Iphone and Android have been the biggest tech rivals over the last decade. Initially, Apple used to record the highest number of sales and, as a matter of fact, iPhones used to sell like hot-cakes as they were the most coveted phones around. This is because they were considered more secure and private compared to Android devices. However, despite iOS being considered the best operating system available, Android still has a bunch of advantages of its own that make it a better choice for most users. Below are the 7 reasons why Android is better than Apple iPhone:
Android comes with Multiple Choices
There are endless choices that Android phone users enjoy. There’s always an option that befits the needs of the user whether they are looking for a phone with a stunning camera, rugged design, small or big form factor, and so much more. On the other hand, what is contained in an iPhone is what the user gets though they can get two or three additional options for small or big phones with slightly different hardware upgrades. For iPhones, features such as the screen, internal hardware and camera are all standardized provided it is the same phone version.
Moreover, if a battery malfunctions for an Android user, except for the newer versions, they can remove it and replace it with a new one. This can be very difficult in the case of an Apple iPhone. When it comes to charging, Android users can use any micro-USB cable to charge their phone battery. iPhones are only limited to the standard ‘Lightning’ charging cables.
There is also more choice in terms of hardware for the case of Android devices. There are several Android phone manufacturers to choose from including Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Huawei, HTC, LG and Google itself and much more. Therefore, regardless of the type of Android phone that one is looking for, there’s always an option that fits the bill compared to iOS devices.
The most favorite part of Android phones is personalization. Users enjoy customizing their phones right from the appearance of their devices to the type of apps they use. If one doesn’t like the standard keyboard that comes with their Android device, they can download third-party keyboards they prefer. Moreover, if one gets bored with the same launcher time and again, they can download a new one from Google Play Store.
Apple loves keeping things simple and user-friendly. They like controlling what comes and goes out sometimes making it hard for users to customize their phones. Several phone users want customization. Recently, Apple has released new phones with the latest features like those of Android devices. Most of the features were released by Google’s Android long before Apple released them for their new iOS devices. However, it is still safe to put that a majority of the greatest and latest software features are available for Android. They are far much more accommodating in terms of customizing the outlook of their devices, widgets, views, default apps and deletion of unnecessary apps.
Although Apple opted to implement the idea of ‘widgets,’ it is still limited compared to Android. A user can only add them to their ‘Notification Center’ section. Their main focus is user-friendliness and to them, adding widgets to home screen brings in clutter. However, the ability to add widgets to home screen is among the favorite things that Android users love. In fact, Android users can add anything to their home screens including weather, alarms, direct calls and custom clocks and much more.
Multi-tasking is another big advantage for Android users. The user only opens a multitask window then drag apps they want to use at the same time. For instance, one may want to text a friend while watching a video. The feature is just awesome and makes things simple. Android Find my device makes it possible for you to ring your phone in its highest volume if it’s on silent and you’ve lost it around somewhere the home or workplace. Although Apple finally came up with the idea of multitasking, it is still not implemented well and is somehow more beneficial for iPad users.
Storage and Memory Expandability
Most Android phones offer memory expansion capability. One can insert a micro SD card to enjoy additional storage space. For the case of Apple, they were initially limited to standard 16GB memory for their devices. They’ve finally heard the complaints of their phone users and now offer 32GB and 64GB and more. However, Android still trumps iOS when it comes to memory and storage. For instance, Samsung S7 Edge comes with 32 GB of internal storage and one can still add a 64GB memory card.
Android has a more Open Ecosystem when it comes to Applications
Android comes with a user-friendly app store called Google Play. The store is standard for all Android smartphone and tablet users. Users can get and install applications from third-party sources like Amazon, F-Droid, and Getjar. They can also choose to install applications from flash memory card and more. While there’s a risk of installing applications from third-party sources, users can choose to tie their hands and go ahead to install them. On the other hand, Apple’s app store has been described as ‘restrictive’ or ‘walled garden.’
When it comes to cost, applications are cheaper for Android users. Although most of the apps that Android users get for free, those that are available for purchase are less costly compared to iOS devices. It may be due to the diverse nature of the Android market. In fact, sometimes apps that come at a price on iOS are offered for free on Android. There is also a greater evolution of apps at a faster rate for the case of Android that has taken creativity to another level.
Android’s open use also opens up doors for the manufacture of bespoke devices. Android’s developers and hardware manufacturers regularly make changes to OS’s software and hardware thus tailoring the devices to suit the ever-changing needs of their users. For instance, Silent Circle is embracing a privacy-centered PrivatOS which is a secure Android version that integrates a new encryption technology. It will help users enjoy secure operations like making private calls, texts, video chats and file transfers. It’ll utilize a self-generating key that automatically deletes itself after it is used.
Innovations reach the market faster on Android compared to iOS. In fact, most significant hardware innovations commence at Google. For instance, Android was the first OS to support WebP images, Wi-Fi Direct, screen mirroring and even the use of multiple accounts on a single operating system. For the applications and features that are on demand but don’t exist, it takes only a short time before they can be released. However, for the case of Apple, it takes years before it is verified.
Android’s Cross-Platform Means Flexibility
Android is fully open and has gone a step to design a Software Developer Kit that works across multiple platforms. Therefore, it means companies can quickly and flexibly launch an app available on Windows and Linux OS to Android than they can do on iOS. Apple’s iOS is unfriendly when it comes to developers and third-party companies that try to submit an app to iOS. One is required to submit an app so it can go through several stages for verification. They have strict rules that piss off most developers.
Multiple Price Options
With several phone manufacturers utilizing Android operating system on their devices, there is a huge opportunity for users to get their hands on a quality and functional device at a pocket-friendly price. For instance, a Motorola (Moto G) or Google Nexus 5 can cost one $150-$300. Other good brands are available at a cost of less than $100. There are so many options for Android users to consider unlike buying an iPhone.
Latest high-end iPhone models like iPhone 7 can cost about $800. Other higher versions even go up to $1000 which is relatively costly compared to Android rivals. One can find a fancy Android smartphone at a cheaper cost than that of an iPhone.
Google’s Wearable Technology is another Win for Android
Wearable technology is gaining popularity in different parts of the world. It is all about leveraging and gathering big data. The technology has been utilized by Virgin Atlantic to enhance customer interactions and check-in staff. For instance, Google Glass is slowly proliferating. A virtual screen is placed right in front of the eye and emails, tweet and other information are overlaid. The user can control what they see using gestures. Android also introduced a free software that powers smart watches. Smartphone users can utilize the technique to add flexibility and convenience to their lives. It means Android smartphones are slowly turning to wearable trackers. Such a move is a big advantage and the reason why Android is ahead of iOS.
Both Android and iOS devices constitute about 98%. However, Android claims about 81% of the market share. Further stats show that about 11% of iOS users in the United States plan to switch to Android every year. The rise in popularity of Android devices has led to a drop in the market share of Apple’s iOS devices. The flexibility, affordability, multiple choices, customization and open ecosystem are some of the top reasons why Android keeps and will continue dominating the mobile market.