If you already own an iOS or Android device, you probably answered this question a while ago. Did you, really? What made you choose one or the other operating system? And, did you choose the operating system, the device itself or it is a matter of brand loyalty? This is the new “Windows or Mac?” dilemma. However, lately, iOS and Android have become quite similar. Thus, it doesn’t matter too much which operating system you choose as long as you’re happy with the look and feel of it. Try both and see which one works for you. Ok, there are some differences, but If you are already tight to one ecosystem, you already own an Apple tablet or an Android smartphone, it’s much easier to stick to one platform. You got used to it, and you can transfer the apps you already have, from one device to another. iOS is often seen as more ‘intuitive’ and user friendly. This means that it usually appeals to people who are not technology experts (including the babies who love iPads, don’t they?). The computer enthusiasts, who like to make their own modifications to their device, without too much intervention from the developer, will then choose Android. We do believe though that the power of habit has its word here, so you don’t need to be a geek in order to use Android, nor are you a dummy if you own an Apple product. After all, it’s not that easy to switch from a computer running Windows to a Mac either. Another difference largely debated is the ‘openness’ Android seems to offer compared to iOS platform. You can download music and apps from anywhere, not only through your iTunes account and most of the apps are free. You can drag and drop files and open them with any app. These are just some differences between the two big operating systems. I will get back with a more in depth analysis for the two operating systems, in terms of interface, settings, sharing and all the other aspects. Meanwhile, here are just a few opinions from iOS and Android users.
On Quora someone highlights a few advantages Android has over iOS:
The ability to just set an mp3 as your ringtone or notification sound (instead of having to download it to your computer, convert it to another format, sync it back to your phone with iTunes, and then go back and set it).
- Removable/replaceable/upgradable batteries.
Expandable storage. Instead of paying an extra $100 to go from 16GB to 32GB, just pick up a nice 16GB (or more) microSD card (which you can use in your next phone, too!) for ten bucks on Amazon.
I find that iOS is a bit like fast food. It is simple, convenient, and appeals to the masses without going out on any limbs. You want beef? here's your whopper. You want a keyboard? here you go. Simple, easy, pretty good, but very limited. Android is that local restaurant franchise which is a bit inconsistent (bad managers at some locations) but lets you do what you want. Want beef? well, we have quarter pounders at the buffet, but you may want to talk to doug at the grill who will do something amazing with bacon and blue cheese for you.
Rory Brett loves Android’s functions but is disappointed with its performance:
Whenever I use an android phone, I get spikes of random lag, and an overall inconsistent experience. [...] I love all the features that android has, and I do love how open it is and the customization, but I'm continually let down by the performance.
For iOS it's almost the opposite. I am frustrated with the lack of customization, and overall lack of how open it is, but I have never in my life had a more reliable phone. It has been hands down the fastest, most consistent phone time and time again.
And in the end, let’s see what one of Apple’s employee has to say about Android:
Everyone has their own reason for sticking to one platform or another. We all rank the features differently so don’t take just one opinion into consideration. Do some research, use your intuition and decide what is what YOU like and need. After the usual and normal accommodation period, I am sure that you’ll love your smartphone, whichever operating system you chose.
Android has come a long way, but it's still less stable, less easy to use, and less secure -- though more open.