Someone sent us an email with a question, here it goes…
“If you are a die hard Android supporter with no chance of anyone being able to get you to switch to using an iPhone, can you say why? Like, can you say what makes the iPhone so horrible and/or what makes the Android devices so great?”
Here is android,
Google’s Linux-based open source mobile platform – Android powers hundreds of millions of mobile devices across the world. Android claims the largest installed base of any mobile platform and is growing rapidly thanks to its open source nature.
One of the strong points of Android has always been the level of customization it allows. While Apple wants to keep control of default apps in order to maintain a homogenous software and hardware experience, Android lets you pick your own level of customization. This extends all the way from simple things like live wallpapers, to alternative keyboards, to custom ROM installs.
Detractors will always say only hardcore geeks care about this level of customization, but at the shallow end of the pool this isn’t true. Plenty of iOS users loved it when Apple started allowing third-party keyboards and basic widgets, and that on its own is proof that this flexibility is what people want.
Android’s widgets have long been a feather in its cap compared to the static rows of icons you find in iOS. Even Microsoft saw the advantage, developing the Live Tiles system for Windows Phone. Widgets are still a major advantage for Android over iOS. Simply put, you can see all of the information you want at a glance on your home screen without having to fire up an app.
And yes, we know Apple introduced widgets last year September. Have you seen those things? They are very limited and live only on your notification area. Not the same! Android still wins here.
You can argue iOS does multi-tasking all you want. And it’s true, you can do multiple things at once by switching apps back and forth, but that doesn’t even come near to the level of multi-tasking some Android phones offer.
Take Samsung as an example, which introduced multi-window long ago, in which you can view multiple apps at once.
Grab an iPhone, sit next to another iOS user and compare your home screens. Oh wait, they look exactly the same! That’s not the story with Android.
If you want control over how your Android smartphone or tablet looks then you’ve probably tried out a custom launcher. You can choose from a wide variety of custom launcher apps in Google Play and tweak everything from your home screen layout, to your page transitions, to effects and even gestures. There’s no risk involved with launcher apps and you can really open up a world of possibilities.
5. They Are Of Different Models
Android is an OS that does not restrict other phones producing companies from using it. Due to this, there is a variety of android phones thus the user has to make a decision on which brand he or she should buy. The quality of the android phone has gone so high because of the competition that exists between the android phone producing companies.
6. Cost Effective
Users who are bored of using the base level phone and want to experience something more at a very affordable price range, android Smartphone is always the best option to go for when compared with Apple, Blackberry or similar Smartphone. Android Smartphone are available in all ranges that will not hit your bank account deeper way while you can still get a well designed device loaded with lots of applications.
I believe that the hardware category really solidifies the debate between Android and Apple. People can argue all day about what software (operating system) is better for this reason or that, but you can’t argue better and faster hardware for a cheaper price.
For simplicity’s sake, I am only going to focus on two phones for this category: the Apple iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ since they are the current flagship phones for both Apple and Samsung. Keep in mind the iPhone X was released in November of 2017, and the Galaxy S8+ was released in April of 2017 which means the iPhone X is 7 months newer. In the table below, you will see both phones listed along with their hardware specs:
|Apple iPhone X||Samsung Galaxy S8+|
|Operating system||iOS 11||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Processor||Apple A11 Bionic Chip||Octa-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|RAM||3 GB||4 GB|
|Screen size||5.8 in||6.2 in|
|Screen resolution||2436 x 1125||2960 x 1440|
|Rear camera, video||12 megapixels; f/1.8; 4K HD video||12 megapixels; f/1.7; 4K HD video|
|Front-facing camera||7 megapixels||8 megapixels|
|Memory card slot||N/A||MicroSD|
|Size||143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm||159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm|
|Weight||6.14 oz (174g)||6.10 oz (173g)|
|Battery capacity||Unknown||3,500 mAh|
|Water-resistant||Yes, IP 67||Yes, IP 68|
|3.5mm Jack (Aux)||No||Yes|
As you can see from the spec comparison, the Galaxy S8+ is superior to the iPhone X despite being 7 months older than the iPhone X. The Galaxy S8+ boasts some impressive specs, and not to mention how good it looks. The Galaxy S8+ is bigger than the iPhone X (dimension-wise), has a 6.2 inch screen (0.4″ bigger than the iPhone X), and still weighs less than the iPhone X. With specs such as an octa-core processor, more RAM, more battery capacity (as far as we know), a higher PPI, the phone being more water-resistant, and the fact it has both a fingerprint sensor and facial recognition, it should be a no-brainer that the Galaxy S8+ is the clear winner when it comes to hardware.
