Android vs iOS – Key Differences
Perhaps one of the most talked about things is whether Android or iOS is the better mobile operating system and many have argued over it but have failed to answer the question completely. Many people who do argue are labeled by the society as ‘fanboys’ or ‘Geeks’ as these people seem to be the only ones who care enough about their mobile devices to argue over which operating system is better.
Therefore, Geeks and normal Users have very different needs and priorities. Android and iOS thus cater to those needs in their own unique fashion and so the difference lies here. iOS is mostly liked by normal users who are not into all the bells and whistles that a mobile device has to offer. They just need their mobile to do all the basic stuff like browse the internet, attend calls, send text messages and vice verse. iOS ,therefore, is an operating system which can just ‘DO THE JOB’ and that too in very stylish fashion, which is appealing to the average user. Android on the other hand is mostly enjoyed by ‘Android Geeks’. People who love to tinker with their devices to see its full potential and people who like to truly make a phone their own by customizing it to their hearts content. People who want to get into the nitty gritty just because its fun.
Digging further deep Android has very different roots than iOS. Android in fact is open source, which means that anyone can tinker with the source code of the original Android OS and make something new out of it. Thus making way for custom roms and rooting. At the bottom is the Android Open Source Project which is directly from Google, provided to anyone who wants to make something out of it or just install it on their devices, for free. Manufacturers thus don’t have to pay any sort of fee for using android but if they want use certain Google features like Google play, Gmail or Google Maps, they have to adhere to certain policies. Since android is free to download and tinker with, a massive developer community has formed around android with many diverse features. However many people believe that android has too many features to offer and that the main user experience is lost under all those complex features. With something over 5,000 different types of Android devices available on the market, its no wonder that there is confusion in the consumer market over which phone to pick up and which phone is perfect for each individual.
With Android, every device you get has its own unique selling point and feature, whereas with iOS, its all the same. Its just like McDonalds. Wherever you go in the world, you’ll get the same experience throughout. This is due to the fact that Apple only offers limited generations of phones and tablets, with Apple’s latest being the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus. This makes it very easy for people to choose their devices and there is no need to look into other options as these devices, even though not perfect, are just good enough for everyday tasks and then some.
Now lets take a look at some of the common features on both these operating systems and how Apple and Google have implemented them.
On both platforms you swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the notification panel. On android they call it the ‘Notification Shade’. This is the dropdown menu that houses notifications from the apps and services installed on your phone. Android also includes a quick setting menu at the top of the notification shade which is called the quick toggle. iOS also has a similar feature however Apple put their version of the quick toggle at the bottom of the screen. Google has greatly improved on their notifications system. For example you can reply to messages, navigate through your music and more all from the notifications panel, without having to go into the app itself. iOS also does this but they split up the functionality. Swiping down from the top of the screen gives you notifications and swiping up from the bottom gives you access to the quick toggles.
App stores & Ecosystems
It is possible to experience an iPhone without a PC, however you will not get the full experience. As you may have already known, Apple’s iPhones use iTunes to sync all the music, apps and pictures from your phone to your PC. It is also the software on your PC which allows full device backup and recovery. Basically without it, you have very simple features to backup some of your data on Apple’s iCloud. Apple’s Appstore is filled with apps with many free offerings but most of the polished apps are paid. The Google Playstore however is also no slouch and contains 1.6 million apps. You can install these apps on android directly not only from your device but from the web as well by just logging into the Google account that is also logged into your android device. There’s no need for an average user to connect their android device to a PC if they don’t want to. All backups and recoveries can be handled by your phone or your tablet in hand. Furthermore, Android is also equipped with the power of launchers. Aside from the stock launcher that your device comes with, you can install several third party launchers which have different looks and features and you can customize them to look and feel just as you want it.
As you can see from the picture above, Android And Apple devices perform admirably for day to day tasks. You need to load some heavy apps and games in order to really see the performance difference between the two operating Systems. However not much can be said in this department other than iOS generally feels more smooth and buttery in day to day use with very minimal lag in the main software. However Android flagship devices are by no means slow and can compete with Apple’s latest and greatest offering.
All in all both Operating systems offer much of the same features but differ in some key aspects as mentioned above. The most important one being Android’s ability to customize and build upon itself to create something entirely new. Hence, Geeks and people who want more control over their device prefer the Android route. iOS on the other hand is the complete opposite in this regard. It follows the ‘You get what you see’ principle however it does that so well that most of the people are totally content with it. Apple gives them a limited number of possibilities and the people are more than satisfied by them as they don’t want to mess around and just want their devices to get the task done.
One important thing to mention here is the pricing on both types of devices that use these operating systems. iPhones are more expensive than most of the devices that use android but considering that to get a comparable performance and set of features to the iPhones, you have to get a flagship android device, which are also not far off from the iPhones price tag. However in the end, each operating system is best for different types of people with different needs and priorities. What do you use your phone for? you first have to ask yourself this question and then choose which OS is best for YOU.