The never-ending battle between the world’s two biggest mobile operating software has been around for a few years. There are many aspects and features that are unique to Apple and are certainly praiseworthy(namely privacy). The extreme ease of use, fast performance, etc oozes class and productivity from the products. But if you change your perspective a bit you will surely notice how iOS is restrictive and inflexible sometimes. This is where Android OS shines! Supreme flexibility and a plethora of choices in hardware are strong suits of Android. In recent years the gap between Android and Apple has steadily been decreasing. Android’s catching up and is much more of a competition to Apple than it was before. Let’s look at some awesome perks of Android phones over iPhone:
1. Endless options
When you look at the phone models available in an Apple store, you can count the good ones with fingers on a single hand. Needless to say, if you are tight with your budget, you definitely won’t be getting the best model. Enter Android! Android phones on the other hand have an insane amount of models to choose from. With some research, you can get a great model as per your desired price range. What’s more, is that most companies make different models ranging from 200$ to 1000$. The best value for money are those in the mid-range (700-800$), Oneplus and Google’s Pixel smartphones are great examples.
2. Phone chargers
Apple has finally surrendered their signature “lighting cables” (which were frustratingly delicate and extremely expensive) and replaced them with USB-C cables. This is for new iPhone and iPad models and upcoming ones as well. iPhone chargers were always expensive but it wasn’t a problem if you could manage to take care of them. Now since chargers are not included in any iPhone box, customers are not happy about it. But Android phones users have it much easier. Chargers are abundant, accessible, and affordable! You can easily use your old phone’s charger for your new Android one if you didn’t get a charger.
3. Say Hi to Headphone Jacks
Headphone jacks are the most underappreciated feature of a phone. No matter how much you deny it there will be certain times when you just don’t have a Bluetooth headset (or it’s not charged). It is then when you will appreciate the availability of a headphone jack. iPhone models after the iPhone 7 stopped having headphone jacks. You might have to take a headphone set that works with the lightning cable or USB-C(depending on your iPhone model). Of course, Android smartphones have got you covered. Use the earphones provided in the box or borrow a friend’s if you forgot them at home. It’s so easy!
4. Customizations and Widgets
Apple’s iOS is highly restrictive in this matter. The options to customize your Home Screen with widgets are inferior to the high range of options available in Android, especially those powered by Google. Live wallpapers, Lock Screen optimizations, music, etc are just way better and have more variety in Android. This level of personalization is not available in iOS so, Android clearly wins here.
5. Universal Back button
When any age-old Android user shifts to iPhone, they are shocked by the absence of a universal back button at the bottom. This is so because Android’s back button is an effortlessly simple and quick way to return or go back on a web page, app, basically everything. All apps support it and allow users to go back simply by tapping the button at the bottom of the screen. Just imagine if such a wonderful feature would be suddenly removed from your phone. You will then have to tap on each app’s uniquely placed back button to perform that function. You can imagine how such a simple feature reduces friction while using Android phones.
6. Splitscreen support
Split-screen support is a life (and time) saver! You can perform two different tasks side by side on one screen. If your phone’s screen is big enough (most of the modern flagship phones have 6-inch screens), it is a much smoother experience. This feature is immensely useful when you want to take notes from a meeting/class or do two tasks side by side. This split-screen feature is already built-in into almost all Android phones, so you don’t even need to download third-party apps. While iPads support split-screen, iPhones sadly do not. This again puts Android users in a much better spot than iPhone users.
7. A great File Manager
The ability to link and transfer files and other data from your phone to a computer (or vice versa) is invaluable to many smartphone users. I mean you would expect that such a simple and much-needed feature would be in the crazy expensive devices by Apple right? But no! You have to set up an account in iTunes first then you are allowed to move media files exclusively between your iPhone and computer. This unnecessary restriction is thankfully absent in Android. You just link your phone with a computer via a USB cord and you can transfer any data both ways.
8. Launcher replacement
Many iPhone users complain about the inflexibility of customizing their Home Screen and app icons. They can put on cool covers on their phone but there is no way to add their personality into what’s inside the screen. As mentioned before iOS on iPhones can be pretty inflexible in such matters. But such a simple problem doesn’t even exist in Android phones. While in iPhones there is only one icon for each app, in Android you can install new system launchers to change your device’s theme and app icons. This flashy feature is much appreciated by Android users. Smartphone companies like Samsung, MI, etc often produce themes, wallpapers, and launchers themselves for their users.
9. Google services
Google services, availability of hardware, and optimizations of the Android software are the major factors why Android is still in such an overwhelming majority. Google has ruthlessly drilled for optimizations of their services and software to seamlessly blend with Android and provide its users a superb experience. Some great examples of this are Play Store, Google Assistant, YouTube, Gmail, etc. Yes, some of them are available in iPhones as well but if you compare the services on the two platforms, they feel much natural on Android. You could say Google has helped in facilitating the structure of a Google ecosystem on Android, inspired by the Apple ecosystem.
10. Custom ROMs
Many old iPhones have stopped receiving new software updates. It takes the joy of their users away, to explore a new vibrant software update gets everyone excited! Of course, this does happen to many Android smartphones as companies claim that their hardware is not compatible with this update. But a major advantage of being an Android user is that there is always a (legal) way in Android! For this case, it’s called custom ROMs! Installing one is like installing a new software version (or type altogether). This is Android‘s customization at its peak, but it is always better to be cautious of malware or other trouble like cracking of the software.