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Which mobile OS is the best for you?


BY MICHAEL

Which of the two main mobile operating systems is better? This question has been debated over and over again for what feels like forever. 

Because we all have different preferences, and use our mobile phones differently, there cannot be a definitive answer to this question. The best thing we can do is to give our opinion about them in a clear and structured manner, which is the goal of this showdown. 

Don’t hesitate to modify it to your liking, and submit it it you want to share it on this website. 

My opinion is that it mostly comes down to a trade-off between user experience and the power of the ecosystem on the one hand (where the advantage goes to iOS), and customization and productivity on the other hand (where the advantage goes to Android). I personally really like to switch between them regularly.

Depending on what is most important to you, this should help you make a more informed decision.

What is your opinion on Android’s look and feel? Do you miss Android's customization features when you switch to iOS? Don’t hesitate to modify this showdown to your liking and share you opinion!
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  • Android exists on a seemingly infinite number of devices from a wide range of manufacturers, so you are really spoiled with choice.
    Only Apple’s devices are allowed to run iOS, so you’ll have to pick from the limited range of iPhones.
    If you like to switch phones often, of want to have a lot of different choices of hardware, Android is definitely the way to go.
  • The look and feel of Android depends a lot on the extra layer that the manufacturer adds on top, and on the way you configure and customize it.
    As I also mentioned in my iPhone X vs Galaxy S10 showdown, I’m a great fan of iOS’s smooth rubber-band scrolling effect, which makes me happy every time I return to an iOS device.

    In addition, the app design feels more consistent from app to app on iOS.
    The look and feel of Android and iOS are very similar, but I personally have a slight preference for iOS.
  • Apps can be installed from any source, which increases the risk of running into a virus or malware if you're not careful.
    Except if you have a Google Pixel phones, updates can take many months to come to your device, and only if you have one of the more recent model.
    All apps in the App Store are verified by Apple, and iOS is considered very secure.
    Security updates are rolled out quickly to all devices, even older ones.
    As I'm rather careful with what I download, the security aspect doesn't really matter much to me. Having to wait for a long time for the features that come in new versions of Android can be annoying though.
  • Crashes are very rare on iOS. 
    Even though Android has come a long way in the past years, it is still plagued by app crashes from time to time.
    Mainly thanks to its limited range of hardware, Apple has managed to integrate its software better, and to make it more stable.
  • Android has a strong ecosystem with Google Home, Chromecast, Android Wear and Chromebooks.
    Apple is arguably stronger in this department, as their devices integrate really well together.

    iMessage and Facetime are also two strong arguments for sticking with iOS if you and your friends and family use them regularly.
    All of Apple's devices work seamlessly together, so if you own a Mac, an iPhone, an iPad, an Apple TV and an Apple Watch, it's hard to recommend replacing any of them with an Android device.
  • Android is extremely customizable. Just to name a few things: 
    - you can freely places apps and widgets on your homescreens
    - you can pick your default apps, for example you browser, calendar, maps, etc.
    - you can extensively modify the look of Android, including the icon design
    - there are a lot of options for task automation, for example by using the Tasker app
    - you can select custom gestures to perform actions
    - you can remap most hardware buttons
    Apple doesn't let you change nearly as much in your iOS experience.

    I see a glimmer of hope in the Shortcuts app, which allows to create some custom tasks and to automate them, but it is still quite limited.
    Customization has long been Android's greatest strength in my opinion, and I love playing around with my homescreens and with various apps to access tasks faster on my Android phone.
  • Google assistant
    Siri
    Google assistant is more advanced than Siri in several areas - it is better at delivering relevant answer to questions, it is more conversational, and feels more like an actual assistant than Siri does.