So far this year, we’ve seen a whole host of new Android phones and the latest iPhones launched into the market, sparking the debate once more about which operating system reigns supreme. There are strong pros and cons for each separate Android and iPhone device, but when it comes to the operating system itself, there’s a reason why there are over 2.5 billion active Android devices in the world today.
To be clear, this article isn’t a dig at Apple, nor does it attempt to convert die-hard iPhone users into the dark side. We believe Android devices make better smartphones than the iPhone, and here are the key reasons why.
First and foremost, there’s an almost endless amount of choice when it comes to selecting an Android smartphone, so there are models out there that cater to every budget. You don’t even need to buy a reconditioned device to get one that’s easy on the bank balance. Yes, there are top-of-the-range Android devices like the ASUS ZenFone, but manufacturers like Huawei, Alcatel and even Samsung do still make some of the most inexpensive smartphones on the market. Apple, on the other hand, feels like an exclusive members club at times. Sure, “budget” editions of iPhones are available, but going for $600 or $700 a pop puts them out of many peoples’ price range. Yes, they’re technologically advanced pieces of kit and have undoubtedly shaped the mobile industry to what we know it as today, but they’re also prohibitively expensive.
No matter what your specific requirements for a smartphone are, you’re bound to find an Android phone that meets your needs. Maybe you only want a hardy and reliable device that can withstand heavy use (and cope with a drop every now and again), or maybe you want a top-notch 4K resolution screen for gaming, or maybe you want a phone that takes breathtaking pictures. No matter what you’re after, if you shop around, then you can get an Android phone that fits what you need.
With an iPhone, though, you only get an iPhone. Even if you choose a smaller or bigger model in the range, things like the screen, hardware and camera will be the same across the board.
Speaking of hardware, Android manufacturers have proven time and time again that their devices offer better — and faster — hardware at a significantly more cost-effective price than Apple. Check out this comparison from 2014 between the Samsung S5, iPhone 6, LG G3 and HTC One (M8). The iPhone only comes out on top in the weight category, but for all other hardware requirements like RAM, processor, camera, etc., the cheaper Android models have the advantage.
Google Play Store
Okay, so both the Android and Apple App stores are far more user-friendly than the Amazon Appstore, but Android has the edge once again. Simple, clear and user-friendly, the Google Play Store offers everything you need to make searching for new apps an easy and genuinely pleasurable experience. You can also find every type of app imaginable — including the increasingly popular real money slots apps, alongside old favorites like Instagram, Fortnite and Facebook — quickly and download them smoothly.
If you’re a developer, it’s also a much less stressful process to submit your app to the Google Play Store than it is the Apple App Store. Apple has a rigorous submission process that attempts to stamp out malware and other viruses — which is a good thing — but it’s also come under critique for being extra picky and denying safe apps entry into the store.
Usability and Functionality
Generally speaking, Android phones are a little bit easier to live with than the iPhone, fitting into every kind of lifestyle. Sure, there are problematic Android models out there, and you may run into quirks with the cheaper phones on the market, but if we’re generalizing, medium to flagship-priced Android phones are more usable than iPhones.
Remember the mobiles of the early noughties, with those neat replaceable batteries? Well, some Android phones do still have these, so if it starts playing up, you can remove it, replace it or repair it, according to your liking. All batteries lose their original capacity when in use for a while, but it’s a lot easier to manage this when you can access the battery yourself. When the battery on an iPhone starts to misbehave, it’s off to the Apple store or another service store for you!
We know we’re supposed to use the original charger and lead with all our separate devices, but come on, how many of us do? Even if you disagree with the rest of this article, you can’t argue that life is so much easier when you can plug your phone into the nearest USB charger on hand. Only a rare few Android models aren’t compatible with USB-C or micro USB chargers, but all iPhones are incompatible. You can only charge Apple phones with lightning cables, so if you’ve got a duff charger, then you end up having to pay out even more to buy a new one rather than reaching for the nearest USB-C cable.
Plus, let’s not forget that Android phones were water and dust resistant, capable of wireless/fast charging and delivered haptic feedback years before iPhone models.