The users on either side of the battle lines drawn regarding mobile phone operating systems will dig in unrelentingly in their position. Much like Republican vs. Democrat or the progressive Designated Hitter vs. baseball purists’ Pitcher’s Hitting, each side is resolute in their beliefs and fairly impossible to move.
So, with such strong and unwavering opinions how does someone with an open mind and a need to decide between the two systems obtain a clear, unbiased opinion from which to make a decision? That’s where our website can help. Check out our blog for really good reviews about different iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models. We can provide you with a comparative overview of the key aspects of both operating systems and then leave the decision up to you.
Usability and Functions
As smartphones have evolved the disparity between ease of using the devices has closed such that, basically, they’re both pretty easy to navigate. We’re fairly confident that if you’re familiar with one OS and pick up a phone with the other that you’ll grasp its concepts rather easily. That said, to differentiate, Android does allow the user more control over home-screen and application set up, so if you want more control over set up Android may be best.
As for the voice assistant features this one is a bit more clear cut. Siri was certainly first to market and became a familiar voice across society for hands free answering of questions, but Android’s Google Assistant has surpassed it in functionality and usefulness. The ability for the Android version to integrate with Google apps, such as Calendar or Maps, to plot a course or set a schedule is much further along than Siri’s rather basic Q&A sessions.
When it comes to attaching accessories to your device (e.g. headphones) both are functionally effective, but Android’s use of standard USB ports versus the iPhone insistence on use of the proprietary Lightning port sets Android apart simply for ease and price options for finding a peripheral device that’s compatible.
iPhone probably has a slight advantage pertaining to cameras and video chatting. Apple certainly has made these features a point of emphasis as they have iterated over the years. If you’re not a photography expert of some sort the variance between iPhone and Android in camera and picture quality may not be discernible, but ultimate quality probably slight tips towards Apple. For Video chat iPhone simply knows exactly what it wants to be and leans all the way into it – FaceTime. It’s tried-and-true at this point, while Android hasn’t necessarily declared it’s featured video conferencing toolset.
The Technical Stuff
There are plenty of detailed technical aspects one could dive into, but what do we most care about? Battery life, security, storage and how much does it cost, so we will focus attention there.
Battery life can vary quite a bit based upon how you use your phone and the differences in the phones (e.e. Motorola, Samsung) that support Android. Overall, probably not much of a noticeable difference.
Security is so particularly important in this day and age, with plenty of malevolent forces out there looking for prey, and this is core to the Apple strategy. In part, this is one of the advantages of the proprietary nature of Apple since they control and limit what apps are available for their devices. This gives them more ability to validate and restrict for security purposes than the more open-source Android platform.
As for cloud storage this is where the integrated Google environment plays strongly for ease of use, expansiveness of capabilities and retrieval.
And for the bottom line conscious among us you certainly can get an Android phone for less than an entry level iPhone, though as features become comparative so do the price ranges.
So there you have it. We’ve laid out the key elements for the iPhone iOS and the Android operating systems and hopefully have equipped you with enough information to make an informed decision. Alternatively, we’ve left you in a state of bewildering confusion and you’ll just have to turn to whichever friend yells the loudest during the next weekend barbecue mobile phone debate.