For years, fans of the Android operating system have had to deal with the age-old comparison between Android and iOS devices. As users of both systems know, each one has its merits and its flaws, but in many ways, it’s easy to see why Android phones are better than iPhones. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why Android phones come out on top.
Android is an open platform
In practice, that means it’s much easier to develop and publish on Android, which has fostered a large amount of competition. With Apple’s mobile operating system, on the other hand, there’s only one way to do things. While that may be less frustrating for users in many ways (especially if you’re an iOS power user), it can also stifle innovation as developers rush to work within Apple’s guidelines rather than push them forward.
The OS updates are free
The operating system (OS) for Android is free. And so long as you have a device that’s running it, you can be sure to receive timely updates to make your phone more stable and secure from hackers and vulnerabilities. In contrast, if you have an iPhone, you will have to pay for upgrades. It’s certainly not a deal-breaker, but it does add up over time.
Better app support
There’s no real debate: iOS users get access to more apps. The Google Play Store has almost 1.5 million apps and games available, but Apple’s App Store boasts a whopping 2 million titles, including several that aren’t available for other platforms.
The screen quality is sharper on the Pixel 3
One of Google’s big selling points for its Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3 is that it has an OLED screen. The company says its 5.5-inch display has a resolution of 2,960 by 1,440 pixels, which is 16:9 and significantly sharper than other displays out there. Apple’s most recent iPhone models have been stuck at 1334 x 750 pixels, or 4.7 inches diagonally—not bad!
The cameras on all Android devices beat those on iPhones.
We’re not going to spend too much time debating which platform has more apps—Android or iOS—because it’s pointless. More likely, you use a third-party app for most of your work and entertainment needs anyway. However, one area in which Apple still dominates is with cameras. While most smartphones today have decent cameras on them, only certain models feature great ones.
Google Assistant is way smarter
on both iPhone and android devices, Google Assistant allows users to perform tasks like sending text messages and controlling music just by speaking a command. On Android, Google can also hook into your calendar, contact list, and more. Siri is a joke compared to its competition—and if Apple doesn’t get on board with features like these (which it will likely do in iOS 11), it may soon be replaced as an option for iPhone users who want more out of their assistant.
The Google Pixel has wireless charging, which Apple’s latest iPhone doesn’t have
The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X don’t have wireless charging. This means that you need to be next to a plug if you want to keep your battery topped up when you’re not home.
There’s more third-party support for Android as compared to iOS
Of course, there’s always Google Play Store. But if you buy a Samsung device, you can use Samsung’s own app store as well. Why should you care? Since Apple doesn’t allow apps on its platform to directly integrate with others, you can enjoy things like PayPal and a bunch of games from game-specific app stores from companies like EA Games.