The iPhone of Apple and Android of Google have taken users for a ride! Here are five differences between the two which can make help you out to make the right selection.
1. Customization Vs Non- Customization
iPhone being an all Apple proprietary product does not lend itself for customization. You cannot install third party applications in iPhone. That means that you cannot use your favorite Adobe pdf for viewing pdf documents or Adobe flash player for Flash contents. This is a serious limitation for those who are more than habitual of using these third party software applications.
On the other hand Android lends itself to third party applications, though there is no official website offering these applications, but these applications are easily available over the Internet.
Since Android lends itself to third party applications, there are security issues. On an average, one in five applications have a security issue. iPhone on the other hand is a sealed system with no third party software applications and hence, is very secure.
3. Graphical User Interface
The front end GUI of iPhone is more appealing and aesthetically pleasing. It is very user-friendly as well. The limitation of iPhone of not being customized is taken care by Android. Android can be completely customized by plugins and widgets. For creative people Android is more of a sport than iPhone.
4. Vendor lock in
The biggest disadvantage which has hampered the sales of iPhone is vendor lock-in. iPhone is available with fixed wireless carrier. This means that the user cannot change its service provider, he has to take the services of the provider chosen by iPhone. Presently, AT&T is the service provider for iPhone. Depending on the future partnership of other service providers with Apple, choice of other operators may be available. Android gives users the freedom to choose their own service provider.
iPhone has to be bought only from an Apple store. This has an advantage and a disadvantage. It is an advantage in a way that the choice is fairly simple. You need not think from where to buy the phone. The disadvantage is that there is no choice of vendors. That means less ease of availability and no competitive prices.
On the other hand Android has many vendors and partners from where the phone can be easily purchased.
5. Battery life
Both iPhone and Android are installed with good batteries. Though battery life depends on the usage and network strength, but speaking on a comparative level, iPhone has a better battery life than Android.
On the other hand, Android has an advantage of easy battery changing option in case you have a spare charged battery. iPhone’s battery cannot be changed by the user. It has to be sent to the service center to get the battery changed.
As a general verdict, for users who are happy with manufacturer’s product and need no further customization and addition of software applications, iPhone can be a perfect choice.
For tech-geeks who are not satisfied with whatever is available and want to customize for more, Android is the end of selection.