Know about the pros and cons of iOS and Android smartphones in this blog!
The world of smartphones is dominated by two operating systems- Google-sponsored Android and Apple’s iOS. While iOS is the leading operating system in the United States, Android is ruling the rest of the world market. Both these operating system enjoy millions of monthly customers and are always trying to provide the best features to their consumers. But it’s a difficult choice to make for a user. He has to be aware of a lot of things before deciding his operating system. In this blog post, we will explain the pros and cons of Android and iOS.
iOS is a mobile operating system which is created, developed and marketed by Apple Inc, exclusively the hardware developed by Apple. iOS was formerly known as iPhoneOS. This operating system currently powers many of Apple’s mobile or portable devices, including the iPhone and iPod Touch. And before the introduction of iPad OS in 2019, iOS also served as the operating system of iPad. Apple’s iOS is currently the second most popular operating system worldwide after Android. iOS is also the base operating system of Apple’s other operating system like iPadOS, tvOS and watchOS.
iOS was initially launched in 2007 for the first generation of iPhone. Later on, the support of iOS was extended to iPod Touch and iPad. Now Apple launches the major versions of iOS annually. iOS in all the latest devices check for updates automatically and will ask the user to update if any update is available. The newest version of iOS is iOS 13, which was released in September 2019. This version of iOS does not support Apple devices with less than 2 GB of RAM. The new version comes along with features like dark mode, some user interface tweaks and enhanced photos application.
Now let us discuss the pros and cons of iOS, which will help you to determine whether iOS is best for you.
Advantages of iOS
- Integration with other Apple devices and operating system: Apple has created such an ecosystem where all the Apple devices and software work well together. For example, your iOS device will certainly work well with macOS. Also, there are other operating systems like watchOS and tvOS for smartwatches and televisions, respectively, where iOS integrates almost perfectly. So if you have a lot of Apple devices at home and want your new smartphone to integrate well, then iOS is an excellent option.
- FaceTime Application: This amazing application enables you to have high-definition video calls with anyone having an iPhone. Earlier users could only use the FaceTime app when they had a WiFi connection. But from iPhone 5 onwards, you can have video calls even with your mobile data. So with this app, you can stay in touch with your family, friends, clients and colleagues even when you stay geographically apart from each other.
- Camera: One of the top features of iOS is its camera. iPhone camera is so popular among users is that sometimes some users use the iPhone exclusively for the picture-taking purpose. Most of the Android devices do not offer this quality in-camera. You can even record a high definition video in 1080p from iPhone 5 onwards.
- iCloud: iOS integrates well with Apple’s cloud storage facility, iCloud. Apple’s iCloud is also available in other Apple devices like Mac computers, iPads and iPods. The iOS automatically synchronizes all the data from your iPhone, and you can access these data and photos from any Apple device using your iCloud storage. Apple also provides 5 GB free data to its users.
- Virtual Assistant Siri: Similar to Android, iOS also has its own voice-activated virtual assistant. Although it is true that Android’s Google Assistant is much better, Siri can also help you with a lot of things. Siri can help you in locating a local mechanic, calling a friend or finding a restaurant.
- Generates less heat as compared to Android: One of the most annoying features of Android devices that they generate a lot of heat when the user is using them. But unlike Android devices, iOS devices do not generate that much heat.
- Ease of use: Both iPod touch and iPhone use iOS as it’s the operating system. Because of this, it becomes very easy for its users to use. iOS gives special emphasis on making all the apps functions as they should, and many users consider this feature to be iOS’s best. iOS makes sure that ever iPhone works similar to others. This is not the case with androids, where the phones even have different types of launchers from different manufacturers! Do you want to search an app on the iPhone? Just swipe left, and you can find any app! Again, this is not the case with Android.
- The support of Microsoft Office 365: I’m sure almost every smartphone user would love to use Office 365 on their phone! The version of MS Office 365 used in iOS is similar to that in Windows phone. MS Office is unfortunately not available in Androids. So because of this official app from MS, users can view, open and even edit PowerPoint presentations, word, excel files etc.
Disadvantages of iOS
- Most of the developers avoid iOS for many reasons. Here I’m listing down a few:
- It is harder to put your apps on the App Store because of the strict rules and guidelines set by Apple. One should know that Apple does so in order to protect its users from malware and hackers. But sometimes, even genuine apps get rejected over and over again.
- Apple has a review process. If the developers want to get their apps published, they need to go through the review process first. On average, the review process for iOS apps takes around seven days. And sometimes, even more than that!
- Apple may have a larger market share in the US, but Android is still dominating in the rest of the world. This is the reason why most of the developers prefer to develop apps for Android, which helps them reach a larger market.
- Apple charges $99 a year for each app. This charge may be too much for a budding individual developer.
- To develop an app for iOS, it is compulsory to have a laptop with macOS. Otherwise, you cannot develop apps at all. And we all know that laptops with macOS are a lot costlier than their Windows and Linux based counterparts.
