Android phones are pretty great, offering unending customization options and many free apps. However, even with all their benefits, many people (especially at the top end) still prefer iPhones over Android smartphones. If you’re having trouble deciding between iPhone and Android, take a look at these 9 reasons why iPhones trumps Android.
With a few exceptions, like the gorgeous HTC One and Xiaomi Mi Note, there aren’t many great-looking Android phones out there. Many are chunky and plasticky. The iPhone consistently has had a better design than Android phones.
Few Android cameras can compare with iPhone 6’s camera
There are very few Android phones that have cameras as good as the one on the iPhone 6 (The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 stands out pretty well though). iPhone 6’s camera takes great photos, and includes nifty features like the ability to shoot slow-motion and time lapse videos. Plus, rumour has it the next iPhone will have a camera that rivals DSLRs.
No Android phone can match iPhones’ fingerprint sensor
Some Android phone makers like Samsung and HTC have tried adding fingerprint sensors to their phones, but none of them are as useful and accurate as the TouchID sensor on the iPhone. A few years ago, Apple bought a company called Authentec that makes the best fingerprint sensors for mobile devices. No one else has been able to beat TouchID since.
iPhones get the best apps first
Even though the iPhone has a smaller market share, developers still tend to make the best apps for iOS first. Yes, you can find most of the same popular apps on Android, but they don’t always have the best features and designs like iPhone apps do. If you care about having the best apps on your phone, you’re better off with iPhone.
The software will always be up-to-date
Google releases a new version of Android about once a year, just like Apple does for iOS. But many Android users can’t get the latest software unless they buy a new phone. That’s because Android makers and carriers often don’t support the latest and greatest Android versions until several months after Google releases them. The iPhone is different. All the current iPhone models can get the latest iOS updates as soon as they’re available.
Great customer support
Where do you go if you have a problem with your Android phone? The service centre. But these outlets don’t have the same kind of support the iPhone maker provides at the Apple Store. If something goes wrong with your iPhone or you just want to learn how to use it, Apple has you covered better than any Android phone maker.
Parents have more control over which apps kids use
With iOS 8, Apple added a feature called Family Sharing that lets you share the same apps, books, and other content across the various devices your family members own.Family Sharing also lets you restrict certain apps in case they’re not appropriate for younger members of your family.
Apple Pay is still in its early days, but so far Apple is the only company that has created an easy-to-use mobile payments platform that’s accepted at a lot of major retailers. Plus, Apple has support from most major credit card companies and banks. And it’s said to be coming to India soon.
Soon, you’ll be able to control a lot of stuff in your home with your iPhone
Apple’s smart-home platform HomeKit will become more prominent this year as device makers start making new gizmos that work with it. HomeKit is a platform that will let you control stuff like lights and other appliances from your iPhone or iPad. Expect to see a bunch of HomeKit-approved gadgets later this year.