Apple or Google to be more specific iOS or Android that has been the question for the last many years.It is obvious to be questioned since these two are the operating systems of almost all the smartphones available in the whole world at this moment.It is a very tough selection on which of these two is better and in this post I will try to explain why Apple is better than Google.
It is very important for you to realise that I am not giving the final statement on which is the better one.Google or Android whatever you mention has many features better than Apple or iOS but that I will clarify in a future post here.This one is solely about what Apple or iOS does better than Android(Google).
Why now? It is a very relevant question and the answer to it is the soon to be launched Apple iPhone 12 with iOS 14.I found this to be the apt time to express my thoughts.Without much adieu let’s dive into the details:-
This particular term is often heard and mostly by ardent Apple fans.So what is the Apple ecosystem?
In biological terms “an ecosystem is a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment”.When applied to technology “ecosystem is a system of products or devices that creates one collaborative network.”
To understand the above mentioned statement let’s take the example of Apple.Suppose you have bought an iPhone.Now you have the option of buying an iPad,a MacBook(laptop),an Apple TV,an Apple watch or AirPods(wireless earphones).The interconnectivity between these products creates the Apple ecosystem.
You may raise a point that Google or Android also offers the same type of products alongside an Android smartphone.It’s true but the ease and comfort of connecting the Apple devices are yet to be mastered by Google.Software applications like the AirDrop makes it super easy to transfer any files between the iPhone and a Macbook.To be more precise any new device be it a new iPhone is as good as connected with the older or other Apple device as soon as it is unboxed.For example the Airpods,as soon as you take it out of the box it is literally connected with your iPhone.
Google has tried it with Android as well but the huge variety of devices that Android supports it is almost impossible to create such an easy collaboration.Honestly Apple can do it better because of the simple fact that it manufactures all the devices whereas Google does not manufacture all the devices that supports Android.I am sure that all of you have faced the difficulty of transferring your items from the phone to a desktop or laptop.If you are or were a member of the Apple ecosystem it would have been so easy to simply transfer anything to your MacBook by Airdrop.
HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE INTEGRATION
This is in continuation with the previous topic.For any smartphone to perform smoothly the integration between hardware and software is very very essential.Apple clearly enjoys an advantage in this section as it manufactures or has control over both.Google or Android does not enjoy this facility as there are so many companies that are using Android e.g Samsung,Oppo,Vivo,Sony etc.Google’s own Google Pixel phones should have had this advantage but it lacks in the matter that Google does not produce chipsets and also the fact that Google Pixel is not yet so popular among global customers.
To get a clear idea on what I am trying to say let’s take a very current example.The iPhone 12 Pro Max set to be launched in September 2020 will have an OLED display made by Samsung featuring 120Hz refresh rate.The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra that was launched previously this year also features the 120Hz display but not for the maximum resolution simply because the software wouldn’t support it and maintain battery life as well.Apple on the other hand will feature both and maintain good battery life as it controls both the hardware and software.
Apple or iOS is a clear winner here.The A13 bionic chip that is featured in Apple iPhone 11 series the best chipset available.The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which is the flagship chipset used by Android phones this year has come close to the A13 but lacks in GPU speed even in the Benchmark tests.Moreover Apple has is going to launch A14 chipset this year which will be far better than the Android ones.It is rumoured to come with 5nm technology while latest Snapdragon sports 7nm technology.
Smartphones depend on the performance of the processor.However high specs sheet you may house if the processor is not good then your phone is not upto the mark.Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC s have been chasing the Apple chipsets for a long time but still has not been able to catch up with it in spite of having an octa core processor to that of the hexa core of A13.One more thing you need to keep in mind is that Snapdragon is a 3rd party whereas A13 or the latest A14 is made by Apple themselves and they can customise it according to needs.
Apps perform better on iOS than Android and this is true even for some Google apps like Gmail alongside Facebook,Twitter or even Whatsapp.The reason is very simple.Last year i.e in 2019 only 3 iOS or Apple phones were launched.App developers including 3rd party ones find it very easy to develop or upgrade the apps for three devices.
More than a thousand Android devices were launched with different display sizes and specifications.Obviously it is very difficult for the developers to optimise apps for so many variety of devices.To clearly understand this just think of the specs and size of the Samsung devices,Huawei,Sony,Xiaomi,Nokia to name a few.
I also need to mention that it is a well known fact that app developers first make apps for iOS and if they succeed then go for Android devices.Even to this date though numbers have reduced you will observe a viral app was first launched on iOS.
If it is compatible then any software upgrade of iOS will be instantly available on all the Apple devices.In case of Android when a new version is launched besides the Google Pixel phones which directly get updates from Google others like Samsung,OnePlus or MI have to first optimise it for their own UI s and then release the new version which may take several months.
CAMERA AND TOUCH
These two points have been taken good care off by Google devices and the difference is very small nowadays.Still in terms of camera quality iPhones are still among the best but image processing specially in Pixel phones are excellent and in some cases better.But notice that it is not same for the vast array of Android phones available in the market.
iPhones generally feel smoother and faster.The haptic feedback specially the vibration motors of an Apple phone is simply awesome.This may be contradicted by some but its a personal opinion which has been seconded by many.
APPLE STORE AND ACCESSORIES
Another feature where Apple wins hands down.Apple Store is a place which Android users can only dream of.A one-stop solution for all Apple devices from phones to TV.Android can’t even imagine this with the different companies using Android.So as a customer you don’t have to call customer care and get the engaged tone continuously or have to speak to a robotic voice.You have an issue search the nearest Apple Store and walk directly into it.99% of the times you will walk out satisfied.I have also heard in some stores they even conduct classes to train how to use an iPhone.Wow.
Accessories like EarPods or Apple Watch are simply the best.There is no smartwatch better than that of Apple and I can vouch for it.Yes Android smartwatches are increasing in numbers and varieties and are closing the gap but still they have not.
Like I said before it is not that Apple is the best in all aspects but here I am talking of the advantages it has over Android.Talking of advantages automatically disadvantages come into the forefront and some eye catching ones should be mentioned.Customisation of phones are better in Android devices no doubt but this is not a disadvantage for all.Many ardent Apple fans actually like it since they are so used to it.Moreover once you have used an Apple iPhone you can use any latest version of it since there is no difference in the basics.
Some features of Android like Notification panel,Apps Tray, Widgets which were not available in iPhones till date but that has being seen to and in the latest iOS 14 recently launched.
Another aspect which users have complained since a long time is the price.iPhones have always been costly and mostly unaffordable for common people.The recent iPhone SE 2020 is priced at a much affordable price and has been quite popular.The upcoming iPhone 12 series is coming at a rumoured low price for Apple but it is also being rumoured to be coming with no charger or earpods.Absence of earpods may seem common nowadays but absence of a charger may sound crazy.It is crazy actually but a crazy deal which only Apple can pull off.
On the broader view Apple users may find it actually useful as they already have a charger from their previous devices and the low price of the latest iPhone is a much better offer to them.
All said I believe at the end you the users should have the last say.So what do you think of Apple and did you find my observations true? Let me know in comments and also add if you can think of any extra feature.