4 Reasons Why You Should Pick Apple iOS over Android

  • Share
  • Read Later
Apple

A 3D cutout view of iOS 7's layered structure.

It’s one of the most contentious questions among smartphone and tablet users: Android or iOS? Everyone seems to have an opinion as to what operating system is the best – or more accurately, what operating system is the worst.

Recently, I wrote an article about making the switch from iOS to Android. But Android devices aren’t right for everyone. There’s a reason why the Apple iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the country right now. And it’s not just good marketing and hype.

Are you an Apple person? It all depends on how important the following four factors are to you.

Safety

Android is the Wild West of phone operating systems. Stock devices largely come unprotected from attack. Sure, Google checks apps and viruses for malware on the Google Play store, but threats can come from anywhere – even via unsecured Wi-Fi locations. The phones are so vulnerable, in fact, that 32.8 million Android devices were infected with malware last year alone.

If Android is the Wild West, Apple’s iOS is more like Disneyland. It’s a tightly controlled experience. All apps created for the iPhone or iPad need to go through a rigorous testing process. Sure, the occasional bad seed slips through every now and then, but for the most part, the App Store is a clean, virus-free marketplace.

Ease of Use

My mother loves technology, but even she’d admit that she’s far from a tech expert. So, when she asked my professional advice as to what kind of smartphone she should get, the answer was simple: Get an iPhone. Done.

The fact of the matter is that Apple phones are incredibly easy to use. I didn’t need to sit down with my mother to explain how it worked – she was able to figure things out on her own simply by playing with it. Key features are easy to find. To borrow a phrase from Apple’s PR department, “it just works.”

Design

If you haven’t seen Apple’s iOS 7, you’re really missing out. Under the watchful eye of British designer Jony Ive, the new mobile operating system is beautifully minimalist. App icons have been two-dimensionalized, and new simplified backgrounds really complete the look. And these icons appear to float on your screen thanks to a new parallax effect – if you can handle it without losing your lunch.

Apple hardware matches its operating system: simple, sleek and modern. There aren’t a lot of choices, but that’s OK. The iPhone 5s is lightweight and feels good in your hand. The metal-and-glass construction is solid. And yes, tests do show that the Apple iPhone is a less-breakable phone than the popular Samsung Galaxy S4.

No Fragmentation

The Android operating system is slated to get a major update to KitKat 4.4 this month, but your device might never see it. Some phones simply can’t handle it technically. Other hardware manufacturers won’t even bother making the upgrade available. There are tens of thousands of different types of Android smartphones and tablets, and it seems like each one is running a different version of the OS. As of October 2, only 1.5% of devices were running the most recent version of Android.

If you’re an Apple iPhone user, you’re probably not even familiar with the word fragmentation. When iOS 7 launched in September, everyone got it – and its cool new features – at the same time. Sure, there are a few stragglers holding on to iOS 6 (some people’s hardware is too outdated to upgrade). But as of October 22, 2013, over two-thirds of all iPhone users had upgraded to iOS 7.

Want to learn more about whether the Apple iOS is right for you? Check out Techlicious’s review of the iPhone 5s, then read our iOS 7 preview to get a look under the phone’s hood.

This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Techlicious.
More from Techlicious:

22 comments
latenitec1
latenitec1

<sigh>  Fragmentation?? Really???  

Fragmentation is the price of Success:  

- When you sell 4 times the number of iPhones, there is  going to be fragmentation. 

- When you don't have forced obsolescence (So all the iPhone and iPhone 3Gs are supported under IOS 7?  Don't think so,  Recent articles indicate only 4% of iPhone3 or iPhone 3Gs are still in use.), you are going to have fragmentation.   

- When cellular systems are still selling low priced devices that are not top of the line, latest technology (running under Android 2.x), you are going to have fragmentation.

 To spin the numbers another way:   Android 4.x is running on 73% of all smartphones (compared to IOS 74.1%).   This is an impressive number considering there are multiple manufacturers of Android phones and some "smartphones' being sold today are still running Android 2.x.  


