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5 Ways The iPhone Is Better Than Android

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Android  is rapidly becoming one of the most popular smartphoneoperating systems. Apple has got a real competitor and recent figures show that Android is growing faster than the iPhone, and gaining ground quicker than Apple ever could have imagined. Now Android is a great operating system, and there have been lots of posts outlining why it’s better than the iPhone OS, so now I’ve decided to go against that trend and show you 5 things the iPhone has over Android.

Android has seen great development in 2012 and so is Apple Product. iPhone 4S with Siri loaded, become one of the hottest selling smartphone and similarly the new iPad become one of the hottest tablet ever sold. Though, Android ICS is a good step towards Android unification and major improvement.

Why iPhone is better than the Android: Reasons

I believe many of Android lover will disagree with this, but I’m always open for discussion and lets find out which one is better any some reasons why iPhone or iOS devices outsmart Android OS.

1. The App Store

I know you’ve probably heard this one before, but it is a major factor. Apple started off the whole app store revolution for smartphone devices, so they got a major head start over the rest. As a result their App store is a lot bigger than Android app store. There’s over 700,000 apps currently available on the Apple App store, while Android is nearing the 900,000 mark. But bear in mind, Androids figures are made up of multiple different markets and there is no one where you will find all 480,000 apps. This is one of the things that gives the iPhone OS the advantage over Android. You will find a lot more of the bigger names and titles on the Apple app store than on the Android one and Apple apps tend to be a bit more stable than Androids due to Apple’s strict app approval procedure.

2. Reliability

While the more recent builds of Android have become a lot more stable and reliable, they still don’t match iOS 6 or previous iPhone firmwares. The iPhone operating system is just so solid and stable and reliable. It very rarely crashes or freezes up and it’s just straightforward. I find with Android that while it may be quicker at times, it tends to freeze up a lot more than the iPhone OS. Even with the most recent Froyo 2.2 edition of Android, it still freezes up on me and I know i’m not alone with this. Android also seems to be plagued with error messages of failed processes which randomly pop up at the most inconvenient times.

3. Media

When it comes to media, the iPhone OS wins hands down. It’s not only the brilliant music application, easy podcast and video management, it’s also because of the iTunes store. Android has no music store as such, but users in the US & UK do have access to the Amazon Store , but have no way of getting TV shows or films. The iPhone eco-system with iTunes is just brilliant, even though some people find it a bit restrictive and want a bit more freedom. But in reality it is easily the best out there, with the biggest variety of music, films, tv shows and podcasts all readily available for download to your device.

This is the one thing I really long for in Android. A decent music and video app with a proper method of syncing with my computer. Maybe this will come along in the future with Google Music? But for now we’ll just have to be patient.

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4. Loyal Fan Base

There’s something about Apple that has so many people hooked on anything with that shiny logo. When people buy an Apple product they seem to feel like they are part of an exclusive club. This may have been true when the iPhone first came out, it was rare to see somebody walking down the street with one, but now every second person seems to have one, the novelty has just worn off. However Apple’s loyal fanbase will always buy any of their new products, no matter how expensive they are and regardless of whether or not they need them.

I know no other company that gets people lining up all over the place for hours and days just to be one of the first to get their hands on the latest release. Android doesn’t have such a large fan base, and the ones who are in it are really more geeks than the iPhone fans. Android is seen more for the techy bunch (at the moment), while the iPhone caters for pretty much everyone.

5. Simplicity For You, Me and Developers

It seems that a 2 year old could pick up the iPhone and figure out how to unlock it and send a text message. The iPhone OS is just so easy to use and navigate, anyone can use it without having to learn. There is practically no learning curve with the iPhone OS, everything seems very natural. With Android there’s a bit more of a learning curve, while it may appear quite similar, there’s a few key things that make it that little bit more complicated. I’ve watched people as they struggle to unlock my HTC Desire (you swipe down instead of across) and then when they finally unlock it they only swipe to the right to view the different homescreens, they don’t realise there is just as many to the left until I tell them. The iPhone OS has just become second nature to people.

Finally for developers, the iPhone OS is much easier to work with since there’s just one testing platform for them. With Android, you have to cater for multiple ones, some have touchscreens, some have buttons etc… Also there is so many Android OS’s that keep being released that developers are struggling to keep up with them. More over, Apple has been constantly releasing iOS update (Apple mobile OS), which always add some extra features. Latest iOS6 boasts a great enhancement in iPhone features like new maps, Facebook integration and many more.

