The year was 2007 when the smartphone industry was changed forever with the release of the iPhone, with iOS at its heart. Soon after, another OS caught with the iOS, Google’s Android, and the battle between these two smartphone OSs has been raging since. This battle is reignited with the release of every major flagship iOS or Android device, like the iPhone XS, Samsung Galaxy Note9, etc. Both these Oss have their own pros and cons, with each getting better with updates.
Are you, too, confused about which OS would be right for you? Well, I was. I will try to lessen your confusion with this article. So, let’s get right to it:
Why Android is better:
So many choices
With Android devices, you have so many choices with your hardware options, colors, displays, and brand. Believe me, there is an Android phone for every need out there. You want a phone with 4 cameras, there is one, or a phone with a physical screen, there are many from the likes of Nokia. Adding to that is the vast number of accessories that are supported by Android.
Every budget is covered
With the release of the iPhone XS Max, Apple has set a new record for the most expensive smartphone ever, but the case with Android phones is exact opposite. You can get an Android phone with premium specs and software without breaking your bank. There are also high-end flagship phones like the Google Pixel 3XL, or the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, but there are also phones like theXiaomi Mi A2, or the OnePlus 6T which offer class-leading hardware at a reasonable price.
I still remember, when I used an iPhone, using two apps at the same time was a dream. The sheer amount of multi-tasking potential in Android is just not present on the iPhone. Can you open an app in a resizable window on top of another app in iOS, you can’t, but you can on Android. This not only increases productivity but also is fun to use.
Have you always wanted to have a pink colored UI, or a complete black theme on your device? Well, if you have an Android device, then you’re in luck as Android has so many customization options that you’ll get tired using them. There are also many 3rd party launchers that you can install to get the desired feel on your device. There are also many convenient features like widgets.
Android is made by Google, so you get almost perfect integration with Google services. You can use your Google account for everything from syncing your data to saving your browser bookmarks, and they will appear on all your Google devices. You get the Google Assistant with almost all Android devices, and boy the Google Assistant is so much better at most tasks than Siri. It recognizes your voice better, searches faster and more accurately, and is more feature-rich.
Now, let’s have look at the other side of the story.
Why iOS is better:
Easier to use and understand
It’s a fact that the iOS is easier to use. For example, my mother who doesn’t know how to use computers much, has almost no problem in using an iPhone. She tried Android devices many times, but left them saying they’re too complicated for her. What I’m trying to say is that for people who are not so tech-savvy, using an iPhone is far easier than using an Android device.
On time updates
One thing that most people complain about Android is it’s late OS updates. But that is not a problem with the iOS, you are guaranteed to get OS updates as soon as they’re released by Apple, considering that you use a supported device.
Better App Store
This may be a personal choice, but I find the App Store to be more intuitive and simpler than the Play Store. The apps in the App Store are subjected to more stringent norms, and are thus less likely to have malicious features, which is a common problem with the Play Store.
Better device security
If you are an iOS user, then you can rest assured that your device is safe from viruses and malware. This is due to the closed system that Apple has built that doesn’t allow data from unknown sources access to your phone. Till now, I’ve never heard of any iOS device being threatened by viruses or malware.
More uniformity across devices
If you have ever shifted from one iOS device to another, you should know how easy it is to work on multiple devices simultaneously. If I do work on an iPhone and then shift to an iPad, that work will show up on my iPad. This level of integration is just not present on Android devices, even those that are made by the same brand.
So, what do you think, which OS would be better suited to your needs? Do you prefer the customizable and open interface of the Android, or the security and uniformity of the iOS? Do tell me in your comments below!
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