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So I ran across this article where the author discusses why he went back to his Samsung phone two weeks after switching to an iPhone.

However, Samsung isn’t the only (or necessarily the best) Android option these days.  I just switched from Samsung to LG,  and I am thrilled. I do believe LG has caught up to Samsung. Others swear by HTC or Nexus.

All that said, this author doesn’t address the core key advantages Android has over iOS:

1) You aren’t locked to hardware. If you don’t like your Samsung phone, you can go to LG or HTC, or any number of other hardware configurations, screen sizes/resolutions, etc.

2) Being an open-source platform you aren’t locked to Google software either. Besides each hardware vendor developing their own software, literally thousands of third party developers are able to develop and distribute Android apps via the play store.  This competition means a larger selection of apps, many are free, and the paid apps tend to be far more competitively priced. 

3) There is a third advantage for me. I’m a PC guy and I’ve used Google apps for years — Chrome, Google calendar, etc.  Having all my bookmarks, browser history, calendars, photos, etc., all automatically synced between my PC, phone and tablets is a luxury I’m not willing to forgo.

For me, it’s Android all the way – Windows and iOS are left to slug it out for king of the locked platform. However, Samsung no longer has a monopoly on the Android market. You have other viable choices. That’s good for Android — it makes Android even more attractive.

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