Open vs Closed

The mobile phone market has turned into a constant battle between Apple and Android, both with devout followers on each side. The first iPhone was created in 2007 and in retaliation Google created theOpen Handset Alliance which now has 84 firms included in the alliance.

The main difference between the two is Apple is closed whereas Android is open. What I mean by that is when you buy an Apple product what you buy is what you get as your end product. Apple’s philosophy is to create something stylish and something no one can do anything to besides from Apple. There is money in an proprietary system if you have excellent apps, user interface and content more money can and will be charged.

Android is a open source Linux based operating system. It has an active community who is enthusiastic about making new additions to operating system, the most popular one being CyanogenMod. Android endorses the freedom and flow of information, this style usually contributes to quicker updates and innovations. It also has endless connectivity and sharing options through any app you want, as well as being able to easily customize your phone.

Android has overtaken Apple in terms of popularity and is continuing to rise. Personally I will always be on team Android but different things are for different people and both have their pros and cons.



  1. I like this post, it is nice and simple to understand unlike some of the other posts I have read today.

    I have personally considered moving from the Android market to the iPhone market. I never use any of the great things you can do on the Android and the iPhone seems to be much friendlier to use.

    What are your main motivations with sticking to Android, I’m interested because I will be getting a new plan in December.

  2. I like that you displayed your preference whilst taking a fairly neutral stance. I understand how important open platforms are to some, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with having an IPhone, just as long as there are other options out there. There is this idea that there is something a little tyrannical about Apples philosophy and whilst it is overbearing, it does have its benefits and no one is being forced to subject themselves to it. Some times I would rather have a simple meal cooked that i know will be good cooked for me, than have all the ingredients in the world that I will never use. Its the same with phones.

  3. I like how you said different things are for different people and both Apple and Android have their own pros and cons. I mean people can make up their own decision based on what they need, iPhone is very easy to use so I guess it’s more suitable for the techno-dinosaur (fancy word as descripting old people, and yes I made this up Android, which is what I am using now, has very good apps diversity, which suits people like me (who has no life) to spend my day to compare apps and found out which one is better. To be honest I am considering to get an iPhone soon so I can cry in front of my parents and make them buy me a new one. Anyway, what philosophy these producer follow, do not matter, what matter is which one suit your philosophy.

  4. I like your take on this weeks topic. I believe that both apple and android both have their pros and cons, like you mentioned and it all comes down to personal preference and what each person needs for their phone. I feel that apple is a very basic device to use as it is restricts what you can and can’t do, i feel this suits some people more as they want a phone that they can simple operate and don’t really mind what the display of the phone looks like. Where as androids are designed for people who want freedom on their phone, they don’t want to be tied down to a certain program, they want options. I found this great article that helps people with what phone suits them best

  5. I read the article ‘Apple Philosophy’ that you referred to and really like the idea that “Apple has always been finding the balance between technological advancements and presenting their products in a stylish manner, and their publicity has often tried to reflect this and promote this philosophy.” This is really true. Unlike Android which has more than 70 phones across all four major U.S. carriers, ensuring there’s an option that suits your lifestyle and meets your mobile needs, Apple which has only one design, iOS has stuck with his strong philosophy for ages following by so many improvements. This is the biggest difference between Apple and Android.

  6. When I signed up for an iPhone plan over an Android one, it was a simple decision based on user interface and sleek design. As you state, that’s why iPhone users want iPhones – many don’t care for the customisation of Android. But what happens when iOs gets trumped on its core benefit? Now with inbuilt Android operating systems, Apple’s largest competitors now have more time and money to spend on developing sleeker handsets and interfaces, hopefully providing strong competition to the iPhone in the near future. (Read more here:

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