Apple iOS vs Android: Battle in 2017

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Over the past few years, Android and iOS have increasingly borrowed features from each other and have come to resemble each other in quite a few respects. Today, we take a look at how iOS and Android stack against each other in 2017.

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iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are known to have LCD displays in an era where flagships smartphones are increasingly debuting with OLED screens. The resolution of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus isn’t staggering either.

However, the fact that Apple optimizes iOS for its various devices such as iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus makes the things instantly better. iOS on iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6S is better than Android in a few aspects that matter to the most consumers.

As of right now, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have very capable Android competitors. These include the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, as well as OnePlus 3T and LG V20. With iOS 10, Apple is continuously trying to improve the performance of iPhones.

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In this article, we take a look at the top reasons why iPhone has the edge over Android smartphones in 2017.

iPhone Apps Come First & Are Better Looking

Most apps come both iOS and Android. However, notable and innovative apps tend to be released first on iOS. Furthermore, updates to the apps which add new features also debut first on iOS.

On top of that, iPhone apps often have a better design that Android apps. This is an area that Google is supposedly working on. Google wants to make the app design of all the apps in Play Store much more uniform.

You will often see Snapchat updates arriving on iPhone sooner than they arrive on competing Android phones. To quote an example from current news, iPhone users have been able to download and enjoy Super Mario Run for quite a while now. However, Android users are still waiting for the game to be made available on Play Store.

Do note that this difference is expected to go away by the end of 2017. Furthermore, there is no doubt about the fact that Google Play Store is vast, and has a huge collection of apps and games.

iPhone receives updates much faster

One area where iPhone sails ahead of Android smartphones is the update distribution. All iPhone users, irrespective of the carrier they are on, get the iOS updates on time. However, this is not the case with Android.

If you are using an old Android device, not only will you have to wait for the update to be released for your device, you will also have to wait for the update to be approved by your carrier. This makes the whole process of updating your phone much more complicated and lengthy.

More often than not, new Android updates drop support for old devices. Apple guarantees timely updates for iPhone that are up to three years old. Google offers updates to Nexus devices for two years, but other manufacturers of Android-based smartphones perform much worse.

iPhone doesn’t have carrier branded apps

Even if you buy your iPhone from a carrier store, you won’t find your phone filled with useless apps from the cellular company. Sure, there are a few apps that Apple has installed on your iPhone, but you can disable/hide these apps.

On Android phones, you will get numerous apps installed by the carrier that you will most likely never use. With the iPhone, you get a cleaner start than any Android phone on the market.

Apple Care+ Extended Warranty Plan

Apple offers an extended warranty service for its devices. For example, you can spend another $100-$130 to get two additional years of accidental damage repair and manufacturer warranty. This is a brilliant option – and something that has no equivalent in the Android world.

There are similar options from HTC and Samsung, but none of them are as extensive or thoughtful as the Apple Care Warranty. Similar options from various carriers cost much more than what you have to pay for Apple Care.

AirDrop Sharing on iPhone

When you want to share files between your various Apple devices, or with your friends who also own an iPhone, you will find that the process is much easier compared to a similar setup with Android.

You can simply share the file with a few taps with Apple’s AirDrop. Although Google has tried incorporating something similar to Android Beam, it will take some time to assess whether the feature is as useful as AirDrop.