Is the Android platform better than that of Apple? For many years now people have been trying to compare Android to Apple.
Some people prefer one platform over the other, nevertheless. I’ve spent the past few years learning as much as I can about each of these platforms.
In this blog post, I will tell you some reasons why Android users believe that Android is better than Apple (iPhone).
Is Android Better Than Apple?
Within the past few years, the technological gap between Android and iPhone has significantly decreased.
When the first iPhone was released, many people felt as though it was technologically superior to the best Android phones that were available at that time.
As a result of this, many of the people who opted for Android did so because it was more affordable, not necessarily because they thought it was better.
Some people avoided iPhones because they disliked the walled garden system in the iPhones.
Within the last few years, smartphone technology has significantly improved and iPhones no longer have the technological advantages that they had when the first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007.
iPhones are still great and Apple reinvented the iPhone with the release of the iPhone X in 2017.
However, the top Android phones have significantly improved, there are quite a few great Android phones that provide great overall performance.
The differences between the performance of these phones and the latest iPhones are somewhat interesting.
Now I will list some of the main factors that make Android phones appealing to Android users and I will list some things that I dislike about iPhones.
Android Provides A Wider Variety Of Choices To Choose From:
When you’re looking for a new smartphone if you’re thinking about buying an iPhone you only have three choices to choose from.
Unless you’re trying to save some money by opting for an older model. The latest iPhones are big and they’re expensive this does not appeal to everyone.
However, Android phones are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, they have different features and they’re sold at different prices.
Whether you’re looking for something economical that provides great value. Or whether you’re looking for one of the best phones with all the latest bells and whistles. You will have a variety of choices to choose from with Android.
Apple’s lightning cable vs Android’s USB-C cable:
I’m not too fond of Apple’s lightning cables, and there are a few things that I really dislike about them:
- They’re a little expensive
- They break over time
- They must be used in conjunction with dongles
- They can only be used with an iPhone or iPad
On the other hand, the USB-C cables that are used with Android phones are extremely versatile. One Android charger and a USB-C cable are compatible with all non-Apple mobile devices.
The USB-C cable is much more durable than that of the competition and you will not have to worry about it breaking easily.
Settings Are Extremely Accessible On Android:
When using Android or iPhone there are some similar shortcuts that you can use to get to some of the most common system settings.
For example, on an iPhone when you swipe down from the top right of the display screen you can get to the Control Center.
In the Control Center, you will have access to some useful shortcuts such as calculator, volume, Airplane Mode, adjust the screen brightness and more.
Apple made great use of the Force Touch feature with these shortcuts. However, you cannot access the main Settings page from the Control Center.
So you have the ability to turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, however, if you would like to connect to a different access point, or pair a new Bluetooth device you will have to exit the Control Center, locate the Settings icon and open it.
That’s not a dealbreaker by any means, but that’s a little too many steps for me. On an Android phone when you swipe down from the top of the display screen you will see a wider variety of customizable Settings icons.
If you tap the label under the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth icon you will go directly to the appropriate Settings page.
Or you can click on the small gear icon to open the full Settings list.
Android’s Pinned Icons Are Extremely Helpful:
On an iPhone, the icons that are present on the home screen are shortcuts for individual apps, that’s helpful.
However, if you would like to gain access to a particular document, website, or photo, you must open the appropriate app first, then you have to look for it.
On an Android home screen, icons can represent individual items that are not apps. For example, you can have PDF files of electronic tickets or boarding passes, Excel workbooks, pages from OneNote notebooks and more.
The Launcher Can Be Replaced On Android:
The home screen on an iPhone lacks flexibility, you have one icon per app, and you can arrange these icons into folders on multiple screens.
However, you do not have the ability to choose the icons you like, you can only rearrange the order of the icons that are already there, I think this is a bit annoying.
Nevertheless, on an Android phone, you can easily replace the default Android launcher if you would prefer to do so.
Android smartphone manufacturers have a tendency to do this, sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s not. However, this gives you the ability to customize the default launcher.
Android Has A Back Button:
For many years iPhones only had one button, to accomplish different tasks you could single-tap, double-tap, or long-press.
There was no back button, even though the newer iPhones have more buttons, there is still no back button.
Apple developers have tried some different tricks over the years to replicate the function of a back button without having a dedicated back button for this feature.
But on Android phones, right from the start, there was always a row of three buttons located at the bottom of the phone.
These buttons are Recent, Home, and Back. Manufacturers on both platforms have been slowly replacing buttons with a series of gestures.
However, the back button is still present on Android.
Android Gives You Widgets On The Home Page:
On Android and iPhone, when you swipe right a different page appears where you can add widgets for quick access when you’re on the go.
For example, you can add widgets such as weather forecasts, a news feed, calendar, maps, and more.
However, with an Android phone, you have the ability to add the widgets directly to the main home screen.
This is extremely convenient, but you cannot do this on an iPhone.
One Tap Can Clear All Notifications On Android:
When notifications appear on an iPhone, sometimes you have the ability to clear older notifications with one tap and other times the only way to remove them is to do it one at a time.
You also have the ability to control how your notifications are grouped and when they’re displayed.
However, to accomplish this you must exit the Notification Center and go to Settings > Notifications.
On Android phones, it’s much easier to accomplish these tasks. When you receive notifications and you swipe down from the top of the display screen.
There’s a Clear button at the bottom of your notification list, when you tap that button all your notifications will be cleared.
There is also a Manage Notifications link that goes directly to the appropriate page in the Settings where you have the ability to individually customize your notification options for each app.
You Can Change The Default Browser On Android:
On both platforms, the browsers provided were designed to work in conjunction with the operating system.
However, you may prefer to use a different browser, the main reason for doing this is to save and sync shortcuts, history, passwords, and tabs across multiple devices.
On an iPhone, you have the ability to control the Open With settings on a per-app basis. So Outlook opens links in Edge while Gmail opens links in Chrome.
However, you do not have the ability to define your browser preference systemwide. So if you open a link from a different app, it will open it in the default browser which is Safari.
This is not an issue on Android, due to the fact that you can choose what browser you would like to use for links in the Default Apps setting.
When you’re in the Default Apps setting you will also have the ability to choose alternate apps for voice assist, phone calls, SMS messages, as well as tap-to-pay functions.
Volume Control Is More User-Friendly On Android:
Whether you use Android or iPhone, the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons will be located on the side edge of the phone.
There will also be separate, software-based volume controls. However, Android and iPhone handle these controls differently.
On an iPhone, you have the ability to adjust the ringer volume separately from the other sounds by going to Settings > Sound and Haptics, and turn off the Change With Buttons option then choose the appropriate volume for the ringer.
You also have the ability to mute the ringer with the switch above the volume controls. But the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons will only affect the system sounds and apps.
However, on an Android phone, you have the option to set different volume settings for calls, notifications, alarms, media, and ringtones.
This is useful because it gives you the ability to mute your notifications while you’re playing video games, watching videos/movies, or listening to music.
Each Platform Has Its Pros And Cons:
You must remember that each platform has its strengths and weaknesses.
After reading this blog post, do you think Android is better than iPhone?
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