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So now you iPhone lovers, 5 reasons why the iPhone is better than Android, Let’s hear any more reasons in the comments below, or the counter argument.

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    • Joe

      Why would i need to get a ipod for music Jesse? My phone comes with dual front facing speakers and builts beats audio. Dual Boomsound speakers, doesnt your phone have 2 speakers facing you so you can hear it clearly? oh wait you have to cup it or plug it in to speakers cus you have an iphone. wait what it only has 2 cores? wierd mine has 4. Oh snap 1gb of ram as well? mine has 2gb. Thats a cute screen, maybe youll have true hd on the 6 and not this fake retina apple craps in your lap each year haha. Android has had true hd screens for a while. your phone also has less ppi, which i guess you have no idea what that is. What android is too complicated? Im sorry grandma forgot we live in a era of ever changing and evolving technology. This sint the 90s anymore. You say its to free? haha Too easy to get viruses or malware…im sorry do you not own a computer? You still have to be careful with what you download, lets have some common knowledge to not download the wrong things. Its amazing how gullable iphone users are, oh new number after the name, has to be better, oh wow they added a word to the name of the charger its gotta be faster haha. My HTC ONE has almost double the amount of battery and charges almost as quick as an iphone. If you want simplistic maybe you should turn to a nokia, because obviously any phone with a touch screen would be too advanced for you.

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    • Nuruddin

      Nice Post. But there is surely something great about android that its market share is rising. Apple is cool too, no doubt about that.

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    • Jesse

      Hey want to listen to some music?? iPhone user: SURE HERE WE GO!
      Android user: OH WAIT ILL JUST GO GET MY IPOD
      Lol

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    • Unknown

      I have had an android for a long time now it’s really complicated and stupid kind of. Why? Because when you try to download a simple app it won’t always work on your phone or you will have to “root” your phone which is complicated and I can usually figure out things without complication, man androids are such a headache. Their memory sucks too!!! So does battery life and androids are not stable, becuse they crash and freeze it gets really intimating that sometimes I just want to throw my lg at the wall. Sure android apps are “cheaper” sme with apple but when you download a free app you don’t get millions of ads in your notification bar or random apps added to your home screen. I clearly regret getting a andriod can’t wait to get an iPhone thats not complicated, that I am able to back up (just incase I lose something) and that does not crash constantly and doesn’t freeze or give me random apps to my home screen plus it’s battery lasts longer and it’s memory with it too. Sure they ma break easy but hats why we have something called cases for protection. Whatever I think most of you will get my point andriods suck and are sometimes really cheap.

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    • Iddy

      Okay I’ll be honest……I have never used an Android product…….BUT I have a few iDevices, and using seems like second nature to me. And the simplicity point is right…..even a 2 year old can pick up a phone and learn how to use it…..very quickly too!! :)

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    • daniel

      I’ve been a long time android user, I’ve never owned an apple device, in fact I always swore I would never buy one. At first I loved the freedom that android gives you to do whatever you wanted, I became an expert in modding and hacking my device, constantly installing new roms etc.

      There comes a point though where I just want my phone to work without me having to mod it, I’d like to not have to go through 5 keyboards just to find one that works for what I want it to do. I don’t want to have to go through 5 browsers because one keeps crashing, one is missing important features etc. I love the openness of android, but this is a case of a little too much freedom. Google needs to implement some quality control, not only in the changes that the manufacterers make to the operating system, but also in the shitty apps that are released.

      I mean seriously, the android market may have a ton of apps, but how many of those are bullshit apps that barely even work or constantly crash? I’d say a good percentage of them.

      Developers don’t want to develop for android because android users are cheap bastards that don’t buy apps(currently only 20% of android users buy apps). So why is a big developer going to waste time and money to develop exclusive titles for android when they can make 4 times the money making an app exclusively for iPhone?

      What happens is a bunch if home developers flood the market with cheap gimmick apps, and spam it up with ads. There’s no quality control until the app gets reported, and even then it takes a long time for Google to do anything about it, Google customer support is notoriously bad, bordering on non existant.

      Also all the different UI’s that phone manufacterers like to bog the phone down with, as well as unnecessary bloatware, need to go out the door, android needs to stay the way it was intended to be. Part of what makes apple so successful is consistency. There’s nothing consistent about android, user experience can vary based on a number of factors, and that makes good bug free app development especially challenging. Imagine there being 20 different versions of windows and users had the expectation that every app should work flawlessly across every version, chaos my friend.

