Why Android is Better Than iPhone

10 Reasons Why an Android Phone is Better Than an iPhone

Why Android is Better Than iPhone

Recently Updated!
This article was just recently updated with new information on September 22, 2017 after the release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

*Want to skip the intro? Scroll down to see my 10 reasons why an Android phone is better than an iPhone!

Recently, there have been releases/announcements of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8/S8+, Google Pixel, LG G6, HTC 10, and many other phones. Each release of a phone is like a single Mentos being dropped into a 2-liter of Coke -- a new explosion of debate that overwhelms the social network about who has the "best" phone. Android! No, iOS! Galaxy S8! No, iPhone X! The debate goes on and on. Are Android phones or iPhones better? Read on to find out why an Android phone is better than an iPhone.

Before I get into the nitty-gritty, I want to say this. I am not an "Apple hater", and never have been. I currently own an Android phone (a Galaxy S7 Edge), I have a Windows based desktop at both work and home, I own a Macbook Pro, a Windows laptop, and I have an iPad Pro at work. I prefer to "coexist" when it comes to all the operating systems and devices out there, and I use what fits my needs as everyone should. So, before any iFans come in here looking to heckle this article, please don't. I love my Macbook Pro and the iPad I use at work. I just believe that an Android phone is better than an iPhone, and I'll state my reasons why.

*deep breath* Okay, that's done. Now, the reason why I am writing this article is because of some of the articles I have seen shared around the social media sites. For example, an article titled 5 reasons iPhone still beats Android on The Daily Dot. Perhaps you've read it already because it was shared over 273,000 times a few years ago when I first wrote this article.

I personally believe the 5 reasons listed in the article as to why the iPhone still beats Android are pathetic at best, and don't focus on hardware at all which is, well, extremely important considering your entire phone IS hardware without taking into account what software is running on the phone. The article's 5 reasons focus on consistency, the Apple App Store, malware in the marketplace, "crapware", and home base. You can read more details about each reason in the article. All the reasons are software based or have to deal with items pertaining to how Apple does things. Not convincing at all.

Now, my turn to tell you 10 reasons why an Android phone is better than an iPhone:

1. Choices, choices, and more choices...

When you choose an Android phone, you have what seems like an endless amount of choices for phones. Do you want a phone that does everything phones normally do along with taking extremely good pictures? Buy a phone whose main focus is the camera. Do you want a rugged phone that could withstand being dropped many times? Do you want a phone that has a 4K resolution screen rather than a 720-1080p screen? Do you want a phone with a smaller or bigger form factor? Android phones cover all this plus so much more. That's the beauty of Android phones -- you can get the one that fits you.

With an iPhone, well, it's just an iPhone. Whatever it has in it is what you get. Sure you might get 2 or 3 options for a smaller or bigger phone that have slightly different hardware but that's it. The camera, screen, internal hardware, etc. is going to be the same on a model to model basis. For example, you can't buy an iPhone that has a high megapixel camera like Android users can with the Sony Xperia Z5.

2. Customization

My favorite part about Android phones -- customization. If you enjoy being able to customize your phone, then Android is absolutely the way to go. Don't like the standard keyboard that Android comes with? Easy! Just download a third-party keyboard app that replaces the stock one. Don't like the entire launcher that runs your phone? Download a new launcher. Want to make your phone have a layout exactly like a Windows phone? Yep, you can do that, too.

Where has this been with iOS? Well, Apple likes to keep things simple and user-friendly which is fine. Why then, with the release of each iOS version, does Apple copy many things that Android has had for a long time now?

"If you want a phone with all the latest features from 2 years ago, buy an iPhone."

Predictive text on your messages, a health app, third-party keyboards, Swype texting, cloud storage for all your photos, widgets, and more. Android (thanks to Google) had all of these features long before Apple released them with new iOS versions. After all, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". It's safe to say that the majority of the latest and greatest software features can be found with Android and Apple is always behind. Android wins.

3. Hardware

I believe that the hardware category really solidifies the debate between Android and Apple. People can argue all day about what software (operating system) is better for this reason or that, but you can't argue better and faster hardware for a cheaper price.

