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 March 1, 2019 after the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+.

*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 XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10/S10+, Google Pixel 3, OnePlus 6T, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, LG V40 ThinQ, 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 S10! No, iPhone XS! 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.

I personally believe the 5 reasons listed in the article as to why the iPhone still beats Android are mediocre 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.

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 XS Max and the Samsung Galaxy S10+ since they are the current flagship phones for both Apple and Samsung. Keep in mind the Galaxy S10+ was released in March of 2019, and the iPhone XS Max was released in September of 2018 which means the Galaxy S10+ is 6 months newer. In the table below, you will see both phones listed along with their hardware specs:

Apple iPhone XS Max Samsung Galaxy S10+
Operating system iOS 12 Android 9.0 (Pie), Samsung One UI
Processor Hexa-core Apple A12 Bionic Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Screen size 6.5 in 6.4 in
Screen-to-body ratio 84.29% 88.63%
Screen resolution 2688 x 1242 3040 x 1440
Pixel density 459ppi 522ppi
Screen type OLED Dynamic AMOLED
Rear camera setup Dual camera Triple camera
Main camera specs 12 megapixels; f/1.8 12 megapixels; f/1.5-2.4
Second camera specs 12 megapixels; f/2.4; Optical zoom: 2x 12 megapixels; f/2.4; Optical zoom: 2x
Third camera specs None 16 megapixels; f/2.2; Ultra-wide lens
Front-facing camera 7 megapixels; Wide Angle 10 megapixels; Dual-Camera
Storage Capacity 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB 128 GB, 512 GB
Storage Expansion N/A Up to 512GB
Size 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm
Weight 7.34 oz (208g) 6.17 oz (175g)
Battery capacity 3,179 mAh 4,100 mAh
Water-resistant IP 68 IP 68
Biometrics Facial recognition Facial recognition; In-screen ultrasonic fingerprint
Wireless Charging Qi wireless charging Qi wireless charging; Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Reverse Wireless Charging No Yes
3.5mm Jack (Aux) No Yes

As you can see from the spec comparison, the Galaxy S10+ absolutely blows the iPhone XS Max out of the water. With specs such as an triple rear camera setup, double the RAM than the iPhone XS Max, nearly 1000 mAh more battery capacity, a higher PPI, weighing over 1oz less and the fact it has both an ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint sensor and facial recognition, it should be a no-brainer that the Galaxy S10+ is the clear winner when it comes to hardware.

In fact, check out my phone comparisons from previous years to see how dominant Samsung has been over Apple in the past: 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 another 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. They use a very simplistic UI which 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. 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. Apple opted not to have widgets available on any of your main home screens to "avoid clutter." Why? 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 larger iPhones. Since Android has had multitasking for so long and does 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 have never offered expandable memory for the iPhone. Instead, they would rather you pay them an unwarranted amount of money to upgrade your iPhone from the base 64GB capacity to one with 256GB or 512GB of internal storage. 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 some 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 lithium-ion 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!

8. Universal Chargers

All hail USB chargers! They are the standard charger for countless devices out there including Android phones. Nearly all Android phones use either micro USB or USB-C chargers.

What does Apple have? Well, they decided to make their own chargers called lightning cables. Not only are these different and only usable for Apple devices, but they tend to be extremely low quality. Why would Apple do this, you ask? Because it makes them more money. If Apple switched all of its iPhones to use USB-C chargers, they would lose money. This is because you can buy USB-C chargers for much cheaper on Amazon than what a lightning cable costs on Apple's website. Plus, when your Apple charger goes bad, you have to fork over even more of your hard-earned money to buy a new one.

I've been using the same USB charger for my Samsung phones for over 3 years now with no problems. On the Apple side of things, I am currently on my 6th MacBook Pro charger ($80/each) and my 4th iPad charger ($19/each) because they fall apart so easily. Want to debate the shoddy quality of Apple's chargers? Have a look for yourself at the reviews:

These are 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 XS is the first phone to be IP68 certified. Samsung had an IP68 certified phone years before Apple did.
  • 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...

As 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...


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.

Comments 337

  1. Wow,,,,,,I was thinking of going for the iPhone 7 but I think s7edge will be More better,,,,,,,,,,,, thanks for this

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  2. This is millions dollar question which is better, Android or iPhone. Here you describe the whole matter very beautifully. I personally think that Android is way better than iPhone because of its features and user-friendly version.

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  4. You have explained it perfectly. Unfortunately Samsung doesn’t have a watch that even compares to the Apple Watch, and that is the dilemma for me. I got an iPhone and Apple Watch only to sell both and go back to my Samsung S7 edge. I wish the apple won’t watch would work on Android, then life would be technically perfect for me.
    To add to your list the 2 things that drive me nuts about the iPhone versus android is the fact that apple in all it’s self proclaimed technical advances, doesn’t have a way to to close all the open windows, you have to do it one by one, android: click the button and select “close all” and the other thing is there is no back button. Thanks for letting me rant LOL

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      Hey Dragonvrod! I completely agree with your comment. Apple’s watches are much better than Samsung’s smart watches. They don’t even compare. I do wish that Samsung had a good watch to pair with a phone. I still don’t know why Apple doesn’t have a “close all” option for all open applications lol. I do love that Android has that option. The physical back button on Android phones is one of my favorite perks! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

