Android vs iPhone

Apple enjoyed a monopoly in the mobile OS sector for a long time being the only such iOS out there and iPhone being the most popular mobile smart phone device ever. But Google was not to be left out far behind for long. When Google initially launched it’s mobile OS Android, it took the whole industry by surprise and gained a lot of popularity among the tech critics. So what made this stand out and above the already stable version of iOS from Apple? Why is Android any better and what features does it have that the other OS still lacks? Watch a video below from the early 2008 where couple of Google tech gurus speak about the “Apps without borders” which gives you a good overview on Android’s potential.

Android for Dummies

For those unaware, Android is just another Operating System similar to Windows or Unix or iOS created by Google which can be run on any smart devices like tablets, smartphones, netbooks, eBooks etc. Google invented this and made it as an open source for anyone to use. So any mobile manufacturing company can use this OS on their devices without having to pay any expensive license fees to Google. And moreover, since it is an open source, the users are free to customize the features to suit their devices without having to worry about royalty and legal issues. This makes it a huge incentive for any manufacturing company to consider Android over any other OS for their mobile devices.

Customers’ CHOICE Matters

This is the sole differentiating feature that makes Android the most popular OS even today. Google brings in the ‘CHOICE’ factor and allows the consumer to decide what device he wants to use, some users are more comfortable having a QWERTY keyboard, some like the touch screen option, some go by size, color or make. With Android, it is possible to have it installed on any of these various phone models as opposed to the iOS from Apple wherein the customer has to purchase an iPhone and nothing else. By opening up the choice and leaving it to the customer to decide, what Google has achieved is to nurture the competition among the mobile manufacturers to better implement the Android OS on their devices which will make the OS features grow at a rapid pace. Being an open-source, it allows developers to customize and implement the OS as required by their devices and it also allows new features to be added at an enormous growth rate.

Web Surfing

Initially when I owned an iPhone, I didn’t really think NOT having flash player is a big deal, but when I finally gave it up for a HTC Rezound on Verizon 4G LTE, I came to realize how much of a difference it makes!!! On an iPhone or an iPad, when you are surfing the net, many a times you come across pages which do not load properly due to the absence of a flash player on iOS. That really is gross and Apple does have to do something about this sooner or it will lose whatever market share it is left with. Surfing on an Android device is way better than on an iPhone or iPad for just this alone.

Apps Unlimited

Android being an open source, it let developers to create apps to suit their needs and that lead to thousands and thousands of apps available on the Google Play or previously known as Android Market. Of course this means, there might be some crappy apps out there, but hey, at the least, Google treats you like a grown-up with responsibility and not like a ‘school going kid’ not knowing what you are doing. Developers are free at their will to customize and hack the system and be more creative.

Final 5 Reasons why Android is Better than iOS (iPhone)

1. Available on All Carriers (in the US)

2. Multiple HandSets from Various manufacturers

3. Flash Player

4. Real MultiTasking

5. Open Source

Over To You

Having said all this, it is now time to share your thoughts on what you think is the better OS in the mobile industry today? What phone do you own and how satisfied are you with it? Are you planning to shift from one to the other? If so, why? I would love to hear more from you and see if everyone has the same ideas as me. So far as I am concerned, I moved from iPhone to Android and I should say I am very happy with it.

24 thoughts on “Android vs iPhone

  • March 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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    if we compare ios vs android then ios is better but yeah if we compare as a mobile then some android modals are better

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  • June 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm
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    Android user are the true end user bcuz they get lot of tweaking and optimizing option whereas ios user have to be in what the apple provide,so shame on apple and so sorry for the ios users.And the next thing why there is no flash in ios its because ios device are so underpowered that it cant handle it.android user can intentionally turn flash off to save battery but ios user cant turn it on.the function which we get in android without rooting cant be achieved in ios even after jailbreaking. That’s why i say “iphone” a “ish*t”.

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  • June 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm
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    Hey shut up u guys.Android is far more superior than ios.how can u say that iphone have better battery, my uncle and sister both have iphone and battery last only 16hours however in my sgs2 it last for one and half day.of course,they are jealous of me and it really matters in our country,nepal , where we suffer 14hour loadshedding. And the next thing is that the bluetooth in ios cant really transfer data to another device however android can.and i send and receive songs and video a lot with my friend because i like it and i can but u ios user cant.

