This is a common topic amongst even the most average of us. Many people stand toe-to-toe at parties to verbally slug it out. Which operating system is better. Two of our collaborators decided to write an article explaining their views on their particular preference, and why they prefer it.
Our preferences may differ, but I’m sure that one thing we can all agree on is that a phone is a tool. We get phones for their distinguishing features, or purely for status. Most don’t give a second thought to the operating system it runs but if, like me, you are dependent on certain features that particular OS offers, it does matter.
The biggest complaint I’ve come across from people using Android is that iOS is too sandbox. Not enough customisable features. You’re limited to what Apple allows you to do. In my opinion, that’s exactly what makes Apple brilliant. They don’t have hundreds of different phones from different companies running their own custom ROMs, thus eliminating a thousand problems you might face, each unique to that specific company. This way, if there’s a problem with iOS, there’s only one required fix. As a blind person, the one thing I hated doing on Android phones was web browsing. I dunno why, I could never find a phone that worked all the way. So it pretty much boils down to navigation. They don’t navigate the same. Every Android phone is uniquely problematic navigation-wise, whereas iPhones are all very similar in the sense that if something is buggy, chances are it’s not your phone alone, and support is just a click away. In-app navigation is good, too. I find iOS more informative.
Another problem I had with Android phones is a lot of them weren’t really able to update after a certain point—even phones that had come out a year before. I know people using iPhones that are four or five years old who are still able to update. Updating, as you might know, is important, especially if there are bugs in the current version, and even more especially if you rely on accessibility software. My Android phones used to last a year, or two at the most. Then again, it could also depend on the phone.
Lastly, like I said before, it depends on what you want in a phone. Android is not altogether terrible. It’s usable, offers more of a variety if you’ve got a tight budget, and their accessories are mostly universal. You can get a phone tailored to your needs, almost. You can decide to get one because of a camera, or one because your old one broke, and you need a temporary one that does the social media thing, if just for a while. Me? I got my phone because of convenience and brilliant accessibility.
I don’t go anywhere without my phone. With the world constantly at my fingertips, I can’t imagine my life without it.
Currently I have an iPhone 6. Before this device I used a Samsung Galaxy S4. The first thing I’d noticed was the difference in look and feel of iOS compared to Android. It seemed faster, smoother and prettier. (But that’s probably just personal opinion)
I do have to admit that, although I found the iPhone easier to use, I felt limited to what I was able to do, but that was just a bit of brainwashing left over from my friends who are totally anti-Apple.
The navigation and accessibility is better for sure. With Siri always on standby to help you out with information on the weather, sport and world news, or calling your boss to tell him you’re stuck in traffic, it’s always handy to have your iPhone in your pocket. (When you have an internet connection, obviously)
The life of the device is absolutely prolonged when compared to an Android device. My device is already three years old and still going strong. It’s still running on iOS 10. After the rumours that Apple deliberately slows down their older mobile devices when upgrading to the latest iOS, I am a bit hesitant to do so. In comparison to my old Android device, my iOS device is a lot faster and smoother when it comes to running Apps and processes, even though it’s not the latest device on the market.
My personal preference would be Apple. But, in the end, Android does not fall far from the (Apple)tree, with it being more open source and customisable. With a wider range of devices to choose from, I can’t really say that it’s not on the same level as iOS .
I say it all comes down to personal preference and whether you want to consider yourself an Apple Fanboy or not.
So there you have it – our biased opinions. We think Apple rocks. How about you?