Saturday, February 23, 2013

iPhones vs Androids: Screen Size

In 2007 the iPhone was considered to be a large phone. In 2013, that it no longer the case.
Back in 2007 the 3.5" screen on the iPhone, coupled with it's peculiar 3:2 aspect ratio, made it a giant in the smartphone world. In 2013, many laugh at the size of the iPhone and are opting for larger "phablet" phones such as the 5.5" Galaxy Note II, pictured above to the left.

This is somewhat surprising, as it was only a decade ago that everyone and their dog wanted phones to get smaller and smaller, and more and more portable. Today's smartphone user however uses their phone for more things than someone from 2003 could imagine, including video playback, web browsing, gaming, and more. For these people, a larger screen is often seen as being more beneficial on a phone.

Friday, February 22, 2013

iPhones vs Androids: Personalization vs Optimization

What's new in 4.1? It started Android on a path towards optimization that may rival iOS very soon.

One of the major benefits of Android smartphones is that they are completely customizable. Don't like the keyboard on your phone? Download a new one. Don't like your home screen? Add new widgets, folders, live wallpapers, custom skins, and more. For the tech savvy among us, Android phones also allow you to edit the core functions of the device (details of which you can find at among other sites).

Being an owner of the Nexus 7, I do enjoy how Android lets you edit the layout of your device however you see fit. Apple products such as the iPhone, are much less flexible, and the extent of your personalization is basically the image you choose as your wallpaper and whatever case you decide to get. That is not necessarily a bad thing for some people, as the simplicity of this system allows iOS to be as smooth and efficient as it is.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

iPhones vs Androids: The Update Dilemma

Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean is a great operating system. It's too bad most current Android users won't be able to experience it.

iPhone versus Android...a debate that is bound to drag on for countless smartphone generations to come. I am not going to try and tell you which platform is better, but I am going to inform you about my experiences with each. For the record, I own a Nexus 7, a Galaxy S Continuum, and an iPhone 4S.

Conversely, even owners of the ancient iPhone 3GS were able to get their hands on parts of iOS 6.

To begin, when I made the jump from the Galaxy S to the 4S as my daily driver, the difference was enormous. Obviously, the original Galaxy S is no where near comparable to any modern smartphone, especially my variant, the Samsung Continuum. However, the fact that the 4S blows it out of the water proves two things of which iPhone's are superior to Android: support and stability.

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Nicholas Garcia (M.A.) is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Davis. He is also a Co-Founder of the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies. Previously, he contributed to and the Davis Humanities Institute.