iOS vs Android

iOS vs Android

Is Android better than iOS? This question seems to be one of the longest running debates in recent tech history and it seems that the answer all comes down to personal preference and desired functionality.

Often the preference is based on the type of person using the phone and the functionality required. End user requirements differ with developers, and business or personal use needs greatly affect the choice of preferred operating system. Each operating system has its own advantages, so let’s take a look at why people choose one over the other:

Customisation options

The iOS is an easy to navigate OS that is standardised across all Apple devices, however unless you jailbreak the device you cannot customise it in any way other than using Apple apps and tools. In contrast, Android is fully customisable due its open source nature and the endlessly changeable and customisable options make it a great option for anyone who copes well with ongoing changes and updates.

Device range

iOS is only available on Apple products so your choice is limited to iPhone and iPad when purchasing mobile devices. Android is available across a huge range of phones and tablets and is not device specific. If you are looking for a massive choice in product range Android will be your preferred option.


Apple and Android both have a massive selection of apps available and the biggest difference between the two systems is quality. Apple only has approved and regulated apps, whereas Android apps are open source and there is no control over what is released into the market. Many online gaming sites such as offer games that have been optimised for both iOS and Android as the platforms differ so greatly that individual, compatible versions were created.

Data and backups

Android is essentially a Google product and all data syncs to your Google Account using Google services, ensuring that nothing is ever lost. Apple has developed iCloud that is built into their OS, allowing users to automatically back up and sync all data. Both options offer stable and reliable back up choices for users.

The comparison list can go on and on, but at the end of the day it comes down to what you require from your mobile. The battle for world domination between Android and Apple continues and in the end it will be market share that determines a winner.

  1. oh yikes. another one of these.

    the real question is: which is better for YOU?

    if you hate Apple’s smug arrogance, go Android. If you hate Google BS hypocrisy, go iOS.

    if you are tech adept and like to mix and match apps and services, get Android. if you want the darn thing to Just Work with as little fussing as possible once you buy it, get iOS.

    if you are into Google’s cloud services a lot already, go Android. if you have a lot of Apple stuff already, go iOS.

    if if your budget is tight, get Android. if not, see above.

    if you want to always be hip, change back and forth every year and post web pieces about “why i changed to …”

    but “market share” does not “determine a winner.” Apple has already won – huge profits. Samsung has already won – big profits. Google has kinda won – little profit but widespread presence. Amazon has kinda won – no profit but an ecosystem. all other OEM’s have lost – no profits – some badly. all telcos have won – lots of lucrative data contracts irregardless. but there is no individual such thing as “android” to declare a winner. the closest approximation to that is the Google Play-using universe of products – which leaves out “forks” like Amazon and most of the developing world’s huge markets.

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