The top 5 reasons why iPhone is better than Android

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So which do you prefer? iPhone or Android? It’s a war as old as… well not quite time itself, but it is certainly one that has been waging since 2008, which is basically forever in the tech world. So read on to find out 5 reasons why iPhone is better than Android.
[/nextpage] [nextpage title=”Next”] 1) Slickness

When you pick up an iPhone and switch it on for the first time, the white Apple logo appears and you know that your life is about to get better. If there’s one huge advantage iPhone has over its competitors is that it is simply more slick. As your finger glides around the screen, notice the gracefulness of how all of the icons move. When you hit the the home button, your app zooms away elegantly. Everything about the phone’s user interface is designed within an inch of its life – so it is simply very satisfying to use.

Compare it to Android, which always feels like a bit more thrown together. Because apps have to work with a wide range of screen sizes, processors and other apps, it will never move quite as smoothly, as more calculations must be done on the fly. It simply doesn’t feel like a well oiled machine.
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2) Integration with Apple’s other products

If you have an iPhone and a Mac, or an iPhone and an iPad, the devices work together in perfect harmony. Especially since the release of iOS 8.1, it means that you can send and receive text messages and take phonecalls on your iPad or Mac. Not only this but photos and other files can be automatically syncronised across using iCloud, and the new “Hand-off” facilities will let you pick up writing an email or reading a webpage half way through on another device. Beautiful.
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3) Everything just works

As I mentioned before, Android apps and the Android operating system have to be built to work on a huge range of devices, with different sized screens, on devices with different abilities – making a smooth experience sometimes tricky. Every Android user will have experienced an app that didn’t quite work the way they expected, or how installing one app broke something else. I remember back when I had an HTC Desire HD, for some reason one day text messages stopped appearing as notifications – and the only way to fix it was to install another app that would pop text messages up on screen when they arrived. Maddening.

Meanwhile on the iPhone it always seems to just work. Yes, this is probably due to its more limited customisation options, but hey, in this case perhaps Apple really does know best?
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4) Apple might not be first, but it refines the user experience

One of the laziest criticism of Apple is that it doesn’t have any ideas of its own – it merely takes them from competitors, who got there first. Take Apple Pay, for instance, which has only just launched in the United States – it was by no means the first to market as apps like EE Cash on Tap have been available for Android for ages.

But this misses the point: when Apple adds something to its devices, it will have truly thought through what it is doing, and crucially it has the corporate heft to set new standards and make it work. Apple Pay, though late to the game, has come up with an elegant and secure solution to payments, and one that offers deeper integration with banks as well as greater privacy.

Compare this to the likes of Samsung, which whenever it comes up with a new idea will slap it on to a phone and release it without really thinking it through: Does the world really need a phone with a deflated right hand side, or a bulky watch that can act like a phone?
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5) You’ll almost always have the latest apps

Though Android phones outsells iPhones, the iPhone is still a disproportionately profitable machine for developers: in other words, if you put out an iPhone and an Android app, the iPhone app is probably likely to rake in more cash, even though there are less people using it. Because of this, and the fact that iPhones are used more heavily by the affluent and the media, you’re pretty much always guaranteed to have the latest apps with the latest features. Android updates can take longer because developers have to build for a wider range of devices – so if you want to have the latest toys as soon as they’re available, you’re better off with an iPhone.

James O’Malley
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