iPhone vs Android

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It’s usually the first question asked when searching for a new phone. Should I choose an iPhone and be mocked for the ‘brand name’ or should I choose Android and suffer security? Here’s a comprised guide to figure out which phone is right for you. Explore expense, battery life, calls, texts, emails, camera, apps, GPS, updates, personalisation, and security to help you decide iPhone vs Android; which is the best for you?

*The winner of each category has been put in bold.



Expense

iPhone

  • One of the iPhone’s best-known feature is its price. Every new model comes with a new price tag. The average new iPhone costs $758/£587/€640, as of September 2020.

Android

  • Android phones are undoubtedly cheaper and there is still a wide range to choice from. The average new android costs $567/£438/€479, as of September 2020.

Battery Life

iPhone

  • The majority of Apple products have a better battery life, but that doesn’t make it the winner of this category. iPhones are very much behind the times when it comes to chargers, and Android firmly wins in this regard. Older models also do not include the charger at purchase, and they have to be bought separately.

Android

  • The battery life for Android devices varies greatly. Although it’s known for having poor usage, there are still many Android phones that have a greater battery life than the iPhone. They were the first to offer wireless charging which put them miles ahead of Apple, and all charges are provided with the phone when bought.

Calls, Texts, & Email

iPhone

  • iPhones have a straight forward and user-friendly interface for phone calls, text messages, and emails. It also offers FaceTime and iMessage which are automatically available on every iPhone. Apple has a built-in Mail app which allows the addition of many major email providers, such as Google, Yahoo, and Hotmail. It also provides an Apple iCloud email address.

Android

  • Google released and then removed many different call and chat apps, most of which had confusing names. Different phones have different pre-installed apps and Google is currently struggling to create a standard app for all Android devices. Android also has an easy to use email service, as it’s default app is Gmail. This offers the same additional email accounts as iPhone’s Mail does and links in with many Android apps.


Camera

iPhone

  • Apple prides itself on high-quality cameras. It has a built-in editing feature and fantastic lighting abilities. Later models have multiple camera lenses to capture even more detail.

Android

  • Originally, Android cameras didn’t even come close to Apple, but in recent years they’ve been slowly but surely improving. It’s only fault is that different Android phones offer different camera and photo apps, some of which have glitches.

Apps

iPhone

  • The AppStore and iTunes come part and parcel with iPhones and offer a wide range of apps. It’s usually the first place developers go when selling mobile games, and many stop there without even considering Android. The AppStore is easy to navigate but more difficult to search on.

Android

  • Android’s PlayStore has far fewer apps, but those that it does have are far more likely to be free. The PlayStore isn’t as user friendly, but does have a queue function that allows you to schedule the installation of apps. It also offers a two-hour refund policy which is a huge selling point.

GPS

iPhone

  • Apple Maps took a long time to emerge, and when it did, it didn’t receive much praise. It has since improved significantly but still has a few kinks that need to be worked out.

Android

  • Although Google Maps can be downloaded on iPhone, it’s a built-in app in most Android devices. It’s more detailed, has better traffic information, and even gives directions for walking and cycling.


Updates

iPhone

  • All Apple products are updated regularly with improved software and better security. Updates can even be automated in later iPhone models.

Android

  • Android phones are updated sporadically, and although security is regularly improved, it could be better. Apple definitely wins the updates category as it fixes bugs and improves security every few weeks.

Personalisation

iPhone

  • Apple products are very limited when it comes to personalizing them. You can change the wallpaper, lock screen, and rearrange apps but that’s where it ends.

Android

  • This has always been a major selling point for Android products, as virtually everything can be altered. You can set default apps, change app pages, and even tinker with the user interface.

Security

iPhone

  • Apple products have regularly updated security features and two-factor authentication on most of their devices. Passwords can even be completely avoided with the use of Touch and Face ID. There is also a reduced risk of data mining as Apple doesn’t store or read user data.

Android

  • Android is somewhat infamously known for it’s terrible security, but in reality, they aren’t a huge amount worse than Apple. If you stick to the PlayStore then you shouldn’t have any issues, but by straying from it you open yourself up to a world of malware. Google also mines private data to improve their ads, and a lot of data is stored.

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