The Android Customisation Argument is misplaced and overrated.

By no means am I saying that android is an inferior os to its peers. All fanboyism aside, I really do believe that android does have its own share of benefits that ios doesn't. But I think one of them: customisation (and all the features that come under its umbrella such as the ability to choose default apps) is overrated.

The usual argument goes that android is much more open and flexible than ios. Yes, out of the box that is true. But just as android has its own set of roms, I think an equal comparison here would be not to a standard iphone but a jailbroken iphone and in almost every regards of this customisation argument, ios matches or even trumps android in its usability.

1). Theming.

A jailbroken iphone is not a boring thing. You want greatlooking themes? How about this:

1). http://imgur.com/a/6pcs7#0

or

2). http://i.imgur.com/zYA4buT.jpg

An entire plethora of beautiful iphone themes and icons can be found here: www.reddit.com/r/iosthemes. If you don't believe me, have a look.

In fact, I would go as far as to say that the flexibility of a jailbroken iphone trumps that of an android. Rooting, while not too difficult, would be more difficult for a layman than simply pressing the "jailbreak" button on evasion. More importantly, all the themes get downloaded to a central app, "winterboard" on ios. For android, you have a whole host of permissions to change and different themes and icons might be in different places. Ex: each launcher has its own app. You want to download beautiful widgets? Great, then download the app and then change settings from there. Overtime, all these tweaks seem to build up and an amateur might get a bit confused. Android, to me, just seems a little bit disorganised and might be for the tinkerer.

2). Tweaks/Extra Features

There are very few features remaining on android that an jailbroken iPhone can't do. You want chrome to be a default browser? There's a tweak for that. You want to download attachments directly? There's a tweak for that too. You want a circular battery indicator? You can download "live battery indicator" from cydia. You want widgets? Then download dashboard x from cydia. You want access to your file system? SSH into it.

In fact, there's some upcoming tweaks which more than increase the utility of ios. How about this one:

1). http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/04/08/velox/.

or

2). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQekUk_JeIQ

Heck, ios users can also download "now now" which brings google now into the ios sphere. I don't see siri being ported to android (not that one needs to because google now is clearly superior).

Grant it, that android can do most of these things. But my argument isn't that one os is superior to each other. Rather it is that one's strength (android) has been overhyped. And NOW if you consider the strength of the two os's, android doesn't seem to be a whole lot stronger. iOS clearly has more apps that also look better (that is indisputable overall). Moreover, the main advantage that android carries is negated. Theming can be done on ios. There's also tweaks galore in which you can do almost everything that android can. You have an open filesystem. And couple that with beautiful hardware and you've got a winning package.