Android and iOS have both cultivated strong followers in the past decade. The debate on which one of them is better is something that has driven people mad and fans of both the operating systems make a point to campaign for their favourite, whenever needed.
The two OSes have been working hard to beat each other and while Android has focused on being fluid and beautiful over the years, iOS too is becoming more flexible and customizable.
But is the gap that the two once shared finally filled? Or does one of the two still have a better feature to boast about?
Well, completely based on functionality, here are six reasons why we think Android could be a better buy.
Android handles calls and messages more efficiently – Truecaller is an app that is available for both Android and iOS. It is a crowd-sourced phone directory that shows the names of unknown callers on the screen on Android but fails to do the same on iOS. The latest iOS 10 has an API that lets users know when an incoming call is a spam but doesn’t show the name of the caller from its directory – it requires you to manually check it on the app.
The same goes for the SMS app, TrueMessenger, where the app has a separate segregation for spam messages on Android devices and also replaces unknown numbers in SMS conversations with names from the Truecaller database.
Android can run two apps at once – It’s not that iOS cannot run two apps simultaneously, it can. But what it fails to do is load both of them on a single screen. The functionality, called multi-window, has been available on a number of Android devices for many years now and has also been officially baked into Android 7.0 Nougat.
Android has an automatic image backup system – All android phones come bundled with an unlimited backup of images on their device. Though the size is reduced while uploading, the process of backing up is easy, running continuously in the background.
On iOS, this isn’t possible. The operating system does not have APIs to let users perform tasks like uploading content in the background. And while it could be possible using iCloud, the company charges a monthly subscription fee beyond the first 5GB.
Android phones can record calls – This is yet another functionality that iOS doesn’t offer. And while there are subscription methods that let you record calls on an iPhones, it is not as easy as installing an app on an Android device. There are multiple apps on Google Play Store that let you automatically record a call and allows you to share the AMR file over email or storage.
Easier options to attach files on an Android device – If you have to attach a file in an email using an Android device, the process is easy. You just have to click on the Attachment button and choose your desired file from the File Manager.
On iPhones, the process is not that easy. While images can be attached in an email, files other than images cannot be attached as easily as them. To share them, one needs to first open the desired file, click the Share button and then choose email, or any other medium. Stressful, no?
You can have multiple logins on Android – The option to have multiple users using a single Android device has been there since Android Lollipop. It allows one to share their device with someone else, logged in as a Guest, which does not give them access to one’s private data – kinda like what we do on computers.
Sadly, there’s no such option on an iPhone.
So, whose side are you on?
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