Products Made Famous by the Stars

Even if you are not one of those people who is constantly surfing the net, checking Twitter updates, or scrolling through social media news feed in search of the latest information about your favorite celebrity, chances are you probably still have a soft spot somewhere for them. Whether they are starting silly Twitter feuds, stripping down a latex chicken suit and twerking in front of millions, or complaining about being followed by the paparazzi, celebrities are great at staying current and placing their names in our everyday conversation.

Whenever Kim Kardashian steps out in the latest designer duds or Jennifer Anniston cuts and colors her hair, fans are quick to jump through hoops in an effort to copy the look. Whether they mean to or not, celebrities are great trendsetters and a lot of fads have started because of them. Several products have even gone from $1.99 to $1999.99 because of stars! We have put together a small list of products that have celebrities to thank for their start:

 

E-cigarettes

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Very few people paid attention to this fad until celebrities started stepping out with them. The moment fans saw their favorite starlets with an e-cigarette, they were quick to ditch their packs for the device.

 

Designer handbags

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Louis Vuitton, Coach, Juicy Couture, and others should thank celebrities for shelling out big bucks to tote around their purses. Without stars slinging these designer names over their shoulders, the rest of us would probably stay with a price tag that read $20 and under.

 

Special edition nail polish colors

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Ladies, let us be honest: Kim Kardashian’s $20 version of pink nail polish looks the exact same as that $2 Walmart brand but because her name is on it, we are much more inclined to buy it.

 

Pricey watches

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Before celebrities started strapping $1000 watches to their wrist, few of us could have cared less who made our wrist watch; we just wanted to make sure it told the right time! However, the moment we started seeing all of these elegant watches on the red carpet, we could not wait to pick up our own!

 

Expensive underwear

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Although women have always been suckers for expensive bras and panties, men were a lot harder to sell on underwear that cost the same amount as a t-shirt. Usually, they just headed to Walmart and bought a cheap pack that was the right size. However, the moment men like David Beckham began squeezing themselves into tight name brand briefs, non-celebs could not help but hop on the bandwagon!

1990s Fashion Trends that We Hope Never Existed

Remeber the 90s? It made Macaulay Culkin big just getting lost during Christmas time. MC Hammer telling you not to touch this. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great decade. But some things are better left in the past.

Backpack purses

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Of course, girls need purses to keep their lip gloss, make-up, comb and toiletries. Although they look great for carrying your must-haves, they don’t flatter your behind. And imagine if your backpack purse is made in the shape of a stuffed animal. Gross!

Zubaz Pants

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These pants were big in the 90′s because they were cool. If asked, they would defiantly say that they were comfy. Yes, comfy if you wear them when working out; but wear them at work? Your boss would rather send you home than see you walk in front of him wearing that.

Chokers

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This tattoo-like tight-to-the-throat ornamental sort-of necklace is a big thing back then. It goes well with the little black dress or black ensemble and you can even wear it in the shower if you forget to take it off. Talk about convenience.

Flower Bucket Hats

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Also known as the Blossom Look and when worn with the denim-floral dress complete with sunflower print, this look will take your breath away; well, literally. Flowers on your head and dress, seems summer is here to stay.

Popcorn Shirts

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Also called bubble shirts and started out as dress-up clothes for little girls’ dolls but can expand or “pop” to fit any body type. You can even wash it in the sink and if it gets lost in the suds, may clog the pipes; thereby, you have to seek the help of a plumbing service. And it says this shirt is hassle-free.

Bandanas

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Who would forget the triangular or square piece of cloth tied around your neck or head for decoration? It functions as an accessory as well as a kerchief to keep you from sweating. Cool, huh?

Plastic Butterfly Clips

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Rainbow-colored pieces clipped at the base of girls’ ponytails or spread across the head like a tiara. Nice touch and a hit in high school but then again, they do look great and cute on kids who are under 10 years old.

Shoulder Pads

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The fashion look that made you all sporty like a football player. Every shirt or jacket was sewn with these pads to make your shoulder look broader, like a model; that is, if you’re a model. Move over, Grace Jones!

