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20 Things Your Android Can Do Better Than An iPhone

20 Things Your Android Can Do Better Than An iPhone


Pitching Android against iPhone feels like a civil war between Iron Man and Captain America. At one end, we have this down to earth soldier with humble beginnings who suddenly became a superhero because of the Super-Soldier Serum (Google money) injected into him. And on the other hand, we have this scientifically advanced superhero who spent billions of dollars to perfect a superhero suit.

But the most fascinating part of Android and iPhone are their fans. You couldn’t make an Android fan like iPhone and vice versa, and that is probably because these two phones serve two very different purposes. While iPhone is more of a no-nonsense phone, Android gives you the opportunity to completely customize your phone according to you.

Though, no matter how sleek an iPhone looks or how smooth it works, it still isn’t on par with Android because of the numerous restrictions put upon it by Apple. Android being an open source operating system has allowed developers to modify it their way and provide customers with millions of variations. That is the reason why Android provides far more options than iPhone.

Here are some of the things that your Android can still do better than an iPhone:

20. Customize with widgets


We don’t know why it has taken Apple so long to allow widgets on iPhones, but we do know one thing – Android’s widgets are here to stay. No matter what notifications or buttons you need on your home screen, you can add that all by simply installing a widget on your Android phone.

From a shortcut to play your favorite song to a direct button to message your spouse on WhatsApp, Android widgets make customizing your entire phone so much more easier. They also allow you to give your phone a more customized look, which means your Android phone will look completely unique, unlike iPhones that all look the same.

Yes, some iPhone owners will claim that iOS does have widgets now, but they are so limited that we’d rather not compare it with Android.

19. Better multitasking


You can say that iOS has multitasking as well, but we would like to remind you the fiasco that was iOS 10. In case you are an Android user, and you don’t know what we are talking about, let us give you a run down – So, until iOS 10 attacked all iPhones, an iOS user could easily respond to messages or emails from the top part of the screen, without leaving the app they were currently on. Now, that is the very definition of multi-tasking – Being able to do 2 tasks at a time.

But with iOS 10 update, this great feature was removed from iPhones for god knows what reason. Now, every user has to tap on the message, go to the messaging app, send a reply, and then come back to what they were doing. Seriously, what was Apple thinking?

18. Home screen launchers


Take two iPhones and compare their home screens. They look exactly the same, don’t they? Well, that is not the case with Android phones.

Not only does every Android smartphone brand have a different home screen, but you can personalize it even more by downloading the wide array of custom home screen launcher apps that are available on the Google Play Store. From changing the home screen layout to text, effects, and page transitions, there is really nothing you cannot modify with Android’s home screen launchers.

17. Work on a custom ROM


Just like installing a new operating system on your laptop, you can also install a custom ROM on your Android phone. While most Android users do it because manufacturers are often slow to launch new and upgraded models, others do it to get better performance at a much cheaper price.

Though this customization cannot be done by a lot of users, it is still an option which is completely missing from iPhone.

If you want to upgrade the performance of your iPhone, then the only thing you can do is buy a new iPhone, and we all know what a dent in your pocket that will cause.

16. Android can install apps from anywhere


For iPhones, the only way to install apps is through the Appstore. There is literally no other way. Even if you personally know someone who has created an app, you can only download it on your iPhone via Appstore. And that is annoying, to say the least.

On the other hand, Android users can install apps from any third party sources and Google doesn’t care. So whether you are installing it directly from another app or downloading APK from the web, all you have to do is change your phone’s settings to allow third party apps and that’s it!

15. Better updates than iOS


Apple doesn’t just send unnecessary updates out but also constantly forces you to update your phone, so much so that, many of the iPhone owners feel tricked into updating their iPhones.

There is no setting to permanently deny an iOS update and most importantly, some of the iOS updates are completely unnecessary.

Android updates, on the other hand, are definitely not forced, and you can completely choose to not update your phone at all when small updates are rolled, and can only update your Android when bigger versions are launched.

14. You can manage the entire file system


iPhone users may say that they don’t want to manage their phone’s file system like a PC, but that is probably because they don’t know how satisfying it is to manage everything to the T.

Most Android phones already come equipped with file manager apps and if you don’t like all the features they provide, then you can also install one of the thousand other file manager apps that are available on the Google Play Store.

By accessing your entire file system, you cannot just manage all your data under a single roof, but it is also possible to quickly search a file and share it with other users.

13. Share apps


The greatest thing about Android that Apple will probably never add to its list is that you can easily share APKs of different apps with your friends.

Basically, if you have downloaded this amazing app that you would want to share with your friends as well, you can find its APK in your file system (with the help of a file manager app) and directly send it to your friends via WiFi or Bluetooth.

Apps like Xender and Superbeam make the whole process, even more, easier by providing a smooth interface for the entire process.

12. Share music with your friends


Dear iPhone users, did you know that Android users can share audio files on WhatsApp?

Unfortunately, that is not possible with WhatsApp’s iOS app because music is a rather sensitive topic for Apple.

No matter how many songs you might have on your iPhone, there is absolutely no way to share it with any other user – Android or iPhone.

