iPhone vs. Android: Which Is Better?

Competition is a wonderful thing. When we're talking football it means teams and players push one another to be their athletic best. When we're talking about new phones, it ultimately comes down to iPhone vs. Android.

The battle for our smartphone loyalties has helped shape smartphones into the indispensable devices they are today, with more features displayed on bigger, clearer screens, powered by faster processors. If you're in the market to buy a new phone, the questions remains: Which is Better: iPhone or Android?

If you ask 10 different people, you're likely to get divided opinions, according to which phone each respondent has in his or her pocket. The truth is that both operating systems work pretty well. But in the interest of actually giving you an answer, let's take a quick minute to compare them to give you some insight into the iPhone vs. Android fight.

Cameras: There's no part of smartphones that has undergone more improvements over the years. The days of grainy pixelated photos (Is that Bigfoot?) are gone. These days, both phones are at a stalemate when it comes to the bells and whistles: dual-lens rear cameras for super selfies, HDR modes, portrait modes, the list goes on. As AppleInsider puts it, "(Android) photos are just as sharp as or sharper than the iPhone X in various situations." Call it a stalemate.

Hardware: This may be the biggest difference between the two platforms. Apple iPhones are your only hardware option for iOS. No matter what iPhone model you choose, all run iOS. When it comes to Android, things get a little more complicated. Although the Samsung Galaxy line is the most popular, there are also options from Sony, LG, Google, and others. Those comparisons are for another post.

Software: It comes down to user preferences again here. Apple tends to offer regular support and updates, including bug fixes and security updates, for phones that are multiple generations behind the latest model. Android phones phase out quicker, but offer a higher level of freedom when it comes to tinkering that iPhones can't match. It's a trade-off, so figure out what's most important to you and how often you plan to upgrade your hardware, the phone itself.

App stores: At one point, there was no comparison to make here. The App store offered many more options. But recently the Google Play store has closed that gap. If there's an app you use that you can't live without, it's advisable to check if it or an alternative are available before switching. Otherwise, you're unlikely to miss out on much.

Things can change on a dime, as the iPhone vs. Android competition rages on and each operating system goes through more upgrades. Just remember, when it comes to this business competition, consumers are the real winners.

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