When did phone technology become so close to people’s heart that they started feeling so passionately towards it? Ask an Apple or an Android loyalist and you will have your answers. The cult like status that the two technology platforms command and the loyalties that come with them are unreal!
The smartphone market is dominated by these two operating systems: Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. According to IDC, these two platforms accounted for 99.7 percent of all new smartphones shipped in 2017, and that percentage rose even higher last year. There are hardly any competitors, with Microsoft having thrown the towel on its Windows phones and BlackBerry making Android devices.
The good part is that both these operating systems deserve to be where they are; they are just that good! They also have quite a bit in common, but with some important differences you may want to consider when purchasing a phone. Just count the features that matter to you and take a call, simple.
This is arguably the most important feature to consider when purchasing a smartphone in today’s time when prices are skyrocketing to levels unheard of. If price is a deciding factor, Android wins this battle hands down. There are many Android phones that can be had for cheap, while Apple’s cheapest phone is the iPhone SE, which starts at INR 25,999. With Android, that budget can easily go down to INR 7,000. However, the highest-priced phones on both platforms can easily cost close to INR 90,000 or even more.
Early iPhone users could be spotted carrying their charger everywhere! The need to charge the phone was constant, with phones that would drain out within few hours of usage. However, today, Apple is on the path to improvement, with many recent models having the capability to go without charge for at least 10 hours. With Android, though, that has never been a problem. Given the wide range of devices it operates on, it offers crazy battery specs (Case in point, all the OnePlus models that last a full day, OPPO phones with their 4,000mAh batteries, and so on). For long-lasting batteries, Android devices win this round, too.
For those of you who love customising their phones, Android is the way to go. It offers immense flexibility owing to its openness. However, the ones wanting stability and not flexibility, the iPhone is a better choice, given that its default apps are all locked down and customizations are pretty limited.
So, if you want a phone that delivers great experience and is easy to use, Apple is the winner. If you value flexibility more, despite some potential issues that might crop up, you’ll like Android better.
Apple’s emphasis on simplicity and elegance means that you cannot do much with your phone. So, no upgrading storage or removing batteries can happen. If you do want to replace batteries, they have to be done by a skilled or authorised personnel. With Android devices, that problem doesn’t exist since you can easily remove batteries in a lot of devices, and most of them come with the option of expanding your storage. In the long run, it pays to have an Android to avoid paying too much for a battery replacement or a storage upgrade.
With new smartphones being released almost every waking hour, people tend to upgrade their phones much faster too. So, it’s obvious you’d want a phone that can give you higher value for sale. In this category, Apple wins the game. Old iPhones easily fetch more money on resale than old Android devices. One reason for this could be Apple’s consistency in software features and experience across a lot of its phones. Whereas with Android, those things tend to change with every new phone.
What’s our take on who’s better? We say – let the battle continue.