As the year ramps up again for the mobile industry, it has left consumers with a huge variety of mobile contenders, competing for your cash. There has been huge competition, in the are of design, functionality, and features; with market leader Samsung and Apple captivating a growing following. The Phone market continues to grow, and now bigger than ever, as new players establish themselves, we can not only expect stiffer competition, also more amazing features, innovation, truly beautiful designs and overall exceptional jaw-dropping devices. As an owner of both Android and Apple devices over the years (therefore unbiased )I can truly say although Apples’ iPhone is a leader when it comes to their cameras, fingerprint security, and OS performance, however, Apple has lost huge ground over and no longer has the X-factor. Below are factors you should consider before deciding to invest or throw money into your next apple device.
1. Value for Money – Memory
In the current phone market, where there is huge variety of devices available out there, eg. with different form factors, hardware specifications, features, and modular add-ons, you just can’t help but feel left out, and wanting more for the price you’re paying (Samsung, LG, Google Pixel, One Plus, Huawei). For iPhone X/10 with 64 GB and 256 GB will set you back $1579 and $1829 dollars respectively. That’s a price difference of $250 (equivalent to $1.3 per additional GB). Compared to the Oneplus 5T phones for the 64 GB and 128, they are priced at $678 and $758 respectively, that’s a difference of $80 dollars (equivalent to $1.25 per additional GB). So as you can see the I phone has much stepper price points and it’s costly to upgrade. Besides, you wouldn’t even need to spend $80 or $250 if wanted to increase your storage to the same relative capacity with an SD card.
2. Value for Money – Hardware
As you can see when comparing hardware specification and value for money on paper, for the iPhone X being 7 months new than the Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8+ has a much better display, greater storage, more RAM, more battery capacity (as far as I know), better water-resistant, and having a fingerprint sensor and facial recognition, while also being cheaper at $1349 compared to $1579. The Samsung S8+ is a clear winner and most flagship Androids are usually if not always better arguably.
One of the most important aspects of your next flagship device, is its display, after all, you will be spending a significant portion of your life viewing it. According to an eMarketer report in 2016, the average person will spend over 4 hours per day using their phone. So lets compare the displays between the iPhone X and the Samsung S8: The iPhone X sports a 5.8 inch Super Retina display with a resolution of 2436 x1125 while the S8 sports a 5.8 inch Super AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440. Samsung is a clear winner with a superior display and display technology with regards to contrast, brightness, colour depth and viewing angles, and don’t it’s starting at a cheaper price point.
4. Hardware capabilities
When it compares to hardware capabilities iPhone are lacking now more than ever, you will be limited and forced to fork out or comprise if you desire more. Consider the device memory on iPhone, for example, with iPhone 8 you will have to choose between either 64GB model or a 256GB model whereas with most if not all Android devices have SD card slots for expandable memory. So upgrading the memory is rather inexpensive and easy compared to being expensive or impossible with the iPhone devices. Also, the new iPhones no longer have a headphone jack (3.5mm); so you are forced to buy and or use wireless headphones, silly dongle adapters in the name of performance and design – which is clearly not true as shown by almost every other Android device.
One of the most appealing qualities of Android devices is the level of customization Android allows the choices, options, and decisions. However, Apple products run on a proprietary Operating system – hence minimal customization. If you don’t like something on Android, you can change it. Maybe you don’t like the keyboard? Then just download a 3rd party app, and change the keyboard skin, you can always go back anyway. Or maybe you don’t like the look and feel of the stock launcher. With Android you can customise, redesign or change almost anything – by Rooting you device you gain full access, to override system process and services to the fullest extent (but be careful, you can brick your device).
If you are an iPhone user and what to change to look or style of your home screen/lock screen and look of your operating software, you can’t, you just have to settle and for out another 20+ dollars on a case. At least you can change the wallpaper and lock screen background you may say. However, in order to see that beautiful wallpaper, and without those pesky icons that blocking it, you’ll just have to settle with making a junk like folder(s) so you can see your screen again. Android truly enables users to express their style, not only with hardware addons/accessories or models with but also with software, features, customisation, flexibility as well.
