Top Reasons to Choose iPhone vs Android

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With mobile phone technology coming leaps and bounds over the past five or six years, there is no doubt that there are great smartphones available no matter which platform you look at. Apple, Android, Windows and Blackberry have all improved their flagship devices a great deal in the past 18 months. However, there is still something special about Apple’s iPhone that Android cannot quite compete with. For those who are looking to make a buying decision, here are five reasons to go with iPhone vs Android smartphones.

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1. UI Response/Lag

While the lag problems on Android phones are not quite as bad as they were pre-Android 4.0, there are still problems when certain actions are performed. Scrolling through Android phones is seamless, but while multi-tasking or doing multi-touch, there are numerous problems. This lag is not a huge issue, but it is unpleasant and does not provide for the perfect phone experience.

On the other hand, Apple’s interface, UI and multi tasking is optimized for every phone. Whether you have the old OS or the new one, your iPhone will perform lag free all of the time. This provides a much greater using experience than the one on Android.

2. Too Much Choice on Android

The problem with Android phones is that there are simply too many of them. Each phone has its own unique features, screen sizes, pros, cons, and software additions. Choosing an Android phone is 100x more complicated than choosing an iPhone. Not only do these choices lead to confusion for customers, but they result in applications that are not customized for the handset’s resolution.

For example, every latest iPhone model will have the same screen size and resolution. This means all Apple based applications are 100% set up to run on that resolution. For Android, phones of various sizes have different resolutions, meaning that some applications do not look as good on certain phones.
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3. Updates

While Android regularly comes out with new updates to their operating system, it can take weeks, months, or even a year to get these upgrades onto every phone running their system. For example, LG may roll out an upgrade on their phones within a week of the initial release, but Samsung could wait for six months. Users cannot do anything about this, other than jail break their phone and install the upgrade manually.

In contrast, upgrades on the iPhone are rolled out universally, and every iPhone from the third generation to the current one is compatible with the latest iPhone operating system.

4. Bloatware

When you first open your Android smartphone, there is likely to be a different interface depending on who you bought the phone from. For example, Samsung phones have a different look than LG phones, which are different from HTC, which is different from Sony. Not only will each company have their own “base interface”, they will also load the phone with a bunch of useless applications. Perhaps one or two of these apps will prove useful, but the other 20 are considered bloatware. What is worse is that it is impossible to uninstall this junk.

No such problems exist on the iPhone. The phone is shipped with very basic phone applications, and everything else is available to download from the Apple Store. This gives you the choice to load up your phone with the apps YOU want.
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5. Malware

Much like the situation between Windows and Mac on laptops and desktops, viruses have become an issue in the Android vs. Apple smartphone battle. Malware is real issue among Android smartphones. In 2011 McAfee said that there had been a 76% increase in viruses and malware on Android phones, which mostly came through applications on the Android store.

Apple does a great job to ensure that no viruses can penetrate users’ phones. McAfee acknowledged that Apple iPhones have NO malware in them, unless those phones are jail broken.

While Android phones are fantastic devices that will give you some great use, they are still not on par with the Apple iPhone. For the best user interface, application experience, reliability, and durability, the iPhone is the phone that you should be choosing when you are next buying a smartphone. The iPhone may be a lot more expensive than most top Android phones, but there is no doubt that it is worth the money.

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