With phones gradually becoming man’s closest friend only second to our mothers, wives and girlfriends (for some of us anyway), great deal of enquiry need to be done before purchasing a phone like a man about to marry a wife.
Do you have enough cash to afford any phone of your choice but confused as whether to go for an android phone or an iphone? Be confused no more because this post clearly highlights the distinct features and functions of each type of device allowing you to make an informed decision as to which type of phone best suit your style and needs.
Before you rush to the market or make that online order for a phone, relax and dedicate just 10 minutes to reading this wonderful piece on android vs iphone. So you won’t have to regret after spending your hard earned money on a phone.
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Now let’s look at these differences between the two
Iphones are exclusively Apple devices that run on the iOS operating system. Android phones on the other hand run on the Android OS developed by Google. The android market also comprises of many phone companies such as Samsung, LG, Tecno, Gionee and so on as well as numerous app developers because of the open nature of the market.
By Operating System (OS) I mean the software responsible for Smart phones’ memory, applications, resources and interface. In fact, the OS acts as the platform upon which these features are built meaning that while android phones are coded to run on the Android OS, iphones are coded to run on iOS.
Android phones allow its users a great deal of personalization. This means that with an android phone, a user can hide seldom used apps while allowing the often used apps visible on the home screen for easy access
Unfortunately, such luxury eludes iphone users. However, iphone allows users to arrange apps into folders so as to de-cluster the home screen.
The iOS is a closed source operating system, this means that iphones and other apple devices can only download apps from the apple store which oftentimes charges a bit more than the android Google Play store.
On the contrary, Android OS is completely open-source, which means that any developer can access the code used to create android apps, create such apps and submit for approval by Google. Because of this, you get a greater variety of free apps from the Google Play Store. (Now as a naija guy who likes freebies, you have concluded its that its android or nothing. But don’t be too quick to rush to the market until you consider what am about to tell you next).
I want to let you know that most of the cutting edge apps hit the Apple store for downloads weeks and sometimes months before they hit the Google play store; this is because Apple is easier to develop apps for than Android.
More so, app developers make more profit from apple apps because of the slightly higher price and more closed operating system which subjects apple users to almost ” a must download situation”. So, now if you think you can always have that weeks or months patience before you enjoy that nice app you see on a friends iphone, then the choice is yours.
Apple is very stringent in terms of overseeing the development of its apps. Every downloadable app, available on the Apple app store is subject to stringent security checks before approval.
This brings to the barest minimum the chances of one accidentally downloading a corrupt or malicious application on an apple device.
However, Google equally vets android applications before approving them for downloads in the Google play store. But given that android users can easily download some unauthorized apps from other sources such as Amazon and can as well easily share share apps, the chances of downloading malicious apps is higher with android phones
Also, during the installation of apps on apple device, it’s within the device owners jurisdiction to allow the app access to certain other apps on the device. Even after the installation of such app, the user can still revoke permissions allowed during the installation if need be. But in the case of Android users, its an ”all or nothing decision” Meaning that you can’t disallow or revoke the apps access to other apps unless you wish not to install such an app or to uninstall the app.
Generally speaking, iphones have better cameras than Android devices. However, this is largely due to the proliferation of android phones and not the operating system as there are android devices with cameras powerful enough to match that of any iphone currently in the market.
It used to be a general knowledge that iphones have better battery life than android phones. However, of recent there are android phones with amazing battery life such as the Gionee Marathon M2,ThL 5000 and Elephone 5000 all of which boasts of 5000mAh battery capacity as well amazing features. Also, unlike most android phones with replaceable batteries, you can’t replace an iphone battery yourself if need arises.
Android boasts of an amazing music-playing app in Google Play Music, which offers an impressive list of free, ad-supported music. The Apple Music app, has no free download option but integrates wonderfully well with iTunes downloads. Also, it should be noted that in as much as android phones have access to a wide range of free music, they lack the kind of software and desktop management that iTunes offer iphones.
There are very little differences between iphone and android phones. The open source nature of android and the ease of sharing apps offer its users great opportunity for a more diverse range of apps. Some android phones are as well reputed for having amazing battery life and allows for customization and personalization. All these seem to give android phones edge over iphones.
On the contrary, closed nature of iphones allows for less range of apps but more security and stability meaning that iphones are less vulnerable to accidental download of malware or malicious apps.
Generally, the decision as to which phone to buy boils down to individual preference. There are little differences between the two types of phone as Google and Apple imitate each others features and apps. Developers as well strive to build similar apps for the two markets given that consumers tastes with regards to phone features are similar.
Fundamentally, Android enthusiasts find it difficult or rather unappealing to adapt to the restrictive nature of Apple devices. Same can be said of Apple enthusiasts who find Android devices rather too childish and insecure.
Thus, it is advisable to go for whichever kind of device that floats your boat. However, if you don’t have any kind of phone in mind, then this piece shall come in handy in guiding your decision to buy a phone that meets your style and needs.
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