It’s the battle of the tech giants! Today, the Slingshot team will put Apple up against Android to see which they think is best. Which is better? Who won? Let us know!
Chey: Handoff is a lot easier between machines with Android, typically, if you want something from your phone to your computer, you’re going to have to email it to yourself or plug it in via a wire
Chris Staley: Apple hardware costs way more than it should. Its way overpriced. So, you’re paying for a lot of marketing and slick advertising.
Chris Howard: Well, I’m pro Apple; I pretty much have every Apple device you can think of. I like it because of the ecosystem: everything just works together. You know, if I get a message, it shows up on my phone or iPad
Chey: Android, it’s a lot more finicky sometimes. You have to make sure that what you’re doing matches the correct aspect ratio.
John Tito: As a developer, having to buy a Mac just to develop for Apple, doesn’t seem worth my time.
Nathan: Consistency across the UI is also a lot better [for Apple]. Android tends to have some different variations that will alter the UI and cause some confusion among people who don’t really understand that it’s still Android, even though it doesn’t look anything like the other Android they just used.
Michael Thornberry: [Apple will] charge you every step of the way, they make it difficult. The coding is more difficult and overall, it’s not fun. If I’m not getting paid to build apps, I’m not building apps for apple
Nathan: Apple will of pigeonhole you into certain layouts.
Chey: Camera’s on iPhones are a lot nicer than Androids. Sometimes it’s like taking a picture with a potato if you have an Android.
Chris Staley: [Apple users] are not necessarily the most tech savvy users, right, Or a power user, whereas Android, that ecosystem is a little bit more open, so it sometimes can requires a bit of technological know-how.
Chey: Apple can be a bit more restrictive.
Chris Howard: The one thing I really try to avoid is being that green bubble in messages, you know. If you’re an Android person and you’re messaging with Apple people, we notice that, we see it, and we’re judging you
Chey: You can also use [Android devices] as like a USB drive. You can put files onto it that you want to transfer somewhere else, and you can upgrade your storage at any time because it uses SD cards.
Nathan: Android tends to be more of a barrier breaker with the feature set as a whole, whereas Apple won’t touch it unless it’s perfect.
Chey: Apple also has a higher density pixel ratio, I think, which makes it a lot better for graphic design.
Michael Thornberry: From a development perspective, Android makes it a whole lot easier. You don’t have to do anything special. You just write them a check for 25 bucks, and you can start building apps for your devices. On the other hand, with Apple, last I checked they charge you a hundred dollars for the developer account. They require you to own a Macintosh computer, which is another two grand. And they seem to be setting up roadblocks at every step in the process.