These are some of the trends that were a hit then. Some may still keep a thing or two with them until now. That’s fine, but let’s not make them come back today.

5 Movies Every Business Major should Watch

Thousands of movies are being released, although some are just released for the sake of having fun, some are released with a deep meaning and most also serve as an inspiration to people. Along these movies that can serve as an inspiration,there are movies that offer an in depth view of the business world that business major students can totally benefit from.

 

Here are the 5 movies every business major students should watch!

 

Too Big to Fail (2011)

This is a movie about the financial meltdown of 2008. It concentrates on treasury secretary Henry Paulson.

This movie will be a benefit to those taking up business major since it not only tackles business as it is, but it also takes you to a more political level.

 

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

A man taking down Wall Street after getting out of prison is the main theme of this movie; he was still disgraced by his peers so he uses his future son in law who is a stock broker until he sees the perfect opportunity to take Wall Street down.

This movie will greatly benefit those who are taking up business major because the whole movie takes a peek through the ins and outs of the stock market industry.

 

Social Network (2010)

Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard student who creates a social networking site that will later become known as Facebook is the center of this movie. This movie deals with what is happening behind the business, there have been suing, and firing when Zuckerberg was sued by two brothers claiming that the site was their idea.

This movie is a benefit business majors and guide them through the legal matters of this industry.

 

Invictus (2009)

Another movie that tackles a more political view other than a business view is Invictus, wherein Nelson Madela initiates a number of unique projects in his first term as a President in South Africa.

This is yet another move that can benefit business major since it tackles business and politics along with a little peek through South Africa’s culture.

 

In Good Company (2004)

When a man finds out that he has a new boss who his half his age, he has no choice but to accept it and deal with it, but what will he do when he finds out that his new boss is sleeping with his daughter?

A peek into what really happens and all the absurd possibilities that can happen in the business world that can be enraging but in which you cannot do anything about. A must watch for every business major.

10 Fashion Tips For Guys

Let’s face it, men often do not know how to dress properly. Save for the occasional high end three piece suit, we tend to get the whole casual dressing thing wrong more than we get it right. So to help you avoid some thoroughly embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions on your next blind date, here is a list of ten fashion tips you should really pay attention to:

 

1. Keep it fitting

Your days of dressing like your favorite thug rapper on TV should be over by now. Most men wear oversized clothing. This is a colossal mistake. Make sure your clothes fit you impeccably. Don’t make them too tight though.

 

2. Pay attention to casual

Casual doesn’t mean tatters. Pay attention to what you wear on your casual days. Keep them clean, simple and elegant, if you are into that sort of thing. Feel free to experiment with colored shirts and alternatively colored pants. All black all the time is debonaire but can come off as boring.

 

3. Shoes

Women love shoes, get over it! They will notice this first. It is therefore absolutely important that you stock pile two or three pairs of high quality shoes and for the love of fashion, always keep them clean and in great condition.

 

4. Trends be damned

Do not buy something because everybody on TV plus their neighbors are wearing it. Buy something that appeals to you and your style. Trends can often be misleading. Just because it looks great on Brad Pitt doesn’t mean you can pull it off too!

 

5. Brand names be damned

Okay, so top quality brands often have high quality goods. But this is not true for every single piece. Do not buy a shirt simply because it’s a Calvin Klein, buy it because you like it and it actually looks good on you.

 

6. Less is more

Try not to where everything in your wardrobe all at once.

 

7. Properly accessorize

Often for men, this means a nice watch, a classy pair of handcuffs and maybe a tie of scuff if need be. Do not go overboard with this and wear an entire hardware store around your neck. Like mentioned earlier, less is more.

 

8. Keep it as simple as possible

In keeping with our previous points, you want to keep your look simple. Unless you are in a rock band and have a show within the next two hours, do not dress too flashy. A simple pinstripe shirt with a white blazer, black pair of jeans, dressy belt and an outstanding pair of shoes should have the showy part covered. Add a high class watch and maybe a simple neckless should have you standing out but not over the top.

 

9. Take advice

Listen to your female friends, they know better. Trust me on this.

