Before you jump ahead into confirmation bias when supporting one system or another, please bear in mind that context matters a lot in these debates – social group preferences, the “used for X argument”, budget etc. In this article, we want to provide you with an eagle eye view of Android and iPhone features – without dwelling on the devices too much, but more on overall options.
There was a time in 2004 that the Symbian OS was the market leader used in the majority of phones like Nokia aka the “brick. This changed starting in 2008 when Android and iOS entered the competition. In just a few years, these two have become the go-to operating system for consumers worldwide. It is 2020 and there aren’t many changes coming in this regard. So let’s go through some features that Android and iPhones have in order to help you choose – what OS is better suited for you in 2020.
Both Android and iPhones use touch screens input to operate. In terms of the operating systems, Apple utilizes the iOS exclusively created and updated for its phones while Android is an open-source OS based on Linux and is tailored by different manufacturers like Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus for their individual phone brands.
iPhones are more optimized due to their hardware being proprietary, meaning Apple is the only manufacturer. Android phones have a much wider range of manufacturers and thus may be less optimized overall, but remember context matters. In today’s market, you can find more RAM and CPU options on Android, depends on what brand you go for.
The narrative here is about flagships vs mid-range phones. Top of the class iPhones and Android phones come with the latest tech like OLED and AMOLED displays. Overall iPhones display quality is more consistent (when excluding Android flagships), but while some mid-range options may not have the latest display tech, they are more affordable.
The same thing can be said about camera options. Consistency across the latest Apple phones vs Range in Android. In general, Android covers the whole specter from medium cameras to top tier 12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel on Samsung S10. Remember selfie cameras usually aren’t as powerful as rear cameras. Usually when camera technology improves you’ll find it on your latest flagships.
Since Apple is very hands-on in terms of what applications are available on their Apple store there are fewer apps available here, but users have stated that these apps are of better quality than those available on Android phones. Androids are more lenient of what apps (especially the free versions) are available on the Google Play store, thas more options, but a higher risk for the security of your device
Taking into account what was mentioned above the iPhones are considered more secure than Android phones, fewer entries mean less risk. One phone, one exclusive operating system means Apple has more security and systems updates than Android phones.
Being open-source Android allows for emulators to be installed on your phones and manufacturers can create devices specifically for your gaming needs. Nonetheless, iPhones sit on top 3 gaming devices lists constantly.
We suggest going through our other article on what makes a good business phone before picking a side. Different businesses have different preferences when it comes to smartphones. Note: Both are amazing!
It’s a similar situation here to cameras and display features. There is consistency in iPhones and they have phones that are highly optimized for maximum battery life, but there are more Android phones available, thus there is a high chance you can find a device with even better battery life, if that’s on top the priority list.
Re-sell value and updates
Because Apple keeps manufacturing and has proprietary software that means their devices are highly optimized (even after years of use) and constantly updated. With a high variety of phones available, Android OS updates aren’t as big of a priority for manufacturers, motivating customers to make a change every few years.
It would be an oversimplification to place Android and iPhones: variety vs consistency. Focus on your priorities and get a smartphone that best suits your needs. For everything else keep Techfiddling.