How to Choose Between an Android and iPhone?

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Year 2015 is nearing its end and looking back at it, we can see an immense number of gadget releases with cutting edge technology. With the latest flagship devices competing for attention, to new IT brands coming up with budget-friendly smartphones – not to forget wearable gadgets, joining in the bandwagon – plunging into the world of smartphones seems somewhat intimidating, especially if you are buying your very first smartphone. Not only are there an uncountable number of smartphones in the market, but each of them provide an array of features, each of which adds up to the pricing of the device. Smartphone owners, who are looking to switch from one platform to another, are also welcome to this article, as I provide an insight about the two leading mobile platforms.

iPhone vs Android

Whereas iPhone is a smartphone itself which runs on the operating system iOS, Android is an operating system which runs on various smartphones manufactured by many tech companies. You would have probably noticed many people around you fiddling with their smartphones, in general, each of them different in their looks, design and appeal. However, they all have one thing in common. They all run on Android. However, the iPhone range of smartphones, manufactured only by Apple, only runs on iOS. As Android is a distributable software, many manufacturers have adopted this powerful system. This doesn’t make the iPhone any less important. It is because of their first successful launch that smartphones rose to prominence. Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone are the top smartphone brands that constantly face competition.

What You Should Know

Here are certain facts (some mentioned briefly above) that you should know before considering either of these platforms:

Android

  • The Android operating system, owned by Google, runs on a wide array of smartphones
  • A modest Android smartphone can be priced from as low as around Rs. 4500 and onwards, without much compromise on features or performance
  • Higher priced smartphones comes with many features, technologies, more storage space, better performance, so it is always better to save it for the best
  • It does come with its cons. This should not be much of a worry if you are not a tech savvy. As the Android system is available easily to manufacturers, they tailor the system according to their designs which is much different from the original Android release. Thus, the manufacturer may not release an independent update for your device whenever Google releases an update, which fixes software errors (or bugs), improves security, adds new features, etc.

iPhone

  • The iPhone is a smartphone, solely owned and manufactured by Apple Inc.
  • The iPhone range of smartphones run only on iOS
  • iPhones are sold according to the year of release and their memory capacity. Do note that iPhones do not support memory cards to increase storage space. For example, as of this writing, the least expensive variant is the iPhone 4S 8GB.
  • Newer iPhones are pretty expensive, but also provides the latest technology.
  • iOS also updates on all iPhone devices

The Verdict: Android or iPhone?

The iPhone is no doubt a winner in terms of the features that it provides. Infact, if you also invest the same budget on a similar Android smartphone, you will get no less features. One advantage of Android over iPhone is the expandable memory.

The advantage of Android is the freedom of choosing a handset according to your budget.

The final thought is that if one is to compare with the two platforms, then the final say is at this point, both of them are at equal levels. It’s finally up to what you wish to opt for and feels best for you.

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