To be fair, we really need a better definition of "smartphone" so we can compare (sorry have to say it)apples to apples (iPhone5, iPhone 4 to Samsung Galaxy Sx, HTC One, Moto X,etc). If you look at providers (like verizon, AT&T or Sprint), up to 20% of the offerings include phones supported on Android 2.x.  


I would like to see these numbers because this is the market Apple competes in (ie the > $400 smartphone)

toscanifox
toscanifox

well, I thought it is quite obvious why anything apple does is better than anything made elsewhere in the world. I even didn't think that someone would ever write such an article, but you did, and I think you have helped Android fans more than google would ever do, with your article.

In a world where most of us are struggling to find a god job, a safer place to live, and a better world for you and me, I salute all engineers, designers and R&D staff of both platforms, and ask those marketing people -of both, to reduce their greed and contribute to the benefit of those starving by donating 1/3 their revenues.

I love my Android and do think apple phones are superb too.

FrankWestenhiemerschmidt
FrankWestenhiemerschmidt

The best reason to buy Apple is you prefer to spend twice as much on an inferior device simply because it has a shiny logo on it.


Another great reason is because you are so completely lost when it comes to anything tech, you would never even consider adding more memory to a device yourself.


Don't forget the hip factor.  If your parents and grandparents have one, you definitely should too.

Timeisuseless
Timeisuseless

4 Reasons not to buy Apple:

1. Price: Buying an Apple product is like buying a Porsche for twice the cost but without the engine, air conditioner, or stereo. Pretty to look at but completely functionless.

2. Ease of Use:  We are in the 21st century. We have the internet. If you are too stupid to work something as simple as a smartphone, then you don't deserve one.

3. Upgrade: As this article points out "When iOS 7 launched in September, everyone got it, and it's cool new features" Apple's "cool new features" have existed on Android for years.

4. Hipsters: It has been fully accepted by the online community that hipsters are scum. They use Apple products more than anyone. Need I say more?

When you when you buy Apple, you aren't buying the product, you are buying the brand. Maybe I just don't understand humans. I wouldn't waste my currency on a brand, shiny rocks, or pretty bags. But I guess it's your economy. Your waste. Your foolishness. 

And people wonder why America is in a depression.

megapril
megapril

If I had known earlier that your section was called "techlicious" I would've never opened it in the first place. Thankfully, your piece has ensured I will never click on anything to do with it again...

Techman81
Techman81

What a completely absurd article.  Ease of use?  You have to learn to use Apple products just like Android, and as a computer technician, I can say that most of the support I have to provide is for Apple products.  Sure, anyone can LEARN to use it, but Apple has, by far, the most anti-intuitive user interface being only outdone by Windows 8.  Both are a mess.


Virus makers LOVE it when Apple fanboys suggest their devices aren't threatened by Malware.  A whole community of ignorance to poach on.  I've never even heard of a virus on an android device, and I support both interfaces all day long.


I'm not even going to touch on the 'design' or 'fragmentation' other than to say that it's absolutely absurd to have to go buy another $400 device each time the OS is slightly modified.  Apple has built a company upon not offering updates, instead making  you pay for them.  'Oh, we've improved this and this and this, but you have to buy the new Iphone to get the improvements.  Forget that you're still paying off the absurd price on the old one'.  

Seriously, Techilicious, next time Apple promises you a new device to use your blog to misinform the public about their competitors, at least start off being honest about it.  More like 'Tech-sgusting'.

