(Opinion) Why Android is Better Than iOS [Survey]

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If you own an Android phone, you probably can list a few reasons why you think Android is better than iOS. It’s a topic that is very controversial among tech enthusiasts. Let’s first talk about the Pros of owning an Android device.

1: Both iOS and Android have many apps and programs you can use to make life easier. Speaking of apps and programs, you can even make your app for android by yourself and that’s because Android is open-source, but iOS is a closed source, so you can’t make nearly as many of your own changes to the operating system.

2: Customization. Android is incredible when it comes to customization. Android allows you to customize a lot about your phone or tablet, like having widgets on your home screen or changing how your home screen looks, or even to use an entirely different home screen or what some people call launchers! Also, you can put your applications wherever you want on your home screen, where iOS makes you have your applications go in order. Most of the new iOS features were already a thing for YEARS on Android.

3: You have more choices in hardware for your android phone. Android works on almost any phone, unlike iOS where Apple only puts iOS on its own devices. That’s because Android is open-source like I talked about earlier.

4: Navigation apps. Every Android phone comes pre-installed with Google’s applications. One of those applications is the Google Maps app. One thing that Google Maps offers that Apple Maps doesn’t is cycling directions. The quality of Google Maps is amazing. It often is more detailed than Apple Maps, but the route can sometimes not be the fastest available. Google Maps is really good especially if you live in a big city, where google is improving it. And though you can get it on iOS, it’s better on Android because it’s the default navigation app, and you can’t change your default maps app on iOS.

5: More free apps. What’s worse than having a device that costs too much and you still have to pay for applications that you can use on it? Plus, the funny thing is you can install those apps for free through a sometimes much cheaper Android device. Apple charges a ton for developers to put their app on the app store, and any money the developer makes off that app, Apple takes 30% of it. But hey! You can afford an iPhone, so why can’t you afford this fun game/app?

6: Expandable storage. Most Android devices on the market have something called an “External SD Card Slot.” This slot is where you can put an SD card in it and then, you can change your phone’s settings to store files on the SD Card. On an iOS device, if you want to expand your storage, you would have to buy more storage with iCloud, where your storage is on some server instead of actually on your phone. This could be bad because you have to connect with the internet if you want to access your cloud storage so if you have a spotty internet connection, or no internet service at all, this option won’t work for you. That is why many people like to have an SD Card storage in their phones or tablets.

So there were just 6 pros of owning an Android phone, so now let’s talk about the pros of owning an iPhone, or iOS device.

1: Some say it’s easier to use. iPhones have been known for having a very user-friendly user interface. Many people don’t care about how much they can do with their phones. They just need something easy to use for simple everyday tasks.

2: Less bloatware. What’s bloatware? You know when you just get a brand new Android phone, and you go to see what applications are installed on it, there are tons of carrier applications (ex. My Sprint, Verizon Messages, etc.) that your phone provider likely pre-installed on there. When you get a new iPhone, you will see that there are no bloatware applications like carrier apps and sponsored apps from your carrier. That’s because Apple, the makers of iOS don’t allow carriers and sellers to edit the phone applications when they ship it to you. Bloatware appears on Android devices from your carrier because Android is open-source, and your carrier or the person selling you the phone can pretty much do whatever they want with the operating system before giving it to the buyer.

Well there were a few pros and cons or both standards. I would like to know from you… What do you think about this? Please click the survey below and answer a couple quick questions.

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