Some ways in which Android offers more choices than its popular competitor, Apple’s iOS platform, including customisation and storage options and more phone choice.
Customisation, flexibility, and different styles give Android the edge
There are those who will always choose Android and there are those who will always choose Apple’s iOS, but some may consider changing from one platform to the other. If you’re in the latter category, then it could be worth bearing in mind the Android system likely offers more choices and options than if you were to go down the iPhone route.
You’ll be in good company; as of March 2017, Android is not only used by more than twice as many who use iOS, the platform is challenging Microsoft as the most used software for internet access.
Android v iOS
Apple’s iOS platform powers the iPhone and the iPad and isn’t used by any other manufacturer; it’s Apple’s bespoke system created for its own sole use.
Android, on the other hand, is a mobile platform developed by search giants Google and use by many smartphone manufacturers including Samsung, Motorola, HTC and Google themselves via the Nexus brand.
Straight away this gives you more options if you plump for Android in that it opens up many makes and types of smartphone not just the one or two models of iPhone available at any one time.
More phone choice
As a result, you can choose from phones that suit you more precisely than the iPhone might. Maybe screen quality is your priority? Maybe on board storage particularly matters? Maybe you like the ergonomics of a certain phone?
The multitude of Android phones offers you vastly more options than Apple’s iOS platform. There’s also a cost consideration; iPhones start at the higher end for a smartphone whereas you can buy some Android phones for far less – sometimes below £100 – if ultimate features are less important.
A more fully featured smartphone can be picked up used, so a cut-price phone from a popular maker like Samsung could be available; here’s a source where you can find cheap Galaxy phones.
Android used to be considered inferior in looks and style to iOS, but that’s no longer the case with a series of improvements in the design of the platform over time.
Where Android scores over iOS is in its flexibility; for example, you can change your home screen to display just a favourite photo or useful widgets instead of the default app icons. By contrast, with the iOS home screen, you can change the order of the icons and choose a different background but that’s about it.
Android offers a multitude of customisation options to make your smartphone uniquely yours and behave in exactly the way you want.
Many Android phones have expandable storage so you can inexpensively increase the standard amount you’ve got with memory cards. With the iPhone there’s no such facility; the storage you choose initially is what you have to make do with, and moving up the storage scale with a new iPhone isn’t cheap.
Integration with a PC
When you connect your Android phone to your computer, it behaves much like another hard drive and files of just about all types can be removed and added. It displays your data in a familiar file storage system just like the way your computer does.
With the iPhone, it has to be connected via the company’s iTunes media program and only music, photos and video can be added; no other file types. Indeed, music has to be loaded onto your iPhone via iTunes, too, whereas music added to your Android phone has no such limitations.
The battery in an iPhone is fixed and cannot be replaced by the user, so if your battery starts playing up you have the hassle of returning it to Apple or taking it to a third party battery specialist. By contrast, most Android phones have a user replaceable battery.
The iPhones from the 5 onwards require Apple’s ‘lightning’ cable to charge them whereas Android phones generally use a standard micro USB type. Also, the iPhone 7 does away with a 3.5mm headphone socket – time will tell if this proves a wise move or not.
Phone locking options
The iPhone only offers fingerprint recognition or number code to unlock the phone whereas Android provides more options such as password, patterns and face lock.
The Android platform provides better multitasking using multiple apps than the iPhone – and some Android interfaces (depending on which manufacturer’s smartphone you’re using) enable you to resize and move apps around the screen.
To change or not to change?
It’s easy to get into a comfort zone with a particular platform; many iPhone users have ‘got comfortable’ with them – especially if they use other Apple devices and find it easy to integrate everything – so may not have thought about trying Android.
If they do, the choice of phones and wider options may make switching platforms worth more than a passing thought when one considers the many benefits Android offers.