Smartphones have become a basic part of life for people around the planet. Over a billion smartphones are expected to be purchased in 2014 alone. 90% of the smartphone market is occupied by either Apple’s iOS-running iPhones or smartphones powered by Google’s Android operating system. Deciding which of these two is right for you is the big question when you decide that you want to buy a new smartphone. It’s time to pick a side. Lifegooroo is here to give you all of the info on the great iPhone vs Android smartphone debate.
Apple’s iOS is designed in-house by the same people responsible for the hardware on the phones. The device and how it runs are very well-matched. The drawback is that Apple tends to keep an iron grip on what kind of software is available and how it can be used on its phones. All of the files you add to your iPhone have to pass through iTunes and only iTunes.
Android on the other hand is a completely open platform. There are no restrictions on how you add information to your phone or on where you can download software from.
Advantage: Android, but it’s close
iPhone represents the smallest and sleekest models on the market. But what you sacrifice for ease of use is lost on screen size.
Android phones have grown to the point where they have become almost indistinguishable from tablets. This is a bad thing and a good thing. The good thing is that the screen size on these larger model Android phones allows for great video display and screen use. For example, it’s much easier to type on a keyboard on an Android phone that takes up two more inches than the keyboard on a 4-inch iPhone. The bad thing about Android phone size is the awkwardness of it. They aren’t easy to fit in your pocket and you will have a hard time taking a selfie on a phone that you have to hold with two hands.
Apps are what make your phone really valuable to you, so picking the right type of phone for you depends on your stance on apps.
The apps on the iPhone are more secure but there also aren’t as many of them. Developers have been focusing on developing their iOS apps before they think about Android, so the latest apps usually come out on iPhone well before they appear on Android phones.
There is also an issue of security on Android phones. Because developing on the Android operating system is much more open, it is open to less reputable developers and that means there are more dubious products on the Play Store. With careful investigation you can steer clear of these apps, but it does mean an added level of effort on your part.
Advantage: iPhone, but it’s close
The iPhone’s three current options can be expensive. Depending on where you live, there may be different package deals that can make it more affordable. The iPhone 5C is specifically designed to compete with cheaper Android phones.
The Android phones cover a much wider range of prices. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can find phones as pricy as the best iPhone or some that are considerably cheaper. The competition between Android phone makers keep the prices low.
In either case adding a SIM card will cost extra.
Either way you decide to go, it will depend on what matters most to you in a phone. Ultimately, the choice is yours…