iPhone vs. Android : How to choose the best smartphone for you

It doesn't matter if your preferred tech guru claims that only a fool would purchase an iPhone. Or that your IT friend claims her Android phone is the greatest of the best and that the other man is a dummy. That is selecting a tribe rather than a piece of technology. I have to start by saying there is no one proper answer if you want to make a reasonable decision between an iPhone and an Android phone based on the technical specifications.

The plain fact is that Android-powered smartphones and iPhones both offer advantages and disadvantages, regardless of tribe loyalty or marketing savvy. Furthermore, comparing operating systems by themselves doesn't reveal anything, which further complicates issues.

The hardware and operating system of iPhones are inextricably linked. It's a different situation with Android smartphones. Android smartphone models vary so greatly from one another that contrasting the iPhone 13 with, say, a fantastic low-cost Android phone like the Moto G Power from 2020 is like comparing apples (oops) and oranges. The recently released Samsung Galaxy S22 or the Google Pixel 6 range might make better contemporary comparisons.

I thus weigh the operating system while taking into consideration the variations in phone types while making this decision. Without taking into account the hardware variations, it is impossible to compare these two phone systems.

Here are the comparisons between Apple and Android smartphones in 14 essential areas of the smartphone experience.

1. Usability 

Apple goods "simply work," as people are fond of saying. The iOS UI is undoubtedly simple to use. But the Android user interface is also. Actually, you won't have any problem using either if you can use one.

Yes, the iPhone dominated Windows Mobile and Nokia Symbian phones when it first debuted, and it still does today. It was then. Right now.

All phone interfaces now are more user-friendly and superior than they were back then. Control seems to be the main distinction. Compared to Apple phones, Android smartphones allow you a lot more control over your device and its applications. Control is what I enjoy. If you're OK with what Apple offers — here is your home screen; add a photo if you want to be unique — then good for you. Anyway, I like the freedom to customise my phone however I see fit. I can accomplish it using an Android phone.

2. Fit, Finish and Price 

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Android phones They do differ. Wildly.

Some are just as appealing as the iPhone 13, including the top-tier Samsung S22+ and the Google Pixel 6 Pro. Apple ensures that iPhones have excellent fit and finish by overseeing every stage of the production process. But so do the leading producers of Android smartphones. However, some Android smartphones are merely unsightly.

This is partly because Apple only produces high-end smartphones. A inexpensive iPhone will never exist. Your only option is to purchase a secondhand iPhone if you don't want to spend top money for one.

But let me remind you that regardless of how attractive the outside of a phone may be, you'll undoubtedly conceal it inside an unattractive, robust cover if you want to keep it secure. Nobody will likely describe an OtterBox case as being lovely. However, it safeguards my pricey phone, which is essential.

For less than $300, you can get a decent Android phone. Although they may not be the most attractive phones, they function just as well and cost a fraction of what an iPhone does.

3. Open vs closed systems

The iPhone is still as exclusive as ever. That's OK if you don't want anything that you can't purchase from Apple in your pocket. But bear in mind that as long as you own an iPhone, you will always and forever be restricted to the Apple software environment. Your options to purchase or play the popular Fortnite game are severely constrained when Apple and Epic, the game's developer, disagree on how to handle payments.

Open-source software includes Android. Additionally, alternative applications are accepted much more readily.

Additionally, Apple doesn't and probably never will migrate its apps to Android. iMessage is the most popular and frustrating of these iPhone-only applications. My buddies who use it are devoted users. However, it has a significant, unpleasant issue. It cannot be used with other texting platforms. Yes, it is possible to send SMS messages to Android messaging applications, however doing so results in the loss of several popular functions.

However, most users won't even be aware of it, unless — as in the case of Fortnite — a software company's battle with Apple directly impacts a programme they like. But Android is the only option if you prefer open versus closed systems.

4. Voice assistants and AI

There is no contest between Google Assistant and Siri when it comes to victory: Google Assistant wins by a wide margin.

