So here is my basic comparison to some things on iOS to on Android, to try to pursuade everyone that iPhone is not that great, and you wont be the cool kid in school if you own one anymore.
Lets get started.
1. Browser speeds. At most Android always loads pages faster. Granted, there may be some factors. Such as the type of Android phone you have. My Android phone has a 1GHz CPU, so my HTC Desire has about the same specs, actually better specs than the iPhone 4. Android normally finishes finishes a couple minutes to (ones in a while, according to my tests) a minute or so faster than iOS... which sometimes i would get a random lag on loading pages.
2. Web media. Well first off, im going to my good ol' friend's website, silentwulf.com.
|Home page on Android|
|Home page on iOS|
Right away you can see a difference on Android over there. The videos. Those videos are hosted on blip.tv, and they load there flash players on Android, where as on iOS, they have be loaded on the player. Now the player on iOS may not load all your videos from different sites. Also over there on my Android phone, you can also read the text from the zoomed out level, but then again my phone has a HD, high resolution display.
Now, lets click on the Flash page to take a gander at some flash clips we may wan to laugh at.
Now im going to click on that Rocktoons TV on both of them to enjoy a nice flash animation.
|Result on Android|
|Result on iOS|
There, now over on Android, it loaded the flash animation and i can now click play. Where as on iOS you just receive an error saying it cant download this. This was expected, as Flash is not for iOS, and as Steve Jobs has stated, It will never be on iOS. iOS does however have HTML5, as does Android. If you don't know what HTML5 is, Google is your best friend... but in a nutshell its similar to having Flash built into the code, and you are not require to have Flash running or installed.
Ill give another example with the full non-mobile YouTube site on both devices.
|Android on desktop YouTube|
|iOS on desktop YouTube|
As you can see, Android on the left there has loaded the flash player, just as if you were on your desktop comptuer, and is playing the video. iOS on the right there just has the error message that you must download Flash in order for this to work. Granted, you can enable HTML5 on YouTube then load that page on your iOS device and it will essentially work, but when you click it, it just runs full screen in the player like it would without HTML5.
3. Cost. iOS will, in the long run, always cost more to operate. For one, its a smartphone (talking iPhone wise, not iPod touch) and on pretty much every carrier there is, when getting a smartphone, you are required to sign up for data. Nothing different there. Now, were the difference is, with an Apple device you are restricted to what Apple wants (Yes, yes, yes... i know you can jailbreak it.... but im writing this for the everyday user that wouldn't do that.) so if you want a custom ringtone, you must first download and buy that song from iTunes. Then once you have paid full price for that song, iTunes has built in feature that allows you to change that song you have purchased into a ringtone, you can adjust what part of the song you want to play... yadda yadda. But to complete this and for iTunes to change it into a ringtone, that cost you. Yeah... really... On Android is much simpler, and gives you that free feeling. Just trim up any MP3 file you have in a program such as Audacity, and export that as an MP3 file. Then just plug in your Android device via USB, turn on disc storage, and open it up on the computer as if it were a flash drive, and copy and drag that MP3 ringtone onto your phone. Android noramally with automatically find it and place it into your ringtones. Or even more simpler, you can just open up the Web Browser and download MP3 files (from sites such as Myxer, or other file storage sites) and set them as ringtones. Simple, easy, free. Most of Android is like this and has that free feeling.
|An iOS homescreen.|
|An Android homescreen, with notifications on top|
5. Notifications. Im sorry, but iOS' notification system is EXTREMELY annoying! Having that little window pop up with the message in it, and not allowing you to do anything until you click open or close, is really bothersome, especially when it shows one after another. As you can see over there on the left, that screenshot of the Android homescreen? It shows the purpose of the last point and homescreen customization. But it also shows Android's, genius, notification system. All the icons to the left the the cross-hairs (thats the location icon, and the last of the system icons, which stay on the right side of the status bar.) are notifications. When they first arrive the status bar changes to words showing the message of the notification received, and then flips back to like it is over there with the icon. Then you just pull you fingers down from the top to drag down the status bar to reveal the "notification blinds". From there you can see your message again, and then click on it to view that notification. It really is must tidier and non intrusive to what you are doing.
|iOS' annoying pop-up notification.|
Well I can continue to go on, and on about comparing the two. But what I am really trying to get at here is that iOS is not all that its cracked up to be. You should NOT go rush out to buy an iPhone, because it's the cool phone to have, it may have been back in 2007ish... but no longer. Android, and even webOS, and WindowsPhone 7, offer more options than iOS phones do now. Trust me. When buying a phone, dont get fooled by Apple. They have good products such as the Mac, Mac OS X, iPods, and yes the iPhone is pretty nice compared to a standard feature phone, but really... iPhone is not all that great when compared. But once again, this is your decision. If you still want to go with the iPhone, thats fine. You go right ahead, I will not cry or complain. I just wanted to put this out here to help you with your decision, and hope you can see the true wonders of what is Android.
Thanks for reading. =D