Which is Better: iPhone or Android?
The iPhone’s speed and ease of use may be attractive to power users, but Android is better suited for everyone else. Check out PCMag’s top picks for Android and iPhone:
Which is Better: iPhone or Android?
Apps are king, and iOS is a solid choice for controlling apps on your phone. It’s also easier to manage than the stock Android launcher and comes pre-loaded with Mail, Camera, Messages, and other important apps.
The iPhone and Android
There are lots of apps available for both iPhone and Android. And if you’re searching for particular apps, they’re usually at the top of the App Store. But for whatever reason, the selection on the Google Play Store is way, way better than Apple’s. It’s almost criminal how good the selection is. Plus, Google Play has a bunch of apps that aren’t available on the App Store, including Microsoft’s Office suite, Adobe’s Reader app and VLC media player. There’s also the just-released Google Podcasts, which comes pre-installed on an iPhone (and iPad). (Google Play Music, by the way, doesn’t come pre-installed on an iPhone.) The iPhone and Google The iPhone is also great for looking up new apps, especially if you have a specific app in mind. The Apple App Store has you covered there.
Android’s iOS looks like a phone version of the original Mac, with rounded corners and windows that curve slightly at the edges. Apple’s iOS looks like a phone version of the original Macintosh, with sleek glass black slabs, no soft curves and no curved glass. Carriers One huge advantage of Android is that you can choose any wireless carrier, as long as you’re willing to sign an agreement promising to use your device on their network. But if you want to swap phones, you can only buy a new device with the wireless carrier of your choice. Maps Maps in Android and iOS are closely related. Apple’s Maps app uses TomTom’s maps, and is better than Google’s. Google’s maps app uses Google Maps, and Google is building its own maps app, which should be better than Apple’s.
On Android, apps aren’t on separate screens. They just get installed where they’re needed. Users Android users have greater device loyalty, more frequent updates, and a better deal: they can subscribe to cellular plans and get data free. Customization On Android, users can rearrange the icons, customize the look and feel of the home screens, and even select a lock screen widget and accessable settings from anywhere. Interface Apps are separate from the main home screen, while iOS apps open directly in the app store. Integration You can quickly switch from web to mobile and back without losing a beat. Plus, there’s no more app drawer. The home screen’s front page is all you need.
Android is way more customizable than Apple, with tons of system widgets you can put on your home screen. That may sound like a stupid question, but on an iPhone, you can’t really do much with your home screen. A widget is like a second screen on your phone. Google Now Apple Music might have thrown Siri off her game, but Google Now on Android is often the best voice assistant available, and definitely the most flexible. Apple doesn’t have a voice assistant, and Google Now’s integration with Google Search is unparalleled. Android users are sometimes treated to a cool visual twist too, like Google’s weather widget. Apple just sits there, smirking. Google Now is the best voice assistant available on iOS. It supports more language and more dialects than Siri.
Google’s smartphones are still powerful and it has a great developer community. It’s a highly personal decision that should be based on your personal needs. If you really need to know every detail of every app in the store, go for iPhone. But if you want a device that’s fast and easy to use, with a huge ecosystem of great apps, Android is the clear choice.