Shippensburg's iPhone/Android debate

The war between the smartphones has been an ongoing battle between processors, compatibility, popularity and capability.

With giants like Apple and Android dominating the market, users are often looking for their next fix in innovation and uniqueness.

In a recent study conducted by the IDC (International Data Corporation), 7,446 Android and iPhone users aged 18-44 were studied through cellphone usage on a regular basis.

Out of all these cellphone users, 79 percent have been estimated to have their smartphones with them 22 hours of the day.

These are staggering numbers considering that most of the population owns a smartphone now and smartphone users are constantly increasing. The real question that poses itself in a situation like this is – which phone is more prevalent, iPhone or Android?

I decided to ask Shippensburg University students just that. Many instantly said the iPhone because of the simplistic design and easy-to-use system that attracts new users to an ever-complicating world of applications.

The sleek design and quality of the phone is what attracted many of the students to this dominant platform.

“Everyone has an iPhone these days,” Bailey Wildasin, an undeclared freshman at Shippensburg said, “So the choice was obvious. Plus, it is pretty easy to get used to.” Although the significant amount of iPhone supporters was clear, Android was the popular pick.

Among the 20 students I interviewed, 12 voted Android while only eight sided with iPhone.

Joe Asare, a junior political science major, offered his take on the competition, “IPhone is beauty while Android is bronze.

You just don’t see the kind of personalization Andriod offers on iPhones, that is why I chose it.”
Many of the people I interviewed that decided on Android love the customization that comes along with the phone.

They are ecstatic about their choice in Android simply because the phone can be a good representation of the owner therefore making it more personable and likable.

Personally, I own an iPhone and have never dipped into anything else.

Before this article I was skeptical about HTC phones and Windows phones on the market, but my perspective has taken a bit of a turn.

I am more open to the possibility of owning a completely different phone, not because the processor is faster or the layout is better, but change is crucial to having new experiences.

It does not limit me to sticking with the same phone I have had since my senior year of high school.
People should take into consideration what else is out there and not simply go with the phone that suits the majority.

This way, we can decide for ourselves what truly makes one phone better than another, rather than simply judging them based on a single experience.

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