We spend a lot of time with our iPhones and Androids, and a lot of people often compare the two. A long-standing argument is about which type of device is better, the iPhone or the Android.
If you have an iPhone that just broke and had to take it to an iPhone repair shop, for example, you might be feeling a little bit down on Apple. Or you might be tired of your Android constantly running out of batteries.
Both iPhones and Androids are pretty great, and you can make a good case for both types of smartphones. But have you ever wondered which is worse? We’re going to talk about the worst aspects of iPhones and Androids in this article. Let’s go!
The Bad Apple
You can’t deny that iPhones have a lot of great qualities, and we’ve benefited from these awesome features. Out of everything, there might be two things that set your iPhone device apart from the competition – it’s solid hardware and the wide array of third-party applications.
As awesome as the iPhone’s hardware is, some Android manufacturers are quickly catching up, even matching the quality of the device’s hardware. We can only expect the other manufacturers to size up eventually.
So the hardware argument kind of gets thrown out the window when we are comparing iPhones and Androids.
What’s the worst part about iPhones? Maybe it’s the fact that Apple imposes its decisions on you when it comes to apps you are allowed to use.
Developers for the Apple Store – the good ones, attempting to create innovative, new apps, are becoming disillusioned with Apple’s regulations. What does this mean? If you want an evolving phone where you are hoping for innovation, the iPhone isn’t your best bet.
Apple wants to own the app market – refusing to allow you to use any app that duplicates the features of their own apps.
Now, if Apple’s default apps were better than third-party developer’s apps, or Google’s, you’d want to use them. But if you are looking for something better, than Apple should make their default apps better, rather than banning apps from their App Store because they duplicate features.
Android manufacturers and carriers are more willing to allow creative apps on their platform because the Android ecosystem is inherently open source.
So if you are looking for intelligent, creative innovations, and you own an iPhone, maybe it’s time to look elsewhere.
Android’s Major Malfunctions
Android owns an overwhelming share of the worldwide smartphone market for a good reason – they come available in all price ranges, and when you purchase an Android you are presented with freedom, customizability, and a whole lot of features.
But Androids have some drawbacks too that might lead you to consider making the switch to Apple devices.
Androids are pretty well known for weak battery life – which might be one of the most important features you are looking for in a phone. All of those great Android features don’t mean a thing if your phone completely drains and you have to recharge it in the middle of the day after it dies.
Features that will drain your battery are basic staples that you need to use on a smartphone-like GPS, browsing the internet, playing games, or even keeping the screen on.
In our discussion about the iPhone, we mentioned that if you are looking for innovative, trail-blazing apps, ditch your Apple device and get an Android.
Android has an abundance of free apps, but really, nothing is free when you think about it. Almost all of these “free” applications are ridden with ads to annoy you while you are trying to use them, and apps can even take advantage of Android permissions, using your data to turn you into a commodity that can be bought and sold by advertisers.
Because there isn’t a single cohesive phone in the Android ecosystem, apps built for one device might not work with others. What’s more, they can be slow and buggy, because they were not designed for your particular Android model.
Although there are upwards of 300,000 apps available on the Google Play store, many won’t be compatible with your phone, and most are packed with ads to annoy you.
Many people like the affordability of Androids – you can get decent cameras with HD recording, games, apps, connectivity, GPS, video calls and more for a fair price.
Unfortunately, again, you get what you pay for. If you purchase a less expensive Android, you might have to sacrifice a decent touch screen, might not get Flash support in your browser, you might have to deal with a sub-par camera, or even play your favorite games.
Unfortunately, memory management is another issue you may grapple with on your Android – you might find that your device suffers from frequent crashes that force you to restart your phone.
Which is Worse? Potential Tie Breaker
Ultimately, your purchasing decision comes down to how much control and customizability you want on your device.
If you are annoyed by all of the tweaking required to get the most out of your Android phone, you should focus on purchasing an iPhone.
If you are more tech-savvy and want to exert more control over your phone and increase its functionality, it’s pretty simple these days to root your Android and push it to the limit.
Even if you don’t root your Android, there are an abundance of free third-party launchers you can use to customize almost any aspect of your Android, including personalized gestures, original app drawers, dynamic wallpaper changes, and personalized lock screens.
The decision, of course, is up to you. Which device do you prefer? The reliable, but sometimes boring iPhone? Or the innovative, customizable, but sometimes glitchy Android?