It’s been 8 years, and the great iOS vs Android debate rumbles on—in internet forums and real life. But these platforms have come a long way even in the last year or two. Recently my mate and our fellow “Tech Blogger” Abdul Basit wrote an article discussing the reasons why Android is superior to IOS, so here is my rebuttal to my mate who is living in an illusion. Let the War begin as I bring you 5 reasons as to why Android is no match for IOS.
- Siri up against Google Now
Siri up against Google Now is an interesting head-to-head. Siri is more about voice control—pulling up information with your voice, and using your phone hands-free. Google Now accepts voice input too, but the main focus is on pre-emptively throwing up information it thinks you’ll need based on your emails, search history, recent travels and so on. Siri is smart and witty as well and has the adaptability to respond according the tone. Its ability to recognize different accents makes it stand out against Google Now. Moreover, the biggest advantage of Siri over Google Now is that Apple’s voice assistant has a personality. Speaking to Siri feels like that you are speaking to an actual person on the other hand speaking to Google Now feels like you are speaking to a robot. While some people might feel this is a small thing, it significantly improves the voice interface.
Touch ID is a big win for iOS and has hugely improved the experience of unlocking a phone or verifying a purchase. While there are various Android phones that support fingerprint sensing technology, the experience on an IOS device is still the best. Users cannot download software form third party sources in IOS, Android users consider this a disadvantage however, it also ensures that the Apps that users will use are of high quality. The privacy policies of Apple are also much more secure. So secure that even FBI can’t break into it, Oops!
- Performance and stability
…Hi-cup….Hicup..Hic…. That’s how Android reacts after it gets a version older. Android is infamous for high number of app crashes and bug invades. OEMS build different Android skins for different phones thus, sometimes some skins are better than the others because of this regardless of the specifications as an end user you are never sure if your phone will be able maintain the standard level of performance. Furthermore, Android phones have a tendency to slow down overtime. On the other end even if your iPhone doesn’t support the latest and greatest specifications you can be sure that it will never disappoint you in terms of performance.
- App Performance
Both Apple and Google offer a strong set of native apps to get you up and running, though of course Google’s are all available on iOS, whereas Apple snubs Android completely. In Hangouts Google has an overarching messaging service that works almost anywhere, though iMessage and FaceTime are arguably more polished.
A blow-by-blow comparison of each app would take up another dozen feature-length articles, but in most areas—email, maps, contacts, calling—both iOS and Android have the tools you’re going to need.
Moving on to third-party apps, and broadly speaking all of the big hitters are going to be found on both platforms. In terms of new releases, though, there’s still a bias towards iOS, with Periscope and Meerkat being two of the most recent examples—if you’re ready to join the live-streaming revolution, then you need to own an iPhone.
Both will no doubt eventually get around to Android (Meerkat already has in beta form) but there is sometimes a delay. On the flip side, Google often releases smaller apps (like Field Trip or Google Keep) on Android first, as well as updating bigger apps on its own platform before getting round to iOS. Third-party apps have always been a strength for iOS, and that still holds in 2015 (Too early to say about 2016). The iPhone got in first with the App Store and it’s easier to code for (with fewer devices and less fragmentation). Android isn’t the app disaster than Windows Phone or BlackBerry is, but it still hasn’t quite found parity yet. Furthermore, most basic third party apps like Twitter and Facebook also tend to perform better on IOS devices in comparison to their Android counterparts.
- Beyond the Mobile OS
There are so many extras to pick from: Apple Health vs Google Fit, Apple Pay vs Google Wallet, Android Auto vs. Car Play. Music and movies seems a good area to take a brief look at: Android doesn’t have the same kind of desktop management software that Apple has in iTunes. Android users can of course tap into Play Music and Play Movies, and while those apps are improving, they don’t offer the same kind of control or indeed breadth of content as iTunes does. Google’s focus on the cloud isn’t quite as useful for managing your own personal media library as it is for email or online office suites. That’s not to say you can’t cultivate a library of tunes, TV shows and films on Android, but it’s not as straightforward as it is on iOS. On the other hand, anything you buy from Apple’s shop won’t work on Android; patrons of Google’s various stores can get at their content from anywhere. Plus Apple also offers better integration between IOS products. If you own an iPhone along with an iPad and a MacBook than you can take advantage of features like continuity which allow users to take their iPhone calls on a MacBook. Furthermore, if users buy a paid app for their iPhone they also get an iPad counterpart for free. Such features significantly enhance the user experience and also give users incentive to own IOS devices. While Android and Chrome OS devices offer these features to a certain extent, only a small percentage of people use Chromebooks.
At the end of the day both IOS and Android are great mobile operating systems. Which operating system you use depends upon your personal preference and your use case scenario however; IOS has always been more reliable, simple and user friendly than Android. These qualities contribute in making the Apple operating system more superior to Android. What is your opinion on this topic? Leave your opinion in the comments below and follow us on social media to read articles like these in the future.