So, you decided to buy a new smartphone and you’re finding it hard to decide if you’re going to by an Apple iPhone or an Android phone. When it comes to Android smartphones, you become overwhelmed by the choices and performances of flagships like the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, HTC 10 and so on. Regardless if it’s an iPhone or Android smartphone, all of the devices have everything a flagship should have in 2017 – 4G/LTE, excellent build quality, fingerprint sensors, great camera, decent battery life, high-resolution displays and so forth.
So, should you buy Apple’s iPhone 7S Plus or one of those Android smartphones say, Google Pixel? Well, that all depends more on you than the phones themselves. You search the web for the top 10 4G mobiles and see that it’s either Apple’s iPhone or Android smartphones. If you’re deciding between an Android smartphone and an iPhone, it all comes down to small minor differences and whichever feels great in your hands.
All smartphones get all the basics right. All of them run apps and play music, takes great selfies, pictures, and HD videos, and have high-speed internet. Besides, almost every app and a major feature on Android device have an equivalent on the Apple iPhone and vice versa. Like mobile payments? There’s Samsung Pay, Google Wallet, and Apple Pay. Want to connect your smartwatch with your phone? There’s Android Wear and Apple Watch. Want apps? There’s App Store, and Google Play and the list goes on.
It’s the minor variations that matter. If you like to change the look and the feel of your phone now and then and aren’t satisfied with the apps that came pre installed on your phone, consider purchasing an Android phone. If you’re a user of Google apps like Google Docs, Sheets, Drive, or Google Maps, buy and Android smartphone. On the flipside, if you like the things as they are, and want a smartphone with a premium look and feel, but uncompromised on functionality and quality, then buy an iPhone.
If you rely extremely on Apple apps like iTunes, Apple Music, Apple Maps, and iMessage, the Apple iPhone is your only choice.
Now, let’s talk about hardware. Do you small, medium or large phones? The iPhone comes only comes in three standard sizes. The iPhone 5 SE has a 4” display; the iPhone 7 has a 4.7” inch display and largest iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5” screen. In comparison, Android devices come in many sizes, from modest displays like the Motorola Moto G to and large screen like the Nexus 6P. Android smartphones also come with the latest and the greatest when it comes to hardware specifications and the camera technology. So, if having the best hardware in your thing, then buy an Android phone.
Let’s move on software now. This is where things get intensive between the Apple iPhone and Android phones. It’s the operating systems and the user interfaces (UI) of the own phones that entice people which type of phone they like to buy. The Apple iPhone runs on proprietary operating system iOS, while Google has developed the Android operating system. If you want an operating system that is easy to learn, simple, performs seamlessly and has a more intuitive UI, then buy and iPhone. Meanwhile, Android OS offers much more functionality and customization than iOS but has a slight learning curve.
We aren’t done here. The Apple iPhone gets updates fasters than a most Android smartphone. It is true that the iPhones don’t have the fastest processors, monstrous RAM, the best cameras, bigger batteries, but most iPhones run the latest operating systems than even the best Android flagships. Usually, Apple usually pushes upgrade to all its devices faster than Android phone makers. The reason why Android updates take time is that they’ve to be tested and customized to the phone maker’s custom theme.
The only exception here is the Nexus or the Pixel series and a few other phones mainly flagships.
Android updates also take a few months to be ready to be installed on the phone after a new version is launched. Consumers want to the greatest and the latest updates for their smartphone as soon as a new version of the operating system gets released. But, for most Android phone users that not the case. Some people get their update. Eventually, others are lucky if they get one, while the rest don’t even care to upgrade their phone’s software at all. Consider which category you belong, and choose your smartphone accordingly.
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