Smartphones have existed for a long time now. And, we have also experienced the paradigm shift that they have brought to our lifestyle- both negatively and positively. Today, they are available in two major platforms: Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. While Android has been dominating the industry by virtue of its affordable price range, Apple has ruled a particular section of society due to its security features and brand reputation. Over the years, both the operating systems have been updating their software and hardware features. They have far more in common than what divides, but there are some important differences that makes one better than another. In this blog, we’re pitting Android against iOS in several categories.
Apple has always made news with its higher price bracket. It starts at $800, which is definitely an expensive choice. However, the price is not a big deal if you book your iPhone at affordable EMI options. And, if you want you can also buy a refurbished or second-hand model that would be available at a 50% discount. But if you are looking for similar features as that of Apple’s phone, but at much affordable price, then there are a wide variety of android phones to choose from. But not all android phones are cheap and if you are really looking for a better option to splurge your money, then there are no shortage of options, Google’s Pixel 2 phones and Samsung’s Galaxy Note line to name a few.
2) App Store
It’s true that neither Google’s Play Store nor Apple’s App Store can perfectly store the millions of apps. But Apple’s redesigned App Store in iOS 11 provides a better browsing experience. It allows the user to search easily and find curated recommendations. By using it, the user can queue and install apps from the web browser on your PC. While there are some questionable apps for both iPhone and Androids, but Apple is stricter about blocking certain poor-quality apps. Also, it’s easier to sideload apps on Android as Apple is opposed to third-party app stores.
3) Battery Life and Charging
It’s hard to compare the battery life of the two types of smartphones because there is no common hardware. When we talk about mAh capacity rating (the storage capacity available for a particular battery), then most iOS devices are optimized to squeeze the most out of the battery. But these days, you can also find some Android devices with a bigger battery that will easily outlast the iPhone. Both Android and iOS allow users to check the battery usage at a glance, broken down by the app, but Android gives a better estimate of how much battery is left.
With an Android phone, a user can choose any theme, set up any layout on the home screen, add widgets, shortcuts, and even choose the entire user interface with launchers. On the other hand, an iOS allows limited customization, such as the change in background and there’s little support for widgets. This is a major factor that people choose to buy an Android over iOS.
Android is much behind the scene when it comes to protection from vulnerable hacks like Heartbleed and Stagefright because millions of Android phones are still using outdated software. Apple has already made its position among corporate employees, owing to its improved security features, most notably with Touch ID and FaceID in the iPhone X. Apart from this, Apple prioritizes privacy, so the user need not worry about the security breach. On the other hand, Android encrypts some data, but your privacy is less protected.
After reading the above-mentioned points, you might have decided which one will be a better investment. Well, numerically speaking most commoners prefer Android because of its user-friendliness and affordability. But people who prefer security and accessibility features, always go with iOS devices. Also, if battery life is top of your list and you want customizability, then choose Android. Well, both Android and iOS are feature-packed platforms with far more similarities than differences, and we can heartily recommend either.