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iOS vs Android: Which Platform Takes Centre Stage?

 

If you are in the market for a new smartphone, you basically have two choices. You're either an Androids or iOS user. Yes, you have a choice of different brands, but almost all devices make use of these two platforms.

Both smartphone operating systems are excellent and have quite a bit in common with each other, but there are some important differences that you’ll want to consider. We are pitting Android against iOS in several categories here to make your choice easier, but ultimately, the best platform for you depends on, well, you.

Cost

Apple has always been at the high end of the market in terms of pricing. So, if the price is not a factor, then the Apple iPhone XS Max is an excellent device. If you are an avid iOS user and are budget-conscious, then we would suggest opting for the iPhone 6s

Nothing competes with Android when it comes to sheer scale and variety. You can still spend a lot if you want to. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ almost matches Apple’s iPhone pricing. There is, however, a wide variety of good, low-cost handsets, from a wide variety of different manufacturers, to choose from and the platform has been deliberately optimized to run on low-end hardware. The Nokia 2.1 is an affordable device that packs quite the punch. Android is the clear winner for budget-conscious shoppers, as they also lead the field in free apps.

Speaking of apps...

Apps and App Stores

There are roughly 3.5 million Android apps on the Google Play Store compared to the 2.2 million apps on the Apple App Store. Android clearly wins this battle, right? Not really, no. Numbers aren’t the best metric, most of us only use a handful of apps and the most popular ones are available on both platforms. Android still offers a higher percentage of free apps than iOS, but the best mobile games still land on iOS first. The best games don’t always come to Android at all. When it comes to apps, quality beats quantity. This is a close round, but we award a narrow win to team iOS.

Camera

This is a very difficult category for us to call. Apple has always done the best job capturing lighting, colouring, and other details. Lately, Android smartphones are casting a lot of doubt on that assertion with their new offerings. The Huawei P30 Pro rewrites the rules of photography. The Leica Quad Camera system includes a 40MP Super Sensing Camera, a SuperZoom lens, a 20 MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens, and a Huawei TOF Camera - allowing you to capture immaculate images.

It's another close one, but we will give this one to Android.

Ultimately, there are a lot of things to compare, that we haven't fully covered. You should decide on a device based on your needs, as different categories will be important to different people. The iPhone range is an obvious choice if security and privacy are important to you. If battery life and customizing your phone are key factors to you, then choose Android. Both Android and iOS are mature, feature-packed platforms with far more similarities than differences, and we can proudly recommend either.