  5. I’ve had both iPhones and Samsung galaxy phones and the biggest problem by far is how poor the iPhone batteries are, my last iPhone was the 5s which I changed to my current phone the galaxy s7 edge, theres no comparison to how much better the galaxy phones are especially the battery life
    I’ll never buy an iPhone again its infuriating how poor the batteries are in all of them over a relatively short time

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      Thanks for the comment, Naz! Batteries can be hit or miss in my experience. The batteries that phones use all will lose a percentage of their original capacity as time passes on. So, 2 years after you own a phone, the battery that is in it may only be able to charge up to 80% of what its original capacity was. It also depends on the operating system running on the phone and how efficiently it’s using battery life. I’m glad you’ve had a good experience with your Samsung phones! I have as well.

  6. A very sanitized and detailed analysis. I still have my Galaxy S5 from 2015, which does everything I need it to and more. I find Android more efficient than iOS, and personally dislike the iOS interface considering my preferred apps (pardon my French, but Safari sucks).

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      Hi Jimbo, thanks for the comment! I’m glad your Galaxy S5 is doing everything you need it to and more. I had a Galaxy S5 for a while before I upgraded to the S7 Edge. The S5 was one of my favorite phones! Also, Safari does tend to fall behind some of the more modern browsers which is why I almost always use Chrome or Firefox.

  7. I am a samsung user for the past 5 years, and i am damn proud of it. I will never buy an iphone, too crappy for my interests and style.

  8. Apart from the fact that iPhones use extremely advanced software to analyse photos before you take them and not filter them and also iPhones have Face ID and are much faster than any android phones .

  9. Comparing an iPhone 5s battery to a much newer Samsung is like comparing a 1880 flintlock with a modern era 2015 g36c . It doesn’t compare. Also this is an extremely biased review as you never mention anything that Apple does better such as wireless acceroises and like god of memes suggested the iPhone X is so much faster than the Samsung s9

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      Hi Matt, the only comparison I’m doing with batteries are between the two flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. I don’t compare an iPhone 5S battery to a much newer Samsung phone anywhere. Apple has several advantages over Android-based phones that could be listed in a separate article, but this article isn’t about that. Thanks for stopping in!

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  10. I absolutely love the new Android 9.0 (Pie) and I’m actually jealous. I’m using the iPhone 8 on iOS 12 which is snappy, and really good.

    But the Android P features… Brother, it hurts.

    PS: Hi Jake, I’m a regular reader and I wanted to contribute an article on Crambler. Let me know if there’s a way. Thanks, mate.

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  11. Don’t forget, apple forces you to buy a mac (or ruin your pc) to develop ios apps while android apps can be developed on any operating system, including MacOS

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  12. Thank you! This helps me confirm my decisions of getting a Samsung and, reassures my apple-loving family that Samsung’s are good too. Now all I must do is wait until thanksgiving 2019 for a nice sale!

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  13. thanks so much for this…You have finally made for doubling to choose from iphone or and android phone…I say a big yes to android a lot for this

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  14. Also, Apple has all their buttons around the wrong way, e.g. Cancel | OK, Hang up | Answer, etc.
    This alone has kept me away!

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  15. You are comparing way to broad of a spectrum. It would be iOS vs android or Apple vs Samsung. Millions of phones run Android, and only iPhones run iOS. If you want to know why they do that it’s because Apple wants to make a phone with better security. So please next time you make an article, don’t weigh one thing over hundreds. I really appreciate you making your comments civil, but there was one part where you made a hater comment, so I’d appreciate none of those please.

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      Hi Kevin! Thanks for stopping by. If I wrote an article strictly to compare iOS and Android, the article would be largely based on the software running on each of those phones and the pros/cons of each. However, I wanted to write an article comparing iPhones to all other Android phones (with an emphasis on the large Android flagship phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10) and their hardware. I hope that helps clear things up.

  16. I have never solidly stay on apple, I will always go back to Android since you can get a Samsung then a Google Pixel, or any google device and still have your data with the Play store app. Also today Samsung has wrecked apple with a 1 tb Samsung s 10+(even though it is around 1600 america dollars sadly) and a fold touch screen phone that has made apple wonder how in the world how did you do that. Samsung for life!!!

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      Hi Aaron, I would agree that Samsung has completely outdone Apple with the release of the Galaxy S10 and S10+. They are incredible devices that offer so much more than the Apple iPhone XS or XS Max. Plus, they’re even cheaper than their Apple counterparts.

  17. I would always go with Android with iphone not just because of the various features you compared. But, mainly because of the price. Will consider purchasing iphone, if they ever consider manufacturing them in India to cut down the price.

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      Unfortunately, I don’t see Apple cutting the prices of their iPhones any time soon. They have been on an upward trend for pricing for several years now. You get much more bang for your buck by purchasing an Android phone over an iPhone.

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      Hi Calvin! I watched your entire video and really enjoyed it. I like the 6 specific features that the Samsung Galaxy S10 has that the iPhone XS does not and I agree with all of them. Thanks for the comment!

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