The smartphone is every year one of the stars of the Christmas holidays. But a big question arises: how to choose between an iPhone and an Android smartphone? If before the choice was rather simple, today it is quite different. The players are more numerous, the prices are very varied, and iOS and Android tend to get closer.
So how to choose? Here are some of the best questions and answers to help you in your journey.
Performance, camera, design: it’s all the same.
During the presentations of their new star smartphones, the manufacturers highlight the hardware part of the terminals. Better camera, better design, increased performance, improved autonomy, everything is good to play the one with the biggest.
But if you look at the state of the market today, many smartphones are just as good. Today, there are many alternatives to the iPhone X, for example in the Android universe. There are many powerful smartphones with high-performance cameras and stylish design. And the borderless display is no longer really an argument since even entry-level smartphones have adopted this format.
In fact, most brands order their components from the same suppliers. Sony, for example, supplies 40% of the photo sensors for smartphones on the market, Qualcomm equips most models on the market with its Snapdragon processors, with a few exceptions (Huawei, Samsung, Apple). Most of the batteries also come from the same suppliers.
From a hardware point of view, there is therefore virtually no difference between an iPhone X and another high-end Android model. For 99% of users, the differences are so slight that they will have no impact on their usage. Choosing between an iPhone and an Android smartphone based on the hardware part will therefore be very difficult because for the same price, all models are the same. We have reached a stage where the market is mature and the hardware no longer makes the difference.
The question of the determining price
In the choice between an iPhone and an Android smartphone, the question of price will be decisive. Apple and the other manufacturers are clearly opposed on their strategies. Android being open, several brands can propose their models and choose their range.
Apple is clearly positioned at the top of the range. It is therefore for sure necessary to pay a certain amount. In 2017, the prices have skyrocketed to cross the 1,000 dollar mark for the latest iPhone X. A monstrous gap has therefore been created between the iPhone and the high-end Android. Apart from Samsung, no other manufacturer offers smartphones for more than 1000 dollars. The iPhone X, for example, costs 450 dollars more than an equally successful Huawei Mate 10 Pro or an HTC U11+, which largely meet the needs of users. The HTC U11+ is even more complete than the iPhone X.
The richness of the offer on Android therefore makes it possible to offer alternatives to the iPhone at much more affordable prices. And we’re not talking about models that offer excellent value for money. We’re thinking, for example, of the Honor 9 or the OnePlus 5T, which will satisfy the needs of 100% of users at all levels. These Chinese manufacturers have turned the market upside down and allow the most technophile profiles to enjoy themselves at very affordable prices.
A OnePlus 5T or Honor 9 costs half the price of an iPhone X or other high-end Android smartphone. In these times of economic crisis, these models are particularly popular. Price is therefore an important factor in the choice between an iPhone and an Android smartphone.
Because even if some iPhone are more affordable, they are older and do not necessarily meet the needs of users. Let’s say that for the same price, we can afford an Android smartphone much more powerful. But it won’t integrate iOS, that’s obvious, and that’s the problem.
The war is played on the software part
While manufacturers continue to play the game of who gets the biggest, the concerns of users are quite different. Today, in an ultra-competitive market, it is the software part that makes the difference.
Because the iPhone is no longer the best smartphone on many levels from a technical point of view. But it is the only one to integrate iOS. And for many users, it is very difficult to move on. Of course, Android offers more freedom: customization, root etc. but for most users this is just a detail.
Today, Mrs EVE wants a smartphone that works, that meets her needs simply. And the iPhone perfectly meets this demand. iOS is very easy to use even if it tends to join Android little by little. The reverse is also true, especially in terms of security on Android or on the management of updates.
While all iPhone users will find themselves with the same version of the OS at the same time, on Android this is a dream come true. But Google may well consider changing the situation. The Google Pixel is the perfect example of the ultimate Android smartphone that can compete with the iPhone by partly adopting Apple’s philosophy.
Overall the software part will be decisive not only for the user experience on the smartphone but also on other devices. Because the convergence offered by Apple products is also important. If you have an Apple TV, a Macbook and an iPad, it’s hard to choose anything but an iPhone.
Everything is much simpler with the Apple smartphone. The same goes for accessories such as speakers, headphones, earphones, chargers etc. In the end, it’s all a question of needs.
It’s all a question of needs.
So what to choose between iOS and Android? In the end, it’s all a question of needs, of user experience. If in terms of hardware, there is almost no difference, it is on the price and the software part that you will be able to make your choice.
If the great freedom of customization is a must and if you are more of a hacker, then Android is for you. If you don’t care but you want a stable, secure and above all very easy to use model, then the iPhone is possible.
Note however that Android is also very simple and that not all Android smartphone users are hacker geeks. The OS is close to iOS and is extremely easy to use.
Of course, your entire high-tech environment, the quality of service and above all the price will also be decisive in your choice. One thing is certain, to make the right choice, you have to get out of the little squabble that has been raging for a few years now and open your mind to all perspectives.
Think about yourself, your user experience, the way you approach technology. Tell yourself that your smartphone will be your companion for a little while and that no matter the price, it remains a budget. Take the time to think about it, to weigh the pros and cons and you will undoubtedly find your happiness.