Android, on the other hand, puts no restrictions of any kind. You can share music files via other apps, WiFi, or Bluetooth.

11. Send any file through Bluetooth


iPhone users can only send files via Bluetooth to other iPhone users. Why? No one knows.

In fact, Apple has also gone ahead and made file sharing incredibly easy for iPhone users by introducing AirDrop. But again, you can only use it with iPhones and not Android phones. Is it pompous of Apple to just assume there are only iPhones in this world? Probably.

The superb Android phones allow you to send files through Bluetooth to any kind of device, as long as the other device has Bluetooth as well and can accept files.

10. Android’s micro USB is universal


We are not going to deny that Apple’s new charging cable is epic. You don’t need to care about whether the cable is put on the right side, just push it in and you are done.

But we also cannot ignore the fact that Apple keeps changing its charging cables, and chances are this cable might get a revamp as well.

On the contrary, Android’s micro USB cable is universal. It doesn’t matter what brand’s Android phone you have, the charging cable is exactly the same, making it easy to borrow one or buy an alternative.

9. Download music without any fuss


Yes, Apple, we get it, you have iTunes that changed the way the music industry works, but does that mean you have to force everyone to download music only from iTunes?

There are apps like Spotify that can stream music directly without you having to download albums from iTunes, but you cannot access all of this music in the main Music app.

The only way to get files in your Music app is by connecting your phone to a laptop and transferring music files to the phone via iTunes app. Sounds like a pain, doesn’t it?

Luckily, there is Android which lets you download music from anywhere you want and access it all directly through the default Music app.

8. Android can run on multiple accounts


Another great part of having an Android phone is that you can log into the phone with multiple accounts and save the login information to quickly switch from one account to the other. Some Android phones also provide you with a guest login feature, which means you can give your phone to someone else without having to worry about them going through your private information.

iPhones, as we all know, wouldn’t even allow us to do anything without logging in with an Apple ID.

7. Even iPhone users prefer Google Maps


We don’t even need to start about how inaccurate and unhelpful Apple Maps are. If you are an iPhone user, we are pretty sure you have already deleted Apple Maps to make space for Google Maps, and we won’t judge you for that.

No matter how much Apple might market its Maps app, the truth is, it is nowhere as accurate as the Google Maps. Not to mention, Google Maps’ close integration with a search engine and Gmail makes it possible for users to quickly save a location in their own Google account.

6. So many more options to unlock an Android phone


With an iPhone, there are only two ways to unlock your phone – Fingerprint scanner or a numeric passcode. The only variation that iPhone provides in it is that it allows users to pick between a 4-digit or a 6-digit code.

But with Android smartphones, there are more options than ever. Apart from the usual fingerprint and numeric passcode, Android smartphones can also be unlocked with a pattern. But if you want to completely customize your phone, you can also choose to download one of the many locking apps available on the Play Store.

5. Micro SD support


Every year when a new iPhone is launched, Apple launches its variations, all of which have different storage options. The price varies so much that the 128 GB version could be almost double the 16 GB version. With no way of expanding the storage space, iPhone customers have to give in to this marketing gimmick eventually.

On the contrary, most of the Android phones come with micro SD support, which means even if you have a phone with just 16 GB storage space, you can buy an SD card at an affordable price and increase the storage space of your phone.

4. Move apps to memory card storage


With an SD card in your Android phone, it becomes so much easier to free up phone storage and improve your phone’s performance.

Most Android users might already know this, but for the iPhone users, here is some information – In the Settings, users can move the entire app to the memory card storage, thus freeing up the internal storage and improving the overall efficiency. This step might seem little, but it can prove to be so much helpful when you have big games and apps on the phone.

3. Android phones can clear app cache


App cache is all the data that you access which automatically gets saved so that the next time you open the app, it doesn’t take as much time to display the same information. For instance, if you are an avid Instagram user then the app cache for Instagram will be huge on your phone because all the pictures you see on the app are automatically saved to your phone’s local memory.

But however useful that may sound, it takes a lot of your phone memory, and most of the app cache is unusable (apart from the login information, which can be easily re-entered again).

Android allows users to delete the cache whenever they want and clear up the phone memory. iPhones have no such option, the only way to delete the app cache is by deleting the entire app.

2. Android allows you to choose default apps


One of the best customizations you can do with Android is select your own default apps and you are not forced to choose the already-installed apps on your phone like an iPhone.

So, if you prefer a Mozilla browser over Google Chrome, you can set the latter as your default app so that every time you click on a link, it only opens up in Mozilla only.

There is also an option in Android where you can pick a new app every time to open a certain file – no commitments. Unlike Apple, which forces you to only use Apple’s own apps.

1. Android supports torrents


We have all been down on our luck where we had to search the ‘dark’ torrent part of the web for our favorite TV show or a course book. No matter the nature of these torrents we can’t deny the fact that it’s great to have them handy. There are torrent apps available on Android which make it easy for us to directly download files and access them on our phone.

iPhone of course doesn’t even allow you to download music, and it does not have any torrent apps as expected.

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