In this century, especially since the 2010s began, there has dawned a dilemma which every single person who has access to smartphones has discussed or talked about at some point in his or her life: Is the iOS better or the Android?
To date, there has obviously not been a concrete answer to that question. It is more a matter of stereotypes and preferences.
According to the statistics on DeviceAtlas, it can be concluded that the share of Android smartphones is around six times bigger than that of iOS-based phones. In the study, we can see that Android phones constitute
82.8% of the mobile market while iOS constitutes 13.9%, Windows phones take 2.6% and Blackberrys have a mere 0.6%
The massive difference between the market shares of both Android and iOS systems does not mean that Androids are better phones. The reason why Android phones are no much more common in the market is that Android phones have many options available and they are comparatively much less expensive than iOS phones.
The price of some latest Android phones can start from around $100 while an iPhone 5, which came out five years ago, still retails for $200 for their least impressive version
The differences start stemming from the number of brands that are available for both kinds of phones. iOS is the operating system of only iPhones while Android phones are made by a number of companies.
The most commendable makers of the best Android phones include Samsung, HTC, Oppo and Huawei. Google has also launched its own Android-based phone in the market called the Google Pixel. Nokia, which was the mobile phone giant in most of the 2000s, has decided to make a comeback by launching a remake of the infamous 3310, with an Android-based operating system.
According to a recent list published in telegraph.co.uk, following are some of the best Android smartphones to buy in 2017:
- Google Pixel
- Huawei P10
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
- HTC 10
- Lenovo P2
The iOS operating system is only used by one company in the world which is Apple. The phones are expensive and known to be durable. Their toughest competitor in the market has always been Samsung, or more specifically their S series. Despite this, specific models of other phone companies are also on the run.
Apple vs Samsung
The biggest competitors in the market since the past couple of years have been Apple and Samsung. This war has spread internationally since Samsung introduced its S series, which is a series of phones that are all high-end with all the most updated mobile phone features you could find any smartphone released the year they released a phone from the S series.
In recent years, since the dawn of the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S 3, Apple and Samsung have been dedicated to releasing a new phone every succeeding year. The most recent iPhone released is the iPhone 7 which was released in September 2016 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 which was released at the end of April in this year.
Apple is planning to introduce it’s newest and best iPhone mobile phone to date late this year: The iPhone 8.
It was apparently not enough that both Apple and Samsung released new phones every year; they also introduce modifications of each phone to fit the needs of every individual. Examples of these modifications include the following:
- iPhone 5 c
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 plus
- iPhone 6 Rose Gold Edition
- iPhone 7 Red Edition
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge plus
The Plus versions and the limited edition versions are usually the most expensive and contain the best features out of all the others.
Samsung phones appeal to a large chunk of the international market because it has cheaper versions with great features. iPhones have excellent features but the price poses an issue for many people.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge retails for $780 while the iPhone 7 Plus with 256 GBs of internal storage, currently the best iPhone mobile phone retails for around $969.
There also exist cheaper Samsung phones that retail around $150-$400.
Many of the best Android phones have followed suit with Samsung phones and are now available in high-end, expensive models and slightly lower featured but decently priced versions.
Features and Drawbacks
The biggest reason why these phones are so popular in the world these days is all the features they have to offer. The best iPhone phones and Android phones have high definition cameras, going up to 36 MPs. Bluetooth, radios, wifi connectivity, good speakers, GPS, they are all a given with any smartphone.
Most of the applications that are hyped in the market first become available on the Apple Play Store and then appear on the Google Play Store for the Android systems. The faster updates available on iOS phones thus cause people to be attracted towards them, though it is still difficult to beat the incredible price range Android phones are offering.
iOS phones are also known to have a much more superior operating system then the Android system. Androids are notorious for hanging, freezing, being stuck in restart loops and other newer bugs that have been springing up since a long time. Android phones are also known to be much more susceptible to virus attacks.
In 2016, when the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was introduced, the manufacturers started getting complaints from their customers about the Note 7 ‘exploding’ spontaneously. This was a huge blow to the entire Samsung phone Franchise, even though they compensated the customers’ losses by replacing the ‘exploding’ phones.
The iPhone mobile phone has received some negativity as they are removing features that the customers are very used to and find convenient. For example, they received quite the backlash for removing the audio jack from the iPhone 7.
For these reasons, it is difficult to determine a surefire victor in the race.