TheGCU
TheGCU

You've got to be kidding me. Your points are just fanboy rambling. Most people I know use Android, and none of them have ever had malware on their device. It's like viruses on computers. It's really easy to scare people by talking about viruses or malware, but that's all it is, scare tactics. Ease of use? When a friend of mine bought the Galaxy S3 after the home button on his iPhone died he couldn't believe how easy it was to add music, videos or ringtones. Drag & drop, no iTunes. Android is amazingly easy to use fresh out of the box. Design? iOS 7 looks a lot like Android. Let's be honest. And even though Apple charges the most out of all the manufacturers for their products, they can't design a phone with an HD display (720p and up). They can't design a keyboard where the letters change from uppercase to lowercase. And looking at my device shouldn't give me motion sickness (stupid Parallax). Design a good device with top-tier hardware, and it just might be worth the ridiculous prices Apple charges. And fragmentation? The only people who talk about Android fragmentation are Apple salesmen. I've never met someone who wanted to update the OS on their Android device but couldn't.

I've haven't read anything this anti-Android in a long time. Note to self: Don't read anything by Techlicious.

marvinn1170
marvinn1170

Wild West vs Disneyland?  I think a better analogy would be Disney World (iOS) vs the USA as a whole. Yes, there are bad areas but there are also parts that as good if not better in particulars some care about. Too broad? Disneyland resorts vs other large hotel chains maybe? :D

dh813
dh813

what a bunch o crap

android kicks apple hands down

apple sux up your $$ and you keep giving it

coyotewm
coyotewm

I mostly agree; Apple is safe, easy to use, provides great design, and I know "fragmentation" can be an issue for some. But I don't think it makes sense to talk about iOS versus Android in a one-size-fits-all manner. It (one size) doesn't (fit all).

I'm typing this on one of my two Mac Desktops, and could have done so on my MacBook Pro or my iPad, at least until KitKat arrives. After that the iPad is gone, I'll keep the desktops, probably upgrade to a Mac Air, and will definitely get a new Android tablet.

Why not just one eco system for all?

I'm deep in the Google world using Chrome, gmail, maps, calendar, am regularly on G+, in Google Drive, and conversely am not in Apple's orbit for their non hardware. While that all works well on Apple computers it does so less well when using their tablet or phone (I currently have a Galaxy SIII and plan to upgrade to the next Nexus), at least for me.

I think it comes down to whose kool aid do you drink? For me it's Google, and having done so, while Apple doesn't restrict me enough to cause me not to buy their computers, they do so when it comes to their mobile devices.

So, to my non tech friends, buy Apple for the same reason you buy Toyota. It'll work, you'll be happy. However before you buy anything, you might take some time to explore what you want to use them for. There are meaningful differences that go beyond the hardware.

JulianHardy
JulianHardy

"1 Reason Why You Should Not Read iOS vs Android Articles By Techlicious On Time Tech":

Baaaaa!

Sarah81472840
Sarah81472840

  <!--Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link,...................................Buzz55.ℂℴm-->

LapSafe
LapSafe

Great blog. We have many customers who want to work with Android and  Apple, and for us Apple is generally the easiest to support.with our products.  I'm personally an Apple lady, however my son wants to go the android route and i know he will regret it!! lol. 

Debs

Dunebasher
Dunebasher

@Timeisuseless Can you explain what you mean by "completely functionless"? Do you mean that Apple products literally can't do anything at all?

megapril
megapril

I'm pretty sure that if you did the math you would find the turnover rates of iOS and Android phones to be about the same...

hchidambaram
hchidambaram

@TheGCU That is correct. The most versatile part of Android OS is the ease of loading files from your PC for listening when travelling. You can't get this facility on my wife's iPad which insists on my getting any file from the iTunes site! Most frustrating it is, made me regret deciding to buy the iPad. I have 'authorised' my wife to exchange her iPad for any Android tablet.

megapril
megapril

LooK aT ME! I'm on an iOS device and I CAN change between UPPERCASE & lowercase! See that? I even threw in a few "characters" to boot! What are you babbling about! And parallax motion sickness? I would assume the only way you could know is that you actually OWN an iPhone... So again, whatcha babbling about?

Though I do agree on the whole "techlicious" thing - now that will give your stomach a turn, eh?

Techman81
Techman81

@TheGCU Completely agree.  Although, if I could talk Apple into paying me for it too, I'd gladly take a crap on Android and Google.