For most modern smartphone users, the battle is strictly always between two great giants in the smartphone/mobile OS world; Android vs iOS.
For those who have always used an iOS device(iPhone, iPad), they always love and defend their device against those who love their Android devices.
This post could be tagged a battle between the good and bad/pros and cons of Android and iOS. It’s like an Android user is seriously trying to convince a lover of iOS(iPhone/iPad) that his Android does better than the iPhone and iPad.
Seriously, every year, there’s always something to compare between Android and iOS gadgets. From phones, tablets, smart watches, speakers, TVs and even more.
So, we are literally going to be looking at where Android performs better than iOS(iPhone & iPad) or let’s say what an Android can comfortably do that an iPhone or iPad will fail to do or won’t do so well.
If you are an Android user, you may want to share this post to all your friends that are so in-love with iOS or just to educate someone. Either way, don’t get into a fight about Android vs iOS.
Android vs iOS Comparison 2019: Which is the best?
Let’s see how Android devices are better than iOS(iPhone, iPad) in many ways.
Actually, an Android or the Android OS can not completely be better than iOS devices in every way.
These are the most noticeable pros of Android against the iPhone and iPad in a clear win. If I get caught in some mistakes, please let me know in the comments box.
And one more thing, if you think your Android does something the iPhone and iPads can’t do so well or completely, I would like to also know.
Comparing Android OS vs iOS will help you know the difference between android and ios operating system. Get ready for the Android vs iOS 2018 battle.
Android has more photo and cloud backup services : Android vs iOS File Backup
On Android, you can automatically back up all your photos and videos to Google Photos which offers unlimited free storage, provided you don’t mind the 16-megapixel limit for images and the 1080p resolution limit for video.
You can back up photos and videos at the original resolution with iCloud or Google Photos, but you only get 5GB of free space with iCloud, compared to 15GB with Google Drive. If you own a Google-branded Pixel phone, you can also back up unlimited photos and videos in full resolution with Google Photos.
Google Drive offers 15GB for free and has cross-platform support. You only get 5GB with iCloud, and it only works with Windows, Mac, and iOS.
iPhones / iPads don’t have expandable memory card support while most Android devices support memory card expansion : Android vs iOS Storage Options
A lot of geeks, smartphone users and even the owners of popular YouTube tech channels have always reiterated the point that even though they use an iPhone, they aren’t so satisfied and would love a device that supports memory card expansion.
Android on the other hand is a master when it comes to memory expansion. If your iPhone doesn’t have enough memory and you just can’t get new iPhone or iPad, your best alternative is an Android phone.
Most Android smartphones support memory card expansion and flagship devices are even taking the storage capacity on some Android devices to up to 1TB(1 Terabyte).
If you have an iPhone with a 16GB of internal memory and it gets filled up, you can’t just slot in a memory card into the iPhone or iPad. You might need a professional service centre to help you upgrade your internal memory, but not everyone buys the idea.
With Android devices, you can always expand your total memory via a Micro SD or USB OTG and it even gets better with newer flagship devices.
So to conclude the Android vs iOS comparison on memory card support, Android devices win.
Android devices are highly customizable while iOS(iPhone and iPad) have a static skin
Android phone users are familiar with the words Launchers, Themes, and other customization terms. Well, you can’t find those stuff among iOS users.
To understand this better, an average Android device can be tweaked to look like an iPhone with just a few launchers or third party software. And if you are a power user, your customization can only be limited by what you can imagine.
Everyone loves to change or edit things especially when it comes to smartphones.
iOS devices(iPhone, iPad) have an OS that isn’t user customizable when it comes to the looks/front end. You could adjust settings, stop features or change some default settings as you wish, but when it comes to customizing the looks of your phone as the real owner, your limits can’t be overemphasized.
If you look at so many Android devices, you could use the kinda lock screens on iPhones, change the icons to whatever you want, adjust the display like a pro and even do more all with third-party apps or sometimes with the stock apps.
iOS wouldn’t let you do those cool customization but the UI is really cool. You can ask iOS users or confirm it yourself if you are one of them.
Android OS is open source while iOS isn’t open source(kinda close-source)
First of all, you need to understand an open source OS(Operating System) is/means.
An Open Source OS simply means any program/software whose source code is made available for use or modification by users or other developers without limitations.
So anyone can get the Android source code, modify it or build something different from the stock Android and still redistribute it. That’s why Android OS has so many custom versions from developers, device manufacturers, and users as well.
This is completely different when it comes to the Apple iOS. You can get the source code or even think of modifying it. Apple controls everything and just gives you its polished version to enjoy as much as you can.
If you aren’t a developer, this might sound strange to you but Android users tend to get more customizations and freedom due to the fact that the Android OS is open source.
Android is more user-friendly than iOS
Noob users on Android can easily customise their device and get rid of unwanted system apps with little to no stress mostly on a rooted Android device.
On iOS, you can’t get rid of those stock apps or whatever comes with it unless you are one of the software developers.
Android smartphones are more affordable than iOS devices(iPhones and iPads)
Apple smartphones are always known to be very expensive and sometimes seen as a smartphone for the rich. From even older iPhones to the iPhone X, 8 Plus, XS, XS Max and XR, the cost of getting one of these great devices is always skyrocketing.
