7 Reasons to Use iPhone Over Android

Why Use iPhone Over Android?

There are a multitude of reasons why you should use the iPhone over the Android.

  1. The Price difference.
  2. Processing speed
  3. Regular updates
  4. Security differences
  5. Differences in User Interface
  6. The Silence Button
  7. Battery Life

1. The Price Difference

So, what are the pricing differences between iPhones and Androids? According to [15], the average price of buying an iPhone outright is $758. Comparable to Android as suggested by [16], you’re looking at an average of $254. Of course, phones may fall above or below the average price due to differences in brands. For that reason, it’s usually best to compare the flagship phones of both brands to see for yourself.

Here are some of the best Android/iPhones available right now.

 

2. Processing Speed

You’ll see better performance if you’re going to choose iPhone over the android. According to [1] the iPhones have a series of processors that deliver better performance than most androids. This means faster and better handshakes between applications and system processes. This also means getting out the door a lot faster. This is a big deal, especially if you don’t like having to wait for your phone to finish a seemingly simple task.

Processing speed is everything but so is the integration of hardware and software. According to [11], Apple blends hardware and software well, making the iPhone more efficient and effective. It seems Androids are a bit behind in this department. I’m not surprised considering their track record.

There is a lot of misleading information out there in the internet about speed. [12] suggests with more RAM and processing power, Android phones can multitask as well if not better than iPhones. Though, I don’t completely agree with this for the majority of Android phones. In fact, I can say that the average of iPhones can multitask better than the average of Androids. This source also suggests that, while the app and system optimization may not be as good as Apple’s closed source system, the higher computing power makes Android much more capable for a greater number of tasks. Unless we’re talking about the most recent lineup of the Galaxy S series, I don’t fully agree with this in the sense that it’s not always about power. It’s about how efficiently you can handle a task without maxing out your resources. From my understanding, the average Android maxes out their resources more often than iPhones.

3. Regular Updates

Unlike Android, iPhones receive a lot of regular updates. [2] makes it clear most models get at least 6 years of updates. These updates are necessary in order for the device to keep up with its sibling models. These updates also cover security flaws when they surface.

iPhone is still more updated than Android. Thanks to [3], we now know Android has only had 12 versions since its first application. This means Android hasn’t been around as long as Apple. Not only that, Android does not plan to update its systems as frequently. It is unclear if Android wants to take on a similar position as Apple.

4. Security Differences

According to [5] (Apple themselves), an iPhone, you get more than your perceived bargon:

  • Hardware Security
  • System Security
  • App Security
  • Services Security
  • Partner Ecosystem

Apple ensures security of ecosystem and modulated products are held in high standard. This means no hiccups and lost data. No more stolen images, stolen passwords, and destroyed files. Apple does a great job in making sure your options as a consumer are easily understandable and user friendly. You’ll almost always know because Apple is straight up with you.

Android has far too many ways users can screw their security over. [4] makes it clear there are many steps towards improving user security on an Android. In fact, [4] makes it clear there are roughly 14 steps to follow. That’s a lot of work from the consumer. This is due to how the software and hardware marriage is architected. I’m not a big fan, though I do enjoy more control over my device. However, safety and security are above all else. Security applications and modifications need be easy and intuitive to the users. Android’s applications of security and such modifications are looking clunky on the Android.

5. Differences in User Interface

According to [6] consumers expect macOS apps and UI to be intuitive and adaptable to their workflow through customization and flexibility. This mission may be extended towards the iPhone itself. The iPhone does not bother you with miniscule tasks and annoying gestures. If you need to open an application, the iPhone gets you to your destination quickly. According to [6], the human user guidelines for the macOS state the goals of: Flexibility, Expansiveness, Capability, and Focus. Now, according to [7] the goals are:

  • Clarity. Ensure text is legible, icons are precise and lucid, subtle adornments, proper use of negative space, etc. The iPhone is aesthetically designed to be pleasing.
  • Deference. Fluid motion and crisp, beautiful interface. The iPhone’s style of interface helps you understand content without competing with it. Therefore, you may look at your iPhone and not feel distracted.
  • Depth. There is an understanding of hierarchy and impart vitality. This is accomplished via distinct visual layers and realistic motion.

I’ve never noticed Androids do not do the above successfully or at all. In fact, Android UI is seemingly dry in my opinion. Let’s go into what Android does.

Ever wondered how Android got its beginnings? According to an interesting statement in [8], Android initially became famous because it was cheap for the user and accessible to the average developer. This means those that couldn’t afford iPhones resorted to Androids. Meaning, they didn’t have much of a choice to begin with. If you can only afford an Android, you have a great selection to choose from, fortunately. Unfortunately, the UI looks almost the same throughout all of the choices. Though Android UI used to be bad, it got better. At this time, it is okay. But, it’s somewhat bad.

6. The Silence Button

Did you know iPhones have a silent button? According to [9], Steve Jobs (late in his career) found it essential to be able to mute a cell phone without:

  • Having to pull it out of your pocket
  • In the complete dark
  • Without having to hold it up
  • Without being distracted to the reason you are muting the phone in the first place

The silent button was a success. Now, users may choose to flick silent on or off whenever they feel like it.

Now, note the Android does not have a silent button nor a quick option of doing this without avoiding the above bullet points. Thank in advance [10] for proving that you must press one of the volume buttons in order to mute the cell phone. For some Androids, this suffices. For others, there are different combinations of buttons that need to be pressed. Regardless, it’s a not-so-satisfying experience. Not only that, it’s a lot easier to unlock your phone and enter do not disturb mode. However, the iPhone wins in this department in the ease of muting your cell phone.

7. Battery Life

According to both [14] and [15], both Android and iPhones’ batteries are replaced with Lithium-Ion batteries. At least, it’s recommended. I can’t say much about if all Android and iPhone batteries are lithium ion because:

  1. They should be. Otherwise, I’ll be severely disappointed if they’re not.
  2. It’s inappropriate to make overgeneralizations over battery chemistry.

Regardless, there is one premise that has held up as truth for a long time.  Leave it to [16] because it is difficult and perhaps impossible to say which device’s battery has an edge over the other. However, do note iPhones last a lot longer from fully charged because of their efficiency. Androids are usually beefier in battery capacity and power demand from a power standpoint. Whether or not this is true depends on the model and how powerful the processing power is. Why Android is said to spend more power than iPhone is due to computer architecture among many other electrical and electronic conventions and decisions from the respective companies associated with them. Of course, keep in mind the battery capacity corresponds to power requirements of the Android and iPhone systems. Androids tend to have bigger battery capacities due to the device being on average more power intensive. And, due to Apple’s closed system and highly efficient iPhone systems’ designs, the battery capacity suffices when lower in capacity. Note the iPhone power system is more desirable from an engineering standpoint as it is both low in generating wasted heat as well as requires less power. Less power means the battery does not have to be huge in capacity.

Why Should I Buy iPhone Over Android?

This is completely your decision. However, if I was you, I would save up a little more money to buy the iPhone. If you can’t afford the newer iPhones, you can try purchasing a cheaper model that isn’t expired yet. These iPhone models should still give you the same basic functionalities but without the latest functions.

Let me know what you decide to do once you make up your mind. I’m highly curious if you chose the iPhone. If you chose the Android, I’m curious what you were thinking to yourself that led you to continue down that path. I’m looking forward to your messages.

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