Aren’t we all crazy about smartphones? That’s why half the time a new smartphone is introduced we end up selling and arm and a leg to ensure we own it. Having a good smartphone adds more value to your personality. It actually makes your life a little bit easier. However, while having a good smartphone is awesome, we tend to get a little bit confused about what particular phone to buy, and to be more specific, what platform is better.
Personally, I like Android phones, and this is specifically because of the myriad of applications, software customization options and the possibility to tweak your phone. However, if anyone asks me for my opinion in what phone to buy, I would definitely recommend an iPhone over any Android device. This is because Apple’s software and hardware complement each other, and if you have used Live Photos on iPhone 7 or iPhone SE, then you probably know what I mean. The iPhone also works perfectly with other devices, including the MacBooks and Apple Watches. There’s an underlying ecosystem factor.
It’s obvious you have had this debate in your mind for some time now, and if you are torn between getting an Android or an iPhone device, you are in luck, because we compiled a list of 15 Reasons iPhone Owns Android.
16. It’s Better Looking
There’s no doubt that Android has great looking devices. The HTC One and new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge designs are stunning. However, those are just but a few. Android definitely has a reputation of having chunky and plasticky looking devices, and if your budget is below $200, then you are definitely going to get a bunch of horrible looking Phones. Apple has always had a level of consistency when it comes to developing designs for their new releases as compared to Android. They are less bulky, better quality, and more durable compared to any Android phone on the market currently. A two-year Apple phone could be easily confused for a few-week-old phone. You can’t say the same about an Android device.
15. It Has An Awesome Camera
All Instagram or Snapchat addicts celebrate this feature. Android phones such as the Sony Xperia have good cameras while some have very bogus cameras. iPhones, on the other hand, have consistently good cameras regardless of the make. They are fitted with tremendous pixels on both the front and back cameras with various photo editing features which do not limit one to downloading other photo/video editing applications. Although Google Pixel camera has tried to adjust its features to match up to the iPhone 7 Plus’s features, it still has several issues that pass over a win in camera features to the latter.
14. Apple Gets The Apps First
Developers often tend to prioritize iPhones when developing and launching applications built for smartphones. Moreover, the application design, layout, and features on iPhones are of better quality when compared to similar applications present on Android phones. The Google search function works better on iOS than on Android because of its ability to save the user’s search history. The iPhone’s simplicity endears developers, and they prefer it as the platform of choice when they want to test out a new application. A perfect example that clearly backs this claim is that Instagram was launched two years later on Android after it was introduced on the Apple Store.
13. Compatibility is Seamless
The Apple iCloud service makes it easy for one to share data between all your different Apple products. These include iPhones, Mac computers, iPods, and iPads. When compared to Android, the iOS ideally makes it easier for you to safeguard your files on your different devices. For example, when you take a picture on your iPhone it is automatically saved on your Mac. This then reduces the hassle of transferring your files and data from one device to another. Another feature that incorporates the use of the iCloud is its ability to track any of your Apple devices when they go missing. This comes with an activation lock that helps you secure your information safely when you lose your phone.
12. Hardware-Software Integration
The iPhone 6 and 7 came into the market with a boom, and while most Android phones make a flashy entrance with a sleek design, the Geeks at Apple decided they would take it to the next level. The 3D Touch display is a feature that’s found on the iPhone 6 and 7. This specific feature is so smart it can sense pressure, making it very easy to take quick actions from your home screen by long pressing an app on your iPhone 6 or 7. This feature is so amazing you can take a quick peek at your mail inbox by just tapping lightly on it in your inbox. You can argue that Android have offered haptic feedback for ages, but there is no way it could come even close to the Tapic engine that’s been introduced in the new iPhones.
11. Water Resistance
Thanks to this feature, you can now take a photo or video of your experience under water. iPhone 7 has passed various water tests including deep end drops, laps in the pool (which passed about three laps), underwater photography tests (that took clear videos and picked up sound too), and a 3.3ft, 30 minute dipping test. Throughout all these tests, after a recovery procedure in instances of long exposure, the phone survived – though some with muffled speakers. That’s pretty much better than Android phones which would barely survive the test. You no longer have to worry about your curious child who finds an adventure in dipping phones in the toilet bowl or bathtubs.
10. Impermeable Security
iPhones are generally recognized as the market’s frontrunners on matters of security. This is partly due to their insistence on controlling all the functions of the phone which usually revolve around the hardware and software. The iOS system generally relies on the use of strong encryption practices that are reflected across all the facets of the platform. Whereas all of iOS’s hardware and software are specifically controlled and optimized by Apple, Android believes in a more open system where they trust the users to do what is right when it comes to using their applications. By giving the users more power, Android opens up the system to more vulnerabilities and thus makes it more prone to attacks.
