Top 5 reasons why Android is better than iPhone

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Okay, so you’ve seen our reasons why iPhone is better than Android, but that isn’t really fair, is it? So to balance things out here’s our top 5 reasons why Android is better than iPhone.
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1) Greater customisation

Don’t like the way your homescreen looks? Then why not change how it is organised? Want to know something without having to load up the app? Then simply add a widget. What about if you want to change how it works entirely? Then you can download a whole new launcher to display apps in an entirely different way. Android is completely open to customisation, whereas iPhone has only just got around to adding custom keyboards. C’mon guys, keep up!
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2) Available in different sizes so you can get a phone that suits you

If you want an iPhone, you have to choose between either the 4.7″ iPhone 6, or 5.5″ 6 Plus. Or you have to compromise and not get the latest phone – sticking with a smaller 5S – or giving up on phones and going for a tablet in one of two sizes.

Meanwhile in Android land, you can find the device that is perfect for your needs. Check the above chart of the many different Samsung devices available – in almost every screen size. And that’s just Samsung. If you need something specialised too – say, a ruggedised handset for use on a building site, that is available too – or even something like the Samsung Galaxy K that has a big optical camera lens mounted on the back. There’s an Android for every occasion.
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3) More open app eco-system, for when you need something customised

As we’ve established – Apple is a more limited proposition, but this also feeds into the way the app store works. Whereas Apple is highly selective and has stringent rules on what sorts of apps are allowed, on Android it is more of a free-for-all. For example – BitTorrent clients and emulators are allowed on Google Play. And even if Google Play doesn’t allow the app you’re looking for, you can even load up your apps manually. For example – if you pick up a Kindle Fire, there’s nothing to stop you side-loading on all of the Google Apps that aren’t normally available.
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4) Deeper integration with Google’s products

Speaking of Google, Android is deeply integrated with the Google eco-system, which is ideal if you use Google’s services, like GMail, Google Contacts, Google Calendar and Google Drive. This is obviously massively useful – as it will mean that all of your data is in one place and consistent.

The other benefit of Google is that it is slightly more platform agnostic than Apple: Even if you do choose to switch to iPhone in future, you can download Google Maps and continue where you left of – whereas switching back the other way, if you’re a user of Apple’s apps, is more problematic.
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5) It’s ideologically purer

There’s just something… purer about Android. Because it is open source, so that anyone can take it and modify it, it seems much more egalitarian than Apple’s operating system. If the whole world was open source, it would be less easy for big corporations to exploit us, as what they did with our data would be entirely transparent – and Android being open source is a positive step in an increasingly closed mobile eco-system.

James O’Malley
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