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Are You an iPhone or an Android Person?

by Marco Chavez 3 years ago in mobile

Have you ever considered switching operating systems?

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There has always been a tough decision when it comes down to deciding which device you will dedicate your next two years to... iOS or Android OS?

When Apple first came out with the iPhone is was in a very heated competition with BlackBerry. BlackBerry and Apple both had unique visions on how devices will be shaped in the years to come. While Apple focused on no buttons, BlackBerry focused on more. The reason why people were sticking to BlackBerrys was because Apple had released a technology not yet trusted. Eventually Apple won the feud, causing now industry leader Samsung to build a device that would battle Apple to this day. With the release of the HTC Dream (the first android OS device), Android inc. started innovating and pushing the boundaries of a mobile operating system.

HTC Dream

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Today Android is owned by Google, and it used on devices from an untraceable amount of manufacturers.

Some of the benefits of using the Android operating system is it's capability. With the Android operating system you are able to download any app that you would like to, whether it be from the app store or your browser, you are able to install "Launchers" on your device which basically changes the way that your system runs, and you are able to use multiple different apps in place of the stock apps that come with the device such as the messaging app and phone app. These are just a beginning to what you could do with an Android device, but like on both devices, there are too many things to list on both ends.

The kind of person that needs an android device is someone who has used an android device before, or someone who wants to freedom to have access to your device in total. The biggest competition android has over Apple is the ability to use your phone as a computer. On certain devices such as the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 9, you are able to plug the device into a cable to a display which turns your phone into a desktop. This feature is an added benefit for those who would like to do business with presentations, or save files on their phone to access whenever there is a free screen available. This feature works on certain TVs and most computer displays. A person who needs to consider android is someone who enjoys being able to access your documents and pictures from virtually any device. With and android device your most valuable content is stored by default on google, which means you can sign in on any browser on any computer and access it. Google offers a huge cloud for free for you to save any data that you would like. One of the other things you get from an android device is that there are literally hundreds and thousands of devices you can choose from, made by thousands of different manufacturers (even some that you know of that make your other products). With android you can stick to the manufacturer that you like such as Sony, LG, HTC, Dell, HP, BlackBerry, and Amazon etc. An android user loves their freedom, and options, but they also love their price! Those who purchase android devices typically spends 50 percent less then those who choose Apple. Although, 85 percent of android users are not using the latest android devices whereas nearly 50 percent of Apple users are using devices released after 2016. These numbers do have something to do with how there are significantly more android devices in the hands of consumers then iPhones.

Let's talk about Apple.

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Although I just talked up android for quit a bit, there are definite advantages over owning an iPhone. With the iPhone you receive a tremendous amount of support from the community and the company. Apple offers a beautiful protection plan for it's devices and has a speedy system to get your device back in your hands after as big of a repair as a new battery, to as little as a new screen. The protection plan does not have to be purchased from your carrier whereas for most android devices the manufacturer does not offer any kind of protection plan. The biggest reason people purchase iPhones is because of their "ecosystem." When you hear technologists talking about the iPhone ecosystem, what they really mean is how connected you are to other iPhone users. With the purchase of a newer iPhone you can FaceTime, and iMessage. FaceTime is a video call, at HD quality over your data or WiFi signal. What's most important about having FaceTime is how easy it is to call your friends and family, and how reliable the stream is. Android does have google's version of facetime but requires internet connection, or the call quality is not up to par with FaceTime. With the iMessage you can take texting to a whole other level. You are able to see your friends typing as they are texting you, you can send/receive sent receipts, you can send emojis, you can add effects to your messages, you can even send your heartbeat (a feature used with the apple watch)! Apple does have a cloud, however, when you start the free account it is only for 5 GB. In this day in age, that is not nearly enough to store all of your content. You can upgrade to 50 GB of storage for 0.99, but who wants to pay more for something you could get free with google? This causes a lot of people to use alternatives then the native cloud storage. Most of iPhone users typically carry other devices that stay within the ecosystem such as the Apple Watch, Apple TV, MacBook, and iPad. An Apple consumer almost never is caught without an additional Apple product such as those listed above.

The reason why so many Apple consumers stick with the Apple brand when purchasing other devices is because of how integrated they are with each other. The connection between the iPad, the watch, and the phone are simply seamless and make day-to-day so much easier. The connection between all the devices is so much more pleasing to have then owning different devices from different manufacturers. It almost feels as though not having another Apple device makes your first one feel lonely.

Apple devices are very limited in what you can do with them, but it's all for the safety and security of the consumers. The iPhone has been one of the toughest devices to hack into for at least the past 4 years. Jailbreaking isn't a thing anymore due to the constant security patches, and airtight locked code in the device.

This is unfortunately all up to opinion... the camera on the iPhones has ALWAYS been superior. With all the iPhones I've owned vs Androids, the color has been so much more realistic, and the front facing camera has been very reliable. Apple made recording content, and doing photography entirely possible from just one device. The storage options go to support that. A lot of youtubers do use their iPhones to record their videos, and I feel that the quality is a lot better.

The iPhone is for family, and that's simply it. I feel like that's enough to say. The iPhone is for those who want to stay connected to each other, and wants a simple phone that doesn't have too much while not having too little. Those who should purchase the iPhone are persons who don't need anything that can fly to the moon or stay at the bottom of the ocean for ten years, but something that they can share small memories with their loved ones. Apple creates a bridge between it's users, and makes you feel connected with the rest of it's ecosystem in a way that android will never be able to do.

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Thank you for supporting me and taking the time to read my article! I hope you've learned something and I've given you some insight on your next purchase. Have a great day!

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Marco Chavez

I am a student studying Software Engineering out of California. I typically spend most of my time studying current trends in the technology industry and writing poetry.

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