Smartphone Wars: Android vs IOS
Hardware: Choose or not Choose?
It is the first point where we notice a clear difference between these two. On one hand, Apple is the only company that manufactures iPhones and uses the iOS operating system, which gives you full control over the dynamic software-hardware. On the other, Android smartphones vary greatly in size, weight, functionality and of course quality.
Result: There’s no accounting for taste - some people prefer the world of possibilities of Android and those who stand by the stability and quality of an iPhone.
Operating System: When?
This is quite simple: if you want to always have the latest and greatest features that come with the operating system, the iPhone is for you. In the case of Android, another matter: who controls when new operating systems come out for each device are the manufacturers of each brand - and sometimes fail to launch them on older devices.
Result: If you want all updates, bug fixes and features when they are available, the right choice is iOS.
Applications: An unbalanced fight
This is another tricky contest. The Apple store is known for having a very rigid policy regarding the apps, many of them paid (and more expensive than the Android versions).
On the other hand, and although most of the Android apps are free or inexpensive. The truth is that the amount of existing Android smartphones and software versions becomes difficult for the developers to work and, in some cases, the apps don't always work in all phones.
Result: Once more, the Apple's rigid control over their products has advantages and disadvantages - in this case, the balance is positive.
Battery: 2 of the 100% at a glance
The Android world of possibilities makes the battery life of these smartphones more varied. Overall, and despite a steady improvement in this field, the battery of an iPhone is low and some of the best Android devices can withstand a little more.
There are external batteries to both types that can extend the lifetime of smartphones.
Result: The diversity of devices, operating systems and forms of battery management becomes impossible to tell which one is the best in this department, but there are many ways to get the best out of both.
Wich one you use?
User Experience: Customization vs Elegance and Uniformity
Who wants to have absolute control over your smartphone and customize it down to the smallest detail (sometimes using some skills that not everyone has) will, with no doubt, choose one of Android mobile phones available. For those who are only looking for a smartphone that works well, has the applications you want and it's ready to use, the iPhone is the one.
Result: The customization and external openness of Android may cause problems for less experienced users, but those who have skills to do so can take full advantage of the flexibility and almost infinite customization of an Android smarthphone.
Both systems have advantages and disadvantages. Android tends to cater to the interest of discerning consumers and technology, as nerds and geeks. The iPhone and iPad may be more suitable for people who are seeking for advanced entertainment features. It's up to each customer to decide what benefits are needed for you and which defects are more bearable.
It all depends in what the user feels more comfortable: Not everyone develops programs for appliances and not everyone listens to music in mobilephones.
The competition between manufacturers only benefits the end consumer.
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