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                                       iOS vs Android by Justin Barczak

There are many underlying factors as to why people go with mobile devices/phones that have either iOS or Android. Examples of these include:

Hardware Cost



Storage Capacity

Ability To Access The File System


File Compatibility (for audio codecs, documents etc.)

iOS: Apple ensures that iOS is reliable as well as easy to use. These are contributing factors as to why many people buy iOS devices. People want an interface that doesn’t change with every release and one that doesn’t take much effort to learn. iOS was designed to be fully compatible with Apple’s mobile devices. The best part about iOS is that it is practically invincible to viruses, which is something that Android is susceptible to. This is due to Apple’s “walled garden” approach. Another benefit of iOS is that it comes standard with iCloud. This allows people to access documents that were created on a Mac, PC or another iOS device almost instantly. It also automatically transfers one’s contacts from their Mac over to iOS, eliminating the hassle of manually entering them or losing them when buying a new device. iOS also comes with the App Store that has over 1 million apps to choose from. It also comes with other handy features such as the Notification Center, iBooks and Airdrop. It is also very stable due to the fact that Apple updates iOS whenever issues arise. Another contributing factor to its stability is that Apple spends a good amount of time developing it instead of rushing from one version to another. 

Android: Many people buy devices with Android because of the low hardware cost. While doing this, they are sacrificing stability along with overall quality. Since the software and hardware is built by different companies, this can sometimes lead to incompatibility and limited support from Google. Another reason why one might buy a device with Android is because they can access the file system. While this can be useful, it can also be lead to vulnerabilities. Being able to access the file system can give viruses the perfect opportunity to infiltrate Android devices. Unlike iOS, Android does not have a proper productivity suite (i.e. iWork and Microsoft Office), which leads to people having to rely on online productivity applications such as Google Docs. Android device owners usually have to wait for apps to come to their platform, while iOS already has them. It can take developers weeks or even months to port their apps over to Android.

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