For simplicity's sake, I am only going to focus on two phones for this category: the Apple iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ since they are the current flagship phones for both Apple and Samsung. Keep in mind the iPhone X was released in November of 2017, and the Galaxy S8+ was released in April of 2017 which means the iPhone X is 7 months newer. In the table below, you will see both phones listed along with their hardware specs:

Apple iPhone X Samsung Galaxy S8+
Operating system iOS 11 Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Processor Apple A11 Bionic Chip Octa-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
Screen size 5.8 in 6.2 in
Screen resolution 2436 x 1125 2960 x 1440
Pixel density 459ppi 529ppi
Screen type OLED AMOLED
Rear camera, video 12 megapixels; f/1.8; 4K HD video 12 megapixels; f/1.7; 4K HD video
Front-facing camera 7 megapixels 8 megapixels
Memory card slot N/A MicroSD
NFC Yes Yes
Size 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight 6.14 oz (174g) 6.10 oz (173g)
Battery capacity Unknown 3,500 mAh
Removable battery No No
Water-resistant Yes, IP 67 Yes, IP 68
Wireless Charging Yes Yes
3.5mm Jack (Aux) No Yes

As you can see from the spec comparison, the Galaxy S8+ is superior to the iPhone X despite being 7 months older than the iPhone X. The Galaxy S8+ boasts some impressive specs, and not to mention how good it looks. The Galaxy S8+ is bigger than the iPhone X (dimension-wise), has a 6.2 inch screen (0.4" bigger than the iPhone X), and still weighs less than the iPhone X. With specs such as an octa-core processor, more RAM, more battery capacity (as far as we know), a higher PPI, the phone being more water-resistant, and the fact it has both a fingerprint sensor and facial recognition, it should be a no-brainer that the Galaxy S8+ is the clear winner when it comes to hardware.

In fact, check out my phone comparisons from previous years: Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G3 vs HTC One (M8) spec comparison - You'll see that the iPhone 6 doesn't win a single category other than the "Dimensions/Weight" category with being 1 mm thinner and 0.45 oz lighter than the Galaxy S5.

You can also check out my latest phone spec comparison that I wrote in September of 2015: Apple iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs LG G4 vs HTC One (M9)

4. The Google Play™ Store

Android Google Play Store

The Google Play Store is fantastic. It is well laid out, extremely user-friendly, and offers about any type of app that you can think of. Their latest layout change to a very nice UI when you click on an app in the Play Store (that you can see with the right-most "Instagram" picture above) is beautiful. It's easy to read, they show the users what they want to see, and it's visually appealing. I have used both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store quite a bit. Apple just recently updated their App Store with iOS 11. They're both very good app stores -- better than Amazon's App Store that's for sure.

That's not where the advantage comes in for Android, however. The advantage here is that submitting an app to the Google Play Store is much easier than going through the Apple App Store. Yes, that is because Apple goes through a tedious process of checking your app that you are submitting to make sure it follows their guidelines. This may prevent malware from being downloaded via an app, but that's not even half of it. Apple will deny your app from getting into the app store if you do something as silly as using their "chevron" symbol incorrectly. Trust me, I've seen it happen. So, no, it's not just about preventing malware... it's about making your app perfect in Apple's eyes.

On the other hand, it is much easier to submit your Android-built app to the Google Play Store. You don't have to go through half the stuff that you have to go through with Apple. This makes your life less stressful, and I like that. How many people do you actually know that have malware on their phone specifically from an app they downloaded from the app store? I don't know anyone. Besides, has common sense just flown out the window in this day and age? The Internet isn't filtered from malware, so do you go to a website that screams "THIS IS A VIRUS!"? No, it's just common sense. If there's an app that says "Hey! This is a virus, you should probably download it so I can hack you", do you download it? No. Just like if you're buying an item online, if you are debating about buying an item, do you buy the item that is rated 4.5/5 stars by 2,000 people or the item that is rated 1.5/5 stars by 700 people? Use common sense people, and bask in the glory of how easy it is to get your newly created Android app into the Google Play Store for everyone to see.

5. Widgets & Multitasking

Android Home Screen Custom Widgets

This somewhat ties in with the Customization section, but Widgets have long been a huge advantage of Android over iOS. With iOS 8, Apple finally just implemented "widgets", but they are pretty limited. You can only add them to your Notification Center. Apple opted not to have widgets available on any of your main home screens to "avoid clutter". Um, what? Having widgets on my Android home screens is one of my favorite things about Android.

Android offers all sorts of widgets that you can put onto your home screens. These widgets might be anything from a custom clock, weather, alarms, direct calls to contacts in your phone, flashlight, email, messages, and so much more. You can arrange these any which way on your home screens and have your home screens be exactly the way you want them.

Android Marshmallow Multitasking

Multitasking has also been around on Android for a while, and it's extremely easy to use. You simply open up the multitask window and you can drag two apps that you want to have going at the same time in the appropriate boxes (see the picture above). For example, I am watching a YouTube video while accessing my file system at the same. Perhaps you want to watch a lecture video while taking notes right below the video? Or, watch a video while texting your friends? Go for it.

