Monday, January 21, 2019

Android vs. iPhone - Which One Is Right For You?

Andriod vs iOS

If you are reading this, you must be planning to buy a new smartphone but you are confused between which one to choose. Also, there could be a case of switching from Android to iOS or vice versa. Deciding which one is better is a debatable matter as both have their own user base.
iPhone X
From buying to hyping and amplifying the features of their respective smartphones is a common sight when they are questioned about their price. At that moment one will find oratorical skills somehow from nowhere. Both Google and Apple have been great with their marketing skills to showcase every time they bring new smartphone in the market or precisely in the eyes of the viewers. This is so unique in itself that some of them get attracted to arrive at mobile shops.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
If you’re buying a new smartphone today, chances are very good that it will run Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS mobile operating systems. These two platforms accounted for more than 99 percent of all new smartphones shipped in recent years, and that rose to 99.7 percent last year, according to IDC. Microsoft has thrown in the towel with Windows Phone, BlackBerry makes Android devices now, and there are very few other options worth considering.
Also read: Mac vs. PC
Let’s Start:

Hardware: Hardware is the first place where the differences between the iPhone and Android become clear. Only Apple makes iPhones, so it has extremely tight control over how the software and hardware work together. On the other hand, Google offers the Android software to many phone makers, including Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola.

OS Updates: To make sure you always have the latest and greatest version of your smartphone operating system, you have to get an iPhone. That's because some Android makers (e.g. Samsung) are slow at updating their phones to the latest version of the Android OS version, and sometimes don't update their phones at all.

Voice Assistant: The next frontier of smartphone features and functionality will be driven by Artificial Intelligence and voice interfaces. On this front, Android has a clear lead. The Google Assistant is far better than Siri.

Battery Life: Early iPhones needed to recharge their batteries every day. More recent models can go days without a charge, though new versions of the operating system tend to cut battery life until they're optimized in later releases. ​The battery situation is more complex with Android, due to the large variety of hardware options. Some Android models have 7-inch screens and other features which burn through much more battery life. But, there is one point to consider that many Andriod phones have fast charger out of the box but for Apple phone like iPhone X that supports fast charging, you need to shred some extra bucks.

User Interface: People love to say Apple products just work. It’s certainly true that the iOS interface is easy to use. But so is the Android interface. Frankly, if you can use one, you won’t have much trouble using the other. The notable point here is Andriod is highly customizable via launchers and icon packs whereas iOS has the same UI throughout its life.

Security: It’s not so much that Android has security problems; it’s that Google is laxer than Apple about what applications it will let into its app store. Malware is found more on Android than iOS. However, for high-end devices, manufacturers keep pushing security updates, but the device list is huge in case of Andriod, so the lowered price phones rarely get even security updates. Apple has the opposite case, all the iPhones are updated at the same time when Apple releases any update which is quite good even if you are owning a two-generation older device.

Ports: All Android devices use standard micro USB or USB Type C port, so there are many gadgets you can connect to your phone. With an iPhone, you need something that will connect with its proprietary Lightning port. Also, Apple has removed 3.5 mm audio jack from latest iPhones lineup but many Android phones still have it.

Apps: Once upon a time, you could argue that there were better apps on one app store than the other. These days, it's pretty much a dead tie. Besides, with 2.8 million apps on the Google Play store and 2.2 million on the Apple, App Store, it's not like you're ever going to run out of apps to play with. however, the look, and feel of apps are better experienced on iPhone because of uniformity that they maintain also the number of adds is less compared to the same version of the app on Andriod.

Camera: Cameras on both Android phones and iPhones are very, very good. This can be a bit subjective, as iPhone captures more real colors whereas Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (for example) captures more vivid and has a better low light photography. If the camera is a point Google’s Pixel devices are better than these two in my opinion.

File Transfer: Android is a clear winner when it comes to file transfer. You can connect to any device to transfer your files and media but in iOS, you need to sync your iPhone with iTunes. When you connect your iPhone with another computer, your files and media will be lost.

Storage: iPhones have limited storage and you cannot expand it but with Andriod, you will never run out of storage space as most Andriod devices support expandable storage via Micro SD card.

Dual SIM: When Reliance JIO was launched, almost every Indian tried to get a SIM and use the free Internet. Andriod users put that SIM card into the second SIM slot but for iPhone users, it was not possible until the iPhone XR, which was launched in 2018 only.

Language Support: Android supports more than 100 languages whereas iOS supports 34 languages.

File Manager: File manager is supported in Android which is not supported in iOS.

Open Source: Kernel, UI, and some standard apps. The iOS kernel is not open source but is based on the open-source Darwin OS.

Photo Backup: If you use the Photos app in Android, then you can automatically back up all your photos and videos. There’s no doubt that Google Photos is the best option because it offers unlimited free storage, provided you don’t mind the 16-megapixel limit for images and the 1080p resolution limit for video. You can back up photos and videos at the original resolution with iCloud or Google Photos, but you only get 5GB of free space with iCloud, compared to 15GB with Google Drive. If you are using a Pixel device you get unlimited google storage to back up your photos and videos.

Rooting, Bootloading: We’ve looked at how to root your Android phone or tablet before. It’s not for everyone, but if you want root access and complete control over your device, then rooting is the way to get it. Rooting gives you access to more apps, the latest OS updates without waiting, new software skins to get the aesthetic you want, the chance to get rid of bloatware from carriers and manufacturers, potential tweaks to boost your device’s speed and battery life, and more.

Also read: Are you addicted to your phone? Read this.

To conclude, if you own other Apple devices like Mac, Apple Watch etc. Go for an iPhone, because Apple Ecosystem is unbeatable. But if you want to enjoy the flexibility to connect to different kind of devices, customization, never run out of storage thing, own an Andriod.

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