Figured this was the rage of many debates still, and admittedly my household is split. Its just me (android) and my wife (Apple) with phones/gadgets. Our tastes are extremely different so I figured I'd write up a post about preferences. The biggest thing I've noticed about either OS is that familiarity is a huge percentage of the decision to buy. My wife is familiar with iOS and prefers to keep using it. She did admit that if the transition from iOS to Android were easier, in terms of data, she would consider switching. This brought up a good point, and basically the entire reason I'm making this post. Short of a handful of features and varying degrees of simplicity, the biggest problem for Apple users is that moving their contacts, music, pictures, documents, etc is practically hopeless. Transferring your data from Android to iOS is soooo much easier. Google apps are present all over the app store, whereas Apple has virtually zero apps on the Play Store. iOS users have no reason to switch when they can't move everything that they want to Android. A list of why ios users don't switch: 1. Familiarity. 2. Lack of apps on the Play Store 3. Simplicity. 4. Its Apple and everything is cloud shared. 5. I'm out of ideas because I made this post before thinking about it a whole lot. Given those first 3 reasons, it leaves no reason to switch to Android. I thought about switching myself a few months, though ultimately didn't after I saw the Note 4. I don't hate Apple, but I do feel like being limited by a company that tells me what I want sucks. You don't own the device, so much as lease it. The software isn't open-source, which I don't understand. All that aside, Apple makes beautiful devices. Hell, they revolutionized cell phones. I give props to them for getting this trend started. But they could make a serious effort to support cross-OS apps of their own. Ultimately, they don't want you switching. Google doesn't care, Android is for the users. Android: A multi-branch, customizable at the base level (ROMs), and ever present apps, even on non-Android devices. There's so much fragmentation between devices and OS versions that developers have a hard time squashing all the bugs. Most don't even try if the device in question is a minority. Additionally, the open-source nature allows cell carriers to install their bloatware that nobody wants. Carriers can delay important system updates if they have to re-add their bloat. Lollipop was delayed on AT&T (US) networks for months, the Note 4 just got Lollipop a month ago (and this was well after 5.1 dropped.) This is one MAJOR con to owning Android. You never know when your carrier will release the newest software update. So what are your thoughts? Is Apple being overly protective or are they justified in keeping the wraps on iOS for themselves? Should they provide their apps for non-iOS platforms? Should Google stop supporting cross-OS? Should they limit what phones their OS gets installed on? I'm open to debate here. I'm sure I've overlooked things, mostly Apple because I'm not familiar with it any more. Note: I had a con for Apple but got distracted mid-post and forgot it lol. Someone mention it so I can list it. Hint, it was something about Apple.