Android versus iOS is a long hauled debate that continues to find arguments and audiences even to this day. Both have something unique to offer and a potential audience to receive that specific set of features. iOS has previously released its new version and Android has done the same with Android 12.
It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of the Android smartphones or iPhone because both have something specific and unique to offer and sure these also lack in some areas which might be particularly interesting for many dedicated users out there.
Which one is the ultimate operating system? Android or iOS
If it were to come to a scenario where a champion was to be announced between the two then how the decision could be made? This is what brings us to this specific review to understand the high points and low ends of these very specific operating systems so that people could have all of the features and offerings outlined for them. We will first begin by taking the iOS for a spin, discussing its high points and how it is unique in its offering and performance capabilities, and then we will come to Android to do the same.
iOS: what makes it so great?
First of all, iOS doesn’t just deliver a calibrated user experience but a lot more than that. When you have in your hand an iPhone which is running on the latest version of iOS you are fully invested in Apple’s ecosystem. You won’t find any irregularities in terms of design, theme, or even color combination. All of it is looking smooth and everything is precise to its action and the reason for it being there. If you already own tons of Apple devices such as Mac, iPad and then it will be easier to switch to an iPhone running on the latest version of iOS.
Apple has designed a proper framework that allows you to be able to shift your data from one device to another and have a seamless experience in doing so. You can continue right from where you left and move ahead. You can transfer all of your data from your Mac OS into the iOS such as your calls, messages, and important texts could be transferred and be available on your iPhone in a matter of seconds.
By signing in to your Mac or iPhone using the same Apple account it would become easier for you to take photos and record videos on your iPhone and have them available on your Mac so that you can edit them or do something else that is in your mind.
The capability of the hardware which can run iOS is far more superior to any other hardware you could find on the market running Android or some other operating system. What this means is that you have the utmost efficiency and power-packed performance in your hands and with iOS on your side, you know that every journey you take or every move you make is going to be seamless.
Apart from transferring data from your Mac to the iPhone or the other way around iOS allows you to do a lot of other things such as replying to your texts and taking calls on your Mac while the same can’t be said for Android. Sure Microsoft is now helping Google in this specific regard by introducing the ‘your phone app’ in windows. This allows users to be able to answer texts and receive calls but the experience is extremely lacking and clunky, to say the least.
The quality of third party iOS apps is extreme
Many people over the years have had the liberty to check out both Android and iOS smartphones and they can tell you for sure that iOS third-party apps are not only better but more efficient than their Android counterparts. If you have used Android before then you can know for sure that many apps come out as broken and the experience they hand out at face value is mediocre but every app that you can find on the iOS store is extremely efficient and built with perfection.
There is a solid reason behind this as not every developer can just sign up with App Store and start building apps for you there is a strict regulatory framework that oversees the potential of these developers and they have to pass various tests first to be able to build apps for Apple. But as for Android almost anyone can build an app and throw it off on the Google Play store and that is why most of these apps on google play store are broken and need some serious revision work. Quality control is the very reason why iOS is miles better than Android in third-party app development.
Enhanced privacy controls with app tracking notifications
iOS in its latest release has introduced a privacy control feature that allows you to disable those apps that you don’t want to be tracking your profile all the time. This was a major win for the privacy advocates out there and a huge blow to the social media platforms such as Facebook.
Android at the moment is lacking this very feature and it is uncertain if this feature would ever be available on the platform but don’t get a wrong impression that Apple doesn’t record your data, it does but it is more resilient when it comes to allowing the third-party apps to do the same.
Software updates are seamless
When it comes to software updates and the added features that these represent iOS is far better than Android because here you get access to the latest iOS releases seamlessly and a bit earlier than the Android. Also, these software updates are more frequent which means that Apple devices will receive more updates over their dedicated lifetime than an Android device.
Practically how often an Android device will receive a major update depends on how expensive the mobile phone itself is, the name of the carrier from where you have bought it, and other such factors. That is why when a major Android rollout begins many notable devices are excluded from the list.
Android: why it is better than iOS?
It might not come out as a surprise to you when stated that the number of Android phones on a global level is more in number than the iOS devices. The very reason is the flexibility in deciding the budget for an Android device. Android is extremely common and in reach of many phone developing companies and manufacturers is available in every price range. You can buy a very high-end mobile phone and get an Android or you can buy a $100 smartphone and would still have access to the latest Android software.
The same however can’t be said for iPhones and Apple devices as these are relatively expensive and not within reach of everybody. Android on the other hand is easily available and packs a great bang for the buck when it comes to the affordability and availability of Android devices.
It is fairly more customizable
Android is hands down the most customizable operating system out there while the same can’t be said for iOS. Android has a reputation of being an operating system that is specifically designed for users who want to tinker with it later and customize it to have their own specific tone. You can change anything and everything according to your own liking in Android.
With Android you can change the default keyboard, themes, icons, and above all many phone manufacturers are already dropping Android with their own particular skins. This allows the diversity to build and be available for Android devices while iOS is fairly rigid in this particular area. You might have also heard that you can’t connect a third-party accessory with an iPhone but you can connect or download any third-party app or accessories with your Android smart device.
You can expand the storage
Another great aspect of Android is that it allows you to expand your storage by inserting a micro SD card. Android devices now have compatibility for an SD card up to 256 TB. This gives you a really immersive boost in terms of expanding your onboard storage and moving some of the space-intensive files such as movies, songs, and videos into your external storage. On the other hand, when it comes to iOS you can’t expand your storage, you only get to use what you have paid for and that is it.
This is a serious trap designed by April so that users who are in need of more storage would pay for it beforehand. The price of a new iPhone 13 with 128GB storage and 256GB storage is not the same, you might have to pay $200 or $300 extra if you want to have an iPhone with a bigger storage capacity.
Both these devices have their own merits and demerits and from a user perspective, the decision for choosing either could be personalized according to their own taste for features they want to use or interact with their smartphones.
Some might choose Android for the customizability that it offers and being able to use multiple accessories with it, installing third-party applications which iOS simply doesn’t allow the users to engage with. On the other hand, some might prefer iOS because it is more user-centric and allows remote control of the privacy to the end-user, and offers much more promising performance and efficiency in the long run.