This is a tug of war that has been going on incessantly for years. Users are perplexed before buying a new phone as both Apple and Android seem to be the same to be a lot of people save the brand and the price. If you are going to buy a new smartphone, do have a look at this comparison to get informed about what’s better suited to your needs. So, without waiting let’s compare Android and Apple different features and find out which one is better on what grounds?
The thing that you notice at first sight in any phone and the first main difference between an Apple and an Android phone is their hardware. Since in the case of Apple, the makers of the software and the hardware happen to be the same, there is rigid control and generalization. On the other hand, when it comes to an Android phone, it is Google who offers the hardware to many different companies like Samsung, HTC etc. thus, there is a vast difference among Android phones when it comes to the features concerning the hardware like size and weight.
Leaving aside the premium Android phones, the cheaper ones who also claim to be the more “affordable” options, bring along many issues related to hardware, unlike their Apple counterparts.
Moreover, when it comes to making a choice among the Android phones it is more difficult to do so as the market is flooded with a variety of brands and models whereas Apple is standard and doesn’t have much variation. While others may be impressed by the wide arena of choice offered to them by Android, others may get swayed by the simplicity of Apple.
Now, comes the benefit of being an Apple phone owner. If you want your OS updated at all times, go for Apple because many companies are lazy when it comes to updating their Android phones and sometimes don’t even update them at all.
Obviously, older phones ought to lose support for the ever-changing OS, however, when it comes to supporting their older models, Apple is better at it. For e.g. iOS 11 was installed on about 66% of the compatible models within just half a year of its release. On the other hand, take Oreo, most of the Android phones were running on older versions even eight weeks after its release. Unfortunately, the choice of updating the phones is in the hands of the companies and not the users and as you can see clearly from the example provided, Android companies are a big disappointment when it comes to this arena.
Winner of iOS vs Android OS: Apple
One of the main features in smartphones is artificial intelligence and voice interface. Google Assistant beats Siri hands-on in this field. Everything that Google knows about you is compiled in the best possible way for you to untangle your life just a bit.
Siri, Apple’s equivalent to Google Assistant, is way behind Android, for now, however, it is getting better with each new iOS release. For now, it is majorly limited to smaller tasks and doesn’t offer the myriad possibilities that Google Assistant does.
If you hate rigid walls and want openness when it comes to customizing as per your needs and desires, don’t blink an eye before going for Android. However, this also means that this “openness” is misused by the companies selling Android by sometime replacing the awesome default apps that Android offers with inferior versions of the same developed by that company.
Apple on the other has kept iPhone in a watertight compartment with little possibility of change. The default apps cannot be done away with and customization that a user can do is limited. However, it is noteworthy here that what Apple takes away from a user in rigidness, it bestows in the form of impeccable quality and attention to detail.
Go for Apple if you want a great functioning phone with high-quality experience and extremely user-friendly interface. However, if the feeling of freedom and the choice to customize your phone freely lures to the extent that you are willing to adjust some potential issues, go for Android.
In contrast to Google’s lax standards for apps, Apple is infamous for being “strict”. This is also clearly portrayed by the fact that Apple’s App Store offers far lesser options as compared to Android’s Play Store. Before, criticizing Apple’s strictness, consider the fact that once a fake version of WhatsApp was put up on Google’ Play Store resulting in a massive loss to thousands of people.
Developers have also pointed out the difficulties associated with Fragmentation which means that the huge number of Android devices and the variety of OS makes it expensive for them. The famous game, Temple Run had a particularly bad experience where nearly all of their support emails had to do with unsupported devices besides developing a game which was supported by over 700 Android phones.
Android has a reputation of emphasizing on free apps despite the huge costs of fragmentation and thus the cost of development turns out to be so high that the develops can seldom cover their costs. Thus, key apps tend to make a debut with iOS with their Android versions coming around later or never.
Winner of Apps: Apple
Though I-Phones users who have bought their phones recently also need to recharge their phones frequently. Most of the new versions of the iPhone can’t go a day without charge as compared to the older versions of iPhones. The reason is the newer iOS versions are less optimized as compared to the later optimized releases till then you always need to carry a charger if you are an iPhone user.
On the other hand, leaving aside the companies those offer phones with larger screens and larger burdens to cut down on battery life, many of the Android phones come with amazing battery lives and can work much longer time than an iPhone in a single charge. For example, Xiaomi’s Max series phones, OnePlus 5 and recently launched Asus Zenfone Pro max M1 comes with 5000mAh battery at a budget price.
A winner in battery: Android
Choosing the best phone for yourself isn’t as easy as calculating points on this list and going ahead. Every phone has certain advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the lifestyle you lead and the type of phone that is best suited to your needs, you must make a wise decision in this regard.