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Apple vs Android: The Definitive Guide

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The battle between Apple and Android has defined the modern technology landscape. It divides families and friends with debates and arguments all over the world. The simple truth is that we tend to feel more closely connected with one or the other. Some people identify with Apple and their slick interface. Others are more drawn to the power and hardiness of Android. Setting personal feelings aside, we decided to look into the specifications and look at the facts. If you’re on the fence, this guide will tell you everything you need to know to decide.

Variety

If you want variety and the ability to choose, then Android comes out top. Android software is an open design and is used by hundreds of manufacturers. That means you’ll find Sony creating a different Android model to Samsung. Essentially, you get a full choice of designs and models. With Apple, you are limited to whichever three or four models are on the market. The iPhone 6 is the latest of those.

Design

When it comes to design, the answer often rests on your own personal likes and dislikes. Having said that, the iPhone is generally considered the most sleek and beautiful on the market. Android’s variety has lead its design to be moulded into many different forms. Apple have found a simple design that works and honed it to perfection. Its operating system is arguably much simpler and more beautiful than anything on Android.

Hardware

The big draw of an Android phone is that it is open source. This means that developers can take the software and change it. They can mould it around their existing phones. As a result, they can get the best of both worlds. They can house the sophisticated Android system in various bits of hardware. Many Android phones have better power and a better camera than the top iPhone. With Apple, you get what you’re given. Although, it’s always top quality.

Apps

The Android vs Apple debate has centred around apps for a long time. The simple truth is that they’re as good as each other for all the major apps. The difference only really affects app developers. For example, a mobile app developer in London can complete an app and upload it to Google Play Store. It will appear instantly in the store and is available to everyone. With Apple, it’s a little different. Apple screen and approve every app before it appears on the App Store. It gives users a little more peace of mind. The trade off is that there are simply more apps when you choose Android.

Integration

This is where Apple comes out top by a country mile. If you own an iPhone and a Mac computer, there is nothing more perfectly integrated. Your phone will synchronise seamlessly with your computer. It will automatically update calendars and music without prompting. You can even start writing a document on your phone and finish it on your computer.

In the end, it really does come down to personal preference. The very best Android phones stand shoulder to shoulder with the iPhone in every department. Are you team Apple, or team Android? Let us know in the comments!

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