iPhone or Android: Making the Best Choice – Part One
It’s the debate that only gets more intense as smartphone ownership nears 50 percent of the American populace — which phone is right for me? Android or iPhone?
Choosing the right device can be a tough decision. After all, given a two-year commitment requirement with a mobile provider, the device you choose can be with you for quite a while unless you want to pay a hefty early termination fee.
If you’re on the fence as you consider buying an iPhone or an Android device, think about each of these factors to help hone in on the perfect smartphone for you:
1. Show Me the Money
- Cost varies depending on phone, but typically costs less than iOS phones
- Most are $199 or less with a two-year plan, but $99 and free phones are widely available as well, although these tend to have the older versions of Android. Newer versions of Android are much easier to use and provide increased functionality. We would avoid any Android Smartphone uses less than Android 4.
- For the similarly priced iPhone, Android devices typically have larger screens, faster processors and higher megapixel cameras. Google makes their money from ads within the Android operating system, rather than collecting heavy profits from the purchase of the phone or selling the operating system to vendors, so the costs don’t come immediately out of your pocket.
- The latest model (currently the iPhone 5) is $199 with a two-year plan, while the 4S is $99 and the iPhone 4 is free.
- You will rarely find discounts on Apple products, apart from refurbished items.
- Voice and data plans for Android and iPhone users typically cost the same.
- Prepaid Android phones have sold for as little as $50.
Over the 2 year lifetime of a typical service contract, users pay an average of $1,700 to the carrier. The $200 cost of a phone is just 12 percent of that total cost, and a difference of $100 for the newest model is 6 percent of what you’ll pay over two years. Compromising over $100 or $200 is just not wise.
Expert Tip: Don’t become fixated on the initial cost of your phone. If you can afford it, get the one you will be happy with for at least two years.
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- 12-megapixel iSight camera
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Posted: February 28, 2021 11:59 PM PST
Xfinity.com has the new Google Pixel 4a 128GBw/ 5G Xfinity Sale for $249.99 with Free Shipping. It sells out from time to time. Must be an Xfinity customer.
Xfinity Mobile plans by the Gig or $45/line for Unlimited.
- Great Value, no need to pay $700-$1000 for an expensive flagship phone!
- If your phone stopped getting monthly security updates, it is time for a new phone
It does not have all the latest bells and whistles but does the job at half the price of top of the line phones. No waterproofing, so use a good case. cnet Review calls it a feature rich budget smartphone
Google Pixel phones get all the latest updates and do not have junkware installed. Comes with 3 years of OS and security updates] and the custom-built Titan M chip.
- 5.8" Screen
- 5G capable cell phone gives you an extra boost of speed so you can download a movie in seconds, enjoy smooth streaming in ultra clear HD, play games at home and on the go, and even share your 5G speed with friends
- The all day battery can last up to 48 hours with Extreme Battery Saver
- Your phone will automatically receive the latest OS and security updates for at least 3 years; the custom-made Titan M chip helps secure the operating system and sensitive data, like passwords
- Take vibrant photos on your phone even in the dark with Night Sight, bring studio-quality light to your pictures of people with Portrait Light; and get more scenery and people in the shot with the rear-facing ultrawide lens
- With Call Screen, Google Assistant filters out detected spammers without interrupting you and provides helpful information about callers you don’t recognize before you answer your phone
- With HD Google Duo screen sharing, you can read articles, watch live sports, and video chat with friends and family
- Phone includes a 3.5 mm audio jack for maximum flexibility, so it works with the wired or Bluetooth headphones you already have
Valentine's Sale. ATT Wireless has Switch to ATT: iPhone 11 $10/mon or Samsung S20 FE 5G $15/month, Free Shipping. Expires: 3/1/2021
- iPhone 11 $10/mo. No trade in required!
- Samsung S20FE 5G $15/mo. No trade in required!
- $30 activation/upgrade fee
- Bill credits over 30 month installments
- Credits start within 3 bills. Trade-in credits, if any, start within 3 bills after trade-in is completed. You will receive catch-up credits once bill credits start.
Posted: February 25, 2021 11:59 PM PST
Samsung has a Samsung Trade-In Promo: Trade Galaxy S10, Get Note20 5G Smartphone for $449.99 after $550 Instant Credit Off when you trade an eligible Samsung Galaxy Smartphone Device - Free Shipping. Expires: 3/4/2021
- This great deal makes sense only if you have a Galaxy S10 to trade in. S7-S9 yield a lot less trade in value.
