When it comes to smartphone platforms, there are two big names to choose from. On the one hand, you have iOS, the original smartphone operating system and a very stable option from Apple. On the other hand, you have the much more open Android system from Google that is used on most other major smartphones. Which is the right call for you?
Android vs iOS
Open vs Closed Systems
Apple is known for their user-friendly, “it just works” attitude towards design. In order to achieve this, however, Apple’s platforms, like iOS and Mac OS, are much more closed-off. While iOS is a very user-friendly and pleasing platform, it doesn’t offer the same range of customization and granularity that Android does.
Android, on the other hand, has a bit more of a learning curve. It’s more akin to using a Windows computer than a Mac. There are a ton of options available to users, but they also require you learn a lot about your phone and how it works. That said, this openness also comes with a price: platform instability and malware.
Aesthetics and Functionality
Generally speaking, both iOS and Android allow users to do roughly the same things. Sending text messages, making phone calls, navigating the internet and using apps are all the same across the two systems. Both allow for music playback, both have support for all major apps and neither has a glaring hole in its functionality.
If you like the idea of controlling the aesthetics of your phone’s operational appearance, however, Android is for you. Landing pages, backgrounds and basic phone operations are much more malleable on Android, though this does mean you can accidentally make your phone very difficult to navigate effectively.
One of the biggest drawbacks to iOS is the closed nature of the system in more ways than one. Namely, iOS is only available on iPhones, and not everyone loves Apple’s design ethos. Some people just can’t afford the newest Apple phones, while others don’t like the minimalist design.
Android, on the other hand, is available on phones from a wide number of manufacturers at wildly varying price points and design styles.
If you’re the kind of person who likes an “all-in-the-box” design style, you’ll love Apple’s iOS. If you prefer to customize your phone and make everything your own, however, you’ll likely prefer to use Android.