We are going to explore the strengths of Android and find out what makes it better than iOS. Alright, so I think the biggest advantage Android has over iOS, and the reason why people choose the platform, can be boiled down to one word: freedom. And that sense of having limitless options and freedom of choice is clear from the very beginning. When shopping for an Android device, customers have literally thousands of products to choose from. And that allows each person to decide for themselves which hardware features are most important. Whether you want an SD card slot for expandable storage, a headphone jack to charge and listen to music at the same time, a fingerprint reader, no display notch, a larger battery, almost everyone Android customer can find a device with just the right combination of hardware features that best suits their own needs.
Compare that to buying for an iOS device
Where you have just four choices of smartphones. Leaving customers to live with the dramatic choices Apple tends to make with their hardware, like removing the headphone jack before many people wanted, using a proprietary connector, or being the last company to include more storage space on their base model smartphone. But the freedom Android users enjoy goes much further than hardware.
In fact, the Android operating system itself is open source. That means developers have the freedom to do things like using third-party tools for app development, which allows for unique features and functionality that isn’t allowed on closed-source platforms like iOS.
Now when it comes to the operating system, Android users love its customizability. And one of the most common things to customize is the launcher, or what iOS users call the home screen. Whether you want a grid-less launcher with a focus on widgets, a quick launcher with a focus on gesture controls, or a more productive launcher with an emphasis on enterprise integration, there is a suitable custom launcher out there for you. But there’s, even more, you can change about Android, like the appearance of your icons, the keyboard, the lock screen, and even set default apps. With the announcement of Android 12 Material You, android users can take customization to another level. And that’s a level of customization most iOS users could never even imagine.
It was a big deal when iOS began allowing custom wallpapers in 2010. Something users had been waiting on for three years. And that’s a very common trend with Apple. They’re typically very conservative when it comes to customization or more advanced features since they don’t want to overwhelm or confuse users who may not be familiar with the technology. For example, the iPhone didn’t have cut, copy, and paste until iOS 3, introduced two years after the original iPhone. Which many Android users at the time found to be quite amusing since they’d had the feature since day one.
And that has only continued throughout the history of iOS, and it’s the reason why jailbreaking iPhones became so popular. Android was receiving features like grouped notifications, settings shortcuts, multitasking, quick replies, widgets, and many more features that took Apple years to implement in iOS. So, users took matters into their own hands by jailbreaking their iPhones which removed Apple’s restrictions and allowed unauthorized software to be installed on the device. That way, iOS users could enjoy many of the advanced features Android already had.
Now, something that iPhone and Android devices have in common is their growing size. Smartphones today are larger than ever before, and this has likely caused issues when trying to hold or position your device.
Now over the years, Apple has taken many of the most popular tweaks from the jailbreak community and implemented them into iOS. Like the ability to install third-party keyboards or track battery health, which has led to jailbreaking becoming much less popular than in the past. But it’s worth pointing out how long it has taken Apple to bring these features to iOS. For example, they recently introduced iOS 14, which finally gives users the ability to set default apps, a capability Android has had for over a decade. But it actually gets even more ridiculous than that. Because even though Apple is allowing third-party default apps, they’re limiting it to mail and browser.
Instead of implementing it across the entire operating system to include other apps like maps and music. And that’s something Android users really disdain. They don’t like the feeling of being shackled to one company, which decides what they can and can’t do with their own hardware and software. In their opinion, they should have the power to decide what their own smartphone does, rather than leaving those important decisions to a faceless corporation that doesn’t understand their unique needs.
And that’s why Android users typically have a variety of devices from a variety of companies.
Maybe they’ll have a Samsung smartphone, a Dell notebook, and an Apple tablet. Because for them, that setup is the most suitable for their circumstances. Another benefit of Android being completely open is that users have total access to the operating system’s source code. This allows for something called root, which is usually compared to jailbreaking on an iPhone, but actually gives Android users much deeper access to the operating system.
Rooting can actually help overcome some of the shortcomings of Android, like receiving updates much faster, removing the manufacturer’s bulky software skins, deleting carrier bloatware, and optimizing the battery life of your device. The last advantage of Android devices is their price. It’s much easier to find a low-cost Android smartphone than a low-cost iPhone. That’s a big reason why Apple released the $400 iPhone SE earlier this year, which Tim Cook said he hopes will attract more Android users to iOS. And while that’ll likely work to some degree, many Android users simply view iOS as too restrictive, and would still refuse to switch to the platform even if iPhones did become cheaper than Android phones.
I truly believe both platforms have their own strengths and weaknesses. And the decision regarding which one is best for you is your decision to make.