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.

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  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. Same I needed to do a debate for the class this helped me humongously ……… Thanks AGAIN this site is fantastic, terrific……..Steve by the way most people don’t know how to handle a phone without a button or that sucks………………Conclusion Android wins

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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.

    1. Androids has more choice into it and expandable storage and Android could take over Apple soon when Android has enough money because iPhones only sold over 500 million but Android it been sold over 2 million androids

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        Hi David, it’s a bit confusing because when you’re talking about “Android has enough money”… Android isn’t a company, just the software running on the phones. There are many, many companies who create phones that run on Android, so it doesn’t make sense to say “Android could take over Apple” because Android is a software and Apple is a company 🙂 Just FYI

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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!

  9. I have used both iphone and android. Now I love to use android just because of external sd card and more efficient data (for example: facebook app is just only 50MB in android but in iphone it boasted to 100MB).

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      Hi Agung, I agree. Being able to use an external SD card on some Android phones is a huge advantage and is cost-effective whereas Apple charges way too much to upgrade the internal storage. Thanks for stopping in!

  10. Honestly, I think those three buttons are what makes using android phones way easier.
    Like in an iPhone, u can’t go back to the previous page, u can’t multitask on 1 screen.
    There’s not even a button in the iPhone X now wth. Plus, u can both use fingerprint and facial recognition on Samsung s8 while u can only use face ID on iPhone X

  11. Really appreciate this article. I’ve been debating whether to switch to an android phone and I am looking into articles that will help me make a decision. Apple has done two major things in my history as a customer with them that have severely affected my trust. The first was many years ago when they released an update that they new would essentially destroy my iPhone functionality. When I went to the store the representative feigned confusion about the problem and swept it under the rug by first looking up my account and discovering that yaaayy! I was eligible for an upgrade. I could get the latest iPhone right then and there. I was so disgusted but I had no other option. I was furious with them for a long time. The second thing was When they recently admitted that they have been deliberately slowing down the performance of older model iPhones so that customers would by the latest phones coming out. So I said they’re up to the same antics and something tells me that won’t change. And I’m tired of going into debt every time i need a new phone. So now I’m off to research android. I am very excited about it! LOL. Thank you!!!

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      Hey Amy! All it takes is one really bad experience in order for a customer to leave a company based on something they did! I’m sorry to hear about your frustrations with Apple. I have had plenty of frustrations with Apple myself in the past, and is one of the main reasons I stay loyal to Android phones now. Also, I agree that it was ridiculous when Apple admitted that they purposely slowed down older phones so people would upgrade. So immoral. Good luck in your Android search! 🙂

      1. Except of course that Apple never did slow down iPhones to make people upgrade. But that’s just boring facts, right? Feel free to back up your claims to the contrary.

        “The apology comes after Apple admitted to slowing down the iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and SE – when their batteries are either old, cold or have a low charge – to prevent abrupt shutdowns.”


        In other words: change your old battery for a new one and you will see improved voltages. That’s physics, and is mentioned in the article.

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        Hi PG, I’m a bit confused. The article you linked mentions several times that Apple admitted to slowing down older iPhones. I agree that lithium ion batteries will slowly lose a percentage of their original capacity – that is a known fact. It’s nice to see that Apple “made up for” slowing down iPhones by lowering the price of battery replacement to a sensible number of $29. Take any Android phone with a removable battery, and you can buy a new battery for around $20 and replace it in 10 seconds. It’s insane to think that Apple normally charges $79 to replace a battery. However, that’s the Apple “premium” you pay for 😉

  12. if you want a phone with all the latest and greatest for the next two years, go for the Google pixel 2 which has a guarantees to be updated to the newest Android software for the next 2 years minimum. not to mention if Google comes out with anything new and exciting, they will roll it out to the pixel phones first so you can be the first to have something that none of your friends can have yet.

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      Hey Peter! Yeah, the Pixel 2 is another very solid choice when it comes to Android phones. Since Google are the ones behind the Android code, Pixel owners will get the latest and greatest software first which is always nice!

  13. I’ve never used an Apple phone. My Nexus 6 has gotten slower and buggier with every software update. It is now maddeningly slow, frequently freezes and also likes to spontaneously turn itself off even when it’s showing 40% battery. Battery life is laughable.
    I have heard that phone manufacturers are slow in updating the Android OS, I read that only 18% of Android phones are running Nougat.
    I totally agree that Android has thousands of customization options, but if I change things around, I don’t know that it would improve anything. I don’t have the time or inclination to spend time playing around with so many customization options. And I do worry about downloading malware. I read that a phony WhatsApp version was downloaded 1 million times before it was removed. I’m not as confident as you that I’d spot a malware app in the Play Store.
    That said, my wife loves her LG G4. And I can’t imagine life without a back button.

