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Android Mobile OS vs. Apple IOS

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Apple has been long criticized for it’s closed eco-system when it comes to applications for the iPhone. However, the open architecture praised for the Android mobile OS allows application developers to be extremely invasive and intrusive. Recently the GPS application Waze was installed and tested in a Samsung Galaxy Note II running Android OS and an iPhone 4. The differences were startling. Not only did the application work substantially better on the iPhone, it always placed the phone at the correct location - unlike the Android version that placed the phone all over the place and often incorrectly. More importantly, when installing the application the Android version required access to virtually every aspect of the phone including photographs, call records, and contacts, whereas the iPhone simply installed and ran without requiring access to any of the personal information that the Waze developers without any good reason collect from Android users.
So while the iPhone is criticised because of the control that Apple has over its developers, it is very clear when it comes to our privacy that Apple does a much better job safeguarding our private information than the Android OS. The debate over open vs. closed architecture will rage for many years to come, but I for one am much more inclined to return to the Apple closed eco-system after two years using daily the Android devices. Additionally, Android seems to be buggy and randomly freezes and crashes whereas I have never experienced those issues with iPhones. Applications also open randomly on the Note II.
Even though the Samsung Galaxy Note II is a substantially larger phone than the iPhone 4, it is much easier to type on the iPhone 4 (which to be quite frank was a surprise to me). The iPhone is much more sensitive and accurate to tactile input when compared to the much larger Note II. This becomes an issue when trying to access the Note II menu and it is unresponsive.