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Top reasons why Android is better than iOS

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Android and iOS are the two most popular mobile operating systems around. In the hyper-competitive tech world there can only be one winner, and we believe it's Android. Here are our top reasons why you're better off owning an Android phone rather than an iPhone.

Android has more apps

The Google Play Store is where most Android apps can be found. The App Store is the app marketplace for Apple (iOS) devices. There are more apps available in the Google Play Store than in the App Store. At the moment there are a little over 2 million available for the App Store, whereas the Google Play Store has 2.5 million.

In addition to there being more apps in the Google Play Store in general, there are also more free apps. Of the 2.5 million total apps for Android, 2.3 million of these are free. That's more free apps for Android than the total number of apps you get from Apple. And while there are some quality concerns over free Android apps, there are more options to choose from and you can try more apps out without any concerns about the costs.

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Get more free apps on Android than iOS. / © NextPit

Android is more customizable

While some people are quite content with the homogeneity offered by iOS, those of us who like to see a phone as an extension of ourselves want to tweak it. You can even completely replace the software on some Android devices.

Android devices let you change just about every aspect of their on-screen appearance – from the keyboard, to the homescreen launcher, to your email app. If you get CyanogenMod, you can pretty much strip away any unnecessary features that come pre-loaded on your phone.

Check out some Android customization options below:

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Android can be tweaked and tinkered to work how you want it. / © NextPit

There's an Android phone for everyone

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With each generation of Apple devices, you basically get three different options (sometimes only two): small, medium and large. The sizes are basically the biggest differences in the devices. Sure, there are also variations in display or hardware but they're all essentially the same phone.

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Many options to choose from in the Android world. / © NextPit

There is a wider array of price ranges

Let's face it, sometimes we feel like spending a ton of money on our smartphones and other times we don't. If you're upgrading to the next generation of iOS devices, then you've got just a couple of different choices – and all of them are expensive.

There's an Android phone out there for every price range. You can pick up a $20 Alcatel Pixi Glitz or jump into a $800 (starting price) Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The choice is yours but the point is that there is a choice. Apple won't release a phone under $500, so you're quite limited.

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Don't have a lot of money to throw around? Avoid Apple. / © NextPit

You don't have to use iTunes

Apple is a pioneer of hardware and software design, but iTunes – which is required to transfer music between your iPhone and computer – is a bloated mess. Uninstalling it is a nightmare too, to the extent that Apple published an extensive guide for how to fully remove iTunes from your PC.

Android users don't need iTunes, and are given many more choices for music services and purchases in general. More and more services are expanding to Android and not just for music but movies, TV shows, games and many more. Heck, you can even get iTunes on Android if you want to.

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You could put iTunes on your Android device or choose from other programs. / © NextPit

You're integrated with Google

Android is an open source project called AOSP (Android Open Source Project) that is led by Google but not owned by it. Google uses this to make its version of Android, which is then used by the other manufacturers. That said, Google services are an integral part of Android and are a good reason to pick up one of these devices.

Google services are great and people are flocking to their convenience. How could we live without Google Maps, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Music or Google Chrome? When integrated, these services make our lives so much easier and Apple just isn't keeping pace.

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Aren't Google services great? / © NextPit

Android keeps up with technology

Apple moves slowly, while Android races ahead at full speed. Individual technological innovations of Android devices are way ahead of Apple. Usually, Apple follows Android. For instance, the Huawei P9 was released with a dual rear camera system earlier this year and now the iPhone 7 Plus has it.

If there's a new innovation you're interested in then you should go with Android. Manufacturers of Android devices give you plenty of fresh choices for new technology. If you want last year's innovations jumbled into one device, then Apple is the best bet. Remember, many new features Apple touts are already in Android devices. The iPhone 7 is now water resistant, but Android did it first two years ago, and the Galaxy S7 still has a higher IP68 certification than the IP67 certification of the iPhone 7. Android started using haptic feedback two years ago as well. Apple marketing is clever. For instance, many people believe that Apple invented the smartphone.

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The Huawei P9 had the dual-camera system before the iPhone 7. / © NextPit

Android has microSD card support

If you want more internal storage on Apple devices, then you need to either erase your stuff or buy another phone. Apple devices don't give you the option to expand with a microSD card. But many Android smartphones come equipped with microSD card access.

The difference between a 32 GB iPhone 7 and the 256 GB version is $200. But the SanDisk Ultra 200 GB microSD card only costs $72. That's a huge savings. But another great thing about microSD card support is you can customize how much storage you have for your phone. For instance, SanDisk microSD cards come in 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 200, and 256 GB. So if you just need an extra 64 GB you would only have to pay $20.

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If you want 256 GB more storage, you can have it with Android. / © NextPit

Android has removable batteries

When your iPhone has aged and no longer holds a charge as well, you have no choice but to replace the phone or plug in constantly. With Android, many phones like the LG G5 have removable batteries, so you can swap them out for a spare without skipping a beat.

Android has real multitasking

Sure, you can switch between apps and call it multitasking on iOS, but real multitasking is available on Android. Samsung for example, has had the Multi-Window feature for some time now. It allows you to display two apps on the screen simultaneously so you can do more than one thing at a time.

  • How to use Samsung Multi-Window

Android offers more cloud storage

Google Drive offers a full 15 GB of cloud storage, while iCloud only gives 5 GB, which is not nearly enough for all of a person's documents or photos. If you want to upgrade your iCloud storage, again Apple is less generous than Google. It'll cost you $100 per year for an extra 50 GB with iCloud, and only $24 per year (at $2 per month) from Google for twice as much storage.

