Androids vs. iPhones. The discussion goes on and on. When the iPhone first hit the market, there was really no competition. The iPhone was playing in a class of its own. Early Android devices were dismal: sluggish UI response, lags here and there, and the overall “assemble-it-yourself” approach just didn’t with consumers.
Hardware and Models
With Apple iPhone, you are always limited to just a few models. Or, rather, you can choose from just a single current model in several versions that, honestly, differ very little. There are a few older models you can get from the used market, but that’s about it. “You can have any color as long as it’s black”.
Android devices, on the other hand, come in many shapes, models and colors. Various manufacturers use completely different hardware. Different displays, processors, memory. Vastly different quality and usability. Getting an Android phone will require you to do a research on what’s available, whereas you can’t go wrong with any current iPhone. Are you a techno geek or a gadget guy? Look for an Android phone you like best. The rest will be served by Apple.
The latest generation of iPhones has a wonderful Retina display. These super high resolution screens will display your apps, icons and pictures so crisp it’s hard to believe. Kudos to Apple: they made one of the greatest screens ever.
Androids ship with all kinds of displays. Some of the better ones can reach iPhones in pixel density, but software integration is still something to work on. Many applications are still using low-resolution icons and images designed to be displayed on lower-resolution displays. When selecting an Android phone, you will have to look really carefully to get a model with a good screen. If you’re not good with numbers, icon dimensions, angles of view and technical specs, just leave the Androids alone.
Built-in Software and Interface
An iPhone is an iPhone. They’re all the same. Same operating system, one user interface, the same set of pre-installed apps, same icons. You can customize it by shifting things around and picking a few icons on your own, but there’s only so much you’re allowed to do.
Androids are available in all sorts of flavor. Different firmware and dozens of OS versions, builds and editions. Different sets of icons for exactly the same app. Completely different shells and launchers. Extensively customizable: you can turn an Android phone into pretty much whatever you want (and it’s not all about custom icons) – but you must know what you’re doing. With such a broad variety, some models are simply better as in simpler to use, more stable and working more reliable than others. If making your very own tailored environment is fun for you, by all means buy the Android. If you like your phone working out of the box, get an iPhone and begin using it right away.
iPhones don’t have a slot to use an external memory card. You’ll be stuck with the amount of memory you originally bought. If you outgrow your iPhone, you’ll have to buy another iPhone, bringing more money to Apple.
Most but not all Android devices come with a microSD slot, allowing you to put more memory when you need it. With flash memory getting cheaper every year, you will be better off in the long run if you buy an Android.
With iPhones, you can’t even replace a battery. If your battery dies in some years (they all do; lithium batteries won’t hold charge after 3-4 years), you’ll be sending your iPhone to Apple for a “major repair” (more money to Apple), or be on the market for a new iPhone (even more dough to Apple).
While some Android devices use similarly user irreplaceable batteries, most Androids are easy: just lift the cover and put a new battery in. A replacement battery will set you back a few dollars, allowing you to buy a replacement phone when you want it.
Android phones are more affordable to buy and cheaper to upgrade and maintain. They’re more extensible and customizable. iPhones are perfect right out of the box, and offer one of the best usage experience ever. Which one to pick? The choice is yours.