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Android vs. iPhone
February 29, 2016
The debate between these two major electronics companies has been a long standing battle. There are pros and cons to both sides of the arguments, and different people like different things. But some people refuse to look at the other side of the spectrum and stubbornly stick with their own phone. So which one is really better?
There’s no doubt that almost everyone has one of the following two types of phones: iPhone and Android. Because of that, there’s so much competition in every aspect of the phone. Everyone wants bigger screens, better cameras, more apps, more data, etc. But which of the two brands honestly beats out the other.
First off, let me say that I am not biased or completely against one of the two brands. I have had both an Android and iPhone and let me say that both do a swell job on performance. But there’s no avoiding the fact that iPhone beats out Android. From the camera features to its software updates, iPhone edges out Android in most aspects but not by much.
First let’s start with the phones themselves. Both are very similar in a lot of ways. There’s a lot of swiping, tapping, and pinch-and-zoom going on. However in my opinion, Apple makes the phone overall much easier to use. An example is the simplicity of the designing. Anyone can use the iPhone because the home screen has all the apps and features laid out perfectly. Android is not complicated for heavy technology users but the interface and apps are no doubt more difficult to use.
For example, my Samsung Tablet struggles at times to use the google maps app and the games show obvious signs of lag and crashing. On the other hand, my iPhone does an impressive job with the processing speed and apps run much smoother.
This leads me to my next topic: Apps. Looking through both devices, the app stores are very different in what they have to offer. Of course, there is no doubt that big apps such as Twitter, Madden Mobile, Scorecenter, and Spotify are available to both brands. However, the app stores remind me of the analogy of apples to oranges. Games and apps vary tremendously for users who have specific interests.
Ultimately, I prefer iPhone’s store because the apps there suit my interests more completely. Generally speaking, the games come out early and are of higher quality because the games feel more complete.
Finally, what impresses me about Apple is the security it provides. Android devices let anyone download apps and hack into devices with relative ease. Apple one-ups Android in the fact that security is strong. Despite Android allowing more creativity in customization, iPhones deliver a better and more user-friendly experience to anyone.
Apple or Android? Which phone do I want to live with until next year when the next greatest phone comes out? You guessed it, it’s Android. The Galaxy lineup has proven itself time and time again, and they deserve recognition.
The reason that Apple’s iPhone has been ahead of Android phones is the overall appeal from the marketing that Apple can afford. Apple has many more ads on television and they are better presented to the public because of the vast wealth of Apple. Apple has the power to reach the public that Android doesn’t. However, I believe that Android has the overall better phone.
Android works smoother than Apple devices. I own the newest generation of the iPod touch and an Galaxy S4, and most of the time that I use these devices, I find myself favoring the Galaxy for working faster, smoother, having a brighter screen, and being overall easier to use. The iPod, on the other hand, is glitchy and tough to use. Sometimes is doesn’t even select what I touched on the screen without a few tries.
I may be a bit biased because of my Galaxy, but I’m not the only one. Junior Kevin Arul told me a rumor about Apple slowing down their devices with each update to prompt the owner to buy the next device down the line. A while back, there was also a prank/joke video where some people put the operating system of an Android, which was years older I might add, in an iPhone shell and everyone favored the device, saying the operating system was much easier to use instead of Apple’s iOS system.
From my point of view, it seems that Apple is in the phone game only for the money.
There are however, problems with Android as well. Being an owner, I think the two best things about Apple devices are the long battery life and the far superior camera to Android devices. If I were to create my perfect phone, I’d have my S4 with the camera and battery life of the iPhone 6S.
I am a fan of Apple and their devices, but I consider Android phones such as the Galaxy and Droid phones to work better over time. They are consistent and long lasting, so I will continually choose Android.