Reasons Android Users Won't Switch to iPhone 5
September 18th, 2012
I'm sure the iPhone 5 will be a hit; however, I doubt it will take a large amount of market share away from Android (60% of smartphones in the US). Here's why:
1) Latest and greatest syndrome
The iPhone 5 will only be the latest and greatest for a few weeks and shortly after it comes out, there will be even more Android devices on the market. Even if every Android phone maker only made two devices a year, that would still dwarf what Apple is outputting.
2) Another proprietary connector.
Who needs it? Virtually every Android device connects and charges with the ubiquitous micro-usb connector, cables for which can be had for < $2 from monoprice.com rather than paying through the nose for yet another proprietary cable you can't use with anything else.
3) Hardware Choice
With the iPhone 5, Apple will have two form factors. Want a hardware keyboard? Pressure sensitive stylus? Really big display? FM tuner? NFC? You're going to have to look elsewhere than Apple.
4) Software Freedom
"The who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
As a user, you can side-load just about anything you like, including for example the Amazon App Store. As a developer or a business, you can put your apps up in the Android Market without risking Apple declining your application for any number of reasons.
5) Patents & Price
Although Apple may (we'll see how things shake out on appeal) have won their patent and trade dress case against Samsung in the courts, I think that many tech savvy folks are of the opinion that Apple is the villain here, especially when it comes to the patents. In addition, this case also underscores how Android devices can offer the same or similar functionality at lower prices.