What do you like best about Android?

Posted Apr 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm in Threads > Opinions

All of us are on this site because we are Android diehards (unless you’re here to troll in which case you should leave). But what makes Android so great to you? For me, it’s the open source freedom that we get as android users. We are free from the tyranny of closed source and we can do things like root or flash a ROM if we’re not satisfied. This and the fact that android users are much cooler than iSheep. We aren’t so in your face or ignorant like they are.

So, what makes android the best OS on the market to you?

  • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

    That’s easy for me, customization, and choice. I can choose basically every aspect of my phone, without that I’d be just another sheep. I like being able to express myself without limitations.

  • CJ LaFleur

    You’re so right. Android is incredibly open to that which is great. I hear a lot of complaints from isheep about ease of use of android. Realistically, once you get everything just the way you want it, it’s easier to use. Android can be individually tailored to you whereas, with apple you’re just part of a sales figure.

  • Juan

    I totally agree. I’ve had two android phones and I can easily say that I’m never switching out. The android community is pretty nice (unlike some Iphone douchebags) it is very simple to use, there are phones available that can see the best fit to anyone, and it’s very powerful. Android has a lot of potential into making itself more accessible to people, not just in phones, but tablets and docks and later into people’s homes. Go android!

  • Katherine

    It’s very intelligent.
    One day, when I was planning a travel to Disneyland park, my kids are clamoring for watching their teenie weenie, so I have to find a way to keep a copy in the car.
    I have been looking a while on Google and but havent found one that lets me have a good trial of it before I buy it. I want to be able to try all the features. I also want to be able to remove all the extra features since we won’t be needing them during car trips. After half hour’s searching and i finally find one and tested it. The name of that program is Any DVD Cloner Platinum.
    I have to say, it’s a good and easy to use software. I would like to introduce my experience.
    It’s such a great movie backup program, it not only allows me to copy DVD to DVD. It’s also allows me to copy only the main movie and freely let me copy the chapter I like. Besides,it’s also a DVD ripper, which can rip DVD to many formats so we can watch it on iPad, Xbox, Samsung Gaxaxy ext.
    I’m pleased to use this software. I think this software is so useful and easy to use.

    Here is its official website:
    http://www.dvdsmith-dev.com/any-dvd-cloner-platinum.html

    • CJ LaFleur

      Please stay on topic and don’t advertise on my thread. Thank you.

  • Amromun

    Basically what I like about Android is the level of customization that it gives the user. There is no limit you can change everything to tailor it and customize it to your own needs.

    • CJ LaFleur

      Yea, you can even flash a different kernel if you’re not happy. The device becomes you. It becomes a part of you because it molds to each individual person. Isheep complain android isn’t easy to use, but we’re not doing rocket science here. All it takes is a little common sense. Most people are too lazy for that or to think for themselves.

      What do you guys think about fragmentation? I love it personally. What about you guys?

  • cadroidman

    Smart interface. Open platform. MANY options. Freedom. Flexibility. Speed. Just awesomeness. :)

  • Andy Deeks

    I have had an iphone, I got bored,

    I have now got a windows phone 7 and i’m half way through my 2 year contract, I’m happy with the operating system but i’m fed up with the lack of useful or fun apps and the lack of customisation.

    I will be switching for a friends old HTC Desire on wednesday and i’m very much looking forward to it. From what i’ve read Android is going to be a fun new adventure.

  • Thomas Biard

    I haven’t seen anyone with this answer yet, but, WIDGETS! Simple things like Extended Controls, Calendar and Weather. These alone are enough to keep me on Android, but also like many others have said, I love the openness of the ROMs. People making easy customizations for my status bar at the top. It all adds for a unique experience for each user rather than having the exact same layout as everyone else.

    Great thread.

    • CJ LaFleur

      Thank you and i totally agree with both your points. other platforms have no widgets or customization and it feels too “one size fits all”.

      Now how do you guys feel about custom UIs?

      • Thomas Biard

        I don’t mind custom UI’s from manufacturers as much as others. They have their ups and their downs. For example, the signature HTC Clock has become a staple in the Android community, even for non-HTC users. I think each manufacturer should make a UI for their phones, but I would also like the ability to switch to base Android UI if I want without rooting.

        I like when companies try to help productivity with things they add to phones, but I hate when it is mandatory.

        • Glenbot3000

          For this reason, HTC is my favourite OEM – they offer official and comprehensive tools to rooting your phone. :)

  • SGB101

    i broke my One X, and im glad, cos im free to do it here.

    im joking in m not glad its broke, but u get what i mean :-(

  • Ironzey Lewis

    I would have to agree with others, choice is a big reason I like Android. All that choice has a downside, around 6 months and your shiny new device is no longer top-of-the-line but that is the downside of having so many options.

    • CJ LaFleur

      First world problem lol. Just kidding I can’t fault you as i totally agree but what that does is it forces OEMs to continue to raise the standard of excellence which is why this is the best year Android will have had I think. with the GS3 and the One X going head to head, Android will increase it’s popularity and become even further superior to other platforms.

  • Glenbot3000

    it’s the closest to having a desktop in your pocket, and then there’s the google integration. :>

  • txbluesman

    Two words, Open Souce.

    • txbluesman

      That would be Source. Wow, you would think when only typing four words that I could at least get them right.

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  • rashad360

    Hands down: customization.

    I love the fact that there are new notable Android devices coming out every month and that lets me find the absolutely perfect one to fit my needs. I recently was researching a new phone and found that the G2X had everything I want in a phone. Literally everything I want in a phone. Combine the feature set of the hardware with the flexibly Android gives in the software and I was able to tailor the phone easily to fit my style.

    And, given the fact that I enjoy playing around with different ROMs, I find that Android becomes much more customizable. The extra little features Android enthusiasts add to it make my experience that much more unique.

    I couldn’t ever imagine settling for an iPhone, the only choice you have there is if you want it in black or white.

  • Scottyb112

    I love the different options and the great community that Android has. iPhoners arent as cool lol

  • Aaron_301

    I have to agree with everyone else here: the customization level, the amount we can tinker with the phones, and not being so walled off in the Apple Garden, haha.

  • CJ LaFleur

    Us androids herd the iSheep. We are truly individuals as opposed to other platforms. Plus, I’m a huge fan of sideloading apps and rooting.

  • Yonas

    FREEDOM !

  • CJ LaFleur

    So guys, what do you guys wanna see in Android Jelly Bean?

  • Himmat

    No iTunes!

    • CJ LaFleur

      That’s totally irrelevant because as far as I know you can’t use iTunes on Android. Back to the discussion about what we want on Jelly Bean.

  • andrea

    I just left my iphone and now use it as a ipod touch….still keep my games and stuff but I also purchased the S4. Don’t know much about customizing it yet but I am willing to learn.

  • johnlil

    I really like that the user and develop experience are easy.

    What Ad network do you use?

  • Lora_b

    People recommended me to use StarApp. Apparently, It’s the new hot thing.

    I love Android and it’s multiple options!

  • IObit

    I love its open source most!

  • Mix

    It’s open and you can so pretty much anything….LOVE IT!

    QUESTION HELP

    I don’t mean to tread jack but I don’t see the point in making a new thread for a single question, I just can’t find find a straight answer on Google.

    I have a Nexus 4 and want to pair it with a PS3 controller, do I have to root it? Anyway around having to root it or any other options for a controller without the need to root?

    Thanks!

  • jonstle

    Root and ROM!