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Difference between Android and iPhone

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When you are going to buy a new smartphone, you may be in a dilemma. You are considering buying a new iPhone 6s/6/5s or an Android phone such as Samsung, LG, HTC, Moto, etc. For Apple fans, mere of them will switch from iPhone to Android. For Android loyalists, the same, the experience of using an iPhone first time is awful.

But what’s the real difference between iPhone and Android? Here’s a quick rundown of the five most obvious points of their differences.


1. Closed systems vs. open systems

"Closed" vs. "Open" means a lot, from the source code to the app store to how many third-party apps you can install.

Apple's iOS is closed-source. iOS devices users greatly benefit from having software that is highly optimized for the specific hardware it runs on. This produces systems with superior size/battery life/performance tradeoffs and, often, a better user experience. But the unfortunate truth is that you will encounter many restrictions that I explain in the next several points.

Android is "open" in a variety of ways. If you desperately want custom ROMs for your phone and want to mess around with this sort of thing, Android is for you.

2. User Control

The single greatest advantage to owning an Android mobile device is its customization. The Android open source gives third-party app developers the chance to create a wide range of add-on functionalities for your Android phone.

Though the only applications that can be downloaded to an iOS device are those that come from the Apple App Store, iOS device users have better users experience for the pre-installed apps.

3. Software upgrades

Although Google does update Android frequently, many users find that they do not receive the updates on their phone. Even when an upgrade is offered, it is usually several month of the release of the new version Android OS.

In this aspect, iOS has its advantage. iOS upgrades are generally available to majority iOS devices. Users can update their iPhone to the latest iOS immediately after the release.

Kindly remind: when you are going to update your phone to new operating system, Please backup your iPhone or Android phone first.

4. Device Selection

A wide range of Android devices are available at different brand, price, size and hardware capabilities. The iOS devices are comparatively limited, regardless of in term of the size, models, or price.

5. Security and Privacy

The most widespread malware on Android is the sending of personal information to unauthorized third parties. App developers take advantage of "Permissions" when people install an app to request a lot of user information.

However, malware writers are less likely to write apps for iOS, due to Apple's review of all the apps and verification of the identity of app publishers. So for security and privacy, iOS wins.

The Bottom Line: Choosing between iOS and Android

I understand that you still cannot decide to buy an Android phone or an iPhone, as both of them have their obvious pros and cons. In my opinion, if you want to enjoy highly customizable user experience, choose Android. But if you your phone work more smooth and quick, iPhone is ideal. No matter which phone you finally buy, you must consider transferring files from your old phone to new phone. Whether you want to transfer contacts from iPhone to new Android phone or transfer contacts, music, videos, photos, etc. from Android to iPhone. FonePaw Mobile Transfer is so helpful.

Just enjoy your new phone.


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When you are going to buy a new smartphone, you may be in a dilemma. You are considering buying a new iPhone 6s/6/5s or an Android phone such as Samsung, LG, HTC, Moto, etc. For Apple fans, mere of them will switch from iPhone to Android. For Android loyalists, the same, the experience of using an iPhone first time is awful.

But what’s the real difference between iPhone and Android? Here’s a quick rundown of the five most obvious points of their differences.

1. Closed systems vs. open systems



"Closed" vs. "Open" means a lot, from the source code to the app store to how many third-party apps you can install.

Apple's iOS is closed-source. iOS devices users greatly benefit from having software that is highly optimized for the specific hardware it runs on. This produces systems with superior size/battery life/performance tradeoffs and, often, a better user experience. But the unfortunate truth is that you will encounter many restrictions that I explain in the next several points.

Android is "open" in a variety of ways. If you desperately want custom ROMs for your phone and want to mess around with this sort of thing, Android is for you.

2. User Control



The single greatest advantage to owning an Android mobile device is its customization. The Android open source gives third-party app developers the chance to create a wide range of add-on functionalities for your Android phone.

Though the only applications that can be downloaded to an iOS device are those that come from the Apple App Store, iOS device users have better users experience for the pre-installed apps.

3. Software upgrades



Although Google does update Android frequently, many users find that they do not receive the updates on their phone. Even when an upgrade is offered, it is usually several month of the release of the new version Android OS.

In this aspect, iOS has its advantage. iOS upgrades are generally available to majority iOS devices. Users can update their iPhone to the latest iOS immediately after the release.

Kindly remind: when you are going to update your phone to new operating system, Please backup your iPhone or Android phone first.

4. Device Selection



A wide range of Android devices are available at different brand, price, size and hardware capabilities. The iOS devices are comparatively limited, regardless of in term of the size, models, or price.

5. Security and Privacy



The most widespread malware on Android is the sending of personal information to unauthorized third parties. App developers take advantage of "Permissions" when people install an app to request a lot of user information.

However, malware writers are less likely to write apps for iOS, due to Apple's review of all the apps and verification of the identity of app publishers. So for security and privacy, iOS wins.

The Bottom Line: Choosing between iOS and Android



I understand that you still cannot decide to buy an Android phone or an iPhone, as both of them have their obvious pros and cons. In my opinion, if you want to enjoy highly customizable user experience, choose Android. But if you your phone work more smooth and quick, iPhone is ideal. No matter which phone you finally buy, you must consider transferring files from your old phone to new phone. Whether you want to transfer contacts from iPhone to new Android phone or transfer contacts, music, videos, photos, etc. from Android to iPhone. FonePaw Mobile Transfer is so helpful.

Just enjoy your new phone.



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