Android vs iOS 2017: Why Android still beats iOS

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In 2017, iOS and Android seem to have come neck to neck. There are many features that one OS has picked from the other. In recent years, both mobile operating systems have become quite advanced. However, Android and iOS are still very different. In this article, we will take a look at why Android is better than iOS in 2017.

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Android Nougat update is rolling out to various devices at the moment. We are also expecting Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 to be released in a few months and show the world what Android smartphones have to offer. On the other end of the spectrum, numerous rumors regarding Apple iPhone 8 have also been reported. iOS 11 will reportedly debut in June, and iPhone 8 will come in September.

There is no doubt that each OS caters to a different type of community – although there are a lot of common areas. iOS has, over the years, become as feature rich as Android. However, there are still many reasons why Android beats iOS.

Using this list, you can easily decide which side appeals you more. You can then buy a phone accordingly. Let’s take a look at how iOS stacks against Android in 2017.

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More choice of phones in Android

This is clearly one big are where Android is way ahead of iPhone. With Android, you get hundreds of different choices. You can choose from devices from different manufacturers. You can choose from screen sizes to their ruggedness to their battery capacity.

All the manufacturers come with different designs and features. Furthermore, there are multiple price ranges. With Apple, all you get to choose from are two designs. And there is basically only one price range.

Android smartphones are also more versatile. You can buy a phone that does everything better than its competitors, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. You can also buy a phone that gives you a stock experience – like the Pixel XL.

MicroSD Card Support on Android

With iPhone 7, Apple stopped selling 16GB variants of smartphones. Can you believe that you can still buy a 16GB iPhone 6S? There is no doubt that you will run out of space if you take enough photos and download your Spotify library offline.

The worst part is that jumping to 64GB costs $100 more, and to 128GB costs $200. On Android side of things, most Android smartphones come with a microSD card slot. You can instantly increase your storage by popping in a 64GB microSD card.

Google has also made it possible to install apps on the microSD card and run it from them. MicroSD cards can handle both, your extensive media library, as well as applications.

Google Maps Integration

Sure, you can install Google Maps on iPhone as well. However, on Android, Google Maps is so much better integrated. If you ask Siri to give you directions to a particular place, she will use Apple Maps – and there is no way to change that.

Apple Maps are way better right now than they were at the launch. However, they are nowhere close to what Google Maps can do.

Google Maps has better transit information, better live traffic information, and much deeper interesting point information. If you want to explore a new place, Google Maps has you covered – and the whole experience is much better on an Android smartphone.

Widget Support on Android

iOS recently introduced the ability to have widgets in the notification center. The feature was further expanded to a designated screen in the extreme left where you can have all your favorite contacts and any other widget that you want to add.

Widgets is one of the many features that Android has had for a very long time now. Interactive, small dialogue boxes – widgets – have been supported on Android since the beginning. The result is that almost all apps support widgets, and the experience with the corresponding widget is much better.

Plus, Android supports widgets on home screen. You get all the information you need in one glance. You don’t have to swipe down to access the notification center, or scroll to the extreme right. Widgets actually serve a purpose on Android; same cannot be said about iOS.

Customization on Android

This is something that everyone already knows. Android offers more customization options than Apple ever has. You can not only install new launchers, you can also change icon packs to change the entire look of your homescreen.

Some OEMs also allow you to change the theme of your device – allowing you to change the general color scheme across the device.

Ability to select default apps for tasks

On iPhone, there is limited freedom to choose default apps for certain tasks. You cannot choose Google Maps to be the default navigation tool when you ask Siri to navigate to a place. Similarly, you cannot configure an email to open up in Gmail app, rather than Apple Mail.

However, this is something that is easily achieved on Android. Once you launch an app on Android that replaces the task of another app, you will be asked if you would like to set the app as the default one. You can always change the setting later.


iOS and Android have plenty of features. However, both the operating systems are radically different from one another. On one hand, iOS offers better out-of-the-box performance with little or no customization options, Android allows you to customize every aspect of your OS and get the performance you desire.

At the end of the day, which phone and which mobile OS is right for you depends solely on what your needs are.