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The battle continues: iOS vs Android

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Yes, it’s true, the battle is still raging. You’ll hear vehement pros and cons that seem to make the choice of the “other” technology nothing short of insane. So what is true, and what is hype?

Money

With prices reaching into 4 figures, iPhone is clearly the more expensive of the two. The range for current models starts at about $700. Android phones can reach near that stratosphere, too; but the choice of lower-cost models is more abundant than the iOS field. One of the reasons for that is the number of manufacturers in the field. With iPhone there’s Apple, and only Apple.

Apps

Besides the hardware and operating system, there are the apps. Currently Android has more free apps available than iPhone, over a million more apps at the moment. If it’s quality and not quantity, then you may still like the game choices on iPhone over Android. Developers have good reasons to prefer to develop on iOS. It is less complex due to the limited number of devices.

Privacy

Both operating systems lead to your personal information being sent to the cloud. Apple’s privacy policy is used for two purposes; one is to help protect your device. If you’ve ever bought an iPhone from a private seller, you may have found out that it was previously stolen when it would not continue to work. Apple also collects usage data, but according to its policy, its scrambled so that it can’t be connected back to a user to trace an individual’s usage, but usage in general. Google on the other hand, gathers copious quantities of data about you and your usage. It’s why when you search for product information, it suddenly starts popping up everywhere else on your devices. If privacy is important, iOS is the hands-down winner.

Are there other choices?

Before this debate between two technologies, there was another heavy hitter: Blackberry. Another name was Microsoft. Though both companies have announced that they are moving away from the smart phone hardware universe, they are both still available for purchase. Blackberry with its QWERTY keyboard and preference among the IT community still has its fine points. However, apps are getting fewer and support is dwindling. The selling point of the Windows phone was that the environment for PC users on Windows 8 and 10 was essentially the same on their phones as their computers. However, app developers did not respond with a plethora of apps for the devices.

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