Android doesn't limit NFC

Apple brought NFC to the iPhone 6, but they only allow you to use it with Apple Pay. Since there's a lot of money to be made with mobile payments systems, this is likely Apple's attempt to hold off competition on that front. But, with Android, NFC chips been available in devices for years, and they work with everything they're meant to, including NFC tags and file sharing.

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Share files between devices using NFC on Android. / © NextPit

Do you agree with these points? What other ways is Android better than iOS? Let us know in the comments below!

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A Minnesota native, Cory's background is in writing and editing. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and his MA from the University of Kansas. He joined the Android community in 2009 and is excited to be contributing at AndroidPIT.

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  • Rachana racchu 1
    Rachana racchu Dec 10, 2018 Link to comment

    Useful post. Android is one of the audiences demanding platform and also a flexible and easily customizable platform.

  • Donald Sukhnanan 1
    Donald Sukhnanan Sep 18, 2017 Link to comment

    People saying s7 giving problem and blah blah blah blah, I owned a s7 edge and I haven't come across any problems up to now and it's over 1year old, no lag, no freeze, no problem, one of my friends bought an iPhone 7 just over 9 months and it's getting hot, battery draining fast, phone freezing etc

  • ios is better 1
    ios is better Jan 7, 2017 Link to comment

    Those things you wrote are not relevant to my needs also 95 percent of people around me. So green opinion sign just fit perfectly.

    • 1
      Lesedi Jan 8, 2017 Link to comment

      iOS is better when it comes to stability and updates but Android is much more diverse affordable and cares about the customer.

      • 1
        Lesedi Jan 8, 2017 Link to comment

        Can anyone tell me how to add a profile picture.

      • James Mack 1
        James Mack Jan 25, 2018 Link to comment

        Did you know that whenever you update your iPhone it slows down your phone?

    • Jeffrey Todd 2
      Jeffrey Todd Jan 9, 2017 Link to comment

      Actually, sales numbers suggest those things are only relevant to about 12 percent of the people around you, depending on where you live.

  • Attila Ferenczi 7
    Attila Ferenczi Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

    Well for the first two reasons I say that those won't matter for a regular smartphone user. Not everyone likes launcher, icon packs, and so on custom apps, because all they need is a stable working device. And what if we have more apps in the playstore if half of it has malware or lacks quality. The 3rd and 4th reasons are almost the same, because when you talk about "a phone for everyone" you also mean "a pricetag for everyone", It is true that buying an iPhone is an expensive game but android phones let you choose, and that is a huge advantage. The fact that I don't have to use iTunes is not a big deal for me, because there is iTunes for android too. Being integrated within the Google ecosystem is one of the best things about android, it makes it easier to use our device. Having a microSD card is good and I always look in the specs weather or not the phone has a card slot or not. The removable battery is a big plus for me but I can live without it. Yes of course it has its advantages but at the end of the day if your phone has a good battery it just won't matter anymore. The cloud storage and NFC have their practical use and I use both of them but I could live without them. So if you really think about which OS is better in the end I have to say that either is good, maybe one is faster maybe the other gives more choice but they get the job done and that is the most important thing when I decide which phone to buy.

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    Mohd Razif Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment


  • Paolo 17
    Paolo Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

    I agree absolutely with the points here, Except for one thing. Having owned an iPhone 5S, iPad mini, and an alternation of Samsungs and Xperias,...
    Apps not only are better on iOS, they perform better.
    Instagram Stories are actually usable on iOS, on Android you'd be better off with an eight year old Nokia than ANY Android because it will not focus. At all.
    The same story with Snapchat.
    Super Phantom Cat is an ad-ridden in-app-ocalypse on Android. On iOS, you pay ONCE and that's it.
    And let's not get started with platform-exclusive apps you don't need a Computer Science Degree to use (ie. rooted)

    Dean L.itprolonden

  • Rakesh C. 6
    Rakesh C. Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

    iPhone using not happy feeling & Android using very happy and more features.

    Carmelo Rivera

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      itprolonden Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

      I like both for different reasons. Updates, support and stability go to Apple.

      Dean L.

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    Deactivated Account Jan 4, 2017 Link to comment

    With Android you have the advantage of paying for what you can afford. With apple you have a choice and it's their choice of what their devices will cost the consumer. If you can't afford it too bad... Who wants to support such a company that don't care if the consumer can afford their products or not? Not to mention iphones selling for premium prices yet the technology inside it is already 2 years old by the time they are released?


    • Carmelo Rivera 20
      Carmelo Rivera Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

      With Apple it's their way or the highway. No respect. Now with Android, I can do "absolutely" anything I want. Who wouldn't want that?

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        itprolonden Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

        People who don't care about customizing so basically anyone outside this forum

      • Carmelo Rivera 20
        Carmelo Rivera Jan 8, 2017 Link to comment


  • Carmelo Rivera 20
    Carmelo Rivera Dec 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Android Rules!! 88% of the market.

    Dwarfer66Deactivated Account

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    Himi Liyo Dec 25, 2016 Link to comment

    i agree with this guy

    Carmelo Rivera

  • Cefaan Newton 2
    Cefaan Newton Dec 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Iphone does not shoot in RAW format. My Mod Z does.

    Carmelo Rivera

    • Tech Mate 6
      Tech Mate Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

      Mod Z??

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