How To Choose A Smartphone ?

If you are planning to buy a smartphone in 2019, you will have to choose Android or iOS operating systems. Android, a Linux-based operating system, is now being used by most smartphones that aren’t Apple; this makes it the most widely used operating system in the world.

iOS is used exclusively by Apple, and a major share of users of this OS are predominantly from the US. Basically, Apple phones and Android phones have a lot of things in common but come with a great number of differences too.

The difference between android and iphone are so significant that users of a specific type of OS find themselves needing time acclimatizing to the other.

In the current market, with a huge number of options available in iphone or android, for a set price range, you will generally be able to find models in both Android and iOS. So, the question now is, which is better iOS or Android operating system when purchasing a new smartphone.

This is the ios vs Android breakdown depending on some of the categories that matter for day-to-day use.  All things to consider before buying a smartphone is mentioned below:

#1 Ease of Use Apple vs Android

This is perhaps the most debated aspect when it comes to iOS vs Android operating system as both the operating systems have their fans respectively, and it is generally really tough to convert people from one to the other.

The basic reason for this is that both the operating systems have very different personalities and work in totally different ways. So, people who have used an Apple phone all their lives might need some time to get used to how the Android phones work and vice-versa.

  • Android: Android as an OS is used by a number of different smartphone brands. Additionally, being open-source, they have the option to customize the OS, and most companies seem to take advantage of this. So, when you look at smartphones using the same version of Android, but from different companies, you will see that even the general layout isn’t the same. So, people might find a bit of difficulty getting used to a new Android phone.
  • iOS: When we consider ease-of-use, iOS totally wins. The main reason for this is the operating system on most iPhones is absolutely the same. Whether you go for iPhone 8 or iPhone 3, or any variant in between and above, you will find the essential elements of how to make calls and send messages and apps like FaceTime and iMessage are the same overall the different variants currently available.

Hence, thanks to its uniformity, iOS is the clear winner in the category of ease of use. In short, if you have been using iOS all your life, it is better to stick to it, but in case you are comfortable with an Android you can go for both as you already have been exposed to the variations from the different manufacturers.

#2 Customizability, Rooting and Jailbreaking

Customizability can be a great option in everything, even smartphones!

Different people have different requirements when using their smartphones and hence being able to customize the various aspects of the phone, especially the home screen and being able to add and remove apps as per one’s convenience can be a really satisfying experience and contribute to how well we like using the phone.

Android: When it comes to customizability, Android has the upper hand.

  • With Android, you can totally customize the entire layout of your phone, add widgets and shortcuts, add third-party apps and make them your default options if you want and curate the home screen in any way you find convenient.
  • There are a lot of phones that come with preinstalled apps over which users have no control. This can be very annoying, and people have found a way around it with the concept of rooting. If you know how to do it, Rooting is great; you have access to the latest OS without having to wait for an update from the company, and more importantly, you can get rid of the annoying bloatware and install new skins and boost the speed and battery life of the device.

iOS: iOS doesn’t provide this range of capability to its users.

  • Basically, you are provided with a few widgets and are allowed to change the background, but that’s just it. Apple is very tight when it comes to customizability.
  • Similar to Rooting, Jailbreaking is an option to introduce some element of customizability, but all you can do is download apps not available on the App Store. So, even in this case, iOS lags behind.

So, in the debate of Android vs iOS, Android has the upper hand when it comes to customizability as iOS has a long way to come to attain the level of customizability Android offers.

#3 Android Apps vs iOS Apps

Apps are the salt of the smartphone world and having the right apps goes a long way in improving the user experience. Generally, Android phone users have access to the various compatible apps through the Google Play store and iOS users have the App Store.

Google Play vs App Store: Compared to Google Play App , the App Store has more apps – around 700000 compared to the 600000 available on Google Play.

This discrepancy is due to the fact that previously, most app developers preferred iOS to first launch their new applications; popular apps like twitter, snapchat, etc. were first made available on iOS. But currently, the trend is slowly changing globally.

Apart from the US, people from all across the globe seem to prefer Android phones and hence developers these days are giving equal importance to Android, if not more, as to iOS for developing and releasing new apps.

Hence, though currently, App Store has more apps to offer, this might not be the case for long, at least in countries other than the USA.

#4 Android vs Apple Security

Security is one of the most important aspects we consider when buying a smartphone. Our smartphones have become so integral to our lives that we use our phones to not just communicate but do a lot more. A handheld device is certainly much more convenient than powering up and browsing via a computer.

Hence, we use our phones to shop online, check our bank accounts and even conduct various financial transactions. And this is why cybercriminals are now targeting mobile devices more than ever before, making security a prime aspect in the iphone vs Android debate.

iOS: When it comes to security, iOS definitely is the winner! The main reason why iphone wins when it comes to security is because of the regular updates it provides to its users. iOS is owned and operated by just Apple and software updates are immediately provided to the users frequently.

Android: There are three reasons why Android software is lagging behind in terms of security.

  • Basically, being open source, it can be viewed and used by anyone who is being taken advantage of by cybercriminals.
  • Additionally, companies have the option of tweaking it, and though this might help in providing users with more convenience and options, it might also make the OS more vulnerable to attacks.
  • Finally, though regular updates are being provided, users aren’t provided with the updates as immediately, and there are a number of smartphones that don’t even run on the latest Android version.

This is why Android is lagging behind iOS on the aspect of security.

#5 Peripherals

Both the Android phones as well as iPhones are provided with a huge range of peripherals, but the problem with Apple is that it has a sort of monopoly over its smartphone accessories. Hence,

Apple users consistently seem to be investing more on the accessories while Android users not only have more options but have cheaper and third-party options too when it comes to peripherals. So, when it comes to phone accessories, Android is the clear winner.

#6  Difference between iphone And Android Phone Affordability

One of the most debated about category when it comes to Android vs iphone comparison is the price. 

  • Android: Though it isn’t right to say Android phones aren’t costly at all, one of the basic advantages of Android over iOS is that since these are available from various different smartphone companies, people can find a wide range of choices at a given price range, which isn’t true with iOS. Additionally, people can decide what aspects they want in their smartphone, decide the cost they are ready to spend and can make a choice depending on that when it comes to Android phones.
  • iOS: Notwithstanding the great features, innumerable apps and tight security, there is no denying the fact that iPhones are costly. The latest iPhone costs more than Rs.10000 or around $1,000, and the average cost of an iPhone is over Rs. 57,000 or $800.

Hence, when it comes to affordability and the range of choice available Android totally takes the cake. Finally, when it comes to iOS vs Android, everything depends on the user. Apple users swear by iOS and find it hard to get used to Android. 

iOS scores on important features like security and the number of apps available but there is no denying that Android smartphones are not only cheaper but are automatically provided with common accessories like the charger and the headphones along with phone, making them more affordable.

About the author 


Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush

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