ContributorNetwork – Let’s get this out of the way first: Android isn’t a phone but an operating system. It’s a component, that manufacturers like HTC use to make smartphones. Because of that, the level of fit and finish varies. Why Isn’t Android As Polished As The iPhone Is? between Android phones, from HTC’s sleek and streamlined HTC Sense to Motorola’s iffy-at-best MotoBLUR.