Multitasking is truly a highlight of any android device, especially with industry leaders like Samsung and LG and others alike. On IOS doesn’t allow true multitasking for 3rd party apps; only allowing certain APIs to run task or process in the background audio streaming and push notifications. Apple only gives IOS apps access and capabilities for multitasking. Therefore, multitasking on IOS has truly bottled-necked functionality and innovation while Android continues to thrive with leaps and bounds in this space. For example, with Samsung and One Plus brand two different applications can be viewed on the same screen with features such as Picture in Picture (One Plus 3 and above) or Split screen (Samsung and other brands).
8. App Store
One of the reasons I love android is because of its quality competition embracing app store variety and choices, enabling both market leaders, competitors, and emerging new players to compete in the same market. If you are an iPhone you are likely to have to pay for free apps available on the Google play store (e.g. popular free app on Google Play such as Angry Birds and Tetris, you’ll have to pay on IOS App Store). In addition, Google Play store has greater variety, number of free apps, and subsequently more quality of apps to choose from. Out of 2.5 million total apps for Android, about 2.3 million of these apps are free. What’s worse is that Apple is against competition and you are likely to not find competitors app’s for IOS app store with the same use case. For example, if you prefer google maps, you won’t find it in the IOS store (not because it was never available but because Apple rejected it from its market). Google Play store on Android is far better for developers, cheaper apps, its social aspects, app information, web interface and device compatibility. Not only has Apple limited competition between competitors but Apple has also slowed innovation and lower the richness the user experience.
9. Unified FILE system
With IOS, file transfer between devices such as your laptop and your iPhone can be a huge chore, as you will have to install iTunes (another software that you won’t use that often) before you can even see your files. However, with an Android file system, viewing/transferring files, photos and videos couldn’t me more easy and intuitive. Just plug, view, and drag and drop no unnecessary software needed, its simple, easy and fast. Advice to Apple, “if it ain’t broken don’t fix it”!
10. Lack of Innovation – Playing Catch up with Technology and Features
If you are looking for technology or features available 2 years ago, then buy an iPhone is your best bet. The following are technologies or features offered on Android devices at least 2 years before it was available on any IOS devices:
- Water and dust resistant – Update: The iPhone 7 now is water/dust resistant (2 years after Android had it), but is only IP67 certified. The Galaxy S7 isIP68 certified which is better.
- Wireless/fast charging – Update: The iPhone X now has the ability to be wirelessly charged – several years after Android had it.
- IR (infrared) blaster to control devices
- Haptic feedback – Update: The iPhone 7 now has haptic feedback – 2 years after Android had it.
- Ability to access all your files by using your phone as a mass storage device
- Face or Eye ID, full NFC capabilities and more…
Not all android devices have these features, but at least most android devices have most of the features prior to iPhone devices. The Galaxy S8 has all of the above features except IR Blaster. After all, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”.
11. More Cloud storage with Android
On Apple devices, ICloud can only store up to 5 GB, while on Android devices, Google drive has a significant 15 GB of cloud storage. in today ever-changing world of high res photos, movies and video, large games and docs, 5 GB is nowhere close to enough. Upgrading storage is expensive with ICloud – 50 GB will set you back $100 USD, while it’s much cheaper and reasonable for double the storage – 100 GB will set you back only ~$24* per year ($2 per month). So it is clear to see which option is more suitable and flexible.
If you are an iPhone user, unfortunately, you will be given fewer accessories out of the box which is otherwise free compared to other Android brands compared to Samsung, LG, and One Plus, who offer wireless headphones, stylus’s or fast charging hardware accessories out of the box. So you may find yourself paying more for uncessary and stupid little dongles just to charge and listen to music at the same time, if you want fast charging with your new iPhone 8*/X or wireless headphones.
When it comes batteries, Android devices have always been a far better choice as Android allows users to view estimated battery life, consumption rate, and some devices offer replaceable batteries for servicing compared to IOS devices, that doesn’t offer any of these features. Over time a phone’s battery degrades naturally based on its lifecycle as well as other factors like charging habits and usage. If your battery is worn out near the end of its cycle and your using an iPhone you wallet is screwed, you’ll have to buy a new iPhone most likely. However, if you are an Android user, and you have a replicable battery, hop onto Amazon and to buy a generic battery for your phone ($20 USD usually) and replace the old with the new. Bang! Your phone battery life is as good as new !!!