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    • June 19, 2012 at 7:16 am
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      Hello Bivek – Glad you like your phone and by reading this comment I can assume that you are a big fan of Android. Thanks for bringing up these points here and open up the discussion.

      I am sure your Android battery is far superior, but the general concensus around here is that it sucks. I am all FOR android, but I have to agree that majority of the users have experienced this and can vouch for it.

      Yours might be an exception and am really glad to know about it. Thanks for leaving your thoughts.

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      • August 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm
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        do the same thing we do on a laptop?”Because it works great?”btw. raeosn doesnt host anything”Exactly, but I mentionned Reason because people here seems to want it a lot on IOS.. and also because.. REASON IS ALSO A PLUGIN ๐Ÿ˜€ “and im sick of hosts whitch keep crashing on plugins!!!”You should stop using crappy hosts, mine never crashes.All that and you never answered my most important question : why are you against choice?

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  • June 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm
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    C guys neither I hav an iphone nor an android phone….
    M surfing web coz of my project on OS’s…
    Till now I found dat the max marketshare is duo of android and iphone…
    What I have 2 say is dis dat iphone is a device fr those who can afford at least 30k on phones and android ofcourse at least 3k…

    Leave these
    tell me if I hav to buy one of these which 1 shud b my choice

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    • June 15, 2012 at 7:42 am
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      Soubhagya – That is a pretty tough decision to make i am sure. Every one has his or her own choices and preferences. If you are looking at good smart phone at a reasonable price, then Android is the one for you.

      But of course, as others have rightly pointed out, Apple has proved once and again that it stays top of the line.

      So, do some study before u decide, and do let us all know which phone you bought. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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  • June 7, 2012 at 11:34 am
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    On Comparing android with iOS, definitely, I will go with iOS. It provides extensibility to it’s products with more than 1 million app support. iOS is the only mature platform.

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    • June 8, 2012 at 1:26 am
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      Babita – Thanks for sharing your preferences here. Glad you found the iOS better from a user’s perspective.

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  • June 6, 2012 at 8:05 am
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    Wow, so many iPhone fanboys on here!

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  • June 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm
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    I am using iphone 4s my review about it is good phone,no complaints,look and feel was awesome.
    ios is the best thing ever happened to smartphone sector.
    i think android is not that much worth

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    • June 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm
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      Manoj – thanks for your personal feedback on this topic. I agree that iPhone is awesome and pretty stable, but what do think from a developers point of view of the 2 operating systems?

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  • June 5, 2012 at 2:33 am
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    I would like to debate on plus point mentioned about Android phone. Ask any developer what is the nightmare he or she has to go through when developing apps for Android phone.

    * You do have wider reach but no earnings.
    * It is always pain, thinking about so many software versions form factors and hardware capability.
    * 18 month upgrade cycle is myth. basically when you buy android phone you are hooked to original OS let it be ginger bread or icecream sandwitch.
    * Battery life sucks on Android phones. Just look into why Apple is supporting Bluetooth 4.x.
    * Reason for not supporting flash was because Adobe couldn’t deliver stable version which consumes lesser memory and processing power. You can see official letter by Steve, why Apple didn’t support flash.

    BASICALLY WHEN YOU WANT MOST OF THE THINGS WORK OUT OF THE BOX YOU CHOOSE APPLE.

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    • June 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm
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      Hey Deepak, thanks for dropping by.
      I haven’t tried developing apps for android but, being a web developer I can understand what a pain it would be to develop an app that works across all hardware and screen resolutions.

      Apple has very valid reasons for not using flash. If it was given as an option, many people would disable it after reading the drawbacks.
      For those of you who missed Steve’s open letter
      http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/

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    • June 8, 2012 at 1:29 am
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      Deepak – It is good to finally see a developer’s feedback on the topic. All your points are valid and I can see how difficult it might be for an Android developer to meet up with these standards.

      The flash insight was pretty awesome, thanks for sharing that also.