8. THE GOOGLE PLAY™ STORE
The Google Play Store is fantastic. It is well laid out, extremely user-friendly, and offers about any type of app that you can think of. Their latest layout change to a very nice UI when you click on an app in the Play Store (that you can see with the right-most “Instagram” picture above) is beautiful. It’s easy to read, they show the users what they want to see, and it’s visually appealing. I have used both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store quite a bit. Apple just recently updated their App Store with iOS 11. They’re both very good app stores — better than Amazon’s App Store that’s for sure.
That’s not where the advantage comes in for Android, however. The advantage here is that submitting an app to the Google Play Store is much easier than going through the Apple App Store. Yes, that is because Apple goes through a tedious process of checking your app that you are submitting to make sure it follows their guidelines. This may prevent malware from being downloaded via an app, but that’s not even half of it. Apple will deny your app from getting into the app store if you do something as silly as using their “chevron” symbol incorrectly. Trust me, I’ve seen it happen.
9. EXPANDABLE MEMORY AND MORE
The majority of Android phones offer expandable memory. That means you can pop open the back cover or a slot on the side of your phone and put in a micro SD card which then becomes added memory to your phone. What does Apple do? Well, they’ve never offered expandable memory for the iPhone. Instead, they would rather you pay another $100 to upgrade one of their devices from a 16 GB memory to a 32 GB or 64 GB (like an iPod for example). Are you serious? I took my Galaxy S7 Edge with 32 GB of internal memory and added another 64 GB micro SD card in it and voila! My phone now has 96 GB of capacity and how much did that cost me? Ghc50 ($11.42) for the SD card. Android wins.
10. UNIVERSAL CHARGERS
All hail micro USB chargers! They are the standard charger on tons of devices out there including Android phones. Left your charger at home and you’re on vacation or something? Have no fear, chances are someone has a micro USB charger for some device of theirs which will charge your phone up just fine.
What does Apple have? Well, they decided it would be cool to be different and have these “lightning” cables. Not only are these different and only usable for Apple devices, but they changed to the “lightning” cable from the old 30-pin charger that charges older iPhones and iPads. So, now you have to go and buy their new “updated” charger if you want to charge your new Apple device because that 30-pin charger sure won’t fit! Why?! Why would Apple do this? Oh, because it means they’ll make a fortune selling chargers because they’re so specific to their devices.
All in all, both Android phones and iPhones have their advantages and disadvantages. I could write an article about some iPhone advantages over an Android phone as well, but the Android advantages way overpower the advantages that you get with an iPhone in my opinion. If you enjoy the advantages listed in this article such as having an abundance of phone choices, customization, better hardware, and expandable memory just to name a few, go with an Android phone. If you enjoy a simple, more user-friendly interface for someone who may not be as technical and doesn’t like having a bunch of customization options, go with an iPhone. Just know that you aren’t getting the biggest bang for your buck.
Samsung, LG, Sony, and other major companies have started to outdo Apple, especially in the hardware department, and Apple has some catching up to do if they hope to keep competing with other flagship phones. The best part is, all of these companies coming out with great phones constantly heats up the competition, and competition is great for us consumers. Competition is what brings us these cutting-edge technologies, phones, operating systems, and prices at such a fast pace.
With the market share of Apple phones at 23.10% in 2016, while continuing to go downhill consistently, it’s starting to tell you something. Android is the way to go.
With these Advantages of Android Phone, you do not need to buy another phone apart from Android.
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