT.

    iPhone for everything else.”

    Sure, and Android for everything else plus what iPhone lacks!

  11. robert says:

    Fanboy Alert Fanboy alert
    A fanboy of apple shouldnt be writing blog posts like this as its biased no matter what

  12. Damian says:

    at one time or another I have had the handsets running all operating systems from android to blackberry, iphone to symbian. what i have found is that symbian is more stable and does not crash as much as the rest. now with blackberry it has some good apps but most of them are blakcberry to blackberry suck as the backberry mail. now with the iphone it has some good and and is great to watch tv and has grown fast with people. On the other had with the android phone such as the htc desire I found it fun but what i found that was the best and beat the Iphone was sound quality in a call and even with skype it even beat the iphone. The reason I say this is im in the uk and I use skype to ring the usa and how quick the android allows skype to start ringing to a landline is so quick and im not geting from people speak up like i was on my iphone but to all fairness there both pretty much the same in such as what you can do. I think a company who makes apps to work with both iphone and android like chompsms will be the winner in the app department because you can seen no cost or low cost sms from iphone to android phone. all in all we call we text and go on the next a phone that works is a phone to keep. People like what they like im happy with my desire. happy phoning bye for now.

  13. ashleigh says:

    I’ve used Blackberry, Andriod, and Iphone, and I think blackberry is best. Iphones aren’t available on very many cell phone carriers, while Blackberrys are available on pretty much all cell phone companies, and Andriod is available on almost all cell phone companies.

    Blackberry has the easiest transition from a nonsmartphone (think about it, it looks more like a regular phone, and they have a flip-phone version). You can find the apps for blackberry online and have the link sent to your phone. It’s easy to use, and there are tons of games and things. Blackberry support will even help you if you can’t get your app on the Blackberry phone easily. It wasn’t like that when I used an Iphone.

    Since I send 2,000 to 4,000 text messages a month, I’m sticking with my blackberry. Iphone and Android aren’t as text/im friendly in my opinion.

  14. Andres León Álvarez says:

    Sorry, im a bit courious at your affirmation that its better to develop for iOS instead of developing for Android because of the low development cost and the homogenety. Are you an iOS programmer, did you tried to develop something on Android? Which are actually the Development costs for iOS? Aren’t you expected to BUY a Mac in order to be able to develop native iOS applications (objective C)? on Android, you can Develop on Linux (a free OS) on any low price and gamma computer. Which are the costs for publishing your app on the iOS appstore compared to the prices of the Android Market?

  15. boom says:

    Android Wins. Better OS, better range of devices. The iPhone only has 1 current device at a time, which I suppose doubles as a positive when it comes to developing apps… but compatibility means nothing if the developers aren’t allowed to do anything, does it?

  16. killerinstinct says:

    I think the android is way better maybe because it has best part flas which means you can watch videos from websites unlike the iphone also the android has more free thing to offer in the market then iphone the last i got to put is costumization you cant do that in iphone (thats boring ) you cant put it how you want it like widgets like a big clock with weather animation on the home screen so in my opinion the android would not get boring becaise you can change the way it looks the really last thing is variety there is alot of diffrent android but like 4 or 3 iphone thats all also android is open source meaning you can download things from the internet like nothing but iphone you cant cause apple is very strict on what you download

  17. Pankaj says:

    Are you developer?. If yes then God only help you.
    How can you say that IPhone development cost is low.
    Only to setup devlopment system you need MAC which atleast cost you 80K INR on other hand you can setup android or blackbery development machine in just 30K INR.

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