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There are two major OS platforms dominating the market today. The iOS and the Android system. As at September 2019, the market share of Android is a little over 74%, iOS has 25% market share, with other less known operating systems like Windows and KaiOS competing for the rest of the market. It’s impossible to argue that Android and iPhones are dominating the market. People who use a particular brand are often unerringly faithful and won’t switch to the other. Those who prefer android devices, regard iPhones as overpriced accessories rather than as a necessity. Which OS is the best? iPhone vs Android!
Apple has a very devoted fan base, but Android is King of the market; the thing is just because something sells more, doesn’t mean it’s better. For the most part nowadays, Samsung phones seem to make the list of best phones available with Huawei coming a close second and many of these lists only feature the iPhone X or iPhone 11 pro, making people comment that iPhones seem to have gone into a decline. Let us examine both Android smartphones and operating systems, as against the iPhone and see if we can settle this conflict once and for all.
VARIETY AND FREEDOM – iPhone vs Android!
If someone sets off to buy a phone today, the person will quickly realize that there is a wide variety of android smartphones on the market so right from the very beginning, it becomes obvious that there is more freedom. Limitless options and freedom of choice, whether you want a device with a fingerprint sensor, larger screen, headphone and charging port so you can enjoy music while you charge your phone, you are most likely going to find a device that has all those features in one.
This freedom does not limit itself to hardware but also extends to its software. For one thing, Android software is open-source. That is ultimate software freedom, because it allows you to download from multiple app stores, which is paradise for third party app developers.
Variety is limited with iPhones however, so if you want to get a new iPhone, you won’t have the same sea of choices that you would have with the android smartphone. iPhones, have a closed source, yes it has some open-source bits but the vast majority of the operating system is closed-source. Developers are thus unable to alter large amounts of the code to their own preference which is a cause of complaint for many.
Android gives the consumer greater variety, with all kinds of phones available at all kinds of prices with all kinds of features. Therefore, when it comes to variety we have the Android clearly WINS.
CUSTOMIZABILITY – iPhone vs Android!
One of the easiest things to do with an android device is to customize it. You can easily customize the launcher or as Apple users call it, the home screen. With android, you can change the appearance of your icons, keyboard, lock screens etc., a level of customization unimaginable for IOS users.
Apple tends to limit customization and take a long time to give in to demands and make changes. It was big news for iPhone users when they could customize their lock screens and home screens which would sound amusing to some android users since they’d had it for years. iPhone users couldn’t copy and paste till iOS 3, which was also quiet amusing for android users since they had it from day one. This became the reason why jailbreaking iPhones became so popular.
Common android features like settings shortcuts, multitasking, widgets, quick replies and some notification settings, took Apple years to implement on iOS. Android devices can be further customized when they are rooted, this process comes with benefits like receiving faster updates, removing manufacturers bulky software skins, deleting carrier bloatware and optimizing battery life. The truth is, when it comes to ease of customization, again Android WINS.
SOFTWARE UPDATES – iPhone vs Android!
It can’t be argued that android phones offer limited software updates, up to about 2 or 3 years. It is not convenient or practical for many to shell out hundreds of dollars to have a phone whose software won’t be supported in a couple of years. Apple software can offer support to up to 5 years, making it a very practical choice for many who don’t like to change their phones often.
While IOS clearly WINS in this category, many android users argue that for those 2/3 years of software updates, it’s a better experience. The idea of longer device support is a nice one but usually when by the time 3 years come around, the person probably has already upgraded. People don’t use their phones for that long because at that point something significantly better would be out and the phone battery would need to be replaced. Still, by far, IOS WINS this category. Their updates are amazing, with new features, bug fixes, and security features. In this category, Apple is ahead.
BATTERY LIFE – iPhone vs Android!
Android battery versus the Apple battery. This is a category where we could say they are mostly EQUAL. While Apple batteries are not bad but you can find many android phones that are the same, do better or are even slightly worse.
SIMPLICITY AND EASE OF USE – iPhone vs Android!
Apple WINS. Android phones can be unnecessarily complicated. Especially after new software updates, older users or ones who are just not as technologically savvy cannot navigate their devices. This does not happen with Apple devices, they are simple, easy to navigate, not confusing at all. Android devices are for people who like to tinker, iPhones are for people who want a phone that “Just works” as Steve Jobs said. When it comes to user experience Apple keeps things simple.
INTEGRATION WITH OTHER DEVICES – iPhone vs Android!
Apple has seamless integration with other apple devices. So in this category also we could say Apple wins, except that android’s file system makes it extremely easy to interface with other android devices and Windows PC’s. With the iPhone you cannot transfer files directly from a computer or vice versa unless you have iTunes; sure you can install it on the PC but that’s an extra complicated step. Does Apple win here then? YES. It’s integration with other Apple devices is flawless, android devices do not have that level of integration, even though they do have an easy to navigate file system.
SECURITY? – iPhone vs Android!
Apple WINS. Apple has a closed source operating system which means it does not allow downloads from third party sources. This protects the device from viruses and the like.
Privacy is also protected with Apple devices, so if this is something of value to you, iPhones are the better option. Android devices are exposed, because it’s open source and privacy is not really protected.
CAMERAS – iPhone vs Android!
People talk as if all android cameras are bad, but it really depends on the type of device you use. Apple cameras are superior to the majority of android devices out there, so here also Apple WINS.
PRICE – iPhone vs Android!
One of the first things mentioned in this piece is how ridiculously overpriced iPhones are and for the most part that is true, but nowadays many high-end android devices are pricier than iPhones, even though it won’t be too difficult to find an android device that is inexpensive and can do most of what and iPhone would anyway. When it comes to budget phones that work, Android WINS.
CONCLUSION? – iPhone vs Android!
Both are as good as the other. At the end of the day, phones are phones and all phones can largely do similar things regardless of the operating system they use.
The IOS versus Android debate continues because both platforms have matured and are having more and more in common every day. They do the same things with different approaches. It’s up to users to choose what type of approach they want based on their preferences, that’s why there are android users and IOS users. There is no valid hate for differentiation, we just use what fits our lifestyles, preferences and special needs.
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