Despite advancements on both sides of the two surviving smartphone platforms, Android OS and iOS, despite the many features and capabilities shared between them, the two are still as different as night as day. Choosing between the two is quite easy.
So, what are the things you need to consider in determining which of these two platforms is appropriate for you? We explain it all.
Bluetooth File Transfer
Android allows you to share files from your smartphone to other devices – PC, laptop, tablet, and other smartphones. Take a selfie and beam it to your sibling or friend just like that, even if you have no internet connection. You cannot do this on iOS devices. To share files on iOS, you need an internet connection.
Android’s built-in file system also allows you to connect it to a PC to transfer files between the two devices. You can do this without installing any software. On iOS devices, this is not possible without installing iTunes.
iOS has a simpler user interface than Android OS has. As such, moving around menus and getting things done tend to be easier than on Android phones.
Android allows allows manufacturers to add USB On-The-Go to devices. What does this mean? It means that you can plug in a flash drive, USB mouse or USB keyboard to an Android smartphone with USB-OTG. This is not possible on iPhones and iPads.
Themes And Flexibility
You can customise your Android smartphone with themes, launchers and wallpapers. Themes and launchers change the user experience of the phone and allow you to tweak things to your taste. On iOS, all you can do is set a wallpaper. There are no ways to customise the user experience beyond that.
iPhones are costly. If you want a more affordable iPhone, you have to buy an older or a used model. Not only are Android smartphones less costly, there are Android smartphones at every possible price point in the market.
If you want to buy an up-to-date iOS device, you are limited to only the two or three models released by Apple each year. On the Android side, there are hundreds of models released each year by scores of manufacturers. Admittedly, the avalanche of choices can get overwhelming for the consumer.
If you want a smartphone that gives you a guarantee of getting the latest software updates, Apple wins this hands down. iOS devices get software updates for years after purchase. On the other hand, most Android smartphones never get a single update. Usually, only flagship Android smartphones are guaranteed any software updates, and even t that the updates often do not arrive for months after Google releases them.
Superior VoIP Call Management
Have you ever been on a WhatsApp call and then a regular voice call interrupts it? Well, iOS handles that conflict better. More recent versions of iOS treat VoIP calls and regular calls as equals and so incoming regular calls do not interrupt an ongoing VoIP call. You are able to choose whether to accept or reject an incoming cellular call while you are on an active VoIP call. Android doesn’t offer that. On Android, your VoIP call promptly gets interrupted once a cellular call rings in.
iOS has a wider catalogue of apps than Android has. It also has more specialised apps, so if you need apps for specialised fields, chances are that you will find them on iOS than on Android.
Android Versus iOS: My Choice
The above sum up the differences between Android and iOS.
It is still very easy for me to choose between them though. I want Bluetooth file transfer, USB storage, and USB-OTG capabilities. iOS denies me those. I also love the ability to customise and tweak my mobile to my taste. Thankfully, all the apps that I need are available on Android. My choice is Android every time.