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Which do you think is better: Apple's iOS or Android?

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How about a third option JT? I don't think either is better than the other.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

I didn't know Android was a phone. I thought it was an OS. You learn something new every day!

Moderator: Fair enough. The question has been changed to make it clearer.

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Apple's IOS is like that insanely expensive sports car that a regular car repair shop can't fix and always needs a highly-specialized technician just to replace a single light bulb. An Android OS is like a Japanese-made car that can be fixed and replaced with just about any part and can be done with by just about any garage out there. It's a no contest, to be honest

6 ( +14 / -8 )

You miss it, Toshihiro. To'ally missed. At least your last sentence is right, for iOS. Android OS is a mess.

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Toshihiro: "An Android OS is like a Japanese-made car that can be fixed and replaced with just about any part and can be done with by just about any garage out there. It's a no contest, to be honest"

Not sure where on earth you got your comparison from, but, no, Android is the same disaster Windows has always been, on a smaller scale. You have a Toshiba body, Android OS, third party speaker, parts made in China, and all of them conflict with each other.

Apple products are extremely expensive, though, I'll give you that one. It's one case where you pay more for a better product.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

IOS is better and I will always own an iphone. I just wish their products were cheaper though.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

The interface of IOS certainly looks better, but with the iPhone's restrictions and limitations, I'd say Android is superior. Android is for a bit more tech savvy individual.

13 ( +16 / -3 )

iOS is way overpriced. As much as apple fans will disagree android phones are way ahead is features and tech, nearly everything new in iOS 12 was on android 2-3 years ago. #thinkdifferent

10 ( +14 / -4 )

iOS is way overpriced.

It's free... just as Android is free. The hardware though... Well... For the top end phones they're all overpriced.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Unless you are using a Google phone (Pixel / Nexus), you aren't really getting a pure Android experience like iOS has with the iPhone. When you compare them this way, I prefer Android. In my opinion, it's way more functional than iOS.

I was just in China and have a VPN app on my phone. My wife uses an iPhone with the same VPN app. The Android version is way more robust and actually works. The VPN app for iOS was useless.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

iPhone don't like to adapt for other apps providers, and so on.

Android has Google back up, which makes it easier in that sense.

But being IT-dumb, I am just used to iPhones, though I do not use or need 80% of the applications.

There is a user friendliness with iPhones that various Android makes collectively do not have (I have had both).

iPhone now is a euphemism for sumaho now anyway, and in a sense that says enough

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I love my apple laptop but dumped my iPhone for android as I dispise iTunes but love music. Android is great just have to keep an eye out for viruses, which is easily done with free Norton software.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

If you're a tinkerer and doing stuff your way - Android

If you just want to use something without much bother - iOS

Note: in different parts of our lives, we're tinkerers in some areas, but no-bothers in other areas

(Ex: I know people who are tinkerers with computers, but wouldn't open the hood of a car, and I know people who can't be bothered to learn the intricacies of computers, but show them a car and they'd wanna mod it their way or the highway)

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Not sure where on earth you got your comparison from, but, no, Android is the same disaster Windows has always been, on a smaller scale. You have a Toshiba body, Android OS, third party speaker, parts made in China, and all of them conflict with each other.

Apple products are extremely expensive, though, I'll give you that one. It's one case where you pay more for a better product.

Well both Android and Windows have been and are super successful, building a OS which works only on one type of hardware is easy compared to building a OS which runs on ANY compatible hardware. Apple's product are deliberately priced and marketed as such, the ONLY better in Apple products is design and packaging, and this is what the die hard gullible Apple fans see and buy.

When it comes to technology, Samsung is way ahead of Apple, example the ARM processor in the iPhone is made by Samsung and licensed to Apple.

https://www.cnet.com/news/arm-samsung-agreement-may-point-to-future-iphone-chips/

Also the Apple devices are deliberately designed locked with not much option of repairs, now they could have provided the option to open the phone but they want you to buy the expensive phone and when it breaks buy another expensive phone.

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I would choose an android. Because it is applied to many types of devices, but it also has a disadvantage: it doesn't offer epoch-making tools in terms of application, I think.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

When it comes to technology, Samsung is way ahead of Apple, example the ARM processor in the iPhone is made by Samsung and licensed to Apple.

I'm not sure that's a good example. Samsung manufacture the processors, but the IP belongs to ARM and is licensed to both Samsung and Apple. I'm fairly sure Samsung will manufacture to Apple's specifications.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Android will run on a cheap phone so its better. More choice of screen sizes etc. too. It has taken Apple years to catch up on that one. Fewer silly things like no headphone jacks or proprietary charging ports. In our own experience with kids, Lightening connectors break more easily.

