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Should Android users worry about the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c?


We wrote a similar article about the iPhone 5 in the past and came to the conclusion that Android phone users had nothing much to be jealous about. We now look at the two new models from Cupertino, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

Since the iPhone 5 was released last year, there have been quite a few improvements in the Android phone space. Huge screens, 5-6 inch plus, are now available from a number of manufacturers, not just Samsung. Screen resolutions beyond retina are more common. Processor speed has increased, along with the number of cores onboard. The low end Androids are more than capable of handling everyday tasks, especially if the nexus 4 is considered low-end due to it’s price tag.

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Should Nokia sell Android Phones?

Many moons ago, the European Network providers made a collective statement to Nokia, which basically stated that they cannot compete with Android and Apple with the Windows Phone 7 platform, this is still probably true with Windows 8.

We are not going to discuss the pros and cons of Windows Phone 8, there enough articles on that already. One reason why Nokia phones may not be selling though,  is because Android and Apple have a large loyal user base. Anyone planning to buy a smartphone will base their decision on what their friends, relatives and work colleagues have. All the buzz is around these two platforms.

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Should Android users worry about the iPhone 5?

Wondering if you should buy an iPhone 5? Obviously as we are not apple fan boys, so we do not automatically accept that the new phone is the best in its class. However, if you owned Apple hardware in the past, and are sold on their eco-system then there are many reasons to upgrade to the new iphone5. The main ones being

  • Bigger screen
  • Improved screen colours
  • Faster CPU
  • Better battery
  • LTE
  • 5th icon row

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Fragmentation does not mean the death of Android

A recent report stated that fragmentation on the Android has caused a drop in the number of developers interested in developing for the Android. Fragmentation means something different for each person. It could be the SDK version, or the screen size, or the processor speed of the phone, although the last one should not pose a problem for any half decent developer.

Sure, there is no denying that to program for a single screen size and resolution makes the developers life a lot easier. A bitmap is easier to handle than a vector, absolute numbers easier to understand than relatives, and you know who big the text will look on your customers devices, because their device will be the same size as the device you are developing on. Also, the OS user experience is smoother because the OS does not have to cater for a variety of different phone attributes.

So that’s basically the pro’s of a one size fits all approach.

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