      Even worse is the fact that when a user has a shitty phone from 5 years ago and expects all the newest games to run on it, then has the balls to leave a bad review for those games when it doesn’t work.

      Yeah, android is a development nightmare.

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      • kodunmit

        To be honest with you guys, there is no single device that is perfect. I have owned windows mobile, windows phone, iphones and now android. one thing i enjoyed most in all of the phones is to tweaking to make it serve me better. So it depends on your angle of perceptions, where you coming from and what you expect from you device(s). If you have merely scratch another product on the surface and jump into conclusion, too bad. I have no regret to have used windows mobile because it delivered on everything, from remotely accessing my servers off-site to playing any kind of music/movie and as able assistant in all my professional pursuit. So also has android kept the zeal up even now that phones come with larger screen. I, honestly cannot say the same for iphone because i never really used it for long, BUT I CANNOT SAY that iphone sucks. Give those guys who work day and night to make things better a little COMMENDATION not condemnation.

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    • Ben fabrico

      No need to begin a war about this. even though iPhone is kinda sh*ty. People really can’t explain why Hundreds of millions of people still buy iPhone. Even me as an iPhone user myself can’t explain why I love my iPhone so much. I had an htc years ago but when I tried an iPhone, I just can’t stop loving it. And that’s why apple still wins against android. even if people post all of the things android has over apple. it’s still apple. Here where I live, Rich people and Businessmen buy iPhone. I can only see some mid class and poor people use cheap Samsung phones. (Just stating my opinion about apple vs. android thing.) I’ll never switch to android.

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    • Puyol

      My Response:
      1. The App Store?
      Well, You’ve basically got that outdated. The Google Play Store is boasting over thousands of apps. Now on newer devices, you even get the option to view books, movies and even buy devices online!
      2. Reliability.
      Well, with the ODIN PC Software, most of android devices are totally UNBRICKABLE. That means u don’t need to take it to a store. you can reset it at home.
      3. Media
      Hands down? Nope.
      Compare how many video players ios has compared to android. Android supports more formats and a better ui. With mods like beats audio + alsa and stuff. The quality hovers way ahead of ios.
      4. Loyal Fan Base.
      Well, that’s got old. According to 2012 , no one wants an ios device. Actually whether you have an iphone 4 or a iphone 2, no one will get the difference from far. Android Devices are many, so they all come unique. ;)
      5. Simplicity
      On Android, there’s too much simplicity. And for developers it’s really easy. Plus there’s a huge scope. for ios all you can do is develop apps, for android you can develop systems, apps, themes and stuff. Plus xda-developers is way more popular than iphone-developers.com..

      On the finish,
      Android Rules Bitches.
      xD

      No offences meant.

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      • Ben Dover

        I had an android and the fucking thing crashed all the damn time.
        My iPhone 4s has yet to crash once.
        Also. My HTC inspire died in like. 5 hours. It died in one hour once!
        My iPhone has yet to die.
        My android froze and I’d have to remove the battery multiple times a day.
        My iPhone never freezes.
        So androids from my experience suck ass.

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    • Kevin

      #4 Loyal Fan Base?!
      That’s a REASON that iPhone is better than Andriod?! Shiny logo makes people pay$$
      It’s ture, Apple seems to lean towards sheep. I’m a loyal Android / Linux user. I must say though Apple does do things well, I have yet to use a droid whos touch screen is as good as the iPhone, Apple definitely did that well. Smooth as well with function. Droid seems to be choppy at times and hesitant, but as the releases come out, they get better. The only other thing Apple has going for them is multimedia production ( mainly with their computers ).

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    • Robert

      Well I have to say that Android is better than iPhone not just cause many people say that on Google. Android is cheaper, but still offers more, has better quality and surprises us with new designs while iPhone still looks the same since iPhone came out.
      Here’s proof. http://cnettv.cnet.com/8301-13489_53-20028633-10389930.html

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    • SMike

      Heres’ the problem with Android.. you don’t have limites.. but neither does anyone else. That opens you up to bad programming, scams, malware, etc. It’s anarchy.
      You may say that you can handle it, and you maybe able to, but over time, an open source platform is going to be putting more and more responsibility on anti-virus and anti-malware. Bad programming has broken aspects of my Evo.

