When considering what phone to get for your next upgrade, you have a lot of options. The most important consideration, though, occurs before you even start looking. You need to decide which operating system is going to be the right choice for you.
Now, there are a few options here, but the main choice comes down to Android vs. iOS. (Most of us have had a gutful of Windows, so why would we put it on our phones as well?) In all seriousness, though, there’s a reason that Windows barely features as a phone operating system. There’s no question that iOS and Android have far more experience in this field anyway.
So the question really boils down to which of the two is best for you. And that in itself can be a loaded question. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground here. Fans on both sides of the divide tend to be diehard supporters.
But enough about how popular the different systems are. The question that we need to answer is which option is best for you.
How Android Stacks Up
Android occupies a pretty powerful position in the world today. If you look at the infographic accompanying this article, you’ll see that it had a market share of 72.23%.
That’s not just in the United States or any one country – that’s across the whole globe. Considering that the Google Play Store has been banned in China, the homeland of the largest user base of cell phones globally, this is pretty phenomenal.
Android also boasts of having the most apps available. From that perspective alone, the case for this operating system is pretty strong. But popularity aside, there are some other excellent reasons to consider the software. Let’s go through these now.
Android Allows You More Freedom
It’s a sad fact that Apple is a lot more particular when it comes to people tinkering with its operating system. The only adjustments you can make are small system tweaks. So if you’re someone who’s into custom ROMs and tweaking your phone, you’d be better off staying clear of iOS.
You’re also out of luck if you want to download an app from an unknown source. According to Apple, the reason that it is so finicky is for security reasons. And it’s true; if you’re not careful about the apps you download or mess with the wrong settings, you could make your phone vulnerable to malware and hackers.
While I can see where Apple is coming from, I’m an adult. If I want to put the phone that I bought with my money at risk through some idiotic move, it’s my right. If Apple wants to hand over a free iPhone and iPad, then it can tell me what I can and cannot load.
The Google Play Store is Not as Strict When it Comes to What Apps it Allows
This, to be fair, could be both a good and bad thing. It’s bad because Android might not be as careful when it comes to checking apps for copyright violations. It’s good because it allows app developers a lot more freedom.
Compare this to the Apple Store. Apple is extremely strict about the apps that make it. But it’s not just apps that may contain malware or apps that might have a dodgy provenance that isn’t accepted. Apple is also famous for declining apps that it feels offer duplicate features on its devices. It seems that the company is not all that keen on the idea of competition.
The Price is Right
Perhaps the most compelling reason for considering an Android-based phone, though, is that you have a lot more choice. This means that you can splurge on the most expensive handset out there, or, if you have budget issues, choose something less expensive.
You can get a pretty decent entry-level smartphone fairly affordably because you have a range of manufacturers to choose from. The same can’t be said for Apple. At the end of the day, there are a lot of advantages when it comes to an Android-based device. Is it the right option for you? Let us know in the comments below.