The smartphone boom over the past decade has meant that manufacturers are now competing with each other for business, at a sometimes cutthroat rate. Of course, the two biggest smartphone formats are Android and iPhone, and their intense rivalry hasn’t let up. Let’s take a look at the differences, similarities and the pros and cons of each for anyone who is considering a switch or who somehow isn’t brand loyal at this stage!
As a brand, Apple can’t do much wrong. They came to the market with the iPhone 3 and it revolutionised the way in which we operated our phones. The phone works by applications (apps). Each app performs a function. Apple apps have been developed so that they run smoothly on the device, without the risk of virus attacks. Throughout the generation of iPhones, they have kept the same operating format which allows the user to be able to upgrade to the latest software and technology without the need of having to learn a new system. Some of the pros of the iPhone are:
– The software and the hardware are supported, optimised and controlled by Apple.
– The app store boasts of worry-free malware and robust virus protection.
– Apple and Apple stores offer good support throughout their network with Apple Genius bar being able to support most issues remotely.
That said, there are a number of cons to an Apple iPhone device.
– You cannot customise an Apple device as there are strict limitations.
– Not all apps are available on the iPhone brand which can limit the user when using different interfaces.
– The storage space on an iPhone is not expandable. If you start with a 64gb phone, it will remain that size unless you purchase a new phone with a bigger storage.
The alternative to an Apple iPhone device is Android. There are a number of manufacturers to choose from including Samsung, Huawei, Sony and LG. These phones work in pretty much the same way as an iPhone, but the apps but the apps are developed for android use only. You are able to have a wide choice of phones to suit all tastes. Some of the pros of an Android phone are:
– The phones can be easily customised to make it very individual.
– On many phones, the storage can be increased.
– As Android is not limited to one brand, there is a much wider choice of phones.
– In the early days of phones with applications, Apple were way ahead of Android as their apps were more reliable as well as user friendly. Now however, Android have managed to produce a similar number of apps and have apps that have the ability to easily interact with other media platforms. An example of this is when streaming films off an application to a Chromecast. It is far easier on an Android than on an Apple device.
As with the Apple iPhone, Android devices also have their cons.
– It has been recently documented that the chance of malware is much higher on an Android device, which can leave the security conscious nervous.
– Not all of these phones have the same interface which means you can spend a lot of time looking for conversions and starter kits.
– Many users of the Android have also reported patchy support from their manufacturer.
Which is More Suited to You?
When making a phone choice, it is often hard to know what we want until we’ve actually used it. Apple keep this very simple by keeping the choices of phones limited. The choices usually vary between size, colour and version. Once you have decided upon those three aspects, you usually can be placed with an iPhone product. As mentioned above their quality is not questioned, but you have to be prepared to be limited to the way in which iPhone lock their apps down. This would suit a user that is after a straightforward, reliable and powerful phone.
On the flip side, Android give you a much greater choice. There are a number of products and features that you can pick from, from the different manufacturers. If you are already an Android user, you will be able to access this choice easily.
There is also a cost implication to consider when picking your phone. iPhones tend to me more expensive than Android phones. It could be argued that you are paying a percentage for the brand name, but this is backed up with the quality of the product you are getting. Android product however have other features which are simply just not available on an iPhone. For example, heart rate monitors and expandable storage are some of the things that are available on android products.
As mentioned above, smartphones can be expensive so many of us look for mobile phone rental or hire purchase as a way of spreading the large payment. Googling terms such as iPhone 8 rental or Huawei P20 Pro will bring up all of the companies that are offering their latest deals.
If you are operating the Apple iOS system and you want to move to Android, you may want to consider the following:
– All apps will need to be repurchased.
– The Apple app store is better regulated than the Google Play store.
– Apple cloud storage allows you to back up your photographs which can make it harder to move away from them.
– You will have to rebuy items such as docking stations, cases and accessories as iPhone paraphernalia only work with Apple products.
If, however you are an Android user and are considering Apple, these are some factors to consider:
– You will pay for your handset and phone plan.
– You will have to wait longer for the release of a new phone.
– You will have less choice when it comes to handsets.
Both Apple and Android have a place on the smartphone market. How you use your phone is the biggest factor which influences which option best suits you and your needs, so get out there and try both sides before committing to one or the other.