- Apps of iOS are very large in size as compared to other mobile operating systems like Androids and Windows.
- A vast number of iOS apps are costly, and they do not offer widget support.
- Battery performance of iOS devices is abysmal on 3G. Let’s not talk about 4G and 5G, which will be even more horrible!
- iOS only supports Apple devices for sharing data files. This is sometimes very irritating for people who have a large number of people around them using some other operating systems. Apple’s iOS doesn’t even have Bluetooth!
- The repair cost of iOS-based devices is very high, which simply adds up to your overall bill.
- iOS-based devices are really costly, which makes it difficult for a middle-class man to afford one.
Android is a mobile operating system which is a derivative of Linux Kernel. This open-source software is designed mainly for touch screen mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Android OS is developed by a group of developers called Open Handset Alliance and is sponsored by Google commercially. It was unveiled in the year 2007, and the first commercial device of Android was launched in September 2008.
Since the launch of Android in 2008, it has gone on to dominate the market of smartphones, completely eradicating competition among other operating systems. For now, Android enjoys a worldwide market share of around 85%.
Most of the Android devices have additionally proprietory software installed, most famously Google Mobile Services (GMS). GMS includes essential Google apps such as Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Play Music, Google Play (associated with Google Play services), Google Maps etc. Around 70% Android OS run on Google ecosystem. Other competitors are Fire OS (by Amazon) and Lineage OS (community-maintained).
Android is the best selling smartphone OS since 2011 and best selling tablet OS since 2013. Wikipedia states, “As of May 2017, it has over two billion monthly active users, the largest installed base of any operating system, and as of March 2020, the Google Play Store features over 2.9 million apps.” The newest stable version of Android is Android 10, which was released worldwide on September 3, 2019.
Advantages of Android
- Universal Chargers: One of the best advantages of Android-based smartphones and tablets is that all the devices use basically only two standardized and ubiquitous Micro USB connections for its charger. In the case of Apple, its Lightning connector works on all mobile devices which are bought AFTER 2012. If someone’s method is older than 2012, he may find it challenging to get a charger. And these Apple chargers do not work with other devices. You may need to use Lightning to Micro USB adapter to use the charger on different devices.
- Better phone choices: Apple users generally have a limited selection of phones at their disposal when it comes to upgrading. In the case of Android users, they can choose from several brands of smartphones which vary at different price levels—ever heard of ‘Top 10 iPhones’? Probably not! But you must have read numerous articles and blogs with the topics, ‘Top 10 Android phones released on ___’. This clearly indicates the wide range of selection available to its customers. And each device even varies in functions and amenities too. Customer can choose their phone depending on their budget, requirements and work. And this is one of the reasons why most of the users prefer Android-based phones over iOS-based phones.
- Removable Storage and battery: To increase memory capacity in iPhone and iPad needs its users to splash a lot of cash. But in case of Android, many Android devices come up with expandable micro SD slots. Users can expand the memory by 256 GB using these card slots! Most of the Androids also have a removable battery. Because of this, a user can change the battery if it is not performing well.
- Infrared: One of the best things about Android; in my opinion, is that most of the latest Android phones have the infrared facility available. It means that you can use your device as a remote control. You can use it on your TV, AC and others.
- More App choices: Apple users can only download Apps from the App Store. But in case of Android, you can download apps from multiple sources, not merely restricting to Play Store. This gives people a better choice of apps to fulfil their requirements.
- Customize your keyboard: If you don’t like your keyboard in Apple devices, you will have limited options available. But in the case of Android, you have multiple keyboard options like SwifKey, Grammarly, etc. You can even customize the looks of your Google keyboard.
- Voice Typing: With Google keyboard embedded in your Android devices, you don’t need to worry much about typing! Now you can voice type, the accuracy of which depends on your internet speed and network. Currently, Google is working on making the voice typing offline! So you don’t need to worry much about typing at all! It saves a lot of time and energy.
- Open System: iOS is ‘locked’ system that is almost impossible to customize. In the case of Android, you can customize your device by amalgamating it with outside software.
- Google Friendly: Since Google commercially sponsors Android smartphones, the smartphones come with pre-installed Google apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Google Chrome etc. Google also gives you free 15 GB of cloud storage on Android with free synchronization, against Apple’s 5 GB of free cloud storage.
Disadvantages of Android
- Lack of Accessories: It’s true that smartphones have a wide range of availability. But this also acts as a disadvantage to its users. The users have a limited variety of accessories to choose from. In the case of iOS devices, the makers of accessories are aware of precisely what they need to make.
- Vulnerability to viruses: Android’s open market makes it more prone to virus attacks than iPhone. Like I said, on Android, you can download apps from numerous websites. Some of these websites have cybercriminals as their controllers with the intention of spreading malware. This ends up being a massive danger for Android users. Apple only allows its users to download apps from its own App Store, which has robust security. The App store is much more difficult for hackers to penetrate as compared to other websites offered for Android apps.