The Android and the iPhone are two of the hottest smart phones on the market. Savvy consumers may wonder why some choose to go with Google’s newer Android over Apple’s more established iPhone. The following guide provides 10 reasons why an Android may be worth it.

1. Multitasking.

The biggest advantage of the Android is its superior multitasking capabilities. While the latest iteration of the iPhone allows limited background processes, such as Phone and iPod, the functionality pales in comparison to the Android, which offers true multitasking.

2. Visible home screen information.

The Android includes active widgets on the home screen, which is customizable. Unlike iPhone users, who must locate and launch every application one by one through the app list, Android users have the luxury of widgets, which are available for nearly every application.

3. Surf the open market.

Unlike the iPhone’s Apple App Store, which is closely regulated by Apple and rejects thousands of applications each week, the Android Marketplace is much loser to a meritocracy; the better the app, the more people download it, and the more people end up using it.

4. Multiple notifications.

The iPhone’s notification system involves a basic set of pop ups. These can only occur one at a time. Furthermore, they can only be triggered by open applications. Android has a movable notification bar; it provides icons for each notification triggered.

5. Hardware choice.

Due to the open platform of Android, it can be paired with a wide variety of smartphones, including the Nexus One and the Motorola Droid. These two alone are twice the number of choices available with the iPhone, which is the only platform for its operating system.

6. You can buy it (almost anywhere).

While you can only buy the iPhone from Apple, you can buy Android-compatible phones from almost any smartphone vendor, including Telstra, a popular carrier here in Australia.

7. Custom ROM Installations.

ROMs are jailbreaking apps. Unlike the iPhone’s limited jailbreaking capabilities, custom ROMs offer the potential for nearly unlimited performance on an Android smartphone.

8. Quick change settings.

Widgets and shortcuts allow for quicker, more efficient Android navigation.

9. Social and Google integration.

Unlike the iPhone, the Android offers native integration of social networking sites and Google sites rather than relying on 3rd party applications.

10. Budget options.

The open source platform of Android allows for a far wider variety of phones and pricing options for consumers than the closed iPhone contract.

There are a number of different popular Android phones out of the market right now with that number continuing to grow every other day. Personally, I went ahead and got myself an LG GT540 (product specs here: and haven’t looked back since.