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Why I chose Android

by Shara Karasic

We asked people why they chose Android on the AndroidApps.com Facebook page, and the answers started pouring in from Android fans everywhere. Whether it’s Android’s openness, great navigation, or simply the ability to make a phone call, Android lovers let us know what they love about their phones.

Here is a sampling of what they had to say.

Mardon Navalta, an Android-lover from Dallas, TX says: I will never leave my Android HTC EVO 4G. IMHO besides the oversized (Hummer-ized) screen, the infinite automations and a true multi-tasking (quick transparency access to multiple apps without me closing a phone call, the current running app or browser) capabilities are what makes my Android fun.

David Case, an illustrator from Los Angeles, CA explains: I lost my iPhone skiing last winter and decided to let my contract expire…I went with Verizon, bought the Droid X -- I love the Google GPS, and that it ALWAYS works as a phone!

Mike Saxton, a science fiction author from Vernon, CT confesses: I chose Android for multiple reasons. First, it is built on the Linux kernel, an OS that I trust more than any other. Second, I like the syncing with Google. When I have to replace the phone or I get a new one (I'm getting the HTC Evo next week), I don't have to worry about my apps, calendar, or contacts. I just log into my Google account from the phone and my calendar and contacts are back. Then I go into the Android Market and all of the apps I had are listed and I just download them again. It's convenient, it's powerful, and it's an open system.

David Zerega, Chief Creative Officer at Black Screen Studios in Boston, MA adds in: I believe in being open. Android has an open attitude. You don't need to be part of a special person's club to be on Android, it works on multiple carriers, and multiple devices. At Black Screen Studios we make stories, and the biggest part of my job as Chief Creative Officer is to make sure that everyone's sharing. Android does the same thing, why wouldn't I choose it?

Armando Kirwin, VFX Producer at Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles, CA shares: Two reasons: 1. Proprietary systems are much more likely to stifle innovation. 2. Competition is usually better for consumers.

Ian Clarke, computer scientist and entrepreneur from Austin, TX explains: “I switched from an iPhone to a Nexus One, and I'm very happy with my decision for several reasons, both practical and ethical:

1) Android is much more flexible, allowing apps to integrate with the home screen, interact with other apps, and even replace components of the OS. In contrast the iPhone is locked down tight, not even permitting multitasking.

2) Android has Swype, an incredibly slick app that gives you a new way to enter text on a touchscreen, replacing the default keyboard.  The iPhone doesn't permit anything close to this level of flexibility for apps, and is unlikely to any time soon.

3) Many Android phones, including the Nexus One and Droid, double as a car navigation GPS, and a very good one at that.

4) Android is very developer friendly.  In short, if you've ever seen the excellent but depressing movie "Brazil", you'll have a sense of what a developer must go through just for the right to distribute their iPhone app.  In contrast, Android lets you distribute apps independently of their app store if you want to, and actively seeks out good developers and sends them free Droids and Nexus Ones.

Rocky Brown, marketing manager at Hoover’s in Austin, TX tells us: The primary reason I chose Android is because it’s open-source and instead of just one company writing all the code, anyone can write working code that can benefits the installed user base. That’s awesome in my mind. I’d rather have access to the creativity of thousands of people instead of the concentrated group of people working in one or two companies.

The next reason is the Android Marketplace. It’s less restrictive than say, Apple’s iTunes Store. They don’t seem to ‘police’ is nearly as much, which is great. People should be able to choose what they want and what’s going to work for them, not have someone else tell them. It’s true that Google runs their Marketplace just like Apple does, but they don’t stop third parties from having their own app stores where consumers can buy other programs that will work just fine on Android. (and just for the record, I’m not anti-Apple or anything, I own an iTouch and an iPad).

Finally, I find the Android OS just flat out fun to use and different. It’s much easier to use than previous versions of Windows Mobile (I haven’t used one of the new Windows Phones yet), but still gives me the ability to control things to a much greater degree than the iPhone or iTouch.

Joža Lysica Kroner, a 23-year-old tech lover, guitar player, and beer drinker from Zagreb, Croatia, states the facts:

Because I’m smart, that’s why I switched to Android!

Chris Moyer, systems engineer at Wachovia/Wells Fargo in Reading, PA gushes: Android (I have an Epic, LOVE!) has Google Maps built in and it is FREE! Who could ask for more.  My bill went down around $100 month.  Additionally, I need fewer and fewer services which I did pay for because there are apps for that.