If you’re in the market for a new cell phone, you may be wondering, which is best, Android or Apple. They’re really you’re only choices. Yes, there are Windows phones, but despite how good the Windows Phone OS actually is, Microsoft entered the market with too little, too late. App developers weren’t interested in supporting an OS with a marginal market share, and the platform is basically dead. Blackberry is still around, but they pretty much gave up on their own OS and use a port of Android as a last ditch effort to save themselves. Blackberry used to be a THE phone for business, but they ignored the lessons learned by Palm, refused to innovate or update their OS, and when companies started embracing “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD), employees and employers alike turned to iPhones and Samsung Galaxy Notes.
So which OS is better? They both are. iOS is top of the line. Sleek, fast and responsive. iPhones are about the best quality out there, although the latest Samsung phones are giving them a run for their money. Android is packed with features, and for those who love to tinker and customize, it’s the only way to go. While you can jailbreak an iPhone, the experience is nothing like rooting an Android phone and flashing a new ROM. It’s not difficult as long as you go slow and follow directions. You also need to unlock your samsung galaxy first. If you don’t want to jailbreak that iPhone, you’re stuck with what you get. Aside from changing the wallpaper, there really isn’t anything that can be done to customize the UI.
Android phones do have one drawback that has infuriated even the most diehard Android fans for years. Unless you have one of Google’s phones, which provide a “pure” experience, you’re going to be stuck with the Android your carrier wants you see. They usually add lots of useless apps (lovingly dubbed “crapware” by users) that can’t be deleted, and their own overlay to the UI. For example, on Samsung phones it’s called TouchWiz. But the worst thing about a carrier branded version of Android is that when Google issues an update, you’ll wait. And wait. And wait. When Apple updates iOS, all iPhones, regardless of carrier, get it immediately and can update right away. But only Google’s Nexus line gets instant updates. The reason is that carriers refuse to push updates to their customers until they pile all their overlays and apps into it. If an app doesn’t work, you’d think they fix the app, but no, they reject the update and demand Google fix it to work with their app. Hence, why Android users have to wait many many months to get updates.
If you don’t mind that and love being able to customize and tweak your devices to your heart’s content, go with Android. If you just want a sleek, top of the line device and instant updates, go for Apple.