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mfl134
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So, I'm sure there are thread on here that would help with this decision, but nevertheless:


I am about to buy a smart phone, I am either going to get a samsung phone with an iPhone.

If I care about board game apps, should I go one way or the other?

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I can't speak for Android since I haven't owned one, but I do own and iphone and an ipad.

The iphone has a few really good ones on it. Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Ascension, etc (I won't list them all since there are very good lists on here already). I am pretty much never without a good game to play. I've played a solo game of Ticket to Ride while waiting for someone to arrive, or played a pass and play game of Carcassonne in the back seat during road trips.

The games are usually pretty cheap (a little steep compared to other apps, but MUCH cheaper than the physical version). For most of the games, the small screen isn't much of a problem at all, and my vision isn't great.

Like I said, I don't own an Android so compare this to what an Android user says. Personally I am loving the board game apps that are on the iphone right now and would recommend it to any board game enthusiast.
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I don't have an iphone, but I have seen in the apple store that they have a lot of good game apps. As the previous user mentioned - Ticket to Ride, Carcassone, Settlers of Catan. I believe Catan: Cities and Knights was just released for the iphone as well.

The Android system currently has Settlers of Catan and Carcassone. There is also an unauthorized version of Dominion called Androdominion that is fun. This is NOT available on the iphone. Overall, I would say that the iphone has better board game apps. However, I would still get the Android because it is just a better phone.
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This might help you decided. I have an android, but I'm sometimes jealous of the good apps on the IOS. Good luck deciding!

IOS Games:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/67659/ios-versions-of-...

Android Games:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/72020/android-versions...
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If you are being truly objective in any iPhone vs Android question the answer so far continues to be in favor of the iPhone. This may change one day but right now that is simply the truth and the gaming related criteria does not change the answer, if anything it solidifies it more.

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To clear things up, do you want app versions of board games, or apps about board games (BGG, timers, etc.)?
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Board game apps have tended to come out on the iPhone first because it had a more solid market, but now that Android has a much larger market share there are more coming out for that (plus it is much easier to convert an iOS game to Android than vice versa because of the anti-competitive iTunes restrictions for vice versa). The iPhone has a weirdly small screen compared to most modern phones, and most board game apps are more suitable for larger screens (especially tablets) anyway.
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jgag wrote:
To clear things up, do you want app versions of board games, or apps about board games (BGG, timers, etc.)?


app versions of games.
 
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Android has a larger market share in sold products, but research has shown that Apple users spend significantly more money on apps. Therefore more companies want to bring their games to IOS devices rather than Android. Simply because they will sell more, this might change in the future though.
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Roel81 wrote:
Android has a larger market share in sold products, but research has shown that Apple users spend significantly more money on apps. Therefore more companies want to bring their games to IOS devices rather than Android. Simply because they will sell more, this might change in the future though.
Already changing apparently...

Unfortunately implementations of actual board games are still less frequent on Android. But on the other hand most newer Humble Bundle deals are for Android too while I can't recall any that supported IOS...
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