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.
Android has more apps
The Google Play Store is where most Android apps can be found. The App Store is the app marketplace for Apple (iOS) devices. There are more apps available in the Google Play Store than in the App Store. Currently, there are a litte over 2 million available for the App Store and 2.5 million in the Google Play Store.
In addition to there being more apps in the Google Play Store in general, there are also more free apps. Of those 2.5 million total apps for Android, 2.3 million are free. That's more free apps for Android than total apps for Apple. And while there are quality concerns over free Android apps, there are more options to choose from and you can try more apps out without cost concerns.
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. You can even completely replace the software on some Android devices.
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.
Check out some Android customization options below:
There's an Android phone for everyone
Need a rugged phone that you can take mountain-biking or rock-climbing? Get the Galaxy S7 Active. Want a high-end phone that performs well? Nab yourself a OnePlus 3T. Great camera? Huawei P9. Android is brimming with choice – and we love it. As of last year, there were over 24,000 devices from 1,300 brands.
With each generation of Apple devices, you basically get three different options (sometimes only two): small, medium and large. The sizes are basically the biggest differences in the devices. Sure, there are also variations in display or hardware but they're all essentially the same phones.
There is a wider array of price ranges
Let's face it, sometimes we feel like spending a ton of money on our smartphones and other times we don't. If you're upgrading to the next generation of iOS devices, then you've got just a couple of different choices – and all of them are expensive.
There's an Android phone out there for every price range. You can pick up a $20 Alcatel Pixi Glitz or jump into a $800 (starting price) Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The choice is yours but the point is there is a choice. Apple won't release a phone under $500 so you're quite limited.
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 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 have many more choices for music services and purchases in general. More and more services are expanding to Android and not just for music but movies, TV shows, games and many more. Heck, you can even get iTunes on Android if you want to.
You're integrated with Google
Android is an open source project called AOSP (Android Open Source Project) that is led by Google but not owned by it. Google uses this to make its version of Android, which is then used by the other manufacturers. But Google services are an integral part of Android and a good reason to pick up one of these devices.
Google services are great and people are flocking to their convenience. How could we live without Google Maps, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Music or Google Chrome? When integrated, these services make our lives so much easier and Apple just isn't keeping pace.
Android keeps up with technology
Apple moves slowly and Android races ahead at full speed. Individual technological innovations of Android devices are way ahead of Apple's. Usually, Apple follows Android. For instance, the Huawei P9 was released with a dual rear camera system earlier this year and now the iPhone 7 Plus has it.
If there's a new innovation you're interested in then you should go with Android. Manufacturers of Android devices give you plenty of fresh choices for new technology. If you want last year's innovations jumbled into one device, then Apple is the best bet. Remember, many new features Apple touts are already in Android devices. Apple marketing is clever. For instance, many believe that Apple invented the smartphone.
Android has microSD card support
If you want more internal storage on Apple devices, then you need to either erase your stuff or buy another phone. Apple devices don't give you the option to expand with a microSD card. But many Android smartphones come equipped with microSD card access.
The difference between a 32 GB iPhone 7 and the 256 GB version is $200. But the SanDisk Ultra 200 GB microSD card only costs $72. That's a huge savings. But another great thing about microSD card support is you can customize how much storage you have for your phone. For instance, SanDisk microSD cards come in 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 200, and 256 GB. So if you just need an extra 64 GB you would only have to pay $20.
What other ways is Android better than iOS? Let us know in the comments below!