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      Hey JerseyGuy, thanks for the comment! A few things to comment on: First of all, there are a number of phones that will get slower and begin acting up as they get older. Battery life will degrade on every single phone no matter what – that’s just how batteries work. After batteries go through enough “cycles”, they can only retain a certain percentage of their original capacity. It is true that a small percentage of Android phones are running the latest software (Oreo), but that is because of carriers, not because of Google (Android). Also, the back button on my Android is one of my favorite things as well. I would definitely agree!

  14. I’ve used android phones for years, but I got an iPhone. Best decision ever.

    Shelf Life is much better with iPhones than Samsung, using a 3 year old phone and it runs like new with some easy diy mantinence

    The True Tone display is truly wonderful on the iPad and iPhone X, much easier to see in lights environments compared to other phones

    AirDrop, Message, And mail work flawlessly. Not once have I had a problem

    The chip on the IPhone X is far superior to the Oreo chip on Samsung

    Camera. One of the most powerful I’ve seen. High quality 4K video with high end editing makes it a breeze.

    I do agree that some specs of Samsung, such as the dust and water restitant and wireless charging are better. But in the long run iPhone saves you more money.

  15. l have had my Galaxy S5 for a few years and only replaced the battery once but l’m ready to upgrade…l wanted to know which was better
    the iphone 8+ or the galaxy S8+ so l googled it
    and found your article which l found to be very helpful. l have decided to stay with Samsung!
    Do you have any suggestions as to which carrier would be best to go with? How do you feel about non-contract phones? Realy enjoyed reading some of the replys also! Thankyou!

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      Hi Lynda! Thanks for the comment. I honestly don’t have any personal suggestions on which carrier would be best. I honestly believe that all has to do with which part of the country you live in. Certain carriers have stronger signals in different areas. I would ask any friends or family in the area 🙂

  16. Thanks for writing this article! My sister is an Apple fanatic and I finally have proof that Android is better. But there is 2 things that Apple has over Android, though. The first is that Apple has the iPod, like a phone but without cellular service, and iMessage, which is the only thing I missed when I switched from an iPhone 5 to an LG K20v. My friend has an iPod, so I had to use my iPod to text him instead. Also, Apple made Apple music for Android, so why can’t they port iMessage to Android? Am I right? So again thank you for writing this article!

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      Hey Charles! Thanks for the comment. Yes, iMessage is definitely Apple’s biggest advantage. If I were to write an article the other way around, iMessage would be one of the big advantages of Apple over Android.

  17. I own an apple iPhone and I hate it seems like I get identity stolen every time I turn around. Never had that problem with an android phone! Apple wants you to pay for everything as well! As if you didn’t pay enough for the fricking phone they want more of your money!

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      Hi Willis, I agree that Apple already charges an insane amount for their phones ($999 for the iPhone X) – then to charge more for maintaining enough storage in your iCloud, switching to Apple Music if you have an Apple Watch (because Spotify doesn’t currently really work as of when this was written), and so many other things. Very frustrating!

  18. Really wanted to buy a phone recently…thought of buying the iphone x …. but now thought that maybe samsung s9 plus would be much better..thx

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  19. Ive had the i4 i5 and the 6s. Love the ease of use but am sick and tired of the cloud. When i got the 6s the first thing i did was turn it off. Got a few apps took a few pics. Now my phone wont stop with the popups. Cloud usage 4.7 out of 5 used. Apple store signin seem set on auto repeat. More than 20 times a day. Not even getting new apps just constantly wants me to sign in. I have gotten bad apps from apple store. Had the phone less than a week. Got a flashlight app. Yes i had to download the app. I got a popup claiming my NEW phone was 80% infected from watching adult websites. Deleted the flashlight app. Problem was gone. Btw no adult stuff on it. Just bad app. Also hate the whole itunes thing. Used to have an lg many years ago and i could download my whole collection from my comp very easily. Miss the good ol days. When my 6s finally goes i dont think i will go the iphone route again. I just dred having to learn another system.

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      Hi Jason, a lot of that does sound very frustrating. I have used a few iPhones and iPads before, and I know how annoying some of the pop ups can be. If you don’t do it “Apple’s” way, then you’re wrong. So, Apple will insist you have an iCloud account, upload things to iCloud, etc etc and it’s just too persistent in my opinion. Let the user choose what they would like to do… yet another reason I like Android phones.

  20. Wow! Now I actually have something I can use to debate with an iPhone user about which is better. I really enjoyed this. In my opinion i think Android is better as well. You can get a better gaming experience from an Android than you can an iPhone.


