Android vs iOS: pros and cons

iOS vs Android (Andy vs Apple: they fight with a lightsaber)

As you all know, Android is an operating system for mobile devices (although it can also be installed on PCs) that Google has created with Linux kernel. On the other hand, there is the great rival of Android, iOS and that is the equivalent of Apple, although instead of being open it is proprietary and is based on the XNU (BSD) kernel like its older brother Mac OS X. Well, In this article we will try to give the advantages and disadvantages of each system.

Analyzing the characteristics of each one, we already found some great differences without going too far into the subject, in addition to being based on different kernels and the license, iOS has a graphical interface called Cocoa Touch with some differences with respect to Android, which in its latest versions bases its interface on Material Design, the language created by Google to implement lightweight interfaces.

Although I say Android and iOS, I mean both the system and the devices themselves, since in the case of the Apple system I can say iPhone or iPad to refer to the hardware or device in question, but in the case of Android it is more complicated as there is a great variety ...

On the other hand, there are programming languages used for the development of each. Android uses C and C ++ (previously also Java for its GUI), while iOS uses C, C ++, Objective-C and Apple's new Swift. Therefore iOS is more heterogeneous in this regard. In addition, Apple's system is only available for ARM architectures, while Google's also supports x86, MIPS, and POWER, and can be installed on more devices ...

So far they are just some differences that are somewhat more mundane and do not affect the end user so directly. But now we will see some pros and cons from the user's point of view:

Advantages of iOS vs. Cons of Android:

  • Performance of an iPad or iPhone device generally seems more fluid than some Android devices. This is because iOS is only exclusive to Apple devices, while Android must adapt to a multitude of very different gears and models (although there are some optimized devices).
  •  El iOS update log It is better than Android, since if it is not a Nexus, updates can be made to wait or have to look for your life to update your terminal with the latest version of Android. Something that does not happen with iOS that brings its updates to all devices more immediately.
  • Apps in the Apple App Store usually have a cleaner and more beautiful look than Android apps usually do. This does not mean that Android apps are worse, since I am an Android user and I do not have too many objections about it.
  • Backup with iCloud. The Apple cloud helps to better save your data, apps and everything you need to have a backup. On Android, although with Google accounts you can save certain content, not everything can be kept safe ...

Advantages of Android vs. Cons of iOS:

  • Limitations regarding providers hardware and software. Likewise, iOS is a more closed system.
  • SD cards can be used in most Android terminals to be able to expand the storage capacity if necessary, something that in Apple's is impossible.
  • The battery can be removed in most devices Android, while it is not possible on iPhones and iPads, something that particularly bothers me despite not being critical ...
  • Although I have said before that iCloud represents a better means of backups, I also say that there are many apps for Android to make backups, while the freedom of choice in Apple is more limited (iTunes, iCloud, ...), although if you are willing to Jailbreak there are other options in the iDevices.
  •  The widgets They are another data to highlight, although I do not usually use them much, perhaps other users will miss them in the other system.

At present both are the ones that dominate the market, Tizen seems not to take off or to do it in a very subtle way and for certain specific devices and we already know what the fate of Mozilla's Firefox OS has been ... Ubuntu can be a good alternative to both systems in the future, but for the moment we have to be content with what's out there.


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  1.   Mine said

    Some things are inconsistent. You are comparing operating system. That is software. Neither the battery of the device nor the SD card, have to do with that. Does the OS support an SD card and / or a battery change? Yes. Whether the hardware device allows it is a different matter. It has no place in this article. Besides, backups? Yes, Android gives more variety to choose from, but why do I want to choose if what I have works the best you can ask for? It is an addition, but it is not an advantage when there is nothing to gain advantage over.
    Android is a very good system, being Linux of course, but it is being perverted with so much diversification and brands and manufacturers that touch and corrupt it. Regardless, Google leaves a lot to be desired, Android might have overtaken iOS years ago, if only for the nexus.

  2.   Root sudo said

    An essential data is missing, ANDROID is already 90% of the market and going up, and IOS is 7% of the market and going down; o)

    1.    devilanton said

      And that unusual misinformation?

  3.   Your father said

    Very incomplete. The truth is a waste of time reading this news. You would have tried a little more. That's why they beat you