Android v/s. iOS: Which Is A Better Pick?
We are sure you own a smart phone and at some point of time preferred one operating system over the other. Both Android and iOS, the two most prevalent mobile platforms, have great strong points and pronounced flaws. Despite what some might tell you, however, one is not characteristically better than the other. We tend to prefer what we are at ease with, and for many of us, whichever operating system we tried first became our preferred operating system.
For those who are still confused, though, here’s a brief outline of what iOS and Android are particularly good at. There might not be a perfect mobile operating system, but chances are, there’s a perfect mobile operating system for you.
Three reasons to buy iOS
Apple’s iOS has an entire mobile product line: iPods, iPads and of course, iPhones. The platform is known for being upbeat, commanding and easy to use, with a clean menu system and simple interactivity. It is also infamous for its lack of customization. You can change your background and reposition your icons on iOS, but that’s about it.
As an operating system, iOS tends to charm to those who want consistency, comfort and a multitude of top-quality third-party applications to pick from. This is because:
- Apple’s trademark skill infuses its operating system, and while sporadic bugs might appear, they are quickly fixed. Unlike Android applications, apps on iOS cannot access the operating system directly, which means if they crash, your phone still works fine, you just have to restart the app. On Android, an application crash could take down the entire phone, forcing it to reboot.
- Most of the apps are released for both the platforms, but many prefer releasing it first on iOS first because it’s easier to develop for it. Android has an uneven operating system, most phones that have it installed are not updated to the latest version, which can make improvement harder. On the other hand, iOS is reliable across all Apple devices, and easy to update when a new version comes out.
- iOS is a more safe and sound operating system. There are two reasons for this. Primarily, Apple employees manually scrutinize and authorize every single application posted to the iOS App Store before they are made available to the public. When combined with the restrictions preventing apps from accessing the operating system directly, this essentially keeps any virus or malware from contaminating your phone. Additionally, Apple has incorporated theft prevention software into the operating system, which makes it easy to track where your iPhone goes if it’s stolen, and impossible to wipe it or turn off the GPS tracker without entering your password.
Three reasons to buy Android
Initially made by Google as an open-source venture anybody could play with, Android has turned into the most broadly utilized mobile operating system in the world. Almost every creator of smart phones has at least one Android phone, with each one giving the platform its own twist. HTC, for example, pre-installs HTC Sense on all its phones, while Samsung employs an overlay called TouchWiz. Both offer tailored interface tweaks that give their respective phones an exclusive look and feel.
Android will probably charm you if you love customizing your mobile experience and want to play with the newest technologies. This is because:
- Android is almost extremely customizable. If you want to make your phone look and feel exactly the way you want and you have a reasonable amount of technical knowledge to make it happen; Android will give you much more flexibility than iOS. Every part of the Android interface, from what the icons look like to what fonts you see, can be tweaked or removed. And if you want even more control, you can root your phone, giving you access to the underlying operating system and letting you install anything you like.
- The phones tend to have fun new features and technologies. Android phones often have exclusive add-ons that let you use your phone in enjoyable and different ways, depending on the manufacturer. Samsung’s newer devices have eye tracking and facial recognition. While Apple tends to integrate latest technologies very slowly, the best Android phones are always on the cutting edge.
- You can have your pick of phone of different price range. Android is the default operating system for most of the phones that manufacturers offer. Between the various brands and the many devices they have at difference prices, there’s plenty of variety for you to choose from.
Which operating system is the best for you?
In the iOS vs. Android battle, choosing the operating system for you is all about knowing your requirements. Do you want your phone to just work? Is security an issue? Then the iPhone is probably a good buy. If, on the other hand, you are looking for cheap smart phones, or you are someone who likes customizing the latest gadgets, you will love Android’s open platform and extreme flexibility.
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by techtalks @TechTalks March 11, 2015 9:47 AM UTC