Apple vs. Android

by Ella Kazazic

“Be together, not the same.”

This is the slogan for Android, and I have the feeling that this statement suits their phones very well.

The iPhone vs. Android debate has been going on since these phones became popular, so I would like to give my input. In my opinion, iPhones just don’t give users the same level of customization and innovation that Android phones do.

First of all, your phone itself can be whatever fits your needs. Why should you be forced to settle with only one choice of phone when a different one fits your needs better? With Android, that type of customization is possible. Do you want a phone that works as a standard phone along with taking extremely good pictures? Do you want a phone that is durable and can resist multiple drops? Do you want a phone that comes with a pen? The possibilities are endless, and you can find a phone that fits your needs perfectly. You can even find a cheap Android phone that is still great overall, and you won’t have to give up on newer software to get a lower priced phone.

There are also many possibilities when customizing your home screen. Android phones, unlike iPhones, allow you to make your home screen look however you want it to look. You can choose which apps go on your home screen, and you can even change what the app shortcuts look like. You can also add widgets to your home screen, which can perform certain actions without even opening the app. For example, there are email widgets that show your email inbox and call widgets that will call a certain contact if you click on them. There are widgets made for apps that you download from the Google Play Store as well. If you enjoy being able to customize your phone, then Android is the way to go. If you don’t like how the launcher that runs your phone looks, you can easily download a new one on Android. If you want your home screen on your Android phone to look like an iPhone or a Windows phone, you can do that, too.

There are other ways to customize Android phones, as well. If you don’t like the keyboard that comes with the phone, then you can just download another keyboard. For keyboards, Android has Swype texting, which is convenient and easy to use. For example, I use Google Keyboard, and I usually use Swype for texting. I also downloaded the French keyboard on Google Keyboard, so I can Swype in French, as well. If you prefer just typing, then you can do that, too.

Another aspect of Android phones that is wonderful is Google. In Android, Google is integrated into nearly everything. Google Now is the voice assistant for Android, and it is far superior to Siri. It is much better in voice recognition, first of all. For example, when I ask for information about Pokémon or other things, Google knew exactly what I was saying, while Siri would never understand. Android phones also have something called Google Screen Search, where, if you hold down the home button, Google gives you information based on what was on your screen. It can also define words for you, and you can actually use Google Translate to translate anything on the screen that is in a different language to English.

Storage is another issue that iPhone users have that Android users do not have to worry about often. I constantly hear students in school complaining about wanting to take pictures but not wishing to waste storage. A lot of Android phones, unlike iPhones, can have extra storage in the form of a micro SD card. Of course, you could bring your iPhone to the Apple Store and pay a lot of money to add storage, but micro SD cards are a lot cheaper. Also, if you use all of the storage on your micro SD card, then you can just replace it with a new one. Ever since getting an Android phone about 5 months ago, I have never once thought about wasting storage. Google Photos also contributes to this with effective cloud storage and a great “free up space” feature. iCloud, on the other hand, seems to be a mess.

Battery issues are more easily resolved on Android phones as well. As batteries go through charge cycles, they can only hold a certain percentage of their original capacity. This happens for all batteries. Some Android phones, including mine, have a removable battery and thus can easily solve this issue. Once my battery starts getting worse, I can easily change out the old battery for a new one, and everything is fixed. iPhone users are forced to deal with these battery problems.

Further, Android phones have universal micro USB chargers. Apple phones have these “fancy” lightning chargers that aren’t of very good quality. During the time I used an iPhone, which was around 1.5 years, I replaced my charger at least five times. Even the charger for my old iPhone that still works only charges the phone if it is held in a certain way. My charger for my Android phone, however, is very durable, and I have not yet had issues with it. Even if I do manage to eventually lose it or break it, I have plenty of extra chargers, since the micro USB chargers are universal. Some may argue that iPhone chargers are very quick, but in my experience, they are not. Plus, some Android phones have Quick Charge capabilities, which is extremely fast. Quick Charge 3.0, which is the best, is guaranteed to allow for 5 hours of use from just 5 minutes of charging.

In my opinion, the only thing that would make an iPhone better in any way is iMessage. However, it is so easy to simply text others or download another app like WhatsApp or Google Hangouts to text. Thus, this can easily be worked around.

Apple keeps releasing phones that are not much different from each other, and in some aspects are worse. The iPhones from the 5th to the current generation are all extremely similar, but vary in size. The iPhone 7 has some major issues, however. One of these is the removal of the headphone jack. I have no idea what Apple was trying to accomplish with this, but a lot of people don’t even have Bluetooth headphones and must resort to using a dongle with the iPhone 7. With this, you can’t even listen to music with headphones while charging your phone. Dongles are also very flimsy and easy to lose, as seen by the dongle that someone apparently lost in the English classroom at HB.

Apple is slow to add certain features. For example, Samsung has been making water resistant phones for at least 2 years now, while Apple just released its first water resistant phone this year. Even so, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is still more water resistant than the iPhone 7. Apple also just recently added haptic feedback to their phones two years after Android had it. Some Android phones also have wireless charging, an infrared blaster to control your devices, and the ability to access all of your files by using your phone as a mass storage device. It appears as if Google, unlike Apple, is actually innovating.

Android has a lot of convenient and effective aspects, and is also much more customizable than the iPhone.

I think that it’s time for more iPhone users to switch to Android.