So, your call dropped again or your phone fell in the toilet. I guess that means you are in the market for a new smartphone (perhaps your first smartphone), but which digital giant should you put your hard-earned money toward? For one thing, choosing a smartphone is a bigger choice than most realize. Thankfully, if you can’t decide whether to pick an iPhone or one of the many Android phones, then these main categories should help you out: affordability, battery life, messaging, security, and the camera.
Apple doesn’t make budget devices, and the latest iPhone is always among the most expensive mind-controlling devices on the market (costing $650 and up). The iPhone SE is as close as Apple gets to a budget device, starting from $400; obviously, that is still pretty pricey. Apple’s large iPhone 7 Plus starts at $770. Apple’s large cost right off the bat made this one easy.
Battery life is a huge factor. With an Android device, you can see your battery usage at a glance with an estimate of how much battery life you have left. Apple, on the other hand, introduced a detailed battery-usage app in their update of the iOS 8. Additionally, a battery-saving mode (called Low Power Mode) followed in iOS 9. However, the bigger screens in the latest iPhones have canceled out improvements made in iOS 8. There have been further improvements in power efficiency in iOS 9, but ultimately Apple lost a lot of ground.
FaceTime and iMessage come pre-installed on every iPhone, so it’s extremely easy to connect with friends and family. Also, iMessage is very easy to use. In the iOS 10 update, iMessage gained a lot of new features. This includes third-party app integration, stickers, GIFs, and other handy items. Android can be confusing depending on which phone you own. In addition, group chats are hard to create on Android devices unless you get a third-party app as well.
Android phones are still running software that’s 3-4 years old and as such are vulnerable to serious hacks. Also, the nature of updates on many Android devices can seriously delay important security patches. Apple is known for its strength and privacy. One of their most notable features is the Touch ID. Apple also prioritizes user privacy, so the consumer can feel safe knowing that their personal data is not stored or read by Apple. This gives iOS a definite edge over Android.
At first glance, it would seem Android phones have iOS beat in this department. For instance, a iPhone 7 has 12 megapixels and an Android phone can have around 16 megapixels. However, there is much more to a phone than its megapixels count. Apple does a magnificent job capturing lighting, coloring, and other important details.
With every main category scored, it comes down to a close digital race. However, the simplicity and reliability of the iPhone makes it #1.