Google has stuck gold again with its mobile OS, Android as the phones powered by Android have been accepted and relished by smartphone users worldwide. Closest competitor, Apple has been taken for a ride with its iOS seeing a steep downfall since Android and its latest versions like Gingerbread and Ice-cream sandwich have come into existence. Recent researches show that, in the second quarter of this year; almost 55% smartphone buyers bought Android devices whereas only 36.3% of the smartphone buyers went in for an Apple Device. A few facts actually reveal the reasons why Android is better than Apple. Let’s take a comparative look at Android vs Apple.
Android vs Apple: A Comparison
Range of Devices – Android enabled devices are manufactured by different manufacturers and new devices are launched almost every-day armed with numerous features which are similar or even better than what the iPhones have to offer. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Motorola Droid X and the HTC one series are phones that are built with a single motive to dethrone the iPhone. With only five phones and a couple of tablets to choose from, Apple’s choices are limited as an Android User has hundreds of options.
Price Element – Just to add to the agony of Apple’s limited product range compared to that of android, smartphone users can get a good bunch of features with an Android device at much lower price. With intense competition amongst Android smartphones, companies tend to bring their devices at the best prices possible to increase market share.
Multitasking – Android has always made sure from the beginning that it would enable all its users to access multiple applications at the same time, whereas the iPhone OS does not allow the user to run different applications at the same time. Only native applications such as the iPod and mail can run at a time. At the same time, Android users can receive notifications, record GPS data and also listen to music without keeping all applications open. iOS has recently granted developers the access to a few APIs that can run some services in the background which is nothing compared to the intense multi-tasking capability of Android Devices.
Social Media and Google Integration – The purpose of smartphones is to give constant connectivity to the user, so that they can be connected to their mails, friends through social media and also be able to sync their mail and phone contacts. With an Android device, the user is able to natively integrate social media websites such as Facebook and twitter, the Gmail account and also Flickr for quick photos upload. iPhones are able to get this feature only with the assistance of third party apps and does not come close to an Android device’s capability.
Functionality – Multitasking is one thing, but then navigating through an Android device can prove to be much easier as compared to an iPhone. The information displayed and the usage of the home screen is much more efficient with an Android device. With this OS, different information can be put on display on the home screes and widgets can be kept active, all being just a touch away. Numerous widgets are available for almost every Android Apps from the Android Marketplace ranging from checking weather updates to just listening to music. In the case of an iPhone, the app needs to be launched first which in-turn takes a lot of time to load. Additionally, iPhone has restricted pop-up notifications, as it lacks multitasking. In case of an Android device, a notification bar with all notifications just waiting to be checked.
The App Market – The much famed Apple’s App store is loaded with roughly 180000 applications. Android has got past the 50,000 mark but then with the rate at which the OS is growing, there is every chance that it would catch up with the iPhone App store in the near future. Moreover, Android has an open Market which is infused with 10,000 apps every week and is driven completely by the customers, making the top app to be the most preferred one.
Author Bio: Sanjeev Kumar is an internet marketer and working with iShopper.com – India’s leading comparison shopping site, letting users compare prices and products across categories and e-commerce sites.