All smartphones have their advantages and disadvantages. If you’re looking to buy a new smartphone, you’ve got a huge decision to make. Chances are, you’ll probably end up choosing between the iPhone and Android operating system.
How do you know which one will be the correct choice for you? When it comes to the iPhone, there are 6 main advantages that the device holds over Android devices.
1. Consistency and Ease of Use
Thanks to the simple interface and the popularity of iPod touches, which has the same interface, the iPhone feels very familiar to users. With Android, it’s easy to configure apps incorrectly, which often leads to the app not performing as well as it was intended to perform.
The iPhone ensures all apps and functions are performing the way Apple intended them to perform, which allows for a very simple user experience. Often, users consider this to be one of the iPhones best features.
As far as consistency goes, every iPhone works the same, while every Android works differently. There’s even separate launchers for Android, depending on which phone provider you have and which launcher you’d like to add on your own. While this allows for more freedom and choices, it’s not very predictable for users.
In addition, search is so much simpler on the iPhone. Go to the left of the homepage, and you’re ready to search. With Android, you’re unable to turn on searching for apps in the phone settings, or searching for apps using the Google Settings app. You must go into the Google app and select settings.
This is just plain confusing and complicated. Many users don’t understand why the Google Settings app isn’t the same as the Google app’s settings page. In summary, Android has the ability to do more, but everything is so much easier to do on an iPhone!
2. Variety of Accessories and the Apple Store
While the Samsung S4 may have replaceable backs and batteries, as well as built-in inductive charging options, the iPhone still manages to have a greater variety of add-ons. For example, check out iHealthLabs, a company which makes wireless scales and activity monitors, blood pressure monitors, and even a wireless pulse oximeter!
However, all of these fantastic add-ons are only available on iOS. As for the accessories, the iPhone has an extensive selection, from attachable camera lenses to gramophone horns and everything in between.
There’s also the Apple Store, which is loved by iPhone users everywhere. It’s simple to approach any problem with your iPhone with the availability of the Apple Store. Another great factor of the iPhone is the availability and quality of apps.
Due to the popularity of the iPhone, most companies have given priority to the iOS apps. These apps tend to receive much more development time, and they’re typically of higher quality than apps on other devices.
3. Accessibility and Settings
Many users require special accessibility options, which are offered by the iPhone. There are many Low-vision users, as well as users with less accurate motor function. These people tend to love the iPhones wide variety of accessibility features.
For example, a blind film critic, Tommy Edison, has created a YouTube video; which demonstrates how immensely useful some of the iPhones accessibility features have been for him.
The iPhone also allows you to dim down the screen light, which is useful for those users who like to read at night. As opposed to the Android settings, which don’t allow the screen to dim down as much as necessary.
4. Microsoft Office 365 Support
The version of Office for the iPhone is functionally identical to the version on Windows phone. Many Android users would love the ability to use Microsoft Office 365 on their device, however, it’s not available.
The official app, which features all of Microsoft’s Office applications, is available for the iPhone and iOS users with an active Office 365 subscription. Thanks to the iPhones ability to support Microsoft Office 365, users are able to access, view, and edit files that have been saved in Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint.
5. Less Unnecessary Features
Of course, the iPhone comes with its own fair share of useless features, such as the Newsstand icon that you’re unable to move to another folder. However, there’s no comparison to the ridiculous amount of features that aren’t able to be deleted on the Android phone.
Not just the Google Play apps, but all of the features Samsung and Verizon added. While Apple has managed to keep the carriers’ additions away from the iPhone, Android comes with a never-ending stream of garbage and upsells. Consider “Caller Name ID”, which is essentially caller ID at an extra $5 charge for names!
6. Less Security Breaches
Android provides users with a lot more freedom than the iPhone does, but the freedom is costly. Malicious content has been known to access millions of Android phones, corrupting them and stealing important information from their owners. Many users have also found huge charges on their bill, following a virus attack on their phone.
As many disadvantages as the iPhone may have, it’s commonly known to be much safer than Android phones, and has fewer security breaches as well. Regardless of the phone you’re currently using, or about to purchase, make sure to give your device a thorough spring cleaning!