Although other smart phones on the market have arguably more processing power, an app developer or client wanting an app developed still has to develop for a few different platforms to hit the android market.
This is why the best apps are still only available for the iPhone and iPad.
This isn’t to say that you should dismiss the android platform altogether, it just means if you have a limited budget to develop a smart phone app, then the iPhone an iPad are still the first port of call.
Later in the year, Microsoft will be bringing out Windows 8, with its own app market where apps can be easily ported from the smart phone to the desktop.
This may change the landscape of the app market, but it will take in reality a good year more for it to start to catch up with the iPhone app market.
General App Development.
Generic apps that have generic functionality usually fare better being developed on all platforms. If your app is aiming to just connect to the Internet or even work locally on the smart phone without any special functionality on anyone phone, then the android market may be a good choice.
As the android phones currently more processing power than the current iPhones, then the latest and greatest apps may work better on android phones.
But, this may also change with the release of the iPhone 5, which is touted to have just as much processing power as the android equivalents, with all the latest iPhone gadgets.
IPhone App Development.
A lot of the business users that previously used BlackBerry phones are now moving over to the iPhone.
This means that for business use the iPhone seems the obvious choice to develop a business app.
We could talk all day about processing power and functionality on each smart phone, but the reason why the iPhone is still seen as the de facto smart phone, is because of its ‘cool’ factor.
The iPhone is still seen as the phone to have. If this is the case, then you have to develop where the market goes, which in the business world looks like the iPhone.
With any iPhone app development plan, you need to research your market and see how many your clients use which smart phone. Even if you have to ask them personally, this data is invaluable.
Ipad App Development.
You could argue that if you develop an app for the iPhone, then it should work perfectly on the iPad.
This will obviously depend on your app and its functionality.
If you take current music making apps that work on both the iPhone and iPad, their UI’s are slightly different, to accommodate the different screen sizes.
As with the iPhone above, if you are looking at having an app built, you will have to research your target market and see how many of your potential users use an iPad, iPhone or other smart phone.
When it comes to smart phones, we will always have different platforms available, using different standards.
You will have to do your research to find out which is the platform best suited to you to develop within.