Choosing Between OS: Android vs. iOS

In an industry like the mobile phone industry that’s rapidly changing, you need to stay abreast with the changes in order to keep up. For instance, operating systems for mobile phones constantly change year after year. New improvements, features and enhancements are unveiled regularly. Amidst these changes, one thing is constant. And that’s the ongoing battle between two of the most popular OS in the market today— iOS vs. Android.

iOS is Apple’s operating system for all its iPhone models while Android is available for non-iPhone models including all Samsung handsets. If you’re choosing between the two brands, comparing which OS is best for you can help.

UX Design

The latest versions of OS for the latest Samsung and Apple phones are Android M and iOS 9 respectively. In terms of UX design, both OS look mostly identical to their predecessors. There are minor tweaks like font style on iOS 9. As for Android M, it looks and feels just like the previous Android version. iOS adheres to its classic simple but high performance platform while Android M is just as easily customizable as other Android versions.

If you’re choosing between the two, it’s mostly a matter of preference. If you want Apple’s minimalist approach then pick an iPhone. If you want customization, on one hand, then you’re better off with a Samsung phone.

Battery Life

For most mobile users who are on their phones for literally hours in a day, battery life has become a key consideration when choosing a handset. When your battery dies, your phone is good as useless until you’ve charged up again. When considering battery, you’d only think to consider the hardware part and nothing more. That’s where most people commit a mistake. Battery life is also significantly affected by software. One of which is your phone’s operating system. iOS 9 now has the lower power mode on in an attempt to extend battery life. Android, on one hand, also has optimization settings in place.

Performance and Security

With iOS’s touch ID feature, Apple’s operating system wins big in this aspect. Whether you’re unlocking your phone or making a purchase, Touch ID is a great feature iPhone users are enjoying everyday. This feature for iOS improves performance and security significantly. Android M also has great features such as the fingerprint-sensing technology for Samsung phones. This is Samsung’s way to catch up and continually compete with their biggest rival in the market.

Mobile Payments

Mobile payments have been made easier for both iOS and Android platforms. From Google Wallet, Android’s mobile payment feature is now Android Pay while iOS’s is Apple Pay. Both payment systems are practically similar in most parts. You can use them to pay for your purchases without having the need to take out your credit cards. In terms of widespread use, Android pay is available in more retails than Apple Pay because it now supports fingerprint scanners on Android devices. But Apple Pay isn’t all that far behind with its Touch ID feature and the new Apple Wallet app that also supports loyalty cards.

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Bottom Line

Either iOS or Android is a perfect operating system. Each platform has its advantages and disadvantages. One OS may be great on aspect but not necessarily on another aspect that other OS is great with. When choosing between iOS or Android M, you’ll have to consider your need and your preference. Whichever of the two OS closely meets your needs then that’s the one you should opt for. It’s really all about you and what you want at the end of the day.