So, how is Android better than iPhones/iPads in terms of affordability?
Some Android flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 2, 2XL, 3, 3XL and a few others might have almost the same price like the expensive iPhones, but it doesn’t change the fact that there are millions of extremely powerful Android devices that are very affordable and durable.
E.g of affordable and durable Android smartphones that are cheaper than the latest iPhones are Xiaomi Pocofone F1, OnePlus 6 and others.
Android OS app store has more apps than iOS with lots of free apps
With Android apps: 3.5 million, iOS apps: 2.2 million, the Google play store is increasingly stocked with great apps with more free apps than the Apple iTunes app store.
In the U.S., iOS still leads the way, but developers elsewhere are increasingly targeting Android first. Although the app store has quality games and apps, the Google play store for Android is always dynamic as well.
Alternative app stores and side-loading
It’s relatively easy to side-load apps on Android. Tick a box in the settings, download an APK and you’re set. There are also a lot of alternative Android app stores beyond the Play Store, but side-loading can open you up to the risk of malware.
Apple is opposed to third-party app stores. If you want a wider choice of apps and easy side-loading then your choice is obvious.
Android can easily share APK apps to other Android devices while iOS doesn’t
Sharing applications is easily is one of the most friendly parts of Android. You can easily send apps via Xender or Bluetooth to other Android devices without using your mobile data. Well, when it comes to iOS, it’s not possible, maybe for now.
iPhones with iOS 6 and below don’t support WhatsApp and cannot be upgraded
If you have an iPhone running on iOS 6 or lower, it won’t be able to run the most popular instant messenger, WhatsApp. This isn’t the case for Android devices with older Android versions.
However, you’ll be able to continue using WhatsApp on Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020.
February 1, 2020, is a lot of time for Android users on older Android versions to keep enjoying WhatsApp while iOS 6 and below can’t enjoy WhatsApp or even upgrade.
Android devices have better battery and charging options : Android vs iOS Battery Life
Battery life is a huge factor when choosing a smartphone in 2018. Android and iOS are two different OS with different hardware but more Android devices have bigger battery capacities up to 8,000 mAh and even more.
Both Android and iOS allow you to see your battery usage at a glance, broken down by app, but only Android shows an estimate of how much battery life you have left. They both offer power saving modes that can extend your battery life by limiting performance, connectivity, and other power-sapping features, but precisely how it works is generally more customisable on Android.
Talking about fast charging, Android phones have had fast charging capabilities and wireless charging for a long time. However, Apple’s new iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X all offer wireless charging and fast charging too.
For iPhones, you will have to get the fast charging accessories separately, whereas it’s usually provided in the box with an Android phone.
Cheaper and even expensive flagship Android devices support fast and wireless charging while these features are only available on the most recent iPhones(iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X)
Voice Assistants: Google Assistant is far better than Siri
Android and iOS now have a powerful voice assistant that works really well. As one who uses both Android and iOS, I literally love the Google Assistant more than Siri most times because it responds more naturally like a real assistant.
You can do many of the same things with Apple’s Siri as you can with Google Assistant, but Siri is more like a straightforward helper for setting calendar appointments, searching the web, or making calls while Google Assistant on Android wins with great suggestion, conversation and speed too.
Rooting and unlocking bootloaders is easier on Android while jailbreaking iOS is harder
Your device is yours and having total control is what makes Android more user-friendly. On Android, you have access and complete control over your device is to any level and you can unlock the bootloader too.
Complete control over your device is not available on iOS. Apple is completely opposed to this kind of thing. Jailbreaking is an option for iOS, which lets you download and install apps from outside the App Store and bypass some other limitations.
Android support Widgets while iOS doesn’t
One of the cool features of the Android OS from the onset is Widget support. With newer versions of Android, everything is even becoming better. Widgets help you setup apps features on your desktop/home screen and get real-time notifications or whatever the app or widget does.
Widgets are available for so many Android apps like calendar, music, email, clock, battery etc.
On iOS, you can only show widgets on the notification center.
Android has more brand choices while iOS is restricted
Many phones and tablets use the Android OS and even other OS companies are gradually joining the bandwagon. If you want a smartphone running on Android, there’re too many manufacturers to choose from.
Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, Vivo, Oppo, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Blackberry, Nokia, Sony etc. If you love complete stock Android, the Nexus and Pixel line of devices run on pure Android without bloatware.
This means you can always get an Android smartphone from your favorite brand/manufacturer.
This is very different when it comes to iOS. If you want an iOS device, you can’t go to Samsung, HTC, Nokia or LG, you must and will go to Apple for any device running on iOS.
Android supports more than 100 Languages while iOS is about 40
Language support on smartphones is really important. Not everyone speaks or likes using English on their smartphones. When it comes to language expansion, Android wins.
File Transfer: Android is better than iOS
File transfer on Android is very easy and more user-friendly than iOS. Just by using a USB port and an Android File Transfer desktop app, you can easily send or receive files quickly. Photos can be transferred via USB without apps.
It’s practically more difficult on iOS. Media files can be transferred using iTunes desktop app or one of those iTunes alternatives. Seriously, you can’t just plug your iOS device into any computer to transfer files if it doesn’t have iTunes or a compatible software.
Does this make your Android smartphone better than iOS devices? Let’s know what you think in the comments section.
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