As far as mobile operating systems go, it is a tight horse race between Apple and Google. New versions of iOS and Android are released regularly. Many people argue that Android is better than iOS, but in other categories, iOS is a clear winner. Android is a worthy contender and it has really strong points, but iOS has more than a few tricks up its sleeve to wrestle Android to the ground.
- Excellent software and hardware integration: Apple manufactures not only various iPad and iPhone devices, but also develops the iOS. This gives Apple a real competitive edge because ensuring fluid integration is much easier to achieve. When using the iPhone, you will immediately see that it’s far more optimized than any Android smartphone. As an example, processors of Android devices are made by Qualcomm, MediaTek and various other chip producers. Android OS has to work like a generic platform, so it will be compatible with various hardware components. Smartphone manufacturers and carriers often add their own software changes. LG, HTC, Samsung and other brands have their own skin.
- Clutter-free and intuitive UI: Android may offer us with a lot more options to tweak and customize the system. However, many users want to have a clean user interface so that they can use the phone easily. iPhone is fairly easy for any new adopter, including children and elderly.
- Regular updates: iOS users get more frequent updates and they will definitely get their updates. When an iOS update is officially rolled out, everyone with compatible devices gets it. It could be a major incremental update or just a small security patch, but all devices are updated on the same day without exception. Due to its more distributed nature, Android users get less definite update schedule. Smartphone manufacturers and carriers decide when or whether users get the update. It is quite common for many Android users to get no update at all since the day they purchase the device until the day the replace it. The ability to tweak Android OS actually becomes a disadvantage to many users, because their devices often have unique skin and modifications, which need to be added to the recent Android OS update, resulting in a massive delay.
- Better security and encryption: iOS is built like a tank, with various security and encryption features. Separate encryption is added to the physical storage, making it harder for crackers to steal confidential information. Essential information, such as fingerprint and Face ID information, as well as passwords and bank details are stored inside the encrypted storage. Because Android is customizable and much more flexible, crackers can root and flash the device to nullify the security system. There are multiple paths to hack into the critical information stored on an Android device, so it’s not the most secure platform.
- Easy to understand hardware options: When choosing iOS devices, users are spared from confusion and they can’t go wrong with their choice. What they get is what others get. Android devices are loaded with different cameras, screen size, resolution, processor, RAM, battery capacity and other details. You definitely know what you will get and buyers won’t be fooled into buying a device that doesn’t match their preferences.
- 3D Touch: iOS users are blessed with 3D Touch goodness, which allows them to enable multiple micro-menu options based on separate touch inputs. 3D Touch works based on the pressure sensitivity and you can enable specific input options based on how hard you press the display. It is a capability that can be used by 3rd party app developers for various gaming implementations. Android uses a long-press feature to achieve the same capability, but you will get much more responsive results with 3D Touch.
- No bloatware: Many Android devices are cluttered with built-in apps that we don’t need. These excess apps consume storage space and when running on the background, they also take up some RAM and processor time. Often, you don’t have the option to uninstall apps that manufacturers and carriers have added. Often, the only way to remove bloatware is by rooting the device and installing stock Android OS. If you do this, you will end up losing the warranty.
- First opportunity to get apps: It is easier for developers to release apps for iOS. They don’t need to worry about compatibility issues and it is a common fact that paid Android apps often get cracked. It can be quite discouraging for developers to release apps for Android. Apple also has a stringent measure when adding apps to the App Store. There are security and quality standards that need to be met to get the acceptance. It means that you can be sure to get quality iOS apps.