Are Android users more practical than iOS device owners?\n\tIf you compare the top 10 free apps in the Google Play store to the same list in Apple's iTunes, you can\u2019t help but see differences between the two smartphone camps.\n\tOf the top 10 free apps in the Google Play store right now, six are by Google, including Gmail, Street View on Google Maps, YouTube, and Voice Search. The other apps: Facebook for Android, Adobe Flash Player 11, Pandora and Instagram. All told, the bulk of these apps add functionality to Android devices. None are games.\n\tOn the other hand, half of the iTunes Top 10 free apps are games, including Mega Run, Hide the Fart and Subway Surfers. Apps like Hide the Fart do not add important functionality to iPhones\u2014unless increasing flatulence is on your to-do list. (If so, would you mind standing over there?)\u00a0\n\tThe other half of the top \u00a0free apps on iTunes is composed of Socialcam, Snapseed and Instagram (video & photo enhancing apps) and two entertainment apps, I\u2019d Cap That (which adds crude but often funny captions to pictures) and Palm Reading Booth.\n\tBefore I jump to any conclusions, let\u2019s dig a little deeper to see which free apps currently occupy slots 11 to 20 in both app stores.\u00a0\n\tIn the Google Play store, three of the free apps from 11 to 20 are games\u2014two of which are Angry Birds titles. In iTunes, seven apps in the slots 11 through 20 are games and two are flashlight utilities.\n\tAnd what about the paid apps? In the Google Play store\u2019s top 20, 11 are games. By comparison, the top 20 iTunes App Store paid apps include 12 games.\n\tSo let\u2019s recap. Out of the top 20 free and top 20 paid Google Play store apps, a total of 14 are games, compared to a total of 24 for iOS.\n\tBased on this evidence, you might think Android users are more serious and practical than iOS users. But several factors are at work here (or should I say \u201cplay\u201d?).\n\tOne is that more games are developed for iOS than Android. Also, iOS games are, on average, simply better than those for Android. I realize that\u2019s a big, fat, sweeping, subjective statement, but I don\u2019t think I\u2019m too far out of line making it. And so, if better games are available for iOS and there are more of them available, it only makes sense that games comprise a fair chunk of space on the iTunes App Store\u2019s most popular lists.\n\tAnother possible factor: The Android OS, because it\u2019s not the walled garden that Apple\u2019s iOS is, often appeals to those who love tinkering under the hood. That\u2019s why the top 20 list of paid Android apps includes device utilities such as Titanium Backup PRO Key, ROM Manager, and Root Explorer. To a degree, these apps, while practical, can also be pastimes of a different sort for tinkerers.\n\tMuch has been written about the computing world\u2019s \u201creligious wars.\u201d The old Apple vs. Microsoft hostilities have morphed, in recent years, to Apple vs. Google in the mobile device arena. This was never more blatant than in the days after Instagram, previously an iOS-only app, was released for Android. CIO.com Senior Editor Al Sacco summed up some of the funny but elitist anti-Android tweets that resulted, such as this one: #instagram went from a gated community to section 8 housing all in one day.\n\tSo what does all this mean? Are iPhone users game-playing snobs? Are Android owners geeky but practical?\n\tUltimately, you\u2019ll only get into trouble making generalities about any group, whether they\u2019re Android phone owners, \u00a0or iOS devotees or otherwise. But as someone who owns devices on both platforms, I will say this: When I want to be entertained, I\u2019m much more likely to pick up my iPhone or iPad. When I want a bigger smartphone screen or I feel a tinkering urge coming on, I turn to my Android phone. And apparently, I\u2019m not alone in this.