Android or iPhone Comparison

If you are purchasing a new mobile phone today, you will most likely have to choose between just two operating systems – iOS (iPhone) or Android. According to International Data Corporation, these 2 platforms accounted for 99% of all new smartphones shipped in 2017. In 2018, that number even rose higher. We want to give a big shout out to Adam, from the Swedish website who gave us some knowledge in this subject.

Of course, both smartphone OS are great. They have some things in common. However, they are significant differences that you will want to consider. Here are some of them. Of course, the best platform will ultimately depend on you and your preferences.


In terms of pricing, Apple has always been at the high-end. The latest iPhone X has a starting price of $1,000 and the iPhone XS Max has a starting price of $1,100. The iPhone XR has a starting price of $750 if you need something more affordable. You can always go for their old smartphones if you do not want to spend too much.

Nothing competes with Android for variety and sheer scale. If you want to, you can spend a lot since there are several Android phones that nearly match the pricing of Apple’s iPhone. However, there are also a lot of other excellent and affordable phones from a huge range of various manufacturers. So, if you are conscious about your budget, then Android is your best bet.


For developers, iOS has traditionally been a more beneficial platform. Thus, there has been a possibility for new applications to appear on iOS first. In the United States, iOS still leads the way when it comes to applications. However, developers elsewhere are gradually aiming Android first.

The Play Store (Android) still has a lot of free applications than the App Store (iPhone). However, the best mobile games still first land on iOS. Usually, they do not always come to Android.

Charging and Battery Life

Battery life is a huge consideration since it is the biggest thing for smartphone owners. Since there isn’t common hardware, it is hard to compare the two platforms.

Both iOS and Android enable you to see your battery usage at a glance, broken down by application. However, only Android shows an approximation of how much battery life you’ve got left. Both platforms provide power-saving modes that can extend the life of your battery by restricting connectivity, performance, and other features that drain power. However, in general, the way it works is more customizable on Android. In terms of phone repairs, androids are much easier to change the battery once its getting bad.


Customizability has always been the primary strengths of Android. It is extremely simple to customize your phone. You can change your whole user interface with launchers, add shortcuts and widgets, and set up the layout you like on your home screen.

In iOS, there is limited support for widgets and you can set backgrounds. However, you do not have anything like similar freedom. Also, Android enables you to set up 3rd-party applications as your default options for a lot of things. This feature is still locked down in iOS. Android is the platform for you if you enjoy customizing, or you really want a personalized and unique look for your mobile phone.


This is a hard feature to compare. In the past, there is no doubt that Apple does the perfect job capturing coloring, lighting, and other details. However, the newest Android phones are now showing a lot of improvements.

The camera applications on both platforms are extremely fast and good. The iOS camera app takes the cake for ease of use and best results without fine-tuning. Since manufacturers tend to add their own camera applications with lots of features, there is more variation on Android.

Melissa Thompson
Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn't know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.