It is not possible to tell exactly which is better Android or iPhone to use. There are many areas and many features to explore both the OS covers. Both the operating systems perform most of the same task and in the same way too.
Android vs. iPhone: basic:
Android was developed by Google. Pixel tasteful versions are facilitated on its Pixel phones. Their skins are added on top of the hardware, by others including Samsung, Huawei, LG, etc.
iOS, on the other hand, is Apple’s mobile operating system. It is designed for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. There is no need for Apple to worry about making the code fit for hundreds of different devices from a dozen different manufacturers because the IOS has evolved this far in association with hardware.
Both being very similar, allows us to take photos, send messages, make calls, and run hundreds of apps to chat with friends, watch movies, manage your calendar, read up on the news, and so on.
Android vs. iPhone: hardware:
The biggest advantages of Android in terms of hardware is that we get a lot of manufacturers and models for our business and so many different phones to pick, like the Pixel 3, the Samsung Galaxy series, the Huawei P30 Pro.
The iPhone and iOS offer us a range of phones that can be split into two. The iPhone 7 and 8 are with the traditional home button, while we also have more expensive phones to choose from including iPhone XR, X, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 pro, and 11 max pros.
Android vs. iPhone: features:
Though most of the features are the same in Android and iOS, there are still a few key differences between them.
Android is an open-source platform. The consumers have the facility to choose from the multiple options of mobile applications available in the market. Features like weather details, opening screen, live RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, etc, are interesting to have and are thus supported and facilitated by Android. Android is more customizable: For example,
- We can change the default web browser, SMS app, etc. if we don’t like it.
- We can leave gaps in the rows of icons.
- We can transform Android with a launcher app.
A more polished and secure experience is what the iOS and iPhone facilitates. Unlike Android, they don’t have any security issues. It also provides the facility to choose from the multiple options of mobile applications available in the market along with providing the features like weather details, etc.
Android vs. iPhone: apps:
Today, most popular apps are available for both Android and the iPhone. This is because nowadays there are not many major parts of software that run on one platform and not the other. New apps or app updates, especially games like Alto’s Odyssey often arrive on iOS first. Those with Android phones might have to wait a little longer.
Android vs. iPhone: battery life:
The recharging of the batteries was required every day by the early iPhone, however, the recent models can go a day without a charge. It is possible through new versions of the operating system, which tend to cut battery life.
Due to the larger hardware manufacturers’ options, the battery life is more complex in Android. The Android models with a 7-inch display and other features burn more battery life, but, there are also other models with ultra-high capacity batteries. Thus, we can conclude that Android can deliver a device that works much longer than an iPhone on a single charge.
Android vs. iPhone: an intelligent assistant:
In terms of artificial intelligence and voice interfaces, Android has a clear lead. Being the most outstanding artificial intelligence assistant on Android, Google Assistant is extremely powerful, as it can use everything that Google knows about and is available for iPhone too. Thus, making our life easier. For example, Google Assistant can send a notification telling us to leave early, if the Google Calendar knows that our meeting is scheduled at 11:30 and the traffic is terrible.
Being Apple’s artificial intelligence, Siri is improving continuously with each new iOS release. Siri however, is still limited to fairly simple tasks.
Android vs. iOS: comparison chart:
|Developer||Google, Open handset Alliance||Apple Inc.|
|Initial release||September 23, 2008||July 29, 2007|
|First version||It has Android 1.0, Alpha||It has iPhone OS 1, before named iOS|
|Latest stable release and updates||Android 10 (September 3, 2019)||iOS 13.2.3 and iPAd 13.2.3 (November 18,2019)|
|Source model||Open source||Closed, with open source components.|
|Available on||Many phones and tablets. Major manufacturers such as Samsung, Honor, Vivo, Oppo, OnePlus, and Xiaomi. Android One devices are pure Android.||iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)|
|File transfer||Using the USB port and Android File Transfer desktop app. The photo can also be transferred via USB without apps. Easier than iOS.||Media files are transferred using the iTunes desktop app. Photos can be transferred via USB without apps. It is difficult as compared to Android.|
|Internet browsing||Google Chrome (other browsers are also available).||Safari as default (Other browsers are available but not as default)|
|Maps||Google Maps||Apple Maps|
|Widgets||Yes, except on lock-screen||No, except in Notification Center|
|Available language||100+ languages||34 languages|
|Video chat||Google Duo and other 3rd party apps||FaceTime (Apple device) and other 3rd party apps|
|Voice commands||Google Assistant||Siri|
|Calls and messaging||Google Messages. 3rd party apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo, and Skype all work on Android and iOS.||FaceTime, iMessage. 3rd party apps like Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo, Skype all work on Android and iOS both.|
|App store, affordability, and interface||Google Play Store – contains 1,00,000+ apps. Other app stores like Apptoid and Amazon also distribute Android apps.||Apple App Store – contains 1,00,000+ apps, Apps containing viruses very rare and non-existent.|
|Biometric Authentication||Fingerprint and/or Face Authentication are available, depending on hardware manufacturers.||Fingerprint or Face Authentication available on iPad (Air 2 and later) and iPhone (5s and later).|
|Photos and videos backup||Apps are available for an automatic backup of photos and videos. Google Photos allows unlimited backup of photos. Amazon Photos, OneDrive, and Dropbox are other alternatives.||Up to 5 GB of photos and videos are automatically backed up with iCloud. Other vendors like Google, Dropbox, Amazon, and Microsoft have auto-backup apps for both Android and iOS.|
|Alternative app stores and side loading||Several alternative app stores (e.g., Apptoide, Galaxy Apps)other than the official Google Play Store||Apple blocks 3rd party app stores.|
|Battery life||Many Android phone manufacturers provide their devices with large batteries with longer life.||Generally not as good as compared to Android batteries. However, Apple also provides a decent battery life via hardware/software optimizations.|
|Open-source||Kernel, UI, and some standard apps||The iOS kernel is not open source, but it is based on the open-source Darwin OS.|
|Security||Monthly security updates||Occasional security updates|
|Cloud services||Native integration with Google Drive storage. 15GB free, 100GB for $2/month, 1TB for $10.||Native integration with iCloud. 5GB free, 50GB for $1/month, 200GB for $3/month.|
|Interface||Touch Screen||Touch Screen|