 

10. Keep it clean

Okay, every now and then, women like a rough and rugged looking man. This does not mean you should avoid the shower or laundry at all costs. Keep your clothes clean at all times. If all else fails, keep your clothes clean.

10 Fashion Bloggers to Follow

When fashion bloggers started sitting front row at the world’s grandest fashion shows, the industry’s major game players had mixed reactions. While big names such as Anna Dello Russo embraced and acknowledged these bloggers, others were quick to question their credibility. Who are these people, and what are they doing? they ask.

 

But whatever anyone think, there’s no denying that fashion bloggers are the most influential force in the fashion industry today. Think of supermodels back in the 90′s – that’s how powerful they can be.

 

Personally, I find these fashion blogs interesting to read – and quite informative, too. In fact, I didn’t know anything about fashion until they opened things up for me. In the past, we were led to believe that fashion is only for a select few. Maybe it still is, but at least we have these bloggers to take us into the ins and outs of the industry.

 

Here’s a list of fashion bloggers I follow. You should, too, if you want to know the latest collection of Chanel, Dior, and Diane Von Furstenberg.

 

The Sartorialist- thesartorialist.com

 

The Sartorialist has been touted as the most influential fashion blog in the world. It’s owned by Scott Schuman, a former fashion sales officer. Industry insiders say that The Sartorialist sets the trend even before they are the trend. Scott Schuman has an eye for fashion, so if you want to know what to expect in fashion shows 2 seasons from now, read The Sartorialist.

 

Bryanboy – bryanboy.com

 

If I would describe Bryan, it’s the word fearless. Bryanboy is the real example of androgynous. He is not afraid to wear a skirt (or even a dress for that matter), and he can confidently parade down the street with a psychedelic jumpsuit. With his sharp wit, you’ll enjoy every update he posts. Bryanboy can be seen on America’s Next Top Model as one of the judges.

 

 

Susie Lau – stylebubble.typepad.com

 

If you want an intelligent insight on clothes and the fashion industry, read Susie Lau’s blog. Known in fashion circles as Susie Bubble, Susie helps you understand fashion better. From the cuffs of a shirt up to the fabric of a dress, there’s always a story to tell.

 

Tavi Gevison – thestylerookie.com

 

Tavi was just 13 when she started her blog. Her mature take on fashion has led many to believe that there is someone else writing her posts for her. Trust me, even I doubted Tavi for a while. But really, Tavi is an amazing 13-year old who happens to know fashion more than many 30-year-olds out there. Some say she’s the next Anna Wintour, but does she have the makings of a fashion icon? Read her blog and find out.

 

Rumi Neely – fashiontoast.com

 

Rumi Neely is a class of her own. Honestly, I think that the clothes she’s wearing would look ordinary to ordinary people like me. But Rumi’s ability to turn plain-looking clothes into something fashionable is amazing.

 

Michelle Phan – michellephan.com

 

Michelle Phan is featured alongside Bryanboy in the March 2010 issue of Vogue US. I say Michelle has every right to be there. While other bloggers on this list focus on clothes, bags, and shoes, Michelle chose to follow a different path. Through her Youtube account – which has more than one million subscribers, by the way – she shows the world how makeup can be fun. Though I don’t put on some makeup a lot, I watch Michelle’s videos because they are entertaining.

 

 

Tommy Ton – jakandjil.com

 

Tommy Ton joins The Sartorialist as a street style photographer who gives us the latest in fashion. Like Scott Schuman, he has an eye for fashion but their difference perhaps lies in Scott’s focus on street fashion.

 

Ingrid Chua – Gothebaghagdiaries.com

 

Ingrid Chua-Go is the bag hag. Her passion and knowledge of bags are unquestionable, that’s why I frequent her blog. I don’t own expensive bags, but at least I know what they look like inside and out through Ingrid.

 

Chiara Ferragni – itheblondesalad.com

 

Chiara is a beautiful, classy girl. But perhaps the main reason why I read her blog is the fact that she knows how to have fun with fashion. Unlike other girls who have the same blogging approach / style, Chiara doesn’t try to look like a model – though she can easily pass as one.

