When buying a smartphone for the first time, or in the event of choosing to switch, it may seem that choosing the best smartphone for you may not seem hard since smartphones are classified only by two operating systems, iOS for Apple iPhones and Google Android. However, if you take a closer look, there is a great difference between the two that has fueled some debate over which is the better OS.

We decided to take a closer and non-biased look at both.

Hardware: Strict Control vs. Wider Choices
Only Apple makes iPhones and so, the company also manufactures its own software and hardware for all its devices, which makes the iOS exclusively Apple. This means that Apple has a leading edge in running all its devices in fluid synchronization, and this means its OS is more optimized than Android. On the other hand, Android – created by Google – has to offer its software to many phone manufacturers with different requirements for size, weight, features, and quality. This means that iPhones tend to be of higher quality while premium-priced Android phones may equal the iPhone’s quality, but cheaper Android phones are more prone to problems.

Simplicity vs. Clutter
Android phones give you a ton of options for the tweak and play and features but tend to confuse users with different choices to make. The iPhone thrives on simplicity so it’s easy to use even for first time users, making it the most user-friendly phone ever developed.

Always Updated
Since Apple manufactures everything for its iPhones exclusively, all its updates are released on the same date for everyone without discrimination. Sure, Apple has had problems in the past with patches and updates, but these are minor compared to Android’s update record which is poor at best. Android updates are scheduled by the phone maker according to their needs and priorities, and not Google’s, and these updates can be massively delayed. Also, Apple still provides updates for its older models.

Encrypted and Secure
The iOS in iPhones are built like tanks that can withstand the best broadsides and barrages from cyber attacks. The memory and all data on iPhones are secure and encrypted. Google’s Android is somewhat generic in nature since it needs to suit specific phone makers, making it flexible, but also too open and vulnerable to rootkits and hacking.

Apps Control vs. Apps Variety
Apple Store offers fewer apps than Google Play. This is because Apple is notoriously strict about its app selection, while Google’s standards tend to be relaxed. Apple simply wants to tightly control its apps to prevent untoward situations such as the time when a fake version of WhatsApp was published on Google Play and was downloaded by 1 million users before being taken down. Apple simply wants to prevent potential security threats.

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