In the market for a new smartphone but undecided on whether to go with Android or the Apple iPhone? Both platforms are popular and similar in many respects when it comes to the features available. However, there are some areas where one platform outshines the other. Here’s a quick comparison of the two operating systems to help you decide which one to buy.
Android definitely gets the edge here, even if just for the sheer number of devices available. From the Samsung Galaxy to the HTC One, Android is currently running on thousands of different smartphone brands. Apple, on the other hand, currently has three choices for its iPhone: the iPhone 4S, 5S, and 5C. The 5C is the most recent and has a faster processor than its predecessors. One of its coolest new features is the fingerprint sensor which reads your digital imprint to unlock your phone. The lack of variety from Apple will need to be taken into account when choosing a phone.
The iPhone is certainly sleek and sexy, but Android wins out here with the number of devices to choose from in Android vs. iPhone.
The Operating System
Both systems run fast, smooth operating systems. It’s difficult to say which is better in this respect. Apple’s iOS 7 integrates seamlessly with the iPhone and makes phone setup a breeze. If you already have an Apple ID, the process is even quicker. Of course, Apple administers control the platform, so the things you can do on it (such as installing applications or music) are limited to what Apple allows. Android is much more flexible as it allows the installation of apps and software from any developer. The integration with devices is not as smooth as with the iPhone, however. With so many different developers creating software for so many devices, there’s no guarantee that every app will work on every smartphone.
It’s a close call here, so you’ll need to weigh the benefits of a controlled but well-integrated platform against a more open but slightly less reliable one.
Both platforms have a wide selection of apps and games, but Apple tends to have the best choices. Many developers publish their apps on iOS before going to Android, so you may not find all the most popular apps in the Play Store. The good news is the Play Store houses over a million apps and usually has good alternatives to many of the apps found only in Apple’s App Store. One thing to watch here is security. Because Apple controls their platform, there are fewer chances for malicious software to infect the iPhone. The Android platform is open to developers from all over the world, and smartphone owners can download any software they wish. This is something to take into account if you’re considering Android. You’ll need to make sure you’re only downloading apps and software from reputable developers.
Overall, both Android and iPhone are great, user-friendly platforms, and each device provides the end user with a rich smartphone experience. Which one you choose will depend on how important security is to you as well as the type of device you desire.