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8 reasons why Android is better than iOS

Android and iOS are the two most popular mobile operating systems around, but in the hyper-competitive tech world there can only be one winner, and we believe it's Android. Here are eight of our top reasons why you're better off owning an Android phone rather than an iPhone.

The force is strong in you, Android. / © Applause

Play Store is bigger than App Store

In 2014, the Play Store overtook Apple's App Store for the number of apps available to download. You can now download 1.4 million apps on the Play Store, compared to a still-substantial 1.2 million apps in the App Store.  

Who'd have thought that in just a few years, the Android Market – a flea market once filled with poorly optimized apps and a ton of malware – would blossom into the glorious Play Store of today? Makes us proud to see how far it's come...

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The Play Store now contains 200,000 more apps than the App Store / © ANDROIDPIT

Android is more customizable

While some people are quite content with the homogeneity offered by iOS, those of us who see a phone as an extension of ourselves want to tweak it.

Android devices let you change just about every aspect of their on-screen appearance – from the keyboard, to the homescreen launcher, to your email app. If you get CyanogenMod, you can pretty much strip away any unnecessary features that come pre-loaded on your phone.

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Android can be tweaked and tinkered to work how you want it, not how the manufacturer wants it / © ANDROIDPIT

Micro-USB chargers are everywhere

You wake up on a friend's sofa after a big night, groggily reach for your phone to see how much of your day you've wasted in a stupor, only to see that it's run out of battery. If you're an Android user, then asking around for a charger should yield one in seconds, considering the vast number of smartphones and other devices that use microUSB connectors. iPhone chargers are designed specifically for iPhones and iPads, so your chances of finding one plummet.

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Micro-USB cables are so common that you'll always be able to charge your Android phone / © AndroidPIT

There's an Android phone for everyone

According to the The Paradox of Choice theory, having too many options makes us unhappy with the choices we make, because we're left wondering if one of the many alternatives would've been better.

We think Android disproves this theory.

Need a rugged phone that you can take mountain-biking or scuba diving? Get the Sony Xperia Z3. Want a high-end phone that isn't brimming with Google apps and services? Nab yourself a OnePlus One. Great camera? Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Android is brimming with choice - and we love it.

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Choice is a good thing, and Android offers plenty of it / © ANDROIDPIT

You don't have to use iTunes

Apple is a pioneer of hardware and software design, but iTunes – which is required to transfer music between your iPhone and computer – is a bloated, Frankensteinian mess. Uninstalling it is a nightmare too, to the extent that Apple published an extensive guide for how to fully remove iTunes from your PC.

Android users don't need iTunes, and can drag-and-drop songs between their device and computer. Prefer to sync your music automatically rather than manage it manually? Try an app like iSyncr.

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Use Android, and you might never need to use the terrible iTunes again / © ANDROIDPIT, Apple

Expand your storage with a microSD card

MicroSD cards can double, triple or quadruple your phone's capacity at minimal cost, so it's a wonder why all devices don't contain a microSD slot. While some Android phones are guilty of this, no Apple device has ever featured a a microSD slot.

This means that the only way to upgrade your storage capacity for your iPhone is to buy a new one. For Android phones meanwhile, you can pick up a high-quality SanDisk 64GB microSD card for only $32.99 on or £28 on

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MicroSD makes it easy to expand your phone storage... unless you're an iPhone user/ © ANDROIDPIT

Use your Android phone as a flash drive

As we increasingly come to rely on cloud storage, the 'flash drive on a keychain' as an essential accessory is slowly heading towards the same fate as the codpiece, pocketwatch and monocle.

But if you don't have internet access, then a flash drive is your next best bet for gathering files from other devices. An Android phone doubles as a flash drive, so you can always pull documents, music, photos, or any other data you want. Unless you're prepared to find a workaround, iOS prevents you from doing this.

