Android or iPhone? The discussion continues. At the time the iPhone was first released, there was really no competition. The iPhone was playing in a class of its own. Early Android phones were mediocre: slow UI response, lags here and there, and the overall “do-it-yourself” approach just didn’t with consumers.
Hardware and Models
With Apple, you have a limited choice of only several models. Or, rather, you’re limited to just a single current model in several versions that, honestly, differ very little. There are a few older models you can get from the used market, but that’s about it. “You can have any color as long as it’s black”.
Android phones, on the other hand, come in many shapes, models and colors. Different manufacturers use entirely different hardware. Different screens, CPUs, memory. Vastly different quality and usability. Getting an Android phone will require you to do a research on what’s available, while you can’t go wrong with any iPhone you can afford. Are you a techno geek or a gadget guy? Look for an Android phone you like best. Others will be served by Apple.
The newest generation of iPhones has a wonderful Retina display. These super high resolution displays will render your apps, icons and photos so smooth it’s hard to believe. Kudos to Apple: they made one of the best screens ever.
Android phones ship with all kinds of displays. Some of the better ones can approach iPhones in pixel density, but software integration is still lagging. Many applications are still using low-resolution icons and images designed to be shown on lower-resolution screens. When choosing an Android phone, you will have to look really carefully to buy a model with a good display. If you’re not friends with numbers, icon resolutions, angles of view and technical specs, just get an iPhone for the best screen ever.
Built-in Software and UI
An iPhone is an iPhone. They’re all the same. One operating system, one user interface, the same set of pre-installed apps, same icons. You can customize it by moving stuff around and choosing a few icons on your own, but there’s only so much you’re allowed to do.
Androids are available in all sorts of flavor. Different firmware and dozens of OS versions, builds and codenames. Different sets of icons for exactly the same app. Completely different shells and launchers. Extensively customizable: you can make Android phones look like whatever you want (and it’s not all about custom icons) – but you must know what you’re doing. With such a broad variety, some devices are simply better as in easier to use, more robust and working more reliable than others. If making your very own custom environment is fun for you, by all means get the Android. If you like your phone working straight out of the box, get an iPhone and begin using it right away.
Maintenance and Upgrades
iPhones don’t don’t accept memory cards. You’ll be stuck with the amount of memory you originally bought. If you outgrow your iPhone, you’ll have to buy another iPhone, bringing more dough to Apple.
Most but not all Android devices come with a microSD slot, allowing you to put more memory when you need it. With microSD cards getting cheaper every year, you will be better off in the long run if you get an Android.
With iPhones, you can’t even replace a battery. If your battery dies in some years (they all do; lithium batteries won’t hold charge after 3-4 years), you’ll be mailing your iPhone to Apple for a “major repair” (more dough to Apple), or be on the market for a new iPhone (even more money to Apple).
While some Android phones use similarly user irreplaceable batteries, most devices are easy: just lift the cover and put a new battery in. A new battery will set you back a few dollars, allowing you to postpone the purchase of another phone some more years.
Android phones are cheaper to buy and cheaper to upgrade and maintain. They’re more extensible and customizable. iPhones are perfect right out of the box, and offer one of the best usage experience ever. Which one to pick? The choice is yours.