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iPhones vs. Androids – Pros and Cons

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iPhone vs. Android

If you are deciding between an iPhone or an Android phone and want to know the pros and cons of each, then read on!  It’s not a question of which one is better, but which one is best for you.

iPhone Pros and Android Cons

Here are the advantages iPhones have over Android smartphones.

  • iOS is a simpler operating system than Android, therefore, iPhones run smoother than Android phones. They run commands faster and have less hiccups with software.
  • They are more intuitive to use. A child can easily figure out how to use one.
  • You can count on iOS annual updates. Android updates are unpredictable because when Google updates the Android operating system, Google forwards the update notification to Android phone manufacturers who must customize the updates for their phones.  This takes time and doesn’t always reach the Android phone owner in a timely manner.  The only exception are Google’s own phones which receive immediate updates.
  • The iPhone’s home page is consistent with other Apple products like MacBooks and iPads.
  • Apple App store contains more vetted apps. Android phones use more 3rd party apps which are riskier due to lower vetting standards and may not work with some models.  Some Android core applications are not pre-installed and need to be found on Google Play Store.
  • iPhones have enhanced privacy controls. You can deny apps tracking, while Android phones cannot.
  • Unnecessary apps are not preinstalled on iPhones. Android phones may come with bloatware.  This is especially the case with budget Android phones because it is a source of subsidized revenue for budget phones.
  • Third party apps can be used on iPhones. Apple apps cannot be used on Android phones.
  • iOS is encrypted end-to-end. Android OS is only encrypted in transit.
  • Apple stores offer easy access to customer support. For Android phones, only certain manufacturers like Samsung have stores.  Otherwise, the phone needs to be shipped back to the manufacturer.
  • iPhones have higher resale values.
  • Apple Pay is preinstalled and widely accepted. Google Pay is losing internal tech support.
  • iPhones are simply more aesthetically pleasing, although Samsung and some other Android phones can hold their own, even if they are styling themselves toward the iPhone’s mold. There are other Android phones where you wonder if the designer has any creativity whatsoever. But in their defense, these models are typically low budget phones.  They are marketed for a different target segment than higher end phones.
  • There is high quality control. Quality control with Android phones varies.  But again, it is because of the breadth of offerings targeted to different consumer segments.  High-end manufacturers such as Samsung rival Apple in quality control.  Low-end budget models from different manufacturers will vary in quality.
  • With Apple’s Quick Start feature, transferring data from an old iPhone to a new one can be done simply by holding the old one next to the new one.
  • There are more accessories for iPhones.

Android Pros and iPhone Cons

Here are the advantages Android smartphones have over iPhones.

  • Android phones allow more customization for those who are more technically savvy.
  • They are less expensive than iPhones. iPhones are targeted towards the high-end consumer.  There are Android phones for all segments of customers.
  • When updates to the Android operating system are finally received, they are vetted out and often work without glitches. Significantly older iPhones may not be supported by the latest updates.  Although you can count on the annual frequency of iOS updates, they sometimes need patchwork.
  • Android phones use a more open and flexible ecosystem fostering more creativity from app developers, but at the risk of being less secure.
  • They use standard USB ports for peripherals. Apple prefers to sell overpriced proprietary peripherals which hinders convenience.
  • They have better integration to the cloud.
  • There are more options with Android phones, while iPhones are high-end across the board.
  • They have more apps available than iPhones.
  • Some models have upgradable storage, while iPhones cannot upgrade storage.
  • On some models, you can replace batteries yourself, while iPhones cannot.
  • If you are a do-it-yourself person, Android phones are better suited for you. iPhones require service from their Apple stores.
  • Guest accounts are available for other users on your phone.
  • Files can be transferred with PCs and easily managed on PCs via USB. You don’t have go through the cloud.  On iPhones, only pictures can be directly transferred, not other types of files.
  • Some models have split screen capability.
  • Higher end Android phones usually have more advanced features than their comparable iPhones, like a better camera and more storage capacity, for same or less cost.

Parting Words

It really isn’t fair to compare iPhones to Android phones because iPhones are made as high-end products.  They are made by only one manufacturer, Apple, marketed as a high-end item.  Android phones are made by many manufacturers who do not have proprietary operating systems.  Depending on the manufacturer and the model, they are marketed to many different segments of consumers from high-end to low budget.  The fairest comparison would be between iPhones and other high-end Android phones like Samsung, for example.  But again, it is not a question of which operating system is better, but which one suits your needs best.

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