The debate of “iPhone vs Android” is one of those topics that have been debated to death in both technology magazines and internet forums and blogs for many months now.

It’s worth remembering, however, that until Apple made a huge impact on the smartphone scene everything was just a “cell phone”. Apple improved and perfected their phone forcing Blackberry to improve their phone and ultimately this forged a brand new smartphone industry.

It’s only in relatively recent months that the industry as a whole has poured money into research and marketing to establish smartphones as the new standard for the cell phone market.

The answer to this debate lies in the following: what phone features actually matter most to you.

iPhone Vs Android Email

I love Gmail and use it a lot. The Android offers up-to-the-second push Gmail, and a Gmail interface that far surpasses Mail on the iPhone. Reading, searching, labeling, and otherwise processing my email is the most important thing I need to do on my smartphone besides make calls, and it’s simply easier on Android.

Android Email Is Just Better

I’m a heavy email user. The Android lets me manage my contacts in one place: Gmail and syncs them automatically to my phone. No more local address book.

iPhone Vs Android Web Browsing

Any smartphone that can’t display Flash is at a huge disadvantage to a phone that can. The Android can display Flash animations and full streaming videos while the iPhone can not. The Android is the first smartphone to offer full Flash support because their operating system is open source.

iPhone Vs Android Camera

What shocked me is how the Android is a 5-megapixel camera while the iPhone is only a 2-megapixel camera. Come on! I thought Apple was all about superior graphics processing. For decades artists have claimed that the Apple is better for producing videos, animations, and graphics. So why would the iPhone only have a 2-megapixel camera? Who knows but Android’s pictures just look better.

Tapping the Screen Vs Trackball

I love the trackball on the Android for scrolling and clicking. From an economy-of-motion standpoint, it’s a way more efficient way to interact with the device than swiping and tapping the screen. I also have very weak hands from a condition known as CMT so the iPhone zoom in and zoom out and swiping using muscles in the hands is a problem for me. I like the snap-out keyboard for the Android as well.

So how do you decide? Here is a side by side comparison.

Our recommendation would be to make a decision based on your own lifestyle and plans for your smartphone. What do you plan on doing with it? Do you have weak hands like I do?

If you really want the best smartphone then it will require a commitment from you. There is a learning curve and the more things a smartphone can do, the steeper the learning curve is.

There are a lot of smartphones on the market and it’s best to take the time to read the reviews available for the different ones.