 

Erica Davies – modernmummusthave.com

 

If you’re a working mother, Erica Davies’ blog will definitely appeal to you. She shows you what’s stylish for mothers, for your kids, and for the whole family. According to her bio, she has more than 15 years of experience in the fashion industry.

The Best 10 Cities to visit in 2013

“When the going gets tough, the smart gets on a airplane” that’s what I always say. So do what I do, pack your bags, get to the nearest airport and head off to a place far far away. “But, where do we go ?” if that’s your question my friend, here is my list of the 10 best cities to visit this holiday season. These destinations are sure to annihilate, terminate and destroy that work stress for good.

 

Amsterdam

First on my list is the party city of western Europe. The city of Amsterdam has lot to offer this year when it comes to parties and events. The 4th annual Amsterdam Halloween festival starts from the 25th of October till the 31st of October 2013.

 

Bangkok

Shopping is something that makes me happy all the time. For its mind-boggling variety of street food and shopping destinations, Bangkok is the place to be this year. New years countdown event in front of Central World Square is where I am going to be this 31st December.

 

Istanbul

Next on my list is the city which is rich of flavor and a great shopping destination. Istanbul has lot to offer when it comes to food, night life and art. The Turkish capital is one of my favorite destinations and is a must visit this year.

 

Cape Town

Cape Town is another holiday destination that never fails to delight and is part of my list this year. If you love wine, don’t miss the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne festival this year which start from early December.

 

San Francisco

Next on my list is the city of San Francisco. Known for its hills and earthquake this city has a lot to offer in terms of culture and natural beauty. 34th America’s Cup is being held in the city and I want to be part of the crowd this year.

 

Dubai

The city Dubai is next on my list for its spectacular modern architecture. Check out the tallest hotel in the world, the JW Mariott Marquis Dubai.

 

Beijing

My holiday list is never complete without a destination in China. The city of Beijing is the cultural and artistic hub of the country. Rich with Chinese culture and heritage Beijing is the place to be this holiday season.

 

Paris

There is no bad time to visit the French capital. The city of Paris will remain on my list of cities to visit for years to come. Filled with trade fairs, events and shows Paris is one the top cities to visit this year.

 

Rome

If you haven’t visited Rome yet, then this is the year to visit. Don’t forget to visit the Colosseum, which is sure to keep to awed for days to come. The city is packed with events and shows this year and is on my list.

 

Christchurch

Lastly ‘the garden city’ of New Zealand is on my surely on my list. With amazing variety of Turkish and Burmese food and great music event this year Christchurch is year, you might regret not considering this city as a part of your travel destination.

Best Football Teams in 2013

Football season is back, we already have a few surprise teams, and some teams that were supposed to be good have disappointed so far.

 

Here are the 7 best teams in the 2013 football season.

 

 

1. Bayern Munich: The biggest German club and the defending Bundesliga and Champions League winners are still in good form, they added Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund and Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona in the offseason and signed former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola to manage the squad. They are keeping up with last year’s pace when they won the treble and are only goal differential points behind Borussia Dortmund for 1st place. They kicked off their Champions league defense with a 3-0 defeat of CSKA Moscow and a 3-1 Defeat of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

 

 

2. Borussia Dortmund: After finishing as runner ups to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and Champions league, and losing Mario Gotze to Munich, Dortmund was busy spending money in the offseason on players like Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Saint-Etienne. They defeated rivals Bayern Munich in the German super Cup, and are on top of the Bundesliga right now, by virtue of goal differential points over Bayern. They are currently tied for second in their Champions League Group, after losing their first match to Napoli and defeating Marseille in their second match.

 

 

3. Barcelona: The reigning Spanish Champions are off to a fast start, they won the Spanish Super Cup over Atletico Madrid, they are undefeated so far in league play after 7 matches, and are also undefeated in their Champions’ League Group, blanking Ajax 4-0 and Celtic 1-0. The only thing that can slow Barca down right now is the injury to star Lionel Messi who is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a thigh injury.

