Which is a better operating system iOS or Android? This question has haunted all those who wish to buy a smartphone. Both operating systems have a lot of features in common like touch interface, swiping, tapping and pinch-and-zoom. To explore the differences and compare both of the operating systems lets scale them according to their performance of these basic functions.
A complex or clumsy login can turn your smartphone experience into a negative one. Android devices use face recognition, pin or passwords to by-pass the lock screen when attempting to login, while the iOS has a smart and secure fingerprint sensor that is super easy to use.
Making calls from an Android OS is easier as compared to iOS. Android smartly lays out the favorite contacts listing and the frequently called numbers, but the FaceTime feature wins some brownie points for iOS devices.
Most of us do not check our wrist watches anymore, neither do we use alarm clocks, we simply look at our phones when we need to check the time and set alarms. That makes time display on the smart device a feature that needs some attention. Time can be checked by pressing the lock key on both Android and iOS devices. Android wins this one as most upscale Android devices come along with sensors and smart covers that show time as soon as you pull the device out of your pocket. The DayDream feature in Android phones displays the clock whenever you leave the phone to charge.
Android devices are equipped with cameras including cheap ones, expensive ones, good ones, bad ones and terrible ones too, the best part is that you get a lot of options to choose from. iOS cameras are consistently high-quality and only getting better. What is not good about iOS devices is that Apple iCloud is not as functional as its Android counterpart – Google Photos, for example, gives unlimited storage and is super convenient to use.
Android keyboard is rated higher than iOS simply because it has punctuation marks and alphabets on the same screen and uses swipe gestures for a convenient experience. It’s only recently that iOS has started to display a lowercase keyboard.
Android users can set priority to notifications, this helps keep the important notifications on top of the list above others. iOS no such function. Unlike iOS, all Android notifications can be cleared with a single swipe. The only bright side of iOS notifications is that you can respond to the notifications without actually opening the app, from the notification itself.
Google’s Android Play Store and Apple’s App Store, have 1.6 million apps and 1.5 million apps respectively, which means that there must be an app for all your smartphone needs on both the operating systems. Â Android wins over iOS in this one because it allows the user to organize important apps on home screen and hide the less utilized ones in the app drawer. Unlike iOS, Android has useful widgets that you can place on your home screen too.
The main mailing app on an Android operating system is Gmail, if you do not use Gmail then the features are pretty basic. Android allows you to browse folders, switch accounts from any screen with a simple right-swipe. Although iOS mail app identifies your exchange setting automatically but it takes a lot more swipes and taps to navigate within or outside the app.
iOSâ€™s iMessage gives you the freedom to send free text and voice messages from your iPhone, iPad and even your Mac to other apple devices on the other hand android messenger app is pretty basic but functional. There is an option where you can combine texts and google hangouts messages all in a single app and direct them from your computer if you have a Google voice account but it does need to be more functional.
Google maps are undoubtedly the best navigation app ever. It is available on both Android & iOS devices but is natively only used on Android devices. Siri cannot use Google Maps, Apple is trying to improve its maps and navigation services, but it is still not at par with Google Maps.
Android has a talk to phone feature that even works offline – The voice assistant in Android OS types as you talk. Siri is a part of iOS that works as an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator it has a distinct personality and comprehends natural language better than its android counterpart.
Google Chrome is the browser available on Android devices and iOS has Safari. Both the browsers can be rated as equals. Google Chrome is available on iOS devices, but Safari is only available for iOS devices.
Google updates Android frequently, but some users do complain that they do not receive the updates on their smart devices. It’s the phone manufacturers who decide when to offer an upgrade and the upgrade might not be available for all the devices of the product line. iOS users have a distinct advantage in this aspect iOS upgrades are available on their devices except a few older ones.
The battle between iOS vs. Android will continue to rage on. According to GeekWire, over the past two years, Android has retained 82 percent of users according to the study, while Apple has retained 78 percent of users. In the end, loyalty shows how much of the existing customer base will continue with their current platform.