The debate of Android or iOS is a seemingly eternal one, with people on both sides of the argument making pretty important points. However, a blurred issue is not always one that can’t be discussed, and since Android vs iOS is a discussion which is constantly evolving, today we’ll be comparing the latest version of Apples mobile operating system (iOS 8) to the latest version of Google’s (Android 5.0) across a variety of different areas to help you decided which is better for yourself.
We’ll start on the most casual end of the spectrum, with the camera application. Although having a camera which can record ultra high quality pictures and video is nice; not being able to accurately use it exactly how you need to is important. The built in camera app for iOS 8 is very simple, point and shoot with burst mode for photo’s. The android default camera is excellent, with native 4k video capability, the option to change video capture format as well as many more options for customization of the shot. On top of this, other manufacturers (notably Sony) replace this default camera app
Next up is device security as far as locking your phone goes. Android wins here for sheer breadth of options, allowing in just the base OS alone five separate options to unlock your phone including basic options custom patterns, custom 4 digit PIN and a password but expanding to facial recognition using the front facing camera, and the ability to tether unlocks to another device. iOS on the other hand has just two, a four digit PIN or the option to use your thumb on the sensor to activate. This is far from 100% secure, as you have a 0.1% chance of guessing the PIN and the thumb sensor still has the ability to be tricked.
Next up is battery usage. Any part of a mobile devices effect on battery usage is a key part of the consideration for picking it, so the operating system of course comes into question. iOS does have a notorious advantage with its use of resources, with the hardware being built around the software, rather than vice versa. This means that batteries eating up your life overnight is less of a problem, but for those of you able to micro manage android 5.0 has additional battery saving options which limit performance, vibration and more to get battery consumption down.
Moving between multiple devices is something that depends on your selection of products, but if you have a Mac OS desktop and an iPad the experience of going between devices will be smoother than if you have a windows desktop and a Samsung Tablet with your LG phone. For multiple device connectivity, iOS gets the win.
The final point we’ll cover is the way apps work. Apps are what make a mobile operating system great, and both android and iOS recognize this. On iOS each app goes through a lengthy certification process, which ensures the app will run just fine on your device, while also offering app makers security and peace of mind. Android however allows you to install apps from other stores, which has the upside of not forcing you to use their store, and which also makes piracy a little easier (for better and worse). However, the thousands of devices running Android makes it difficult to get a solid experience, with many apps simply not working from device to device.
So overall, iOS sticks to the Apple design philosophy of closing things down to make a more standardized experience, where android is more of an open experience which the user can use to make their own. Android is slowly gaining market share while iOS slowly loses it, but they both offer experiences tailored for very different people, and hopefully this helped you decided which you are.