 

 

4. Atletico Madrid: The often forgotten other team in Madrid is tied with league champions Barcelona atop the La Liga standings, led by the scoring of Brazilian international Diego Costa who is tied for the league lead with Lionel Messi after scoring 8 goals in seven games this season, including the game winner against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. They are also undefeated in their Champions’ League Group, with victories over FC Porto and Zenit St. Petersburg.

 

 

5. Real Madrid: They haven’t had the best start to their season, and are still adjusting to new manager Carlo Ancelotti’s techniques. They suffered a home loss to rivals Atletico Madrid, but they are still third in their league, 5 points behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, there is enough time to catch the league leaders especially with Cristiano Ronaldo and newly acquired Gareth Bale on the team.

 

 

6. Arsenal: Since their opening day loss to Aston Villa, Arsenal has been on an impressive streak, they have won 5 straight Premiership Matches, both of their Champions League Playoff games, and their first two Champions’ League Group games. If they stay in this form all season, they can win their first Premiership title since the 2003-2004 season, they might even make a run at the Champions League Trophy.

 

 

 

7. AS Roma: They are included in this list because they are the one team that nobody wants to play right now, especially teams in the Champions League. It is a bold statement but their statistics back it up, not only are they undefeated in the Serie A through 6 games, they have only allowed one goal! No other team has shown this type of form, and if they keep it up they will easily qualify for next year’s UEFA Champions League.

8 Successful Companies That Changed Domain Names

Re-launching, re-branding, vagueness and brand confusion are some of the factors that lead to the decision to rename a company. Usually, the domain owners shell out large amount of money to buy already existing company names to make sure they match perfectly with the brand. Here are some of the few companies that have become successful after switching their domains.

 

Facebook

The creator Mark Zuckerberg originally dubbing his new site “thefacebook.com” in February 2004 based on the name off a physical face book. Face book was Harvard application that features the names and photos of the students to help the get acquitted. The team later decided to drop “the” from the name to “facebook.com”.

NBCnews.com

Advertising dollars, branding confusion and the end of Microsoft and NBC relationship in July 2012 prompted the change from MSNBC.com to NBCNews.com. Currently, MSNBC.com redirects users to NBCNews.com.

Ask.com

It was founded by David Warthen and Garrett Gruener in 1996 as “AskJeeves. com.” It was the first search engine capable of responding to keywords and questions. Re-launch took place in 2006 and the company decided to leave Jeeves and rename the site “Ask.com,” in a vision to develop a more focused search experience.

Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton-the celebrity gossip blogger registered his original domain as “PageSixSixSix.com” in 2004. However, it did not take long for Page Six gossip (the New York post) channel sue him for infringement of trademark and unfair competition. As one of the leading gossip blog, he changed to “PerezHilton.com.”

Overstock

This company has seen flip-flopping of shares throughout the years. The company rebranded to “O.co” to shorten the name. Due to customers’ confusion on the O.co, the domain prompted a retraction, and currently the company has reverted back to the original Overstock.com domain.

Google

Larry Page and Sergey Brim, Stanford students, originally built Google on Stanford website with the domain “google.stanfordedu.” later these guys registered “google.com”.

Twitter

The name Twittr.com was inspired by SMS shortcode. After a few month of the site take off, the co-founders shelled out to add vowels back into the name and bought twitter.com from an existing “Twittr.com” website.

Paypal

X.com. (an online payment service), began as merger between Confinity, a firm with an objective to enable money transfers. The company later changed it domain during company restructuring (get rid of bad name) and it was named after a product Confinity had crated “PayPal” after research found X.com potentially pornographic and vague.

Blackberry OS, What to expect?

It’s been almost an year since I purchased my Blackberry 8350 Curve, a decision that caused a lot of hue and cry from friends and colleagues who at that time desperately pleaded with me to join the Android or Apple world. The Blackberry 7.1 OS is simply a masterpiece of technology because of its crystal clear resolution, stability and awesome ability in multitasking.

