Hello Lenard. 

I am a a fan of Free / Open Source. 
So for me - the answer was obvious. Android. 
But this is my personal choice. 

I do have an Android phone for half a year (Samsung Galaxy S), and I find it very good. 
I have never tried iPhone.
So I can't tell what extra benefit it has for me as a librarian. 

Android is considered Open Source.  

And - it runs on a veraiaty of devices. 

iPhone - and Apple in general - is not considered so "open"... it is closed.
Apple rules your apps, Apple rules your device. 

The next sentence, I think, sums it simply: 
  Unlike rooting an Android device, jailbreaking is necessary if the user intends to run software not authorized by Apple."

Source: Wikipedia, "iOS jailbreaking":     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_jailbreaking   


On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 6:35 PM, Lenard Lawless <Lenard_Lawless@cbu.ca> wrote:
Hello all,

I apologize for bringing up an off topic question, but I'm finally at a point where I am putting my Windows Mobile phone to bed and getting a new one.  The iPhone and Android phones compare quite well for the most part, but what I'm wondering is if there is a substantial benefit for one or the other for librarians?  Perhaps a killer app available on one platform and not the other?

Any thoughts? Suggestions?


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