When the iPhone first came out, I was excited. I waited until the handset became 3G compatible before hopping on the Apple train, but once it was there, I gave my heart, soul, and money to the giants at Apple with no reservations or complaints. If you asked me a year ago if I would consider switching to Android, I would have laughed at you. Clearly, Apple makes a superior product. However, I have been taking a hard look at the state of the iPhone recently, and have come to this conclusion: If you are looking to game, Android is simply better. Here are five reasons why that is.
Dedicated Gaming Handsets
Can you play games on the iPhone? Yes. But was it made for games? No. However, it seems like the Android platform has come to terms with the fact that many people like to game on their phones, and have created a handset specifically for them. The Sony Xperia Play may have started out as something of a joke (what do you get when you cross a PSP and a smartphone?), but when you actually play around with the thing, you realize it's totally serious. Not only is it the first smartphone to be "PlayStation Certified," but it also features a slide-out game pad. When you look at the iPhone and its touch-only control option, it looks a bit lame comparatively. Just saying.
Android Has All the Games You Want
Look, gaming is more than just Angry Birds. Sure, flinging fowl for hours at a time is undeniably fun, but as real gamers, we want something a little deeper. And now that developers like EA, Ubisoft, and THQ are releasing multiplatform mobile games on Android on the same day as iOS, there's no longer any reason to pick iOS over Android. The only real holdout here is Epic Games with their Infinity Blade series. But while this series is admittedly good, I wouldn't pledge allegiance to Apple just for this one game series. Especially when Android users can play Minecraft.
In the past five years, Apple has made some serious improvements to their handsets; there is no doubt about that. But in the past three years, Android has made even more leaps and bounds than anyone thought possible. Dual-core processors, 4G compatibility, and amazing high-resolution output are all things that Android phones have beaten Apple to. And when you are a gamer, you don't want to settle for inferior tech. There's a reason why the Wii is the first home console to get a next-gen upgrade, after all: it needs the tech. Sadly, it's starting to look like Apple is becoming the Wii of the smartphone world.
Another area where Android handsets have Apple beat is with diversity of hardware. Do you want a small screen you can keep in your pocket? Android's got you covered. How about a huge screen with HD output and 3D capability? Android's got you there too. As sleek and sexy as the iPhone casing is, it doesn't exactly lend itself to every single hand shape, and if you have any kind of preference for screen size, output, resolution, or sound quality, Apple pretty much keeps your hands tied. And if you aren't playing games on a device you actually like to hold, chances are you aren't playing that much.
It's All About You
When you pick up an Apple iPhone, it's easy to get carried away by its beautiful form and shiny casing. But when you actually start playing around with it, you realize the whole experience is all about Apple. You have to install their software, download content from their store, and play by their rules. However, when you pick up an Android handset, it's all about you. The phone can do anything you want it to. Whether you like puzzle games or hardcore RTS games, Android has you covered; you won't have to wait through weeks of screening by the Apple overlords or ridiculous iTunes certification. Your gaming experience on the Android is unfiltered and waiting just for you.
Part of me is still an iPhone fan, and if you still worship at the house that Steve Jobs built, I don't blame you. But ever since the underwhelming release of the iPhone 4S, I've been taking a hard look at the competition, and I have to say that I am more impressed with Android smartphones than I expected I'd be. If you are looking for a better mobile gaming experience, I would seriously look at Android first. And trust me, it's hard to say that as a lifelong Apple fan. But when technology changes and a frontrunner appears, you just have to be honest enough with yourself to admit the torch has been passed.
By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*