5 Things people should know about Android vs. iPhone

August 21, 2011 · 24 comments

by cortez

Android vs. iPhone

Through the years, mobiles phones have several significant purposes. This includes the preservation of family bonding, peers, business orientation, and in case of emergency.

Unique features are always present in mobiles. In fact, almost all mobiles have the same features and basic operations. However, manufacturers strive hard in order to make a big difference in the market, and gain favors from the consumers. This has led to great innovation in mobile phone development over the past 20 years.

Nowadays, the mobile industry is getting warm as the Android and iPhone are being matched in the spotlight. Comparison arises as to which stands out in the mobile world. If you walk into the portfolio of these two market leaders, both are similar in so many phases. However, finding out which OS best for you before investing could be a really challenge.

Users must know supplementary ideas between Android and iPhone.



Here’s the catch…

1) Mobile Internet  Access
Both Android and iPhone have an internet-browsing feature. Apple has acquired a unified version of their iOS operating system every year, lining up with each new iPhone release. However, Android phones are the most likely to use their device’s internet functionality. As Android release new version every few months, this makes hard for Android users to get the latest version of the OS.

2) Social on the move
When it comes to social activities, iPhone is on top, as it’s known for being a social-oriented phone (photo sharing, social blogs and networks). Android, on the other hand, is more web-enabled gadget. A lot of social stuff also goes on in the social apps (facebook, twitter etc. available on both devices…)

3) Hardware
iPhone is popular for delivering its best hardware and software. Good thing is, iPhone continually evolve into its new external and internal features. Android, on the other hand, is an operating system adapted for a variety of handsets. Nevertheless, they both offer good features and different choices. New androids are very powerful and we may need to have the iPhone5 release before we can say that iphone is better…? You may want to check out some reviews before buying. Check this HTC Inspire 4G as it is getting really good scores.

4) Carriers and speed
Carrier wise, Android phones was the first one who introduced carrier’s 4G network, offering greater data speeds. Android phones are available on every major carrier in the United States. Then, iPhone, on the other hand, is on Verizon and AT&T. If the user prefers a universal experience without any hassle, go for iPhone.

5) Apps and games availability
In term of outstanding platform and application, Apple has 300,000 apps stretch in a number of categories such as music, utilities, games, organizational, and other applications; and another 100,000 and above apps for the market of Android. According to the survey , iPhone is more likely to be technically enhanced than the Android. Main difference is the control which apple have on every app while google have a much more open model agree? Apples model is good for them and for securing the individual… but bad for publishers and developers.

Need more details in this check out this iPhone Users Vs. Droid Users Infographic – awesome stuff!


Author : Elias Cortez

About the Author: Elias Cortez, from Dallas, TX and is currently a freelance writer specializes in writing on education and career information articles. View his latest articles on the University of Phoenix Birmingham and how to obtain a graphic design degree here.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Asad Ali Jogi August 2, 2012 at 8:06 am

I am new learner and fresh Android Developer.


Xolile April 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm

south African, sô I don’t speak that much English, but I notice quiet a battle of grammar. but very little technical details on both devices.

Apple is great for those who rarely open the bonnet of their cars, Android for those who are/ wannabeees enthusiasts. just saying?


Tobias January 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Could this review be any more biased? Making the same evaluation I come to the unambiguous conclusion that the iphone truly sucks in many regards…

a mechanical home button?
just one home button? (how do you go bakc one step?)
no flash?
closed source?
censored apps?


David December 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Obvious fanboy is obvious. First off: Point 4. How does a negative magically become a positive? You really set the standard for fanboying. Everyone knows that Android can do more, and it’s quite obvious that “leaders” don’t buy Apple. Only the sheep do. In the technology section “More likely to prefer an ugly device” do you think your readers are idiots? Oh wait, this was written for Apple fanboys, so I guess your right.


J August 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Now this is data you can put confidence in. They got their votes from a website I’ve never heard of, by people who are likely to go out and find a survey rather than run across one. Read the small print. They even discard confidence in their own summations.


mark October 5, 2011 at 2:35 am

Seriously! This has to be the most pathetic garbage I’ve read on any forum in awhile. I can see or should I say read ugh… You never actually Owned an ANDROID device! Guess not. Well anyways, I’ve actually owned multiple ICRAP’S Jailbroken and for what? APPS! How boring… I moved on :) First android samsung ghttp://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2011/08/5-things-people-should-know-about-android-vs-iphone.htmlalaxy 550 not bad.. Now XPERIA PLAY :) Running 2.3.3 Gingerbread, custom rom,kernel. And the next update 4.0 Ice cream sandwich,ya it’s a food thing :) And the number one thing I LOVE, The freedom too do whatever I CHOOSE’ with MY Phone :) The next you decide to Rant and Rave about Android.. Go out and actually purchase one, use it to it’s full capabilities! Then come back with a better write up! JERK……


atma August 26, 2011 at 1:57 am

Infographic is really stupid.
122% more likely… more than 100%… what?
A: 36% not to remember their last vacation – bad
I: 15% have vacationed in the last six months – cool
Maybe all other 86% (122-36, right?) android user vacationed in the last six months too?


cbilljones August 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

“Carrier wise, Android phones was the first one who introduced carrier’s 4G network, offering greater data speeds. Android phones are available on every major carrier in the United States. Then, iPhone, on the other hand, is on Verizon and AT&T. If the user prefers a universal experience without any hassle, go for iPhone.”

means author is really, REALLY dumb, or just biased approaching fanatical standards.


Cre8tive Apps August 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

Hmm, writing style does create some challenges from a reader’s perspective. I would also agree with many of the comments that this seems biased toward the iPhone.

Both platforms have their strong and weak points. I can see the Android fans here defending their platform as passionately as Apple fans might. We are all biased in some fashion so it is truly difficult to find an unbaised review.

