THE mother of all battles writes, year after year, a new chapter for those looking to change mobile phones. Which operating system is better, iOS (iPhone) or Android?
While each has its pros and cons, the worldwide numbers give Google’s software a clear edge. The truth is that Android and iOS have a duopoly in the global mobile operating system market, with Google maintaining a 71.8% of users around the world. Apple, meanwhile, has a share of 27.6%according to the data of Statesman.
And in Argentina?? Despite the fact that Apple has never been interested in assembling its premium devices in Tierra del Fuego, there are quite a few operating in the country 2.8 million iPhones in mobile operator networks, equivalent to 7% of the total of smartphones in use, according to data from the agency’s “Argentine Cellular Market 2022” report Carrier and associated.
now what advantages for the user offers each mobile operating system?
Advantages of the iPhone
For the user who has invested a tidy sum of money in the Apple ecosystem, the answer to the question is clear: iPhone is the ideal mobile device.
This may sound superficial, but obviously Apple makes a huge range of tech products, so for those of you with a Mac, iPad or Apple Watch, getting an iPhone makes a lot of sense.
Since the launch of the first of its mobile phones in 2007, Apple has designed a multitude of productivity features that allow you to transfer work and data from one of your devices to anotherand these functions can certainly be decisive when it comes to saving time.
Among the functions most appreciated and desired by Android users appears Handover, since then allows you to sync web pages in Safari, email or write a message between iOS and macOS; Universal notes copy text on one platform for use on another. While, Continuity camera lets you take photos and scan documents with your iPhone’s camera, then view and edit them on a Mac.
Only a handful of Android phone manufacturers have it hardware ecosystems that are close to Apple’s, and even for some that emulate that experience, like Samsung with Smarthings, they don’t reach this level of integration.
There are many other examples of continuity between iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and macOS, and the iPhone is a key component, especially now that iPhone apps can be seamlessly ported to macOS.
Power users who are already immersed in the Apple ecosystem will gain a lot by adding an iPhone to their repertoire. And that’s not to mention the contacts they prefer to use iMessage and FaceTime to keep in touch instead of WhatsApp.
THE third party applications they stand out in the iOS environment with features that, for the most part, surpass their Android versions.
In this sense, the App Store spends more time reviewing applications before uploading them to the platform. More than 90% are inspected in 48 hours looking for potentialwhile the Google Play Store takes about two hours or less to review and approve an app.
You may even find that apps from established companies, from banks to airlines, run a little smoother and cleaner on iOS than Android, with better integration with major phone services like Wallet.
THE iphone accessories they even surpass what can be seen in the Android ecosystemIn principle, due to the variety of cases for each iPhone produced by Apple. The same happens with screen protectors, car holders, so whoever has an apple cellphone will never have the problem of not finding a case.
There are enhanced privacy controls with app tracking notifications. One of the biggest recent releases of iOS has introduced app tracking notifications, which allow you to turn off tracking on your phone. This was a big win for privacy advocates and a blow to many third-party companies, like Facebook.
Advantages of Android mobiles
The operating system created by Google in late 2007 is included in the vast majority of smartphones in the worldand since many companies make android phones, they are available in all price ranges, from 50,000 to 500,000 pesos.
There are options from entry (or low) to premium range. There are also those with large, foldable screens, focused on multitasking users. There are always an Android device for every budget or that offers specific functions.
“The first thing to note is that it is a complete operating systembecause it is designed for everyone and therefore gives the possibility to anyone who wants to have a smartphone in hand to have a good smartphone”, says the Colombian Camila Domínguez, Android Partner Development Manager at Google.
And he adds: “It is present in models whose price is not necessarily high. You can start with a low-end smartphone for people who don’t have the purchasing power to buy an ultra-premium smartphone, but who will still have a good experience and use of the phone.”
The reason price/quality of Android devices runs counter to the spirit of iPhones, which are historically expensive at launch, only to drop in price over successive generations.
