Comfort or Freedom? The Smartphone Future

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One of the hardest decisions when walking into a communications store is which brand of phone is best for the type of content and use the user will produce. Two of the giants of this market are Apple and Android. The main difference between these two are apple being a Closed source platform, and the android being open source, which explains the way the device and services can be accessed, modified and used.

When the iPhone was released, Steve Jobs released a philosophy detailing his disinterest with the flow of content amoungst multiple platforms being available on his device. The app market for both platforms is a great example, as the android market allows user input with no gatekeepers to content, where As detailed by Jonathan Zittrain, ”   the App Store has a catch: app developers and their software must be approved by Apple. If Apple does not like the app, for any reason, it is gone.”

The info-graphic I created is a simple comparison of known facts about both companies. I personally own an iPhone, however with these figures and statistics, it’s not hard to see why perhaps my next upgrade could follow the trend of freedom in the android market.



8 thoughts on “Comfort or Freedom? The Smartphone Future

    catacious said:
    September 9, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I really liked your infographic, it demonstrates the differences between the two companies really clearly with some stats thrown in to show how their different approaches are being received in the market. It seems like Apple is losing and people want to leave the garden, I wonder if Apple will ever end up releasing some open source software to try and compete? Good referencing and use of sources, great job!

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    Jack said:
    September 10, 2015 at 11:16 am
    Giverny Witheridge said:
    September 11, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Hi Sam!

    I love the infographic you have made. It makes it very easy to identify the differences in the philosophies of Apple and Android. Great work!

    I also like the Jonathan Zittrain quote you have included. It is very interesting to consider how Apple and Android have very different gatekeeping systems for their app stores.

    I recently found an article that reports there are a new wave of new marijuana apps on both Apple and Android app markets (you can check out the article here: For example, HighThere is an app available on both iOS and Android that lets users create profiles, connect with other cannabis consumers and show of their level of consumption.

    These new marijuana apps are only available in the 23 US states that have legalised medicinal cannabis. However, I can only imagine what an extensive review process these apps would have to go through to be approved, particularly on Apple’s App Store. It would be interesting to see whether these companies collaborate with the legal system and community groups to approve these sorts of apps. I also wonder if Apple ever feels ‘pressured’ to approve apps with undesirable content due to a need to keep up with Android. Otherwise, Apple could run the risk of losing users.

    Great blog post, Sam! The only thing I can suggest is to include an image to make your post more visually appealing. Well-done!

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    Claudia said:
    September 11, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Hi Sam! I too own Apple devices, and admittedly was enticed by hearing about how diverse and open Android is in comparison. However, what concerns me about Android is just how open it is, especially in regard to the plethora of app stores and increased potential for Android apps to harbor malware. According to this report ( it is becoming increasingly common for Android apps to contain malicious software. The fact that in 2014 Android saw a 75% increase in apps containing malware highlights just how serious and common this issue is. At the same time, I think that people’s fear of encountering malware via Android may actually have a positive impact on Apple’s popularity. People find the safety promised by walled garden companies to be an attractive prospect, so I wonder if as Android malware grows in popularity, more people will be drawn to the security of Apple’s closed and hierarchical operating system? I’d really like to hear your own thoughts on this!

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    Lara Vickers said:
    September 11, 2015 at 5:01 am

    Hi Sam,
    I feel that Apple’s evident monopoly over the technology industry gives the company a vast competitive advantage over Microsoft, Google and Android etc. They have covered almost all bases with the iPhone, iPad, MacBooks and so on. The fact that all of the devices can be easily linked is a huge selling point in my opinion. I am a Mac users and have never considered using any other operating system, however this is simply due to habit and convenience as all of the products function in the same way.
    It is interesting to think about all of the content that I am missing out on, due to the tight control that Apple enforces over its products and services. Is the safety of the Apple operating system, worth the tight control it also enforces?

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      thetremendousunknown said:
      September 11, 2015 at 5:10 am

      Hi Sam,
      Your infographic is clear and is straight to the point.
      I find is so ironic that the majority of us posting and commenting own iPhone’s but are impressed by the open sourced freedom of the Android.
      Google have definitely proved to be more than “just words on paper,” a remark made by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft.
      We never imagine Apple has a closed device because we don’t hear of stories such as the removal of Apps. An app called Freedom Time never made it to the Apple Store and I am Rich was axed from the store after it was ridiculed in the press (Zittrain, 2008).
      Also exciting news about your digital artefact, cannot wait to see the improvement in your drone flying skills.

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    jessemax said:
    September 11, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Hey Sam
    Great post, your info-graphic was extremely informative and provides a nice and clear visual comparison of the two smartphone giants. Although, it would have been nicer if the size of the info-graphic was larger as to avoid being directed away from your blog. Also, I found the program you are using (Canva if I’m right) to be quite difficult to use, so here’s an alternative that I used for my info-graphic this week I will admit that I am an Apple user (as is the case with most students at UOW I’d argue) and personally I’m not too fussed about it’s business model as a ‘walled garden’. I personally find the IOS software particularly easy to use, and the decreased risk of downloading harmful software from ‘unapproved’ third party applications is another plus. But this walled garden effect can of course have negative consequences for users as well, as is the case of Apple deleting songs downloaded from third party applications
    Keep up the good work Sam!


    Melissa Mackay said:
    September 13, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Sam,
    You have done a great job with the infographic, it’s engaging and makes a clear point. I like the way you have included links and other sources, they were a great way to further my knowledge on the issues you were discussing in the post.
    Of all the blogs I have read so far, each person has stated their preference for Apple products, which is quite interesting considering most individuals desire a free and open communication system. I remember when I was looking to purchase a new computer earlier this year, Apple was my only choice; I think it was because I love the way they incorporate functionality and are simplistic and easy to use. I personally find Android devices confusing, and thus I don’t think I would purchase one as of yet. I think the look of an iPhone or Macbook is just so much more appealing too (materialistic much? haha).
    I found this link exploring the pros of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, you might like to have a read of it (
    A great and insightful post!

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