In the wake of the “smartphone revolution”, one seeking to find the ideal phone plan may be a bit bewildered by the vast array of choices. Android and Apple are the two major players currently dominating the market. Oddly enough, a comparison of basic phone functions (calling, voice mail and texting) will not help much in the selection process, since all smartphones do those basic things quite well. We will therefore look at five less-obvious criteria instead to help you make your decision between the two great options of Apple and Android.
Google Chrome has recently become the most-used web browser world-wide, which indicates that many people know and love it. Chrome for Android is now heavily aligned with Chrome for desktop computers, and can be “synchronized” with your desktop computer, allowing a seamless switch between devices. Chrome is one of the fastest browsers and its new “process isolation” feature cuts down on viral risk.
Apple’s Safari browser will be familiar to mac-owners and is another viable option. Safari 7, the latest version, has a new “Power Saver” feature which pauses not-in-use plugins (be aware, however, that the last version to support Windows is Safari 5). Though Safari is little-used by non-mac desktops, it is actually the most popular browser for mobile. The required default browser for iPhones is Safari; but Gmail can be set to Google Chrome if desired.
Both browsers offer good options, but your decision should be influenced by which feels comfortable and convenient to you. Keep in mind that the alternate browsers are likely to not work as well on a devices as the one from the parent company.
Google Play provides music and e-books which can be downloaded to your Android (iOS, used by iphones, can also access these music and books). Play also offers the following types of apps that require Android: e-magazine subscriptions, downloadable movies for rent or sale, and television. Google’s strong point for their app store is the search feature. Even when the title is misspelled, you can easily find what you are looking for.
Apple’s app store offers a similar array of apps and its claim to fame is music; iTunes is the most popular place for music downloads. It also has e-books and audio books. The App store’s best feature is that it hosts more variety of apps and more apps in general than Google Play. This is partly because it has been around longer, but also because the iPhone has some functions not typically found on Androids.
Graphics & Audio
High quality cameras, screen resolutions, and sound are to be found on Androids and iPhones alike. The price you are willing to pay will determine the quality. One factor to keep in mind is that while there are only a few models of iPhones available at any given time, there are hundreds of Android options available from a number of different makers. This gives you more flexibility in price and features when choosing an Android phone.
While price ranges vary, it appears that iphones cost more on average than androids. The price can be reduced by buying used, or by signing long contracts. The monthly usage fees will likely be $40 or $50 at least if the phone is used very much at all: and who wants to buy a fancy phone like this and then not use it much? Keep in mind that many plans will also allow you to add another device, like a tablet to your plan. Adding an iPad sim card from Bell will cost you a little extra, but combining it with your iPhone plan will allow you to share data more easily and cheaply. Android phone plans will also typically allow you to add another device with at reduced cost.
In sum, the android seems the better choice for the average phone user because there are more options to choose from within the platform to best suit particular needs. Apple, however, is a company well-known for high-quality durable equipment that is very user-friendly and typically has less trouble with viruses. In making your decision between the two, your best bet is to test both phones in person and decide which feels preferable to you. Whatever you decide, both are great options to consider.