IPhone vs. Android: Which is better??
Apple iPhone 5 is an amazing futuristic smartphone. However, there are a number of ways in which Android devices are better than iPhone. IPhone is expensive as well as popular; in fact it is the most popular of smartphones, considering total number of sales. There is a growth, however, in the Android side led by Samsung, HTC, and Sony. Some of the upcoming smartphones, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Samsung Galaxy S IV, etc., will prove to be great competition to Apple iPhone. In this article, you will find 5 things that Apple phones don’t have but Android ones do.
IPhone vs. Android: #1. Larger Display
The maximum iPhone has ever got is 4 inches in the current version. On the other hand, in Android, we have phones that go beyond 5 inches in screen size. Here are some of the largest phones in the planet:
Samsung Galaxy Grand: 4.8 inches
HTC ONE: 4.7 inches
LG Optimus G Pro: 5.5 inches
Galaxy Note II: 5.5 inches
Sony Xperia Z: 5 inches
Android is not the only platform leading in screen size. There are huge phones among Windows phone devices as well (Nokia Lumia 920 with 4.55 inches) and BlackBerry Z10 comes with 4.2 inches (slightly larger than iPhone). IPhone has always had only 3.5 inch screens right from the beginning in 2007. Only in this iteration, Apple came up with a slightly larger 4 inch display. It is still not up to the mark.
IPhone vs. Android: #2. Lightning Connector in Place of Micro USB
Apple is generally reluctant to support generic standards. IPhone 5 comes with a proprietary connector called lightning connector. It is an upgraded version of its former 30 pin connector. The technology is awesome, with extreme speeds of data transfer of over 1 Gbps. That is an advantage. But there is a huge disadvantage. To use any other phone or laptop or such other devices (even from Apple), you have to purchase an extra hardware called lightning adaptor.
On the other hand, within Android world, micro USB is pretty much a standard. You can get almost all your phones equipped with micro USB. It can be used to connect with PCs and laptops (Windows and Mac) without any issues.
IPhone vs. Android: #3. Near Field Communication & Mobile Payments.
Near Field Communication is a technology that helps most of the Android phone owners makes payments right from their phone. Android phones like Galaxy S III, HTC One, Nexus 4, etc., come with NFC chips preinstalled. With an app like Google Wallet, you can store your credit and debit cards within these phones and they can be used to initiate payments on any store where NFC payments are accepted. It is an amazing new technology that is yet to gain ground.
On the other hand, Apple has always been supporting its own technologies rather than going with the generally accepted standards. In iPhone 5 also, we haven’t got to see NFC. It is a huge disadvantage of iPhone. When NFC payments will become ubiquitous, Apple devices will be left behind.
IPhone vs. Android: #4. No Pen Input
You cannot scribble notes on your iPhone with something like a stylus pen. With Galaxy Note, you can get a stylus pen that you can use to create doodles, drawings, and take notes. On the other hand, iPhone doesn’t come with a stylus or doesn’t even support third party styluses. Third party styluses that work with iPhone will give you only the same functionality as your finger. They cannot be used to make doodles and scribble notes.
Within Android, we have complete system-level integration to these stylus pens, and hence it is pretty easy to use those devices. This is one of the reasons why Samsung’s Galaxy Note has become highly popular among business professionals.
IPhone vs. Android: #5. Transferring Data without iTunes.
If you want to transfer data between your iPhone and your PC, you have to install Apple iTunes desktop software. Without iTunes, you cannot open any folders within iOS. On the other hand, your Android phone can be used to transfer data seamlessly like a USB pen drive. It is highly useful to copy and take data with you. It can be connected to any type of computer that has a USB port—Mac or Windows.
IPhone vs. Android Conclusion:
These are some of the reasons why iPhone is losing out in competition with Android. The time is very limited and within it, Apple definitely has to come up with a better product that incorporates some of these features. There are also some other things that Apple has to incorporate to iPhone, such as a faster chip (SoC) and more RAM than its 1 GB now. Also, a larger battery would be great. But these five are the most important things that Apple has to work on very soon to stay strong in competition.
About the Author: Laurel Shah has an IT degree and then turned into full time writing for the web. She now manages client interactions for Blue Bugle technology magazine. Laurel tweets @laurelshere.