As it stands, Android versus Apple is one of the most frequently asked questions around, though it’s not one of the easiest questions to answer. The answer will change, from person to person, for a multitude of reasons, ranging from technical to personal; this article will explore a couple of perks of each one.
Due to Apple being one large company, and the only company that produces Apple products, if buying an iPhone, you only need to worry about which model you want (and potentially where you want to get it from if you’re searching for an amazing price deal on the device). However, if you’re considering an Android phone, you have many brands to choose from; some well-known, such as Samsung or Sony, and some you’ve never heard of before and probably won’t ever again! With this immense coverage of devices, it means you have to select both a brand and a model of your phone, which for some people can be incredibly overwhelming, or a luxury you won’t find with Apple products.
If you’re after a functioning phone that’s frequently updated by the developers and has great customer support and has updated OS systems on more devices, iPhone is a clear choice – not only do Apple frequently update their iOS systems, they implement it through more past models than Android do; for example, iOS 10 goes back to the iPhone 5 which was released in 2012! After the Nougat OS was released for Android, 12 months after the release it was discovered only 7% of devices were updated by the developers.
Apple is known for having a very strict App Store, but this is beneficial in more than one way. By restricting what apps are allowed to be put into the App Store, it means fewer viruses and malware will be downloaded into your device, it also means that the apps will be better quality. Most applications that are developed nowadays will be debuted on iOS, and potentially may never even reach Android phones. Android does allow many apps in their Google Play Store, but this opens your device up to different problems with viruses and malware; additionally, with the vast collection of different Android phones and models, not all of them are supported by some applications – for example, Temple Run released onto Android and the majority of their support emails were about the game not being supported by their device, despite the company being supported and supporting use for over 700 different types of Android device!
If you already own Apple products, such as their tablets and iPods or even a Mac computer, you could be better off getting an iPhone to integrate your experience and streamline your daily events -for example, you could be writing an email on your phone and finish it on your Mac at home. This is made easy to do as they’re all developed by Apple so their systems are all similar and interlinked. This is not the case with Android as there are so many different brands and companies and manufacturers that it’s unlikely to find linking devices as most companies won’t produce all of the different types of device you want links.
Apple is also known to be the better company for customer support; their support system is personified with the Apple store, allowing people to take their phones to the shop for professional help, you can even book appointments for a specialist to look at the problem you’re having and potentially get your battery changed etc. This is not the same case for Android, however, there is no ‘Android Store’, you can do many different things to get help with your Android phone, such as calling your manufacturing company or returning to the shop you purchased from but there are so many places to go to, you might not necessarily get the best help immediately.
Something that’s advancing quickly nowadays is the AI inside the phones, Apple provides Siri, a computer that understands relatively well human speech and can converse with the user, but is limited to simple tasks inside the phone. Android are much better in this sense, that their Google Assistant can help make your day-to-day life easier as Google takes all of its data on the user and helps organise you and sends notifications out for things that will assist your day, for example, Google Assistant will look at your calendar and will notify you to leave early if there’s bad traffic.
One big problem that everyone encounters in today’s day and age is the battery life on our phones – luckily, Apple have developed a battery that should go days without needing a charge, but Android has long produced phone models with batteries that can outlive the iPhones newer battery and phone models, though there are downsides to the advancing phones and their features which burn through battery life.
A perk of Apple being the only company to develop the Apple products and brand is that they pre-install all the apps that the consumer will be using on the phone so that third-parties can’t put their own apps onto the phone, this isn’t the case with Android as the separate manufacturers that use Android in their phones remove the default Android applications and replace them with their inferior versions.
Android phones have become much more like Apple phones in the sense that you can’t remove the backs to replace a battery and you can’t add extra storage, however, older Android models were designed so you could personally add extra storage and change and replace the battery.
If you’re looking for a hybrid phone/tablet, now dubbed a phablet, if you’re wanting a bigger one, you’re more likely to want an Android, more specifically the Samsung Note 8 as the screen is 8 inches! Apple’s biggest phablet is 5.5 inches.
Luckily for everyone, both Apple and Android offer 4G LTE, when originally everyone swarmed Android for the faster internet as they were the only ones offering it!
Unluckily for everyone, though, is the fact the end-all question of which one is better can’t be answered by these comparisons as it’s a lot of personal preference to how much you like to be able to customise your home-screen and how open the phone is for use and how sleek you like the hardware to be and how clean you want your user interface to be! It’s a lot of if’s and but’s chopped up and glued together to create what’s best for you!