Now, we can talk about two main operation systems Android and IOS (Apple). Generally people compare Android vs IPhone, in reality instead of iPhone we have to say IOS, an operation system created by Apple. So, what is the best for you ? Android or IOS. In advance, I can say that there is no one right answer to this question as each OS has its own positive and negative sides. Goal of my post is to make a short review, hoping that it will be helpful to people to make a right choice subject to their needs.
It is necessary to mention that we have to cover not only OS on smartphones, but also on smartwatches and tablets. In fact each of them need to be considered separately and I will write my future posts specifically for each type of device. For now, we will take a general look to find out main differences between OS’s.
Android OS advantages
First of all it is variety of devices available on the market that people can buy. You might need a powerful device like Samsung S10 or Note 10 plus and you ready to spend some money, here you go, you will get amazing device with brilliant specs. If you don’t need all these specs as you are just looking for standard good-looking and up to date device you can check Samsung Galaxy A5 great cheap smartphone with decent specs. My point is that depends on needs you can find a smartphone with different price tag. If you ready to spend only couple of hundred dollars, then have a look at budget Chinese brands, some of them are really cool and cheap, like Huawei 20 lite and I am talking here only about brands, some non-brand Chinese smartphones can be purchased even cheaper. Also, Chinese manufacturers produce realy high spec products like OnePlus 7 Pro or Huawei P30 Pro, so if you are looking for great device from China you can easily get it. In addition to that all that variety is not only in price, but also in design, technology, innovation. In the world of Apple smartphones, you have to live with one design and a similar appearance for 3-4 years.
Many models in the Android world come with different “fillings”. Sometimes different processors are used for different markets, more often there are models with different amounts of constant and random access memory (RAM). You can even get different body materials, cameras and display modules. So, the user can flexibly select the device to fit his needs, paying only for the necessary hardware. Those who need memory can choose between the built-in capacity or memory cards. It is still surprising why Apple does not allow to have memory cards on their devices, of course answer is simple, how then you sell model with bigger memory 200-300$ more expensive if you allow installing additional memory cards? To be honest it is disrespectful to the customers. Also, on android device you can even choose between one or two sim-cards in the devices. It is very helpful, as people may have two number and don’t want to carry all the time two phones, if this technology is available why it should not serve people? For, example on Samsung recent models like S10 or Note 10 plus you have a special software that creates two completely segregated portfolios on the phone for each number. My colleague, as example, is using that to segregate his work related information from private one. It makes life much easier, technology should help people!
Android is all about customization. That, what I personally like a lot, if you don’t like how your icons are placed, or you are just getting bored to see same home screen for the years, please feel free to customize it in a way you like. Literally everything is possible, there are no limits. In android, you have such thing that called launcher, it is basically format, how your icons, drop down menu, control gestures and all other items designed. By default, all manufacturers are developing their own launcher, from pure genuine Android look (Google devices) to self created launchers by independent developers. All these are available on Play Store, just download and install. Of course, all these launchers are customizable, as I said no limits only your fantasy can limit it. It might sound that it is not so important and I am talking only about design, but why not? if that is possible we should be able to use it as an option. Always good to have an option! Another thing is a widget, an interactive mini-apps that run on your home screens. As example, weather widgets that shows weather forecast directly on the scree and you don’t need to press an icon. Email widget is amazing, on my Galaxy S10 (and any other recent android smartphones) you can scroll your emails through the widget and have a quick look to your emails. They usually take some space on the screen and can also be easily re-sizable. There are hundreds of widgets available, subject to your needs.
4. Apps diversity
Apple’s mobile operating system is still too closed and does not allow replacing a number of standard programs. If notes or reminders can be kept in any convenient application, changing the browser will not work without problems. If you want to use Google Chrome as default browser, you’ll have to face sitation when at any moment click to the link will transfer you to Safari. It is really annoying!
Third-party cameras, although they flooded the App Store, but in most cases (from the lock screen, from the control panel or other programs), when you try to launch camera then standard one will be used. In addition to that only the lazy one doesn’t speak about the minuses of the standard dialer on the iPhone, but no progress yet.
All this is not in the Android world, if you do not like the application – uninstall and install another from the store. In terms of diversity of application is a heaven. Android OS does not have understanding of basic default app, any app that you want to be used as default will be used like that and it doesn’t matte if it comes from the pre-installed apps or its just downloaded from the store. This is a pure Android, flexibility on everything. Enjoy it!
1. IOS support and updates
The main advantage of the IPhone is the rather long period of smartphone support by today’s standards. This applies to both the release of iOS updates, and global updates in the device line. A user buys let’s say iPhone 5s for a couple of years does not notice any lags and brakes, getting all the software updates. For a couple of years, user has been using the operating system tolerably, having access to major innovations and changes. Later on device is not anymore compete with the latest releases, but still performs most of the basic functions. As a result, the user missed two global updates of the iPhone line: the transition to a larger screen in the iPhone 6 and the frameless era in the iPhone X.
On Android, you can’t spend so much time with one smartphone. In a year or two, it will start to slowdown and receive less system updates. After another year, updates will hit smartphone very rarely and application developers will be less likely to optimize software for it. If the user stays with one device for 4-5 years, then he will miss an entire era in the development of Android smartphones. To be honest we have to say that at the beginning android smartphones were catching up with iPhone, so development stage was extremely fast and that can be used as an explanation why few years difference on android devices is a big gap in terms of performance and technology. In my opinion, now android smartphones will slowdown this exponential move as they have already caught up with iPhone (or even they took a step ahead).
2. Control, control and again control.
IOS is very closed and controlled system. Apple designed it in that way, that system is very secure from external influences. On one side, of course, is good as you can be sure that almost any virus that tries to attack your smartphone will be pushed back by operation system, on other side too much control is not great either as it restrict you from flexibility and doesn’t allow operating device the way you like. At the first launch of the program on the iPhone, the user clearly gives (or not) access to the notifications, geolocation, contacts, photos, a microphone, a camera and other elements. Android is changing now in terms of security and latest models like Samsung S10 or Note 10 plus have the same approach. Each time you try to launch an app that use camera, it requires your resolution to use camera. I think it is the right way, it is good that Android OS takes positive sides of Apples iOS and implements it.
3. IOS updates all in one package.
Update is downloaded in the background and will take 10-15 minutes to update. After that, the user receives all new updates, patches and options. This applies to both the operating system and all standard applications.
On Android, something is constantly being updated. You may have few updates of operation system within a short period. Sometimes pre-installed programs getting updates separately from Android. This is a bit different way of approach to device update compare to Apple’s IOS. All system options work as separate programs and are updated accordingly.
You need to update the photo gallery, file manager, system settings, calendar, keyboard, reminders, calculator and even Always On Display (all these updates are separate applications). Yes, it might sound a bit strange, but in reality it does not bother at all (especially when updates happen on background). Of course, it is easier to get full update in one go, but we have to remember that Android OS is an open system and many developers are working on it, so this is the reason why we have few updates instead of one. I am personally happy with that and don’t feel uncomfortably while getting an updates few times a year.
WHO IS THE WINNER ?
The last few years there is no clear favorite in the smartphone market. This is largely due to the almost simultaneously developing operating systems iOS and Android.
Unfortunately, Apple has lost the stability and famous simplicity of the system, stuffing it with tons of options, while Android made a huge step forward for the last few years and caught up with Apple.
As a result, user has to try both operation system to understand what really works best. There is no one right answer, one prefers IOS because of simplicity, security while another one prefers Android OS because of flexibility, diversity.
At the moment, choosing the best smartphone or operating system is simply impossible.