Note, qualifying device must be in working condition, otherwise, devices in lower condition may receive lower value/rejected. Cracked-screen trade in credit is available from $499.99.
- Click this link here
- Select your choice of carrier from Unlocked to AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile & More
- Select your choice of colorway
- Mystic Bronze
- Mystic Green
- Mystic Gray
- Mystic Red
- Click on 'Trade in my Phone"
- Proceed to select the qualifying phone you are trading in to receive instant credit
- Select Samsung, Apple, Google brand are eligible
- Proceed to checkout
- Follow the remaining instructions to send your eligible smartphone in to receive your trade-in value credit
Trade in Values
Galaxy S20 $650
Galaxy S20 Plus $650
Galaxy S20 Ultra $650
Galaxy Note 10 $500
Galaxy Note 10 Plus $500
Galaxy Note 10+ 5G $500
Galaxy S10 $500
Galaxy S10 5G $500
Galaxy S10 Plus $500
Galaxy S10e $500
Galaxy S10 FE $500
Galaxy Note 9 $300
Galaxy S9 $300
Galaxy S9 Plus $300
Additional Savings with Carrier Financing:
- Use promo code 100SAMSUNGN20U at checkout and activate on Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile Networks and get your Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G for $349.99 with Trade-in or as low as $249.99 with Trade-In if purchased with carrier financing (Verizon or AT&T only).
Posted: February 24, 2021 6:59 AM PST
Time to switch to a better carrier with a new iPhone 12 with Unlimited.. Up to $700 off iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12Pro Max 5G - AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile when you activate service and trade in select phones. Deals are way better than expected, time to upgrade and switch carriers. If you have anything older than an iPhone X, to time to upgrade.
Wireless companies are giving phones away in exchange for locking you in for 30 months of bill credits.
Unlock your credit report if you locked it to pass credit checks.
Special iPhone 12 Promotions when you Switch
- AT&T: New and existing customers get the amazing iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro max, 12 mini for $700 off with iPhone 8 or newer trade in and 30 AT&T Bill Credits. Fineprint
- Verizon: Get up to $750 with trade-in on new line, activation. These phones qualify for this offer: Apple iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max. Expires Soon
Xfinity: $250 off iPhone 12 when you switch to Xfinity
- T-Mobile: Up To $830 Off 12 Pro Max or 12 Pro (via 30 Monthly Bill Credits) with a Qualifying Device Trade-In valid for New Lines Only/Auto Pay only.
- Verizon iPhone SE 64GB Free when you Switch. 50% off activation online. Expires Soon
Some Older phones are available with less trade in. Trading in is a lot easier than selling your phone on eBay or Craigslist.
New iPhones 12:
- iPhone 12: Starts at $799 (64GB), $8749 (128GB), $949 (256GB)
- iPhone 12 Pro: Starts at $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB)
- iPhone 12 Pro Max: Starts at $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB)
- iPhone 12 Mini: 5.4" screen but same as iPhone 12! Starts at $699
AT&T Unlimited Starter Plan
- 1 Line $65/mon for Unlimited Talk, Text, Web, DVD Quality Streaming, Max 3Mbps data speed, No Hotspot
- 5G Access
- Standard Mobile Security
- 5 lines for $150
- Plus tax & fees
AT&T Special Trade-In Offer: Monthly Price reflects net monthly payment, after application of AT&T trade-in credit up to $800 applied over 30 months after trade-in of eligible smartphone with min. $95 trade-in value. Requires upgrade of an existing line (or activation of a new line in stores) and purchase of a new iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max on qualifying 30 month 0% APR installment plan, subject to carrier credit qualification.
Verizon StartUnlimited Plan
- 1 Line $70 for Unlimited Talk, Text, Web, DVD Quality Streaming, Unlimited Hotspot (600kbps)
- 5G Nationwide
- Disney+ 6 month on Verizon
- Apple Music Free for 6 months
- Plus tax & fees
Verizon Special Trade-in Offer: Monthly price reflects net monthly payment, after Apple instant trade-in credit at checkout, and Verizon monthly bill credits applied over 24 months. Customer must remain in the Verizon Device Payment Program for 24 months to receive the full benefit of the Verizon bill credits. Bill credits may take 1-2 bill cycles to appear. If it takes two cycles for bill credits to appear, you’ll see the credit for the first cycle on your second bill in addition to that month’s credit. Requires purchase and activation of a new iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max with the Verizon Device Payment Program at 0% APR for 24 months, subject to carrier credit qualification, and iPhone availability and limits.
