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 indianprice.com – India’s leading comparison shopping site, letting users compare prices and products across categories and e-commerce sites.
Bojan - Alpha Efficiency says
I don’t understand what downfall you are talking about with iOS, as iPhone 5 is the most sold iPhone so far.
Apple is single company, while Android is being sold from numerous manufacturers. 36.3% of the market to a single company, to a SINGLE PHONE! Hey buddy, are you sure you got your facts straight?
Lower price? I wouldn’t be so sure about it. High end Android devices are equally costly, if not more expensive. If you want to get iPhone, you can get it as cheap as 1$ with 2 year contract. Argument that iPhone is expensive is untrue again.
In iOS 6, there is complete native Social media integration, one more of the myths in this article.
Developers still, 4 years of Android existence, still develop first for the iOS, as opposed to Android. Wonder why?
You mate are talking about the things that you don’t know much about. It’s the fact that India is left behind by Apple, and I feel sorry for you. I know that the entry price for iPhone in your country is insane, it’s not like that in the states. And it might seem unfair, but that doesn’t leave iPhone behind.
The bottom line is that the both devices are giving you equally good stuff, and in the end all of it falls on the user preference. iPhone is simplicity, Android is geeky customization, that a lot of people don’t give 2 square cents for it.
Thanks for entertaining read though 😉
I used to own an iPhone. I bought it to see what all the fuss was about but then I developed the ability to think for myself so I sold the iPhone and bought an Android phone. Unfortunately, I still have an iPhone for my work phone so I have a daily comparison between the two devices.
One thing I have noticed about the majority of Apple fanboys is how they straight out bash something else without having tried it and without being fully informed. You cannot argue with Apple fanboys because it is like playing chess with a pigeon. It doesn’t matter how good you are, the pigeon will just knock all of the pieces over, crap on the board and then strut around like it is victorious.