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iOS Versus Android, The Verdict



Android  is rapidly becoming one of the most popular smartphone operating systems around and recent figures have shown that Android is growing faster than the iOS but there have been lots of argument over the years especially the last two years on which is the best of the two operating systems. Is it iOS or Android?

Without mincing words or beating about the bush, my take is iOS and these are my reasons:

1. The App Store

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Apple’s App store is a lot bigger than Android App Store. There are over 1.2 million apps currently available on the Apple App store while Android is nearing the 1.3 million apps. But bear in mind, Androids figures are made up of multiple different markets and there is no one where you will find all 1.3 million apps. This is one of the things that gives the iPhone OS the advantage over Android. You will find a lot more of the bigger names and titles on the Apple app store than on the Android one and Apple apps tend to be a bit more stable than Androids due to Apple’s strict app approval procedure.

2. Reliability

While the more recent builds of Android have become a lot more stable and reliable, they still don’t match iOS 8 or previous iPhone firmware. The iPhone operating system is just so solid and stable and reliable. It rarely crashes or freezes up and it’s just straightforward. I find with Android that while it may be quicker at times, it tends to freeze up a lot more than the iPhone OS, even with the recent Android 5.0 Lollipop of Android. Android also seems to be plagued with error messages of failed processes which randomly pop up at the most inconvenient times.

3. Media

When it comes to media, the iPhone OS wins hands down. It’s not only the brilliant music application, easy podcast and video management, it’s also because of the iTunes store.  The iOS ecosystem with iTunes is just brilliant, even though some people find it a bit restrictive and want a bit more freedom. But in reality, it is easily the best out there, with the biggest variety of music, films, tv shows and podcasts all readily available for download to your device.


4. Loyal Fan Base

When people buy an Apple product they seem to feel like they are part of an exclusive club. This may have been true when the iPhone first came out, it was rare to see somebody walking down the street with one, but now every second person seems to have one, the novelty has just worn off. However, Apple’s loyal fanbase will always buy any of their new products, no matter how expensive they are and regardless of whether or not they need them.I know no other company that gets people lining up all over the place for hours and days just to be one of the first to get their hands on the latest release.

5. Simplicity For You, Me and Developers

The iPhone OS is just so easy to use and navigate, anyone can use it without having to learn. There is practically no learning curve with the iPhone OS, everything seems very natural. With Android there’s a bit more of a learning curve while it may appear quite similar, there’s a few key things that make it that little bit more complicated. The iPhone OS has just become second nature to people.Finally for developers, the iPhone OS is much easier to work with since there’s just one testing platform for them. With Android, you have to cater for multiple ones, some have touchscreens, some have buttons etc.




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