Androids vs. iPhones. The debate goes on and on. When the iPhone was first released, there was really no competition. Apple was playing in a class of its own. Early Android phones were mediocre: slow UI, lags here and there, and the overall “do-it-yourself” approach just didn’t with consumers.
Hardware and Model Selection
With Apple iPhone, you are always limited to just a few models. Or, rather, you can choose from only one 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 entirely different hardware. Different screens, CPUs, memory. Vastly different reliability and usability. Getting an Android phone will require you to do a market research, while you can’t really go wrong with any iPhone you can afford. Are you a techno geek or a gadget guy? Look for an Android phone that flies with you. Others will be served by Apple.
The latest generation of iPhones has a wonderful Retina display. These super high resolution displays will display your apps, icons and photos so smooth it’s hard to believe. Kudos to Apple: they made one of the greatest screens ever.
Android phones come with all sorts of displays. Some of the better ones can match iPhones in pixel density, but software integration is still lacking. Many apps still have low-resolution icons and graphics designed to be displayed on lower-resolution displays. When choosing an Android phone, you will have to look really carefully to buy a model with a good display. If you’re not good with numbers, icon resolutions, angles of view and technical specs, just leave the Androids alone.
Pre-Installed Software and Interface
An iPhone is an iPhone. They’re all the same. A single operating system, one UI, the same set of pre-installed apps, exactly the same icons. You can customize it by moving things around and choosing a few icons on your own, but there’s only so much you’re allowed to do.
Androids are available in many flavors. Different firmware and dozens of OS versions, builds and codenames. 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 just about custom icons) – but you have to know what you’re doing. With such a broad variety, some devices are simply better as in easier to use, more robust and working faster 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 straight out of the box, get an iPhone and start using it right away.
Maintenance and Upgrades
iPhones don’t don’t accept memory cards. You’ll be stuck with the amount of memory you originally got. If you outgrow your iPhone, you’ll have to get another iPhone, bringing more dough to Apple.
Most but not all Android phones come with a microSD extension slot, allowing you to put more memory when you need it. With microSD cards getting cheaper every year, you will be wealthier 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 shipping your iPhone to Apple for a “major repair” (more dough to Apple), or be on the market for a new iPhone (even more money to Apple).
While some Android devices use similarly fixed batteries, most Androids are easy: just lift the cover and throw a new battery in. A new battery will only cost you a few dollars, allowing you to buy a replacement phone when you want it.
Android phones are cheaper to buy and more affordable to upgrade and maintain. They’re more extensible and customizable. iPhones work great straight out of the box, and offer one of the best usage experience ever. Which one to pick? The choice is yours.