The first thing we need to say is that the title of this article is a little misleading. The comparison is not really between iPhone and Android but between iOS and Android; they are the two operating systems. The reason that many people refer to iPhone or Apple, rather than iOS, is that the phones and operating system go hand in hand when it comes to Apple. The same cannot be said for Android, where you have a choice from hundreds of different phones from a range of manufacturers.
So, you have a better range of choice if you choose Android. But this does not seem to put Apple fans off. The truth is that true fans of either the Apple iOS system or Android are probably not going to be dissuaded from their choice. But, what if you have not made your mind up yet? We are going to compare iOS and Android in different areas. Hopefully, you should find the information useful.
How important is choice?
Only you can really answer this question. The fact is that if you choose the iOS operating system you have to buy an iPhone. If you love these phones then this is not a problem, but it’s worth noting that only a few different iPhones are available and they all cost a fair few dollars.
On the other hand, the Android OS is available on hundreds of phones from manufacturers such as Samsung and Huawei. You get to choose from a wide range of phones which all have their best features, such as high-res screens and high-performance cameras. One of the best things about choosing an Android phone is that expandable storage is available on many.
It’s also worth remembering that you can pick up an Android phone from all the major phone network stores. Just find T-Mobile locations close to you, and you have a whole range of phones to choose from. Find your local Apple store, and you get to choose from a small selection of iPhones that have similar functionality. Of course, If you are a die-hard Apple fan, this is all you need.
What about software?
One of the biggest selling points of the iPhone used to be that iOS developers were always well ahead of the game. Anyone with an Android phone used to have to wait a lot longer for the latest apps. This is no longer the case. In the clear majority of cases, apps are available for both iOS and Android at the same time.
The pros and cons of customization
If you use iOS then your experience is controlled by Apple, with very limited customization available. Basically, you get what comes, and your experience is the same as all other users. This has its advantages. The fact that Apple has control, and others are not able to access the OS and make changes, means that malware is less common. Users are also able to use any iPhone with ease, as the experience is the same, overall. Of course, this means that you do not have the additional interest and functionality that customization can potentially bring.
Android is an open source OS which means that developers can customize as they see fit. This means that the experience can be far more wide-ranging for Android users. The benefits that this brings should be weighed up against the negatives. These include the fact that there is an increased risk of malware and that users can encounter a vastly different experience if they change to a different make of phone.
As you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to be had from both iOS and Android. Android is the more popular OS of the two when it comes to Internet access; having around 37% of the market, compared to 13% for iOS. But, that should not influence your decision; you should make the choice that is best for what you want from a phone.
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