Are you looking for a new phone, but can’t decide between an iPhone or an Android? You aren’t alone. Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS account for around 99.7% of smartphones on the market today. Chances are you have a friend who wouldn’t be caught dead with an Android phone and vice versa. While both systems are great, they have some differences that could make or break your smartphone experience. We’re kicking off our iPhone vs. Android series today by comparing cost, app stores, and battery life. Keep reading to learn more to help determine whether an iPhone or Android phone is best for you.
Comparing the cost
Android is the winner if affordability is what you’re looking for. With Apple, if you buy new, you’re looking to spend around $450 for an older model phone, with new models, like the iPhone XS Max, starting at $1,000. Android offers expensive and powerful options as well, but if you just need an affordable and functional smartphone, Android has a lot more options. Also, Android tends to have more free apps in its App Store, so that you can save even more.
Apple App Store vs. Google Play StoreSpeaking of apps, which App Store is better? This one’s a little bit more tricky. First off, both stores are relatively easy to use. Are they perfect? No, but you’ve got to remember that we’re dealing with millions of apps here, which is a little tricky to keep organized.
- Ease of downloading: Android takes the cake here, with the ability to queue up apps and install them from your PC or laptop web browser.
- Touch ID: With iPhones, you can automatically download and buy apps by using your Touch ID. Some Android phones have Touch ID capabilities, but not all of them. Touch ID makes the experience quick and convenient.
- Refunds: The Play Store offers refunds for two hours after purchase, no questions asked. The Apple App Store has a stricter refund policy.
- Selection: The Apple App Store offers fewer apps. At last count, they offered 2.1 million vs. Google Play’s 3.5 million. However, companies typically develop for iOS first. So, if there’s a new app you’re wanting to download, the iPhone is where it’s at.
- Quality Control: The Apple App Store has a reputation for being really strict about what apps they will take in. Their quality control can save you from fake apps and security threats.
Android used to win on battery life, but newer model iPhones can go days without a charge. With battery life for newer model iPhones and Androids, determining which is better can get down to the nitty-gritty. Here are some characteristics that both models share:
- Both devices easily let you see how each app is impacting your battery life. However, Android shows an estimate of how much longer your battery life will last.
- Both offer power-saving modes.
- Both Android and iPhone offer fast charging and wireless charging options. Keep in mind, with iPhones you usually have to purchase separately and with Android; it always comes in the box.
This one comes down to money. Both phones have similar capabilities, but you get a little more bang for your bang for your buck with Android since they always include the fast chargers.