9. Apple Care
When it comes to customer care, no smartphone is better placed in this department than the iPhone. iPhone users can count on the Apple Store to fix any bugs or problems that arise from both the hardware and software of the actual phone. The Apple Store is a reliable customer service unit which guarantees optimum service delivery when it comes to replacing and fixing any of their products. Furthermore, iPhones come with a one-year limited warranty which includes a 90-day technical support package. This ensures that when you damage your phone, you can easily replace it in the shortest time possible without factoring any additional costs.
8. Apple Pay
Most companies and service providers today embrace technological advancements brought about by the ever changing “tech migration.” E-business has since boomed with a phenomenon like e-payments using cards and mobile paying services. Apple Pay, unique to Apple products including iPhones, is a very user-friendly feature that allows you to pay with debit or credit cards with a single touch. So next time you want to purchase an item, just position your finger on the Touch ID button and hold your device near the reader. Apple Pay can also be used to make web purchases from Safari with a single touch, unlike Androids numerous steps. Apple does not snitch out your card details or transactions, hence the transaction can be done on an iPhone with a privacy guarantee.
7. Updates When You Want Them
While this might hurt the average iPhone fan, according to statistics, just after two weeks of availability, about 55% of compatible devices were already running Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 10. Comparing this to Android, only 18% of Android devices were on the latest OS Marshmallow as of September 2016. Its latest OS 7.0 Nougat’s performance was so bad, it didn’t make it to the chart. So why does Android get lower updates? Well, pure Android makers such as the Pixel, LG, and Samsung have to jump through hoops to get you the latest Android OS, and this also includes the carrier certificate. Also, the phone manufacturers will literally drag their feet when it comes to updating older devices; this is because they want the owners to upgrade to newer devices. When it comes to iPhones, all owners can update their phones to the latest OS in a day depending on the servers they are using.
6. Quality Hardware
It is a perturbing scenario to purchase a phone at $150 and get service worth $50 from it. I choose to view the iPhone hardware as “value for your money.” I mean if I can get a 128/64 GB iPhone for instance, how does it compare to buying an Android device with 32GB? Even without an external SD slot, the iPhone gets to score much higher than the cheaper Android phone that requires more purchases – which I choose to call a “cheaper- expensive option.” Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is a very good Android phone that goes for about $570 compared to a budget of $539 iPhone 6 which has far better features. iPhones are specifically tailored by one company, Apple- a very reliable tech company I must say, giving it an upper hand when issues like specs and operation standards come up.
iPhones have proven to be user-friendly due to their simple features and fewer apps compared to Android; which offers a multitude of applications on the Google Play Store, many of which are probably not the most useful. Its homepage is not cluttered with many apps like the homepage on Android. Although other Android users argue that customizing feature in Androids give them an upper hand, those features do nothing but consume storage space. All iPhone apps are easily accessible, so there is no need for customizing the homepage. Its simple yet interactive features also give it a comparable upper hand.
4. Family Sharing
Family sharing is an interesting addition to the Apple device. With Apple’s family sharing on the iPhone, a family gets to share purchases on the App Store, isn’t that exciting? It gets even better, you can share purchases with up to six individuals on iTunes and iBook too, and you can still keep your own iTunes accounts as well. Therefore, if your children want to purchase something, you will receive an alert from Apple via the “Ask to Buy” feature alerting you of the purchase. This is also a better way to keep tabs when they are downloading stuff and also to prevent getting shocking bills.
3. Great Resale Value
iPhones generally have a better resale value when compared to their Android counterparts. According to a recent survey conducted by gadget sales site Decluttr, the iPhone’s value depreciated the least among all smartphones. For any user who is willing to hold on to their iPhones for longer than a year, they are assured of getting a reasonable price when they decide to trade in their old phones. The main reason behind this is Apple’s exclusivity policy where they release only a single version of the iPhone in a year. This ensures that the price of the iPhone remains standardized until a new version is released by the parent company.
2. The iPhone HomeKit
While most Android devices can be integrated with your appliances using Miracast and other wireless functionality, Apple has designed a similar feature on its devices that is going to get big this year. Apple’s smart home platform the HomeKit is a brilliant addition to the amazing features that come with the new OS. With the Apple HomeKit platform, iPhone users will be able to control stuff such as lighting and other electronic devices in your home with their Apple devices, how cool is that? While Apple hasn’t confirmed the HomeKit’s approved gadgets, expect to see a full list later in the year.
1. Apple Fingerprint Sensor
While the fingerprint sensor is nothing new to the smartphone world, there’s definitely no phone manufacturer that has made a much better, more accurate fingerprint sensor than that of the iPhone. Obviously, manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC have made remarkable fingerprint sensors on their devices, but none beats Apple’s TouchID sensor, and the difference is staggeringly high. So how did Apple make sure that they beat all their competitors? Well, I’ll let you in on a secret. Recently, Apple acquired a company called Authentec. This company is famous for making state of the art fingerprint sensors on mobile devices, and due to this, there’s no manufacturer that has been able to beat Apple’s TouchID since.
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