      As for hardware, having owned and EVO and iPhone 4s, I’ll tell you this, the EVO may have a larger screen but the Iphone screen is much more responsive. The Keyboard actually can be used accurately without a bunch of spelling errors and bad autocorrect. For the first time with the iphone, I can use a phone to take notes in meetings. Siri in amazining useful for what I use my phone for. Looking stuff up, scheduling, searching for how to get places, seaching for businesses or places to eat, sending and receiving text messages hands free. Checking the weather for where I’m planning on going on the weekend… all quick, hands free, and amazingly accurate.. oh, and I can select music in the car hands free(I do a lot of driving). Plus everything works, my phone app doesn’t stop working for strange reasons, no random weird resource messages. It’s just rock solid.
      My kids like to play games on the phone and the games on the Iphone are superior because it’s written to take advantage of the hardware. That’s an advantage of having one phone. I also really like Icloud.. my pics will sync automatically with my PC at home. Sweet! The phone doesn’t butt dial.. so far, I’ve yet to have a false dial. On android, my pocket would dial people, even delete my widgets and desktop icons. The Iphone doesn’t seem as vulnerable. The speakers on the iPhone are amazing for a phone this size, not only far superior to the evo, but the talk/phone quality also is head and shoulders above.

      What I don’t like about the iPhone vs android: I would prefer a 4″ screen(though I don’t want one larger, I don’t want to carry a tablet), it doesn’t integrate well with facebook, so I can’t forward my pics directly from my phone to facebook. The keyboard layout, while it works amazingly well, would be nice if you could ‘hold’ a key to get to a number or symbal beneath. No 4G support…. A glass phone makes owning a case a must.

      Overall, I do miss the larger screen on the Evo, and I miss the voice mail voice to text translations. also miss the kickstand. However, the iPhone touchscreen sensitivity/usability is much better than the evo, and I’ll take function over size any day. I also like the smaller form factor in my pocket. If I had looked at stats only, i would go with the an android.. in fact, I did, but just a short time with the iphone showed that stats don’t mean squat when it comes to something that works… and high stats don’t always mean highest quality. There’s a reason that everyone compares to the iPhone.

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    • Dejan

      I poses both of devices – android pad and iPad2.

      I can say that ios is more stable but it is locked, iTunes is far the worst application ever, quick time is awful and I fill like I am really, really limited in what ios gives us. There are a good ideas placed in ios, but all of them is ruined by ios being not open. And where is file system? In cloud – sure, ridiculous.

      Android for smart free people
      iPad for fashion trendy don’t want tot think people.

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    • abbey

      I am using the android with gingerbread and it’s amazing. Androids are a lot better than iPhones.

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    • Clint

      The iPhone definitely beats the android phones I just got me an iPhone 4 few hours ago and I love it :)

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    • Frederik

      To you guys that got apple and android, i got a android myself, and thats cause i don’t want limits.

      You can do on a apple what steve jobs wantet you to, on android you can do what you want. there is no limit, and let me give an example.

      bagground apple’s bagground can’t be changed, Android based phones don’t got limits. They also got flash, Iphone don’t got flash.
      The point is got iphone nice, got a android nice, what ever works out for you, and what needs you got, i got android cause i don’t want steve jobs to pick what i want, but pick for myself. Thats the reality. Stop this war whats best. want a easy phone pick iphone, want a phone with no limits pick android.

      I got the new phone HTC Sensation XL with beats audio, and i like it, big screen 4.7 fast CPU no limits. so android haters stop hateing on android, buy the phone you want and stop this ******* war.

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    • Bayan

      Having used both iPhone 3GS and HTC Desire, I have to say iPhone has a much smoother touch, but Android’s multitasking is definitely an attraction. As for development, you can’t create an iOS app unless you have a Mac and pay the hundred dollars for the SDK, so I can’t say apple is dev friendly. I agree that Android could use a little tweaking

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    • Richard

      You have to swipe down rather than across? Surely it’s not *that*hard to learn! And is it really important that other people should know how to use *your* phone’s desktop screens?

      I’ve never once had my HTC Desire freeze on me, even when running web browser, email, txt, Skype, notes, WiFi tethering/hotspot to laptop, and separate Skype through that, all at the same time.

      And not being able to talk to people in the street about our iPhones isn’t really swaying me either!

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    • Phil

      Reliability? On iOS4? Clearly you have never seen iOS4 running on a 3G model; it causes app crashes, major overall slowdown and an unresponsive screen.