 

Here are some of the features that I like about this Blackberry Operating System

 

  • Supports HTML 5 Video Support – This feature allows me to watch videos from any website just like a regular PC. Before my BlackBerry, I had to search the video on YouTube or close my phone’s browser then spend extra time visiting the particular website on my laptop.
  • Free Wi-Fi calls – Blackberry 7.1 OS has upgraded VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) that allows any Blackberry user to make normal calls via Wi-Fi. It’s no secret I rarely spend any of my prepaid airtime whenever I’m in school or at work thanks to this amazing feature. The downside to this feature is that it totally depends on the Wi-Fi’s signal strength. Calls cannot go through whenever the signal strength is low or poor.
  • Multitasking – I really love how I can instantly switch from my Facebook app to my Gmail and Yahoo accounts then swiftly resume to the Social media app. I can have two apps running in the background comfortably since my Blackberry never hangs.
  • Email Integration – Before using this app, I had a lot of trouble with my lecturer at school because I regularly submitted late assignments and missed plenty of notes because I never read his emails on time. I turned this situation by simply integrating my Yahoo and Gmail accounts with my phone and nowadays, I receive instant notifications whenever I receive an email. It is also easy and fun to send emails through my phone thanks to this feature.
  • Wi-Fi Tethering – Whenever I am in a boring class surrounded by sleepy and day dreaming colleagues, I simply activate this feature then collect a small “service” fee from my colleagues as they browse and surf the internet. This feature turns my Blackberry into a Wi-Fi hotspot that has a cool ten meters radius.

 

7.1 Blackberry OS Limitations

These amazing features really rock my world however, there are some aspects that the 7.1 Blackberry OS lacks. I feel quite limited to the phone’s regular fonts and interface since they are not easily customizable unlike other competing brands in the market.

 

 

iOS vs Android … What’s Your Choice?

The iOS vs Android debate is one that shows no sign of waning any time soon. With other platforms still lagging behind, it will still be either iOS or Android powered smartphones. Various people have come up with their options regarding which of the two platforms is actually better and I have to admit it, the majority are most times driven by brand loyalty when judging the two. Fans of the iPhone will always insist the iOS is better while ardent fans of the Samsung devices and other android phones will always insist that android is better. The choice though is entirely up to you as these platforms simply have very little differences. As someone who has used both an iOS powered device and an android device, here’s my unbiased take on the debate.

 

 

Multi tasking/ Switching between apps.

When it comes to multitasking, I have found no major differences between the two platforms. The iOS 7 has refined how you switch between various apps. The iOS platform however is slightly better than the android platform in terms of multi-tasking especially with the new iOS 7. However, both still have some minor problems for example on both platforms, switching between apps can affect the performance of the app.

 

Notification styles.

I liked the android platform on the iPhone for it’s rich system of notification. I simply pull down the notification drawer and I can see the latest missed calls, tweets, calendar items and so on, coupled with quick options like dismiss or reply. Apple notifications have been lacking and on my first apple device, this was something that did not quite appeal to me. However, new apple devices I have seen of recent are also catching up with android devices though still lagging behind.

 

Camera quality.

I preferred the camera on my iPhone to the camera on my current HTC device. The iPhone’s camera has always been one of its strong points and this trend still continues to the latest iPhones. Cameras on most androids are capable of giving you those clear shot but there’s nothing yet exceptional about them.

 

Sharing and social media.

When it comes to sharing and other social media features, the android still has an edge over iOS. I liked the integrated iOS airdrop, favorite contacts and tightly integrated Facebook and Twitter features. However, if you want to do more with your files like sharing them, backing them up, android phones are slightly in the lead.

 

Music and media.

Here’s where iOS beats android hands down. I liked specifically the music and video functions on my iPhone and iPod and when I compare with my current android phone, I find it lacking. When it comes to playing videos though, I love my android device more because it plays more video formats.

 

Apps.

When it comes to apps, I find my android device better than my previous iPhone. The android platform has more free apps compared to iOS and downloading apps for android devices is easier than iPhone apps.

 

Though both of these platforms have their advantages and disadvantages, I would rather opt for android because it’s more flexible. However, the choice is personal so what’s your take on the debate?