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Your Android phone can replace one of these in your life  / © SanDisk

You can replace your phone battery

While not all Android phones have removable batteries, plenty of them do. One of the shortcomings of all smartphone batteries is that they get weaker over time, so it's reassuring to know that you can just swap it out when it starts showing signs of wear. You can technically change an iPhone battery, but it's a sensitive operation that most people won't feel comfortable with.

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The Galaxy S5 design may be divisive, but everyone loves a replaceable battery / © ANDROIDPIT

What other ways is Android better than iOS? Let us know in the comments below! 


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  • steve 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Only 8 reasons I could think of a few more.

  • Thank You, Someone who understands

  • latest android phones are now having fixed battry..... :)

  • Get a life Andy W, it's your choice. U should've check the spec of the phone before buying it. U want SD and removable batteries buy Samsung, they clearly said that u can't do that when u check the specs. Also multi windows and software updates, u have a Nexus for cry out loud, and if u don't get the update just flash it yourself with custom ROM, it's not that hard. And stop plz android has a variety of manufacturers, so it's not consistent but yes there's still developers out there who will update you device. IOS can't be upgraded if apple don't upgrade it, which is painful, cuz u won't get new stuff. But after all, your choice, android still beat iOS

  • keep telling us why android is better than iOS,,maybe a couple people will believe it,,ANDROID is the biggest piece of shit ever devised by mankind,,oh and its rollout system for upgrades has to be the best in the world for APPLE,,i got 3 android devices not one has the same Android OS,,4.2,,4.4,,and 5.1,,,i fear 2 of them will never get to see lollipop,at least iOS,is available to ALL Apple device users,not just a select few like Android,,never owned an Apple device,but will in the future,,Android is going no where,its the best advertising Apple can get,,and after using Android,just re--enforces why it will never go anywhere,,in time some OS will come out and replace this piece of shit and it cant be soon enough

    • You are a LIAR! iOS updates are NOT available to all apple devices, they drop support for all other devices like the Ipod Touch 4th gen and Iphone3GS. Do your research before you comment with a huge lie! ANDROID BEATS IOS EVERYDAY!!!SCREW APPLE!

    • I wonder why it is you're such a Apple supporter if you have 3 Android devices?

    • you say you have never owned an Apple device? tell me is it the non removable battery the lack of support for microSD or the fact that it's WAY overpriced that prevented you from buying one yet?

  • Num 11.
    iOS (Apple) cheat on taxes.
    Android (Google) does not.

  • Ron Henry Feb 15, 2015 Link to comment

    Andy W.......How about maybe the Nexus wasn't the right model phone for you? Sorry but I've tired of having to jailbreak ios to perform even the most basic mods. There is zero debate of android based units being superior to iphones which are essentially fancy palm pilots. Dumb good-lookings.

  • TimeZone Feb 12, 2015 Link to comment

    I know I will get slammed but I will keep my Windows phone. True, app deficit is a bit of an issue but it is quickly improving. The phone experience is excellent and it is fun to use.

    • I hope and pray that Microsoft doesn't get enough market share. Remember the days when we had to pay for every new Oh s roll out every 3 to 5 years? no thanks.

  • BruinGuy Feb 11, 2015 Link to comment

    NFC. I have NFC tags in a lot of places to do many things. Yes, the iPhone has NFC but Apple only lets it work with Apple Pay. Nanny state strikes again.

  • Still no ad-hoc wifi. Android cannot connect to my aircrafts ads-b wifi output. IOS does instantly no jail breaking or rooting. For that reason I use my iOS for situational awareness, ie. multi function display. I guess not too many pilots use Androids. For calling a cheap dumb phone does fine.

  • Bottom line, iPhone only have 'the company store' for content. Makes perfect sense, pay more get less!

    • Andy W Feb 11, 2015 Link to comment

      Nice catch phrase, but can you back it up with an example. As far as I can see all the major criss platform app are the same price for android and iOS.

  • Yesterday at 10.40 got an update of the latest version of Lollipop to my Galaxy S4 it was a surprise & it's osum 🍭

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