Which is the better mobile operating system, Android or iOS? It’s a question which has been thrown around for years, yet it doesn’t have an answer? In fact, I don’t think that there will ever be a definitive answer to that question. Both operating systems have areas that they excel at and they both have areas in which they don’t do so well. For the areas that are handled poorly by one OS, the other OS tends to be pretty good at. For the most part, this holds true and you should consider this when looking for your next smartphone. Well in this post, I’m going to give you a few reasons why you should consider switching to Android.
If you’ve heard of the iPhone (which I’m 99% sure you have), then you know how they’re released. Apple release an iPhone, say the iPhone 4 and then the next year they release the iPhone 4s. It’s been the same for almost every year since the iPhone has been around. iPhone 5 one year and the iPhone 5s the next etc… Things have been changed up a few times over the years with the iPhone 5c, iPhone SE, iPhone X and the Plus size models. But for the most part, this has always been consistent.
Android is a whole different ball game, however. New Android phones from major manufacturers are released pretty much every month. Take Samsung for example, the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. On their UK website, there are fourteen different smartphones to choose from. If you look on Amazon for Samsung smartphones there are even more. These phones range drastically in price, design, performance and features. This means that no matter what you’re after, you’ll be able to find a phone that suits you.
Let’s not forget, however, Samsung is just one manufacturer. There are literally hundreds of manufacturers producing new Android smartphones every month. To name just a few, you have Samsung, Huawei, HTC, LG, Xioami, OnePlus, Sony, Motorola and many more.
The point I’m making here is that the choice is almost limitless. Compared to iOS which is only available on a handful of iPhones. On Apple’s website, currently, you can choose from eight iPhones. Maybe you’re someone who doesn’t need a large selection to choose from and that’s fine. But if you want options or maybe even happen to switch phones often, switching Android is for you.
This is by far one of Android’s top features. The customization options on Android are literally endless and here’s why.
On iOS, you can have multiple home screens and move your app icons across each screen. You can place your app icons in folders if you like and you can also change the background wallpaper image as well. On top of that, you have a single screen on the far left home screen in which you can add widgets. That’s about it for iOS.
Android, on the other hand, is night and day difference compared to iOS when it comes to customizability. The launcher on Android is where you access all of your applications and widgets. There are hundreds of launchers available on the play store and each offers it’s own unique customization options. For the most part, they all allow you to add app icons wherever you choose and the same can be said for widgets. Widgets can also be resized which is also cool.
Don’t like the look of the app icons? You can change them!
Want an animated wallpaper? No problem, there are thousands to choose from!
Want to hide certain apps? Go for it!
Change the app icon size? You can make them bigger or smaller, the choice is yours.
Not every Android phone comes with a launcher which is able to change these things, but the Play Store (equivalent on the App Store on iOS) has tons of launchers to choose from. I’ve linked a few of them below!
You can see what I’m getting at here, Android is customizable! Also, bear in mind that I’ve only talked about the launcher here. I haven’t even touched on the other incredible customization options that Android offers. The ability to change default applications and the system theme are also present on Android.
There’s a huge amount that you can do an customize on Android which makes it a really fun and enjoyable operating system to use. For those that like to customize, Android is the way to go.
This one is pretty specific and may even be a little controversial. It’s notifications. On iOS, notifications kinda… there’s no other way I can put this… notifications on iOS suck. That’s it, I’m not going to beat around the bush; they suck. Pure and simple.
Here’s why notifications on iOS suck. After this, I’ll tell you why Android handles notifications much better – well at least in my opinion. Let’s take a look at a recent Instagram post from YouTuber, Unbox Therapy. This post perfectly depicts how poor notifications are on iOS.
Notice how nothing is grouped together? Notifications are stored in a perfect chronological order, which to some people is fine, but to others (myself included) looks messy and cluttered. As well as being visually displeasing, it also makes sorting through notifications difficult and tiresome.
Android on the other hand, neatly groups together notifications from the same app which you can then expand upon to view individual notifications. It’s smart, clean and easy to use. It might even be worth switching to Android for the notifications alone!
So versatility, customizability and notifications are my favourite parts of Android. There’s much more to love about Android, however.
Sideloading apps is super easy to do on Android. App not available in your region? No problem, you can normally find it online and sideload it in seconds. Just make sure that you sideload apps from trusted sources when doing this!
Something a little more advanced is the ability to install custom ROMs. This gives you even more customizability and freedom over your Android smartphone. Installing custom ROMs isn’t for everyone, but its great for those who like to tinker with their devices. If it’s something that you’re interested in, the best place to find information is XDA developers.
Many Android Phones also have an always-on display feature which gives you quick access to notifications without even having to touch your device.
Google Daydream. Google, the company that develops Android, has built their own native virtual reality platform for Android. Want to get into virtual reality? Switching to Android may just be the easiest (and most affordable) entry into VR.
They’re just a few extra bits and pieces that I think are cool. Not everything mentioned here will appeal to everyone, but I’m sure that at least one of the aforementioned features will have you thinking about switching to Android.
So are you considering switching to Android?
So there you have it! This is why switching to Android might just be for you. It’s certainly not without its drawbacks, Android is more prone to viruses than iOS and can possibly take a while to get used to if you’ve been a long time iOS user. That being said, if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, open up your mind to the possibility of switching to Android. An iPhone may seem like the most obvious choice to you, although once you see exactly what Android has to offer, it’s a pretty enticing option.