More than just a great speech interface for Google search, Google Assistant is a powerful tool. Google Assistant can simplify your life if you use Google products like Google Calendar and Google Maps. Let's say you have a lunch meeting downtown and the traffic is terrible. When Google Assistant determines that you must leave early to make your appointment, it will let you know in advance. That's awesome.

Despite being the first on the market, Siri is still rather simple. Although it works well for answering inquiries, it is not a very clever AI helper.

However, Google Assistant isn't a compelling reason to select one OS over another. since iPhones can also access it.

5. Consistent updates

On the other side, when it comes to software upgrades, Apple outperforms Android handily. All phones — those that are still supported, at least — receive the most recent update or patch whenever Apple publishes it. It's all about crossing your fingers and hoping for the best with Android phones.

That's because Google provides the base operating system and certain bundled apps, but the iPhone is completely under Apple's control, and it is up to the phone maker to offer upgrades and fixes. There is a considerable possibility that you will receive the fixes on time if you use a high-end phone. You probably won't even get a security fix for many of the other Android cellphones, though.

Nearly three-quarters of Android smartphones, according to Skycure, a mobile threat protection firm, are using outdated security. The fact that this number is so low genuinely surprises me. I had estimated that 90 percent of Android smartphones had outdated software.

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Some Android providers, particularly Samsung and Google, excel at maintaining the software and Android distributions they offer. all other people? Not really.

This quickly grows old.

However, iOS upgrades can have issues. Apple needs to improve its quality control procedures. Starting with iOS 6 and moving up to the most recent version, which had more than its fair share of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 4G/5G issues, I can't think of a single instance in which a significant iOS upgrade didn't cause a Wi-Fi problem.

I'm not sure why this is the case. Every component of Apple's hardware is under its complete control. Why is it so difficult for the corporation to acquire wireless connectivity, which is essential to smartphones, right?

However, my Android upgrades "simply work." as soon as I can acquire them.

The best Android phone manufacturers therefore provide better fixes, even if Apple normally delivers better updates.

6. Security

It's not so much that Android lacks security as it is because Google is less strict than Apple about which apps it lets into its app store. Only downloading apps from the Google Play store is the greatest approach to prevent malware from infecting your Android device. Google estimates that malware is present in 0.16 percent of all apps.

But be careful not to overconfidence if you use an iPhone. There is iPhone virus there, simply waiting to be downloaded by a cocky user.

In general, iPhones are built to be more secure. If you believe you can trust Apple with your privacy, that is. While Apple isn't universally seen as trustworthy, Google also receives criticism for not being reliable when it comes to personal information. For instance, Apple recently acknowledged that iOS 15 occasionally collected users' Siri chats.

7. Accessories

I'm not sure about you, but I frequently attach my phones to other devices. In this case, Android is superior. Since all Android smartphones have standard USB ports, you may connect a wide variety of devices to your phone. You need a device that can connect to the iPhone's exclusive Lightning connector.

Another benefit of Android is that USB gadgets and cables are less expensive than their Lightning-port-using siblings. I might be a dinosaur, but I like cell phones with a headphone jack. I feel that losing costly AirPods is all too simple. Therefore, I'll always choose for a reliable, affordable wired headset.

8. Charge and battery life

Because Android phone models vary so much from one another, battery life is difficult to evaluate. Android phones, in my experience, don't require as frequent charging as iPhones, especially when using Motorola, Samsung, or Google phones. Considering that your charge may differ based on the phone you have and how you use it, let's declare a draw.

9. Integration of clouds

No matter if I'm attempting to utilise Apple's iCloud on an iPhone or a Mac, it continues to be a huge hassle for me. It always goes wrong. I'm not the only one having issues with iCloud, either.

On the other hand, Android is closely connected with Google's programmes and services. I frequently use Google applications for both business and play. Android is without a doubt the best platform for integrating with the cloud.