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  21. Thanks for a nice article. I always use Android so far with different models of Motorola and Samsung (phone + tablet). I bought couple of high end phones but all seems to have the same problem: right after 2 years of guarantee, they start to show problem and work really slow. After 3 to 4 years, they are really out of date and often stand by or turn off itself. The problem is that it is durable with, nothing breaks. It just doesn’t work! I don’t like to have many phones or changing phones like changing clothes. I use phone for work mostly and I got tired of all kinds of apps that Samsung offered (Samsung mail, calendar, stand, news, weather etc). I am now thinking of buying a new phone and consider Samsung Note 8 (with the S-pen) and Iphone 8 Plus. I have never used an Iphone before but I was impressed when hearing a feedback from friend who is using Iphone: “IT WORKS!”. Could you give me some advice? Thanks a lot and best regards.

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      Hi Zen! Thanks for the comment. All I can say is that ALL phones will slow down and become very hard to work with over time. That includes Android-based phones along with iPhones. I’ve owned many phones that all get slower after a few years. The phones start to get bogged down with unnecessary files, the internal hardware becomes out of date and isn’t able to keep up with some of the latest software, etc. So I would honestly just choose a phone that you like best, because they all will slow down eventually.

  22. Apple always coming up with new features to excite customers like me. Because of that Apple has the largest market share regards to other smartphones. But new releases disappointing because of repetition of features and battery and other bugs. Hoping they will overcome in next model.

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      Hey Shafeeque! I agree, the repetition of features and other bugs has gotten frustrating. Perhaps the next model will be better. Thanks for the comment and for stopping by!

  23. I really don’t know much about phones but I want to get a better one than I have, nothing to complicated though. I have been pointed to a Sony XZ Premium, what do you think about this phone. I want to get various apps, games, internet, maps, email….

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      Hi Ros, I unfortunately can’t tell you my opinion on the Sony XZ Premium as I have not looked into that phone. The carrier I use doesn’t provide that phone, so I’ve never heard any information about it. If you happened to get it, you’ll have to let me know how it is so far!

  24. Sorry, you’re article doesn’t cut it. Not everything is correct. I will give you some points such as customization and expanding memory, but Apple has much more.

    1. Samsung service is absolutely garbage. Try getting something repaired under warranty. It’s a nightmare. Apple stands by their products.

    2. Samsung phones become slow and shoddy after 1 month! Paying $900+ for something that will act like it’s 5 years old after a month isn’t worth it. These don’t happen to Apple. 3 years ago I bought my iPhone and it is as good as new.

    3. Samsung specs may seem better, but when you’re really coming down to it, Apple is the best. The SoC used just demolishes anything android has. The cameras are better, the battery is better, and the iPhone completely destroyed the S9+ and the Note8 in benchmark tests.

    Also, i don’t know when your just talking about Samsung or android phones in general. Such as when you said that Samsung has no user replaceable battery, but you go on to say that phones have a user replaceable battery. Some reasons are also user preferences, such as the google play store. I find the App Store to be much better than google play

    Sorry mate but the article isn’t the best.

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      Hi Dent, thanks for the comment. I will reply to each of your points:

      1. To say Samsung service is absolutely garbage is completely opinionated and not based on any fact. I had a absolutely terrible experience with Apple’s service on my Macbook Pro one time that made me never want to deal with them again. Everyone has their own experience.

      2. Similar to number 1, saying that Samsung phones become slow and shoddy after 1 month again is 100% opinion-based, and not factual. I’ve owned my Samsung Galaxy S7 for over 2 years now, and it’s running fine. Again, everyone has different experiences with every device, whether it be an Android phone or an iPhone.

      3. All opinion again… when the Google Pixel 2 was released, it had the highest rated camera on the market at the time (yes, even over iPhones). There are several newer Android phones that have come out that have higher rated cameras, batteries, etc than iPhones. You say that the iPhone “completely destroyed” other phones in benchmark tests. Perhaps in a few categories, but not in all categories. For example, many of the flagship Samsung phones have better multi-core processing benchmarks due to their octa-core processors. It all just depends on what category you’re looking at.

      I appreciate your comment, though. Thanks for stopping by!

  25. I have 2-year old android phone, which is not so fast now. So last week I switched to iPhone. I`m still trying to learn how to use iOS. I don`t feel it simple, not at all. There is not BACK button. There is not custom keybord and I must learn apple keyboard layout. Touch ID and passcode ID are required both sometimes. Some of my favourite apps do not exist in apple store, there are too much sign-ins for the same thing… and many more cons…

    I don`t like iPhone. It is quite different and too minimal. It makes me confused. Also I don`t see any benefit with it, at all.

    I guess, this is because I`m used to android since 2011. And I don`t feel like I want to waste my time learning something that makes my daily life harder. It is just too late to switch to iOS. And it does not worth the time and efforts…

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      Hi Dimitar, I appreciate you sharing your story. As with anything new, it does take time to get used to something. When I first bought my Macbook Pro, it took a few months of playing around with it before I started feeling comfortable with the new workflow. I’ve owned an Android phone for many years now and have always loved them.

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