      Apart from that, however, I’d have to agree with most of what you said. It is rather… coincidental however that all the older model iPhones received an upgrade (by name only) which made them obsolete as soon as the new phone was released.

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      • Robert @ Techinfo-4u.com

        I suppose your right about iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G, but then again that’s why Apple limited the features on it, no multitasking etc…

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    • ContestBlog

      I beg to differ here:

      1) Android is opensource, where as iPhone OS is proprietor based and lets not even talk about opensource with iPhone OS.

      2) Android brings our love for gmail even closer, with an similar to Pushmail atmosphere (minus the chaos) of course, unfortunately to my little knowledge, Apple has nothing effectively yet similar to offer.

      3) Again Android naturally comes with Google Apps (I will not talk here about the great features of this complete Google App package i.e. Gmaps, gmail, Docs, picasa & etc .. ) I again fail to see Apple anywhere near here.

      4) The latest versions of Android come with Flash support, again not the case with iPhone OS anymore, now Steve Jobs may say any thing in defent of his company’s decision, of not to include Flash in iPhone OS any further and giving HTML5 a change over various reasons, to begin with I must say that I too love HTML5, but this does not mean I don’t like Flash any more, after all we all know who is the more tenure rather a ‘uncertain newbie’ between the two technologies (Flash vs. HTML5/iPhone OS) lol, i am out of here.

      6) Though I may have programming & coding knowledge, but what about the common man out their wanting to have his own personalized App, I wonder if an non-programmer can ever build a basic App to work on their respective iPhone OS, Mama Mia almost any one can achieve that in the case of Android using an App Inventor (for free).

      7) I am with in an agreement with Eric above, we all know how iPhone OS treats its music, as if the music were not even owned by my self, hidden some where done in the iPhone OS, definitely not traceable easily, pardon me for I thought I was the owner, are we not taking some freedom into consideration.

      8) Best of all, I love freedom, in every sense of the world, I rather be bored to death if the only phone i could use in terms of ‘smartness’ would be an iPhone on planet earth, like a butterfly who flies from flower to another in search of goodness nectar, I’d like to call this an open ‘option’ to chose from a very over whelming variety of mobile phones coming from all the various manufactures, how about HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson & etc .. to pick from, now this is some thing that Android lets me do. . let me chose.
      Will Apple ever let iPhone OS open its wings, well I don’t know . . in the men time I stay democratic :p

      Though i can go on for ever, its really unto you decide post examining all the above cited, like its said – “How stands Where”.

      Just my 2cents, Regards !

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      • Robert

        I agree with you on most of those points there, I’m in fact an Android user but I just wanted to share some of the things the iPhone OS has over Android at the moment.

        I also agree with you on the media bit, Apple treats the music like you don’t actually own it, even though you bought it. And I also love the way you can tinker around with android. Then again you can do that with the iPhone if you jailbreak it

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        • Virty

          As per the terms and conditions of apple, you don’t own the media it is given on rent. For more info search google.

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    • Shafi

      One thing which I like in iPhone, is its super responsive touch screen, with which the whole Phone experience is different, though android phones also have touch screen and almost same functionality, iPhone surely wins it all.

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      • Robert @ Techinfo-4u.com

        In the past, no touchscreen could match the iPhone, but now I disagree with you, pretty much all the new smartphones have excellent responsive touchscreens these days.

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    • Eric Selje

      I haven’t spent any time with an Android device, but I’ve had an iPhone for 2 yrs and feel qualified to say the iPhone is a lousy MP3 player. And it’s handling of audiobooks is even worse. But you’re right about PC synching and the App Store – it’s pretty dang easy. iTunes needs some polishing yet to handle libraries on revolving external hard drives though.

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      • Robert @ Techinfo-4u.com

        I’m afraid I still disagree with you, the iPhone easily has one of the best MP3 players going. It’s quick and easy to navigate and use, it just works. The default Android media player is awful, thankfully i have the HTC Sense UI on my Desire which is a lot better, but it’s a bit buggy and crashes a fair bit.

        I haven’t had any problems with iTunes on external drives either, except for when they crash!

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        • Eric

          I’ve had my Android now for a few months and I will rescind what I said about the MP3 player. As much as I didn’t like the iPhone’s, “Music Player” on the Android is inferior.

          What we need is a combination of the ease of subscription based Google Listen for Podcasts with the iTunes mp3 player. Any suggestions?

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