iOS vs. Android

iOS vs. Android

Raeden Norris, Staffer

Recently one of the most heated debates has been about which OS is better: Android or iOS? If you want to see some real drama, bring that question up, and you’re almost guaranteed to make someone angry. But what’s the answer? There are so many different opinions on what makes a good phone, that both OS could be considered superior to the other. The only real way to tell is to break it down.

One of the biggest influences when buying a phone is how much it costs. Most people don’t want to blow their wallets on the phone. Androids are the better choice when considering the price, seeing as you can get a decent android for as little as $100. You could get a used older model iPhone for around the same price, but why buy used when you can get a brand new phone at the same price?

Another thing that may be important to you is security. Nobody wants their phone hacked. If security is your biggest concern, an iPhone may suit you better. Now, Androids don’t precisely have security problems. Still, Apple has stricter policies regarding their app store, which makes the possibility of a well-hidden malware getting onto your phone much smaller. However, Apple malware still exists, making Apple users no exception to security breaches.

On the other hand, Apple’s stricter policies make for fewer apps, which might be a significant factor for someone who likes to have a lot of things to do. While both app stores have a considerable amount of apps, there’s much more on the Google Play Store, so if you need a substantial amount of apps, Android is the way to go.

With Android phones, you have a much more extensive selection of choices when it comes to phones, so if you favor one functionality over the rest, you can get a phone that suits your needs. Plenty of Android phones focus on one or two functions, like the camera quality or durability, so whether you want to take fantastic photos or run your phone over with a tank, there’s bound to be an Android that will suit you. 

However, one of the shortcomings that come with Android’s wide variety is a lack of updates. With so many companies using the Android OS, it’s up to the companies to update their phones with the latest version, and a vast majority of Android phones never get updated, leaving certain users in the dust. Now, if you’ve gone for a larger brand like Samsung, your likelihood of getting the latest update is much more substantial, but iPhones have the upper hand with updates.

A significant difference between the two phones is customizability, iPhones stick to one interface, while Android phones have a wide range of customizable parts to its interface. You can download a new keyboard if the default doesn’t suit you, you can change your launcher, or even make your phone have the same layout as say, a windows phone if you want to hurt yourself like that.

No matter how you look at it, both OS have their ups and downs, and the one you go with depends on what matters most to you and your budget, of course. But, maybe starting fights over which is better isn’t the approach to a conversation about both OS should be handled. No matter which you prefer, an opinion is an opinion, and even if you’re wrong and think iPhones are better, you’re allowed to feel like that.