Are you thinking about making the jump into the smartphone world? Do you currently NOT own a smartphone? Do you own a smartphone but you’re jealous of your friends who have the newer, state-of-the-art models? Or possibly you are still living in the early to mid 2000s, and you are using a flip-phone.
No matter what category that you fall into, if you are seriously considering making a smartphone purchase in late 2016, and you have decided to buy an Android smartphone, this article will help to present some good and bad features as it pertains to an Android-based smartphone.
Most phones worldwide are Android-based operating system smartphones, with Google being the developer. Apple caters to their own platform and ecosystem, Windows is much newer into the smartphone world, but for variety there is nothing on the market at this time that remotely can compete with Android.
Android smartphones offer a wide array of choices in the low end cost category. They come from a huge group of smartphone manufacturers and these operating system platforms are often modified to run on lower end hardware without the processing power capabilities to handle the higher end options of a full-fledged Android operating system.
In addition to this, Android by far leads the world in free apps that are available to run on it’s operating systems. So for the customer without higher end purchasing funds, this can be the logical choice when picking a smartphone. Google’s Play Store has more free apps than Apple’s App Store.
When you are browsing in the local T-mobile, Sprint or other phone store in the malls, and you see a smartphone by HTC, Samsung, Sony, ZTE, Huawei, or LG, it’s running Android most likely.
Accessories purchased for an Android-based smartphone will tend to be quite a bit less expensive for comparable items purchased for an iOS-based Apple smartphone, oftentimes considerably less. Over the course of a few years this can lead to quite dramatic savings, just on accessories alone.
When it comes to battery life, Android is hard to beat, again because of it’s versatility. Battery life can be a big factor as let’s it, nobody likes to have their phone die just as they are on Instagram, or posting to social media, or sending an important text, or on the phone speaking with family or friends (yes smartphones are STILL used to actually talk !).
What gives Android-based smartphones the edge in battery life is that you can purchase an Android smart phone that simply has a bigger battery, and this alone will provide the power to easily outlast an iPhone. With Android-based smartphones you can see your battery usage quickly at the top right hand corner of the screen, and you can break down the battery usage by app, with an estimate of how much battery life you still have left.
When it comes to software updates, your best bet to get timely updates is if you purchase a Google-made Nexus smartphone. If however you have a Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG or other manufacturer, you probably won’t get updates as quickly as you would on an iOS-based smartphone.
The bottom line with an Android-based smartphone is you will have the options to purchase from a wide variety of manufactures, with a wife array of price points, with accessories at reasonable prices and battery-life quite extended as compared to iOS. This gives Android an edge especially in countries that do not have the resources of the U.S. or other developed nations.
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