Android iPhone Linkbait Fight!

Ten reasons Android pisses on the iPhone’s strawberries! Seven reasons the Nexus One will defeat the iPhone 3GS! Why to buy one phone over the other! Seriously, give it a rest. Linkbait articles are going up all over the place with imaginary battles taking place all over the place, begging for your eyeballs and attention, and they all have one thing in common: They’re bollocks.

An iPhone 3GS serving as linkbait

The writers posting their zero sum, last man standing, highlander dirges about why you want one piece of hardware over another, and what makes you less worthy of passing your genes on if you own one over the other, are all fulfilling a need. They need to get bums on seats; pageviews for their advertising masters.

They give reasons like how Apple is evil, or how Google is evil, missing the point completely. They also avoid the shortcomings of the product they’re siding with in a way that can only be described as religious. Yes, the Apple Store is locked but to mention that without mentioning the fractured nature of the Android Store is like hoping no-one will notice that Lot’s daughters got their father drunk and had sex with him, or that you can’t fit everything in a boat that small.

I’m going to make it easy for you and let you in on the reasons to choose one platform over another. There are only two reasons to choose one phone over the other: personal choice and no choice, i.e. cost or lock-in.

You’re not going to convince me that either choice is the right choice for everyone or that one has to lose for the other to win. Let them keep fighting, because while they’re locked in battle the only winner is us, the consumer.

Sent from my iPhone.

Jared Earle is a writer, photographer and systems administrator. You can find him on Twitter most of the time.