The ages-old question isn’t whether the chicken or the egg came first. It’s which is better: “open” (Android) or “closed” (iOS).
MG Siegler nails the answer:
While I’d argue that Apple isn’t as “closed” as some may have you believe, nor is Android nearly as “open” — generally, yes. I think that mobile devices offer such a personal form of computing that experience is of the utmost importance. The only way to truly emphasize experience is to be in command of both the hardware and software. They absolutely must be symbiotic in order to create the best device possible. Further, while “control” often has a negative connotation, it’s important for quality. When you “open” your device and/or software, shit always finds a way in.
Best thing I read all day. (Via Ben Brooks)