Published: March 10, 2020 | Updated: March 26, 2020 | Posted by: Venus Zoleta | Personal Finance
Google’s Android or Apple’s iPhone?
Picking one is difficult. Both types of mobile devices have great features, and their differences aren’t too obvious.
Also, these smartphones are equipped with two of the world’s leading mobile operating systems. Android and iOS have the largest market share in the Philippines (at 99.72% combined), as of February 2020.
But if you look at the finer details, it becomes clear which between Android vs iPhone suits you better. Keep reading this Battle of the Brands edition to make an informed choice when buying a smartphone.
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A wide array of smartphone brands offers Android devices at every price range. Regardless of how much you can spend on a phone, it’s easy to find an Android unit within your budget.
Many Android handsets with high-end specs are available under PHP 15,000. There are even models in the PHP 8,000 to PHP 10,000 price range that come with premium features like quad cameras and 5,000mAh battery.
iPhones, on the other hand, are expensive. Currently, the lowest-priced Apple phone is the iPhone 8 that costs PHP 30,990. If that price is out of your budget, then Android is the clear option.
Simplicity is synonymous with the Apple brand. It’s evident on the intuitive iOS interface that makes the iPhone easy to use.
There’s no learning curve in using an iPhone. And if you use another Apple device like an iPad, it’s easy to learn how it works.
The Android interface is easy to use as well. But since different manufacturers create Android phones, there are some inconsistencies in their interface. So there’s a learning curve, especially when you switch from an Android device to another from a different brand.
It’s hard to compare Android vs iPhone in terms of battery performance. For one, batteries vary from one Android phone to another. Also, how long a smartphone battery lasts depends on the usage.
Both smartphones feature power-saving modes that extend battery life by limiting power-draining apps, performance, and connectivity.
However, some Android smartphones don’t need to be recharged as often as iPhones because of their high-capacity batteries. Android phones with 5,000mAh batteries, for example, can last up to two days of moderate use on a single full charge.
Android devices and iPhones offer fast-charging capabilities. With Android handsets, a fast-charging adapter is usually included in the package. But most iPhone models, especially the older ones, don’t have it bundled in the box. You have to buy the adapter separately, except for iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
Tech experts say Apple’s iOS is the most secure mobile OS. It’s easy to see why.
Apple is stricter than Google when it comes to allowing apps into its app store. This prevents situations like fake versions of apps being downloaded by millions of users, similar to what happened with the Android version of WhatsApp.
Even if you download Android apps from the Google Play Store, it isn’t guaranteed that you’re safe from malware. Google even reported that malware in Google Play doubled due to click-fraud apps or adware.
But that doesn’t mean Android isn’t secure. Google has implemented multiple updates to make Android safer, such as the Google Play Protect, two-step verification, and controlled app permissions.
When it comes to user privacy, iOS beats Android. Apple encrypts data iMessage and its other apps. While Android has data encryption, the user’s personal data enjoys less protection. For remarketing and UX purposes, Google mines, collects, and stores private data.
Cameras on Android phones vary in terms of features and performance. While certain models like the latest Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus can rival iPhone cameras, many Android devices are still lacking in overall camera quality.
This is the case even with budget and mid-range Android phones that boast high-tech features such as AI technology, quad or penta setup, and other bells and whistles.
The iPhone’s camera app is also easier to use because of the simplicity Apple is well known for. Camera apps on Android phones tend to be loaded with a lot of features that can confuse some users.
Android gives more flexibility for customization compared to Apple. Users have full control in customizing their Android phones, including changing the home screen layout, adding shortcuts and widgets, and expanding the storage capacity.
The biggest letdown for iPhone fans was when Apple released models starting in 2016 that let go of the well-loved headphone jack.
A lot of Android handsets still have headphone jacks, which make them a better option for audiophiles who prefer to listen to music using wired headphones.
Having timely updates on a smartphone ensures it has the latest features, security patches, and bug fixes. This is where iPhones easily trump Android units.
Software updates are quicker on iPhones than Android phones. Every time Apple releases its latest iOS version, it’s available to all iPhone users at the same time.
The mobile OS update on Android phones isn’t as seamless and timely. They get fewer and slower updates than iPhones. Software updates are launched in batches to individual phones. The number of updates an Android user gets depends mostly on the smartphone manufacturer’s software support policy and the price range of the unit.
iPhones provide a better mobile gaming experience than Android smartphones. iOS manages memory better than Android, so iPhones have fewer OS-related issues and are less prone to overheating.
More quality games are available on the Apple App Store than the Google Play Store. However, the latter offers a wider variety of games, as Google is more lenient than Apple in letting apps into its app store.
A 2018 study by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies revealed that on average, iPhones last longer than their Android counterparts by one year even though they’re of the same age, size, and quality.
The study found that iPhones last for about five years and seven months, while Samsung phones reach only about four years and six months. Their average lifespan has a difference of around one year.
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While iPhones seem to beat Android smartphones in many aspects, the right choice depends on you, the user. If you really like an iPhone but can’t afford it, your next best bet is an Android with similar features with a lower price tag.
If you have the budget for an iPhone but are having second thoughts about buying one, the decision will boil down to your preference and priorities. Do you want a smartphone whose battery can last all day and allows you to customize it? Then go with an Android phone.
But if you prefer a simple and easy-to-use device that can last for the next four to five years, an iPhone is the bang-for-buck option.
Venus is the Head of Content at Moneymax, with over 15 years of combined experience in digital marketing, corporate communications, PR, and journalism. She invests in stocks, mutual funds, VUL, and Pag-IBIG MP2. Outside of work, she’s crazy about cats and Korean dramas. Follow Venus on LinkedIn.