No redeeming qualities? How about I list them...Mark77 wrote: ↑Jan 22nd, 2013 10:10 pmPart of the problem is the definition of hardware, as I briefly discussed with brunes. When you buy an iPhone or an iPad, you're buying a combination of hardware and software. How much gets allocated to each bucket is largely an issue for the accountants and the transfer-pricing experts at the IRS, but it is innaccurate to look at the handsets or tablets as being pure 'hardware' or pure 'software' and applying the paradigms of pure hardware (or pure software) to either.
The Android vendors are obviously in quite a sweet spot, relatively speaking, because they just have to churn out 'hardware', and the software basically comes heavily as open source/free software. This is why Apple should cower in fear -- there are practically no redeeming qualities of iOS versus Android, and there's a far larger user base for Android (and its related systems including Linux) over which to spread the development effort. The $200 full-featured Android phone is a year or two away from being reality -- a $200 iPhone would run Apple basically out of the market, much like they got ran out of the PC market in the 80s and 90s with their higher cost solutions.
1). Apps - every, with few exceptions, significant developer writes theirs apps for iOS first and if they have time, android. iOS has basically everyone on the same few platforms. Android has thousands of iterations to test. Also, way more revenue comes from iOS users cause android users illegally download or don't buy apps.
2). Security - android is way more open than iOS and anything goes. Security is an afterthought with android.
3). Ease of use - some people love to control everything with android and can find iOS limiting. While true, it also makes it easier to use for the non techies.
4). Reliability - apple devices have the lowest hardware failure rates of any major manufacturer.
5). Resale value - best in class.
6). Updates - want to compare the percent of users on ios6 vs jelly bean??