16 Jan iPHONE OR ANDROID, WHICH ONE IS BEST TO BUY?
Most of us whenever think to buy a phone, the choice of which phone platform to buy into comes down to choosing between iOS and Android. As iOS launched in 2007 and Android OS launched in 2008 respectively have their own fan following :
No Doubt, Android Dominates the smartphone market by being offering a variety of phone makers. As Apple has consistently maintained a healthy market. From last few years, On September is the Month when Apple unevils its iPhones as Apple claims iPhone7 is the best iPhone of the company ever created. Where as Android phone is launched daily in these days as google introduces one Nexus phone a year. Along with this, this is the time when both companies release the latest versions of mobile operating systems. Both companies set as an example in itself for why a buyer should choose them. Over the years, where Android has become more polished, iOS became more Flexible.
So the Question arises, How does one choose ??? Here is some points hat help you to decide on this…
Pros of Android : (Things you gain with Android)
1. Functional Apps.
2. Lower Cost Of Ownership.
3. Innovative Hardware Features.
4. Deeper Customization.
5. Tight Google Integration.
6. A Universal Charging Port.
This is proven that the useful apps like the Truecaller family, apps like Smart Spends and Walnut, Automation apps like Speaker Phone Ex and tasker. But the above mentioned apps either don’t work as well or don’t work at all on a iphone. For Android, this feature can make the most advantage of the phone’s capabilities.
LOWER COST OWNERSHIP:
Android phones having lower cost ownership as the ‘APPLE TAX’ has to pay by everyone to own Apple Products. Android Phone makers have been continuously trying to hike their phones prices high as iPhone for years but at the end quickly discounting the price, to sell better.
Its not only iPhone that sell at premium prices. A simple charging cable from Apple’s today cost is 29 US Dollar.
INNOVATIVE HARDWARE FEATURES:
The tough competition amongst Android smartphones results in phone manufacturers go the extra mile to innovate on the hardware front. Results are, you get phones with nifty useful features like an IR blaster, which lets you control TVs, set top boxes and other appliances in your home. And in India, many people prefer using two SIM cards at the same time. Dual SIMs were restricted to entry-level phones at first, but today, you’ll have dual SIM options in phones like the LG G4 and the OnePlus 2.
There are a lot of other features you can get if you go with Android , You’ll find phones with double-sided displays, screens that curve at the edge, and wireless charging, to name just a few new features.
It’s not to say the iPhone doesn’t have any hardware features- things like a capacitive multi-touch display with the original iPhone, the Retina Display with the iPhone 4, the fingerprint-scanning Touch ID with the iPhone 5s, and the 3D Touch-toting iPhone 6s are some of the innovations that the rest of the industry has followed suit on.
TIGHT GOOGLE INTEGRATION:
Apple makes its money by selling hardware, Google makes its by selling ads. The second biggest OS in terms of market share after Android, Google makes all its services available to iPhone users.
Although Google has made several apps for iPhone, they are just not as well integrated as they are on Android, and this can matter a lot if you’re highly reliant on Google’s services.
Take an example – every time somebody shares a location with you on WhatsApp, Apple Maps will open up by default, not Google Maps. And we all know how helpful Apple Maps are in India.
Everybody’s aware of the fact that you can customize Android to the way you like. If you Don’t like the homescreen or lockscreen? Change it. Don’t like how the default fonts look? Change them too. No problem.
With Android, customization has been allowed since day one, and that has also allowed hardware manufacturers to create their own flavours of Android.
Phones like the OnePlus One were successful because of the highly-customizable variant of Android that came pre-installed on the device.
A UNIVERSAL CHARGING PORT:
Last but not the least, there’s a good chance you won’t miss carrying your phone charger everywhere if you’re using Android. A transition to USB Type-C is now underway, which will cause minor problem, but it’s something that will quickly be resolved. On the other hand, even though Apple has adopted USB Type-C in the new MacBook, there is little indication that it will replace the Lightning port anytime soon on iOS devices.
Pros of iOS: (Things you gain with iOS)
1. Timely OS updates.
2. Negligible fragmentation.
3. Unmatched cross-device syncing if you use other Apple products.
4. Reliable software updates.
5. High Quality creative apps.
6. Comparatively lesser malware.
TIMELY OS UPDATES:
The biggest advantage when the same company makes the hardware and software is timely updates. The newest iOS 9 update hit 50 percent of all devices in just 4 days. Android Lollipop reached 21 percent in 10 months, iOS 9 crossed that in 48 hours.
Android phone makers usually promise one major Android update for each handset. The iPhone 4s has received four major iOS updates since its launch 2011 which could bring in a host of new features.
Sometimes important security fixes also are a part of newer updates, which will be hard for Android users to get.
Google generally releases a new version of Android every year, most manufacturers then take that OS and make their own variation of it (the manufacturers “skins”, such as TouchWiz, HTC Sense, MIUI et al) and then sell it to customers. Then next year, Google releases the next Android software update. For Android phone makers to keep supporting older hardware with new versions of Android is tedious and cost-intensive (remember they stop selling that model after a year or two anyway) so you get lots of Android phones on the market, all of which are running different versions of the OS.
let’s take the example of how Xiaomi’s MIUI 6 chose to keep some of its own feature implementations instead of Google’s, while running Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Then there’s hardware fragmentation that causes further software fragmentation, as there are a wide variety of screen sizes and display resolutions, processors, and different amounts of RAM available to developers.
With iOS, there is negligible software fragmentation as there are only a handful devices with fixed screen resolutions, processing power and hardware capabilities. With different screen sizes and multiple models, the iPhone is slightly more fragmented than it was a few years ago, but it is still a tiny variance as compared to Android.
UNMATCHED CROSS-DEVICE SYNCING IF YOU USE OTHER APPLE PRODUCTS:
This is a big plus point if you’re the owner of multiple Apple products. you should be Thankful to software-hardware integration, no other software ecosystem lets you take phone calls that come to your phone on your computer without installing any additional software, then reply to SMSs from your tablet, and pick up an article you were reading on a tablet on your phone, right at the point where you left off.
RELIABLE SOFTWARE UPDATES:
The reliable software updates are also an incentive to stick to your current iPhone, knowing that you’ll get the same software features as the new one (unless they’re hardware-dependent). Also, since 2011, a new iPhone consistently comes out by September each year. This is reassuring since you’re buying something knowing when the next version is going to be out.
With Android, there’s far too much distraction as you buy one thing, and some other phone maker will come up with their next best in a few months, making you yearn for a feature or two that it has, and yours doesn’t.
HIGH-QUALITY CREATIVE APPS:
Two years ago, apps on iOS were better designed than the ones on Android. In the past two years, we’ve seen more and more developers make Android apps look good. Today, a fair share of apps we use on Android are certainly not poorly-designed. But iOS still holds the pedestal for good looking apps. Not only are apps well-designed, but some really excel in terms of their creativity.
You may say there’s a certain superiority complex among iOS-exclusive developers, but it boils down to the fact that iOS users are more willing to pay for apps than Android users and that they’re simply pandering to that audience, by going the extra mile.
COMPARATIVELY LESSER MALWARE:
Apple’s “walled garden” of apps comes with certain benefits when it comes to malware. Apple doesn’t let you tinker with the OS in any meaningful way, and doesn’t let you install apps without using the App Store. It does not permit third-party app stores, and has preventive measures to prevent malicious apps from entering the app store.