What Is The Real Difference Between Android vs iOS

Comparing Android vs iOS

Ever since Apple launched its very first iconic iPhone, Samsung have been hot on their heels with their Android powered mobile devices.

Comparing Android vs iOS is difficult. Both boast a smooth operating system with some seriously powerful capabilities and both have taken the mobile phone market by storm.

For lovers of Apple of course there can only be one winner in this ongoing battle. Their allegiance to all things Apple means that investing in anything else is tantamount to betrayal. For those who do not worship at the Altar of Apple however Android offers a good alternative, with many arguing that it is in fact a better operating system.

With the tablet and smartphone market taking off at such a pace in recent times it is easy to forget that just a few years ago the internet was the domain of desktops and laptops. Android and iOS changed all that making it possible for us to go online from virtually anywhere.

Choosing the right phone handset or tablet to go for (and the accompanying operating system) can be tricky.

Android, which is linux-based and partly open source operates more like a PC than iOS. Its interface and basic features are generally more customizable from top to bottom. However many people prefer the more uniform design elements offered by iOS, seeing them as more user friendly.

While Android is used in many different devices, iOS is only available to iPhones and iPads, which means that if iOS is your preference then it is an easy choice to make. Switching from one to the other brings with it some problems. For example you may have to repurchase your apps through Google Play or the Apple App store.


ios interface

The interfaces on Apple and those on Android aren’t a million miles apart. Both have features such as swiping, tapping and pinch and zoom. One advantage that Android operating system has here over its rival is that it uses widgets which allow the display of updated information such as the weather and email. The iOS user interface features a dock where users can pin their most commonly used features.

Both interfaces include a status bar offering information such as the time, battery life and Wi-Fi signal.

Available Apps

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Both Android and iOS have over a million apps, but some are specific to a particular system. For example Secret, Facebook’s Paper and Anki’s amazing little cars are available to iOS but not Android. Android apps are obtained on Google Play and are available on most devices such as HTC and Samsung phones as well as most tablets. Some devices however such as the Kindle Fire use separate app stores that have a smaller selection of apps available.

When it comes to apps the reality is that most apps that are available for one of the operating systems are available on the other. It is unlikely that this would be a decider in what one you choose.

Web browsing

Both Android and iOS offer the user a smooth and high quality browsing experience. Android uses Google Chrome as its web browser whereas iOS uses Safari. Google Chrome is also available as a downloadable app in the iOS operating system while Safari is exclusive to iOS.


Generally speaking Malware writers are less likely to write apps for iOS, due to Apple’s review of all the apps and verification of the identity of app publishers. This does give it the edge over Android when it comes to security.


A lot of it comes down to the device you are using, what you are using it primarily for and of course your preferences. It is probably fair to say that if you are currently using one operating system and are happy with it; in such a tightly run contest there is little point in changing.

When it comes to Android vs iOS, what do you prefer? Do you think we got it right? Let us know in the comments!

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