A place for two of our editors to debate a chosen topic.
Prompt: Android vs Apple
Android - Paul
To all my lovely Apple fanboys: It is now time to step out of the bubble and perceive the reality of iPhone, which is an inefficient gadget that everyone wants to have because others have it.
First, Apple puts more excess value on its phone than Android. For example, according to Tom’s Guide, the cheapest iPhone--iPhone SE--costs $349 and the better featured ones like iPhone X costs $1,000. However, with the price even lower than the cheapest iPhone, there are tons of better Android phones that you could purchase like Moto G5 Plus that entails 5.2 inch, 1080p display, 625 CPU, and 12-MP camera for only $239. Basically, iPhone is overpriced when objectively discerning its features relative to its monetary value.
Furthermore, the recent models of iPhone do not have headphone jacks. This means you are required to use the specialized Apple earpod that you insert on the jack used for charger so that you can’t listen to music while charging your phone. If you have problem with this, well then, you could get an Apple airpod for only $160. Apple is certainly smart in “promoting” its product, or should I say “necessitate” them to buy them. On the other hand, most Android phones have headphone jacks. This gives a wide ranges of headphones and earphones you could utilize regardless of whether they are wired or wireless.
Although there are countless drawbacks of iPhone that I would love to elaborate on, I will just give one more reason before wrapping up. As I have mentioned earlier that Apple “necessitates” users to use only Apple product, it is difficult to connect iPhone with other devices. The only ways to move files--what I mean by files are pictures, videos, and music only--are through Airdrop or iTunes. And, Airdrop is a feature that is only available for Apple products, meaning you must own an Apple device to transfer files from your iPhone. If you don’t own an Apple device, you need to get iTunes on your PC and connect through the USB to manually transfer files. Files other than pictures, videos, and music cannot be transferred. Also, don’t let me mention the “sync” that occurs once you connect to iTunes. If you use a different PC to transfer files, you have to brace yourself and be ready to say farewell to all the media files you had on your phone, as they will be deleted while “syncing” in the new PC. Not only that, you can download apps only through Apps Store, meaning you cannot purchase apps or download files outside the Apps Store, unless you “jailbreak” your iPhone of course. In contrast, Android phones allow files to be quickly transferred through Bluetooth or USB cables on any computer even Macbook. In addition, Android allows files to be downloaded even outside the Play market. This makes iPhone a limited device that only secures itself to the Apple network.
I do agree that iPhone certainly does have its own merit like the pretty design even though its core components inside consist of Samsung’s OELD displays, NAND flash, and DRAM chips according to The Verge. If iPhone wants the customers to be more convenient when using it, it needs to become more like Android and open-minded.
Here’s a question every phone user probably would have heard at least once in their life: Apple or Android? Well, although it is unfortunate for Android lovers, I would have to say “APPLE”. If we look at the trend these days, Apple’s iPhones are significantly popular among the teens in the U.S. A recent study showed that over 80% of the American teens preferred iPhones over Android. So why is this phone preferred over Android among the younger generation, or can I say, the trendsetters of this generation?
To begin with, Apple devices in general, not just phones, have superior performances. iOS is Apple’s proprietary mobile operating system that we see used primarily in iPhones and iPads, though variants of iOS are also used in other products such as Apple TV and the Apple Watch. iOS is always “optimized and fine-tuned so as to make the most out of a device’s hardware, and Apple keeps a close watch on any third-party software developed for their mobile operating system”.
Furthermore, Apple has long-term OS updates, and has better value in the long run. As we’ve already established, iPhones are fast, not because of their hardware but because of OS optimization, and every iPhone receives consistent OS updates for roughly five years after its launch. This not only makes them more future-proof, but it also means that second-hand iPhones go for much higher than second-hand Android phones. So, you can stick with an iPhone and see that there is virtually no decline in performance over the years (not counting the inevitable battery replacement somewhere along the way), or you can just sell it after a while and get a brand new one with a relatively minor additional investment. This generally makes iPhones a better choice if you’re unwilling to settle for anything and if you have a habit of getting a new phone regularly.
If you haven't tried a Mac in a while, you might be surprised to know just how well iPhones work with them. For instance, with the Continuity feature in macOS, you can use your MacBook to send and receive text messages and even receive and place calls. All you have to do is keep your iPhone nearby.
To conclude all of these praises about Apple products, I would have to say that Apple is definitely a better option if you are considering buying a device. Unfortunately, Android phones have become pretty outdated among the younger generations, and the trend is “APPLE”.