Should I Buy an Android Smartphone? Pros: More Freedom
Google’s Android is an open operating system. Smartphone manufacturers are free to add their own skins over top of Android, developers are able to access system-level resources and users can freely customize their devices.
Put simply: Android devices are the best smartphones out there for people who like customization.
Apple, on the other hand, locks down iOS — it’s known as the walled garden — making an iPhone virtually impossible for the average owner to customize beyond changing their wallpaper, organizing app icons or adding a new ringtone.
This Android advantage was driven home when Facebook (FB) released Facebook Home in 2012. Android smartphone owners had the option of turning their devices into Facebook-themed social media super devices.
Facebook’s developers can’t integrate their software nearly so tightly with iOS, leaving some iPhone owners frustrated that Galaxy S4 owners could get Facebook Home while they couldn’t.