Android vs iOS is one of the eternal battles. Admirers of each of the systems regularly face in a dispute over who is better. We decided not to stand aside and look at seven important parameters to find out which mobile operating system performs best.
General design trends always affect the appearance of operating systems. Fashion moved from three-dimensional icons to flat ones, and now visually almost all axes are similar to one another.
The operating system from Apple has not received visual updates for a long time. The home screen is still divided into a dock (a panel at the bottom of the screen with quick access to the main applications) and application icons that can be tucked into folders.
After the release of iOS 14, a page with widgets appeared in the system. Swipe to the right opens it. It displays a random photo gallery, calendar, weather, map, and more in blocks. The widget panel can be customized. The system looks very neat. All applications are easily accessible.
This has both a plus and a minus — iOS does not change, even if the user would like to customize it for themselves. The maximum that can be done is to set your wallpaper and change the location of applications, including the application in the dock.
Of the convenient functions on iOS, there is a drop-down menu with a transition to applications, for example, an alarm clock, a flashlight, quick access to screen brightness and volume. The list of drop-down functions can be customized. The menu opens with a swipe up. Swipe left opens the app gallery and search.
Pure Android is the basis on which each manufacturer puts its shell. But the principle remains the same: on the main page there are several shortcut icons, a dock and a Google search. The rest of the apps are opened with a swipe to the right, and a swipe to the left opens widgets. They are on Android placed in a list of blocks — the way Apple’s notifications look.
Swipe down opens a drop-down menu with settings. Android has more than Apple: it has screen casting, hotspot, GPS, screenshot, etc. The remaining settings in the menu, depending on the interface or shell, may be placed randomly or confuse the user. So, on MIUI from Xiaomi, the screen orientation and lock icons are very similar.
But the design customization options definitely put Android ahead of iOS in this regard. Here you can change the application icons themselves, their design, shape and animation.
In general, both visually and in terms of control, the home screen of both operating systems is similar. And as for the convenience of each of them, it is rather a matter of habit.
iOS — 0
How easy is it to navigate the system, find the settings you need, and what can be configured in general? This is where the difference between operating systems becomes noticeable, the principle of their operation is fundamentally different.
Apple’s mobile operating system is very easy to manage. It is intuitive and the path to most settings is easy to follow. The most important thing is to remember a few basic principles of management. Swipe right for the application library, left for widgets, down for notifications, up for the list of open applications.
But this simplicity is easily explained: there are not many parameters that can be configured. Basically, the most important: wallpaper, login passwords, data transfer to the cloud.
Apple expects users to figure it out on their own — no instructions are included with the devices. For an advanced user, this is really easy, but a beginner may encounter problems in managing a smartphone. If you are used to Android, then there will also be unusual moments, because the basic controls are very different.
The main difference between Android is the openness of the system. And the point is not only that it can be almost completely reissued, but that the settings concern even the smallest elements: notification types, desktop organization, updating individual system components.
In addition, Android also has advanced settings, which include detailed privacy settings.
Apple takes its products and system security very seriously. You can install only those applications that are available in the official AppStore. For any other manipulations, you need to reflash the phone, and this will automatically void the warranty. Because of this, the choice of applications is limited.
Also, not all apps are available in all countries, and if you want to try a game that hasn’t been released in your home region yet, the only way is to switch the app store to a foreign one. At the same time, all installed applications, even if they are present in the store of the selected country, are no longer updated.
Android allows you to install applications from several stores at once: Google Play, the official Android store, the user interface store added by the manufacturer, and any apk file — the application’s installation file.
To access an application from a store in another country, simply search for the apk of an interesting application in a search engine and install it. You can update it the same way.
But the creators of the system, of course, cannot guarantee the ideal operation of such applications.
However, Android allows you to install various applications, including those that change the system settings: design, additional widgets, etc. And there are many more apps to choose from.
iOS — 0
In Apple’s operating system, the rules are simple: files are stored either on the device or in the cloud. iCloud accounts are rarely hacked, and after such cases, the system is always checked and updated. User information is securely protected. By the way, general security updates are released regularly.
The device is locked with a password. In older models, this is a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and in new ones, very advanced FaceID facial recognition. The same protection is provided by individual developers in some applications — mainly banking. But most of the data, including payment, will be available to those who know the digital password — it is on all smartphone models.
The keychain function, which remembers passwords, works through FaceID. But if you are already logged into your account, then there is no additional protection.
Android allows you to password protect even individual documents or applications.
If you want to hide some data, you can even use the second space — a clean copy of the system on which other applications and files are installed. Access to it can also be locked with a password.
Another difference and at the same time the problem of Android is its susceptibility to viruses and hacks. This is a consequence of the openness of the system — you can download and upload almost anything into it. Therefore, it is important to install antivirus applications.
Most Android smartphones still protect data with a fingerprint scanner, since the face scanner is not considered secure enough — in rare cases, it reads a photo and mistakes it for a face.
Since iOS is designed for users of Apple technology, it ideally interacts with company devices through a single Apple ID account. The text copied on the computer can be pasted on the phone, you can use your smartphone as a trackpad (Apple touchpad), information in applications and tabs, as well as passwords are available from any device. Files are available through the iCloud cloud, music is available through Apple Music streaming, videos are available through AppleTV.
Everything is tied to an Apple ID account. By the way, it can even be used on Windows, but applications will be reluctant to work — they slow down and often freeze. However, the Apple ecosystem is very rich in convenient features.
Android can rely on both a Google account and a manufacturer’s account. You can store data in the cloud and copy passwords from Google Chrome. But Android does not have such unity with computers as Apple has. For example, a photo cannot simply be opened both there and there. To do this, you need to upload it to the cloud, go to the cloud through a browser or folder, and look for a picture there. It takes more time, and is not suitable for everyone.
Apple updates the operating system on all devices released over the past few years. This happens automatically and you do not need to pay extra for the update. The only negative is the accusations against the company of deliberately slowing down systems on outdated devices. There is no confirmation of this, but the older the device, the slower the axis reacts to it.
Android updates vary by device manufacturer. For some phones, the company releases updates almost immediately, and some, on the contrary, remain unupdated. In addition, you need to make sure that the version of the interface is updated. And smartphones from Huawei, due to the company’s conflict with the United States, were completely left without Google applications.
Apple — 1
Additional system functions
- It is more difficult to download files on iOS — third-party music, ringtones, even books are always more difficult to download, since it is impossible to download them directly from the Internet. You can use instant messengers, but the files will only be stored for a limited time.
- The iOS camera app offers several filters, but no advanced settings (exposure, ISO).
- Many different functions, the list of which depends on the manufacturer.
- Some manufacturers and models of smartphones, such as Google Pixel camera phones, have advanced photo and video settings. They are almost like on professional cameras.
- You can download not only files, but also applications.
iOS — 0
In our ranking, iOS wins by a narrow margin. It wins in terms of usability, data security, ecosystem functionality, and updates. Android fared better in axis design, app diversity, and extra features.
Both operating systems differ not so strongly. Therefore, we recommend making a choice based on the parameters that are most important to you.