T-Mobile Essentials Plan
- 1 line $65/month, 4 lines $105/month
- Unlimited Talk Text and Web
- DVD quality SD Streaming 480p
- 3G Mobile hotspot
- T-Mobile Tuesdays
- Intuitive Design. Simply close the lid and press the button to disinfect for 10 minutes. Sanitation will stop automatically when the lid is open to ensure safety.
- Approved high germicidal efficiency. 99% sanitation effect. Tested by world-leading inspection and testing companies, Intertek and SGS UV-C light effectively kills up to 99% of harmful germs and bacteria, including E. Coli, Staphylococcus , and Candida albicans.
- Smooth & Elegant. During sanitization, the magnetic cover keeps the sanitizer sealed, giving stability to users, while the rubber stopper cushions the impact and buffers noise when opening and closing the case.
- Sanitize and Charge at the same time. UV Sanitizer with Wireless charging utilizes Qi Wireless Technology to fast-charge your smartphone.
- Sanitize your daily items. Kill germs of not only your smartphone but also for various items, such as glasses and accessories.
- Packaging includes: UV Sanitizer with Wireless charging, USB Type-C Cable, User Manual (Wall Charger NOT included)
Posted: February 23, 2021 7:51 AM PST
2. Be Comfortable in Your Ecosystem
It makes sense to stick with what you know, and what will be most compatible with your computer and other devices. If you own an iPad or a MacBook Pro, for example, syncing your contacts, calendars and emails with an iPhone will be easier and more natural.
When choosing between Android and iPhone, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I already know how to use this device?
- Have I purchased apps, movies or music that are specific to this platform? (They typically cannot be transferred).
- Are my music files and other data in a format specific to iTunes or Google Play?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions , it may be smart to stick with the platform you’re comfortable with and integrated into.
Expert Tip: Consider this equation before switching between platforms:
Total cost already paid for apps
PLUS the value of your to learn a new operating system
PLUS the cost of the device
MINUS your eventual savings in time and money from making a switch =
The total cost of switching
3. Hardware is Your Foundation
Although software operating systems (reviewed in part 2 of this post) steer the ship, it’s the hardware that keeps you afloat.
- Tons of options are on the market, with new models released constantly from different suppliers like Samsung, Motorola and HTC.
- The ‘latest and greatest’ from any maker likely uses the best CPU (central processing unit) available at the time, making most new high-end Android devices comparable to each other. They often boast better specs than the iPhone (the Samsung Galaxy S 4 features a 1.9 GHz Quad Core processor to the iPhone 5’s 1Ghz Dual Core, and 2GB of RAM to the iPhone 5’s 1GB). This translates into higher performance.
- Screens are generally larger than the iPhone 5’s 4” screen.
- Support for the latest technology such as Near Field Communication (NFC) to securely send data, and cable free charging are provided.
- Cameras typically have higher resolution than the iPhone.
- Many models have expandable storage capacity with a microSD card.
- Apple has released one ‘state of the art’ iPhone a year, so your option for the best available is limited to the newest phone.
- The iPhone’s industrial design is strong, sturdy and sleek. In an informal test between the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III, the iPhone fared far better and remained functional when dropped on the ground or into a swimming pool.
Expert Tip: Although Apple makes more durable products, but don’t push your luck. It’s a good idea to protect any smartphone with a protective case.
The iPhone is not without its drawbacks and they keep some users loyal to Android:
- Because iPhone releases new models infrequently, the newest Android phones often provide better hardware.
- Expandable storage is not available on the iPhone.
- Accessories and chargers for Apple products are proprietary and can be costly.
Despite specs that out compete Apple on paper, the iPhone still leads competitors like the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III in some computing tests. (LINK: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/iphone-5-benchmark-lightning,3312-3.html) Likewise, because battery life depends on usage style (GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth usage), it’s difficult to compare battery life,, but most user reviews find that the leading Android devices and iPhone 5 are near equals.
A final factor regarding hardware is anticipating when the next version of the device you covet will be released. If you know you want an iPhone and rumors circulating forecast that the latest model will be released soon (the latest reports predict the release of the iPhone 5S in July), you may want to hold out for what you really want. But if you can’t wait and you’re impartial toward both Android or iPhone, choosing a newly released Galaxy or Motorola Droid may be your best investment.
Expert Tip: There is no magic wand to pinpoint the ‘perfect’ smartphone hardware, but choosing the latest model of any phone will ensure speedy processing, longer device life, and is worth the extra upfront cost.
Stay tuned later this week when we dig in deeper to the software differences between iPhone or Android that dictate your user experience.