When it comes to smartphone operating systems there are just two names worth knowing: Android and iPhone. A Comscore’s MobiLens study released in April 2013 shows 52.3 percent of Americans with smartphones use Android compared to 37.8 percent with iPhones. Both dominate the market, so which should you choose? Read on to discover the key differences between these smartphone system giants.
Variations in Interfaces
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The iPhone’s intuitive multi-touch interface has won over many technophobes. This system allows users to control their browsing experience by swiping, pinching and stretching the display. Stock Androids devices do not offer this feature, although users can download apps to replicate this navigating experience.
Easier Apps on Android
When it comes to content, all smartphone users are spoiled for choice. In early January there were around 800,000 apps in the Google Play store, the leading store for Android apps and 775,000 apps in the Apple iOS App Store. With the average smartphone user owning an average of just 41 apps, both stores give tech-heads plenty of options!
Android users have the advantage at the checkout though, as they can download an app with the touch of a button. The process is more labor-intensive for iPhone owners, who must sign in to their iTunes account every time they want an app.
Differences with Auto-Correction Tools
The auto-correction tools which aim to fix the spelling errors of smartphone users everywhere differ on Android and iPhone platforms. The iPhone interface shows just one alternative for questionably spelled words. In many cases, the change is also made before the user even realizes! The Android system is more helpful, presenting the user with several suggestions.
Jillian Madison of Damn You Auto Correct, a blog dedicated to auto-correct blunders, says around 90 percent of site submissions come from iPhone users. She admits this may be because it’s easier to take a screen capture of your conversation with an iPhone, not because the smartphone’s auto-correct function is more sensitive. However, many Android lovers insist their emails and text message conversations have far fewer errors than their iPhone-loving counterparts. Either way, with the release of BlackBerry BBM for Android, real-time messaging will help to further eliminate auto-correct misunderstandings and awkward situations.
Android’s Hardware Gives User Power
Apple’s loyal customers must accept the storage limitations of their iPhones, as they do not support the addition of micro SD cards. Most Android-powered phones do, so customers with these smartphones can add extra storage as their libraries of apps and images grows.
Android customers are typically drawn to the choice their favoured operating system provides. These phones are made by a range of leading tech firms, so consumers can always choose from a selection of new release phones with a variety of features. In contrast, Apple takes a one-size-fits-all approach, releasing a single new iPhone periodically which aims to supersede the last.
This choice extends to the batteries that power the smartphones. The iPhone batteries are trapped inside the phones, so users must send their failed device back to the manufacturer. Users with Android-powered phones can simply remove a dead battery and replace it with one from the manufacturer or a compatible third-party provider.
On the surface, iPhone and Android-driven smartphones can seem similar, but when you look closer it’s easy to see important differences that set the world’s leading devices apart.