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Android Vs IOS

Updated on January 27, 2012
Android Vs IOS
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Android Vs IOS, A different approach ...

If you are a person that like me loves to have the best smart phone out there, then you have probably been faced with the question "Android Vs IOS" which is for me ? In this article I will not say which is better, because I believe there is no such thing as better when it comes to these OS's, but which one is better for you.

Now I will start of by saying that both of these are great operating systems in their own respect but boy, are they different ! If you think that Apple Macs and windows computers are different then this just tops that scale all together.

I have been fortunate enough to experiment for long stretches of time both, and I'm going to be going through my different opinions in a completely non biased way.

So first of all if you don't already know, both of these OS's are owned by two separate, very reputable companies, IOS is owned by apple and Android is owned by Google.

One of the biggest differences that I have came across, and the main difference in the two operating systems is what I call the flexible / control parameter.

Let me take a moment to explain that point further in more detail. Apple believe that it is in the consumers best interest to keep a very tight seal over what the user can do out side of apples net of loveliness. On the other hand Android takes the stance that the consumer has bought the device and can do what ever he or she wants with it. A really good way of explaining this is by referring to the application market place for each company. If you want to download an application for apples IOS, then for the majority of the time you have to do so by the Apple App store, there is usually no other legal way in which you can do this. However on some sites now you can, so I have been told. Normally if you go to a website where an application is, if it is a legitimate apple official application then all it will do is redirect you to the Apple App Store for you to download it, thus keeping you within the constrictions of Apple's framework. Perhaps now you are beginning to see what I mean about apples so called net. I do want to make the point that I haven't had IOS for several months now, and from what I hear from people commenting about this matter on other sites, this circumstance regarding Applications on other websites being restricted is changing.

However if you are using an android device then you could be searching the web for any application what so ever and legally download it from any site on the web, and then install it onto your device within your android OS.

Like every situation there is a pro and a con for each of these scenarios. In the case of Apple, its annoying that you are confined to the App Store, but it is allot safer as apple have to pre approve every application that goes onto the App Store to check it for malicious content. If you are using Android then yes you have the freedom to go anywhere for an application, but it may contain an unwanted virus. In these cases its very similar to having a windows operating system being like android with loads of software out there, but equally loads of viruses, and then macs with next to no viruses out there but less software.

There is however a fix for Androids growing virus problem and that is virus protection software. For a very small price large and well known companies are releasing virus protection for this exact problem to counter attack it. Obviously the only problem with this is that this costs the consumer additional expenses. This really is all to do with your personal preference as to what you would prefer doing.

My next point, will be the feel of the two very different OS's. Obviously by feel I don't mean touch, but in fact how the consumer interacts with the device to get what he or she wants done. This is so largely to do with personal preference, but as I have tried both out as previously stated I can share my feelings on this matter. I personally prefer Androids feel to the OS, this is because I am able to do allot more on it due to many additional parameters, with allot more haste, and allot more enjoyment.

What you may or not be aware while I'm on the topic of appearance is that many companies such as HTC, make a custom built "skin" that changes the overall look and feel to the Android OS which is also a factor to weigh in. I personally believe this is a good thing because it means that there are different types of the OS for different personalities which mean that it plays to a larger consumer audience. One thing you have to understand though is that Android fundamentally stays the same, the only difference is the appearance. Think of it of having the same car but in a different color.

One other large point to add to all of this is the matter of notifications. Notifications as the word suggests, is basically how the device brings a certain event to the consumers attention, that may be a new tweet from twitter or new mail or even a new text message, you get the idea anyway. Now very recently Apple have, well lets say "copied" Androids idea on notifications after consumers pretty much moaned at apple to give them them. Unfortunately I switched to Android before the notifications were released, but I have however seen them in action in IOS. My opinion is that Androids notifications work better but IOS delivers them in a more elegant way.

The web experience is my final point that I am going to make in this article. Both OS's have a very good web browser built into them that are ready to go as soon as you take the device out of the box. However upon browsing the web you will see some very large differences. One of the biggest differences is that IOS does not support flash content which mean sites such as YouTube needs to be displayed in Apples own application for it to be presented in a working manner. However when browsing the web with Android, the web appears as if it would on a computer screen, and in doing so the consumer gets the full web experience. Some argue that flash content makes Android devices sluggish and "choppy", but I would have to disagree and say that all depends on the device that is running Android. If you use a device such as the HTC EVO 3D or the HTC Desire HD, then it works very smoothly with no problems.

On this occasion it has nothing to do with personal preference, web browsing is definitely more complete and therefore better on a high powered android device. So if mobile web browsing is important you, then this should be taken into making your decision.

So the question that faces you now is; which one is better for me ?

This is my guide to you. If your prefer an easy to use very simple elegant operating system, and don't mind being very constructed [for your own safety] then I would suggest IOS.

However, if you are the more advanced consumer and would like total control of your device with a very elegant operating system that is not bound by a strict policy, but has the small and calculated risk of taking on board some harmful software, then I would suggest Android.

Thats it for this article entitled "Android Vs IOS", I hoped that helped you in making your decision, all comments are welcome, and thank you for reading.


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