The battle for supremacy between the two major smart phone operating systems is intensifying by the day. Both Apple and Google are trying trump the other with innovative features and better balance. However, despite all their efforts, they seem to negating each other’s advances. The result is that any individual looking to buy a smart phone has to carefully consider which operating system he wants to go with i.e. Android or iOS.
Making such a choice can be difficult without having a primer for the same. The following is a list of 5 variables that need to be considered while choosing between Android and iOS which can be used as that primer. Graphics and technological refinement:
If one considers graphics and technological refinement of the operating systems, then iOS is, by far, the better option. The graphics found in iPhones are in a different class in terms of clarity, sharpness and, in a nutshell, quality.
This means that an individual who is planning to do things that rely on graphics a lot such as gaming, making videos and even clicking a lot of photographs, then the iOS may be a better choice.
Number of total apps vs. free apps:
One of the most common deciding factors for people confused between the two operating systems is the number of total apps and the number of free apps that the iPhone and Android universes boast of. However, even with these criteria, a deciding verdict can be hard to achieve.
iOS boasts of more applications than Android, while Android boasts of more free apps. The choice can be made on the basis of how much an individual is willing to spend on apps in the future.
Flexibility and adaptability of the OS:
There are different types of smart phone users. While some are technology savvy and like to have a deeper control over their operating systems, others like simplicity with everything clearly predetermined.
The former group of people tends to go for Android because it is an open source operating system that allows the user to tweak it as and when he wishes. The other group, however, goes for iOS because of the no hassle and diligently cured experience that it offers.
Variety or choice of devices:
Another very glaring difference between the two operating systems is that while one is severely limited in terms of device choices, the other is sheer embodiment of diversity.
Android can be found in handsets from various manufacturers with various looks, while iOS is strictly limited to Apple handsets. The difference in choices is huge and tends to push people to the former rather than the latter.
Existing devices in circle of friends:
It may also be prudent for the potential buyer to consider the kind of circle he moves in. For instance, a person buying iOS when all his friends are on Android or vice versa may pose various problems in continued integration. A very simple example of this would be Facetime feature of iOS which is not available on Android.