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iOS vs Android

It's the battle of the mobile devices; the war of the ages, and the argument that you've been having with your mates for the last few years: iOS or Android, which is the winner? While we're sure you all have your own personal preferences, today we're going to be pitting some of the key features of iOS devices against the key features of flagship Android devices to see which come out on top.


It’s the battle of the mobile devices; the war of the ages, and the argument that you’ve been having with your mates for the last few years: iOS or Android, which is the winner? While we’re sure you all have your own personal preferences, today we’re going to be pitting some of the key features of iOS devices against the key features of flagship Android devices to see which come out on top.

iOS vs Android, who wins?

Manufacturers

This is an easy one, right? The only option for an iOS manufacturer is Apple themselves; since iOS is only available on the iDevices (iPod, iPad and iPhone). Android, however, is available on a huge number of devices from all manner of manufacturers, including bootleggers with their less than legitimate devices.

In this case, Android definitely win.

App Availability

Application availability on both the Play Store and the App Store is astounding, with millions of free and paid apps being available on both of them. In this case, we’re inclined to call it a draw. Although iOS tends to get apps first (easier to design, perhaps? Or just tapping into a huge market?) Android are never far behind enough to call this a strict iOS win.

In this case, it’s a draw.

Appeal of Design

This is definitely very personal, but the overall aesthetic of the Apple devices is incredibly appealing to a huge number of people. This becomes even more evident when you look at just how many people actually have iPhones and other Apple devices. Samsung have even found themselves in hot water a couple of times due to perceived copying of Apple’s designs… so, although there are a huge number of attractive Android devices, we’re going to give Apple the win in this case and award appeal of design to iOS.

User Interface

The UI on both iOS and Android devices is generally very attractive. Android tends to be a little more colourful, with iOS giving users more clean lines and the option to declutter your device to show only the icons that you actually want (by putting others into folders to get them out of the way – a Godsend when you’ve got tonnes of apps!). Both operating systems are easy to get to grips with, but with Apple’s standardised approach to their devices, and the tendency of individual manufacturers to put their own spin on the Android OS, we’re going to give UI to iOS.

Camera and Audio Quality

With newer devices and flagship ranges, the camera and audio quality will generally be outstanding no matter the operating system. Apple consistently give their devices the best that is available, as to manufacturers of Android devices on their flagship ranges. Where problems appear, however, is in the entry level devices which is where many Android device manufacturers fall short; cutting corners to save money.

In this case, we’ll give it to iOS for consistency.

Customisation

This is a huge gripe with many iOS device owners, and those that are thinking of moving over. The customisation options of iOS devices are practically negligible. You can change much more on your Android device than an iOS unfortunately, but with a large amount of Apple users being happy with what they’re given to work with, it doesn’t seem to be too big an issue. With a bit of luck, Apple will give us a few more customisation options in the future.

We have to award this to Android.

Accessory Availability

To be honest, accessories can be a bit hit and miss with both iOS and Android devices. Because there are a huge number of manufactuers for Android devices, those that are a bit more obscure (such as the Huwaei and Alcatel devices, and even the lesser ranges of the bigger manufacturers) will struggle to find a decent range of accessories to put onto their devices. Likewise, although the more popular devices (read: the new ones) that Apple produce have a huge range of accessories available, their older siblings such as the 4, 4S and even the 5C will struggle to find great accessories that the owners enjoy using.

In this case, we’re going to call it a draw. It really depends on the specific device model rather than the OS itself.

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