The debate whether iOS is better than Android and vice versa continues to rage especially now that Apple is gearing up to launch its upcoming and major OS upgrade in iOS 9. Conversely, Android is also offering a major upgrade with its latest Android M release. But rather than get into the details of these latest offerings from two of the major operating systems in the market, we’ll try to look at Android and iOS as a whole. We’ll also try to answer which of the two is the better OS.
Getting to Know iOS
iOS, as you probably already know by now, is Apple’s operating system and is considered as more user-friendly in terms of its design elements. It was developed by Apple and was initially released on July 29, 2007. To date, the OS has been used in Apple’s range of tablets, iPhones, iPod Touch and Apple TV. Major upgrades and enhancements have been created as well. This year, Apple is ready to launch the next iOS along with its latest flagship phone for 2015, the iPhone 6S.
As mentioned, the best thing about iOS is the fact that the design elements are uniform and performance is often pretty seamless. Media transfer when using a desktop is also easy. For messaging, you’ll have iMessage and for video chat, you have FaceTime. Another edge for iOS is Siri. On the downside, iOS has a closed source model with open source components. This means apps in the Apple Store are not as diverse as what you’ll find in Google Play. Customizing the operating system isn’t going to be easy either unless the phone is jailbroken.
Getting to Know Android
More common and widely used than iOS is Android. It is Linux-based and is available on a wide array of mobile devices including tablets and phones from big brands such as Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Motorola, Nexus and many more. The operating system was developed by Google and was initially released on September 23, 2008.
Unlike iOS, Android is widely used because of its open source model and easy customizability. If you’re the type who wants a customized experience when handling your tablet or smartphone, Android lets you customize pretty much anything. In terms of messaging and video chat, Android has Google Hangouts for you to use.
Android, unfortunately, is not without its downsides. Depending on the type of tablet or phone you own, media transfer is not always seamless and efficient. Performance can be subpar as well especially if your gadget is on the low-end side of the spectrum. These downsides, however, are offset by the fact that Android offers a wide array of apps to choose from. In fact, Google Play store carriers over 1,000,000+ apps and counting.
Which is Better?
If we’re going to choose which is the better option between Android and iOS, it will boil down with your personal preference. If you’re after a uniform and seamless experience, Apple’s iOS guarantees just that. If you’ve always been an iPhone user, the answer to the question is a no-brainer. With major improvements on the way for the upcoming iOS9, you can only expect the best from Apple’s iOS.
Conversely, if you want greater flexibility and freedom when customizing your experience, look no further than Android. Just make sure that you’re also getting an excellent smartphone that promise fast performance for an even more satisfying experience with Android.