I will readily admit that an Iphone might actually be better than a similarly priced, high-end Android phone but both are way overspec'ed for ordinary people. I would hope people paying that much for their phone do it because they are really into tech and not because they think cheap phones are rubbish (they are not) and they need to pay 100,000 yen for something to send messages with cute icons on LINE.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Apple has proved that limitations are sometimes a good thing, they decide when the people are ready for a new function. Waterproof? Until apple made their phones ip86 no one would ever consider taking their phones into the shower. Big screens? Apple made them cool and convinced us that they were cool and useful. Double camera? Until apple introduced their superior product, one was enough. OLED? Apple convinced us that LED screens were superior, especially with the words"retina"stamped on them...but apple showed the world that they could improve on that technology and introduced super duper OLED, blowing away the competition and making OLED mainstream. SD cards? Apple proved that we didn't need them, instead they introduced iCloud, a far superior way to back up your pics and music. Remove headphone port? Again apple lead the way, proving that we didn't need those, instead they introduced the highly fashionable superior sounding i earphone thingies.

If we just follow apple, the world would be a better place!

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Android will run on a cheap phone so its better.

It's only better if you want to buy a cheap phone. For those of us that only buy top-end phones, 'better' is an OS that is optimized to our phone, our priority is not that it can be used across a wide range of phones.

And for that matter, maybe iOS could be run on cheap phones. There isn't actually any way to even know if your metric of comparison is accurate.

What we do know is that iOS keeps improving to the point that iOS 12 boots 2 seconds faster on an iPhone 5c than iOS 11 did. Apple is streamlining their OS even for older models.

More choice of screen sizes etc. too. It has taken Apple years to catch up on that one.

Again, this is only relevant if you want a wide range of screen sizes. Personally, I'm happy with the not large iphone sizes.

silly things like no headphone jacks

It's only silly if you are using wired headphones. And once you've had one pair of bluetooth headphones, you'll never be interested in going back. I'd rather have a smaller phone with no jack, than a jack I will never used (and haven't needed for at least four years).

What a lot of people don't realize is that there are various business plans a company can follow to achieve profits. Companies generate profits through providing goods/services that appeal to consumers due to various degrees of time (speed), functionality, and/or quality. It's generally considered to be impossible to provide all three of these, two is what can be aimed for. Something that is fast with good functionality will not be cheap. Something that is fast and cheap will not be quality. Something that is cheap and quality will not be fast (or not be made fast or whatever).

Android prioritizes cost and functionality over time. It's cheap (open source) and does lots, but it can take time to get issues fixed, and if you have direct support requirements it's either timely to get them addressed, or requires paid support, altering the cost.

Apple prioritizes speed and functionality over cost. If you have a problem with your iphone, you take it to the apple store, and often they will just replace it (you install a backup onto the new phone). Updates are constant and as quick as Apple needs them to be, as Apple controls both the hardware and software ecosystem.

Trying to say 'Apple should do this thing Android does' only makes sense if/when it fits into their ethos of quality and speed. It's the same as complaining that a cheap Android phone doesn't have as nice a screen as an iphone, as using said nice screen would increase price.

The two companies/OS/device ecosystems are not directly comparable, as they generate their profits through focusing on different metrics. The fact that both are doing well shows that there is enough diversity in consumers to support these different approaches. Some people want full configurability, on any device, where everything can be changed and configured. Personally, I just want something that works most of the time without having to mess around with settings and configuration. I want my phone to work smoothly, and if/when it breaks, I want to have a new working system quickly and easily (aka - get a new phone swapped in when something goes wrong with my phone). For me, the Apple ecosystem is well suited, which is why I'm an Apple customer. In my 20's though, I would almost definitely have been an Android guy, as I was more interested in configuration, messing around, and affordability.

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I don't know about the operating systems but there is research suggesting that Android users might be objectively better human beings.

New psychological research aims to uncover some of the personality differences between iPhone and Android users.

The study noted key differences in personality, with iPhone users showing lower levels of honesty and humility, and higher levels of emotionality.

In contrast, Android users were more likely to be male, older, and less interested in wealth and social status. Among key personality differences to iPhone users, those with Android devices displayed more honesty and agreeability. They were also less likely to break rules for personal gain.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/314376.php

2 ( +3 / -1 )

@M3M3M3 - it's also often told that women have higher levels of emotionality than men (which fits with what you've posted about Android users most likely to be male) and that they make better decisions. But I don't want this to start a battle of the sexes... So let's be careful about "objectively better people" comments huh? ;-)

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forget the price of the device or frequency of updates. By just the OS, iOS is cleaner and works faster given the low quality hardware. If the same OS were to run on an Android device it would scream. Android has to deal with a fractured environment of multiple versions whereas iOS users tend to update or are forced to update to the latest version. In terms of code, it's much easier to code in iOS Swift than Android Java but Kotlin is catching on and that should improve.

iOS is designed for the iPhone and fun to code. I still don't find Android fun to code.

If iOS had cheaper devices it would win but due to the expense a lot of people don't experience it. Unfortunately Google and Samsung have also upped their prices over the last several years so no user wins.

Ideally there should be another company that competes with these companies since the % markup is ridiculous for both Android and iPhone

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