**Note: Apple finally came out with the ability to multitask, however it is only somewhat useful on iPads, and not implemented very well. Since Android has had multitasking for so long and do it so well, they still take the cake over iOS.

6. Expandable Memory and More

The majority of Android phones offer expandable memory. That means you can pop open the back cover or a slot on the side of your phone and put in a micro SD card which then becomes added memory to your phone. What does Apple do? Well, they've never offered expandable memory for the iPhone. Instead, they would rather you pay another $100 to upgrade one of their devices from a 16 GB memory to a 32 GB or 64 GB (like an iPod for example). Are you serious? I took my Galaxy S7 Edge with 32 GB of internal memory and added another 64 GB micro SD card in it and voila! My phone now has 96 GB of capacity and how much did that cost me? $19 for the SD card. Android wins.

7. User Serviceable (Removable) Battery

Android Galaxy S5 Open Back

Not all, but many of the Android phones out there will have a removable battery that you yourself can take out and replace or service to your liking. After you use a phone a while, the battery will start to lose its original capacity. It's not a matter of if the battery life starts getting bad, it's a matter of when. It's just how batteries work. They go through enough charge cycles and then they can only hold a certain percentage of their original capacity.

So, say you've had an iPhone for a long time and it doesn't last long at all before it needs a charge. Well, too bad, you'll have to go to the Apple store or some store that can service it or you'll just have to live with it. If your Android phone has a removable battery, you can just hop on over to Amazon and buy a generic battery for your type of phone (around $20 usually) and pop it in. Then your phone's battery is like new again.

In fact, LG just announced a neat feature where you get a separate battery if you purchase the LG G5. If you run out of battery, all you have to do is push a switch and the entire battery and base comes out of the phone and you can replace it with your second fully charged battery and base. Easy user swappable features on phones - can't wait to see what comes next!

8. Universal Chargers

All hail micro USB chargers! They are the standard charger on tons of devices out there including Android phones. Left your charger at home and you're on vacation or something? Have no fear, chances are someone has a micro USB charger for some device of theirs which will charge your phone up just fine.

What does Apple have? Well, they decided it would be cool to be different and have these "lightning" cables. Not only are these different and only usable for Apple devices, but they changed to the "lightning" cable from the old 30-pin charger that charges older iPhones and iPads. So, now you have to go and buy their new "updated" charger if you want to charge your new Apple device because that 30-pin charger sure won't fit! Why?! Why would Apple do this? Oh, because it means they'll make a fortune selling chargers because they're so specific to their devices and with their shoddy quality (I'm on my 4th Macbook Pro charger and 3rd iPad charger), you'll just have to keep buying and buying. They love it!

I've been using the same micro USB charger for my Samsung phones for over 2 years now with no problems. Can't say the same for my Apple chargers. Want to debate the shoddy quality of all of Apple's chargers? Well, have a look for yourself at the reviews:

The three main chargers for iPads, iPhones, and Macbook Pros. Rated an average of 1.5 out of 5 stars by 2,000+ people. I've never seen ratings so low on products coming from a company that focuses so much on their quality. Not to mention, they charge $19 for the 1m Lightning to USB, $29 for the 2m Lightning to USB, and $79 for the MagSafe 2 charger. It's thievery.

9. Durability

iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test

This is more specifically aimed at the Galaxy Note 3 vs. the iPhone 6 Plus debate that went on a few years ago. Since there are so many Android phones out there, there's no way to measure the durability of all Android phones. Some are made with durable materials, others aren't. However, Samsung especially got a lot of heat for making their phones (Galaxy S5 for example) out of polycarbonate (tough plastic) rather than aluminum like the iPhone and some other phones. The Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge now are made out of durable aluminum with glass fronts and backs. Samsung and other companies have really stepped up when it comes to the materials they make their phones out of.

Take the bend tests that were done a couple years ago on an iPhone 6 Plus and a Galaxy Note 3. Haven't seen them? Check out the links below:

With the iPhone 6 Plus being such a large piece of aluminum, it's no wonder it bends and stays bent. Plastic doesn't do that. You can try bending it out of shape, but it will retain its original shape rather than staying bent.

Besides, how many of you use a case on your phone? I'm assuming quite a few. I always have a case on my phone. What are cases made out of? Plastic. So the haters of the Galaxy S5 and other polycarbonate phones can hate on plastic all you want, but it's proven tough!

Lastly, the Galaxy S5 I used to own never bent and stayed bent when I kept it in my pocket for a long period of time. Just sayin'.

