iOS vs Android, Which is Best For You?

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When purchasing a new phone, there is only one question that you should envisage; what phone is best for me and why? There are a plethora of phones in today’s technology market and choosing the correct one can be a daunting task. On one hand, you have the reliability and familiarity of Apple’s iPhone and their user-friendly iOS. On the other hand you have the entire arsenal of Android and open-source software.

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Apple has cut out a large portion of the mobile market due to one thing – software. Simply put, the phone is flat-out easy to use. The ease of use is apparent from the home screen alone. Each software package (also known as an app) is given an individualized icon, and it has to be verified by Apple for malicious software and system compatibility.  It was designed this way by Apple to prevent you from damaging the phone’s system. Another thing that Apple has done exceedingly well is their wireless sync capability. No other manufacturer has been able to pull off three major devices (Macbook, iPhone, iPad), all working in harmony.

On the other side of the spectrum, you have Android. Android is owned by Google and is the main competitor to Apple’s iOS. The system is designed almost exactly like Apple’s iOS in terms of software, but the end product is far different. Both operating systems run a form of Linux, but Android (Google) keeps their information and phone code open source. To the average user, you will literally never notice the difference. To the experienced user, it’s a game changer. Google has a dedicated team of 300+ software engineers and developers, including Linus Torvalds (inventor of Linux) making the phone’s systems, and letting others modify the code to their liking. Imagine an open sandbox of software code that’s free of charge to you, and you’re legally allowed to change.

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Many fans of Android often criticize Apple for their “safety gate” approach in walling off many advanced features to the majority of users. in and Some of these features include USB media transfer inside Windows Explorer and home screen customization beyond swapping apps out. At first glance, it seems like a bad thing that Apple is blocking off features that are readily available on Android, but there is a method to iOS’ madness. Seeing as iOS is developed using Linux, it’s incredibly easy to damage or destroy your phone’s software. That is, if there was no added protection from Apple. Developing software with safety nets is Apple’s way of keeping you from turning your phone into a $500 paperweight, and inevitably cursing Apple’s names and products.

Much like Apple, Android has their own paradigm in the software market. Seeing as Google is a supporter of the Free Software Foundation, all of their coding is public domain. That means you can download all of their code at absolutely no cost, change the code, and use it (or sell it) as you see fit. Due to the massive expanse of software programmers and designers, Android has far more customization, features, and accessibility to the core system. This is often argued as a negative point of using Android as it allows for much more unauthorized and unverified software to load onto your phone with little to no restriction if downloaded outside of Google Play.

All in all, regardless of the differences, the phone is the same at the core. It’s a mobile device that makes calls, accesses the internet, sends text messages, and plays music. If you use the phone for phone calls and texts, the iPhone is the absolute best bet for you. It’s designed for the technologically inept and it works like a charm. If you’re a more experienced user and you like to play with your phone, Android is the operating system for you. The open-sourced nature of Android is easily navigated with a few hours of playing around and doing a little research. Take a couple of days to play with different phone environments to find what feels right to you.

As always, if you have any more questions or any concerns, feel free to contact any uBreakiFix store for help deciding which phone is best for you!

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