Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android are two leading mobile operating system and their rivalry dates back to 2008, close to 8 years from now.
There is no doubt that each of these operating systems has its good and bad sides, but which ones outweigh the other? In this case, Apple’s iPhone seems to be edging Android-powered smartphones for a number of reasons. While it is possible to carry an iPhone and an Android phone, it can get clumsy and cumbersome.
There are plenty of Android features you won’t find on the iPhone, however, the latter has started incorporating some of these features into the iOS, among them notifications and multitasking. However, you will be sure to come across the most basic features on both platforms. So, why say that the iPhone is what you ought to keep in your pocket rather than carry along a Samsung Galaxy S6 or maybe Huawei Mate 8, for instance?
Here’re top 4 reasons you should keep your iPhone.
Operating system and updates
One thing that is undeniable is that iOS is amazing to use, thanks to its simplicity and versatility. The OS has a minimalistic look and offers very easy options to navigate. You will enjoy the perfectly-set stage for apps, thanks to the fact that the developers have access to the best tools for building extremely easy to use experiences that ensure consistency as well as wide functionality.
As far as rolling out the OS updates is concerned, Apple leads the way. Android, being an open source, is used by numerous OEMs on their devices and for these updates to reach the users; they must first of all be given to these OEMs. On the other hand, Apple is the sole distributor of iOS updates and as such, pushing them to the devices is quite easy. One good example is the latest iOS 9, which was released in September 2015 and it has already reached up to 70% of all iOS-powered devices. On the contrary, Android KitKat, which was unveiled in 2013, it is still the most popular Android OS.
Apps are what make the mobile experience what it is. With Google’s Android being an open system, it offers developers more freedom and reduced restrictions. Apple on the other hand is very strict when it comes to simplicity, consistency, efficiency as well as performance – aspects that all users deem very important when it comes to smartphone experiences.
You will even be surprised to find same apps giving different user experiences when used on any of Android or iOS, but the latter OS usually gives the best.
Speed and fluidity
As far as performance, fluidity and user experience are concerned, it is undeniable that Android has done a great job. However, it still has some room to cover before matching what the iOS offers in the same capacity.
The iPhone is simple, smooth and fluid when using, things that might be hard to come by even when using some of the best Android devices out there.
Stock Android apps are still available on iPhone
The Android OS comes with an array of default apps when you get the phone out of the box, for instance, Google Hangouts, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search and many others. It is possible to have all of these apps installed on your iPhone by getting them from the iTunes App Store.
On the other hand, Apple’s iOS has a number of default apps on offer, however, unlike Android, you won’t be able to download and install these apps from the Play Store. Apps such as iMessage and FaceTime come preinstalled on iPhones, but they are unavailable on Android phones.
In short, while it is possible to find Android’s best stuff on iOS, vice versa is not true.