IOS vs. Android

IOS vs. Android: Apples vs. Oranges?

Which tablet or smart phone operating system is better?

Which tablet or smart phone operating system is better?

A lot of people wonder if they should be a cool kid and buy an iPhone or enjoy a larger selection of manufacturers buy shopping for an Android device. The IOS operating system is only on Apple smart phones, tablets, and computers. Meanwhile, Google provides IOS as an open source operating system to a number of different manufacturers.

However, there is no way to say which phone or tablet operating system is better for all people. You just have to figure out which choice is better for you. Since a number of people make either choice, you probably already figured that out, but you may need a little help making your final decision.


The best choice probably depends upon a few things:

  • Do you already have other Apple computers and devices, so you would be more comfortable with IOS?
  • Is your budget or a brand name more important to you? By the way, you can also buy pretty expensive Android-powered devices, but you are likely to also find more affordable phones and tablets that are powered by Android than IOS.
  • Do you want the latest apps the minute they hit the market, or can you afford to wait a bit.

Is IOS or Android More Popular?

A few years ago, you might have been able to say that Apple was the more popular choice. However, if you add up all of the sales by manufacturers that use Android, you actually find they have taken over the market lead. It is not hard to guess why. Because Google allows a variety of manufacturers to use their operating system, lower costs may get passed on to consumers. If budget is a factor in your choice, you probably want to consider cheaper phones.

Is IOS or Android More Innovative?

It is also not fair to say that Apple did all the development and that Android is just a copy. Google, for example, did a lot to pioneer voice recognition. Speech-to-text programs like Siri get a lot of attention, but Apple did not necessarily do this better or faster than competitors.  They may have marketed better, and that is something that Apple is very good at.

Does iPhone Have More Apps?

Again, a few years ago it was probably easy to say that apps hit the iPhone market first. These days, most premium app developers develop for both platforms, and some may choose to release Android versions first. It is unlikely that popular apps aren’t released on both platforms. Or, for example, if you do find an iPhone-only app for sale on iTunes, you can probably find a similar application on the Google Play Store too.

On the other hand, if you already have a number of Apple products, you will probably find the transition to an iPhone or iPad easier. You can synch all of your devices up with a lot of the same apps too.