10. Other Features

This section refers to other features that certain Android phones offer that iPhones don't... until the iPhone 7. They are like the "cherry on top" of all of the other features listed. For example, certain Android phones have some or all of the following features:

  • Water and dust resistant - Update: The iPhone 7 now is water/dust resistant (2 years after Android had it), but is only IP67 certified. The Galaxy S7 is IP68 certified which is better.
  • Wireless/fast charging - Update: The iPhone X now has the ability to be wirelessly charged - several years after Android had it.
  • IR (infrared) blaster to control devices
  • Haptic feedback - Update: The iPhone 7 now has haptic feedback - 2 years after Android had it.
  • Ability to access all your files by using your phone as a mass storage device
  • And more...

Like I said, not all Android phones have all these things (some have just a few or none), but the Galaxy S8 has all of the things mentioned (except the IR blaster). The iPhone 7 was the only iPhone to have had any of those things mentioned to this date when it was released. The Galaxy S5 had all these things several years ago...


Conclusion

All in all, both Android phones and iPhones have their advantages and disadvantages. I could write an article about some iPhone advantages over an Android phone as well, but the Android advantages way overpower the advantages that you get with an iPhone in my opinion. If you enjoy the advantages listed in this article such as having an abundance of phone choices, customization, better hardware, and expandable memory just to name a few, go with an Android phone. If you enjoy a simple, more user-friendly interface for someone who may not be as technical and don't like having a bunch of customization options, go with an iPhone. Just know that you aren't getting the biggest bang for your buck.

Samsung, LG, Sony, and other major companies have started to outdo Apple, especially in the hardware department, and Apple has some catching up to do if they hope to keep competing with other flagship phones. The best part is, all of these companies coming out with great phones constantly heats up the competition, and competition is great for us consumers. Competition is what brings us these cutting-edge technologies, phones, operating systems, and prices at such a fast pace.

With the market share of Apple phones at 23.10% in 2016, while continuing to go downhill consistently, it's starting to tell you something. Android is the way to go.

Comments 253

  1. iPhones might be considered easier to use because there is just the one button (and NONE with latest iPhone), whereas the 3 Android buttons require a learning curve, and those 3 buttons sometimes are along different sides of the device so you have to LOOK for them! Ahh! Android is for geeks, who like to tinker with settings and options AND IS AN END IN ITSELF but which create an entire dimension of pointless complexity that doesn’t exist with iPhones, which makes iPhones inherently more appealing to younger and older users in particular, technophobes, and to everyone else.

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      Thanks for the comment, Steve! I disagree that the “buttons” on an Android phone make an Android phone harder to use. The buttons don’t really do a whole lot anyway… the ones on my Galaxy S7 Edge are a Home button (which every iPhone has except for the iPhone X now), a side button to wake/sleep the screen and turn on/off the phone, and also volume buttons. That’s it. I believe you just have a lot more customization options and can do more things with Android software compared to iOS. iOS is built for simplicity and user friendliness which is always appealing to many people. So I would say that it’s the software that makes an Android phone “complex” if that’s what you want to call it.. and doesn’t have anything to do with the physical buttons on the phone.

    2. I really loved this it helped me with my debate (Android is better than Apple thanks ill give this website a shout out! Thanks was really helpful.

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  2. Elijah, I think many rational people would 100% disagree with YOUR comments. How could you convince yourself that your iPhone is more personal, when it’s the same stuff you bought off the shelf? And why compare a $1000 iPhone quality to a cheap $50 Android sold on eBay, while there is Samsung, Sony, HTC, Huawei, LG, Nexus, Pixel and even Nokia? It’s not logical. You’re a good example of an iFan, and it should be flattered.

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  3. iOS is easier to use because it limits what you can actually do and the flexibility in how you can do it. To be realistic, not having a feature makes it “harder” to do the operation, not easier to use. thanks for sharing this.

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  4. Wonderful post. Very informative and logical without any prejudice. Loved it.
    Btw I am currently using Note 3 and have been an Android user since years. Thinking of buying a new phone. Never used an i phone but considering on trying one. Although i am sceptical. What would you suggest would be better between iphone 6 and samsung C9?

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      Hi Liz! I would probably suggest a Samsung Galaxy S7 instead rather than the C9. The Galaxy S7 is a lot better than the iPhone 6. However, the Galaxy S8 is currently out (will be more pricey than the S7), and the Galaxy S9 will be released probably early 2018. If it were me, I would suggest the Samsung S7 over the iPhone 6, or the Samsung S8 over an iPhone 8.

  5. Nice article. Very informative. I 100% agree with you. Have had a s7 edge for 6 months and love it.

    Plus with android phones you can connect to pc via usb and transfer files over. With iOS that iCloud bullshit.

    Samsung over Apple any day.

