Long lasting debate : Android vs iPhone? Surely, if you own iPhone you'll say that brand is best, but Android users will swore on their devices. Both has good and bad sides. Lets get little serious and hear what third side has to say.
Android vs iPhone: Hardware
The simple fact is that if you want an iPhone, you’ve a much easier choice than if you’re choosing an Android phone. That’s down to the fact that Apple tends to sell only three or four different models at any one time, with screen sizes ranging from 4in (the iPhone SE) up to the 5.5in iPhone 6S Plus (to be superseded by the iPhone 7 Plus in a couple of days. In the middle is the iPhone 6S, with its 4.7in screen.
- Hardware and software both controlled and optimised by Apple
- Curated app store, fewer worries of malware
- Generally good support
- No expandable storage
- Walled-garden ecosystem
- Limited customisation
- Open source, easily customised
- Expandable storage on many phones
- Wider choice of phones
- Higher chance of malware
- Interface not the same on all phones
- Patchy support
Android vs iPhone: Software
Android has improved in leaps and bounds and we’re now at the point where both iOS and Android are tied for the best mobile operating system.
Of course, this is much subjective as objective, and there will always be those that prefer iOS and those that think Android is best.
Here’s how they differ at a fundamental level.
Most obviously, iPhone apps all sit on multiple home screens, just as they have always done. Sure, you can put them in folders and search for them, but your home screens can’t really be customised.
iPhones have Siri, Android phones have Google Now. Both do a similar job, but their capabilities differ. Google Now isn’t really a virtual assistant you can have a conversation with, whereas Siri does at least try.
Both can be used to set alarms, reminders, get directions, check cinema times and more and can send text messages and emails using dictation.
It’s hard to know what to call this section, so we called it flexibility. It’s about what you can and can’t do: the limitations of each device.
With Android you can toggle an option to install software from unknown sources (so you can install the Amazon Underground app, for example), but on an iPhone you’re limited to what’s available in the App Store in your country. (Yes, you can jailbreak your iPhone to get around this, but it’s not a great idea for several reasons we won’t go into here.)
Plug an Android phone into a PC, and it acts like a hard drive. You can view, copy and delete files just like you would on a USB flash drive. That makes it supremely easy to transfer videos, music and documents from any computer.
Security and privacy
Apple is well known for its stance of privacy and – in short – while there’s some data harvesting going on (mostly for reasons of convenience) – it isn’t going to give up your data when the FBI comes calling.
Google, on the other hand, is mainly after your data to make money. So if you value privacy, the iPhone is probably the better choice.