By Ekaete Bassey
Whatever your operating system of choice, you’ve probably realised the iPhone vs. Android debate is a pretty big one in some corners of the internet.
Android fans assume some pretty insulting things about iPhone users and iPhone fans make some pretty unflattering statements about Android users. Each side thinks the other has made the wrong choice.
But petty arguments aside, there are some pretty good reasons to consider each mobile operating system, which means despite what some Android devotees may think, there are some solid reasons to buy an iPhone.
Although Android have amazing features and some of the phones based on Android are amazing, it can’t neglect the fact that iPhones have this amazing blend of software and hardware.
There are a lot of reasons why people choose a phone from Apple over a device from one of the many manufacturers creating Android phones:
· iPhone is more user-friendly
Even though most Android phone creators try their best in producing these phones, iPhones remains the easiest phone to use till now.
The look and feel of iPhones have not changed over the years. This has been one of its advantages over android phones because it works pretty much the same way it did in 2008.
You just pick up, switch it on, and touch the app you want to open. Despite Apple making some improvements over the years like Control Center, the iPhone is still very easy to learn.
· iPhones have extreme security
How about you buy a phone and not worry about it getting virus or somebody spying on your device and files? Ahh Yes, iPhones give you that freedom. With Androids, its complicated.
Apple doesn’t release its source code to app developers, and nobody on earth aside them can modify the codes. This makes it very hard for hackers to find loops to hack the smartphone.
What about Android devices?? Well they rely on open-source code for its numerous devices which makes it very attractive to hackers.
According to the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), even with physical possession of someone’s iPhone, it takes the assistance of an exceptionally skilled hacker to break into it and access the data. And that’s on a 32-bit phone. Apple doesn’t even make 32-bit phones anymore.
· iPhone keeps its Worth and have better resale value
iPhones tend to hold their value pretty well. It’s easier to resell an iPhone than an Android phone if you want an upgrade.
Since new smartphone models with attractive features are published often, people constantly want to upgrade their phones to newer models. When people stop using their phones and buy a new one, they often want to sell their still functional old phone at the best possible price.
Apple phones keep their resale value far better than Android phones. iPhones are made of high-quality materials, which goes a long way in helping them maintain their resale value. Apple phones also remain as flagship models and up-to-date longer, as there is only one manufacturer and new and better phones aren’t launched as often as Android phones.
· iPhone accessibility is top-notch
iPhones are also preferred more over Android because of the accessibility features. Its built-in accessibility features, the many adaptive and assistive apps available, and ease of use make it the most preferred smartphone for the vast majority of people with disabilities.
For example, Apple’s iOS comes with a number of accessibility features (black on white, larger text sizes for default apps, interface zoom, etc) that continue to be improved upon.
Also, apple’s voiceover is acknowledged as one of its most useful accessibility features. Voiceover is an accessibility feature that makes the iPhone and iPad easier to operate for the blind and visually impaired.
· Apple provides the best support
If you have a problem with your Android phone, you can search online forums or reach out to your carrier. But with the iPhone, you can tap into a vast database of useful help articles on Apple’s website itself and can get help via live chat or you can even make a genius bar reservation at your favorite Apple Store and get help from an Apple expert.
Google still doesn’t offer this sort of direct relationship with its customers.
· You can update iOS in iPhone whenever you want
Another major advantage of the iPhone over Android is that you can update iOS in iPhone whenever you want.
The iPhone 6s, released in 2015 will still receive software updates when apple releases a new OS with the iPhone 13 models this September. Incredible!
How many 6-year old android devices are still receiving software updates? I bet NONE!!
This makes the iPhone an asset in the phone market as you can always resell at a good price when you need cash or want to upgrade your phone.
· iPhone apps are well designed with super amazing cameras
Have you seen Snapchat videos on an Android phone?? It is could sometimes pass for a 1980 CCTV clip.
The truth is apps are well designed on iPhones over Androids. They are very smooth.
Application developers can easily create apps that work seamlessly on Apple devices.
It is not the same with Androids as there are different brands using the operating system which is usually a nightmare sometimes.
The cameras on the iPhones are also super amazing & superior to its competitors.
· iPhones are generally faster than Android phones
Performance is one of the areas iPhones beats Android most of the time. This seems ridiculous considering iPhone internals.
You will experience fewer glitches and slow-downs using iPhones compared to android phones.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is currently the most powerful Apple smartphone and it features a six-core CPU with 4GB of RAM. Those specifications would be considered mid-range at best in the current Android world.
· iPhones have an overall better look
The iPhone has always been pretty reputed for having an especially sleek and classy design, and in this factor Android falls short.
Of course, it’s not like Android hasn’t had produced good-looking phones before, think the gorgeous HTC One and Xiami Mi Note but when you compare the majority of iPhones to the majority of Android phones the former’s appearance wins effortlessly.
· Better hardware and software integration
Some of the features of iPhones are unbeatable. The hardware and software of the phones work hand in hand. Even when other brands have tried to copy and formulate their versions, they have failed terribly. Mostly, no one has been able to beat the quality and exactness of the technology that Apple uses.
The FaceID unlock was also first brought by Apple and it has worked seamlessly on its platforms. The Android counterparts have made many attempts at getting this done and some of their efforts have turned futile as their version is not usable enough. Android’s Faceunlock is one such example. It tries to compete against Apple’s FaceID. However, comes way shorter than its competition.
Also, the Memoji and Animoji features of the iPhone are enjoyed by the users and remain mostly unbeatable. There is no app or feature in Google’s Android that can compete against these 2 unique features.
· Apple Pay for mobile payments
Although Android manufacturers are trying to make Android Pay work, Apple Pay is the most popular method for making mobile payments. It is also very easy to use.
You can use Apple Pay by bringing your iPhone near the supported payment terminal at the checkout corner and then authenticate the payment with your phone’s Face ID or Touch ID sensor.
Apple Pay also supports reward cards and a store-issued credit cards from a wide range of companies. All of these are stored in the new AppleWallet app.
· iPhones aren’t packed with bloatware added by the carrier
One of the drawbacks of going with an Android phone, even if you love Google’s platform and its apps and services, is the carrier you purchase your phone through will probably add all kinds of apps and bloatware of its own.
That isn’t a problem on an iPhone as you can delete any unwanted Apple apps when you set up your new phone.
On Android phones, many of the apps that were installed by the carrier can never be uninstalled. That doesn’t seem like a big problem when you have a brand-new phone.
But when you’re a year or two in and need more storage space, you won’t be looking at those unwanted apps kindly.