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  • June 4, 2012 at 11:54 pm
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    Hello dear at Genius Hackers!
    I personally have the following coments to make:-
    1) I discarded my new Samsung Galaxy note as crap!
    and I was lured to the android system just like you after
    years of silent suffering from the Greedy iPhone company.
    2) But true to my heart ,I confess that everything with Apple is a
    class apart and the very best ,right from the OS ,Safari browser,
    the Apps ,etc.Nothing is flashy and Gimmickery!Apple does not
    compromise your security.
    3) A copy is at best a copy! ( the App market ).
    4) the inability to support Flash ,the inexpandable memory of the
    device ,the living upto the death with the same battery ,The
    compulsory iTunes dependency are it’s inherrent deficiencies
    and they hurt and hence will grant the iPhone people the iHell!
    Amen.
    4) And where are our hackers?We have not found a workaround
    such Draconian policies yet!

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    • June 5, 2012 at 12:17 am
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      Apple batteries are very good.
      I have a 2year old Macbook, I rarely turn it off, most of the time it runs on battery and it still gives me 2hours backup.

      My four year old ipod touch battery is still good.

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      • June 8, 2012 at 1:31 am
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        Yes, I agree with Satish on the battery life of Apple devices, they are just awesome and you dont need to carry a charger in your phone, at your work and at home like what I do for my Android phone ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • June 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm
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    Being in tech, I’m asked this question all the time. Android or iPhone? This is not a straightforward answer. I carry both for number of years compared both on a number of different levels and being a hard-core techy you would think android is the choice for me. However, I’ve been carrying an iPhone for S since it came out and have only minor list in a couple of key areas. I do miss the Sharon between apps on android. Android got this right from the beginning. On iOS the developer needs to code sharing ability between different services into the app rather than allowing the operating system to handle it. This I feel is is a huge disadvantage. Seeing a post on g+ and then sharing to Facebook or similar, is very powerful. The reason I now carry an iPhone began within iOS project that I was managing, but I fell back in love with the platform. The applications are so far superior on iOS 5 it’s maddening. Android is great for buddy developers, but the real developers crank out solid and amazing applications always choose iOS. They do this because it’s hard to steal their hard work on the iOS side. On android any script kiddie can sideload an application after googling for it, or if friend emails into them. The apps, the solid hardware, the predictable nature of iOS, the stability, and the lack of surprises is why I choose to carry an iPhone as my daily driver. Might go back to android if certain pet peaves of mine are resolved? Of course. I’m not a fanboy, I just carrying what works best for me.

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    • June 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm
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      +1
      I’m having s2 for almost an year now. I bought my self a punishment with 30k INR.

      • I have to carry my charger even for a one day trip.
      • It has 8mp camera but, whenever I want to capture an important moment, I get the low battery warning and the camera wont work.
      • Same with the music player
      • Poorly coded apps, that suck the battery
      • Awful UI
      • I can not disable the f***** media scanner, which eats up a lot o battery
      • I can not switch on the phone immediately after connecting to the charger, the media scanner consumes more power than the charger provides

      I can list a lot of things, Android is the worst thing to happen to the mobile industry. Every fuc*** phone in the market today other than iPhone is Android, I miss the days where phones were really phones.

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      • June 4, 2012 at 12:31 am
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        Satish – Thanks for sharing these thoughts and also to have published my article even though you are not having a pleasant experience with Android ๐Ÿ™‚

        I agree there are lot of these problems with Android based phones, but some of them like the charge getting exhausted, awful UI and other hardware related issues are mostly from the manufacturer and not the UI. While others like poor designed UI or apps is how the OS is being customized by the manufacturer again.

        It takes a good developer to implement what Google has given in the form of Android into a mobile device and resolve most of these issues. Android has made this happen to the industry and how the tech people take it forward is what we need to wait and see.

        Wht do you think?

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        • June 4, 2012 at 2:39 am
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          As an end user, I really don’t care whose fault it is.
          If this is what i get after buying the best Android phone in the market, its a fail.
          Using Android is a pain. I some times feel like thrashing it with a huge hammer.

          Android has made this happen to the industry and how the tech people take it forward is what we need to wait and see.

          Android is not a baby anymore.

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    • June 4, 2012 at 12:24 am
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      Mike – It is really nice to hear from someone deeply involved in these technologies. I agree with you when you say that iOS is having far more standardized apps and the Android is for budding developers. It is upto the user to pick and choose what suits them best and which apps are crappy and which are not.

      I need to check out the apps on iOS 5 after wht you have shared.

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