We take a look at the age old smartphone OS war. If you stand in the iOS camp, you sure have a lot to be proud of. We take a look at the top 5 reasons iOS is better…
You can argue all you like, but Apple’s iOS is probably the best OS out there. Sure it has its weaker points but overall it provides a knockout punch in all the areas that matter. The Apple OS has been updated considerably over the last 8 years but one characteristic has defined the value of the OS – seamless hardware and software integration.
This is the first of a three part series. Also read: Part 2: Top 5 Reasons why Windows Mobile is better and Part 3: Top 5 Reasons why Android is better
Let’s take a look at our Top 5 reasons iOS is better…
The Apple App Store
Applications is the blood that runs through the OS body. Without useful applications our smartphones are not much more than the first Nokia’s that came out in the 90’s. Although Android has caught up over the years, they are still not quite there. The iPhone is still favored by developers as the launch platform of choice for the hottest new apps. The Google Play store is like the Netflix of app stores; it gets the hits, but usually after they see their first run on iOS. For instance, it took two years for Instagram to debut on Android after it launched for the iPhone. We often also see a much better iOS app design than its counterpart on Android. Read: Firefox browser launches on the iOS App Store
Speed: Software and hardware integration
Flagship Android devices have been pushing the hardware boundaries each and every year to try and make their OS experience as seamless as possible. Apple has perfected their software and hardware integration over the years to deliver a buttery smooth experience each and every time on any i-device out there. Older devices even receive special OS builds to allow them to produce this legendary experience.
Apple also seems to have a knack of taking new hardware features like finger print sensors and force touch technology and making them part of the iOS experience. Although Android devices are usually first to market with these features, they usually fail to implement them effectively. No-one does hardware and software integration quite like Apple. Read: Top 5 – iOS 9 features
For many, many years, the iPhone‘s camera was its biggest selling point. Regardless of how many megapixels Android OEMs were throwing at its cameras, none were able to capture the incredible imaging quality that Apple continues to increase with each new iPhone. That changed in 2015 though, with some great Android camera’s hitting the market (Galaxy S7, LG G4 etc.). The one thing the iPhone camera still has over its competitors is its reliability.
When it comes to a well-rounded camera that is consistent and reliable in pretty much every situation imaginable, including difficult low-light scenarios – the iPhone never disappoints. Famous for its color processing and snappy response, the latest 12MP with 4K video capture iPhone 6S camera is still a beaut. Although the Android devices have caught up in this regard they still have a ways to go to build such a loyal following. Read: iPhone 6s Review: Not just a sequel to last year‘s blockbuster
This one iOS wins hands down. Updates are frequent, available on all devices, and immediate. Google has tried to find ways around the Android fragmentation problem, but it‘s one that still inevitably exists. Apple does slip up now and again with the odd bug – but you can be confident that they will be quickly fixed, you‘ll get a lot of the newest features, and you‘ll get them on the same day it‘s launched everywhere.
To give you an example, when Android Lollipop launched last year only 12% of droid users could update at launch. Apple was able to get 85% of their users onto iOS 9 within a few weeks of the release. Another positive for older iPhone users is that Apple still supports their devices. That means that even if you are using an iPhone 4s, you‘ll still get all the advantages that iOS 9 gives. Because of the rate at which Android OEMs and carriers push updates out to devices, this just isn‘t feasible for them. Read: iOS 9.3 update tackles consumer issues
If you own an iPhone, iPad and Mac your information flows smoothly from one device to the other. You can quickly sync photos to all of your devices, answer a phone call on your iPad or Mac and send text messages from your other devices. There is also support for “Handoff” that allows you to start a task on your iPhone and continue on your iPad or Mac.
This is a very clever strategy from the Cupertino company, pulling customers in to buy more of their products. They do reward those customers though, with an amazing ecosystem of devices that function mostly in the same way. Apple aims to offer their products as a digital extension for their customers rather than just another electronic gadget.
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