iOS vs. Android: the Never-Ending Debate

iOS vs. Android: the Never-Ending Debate

These days, it is hard to notice big differences between iOS and Android. Both are easy to use, secure enough, and full-featured. So what features make each one unique and which one should you buy?

Choosing a phone isn’t only about specs or design; while they are essential, software features are way more important to consider.

Let us start the comparison.



1. Customization

Customization is superior in Android phones. You have more flexibility to personalize your home screen. You can choose your own app launcher, add different styles of widgets, and more. You also have more control over the device settings, like changing default apps, equalizing audio, changing default fonts, tuning screen colors, etc.

If you would like to change the whole operating system, you can do this too! There are many alternatives to the stock OS that comes by default with your phone. They offer more features, customization, security, and they are usually bloat-free.

On the other hand, Apple has made great progress on iOS customizability in the last 2 years. Now, you can customize your home screen more than ever, such as placing elegant widgets and grouping apps automatically into categories. You can set your default web browser too, and delete stock apps.

In general, iOS tends to be a simpler, more “perfect,” and cleaner system, but you don’t have much control over what you can do with your phone.


2. Performance

It is well-known that iOS is generally faster than Android, and this is attributed to many reasons. The most important of which is that Apple makes its both hardware and software, giving it the ability to control how the two interact.


Android devices are usually bloated, running so many apps and background services that slow down the device. This is because every device maker adds their own set of apps and services. iOS apps are also lighter than Android’s.


3. Security and Privacy

Security is a big concern for all of us, but both platforms are decently secure. Their security depends mostly on your knowledge of how to use your phone securely.

iOS and Android are built on strong foundations; Android runs Linux at its core, and iOS runs Unix and some other components. The Android source code is also available to the public, so bugs and security flaws are quickly found and fixed because people are involved in the Android system development. Unlike Android, the iOS source code is “closed” and proprietary.

The iOS is a closed system. You can’t download anything outside App Store, and all apps are vetted and distributed by Apple. It’s even hard to download media files and books from your browser without using built-in stores like iTunes and iBooks. This makes iOS immune to outside attacks, but at the cost of convenience and the freedom of use.


Android’s open nature makes it an easy malware target. You can freely install third-party stores and apps, media files, books, etc. That’s is why Android phones are more likely to be compromised.

For privacy, it is known that Apple cares much more about users’ data than Google.

Google’s business model is built around collecting as much user data as possible and then selling it to its partners and advertisers to serve you better ads.

On the other side, Apple makes its money from selling devices and services, not user data. They also take several measures to protect users’ privacy and collect as little data as possible.

If this is a big concern for you and you still want an Android phone, you should look for an alternative OS like LineageOS. It is maintained by the LineageOS community and doesn’t include any Google services. You can also use it with microG, an alternative software that provides you with Google services’ capabilities.


4. App Stores and Other Stores

Well, there is not much difference here; both have amazing stores for apps, games, media, books, and more.

The App Store for iOS currently hosts more than 1.8 apps and games. The interface is clean and amazing, and there are curated recommendations that you will love.
You can use the iOS media player (iTunes) to get millions of songs, movies, and TV series. There is also iBooks, a store where you can get millions of e-books.

The most thing that distinguishes the App Store from Play Store is the creative apps. Most graphic design and creativity apps are available on iOS/iPadOS. If you’re a designer or an artist and you want to get a tablet, then the iPad is the best choice for you.

On the other hand, Play Store hosts many apps; currently, over 2.8 million apps. Many independent developers choose to develop their apps for Android more than iOS.

The Android has Google Play Movies & TV; a library for many movies and TV series. It also has Google Play Books, from which you can get many e-books. If you are a music lover, you should look at YouTube Music or other services.


5. Gaming

Gaming is an important factor that will help you decide which platform to choose. Both Apple and Google are putting huge efforts into gaming recently.

Apple has recently introduced Apple Arcade, a subscription service that lets you play hundreds of games on your device for $4.99 a month, without the need to purchase every game. Currently, it is available in select countries.
Similarly, Google has its own subscription service; Google Play Pass, which has the same price, and nearly the same features.

Google also has another gaming service; Google Stadia. It is a cloud gaming service. This means that games are not stored on your phone, you access them wherever you have internet. The service has its own dedicated controller, and the subscription starts from $9.99 a month. So, Google is offering more options here.

You should also pay attention to third-party gaming platforms, such as Xbox Game Pass and Facebook Gaming. Both platforms are not fully available on iOS, and the reason is that this violates Apple’s terms and conditions. If a company wants to host its service on iOS, Apple must review and approve every game available.
But Microsoft has found a solution that will be launched in mid-2021, which is to make the service available on the browser, so the company does not need to agree to Apple’s condition.
The bottom line is that third-party gaming platforms work best on Android.

If you are a casual gamer, both platforms are suitable for you, but if you are a hardcore gamer, you should consider the things we mentioned above.


6. Compatibility with Other Devices

When it comes to compatibility with other devices, Android is easier to deal with. If you want to use a smartwatch, any watch can pair easily with your Android phone. And if you want to sync your data with your PC, all you need is to connect the USB cable. Despite that, iOS surpasses Android with the integration quality.

On the other hand, Apple devices are amazingly well-integrated. Just sign in on every Apple device you have, and everything will be synced and connected seamlessly. While the experience is very convenient, iOS devices don’t integrate well with other platforms. It is hard to integrate them with a watch other than the Apple Watch. If you want to sync your data with your PC, you have to use iTunes software and sync all your data and media through it.


Summary

The competition between iOS and Android is getting fiercer year over year. They’re both advanced, secure, and convenient. It is hard to spot big differences between them, but we hope the above comparison will help you decide which one is better for you!

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