By Andres Chaux, Humber College student
These days where technology has taken over our lives, cell phones have become completely necessary to our everyday lives. We no rely so much on cell phones that we depend on them even for simple tasks. We now have so many tools in our cellphones that we only need one device to do stuff we used to do using many different devices. The biggest phone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung are constantly looking for ways to make our lives easier but at the same time more virtually addicted. These two companies are coming up with technologies that we thought were impossible in the past, the ongoing fight is between Samsung’s Android and Apple’s IOS. These two operating systems are the platforms where all the magic happens.
Consumers are left with no option but to pick the one they believe is best, some may agree one is better than the other for one or more reasons. Android, which is Linux-based and partly open source, is more PC-like than iOS, in that its interface and basic features are generally more customizable from top to bottom. However, iOS’ uniform design elements are sometimes seen as being more user-friendly. The truth is that both are excellent operating systems but during this article we will review the pros and cons of each of them.
iOS users claim that everything seems smoother, faster and more stable. Unlocking an iPhone with fingerprints is more secure and accurate than with Android’s pattern. It is easier to take selfies with the main camera without sacrificing the quality. Some third party apps are designed with more attention to detail than those for Android and there is more control of notifications and data usage. iOS makes it easier to uninstall applications and upload new music thanks to iTunes. Finally some Apple lovers say it is faster to surf the internet through an Iphone than with a device operating under the Android operating system.
On the other side, Android users claim iOS has too many flaws and Android is way too advanced when compared to the iOS. Some of the main pros of Android and cons of iOS include: the home button on iPhones is overused and sometimes damaged due to its excessive use, whereas Android devices have usually 3 buttons, making them more durable. Sharing photos seems to be easier on Androids because you can use many apps to view the galleries, whereas iPhones focus on one app. Apple has always identified for being limited to their own technology, if you want to buy phone parts it has to be exclusively from Apple. Android doesn’t have this issue, they are open to collaborate with other brands. Another disadvantage of the iOS is that the icons are very close to each other and have the same colour. People also complain that they can’t download music lyrics from Music app, they have to rely too much on the iTunes app and if they want to add lyrics they have to do it on a computer.
The main difference between the two are the apps that can be downloaded from one operating system but not from the other. This issue is currently getting fixed and most of the important apps are now available in both. Android and Apple are both efficient operating systems capable of giving users a good experience. It is now up to the consumers to pick a favourite, the ongoing rivalry will continue and get even more serious. Actually this rivalry is what is taking technology to higher levels because they are constantly trying to come up with better technologies for its users.
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Which operating system do you guys think is better?