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      Hi Akii! Glad to hear you’re loving your S7 edge – same phone as me right now. It’s been wonderful. Also, I agree… the ability to connect to PC via USB and see your whole file directory is a huge advantage over iPhones. Thanks for stopping in!

  6. I have been an iphone & android user. I used my iphone 7 top end model for 7 months & then sold it off. Below I will list a number of CONS in using iphones
    1. Apps in ios are not as feature rich as compared to Android. E.g VLC, MX player, keepass, lastpass, youtube, whatsapp, etc… Even important popular apps are not feature rich(most featured are missing) in ios, this us due to Apple’s own restricted API.
    2. People still complain that Android apps are buggy & laggy. This is something definitely a propaganda fanboy comment. I have used both & I can tell without being a fanboy that crash rates of apps in ios is higher than in android. Also most apps are laggy in ios when compared to android. Only gaming & video editing apps are faster in ios due to beastly apple processor but in every other cases there is high crash rates in apps even though they do the most basic tasks. This is not 2012 when Android was still not mature. Now Android is the most mature & stable system. All those app related complaints are not valid anymore. Now apps in android look far more beautiful than in ios.
    3. Apple’s app store is primitive, it is something like Google Play store in 2009 when it was called “google market”. Even searching reviews in Apple’s app store is pain in ass.
    4. No quick charge. Even though battery is small it takes near to 2 hrs to charge completely.
    5. All apple phones still have single sim but battery can’t even last a day even at moderate use. Most android phones are dual Sims today & still they can manage through a day easily.
    6. Can’t clear all apps in background. You have to swipe one by one which is painful. This is no brainer for android users
    7. No back button. Back button is very useful if you watch youtube videos in youtube app
    8. Iphones are bulkier & heavier. Even almost at the same price point android phones are far lighter with extra features like expandable storage, extra sims, headphone jack, nfc , wifi direct, water proof, etc…
    9. Apple ios upgrades are as worse as android upgrades. As explained earlier this is not the year 2011-12, so people should stop complaining related to older android issues. All those have been sorted out. Now all decent companies like asus, oneplus, Samsung, Moto, xiaomi, google pixel, lenovo, etc… are providing guaranteed 3 year upgrade program. My 3 year old asus android phone is still getting upgrades & security patches. I also have one plus 3t(released with marshmallow ) I am on latest stock android firmware i.e OREO.
    I have also seen buggy upgrades in both ios & android. Here I can say it is tie for both ios & android.
    10. Retina display is now retro, if you look carefully full hd videos look pixelated even on highend iphones. Most android phones in same of less price range offer a good screen resolution with dpi even closer to 600.
    11. Not a good value for money. Most people use iphone only as a status symbol. We humans think that quality comes with a price but this is not true for apple. You won’t be getting any quality in Apple iphones. When it comes to Apple there is a mass propaganda to promote its products because apple is really good in marketing.
    There are many other irritating cons which made me to sell my iphone & finally switch to Android.

    Just want to make things clear, I am not an Android or Apple fanboy & I use both products , I love my macbook air more than windows laptop because of trackpad & lightweight.

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      Hi Travolta,

      Thanks for the great comment! You make a lot of really good points. I agree that Android has matured very nicely and the latest version is fully-featured and stable. It is true that you get a lot “less” of a phone for the money considering some of the specs in some Android phones these days, and yet they are still cheaper than the iPhone X. The back button on Android is one of my favorite things. In fact, I almost made that one of my top 10 reasons in my article as to why an Android phone is better than an iPhone – it’s that nice. Anyway, I really appreciate the insightful comment. Thanks again!

  7. I have been using Iphones for the last 10 years or so and have always enjoyed using them. My main complaint is the limited durability. After two years the updates will turn your $600-$1000 phone into a frustratingly slow brick. Should I expect an android phone to do better in that regard? I’m considering a Galaxy or a (android based) blackberry.

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      Hi Dub! I feel like many phones slow down over time – they just get bogged down and the battery loses a chunk of its original capacity which makes the phone need to be charged more often. However, just like a computer, you could always backup either an Android or an iPhone and “reset” it back to factory defaults which usually helps speed things up again. Also, if you do go the Android route, I would definitely suggest a Galaxy phone over a Blackberry. Hardly anyone owns any Blackberries these days and support/help will be harder to come by.

  8. Hi I was wondering about iPhone 7 because I’m want to buy one and I have a Samsung Galaxy j7 Prime now I was wondering if there is a better deal or something but I’d like to try out and iOS.

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      Hi Trinity, I would check with whoever your carrier is to see any phone specials they currently have going on. Usually carriers have some good specials over the holidays!

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