Today, the two questions “Which mobile operating system is the best?” and ” Is iOS better or android?” have become interchangeable. And rightly so. Android and iOS occupy about 99.7% of the mobile os marketplace, pushing operating systems such as Windows mobile into the dark corners. In days of such os-dominance, it is important to know which os is best for you.
iOS vs. Android: The Ultimate Comparison.
Apple is sincerely dedicated to user privacy. It keeps user privacy as a priority and ensures that your textual conversations and personal details remain safe.
In days of numerous security scams and privacy violation, security becomes a major factor to consider while buying a mobile phone. iOS is known for its strong security and frequent security updates. Android is behind iOS in terms of quick updates to counter security threats.
Apple also has a tight watch over its AppStore. Though this might seem to be a little restricting to some it also ensures that you never download anything malicious. Apple’s iMessages are also heavily encrypted which means your conversations are safer.
However, it is would be incorrect to say that Android is completely unsafe. It is just less safe than iOS.
Moreover, iOS’s strong security features lead to many disadvantages such as the absence of third-party app stores.
Third-party App Stores:
Android’s a clear winner here. Android is much more liberal to allow third-party app stores to use. This allows you to download a wider variety of apps onto your phone. iOS, however, maintains that users should only download from the AppStore. While this could be good for your security, it can be repressive.
Most people get android devices mostly because of its liberal experience. You can download apps that change the layout of your phone or select a theme for the same. You can also add numerous widgets or shortcuts.
iOS also has some widget options and a customizable control centre, but it is still too restrictive.
If you want a phone that is tailored and personalized for you, Android is the way to go.
Ease of use:
iOS has a sleek and clean layout that tends to be more intuitive and easy to use. It is also less cluttered as compared to android. Overall, iOS gives a richer experience, though there are some who disagree with this. Many find Android’s UI better, but those claims are quite invalid.
Also, the iPhone software across devices are much more consistent, thanks to Apple’s iPhones-only policy. Since Apple controls the hardware that iOS runs on, iOS can provide a consistency Android can never achieve.
Not that Android is too clumsy to use-Stock Android is just as clean and smooth to use-but iOS is usually better.
PlayStore vs AppStore:
The PlayStore offers a significantly higher number of apps to download. While AppStore has a stunning 2 million apps, PlayStore boasts about 3.8 million apps.
Though both have quite some apps that are garbage, there are higher chances that you’d find a junk-app on PlayStore than on the AppStore. This is because the AppStore has a carefully curated collection of apps.
The iOS 11 update made the AppStore significantly smoother and rich to use. The AppStore offers a more premium experience. The editor on the AppStore frequently writes interesting blogs on the latest apps.
iOS offers frequent updates. This is important as they contain quite a lot of security patches. Also, about 90% of the iPhones run the latest iOS software, while the numbers for Android devices running the latest version are miserably low- a disappointing 0.5%!
iPhones and iPads have iMessage pre-installed onto the hardware. iMessage across all iPhones and iPads are consistent, unlike Android’s numerous manufacturer-specific variations. Android’s messaging app is somewhat confusing and clumsy.
iMessage offers third-party app integration, lovely stickers, easy and secure money transactions using Apple Pay, and much more. This makes it easier to connect with friends and family.
Mail is an integral factor for many users for obvious reasons. Mailing services from both developers are clean and easy-to-use. However, Google’s inbuilt Gmail app has better segregation of primary mail and promotions, etc. Gmail is by far much better than Apple’s Mail.
Photo and Video Back-Up:
There is no doubt here: Google’s Back-up is significantly better than iCloud since unlimited photos and videos are backed up automatically.
iCloud, however, allows only up to 5GB storage space.
The problem here is that Google’s Photos can be set up on all iPhones. But the Google’s Android clearly deserves the win.
Google Drive vs. iCloud:
With Google Drive you get free 15 GB storage while iCloud offers a meagre 5GB free storage. Also, Android’s Google Drive is much easier to use and offers cross-platform support, while iCloud is available only on the Mac, Windows, and iOS.
Google Assistant’s capabilities are enormously satisfying compared to the tasks handled by Siri. While Siri can be a useful assistant to set calendar dates and reminders- Google Assistant can play games and whatnot. It takes the personal digital assistant experience to another level. It is much easier to talk to and can maintain conversation links for a longer dialogue. Google’s Assistant is smarter.
However, iOS 12 is bringing quite some smart improvements to Siri such as Siri Shortcuts. But for now, Google Assistant is the unrivalled champ!
The choice is yours. Which key facilities do you prioritize? Do you prefer a more secure and easy-to-use layout? Or a more personalizable and liberal layout? What are your uses? Do you use mailing services more or are you a messaging person?
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