For example him iPhone 14 Pro Max they sell it at the official MacStation reseller at 2,499,999 pesos ($1,099 in the US). Meanwhile him Galaxy S23 Ultra costs in Argentina 559,999 pesos (1199.99 in the US) but features substantial technical improvements: a larger and smoother 6.4-inch 120Hz screen, a 200-megapixel camera and a much larger battery.
THE customization of this class of phones is one of its main attractions when compared to its rival the Manzanita.
Although both iOS and Google’s operating system have evolved in all their editions, the latter has always been available for those who like to give a special touch to their devices. That starts with the home screen launcher, which offers dynamic widgets and the ability to place apps anywhere on a page or group them together, something the iPhone only got in iOS 14 in September 2020.
Android is also flexible making it possible to download web browsers, keyboards and media players and set them as default versions to the ones that came pre-installed on your phone.
Another fact to take into account is the use that Google’s operating system makes of artificial intelligence, more connected than the iPhone, and which promises greater progress in Android 14, which will begin to be distributed from August on phones in America Latin.
“The same Google applications available on Android mobile phones already have a lot of AI things that will be seen. The theme of evolution in photos is very visible with Magic Eraser,” says Camila Domínguez.
He adds: “Two more features that will be very useful for people to play on Photo editing and make it easier. Gmail also includes the whole problem of helping to write, shorten or lengthen emails. I think there are many things already in Android 13 that will be easier to use in Android 14″.
On the other hand, phone manufacturers include custom user interfaces One UI (Samsung), MIUI 12 (Xiaomi), My UX (Motorola) or OxygenOS (OnePlus) For example. These are Android customization layers that offer additional functionality and often the ability to theme. Plus, take scrolling screenshots and hide photos and videos in password-protected folders.
although the expandable memory loses ground due to cloud benefits, some Android phones still offer it. This is possible thanks to aa microSD card to save photos, apps and other multimedia content that does not fit on the device’s internal memory.
This is an invaluable benefit for users, given the exorbitant prices Apple and other phone makers charge to double or quadruple the storage space when you buy your phone.
Even though they are less common in high-end or premium phones nowadays, some Android devices are still present 3.5mm jack plugs for wired headphonesa much-requested feature that Apple removed from its phones in 2016.
The USB-C connector is universal. Android phones rely heavily on these kinds of ports for charging and data transfer these days which is very convenient because you only need one cable. This connectivity standard is present on PCs, laptops and Nintendo Switch.
Meanwhile him Apple Lightning Cable (2012) Forcing companies to develop their own proprietary connector, USB-C represents the ideal single port solution the industry is working towards. It also opens the door to faster charging technologies.
However, the Apple company faces regarding the charging cable a tough battle with the European Union having spoken out in favor of standardizing this connector from the iPhone 15.
When it comes to syncing with other devices, Android allows for it easily connect android phone to windows pc. Once connected, you can drag and drop files into folders very easily, just like another drive or an external storage drive. This means your documents and media libraries are easy to transfer and save locally.
Some Android phones, for example Motorola Edge 30 Ultra or Galaxy S22 UltraThey even have “mirror” functions that allow the projection of mobile content on Smartv or PC. Samsung’s DeX interface is an example of this. With such versatility, a high-end Android phone could work as a replacement for a Chromebook or similar laptop.
Microsoft, meanwhile, is helping Google bridge the gap with its new Your Phone app for Windows, which lets Android users respond to text messages and notifications on their PCseven if the experience is not yet completely successful.
With so many companies making Android phones, it’s no surprise that Android partners are taking advantage of Apple’s market with innovations for their devices.
Wireless charging, fast charging, NFC, 4G LTE, 5G, OLED displays, in-display fingerprint sensors, water resistance, and multi-lens cameras came before iPhones, as did software advances like true multitasking, copy and paste and multi-window support.
Linda Price is a tech expert at News Rebeat. With a deep understanding of the latest developments in the world of technology and a passion for innovation, Linda provides insightful and informative coverage of the cutting-edge advancements shaping our world.