Android or iPhone? The discussion continues. At the time the iPhone was first released, there was really no competition. Apple was playing in a class of its own. First Android phones were dismal: slow UI response, lags here and there, and the overall “assemble-it-yourself” idea just didn’t with consumers.
Today, the market has changed. With the latest iPhone being a superb device and a wonderful platform, the latest Androids leave little to be desired. Today’s Androids have responsive UI, offer most of the same apps in the Google Play store, and abandoned the do-it-yourself, LEGO type approach. Today, picking one system over another is more of a personal preference. Let’s try to discover what’s good about going the Apple route, and what advantages the Android way can bring.
Hardware and Models
With Apple, you have a limited choice of only several models. Or, rather, you can choose from only a single current model in several versions that differ very little. There are a few older models available from the used market, but that’s about it. “You can have any color as long as it’s black”.
Android devices, on the other hand, come in all sorts of shapes, models and colors. Different manufacturers use entirely different hardware. Different screens, processors, memory. Vastly different quality and usability. Getting an Android phone will require you to do a research on what’s available, whereas you can’t go wrong with any iPhone you can afford. Are you a techie or a gadget guy? Look for an Android phone that flies with you. Others will be served by Apple.
The latest generation of iPhones has a great Retina display. These super high resolution displays will render your apps, icons and photos so smooth it’s hard to believe. Kudos to Apple: they made one of the greatest screens ever.
Androids ship with all kinds of displays. Some of the better ones can reach iPhones in pixel density, but software integration is still lagging. Many applications are still using low-resolution icons and graphics designed to be displayed on lower-resolution screens. When choosing an Android phone, you will have to watch really carefully to get a model with a good display. If you’re not good with numbers, icon resolutions, angles of view and other specs, just leave the Androids alone.
Pre-Installed Software and Interface
An iPhone is an iPhone. They’re all the same. One operating system, same UI, the same set of pre-installed apps, same icons. You can customize it by shifting things around and picking a few icons on your own, but there’s only so much you’re allowed to do.
Androids are available in many flavors. Different firmware and dozens of OS versions, builds and codenames. Different sets of icons for same apps. Many different shells and launchers. Extensively customizable: you can turn an Android phone into pretty much whatever you want (and it’s not just about custom icons) – but you must know what you’re doing. With such a huge variety, some models are simply better as in simpler to use, more stable and working more reliable than others. If making your very own tailored system is fun for you, by all means get the Android. If you like it working out of the box, get an iPhone and begin using it right away.
iPhones don’t don’t accept memory cards. You’ll be stuck with the amount of memory you originally got. If you outgrow your iPhone, you’ll have to get another iPhone, bringing more money to Apple.
Most but not all Android devices come with a microSD slot, allowing you to add more memory when you need it. With flash memory getting cheaper every year, you will be better off in the long run if you get an Android.
With iPhones, you can’t even swap a battery. If your battery goes bad in some years (they all do; lithium batteries won’t hold charge after 3-4 years), you’ll be sending your iPhone back to Apple for a “major repair” (more dough to Apple), or be on the market for a new iPhone (even more dough to Apple).
While some Android phones use similarly user irreplaceable batteries, most phones are easy: just lift the cover and put a new battery in. A new battery will cost a few dollars, allowing you to buy a replacement phone when you want it.
Android phones are more affordable to buy and more affordable to upgrade and maintain. They’re more extensible and customizable. iPhones are perfect straight out of the box, and offer possibly the best usage experience ever. Which one to pick? The choice is yours.
Source: Apple iPhone vs. Android: the Epic Battle