There are arguments aplenty in favor of each side. Currently, my Android experience is making me more appreciative of the iPhone; with iOS5's release coming up and its partial release from the shackles of iTunes I am definitely leaning there. Or am I?
I suspect the argument would be automatically resolved for me once the practical matter of finances enters the picture. Let's look at the candidates to compare:
- iPhone: The cheapest reasonable plan you can get for the iPhone, from the likes of Virgin Mobile, would cost you $1200 over two years. It would give you something like 300mb of data per month and enough calls to satisfy reasonable chattering instincts. Note I doubt this plan would be available at the release of the iPhone 5, predicted around September; there will probably be a period where you'll have to pay much more.
- Android: The strongest phone out there at the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S II featuring a dual core CPU, currently sells for $655 unlocked (see here for example). I suspect you will need to pay a bit for shipping on top.
If you were to take the unlocked phone to TPG or Amaysim and pay them $15 a month you will get plenty of calls as well as 1gb of downloads.
Granted, there are good reasons for paying more and going with Telstra's superior reception; I don't think I can justify the cost for myself. Those financial difference, the $150 saved and the freedom to move where the wind blows, will probably win the day for the Android with me.
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