The operating system war wages on, and on many fronts. For desktops and laptops, we have the eternal war between Windows and Mac, while Linux is laughing somewhere in the distance, and for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, Android and iOS keep battling it out while Windows Phone is stuck trying to get out of its corner.
Because this OS war doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon, we decided to go over the mobile one and analyze each pro of the two competitors. Android is the first one on our list, so here are seven reasons why Android is better than iOS:
It is already widely known: Android is the best mobile OS for customization. With lots of themes and launchers being available to users out of the box, or with minimal effort, it simply trumps iOS in this category, especially if we take into account that iOS users have to jailbreak their devices in order to access proper customization features, which Android users get by simply downloading them from the Google Play store. Not to mention that users with rooted Android devices get even more customization options.
This is a highly debatable subject, as some people claim that the App Store has better, curated apps. While that may be true, you will find that Android has more apps than the App Store, even though they aren’t all original (in fact, there are lots of clones, but some of them make their way to iOS too). If you want a diversified app experience, with more apps than you will ever need, you should definitely choose Android.
If you want to purchase an iOS device, you are restricted to Apple’s own designs, which might feel lacking or just uncomfortable to hold at times. However, with Android, due to it being an open-source OS, you can choose from an outstanding range of phones and tablets, made by either big-name companies such as Samsung, HTC or Sony or by Chinese companies you may have never heard about.
Continuing on that same note, most iOS devices are restricted to Apple’s accessories and several other third-party vendors, and most of them can cost you a lot. With Android devices, you don’t have to shell out a lot of money for a simple OTG adapter or charging dock, as most companies include a lot of accessories with their phones, and they can be really cheap if you don’t want to look at quality or life of the accessory.
While the iPhone revolutionized the world of mobile phones when it first launched, becoming a trend, it stopped innovating and bringing outstanding new features once its “parent”, Steve Jobs died in Octomber 2011. Nowadays, Apple devices no longer have amazing new features to impress its users with. In the meanwhile, Android is innovating more than ever, due to the many companies able to release Android devices.
One example of innovation is the YotaPhone, an Android phone with two screens. You’ve read that right: the YotaPhone (and its successor, the YotaPhone 2) has a normal screen and an E-ink display on the back of the phone, which is ideal for reading books and preserving battery life.
Given that Android is Google’s operating system, it is only natural to expect that all Google services are integrated. While iOS devices have Apple services integrated, Android devices have all the Google apps they will ever need integrated in their phone, and given that most people actually use Google services in their daily work, this is a huge pro over Apple’s devices.
Universal charging port
While this might seem like a small thing, it actually matters a lot. While Apple have their own charging port, Android users all have the same port, no matter the make and model of their phones. This can be a life-saver when your phone runs out of battery and you don’t have your charger on you: you can borrow one from a friend!
And there you have it, 7 reasons why Android is better than iOS. Keep an eye out for our upcoming article describing the pros of iOS.