10. Online conferences

Google seems undecided about its audio, video, and instant messaging products. The company now uses Google Meet and Google Hangouts as its primary communication tools. They are very useful to me and I use them almost as frequently as Zoom.

Facetime is the only option for iPhones. A fantastic tool for video conferences is Facetime. I wish it supported more operating systems except Apple. However, if everyone in your family or workplace uses Apple, you're set to go. Grandma will be out of luck if she has an Android phone, though. I firmly think that the primary function of any communication programme should be, well, communication. Anything that prevents it from happening is a non-starter.

Although you can improvise a hack to let iOS 15-equipped iPhone users invite Android and PC users to a Facetime chat, it's still a pain in the rear. Facetime will never win out over Hangouts and Meet for me.

11. Cameras

Although I'm not an expert in cameras, I know some who are. All three of today's best smartphone cameras were put to the test by Andrew Hoyle, my go-to colleague on topic. The Galaxy S22 Ultra Camera, he discovered, outperformed both the Pixel 6 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro. Samsung's 10x optical zoom is unbeatable.

12. Software selection

There was a time when you could claim that one app shop had superior apps than the other. Nowadays, it's essentially a tie. Furthermore, you won't ever run out of apps to play with with approximately 3.5 million apps available on the Google Play store and 2.2 million on the Apple App Store.

13. The future of 5G

Up until recently, there wasn't much of a need to switch to 5G. Despite all the excitement, there wasn't enough 5G available to justify purchasing a 5G-capable phone. That has altered. Finally, there is enough 5G today to make purchasing a 5G phone worthwhile.

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Which should you choose? In all honesty, whatever your phone company's 5G can support. 5G is a misleading name. There are four distinct types of 5G, and they are incompatible with one another. Simply get a phone—an iPhone or an Android—that your carrier guarantees is compatible with the precise 5G frequencies they support.

14. Price

It's simple: iPhones cost a lot of money. The third-generation iPhone SE's starting price is $429. Not considering status symbols like the $48.5 million Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond Edition, the iPhone 13 Pro Max tops out at $1,599 with all the bells and whistles (including a 1TB disc). Even without a pink diamond, that is a little too much.

On the other hand, the Pixel 6 Pro, the top model in the Google Pixel series, costs $1,099. The most expensive Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will cost $1,299 to purchase. However, you can get a perfectly good Android phone for far less money.

Theoretically, consumers are ready to shell out more money for an iPhone. According to a recent research, "87 percent of adolescents now own an iPhone, and 88 percent anticipate using an iPhone as their future phone." But pardon me if I think the majority of the teenagers they spoke with were lying. They could desire an iPhone because they think it's "cool," but desiring and being able to purchase something are two very different things.

It's true that iPhones seem to be more popular than Android phones in the US, but only by approximately a two-to-three ratio, not by a nine-to-ten ratio. This is based on the Digital Analytics Program (DAP) of the US government, which gives us a rolling tally of the technologies visitors have utilised over the previous 90 days when visiting US government websites.

Conclusion 

Which one then is best for you? You should select the smartphone that best suits your demands and budget, in my opinion. There isn't a straightforward solution that works for everyone. Both phone ecosystems have pros and drawbacks, as I said in the outset. Here is our guide on moving from an Android to an iPhone if you now use an Android device and believe you'd prefer to do so. We also provide instructions for switching from an iPhone to an Android device if you are already using an iPhone.

It actually depends on your budget and the things that are most important to you. Android is the best option in my opinion, but I won't argue with you if you want an iPhone instead. We will all be happy if it works for you.

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I'm Abhishek, hello. I'm from Assam, which is in northeastern India. I have a wild imagination and an unquenchable need for exploration and adventure. After completing my board examinations, I began travelling across Northeast India with several of my friends. I eventually became tired of having to explain my travels to everyone, so I started writing about them. A chain of events led to my decision to write or offer advice wherever I travel.