If you’re deciding which mobile operating system is best for you, here are some things to know that can help you in your decision:
- The differences between Android and iOS are more subtle than you think. The two are not so widely removed from each other like Linux and Windows. The differences are usually small things that may influence some of the more salient features of your user experience. Essentially, mobile applications and handheld devices all want to do the same thing, so even if these are two different OS, they have more similarities than they have differences.
- Google developed the Android OS as an open-source platform and Apple developed iOS exclusively for their iDevices. An open-source OS means that developers can make apps for the device without paying for certain licenses. Usually, you need to pay for the platform to make apps on iOS. When anyone who knows how can actually make an app, this means that people get more dynamic apps at lower cost. Exclusivity for developers, however, does have its own advantages like offering more stable systems and programs for users.
- The tradeoff with Android and its apps is generally the complexity of actually running the app and the vulnerability. Although Google does try to monitor the Play Store and other apps, you can sometimes see the quality of the apps and how unstable they are. It’s true that Apple experiences the same problems, but these occur less and there is a uniformity in the way the apps run.
- An iOS device is the easiest to use, bar none. Toddlers and senior citizens don’t find it challenging when they want to use an iPad or an iPhone. They can usually get all their needs out of the device without reading a manual since the UI is so intuitive. What you have to deal with is that you can only change your home screen and screen saver. The alert tones are preset and you have a limited selection.
- An Android tablet or phone is a very flexible gadget. You can usually customize anything about it. You can change your wallpaper, home screen and screen saver. You can even tweak the way your screen transitions. Another great thing about it is that it can be modified to do all kinds of things as long as you know the right technician to do it. But what you get in flexibility, you sacrifice for stability. If you fiddle with it too much, especially up to the folders that store your files, you may open up your device to instability and crashes.
- Still, Android devices have slightly more capabilities than an iPad or an iPhone. You can’t use Flash on any iOS device, so certain web apps that let you watch videos, listen to music and send an internet fax are usually unavailable. Apple maintains that Flash is such a resource hog that it refuses to support it on their devices. Whether this is detrimental to meeting your needs or not, it’s worth looking into.