Siegel+Gale released a study today that compared the ease of use as well as the overall brand simplicity of the Galaxy line of phones compared to the iPhone. Before we discuss the results of the study I would like to clear one thing up. Comparing Android to the iPhone is like comparing the engine from a Ferrari to a Toyota Prius. It is apples and oranges. Comparisons in terms of operating systems need to be made between Android and iOS, and comparisons in hardware need to be made between whatever phone is in question and the iPhone.
The great thing about Android is that is it flexible and can work on practically any hardware. This has resulted in the proliferation of lots of cheap Android phones that serve the needs of lots of people who wouldn’t be able to afford a smart phone otherwise. But you can’t really fairly compare a $50 phone that someone bought from Boost Mobile that happens to run Android and the iPhone. Of course I’d prefer the Android phone because at least I would be able to customize my experience and I wouldn’t be beholden to the whims of a corporation that has no qualms about price-gouging it’s customers and downgrading their experience in an attempt to snatch up even more money. But that is besides the point. When comparing phones it is important to compare high-end Android phones to the latest from Apple, just as it wouldn’t be fair to compare the Galaxy S III to the iPhone 3G. Of course even high-end Android phones are still generally much cheaper than a new iPhone, so I guess the best comparison would be for instance, a brand new iPhone 5 vs two Nexus 4′s.