iPhone vs Android

#10 Hardware: Choice vs Polish

Hardware: Choice vs Polish

Choosing a phone is always difficult. Specially when you have many options. Hardware is the first place that the differences between the iPhone and Android become clear. Apple is the only company that makes iPhones, giving it extremely tight control over how the software and hardware work together.

On the other hand, Google offers its Android software to many phone makers (Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola, among others, offer Android phones).

Winner: Tie

#9 Apps: Selection vs. Control

Apps: Selection vs. Control

Apps is a very important factor for many of us while selecting a mobile phone. While the iPhone App Store offers about the same number of apps as Google Play around 9000,000 (as of June 2013)overall selection isn’t the only factor. Apple is famously strict about what apps it allows and how it changes its policies, while Google’s standards for Android are somewhat more lax.

Winner: Apple, but not by much

#8 GPS Navigation: Free Wins For Everyone

GPS Navigation

Most of us use this system for directions. As long as you’ve got access to the Internet and a smartphone, you never have get lost again thanks to the built in GPS and maps apps on both the iPhone and Android. Both platforms sport GPS apps that can give drivers turn by turn directions and, with the arrival of iOS 6, both platforms now have free, built in, turn by turn directions.

Winner: Tie

#7 Flash player: A Difficult Choice

flash player

For certain people, even Flash is really important. The iPhone famously doesn’t run Flash and never will and makers of Android tablets trumpet that their devices do. If tablets using Android can run Flash, will Android phones be able to do the same? The answer is sort of..and only older models.

Winner: iPhone

#6 Battery Life

Battery Life

One of the most important factors while selecting a phone, its battery life. Because of the greater variety of hardware used in Android phones, Android’s battery life is more varied. While early iPhone models had batteries that required a charge nearly every day, that,s no longer true. With recent models, it’s easy to go days at a time without needing a charge (though that will be tested with the iPhone 5).

Winner: Tie

#5 Screen Size: How Big Is Too Big?

Screen Size

You want to see movies, enjoy videos in your phone, Everyone wants a decent screen size. If you’re looking for the biggest screens available on smartphones, Android is your clear choice. It’s not uncommon to find Android phones with 4.3 inch screens, and the HTC One X offers a 4.7 inch screen, while the Samsung Galaxy Note stretches the ruler at 5.3 inches. So, for sheer size, Android it is.

The question, of course, is whether a screen that big on a phone is actually a good idea. After all, phones go in our pockets or purses, they’re held in our hands and to our faces, where huge devices may not necessarily be a benefit. And as we’ve seen already, large screens consume more battery power.

Winner: Android

#4 Carriers: Tied at 4

Carriers

If you like to have a lot of choices, both Android and iPhone offer the same basic options. Just like there are many Android phones from many companies, you can also get Android phones that work on any of the U.S.’s four major phone carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

For years, the iPhone lagged behind Android’s carrier selection for various reasons. When T-Mobile began offering the iPhone in the spring of 2013, though, that difference was erased.

Winner: Tie

#3 Gaming

Gaming on android and iphone

How important is gaming while selecting a phone? Very important. Just a couple of years ago, video gaming and especially mobile video gaming was dominated by Nintendo’s DS and Sony’s PSP. The iPhone has changed that. The iPhone (and iPod touch) has rapidly become a major player in the mobile video game market, with tens of thousands of great games. The growth of the iPhone as a gaming platform, in fact, has led some observers to forecast that Apple is well on its way to eclipsing Nintendo and Sony as the leading mobile game platform.

Beyond that, the general expectation that Android apps should be free (noted above) has led game developers interested in making money (i.e., almost all of them, and certainly all the major ones) to develop for iPhone first and Android second.

Winner: iPhone

#2 OS Compatibility

OS Compatibility of ios and android

If you want to make sure you always have the latest and greatest features that your chosen smartphone operating system offers, you have no choice but to buy an iPhone. That’s because Android makers are very slow about updating their phones to Google’s latest Android OS releases–and sometimes don’t update their phones at all.

While it’s to be expected that eventually older phones will no longer have support for the latest OS, Apple’s support for older phones is generally better than Android’s. Take for instance, iOS 6, its latest OS. It includes full support for the iPhone 4, a more than two-year-old phone as of this writing. Because of that, the latest version of the iOS, 6.1.2, became the most used version just a week after its release.

Winner: iPhone

#1 Final Verdict

Final Verdict on iphone-vs-android

Now the final choice depends on you. Its on you, to select the most appropriate one according to your use and preference. Ultimately the iPhone vs Android debate comes down to a choice: between Android’s flawed, fragmented openness, and Apple’s quality experience in a closed environment. Openness sounds brilliant, and if we were talking about a lifestyle or a political philosophy then Android would be hard to beat. But this is about a phone. And if you just want a smartphone that’s safe, easy and enjoyable to use, and connected to the best quality app store around not to mention sumptuously designed and reliable then iPhone is the only answer.

 

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