I am regularly asked about mobile operating sytems, and the two that come up the most are manifestly Android and iOS. Perhaps one of the more frequently asked questions I am asked is about which OS is better. That’s a troublesome question to resolve, and if I had to give a definitive answer it’d be really complicated. I may side with iOS for reasons involving simplicity of use and the huge App Store populated with fine quality, helpful applications. I may side with Android for its versatility, tight Google integration, cheaper price of entry and gigantic hardware options.
The reatlity is that both operating systems have a lot to give, and they obviously overlap in both form and function. In the end, it seems that iOS is great for creative types and professionals that need to work on a busy schedule. Android is great for coders, hackers and systematic/mathematical types.
Regarding business people, both platforms are great, but we'd have to side with iOS for security and simplicity of use. Those types need a safe environment, and iOS is the definite winner there.
Ironically, Apple’s mobile App Store is the characteristic of iOS that makes it a better platform for pros and creative types that need/want to work on their smartphones and tablets. Apple supports its developer community with tight laws and decent residual payments, and it shows in both the quality and the quantity of the programmes available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Apple removes barriers and diversions that allow the user to work easily, imaginatively and frequently with fun. Just ask any musician with an iPad.
Android’s open-source nature allows developers to support a healthy and handy library of homebrewed programs and customizations, and Apple barely allows any customizations for iOS devices. At most, you can change the wallpaper and ringtones, and that is about it. In Android, virtually all apps and UI elements are user replaceable. Individuals that like to tinker and hack devices, and coders that like to build custom programs will appreciate Android’s open eco-system. There’s plenty of code posted on the internet you can borrow for free to build up your final app.