Should I Buy an Android Smartphone? Pros: Choice
Want to buy a new iPhone? Well, if you want the latest and greatest CPU and features, there’s the iPhone 5s. It comes in three colors. The iPhone 5c is “new” but is basically last year’s model wrapped in a new plastic shell. In other words, you have very limited options.
Want to buy the latest and greatest when it comes to Android? The world is your oyster! Everyone who’s anyone in consumer tech — except Apple and Nokia (NOK) — makes Android smartphones. Even Google sells its own version, the Nexus 5.
With Android, you have hundreds of smartphones to choose from in a huge range of sizes, finishes and price ranges. There are flagship models like the Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy S4 — considered by some to be the best smartphone out there — or Sony (SNE) Xperia Z1 that compete head-to-head with Apple’s iPhone. There are less expensive models like Google’s Lenovo (LNVGY) Motorola Moto G and a slew of bargain-priced Android smartphones like the Facebook-themed HTC First — free on contract at AT&T (T).
Android choice goes beyond basics to the point where you can even buy a smartphone like the Galaxy S4 Zoom with a telephoto camera lens stuck on it. I don’t know if that’s necessarily the best smartphone setup, but it’s an option that iPhone users don’t have.