I will not say one platform is better than the other as both offer a compelling experience. I will say that from a app developer’s standpoint there are pro’s and con’s on developing for each platform.

Apple is more restrictive, that is true. This is a con in some respects, but a pro in others. Why? Apple has some stringent development guidelines and apps get rejected for not meeting these guidelines. As a developer, I know that Apple is more restrictive and therefore, I need to think long and hard about what I am developing and how I am going to develop it. To a certain extent, that does help ensure a higher level of stability than a free for all market like Android. I’m not saying the quality of the app/content is better on iPhone, only that you are less likely to run into a bad behaving app on iPhone.

I would also point out that with Apple, you only have 1 h/w platform to really worry about, not counting the subtle differences between iPhone generations. With Android, it is a much more open market and therefore, a generally more costly development environment as you try to test your app on all the many variations on handsets. The contributes to the stablity of apps as they may not all behave well on every platform, thereby increasing the chance of running into an unstable app.

Now, Android being an open platform is much less restrictive. This is attractive to developers because you are much more free to do what you want without having to worry about whether your type of app is going to get approved. Now, we don’t develop adult oreiented content so we are not too worried about getting our app rejected due to the nature of our app or content. However, it’s a big market for that kind of material so I get why some developers won’t waste their time on Apple.

As for someone’s comment on Flash, that issue will be fading away as everyone, including Apple moves to HTML 5 and Javascript.

Frequent OS updates, again, could be viewed as good or bad, depending on how you look at it. Frequent updates are good because they often add new features or fix bugs. However, frequent updates can also break compatability with previously stable apps.

My point is that each platform has both good and bad points to consider. I personally don’t think either platform “blows away” the competition. It really is a mixed bag when it comes to which platform is better. Context is really important when you say one is better than the other.


Cornerstar31 August 25, 2011 at 8:35 am

Wow that’s a real thorough well written piece.
This one really stands out from the rest.


Bryan McHenry August 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm

iOS is what seems like miles behind Android in terms of customization of ones style. Apple is at least catching up with notifications in the soon to be released iOS 5.


Enemy of Average August 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

I dont mind this blog, its actually got some good stuff on it. But this post is just terrible.

Obviously you are biased towards the iPhone which is sad. You are like most other iPhone users, you only buy it because it has a picture of an apple on the back. You’re a sheep. Following the herd.

Android destroys iPhone in every way. Frequent updates to the OS, a variety of phones to suit all budgets and more. The number of apps (300,00 to 100,000) is nothing. Who would have all 300,000 apps anyway and most of them are rubbish and Apple block the best ones from being available, especially the porn ones.

Oh, and you forgot to mention that lack of flash on iPhone.


Adam Z August 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Wow… Go home and try again.

To write an article of this nature requires you to have owned and used an Android phone extensively. It is obvious you own an iPhone and have experience with it, but to write a comparison article does require you to have used both devices – you obviously have not.

Another idea is to picture a comparative device next to the iPhone 4 – not one that is years older and had never meant to be a high-end market competitor.

If you are someone really looking to make a choice between iOS and Android, keep looking – there are many good articles out there. Just be sure to look for one written by someone who owns multiple devices with each operating system to get a good review… That usually helps.

– Adam Z


James August 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I’m not sure which is worse, the writing or the analysis. I really hope this person is in about 8th grade.


Eino Tuominen August 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I’m sorry but your text was really hard to read because of poor english.


David August 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

What did i just read? Did you seriously get paid for this? Case in point:

“1) Mobile Internet Access
Both Android and iPhone have an internet-browsing feature. Apple has acquired a unified version of their iOS operating system every year, lining up with each new iPhone release. However, Android phones are the most likely to use their device’s internet functionality. As Android release new version every few months, this makes hard for Android users to get the latest version of the OS.”

What did that just say? Both phones have a web-browser? Then you go on to talk about the operating system release cycle. Huh?

You just put a bit of cardboard on you fedora that says ‘PRESS’ and started writing this article, didn’t you.

Wow you’re incompetent.


Isaa August 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

What the consumer is interested in the smartphone world really more lies in their app stores. A recent survey carried out found out that most iPhone and Android users spend more time exploring the apps in the market. So I think the respective app stores is the major determinant of which smartphone to pick. Also the device’s price kinda matters esp in the 3rd world. #check out the sales of the Ideos U8150 in East Africa sold like hot cakes!


J August 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I don’t think you can really generalize that way. Apple is more likely to polish out an OS and leave most of the function to apps. Android integrates some of their functions with embedded Google apps.

Case in point: Aside from Tasker I can’t remember the last time I used any app. I bought my Android for the integrated voice-to-text.


John August 21, 2011 at 11:43 am

the single most bias review I have ever read, its pathetic really


Cornerstar31 August 23, 2011 at 6:38 am

The truth hurts, doesn’t it.


J August 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I’ll use your poor grammar against you. You didn’t specify what the subject of your sentence actually refers to.


I see the “truth” being that its the single most biased review that John has ever read. You agreed and supported his point.


Bery August 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

This seems slightly biased towards the iPhone… What about the fact that Apple doesn’t maintain a stranglehold on my Android phone? I think that the average income level for each OS speaks volumes; people who make more and have more money to spend are willing to put down the money for an iPhone, which isn’t the best deal on the market. And you can download new OS versions for both devices relatively easily.


Cornerstar31 August 23, 2011 at 6:37 am

You just have to wait many months longer??


Smith August 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

I can tell you are trying, but your English is not good enough to be writing articles for other people to read. Plus you contradict yourself. Like on point number 4, you say that android phones are available on every major network, but then you say go with the iphone for a “universal experience.” That doesn’t make sense mate!


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