If you buy any of the best smartphones, you’ll be in good shape. But, if you’re having trouble deciding between an iPhone or an Android, here are some ways the iPhone trumps Android.
The reason to go the Apple route isn’t just the platform; it’s how the software and hardware complement each other. The 3D Touch feature in the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is a perfect example.
The iPhone also works seamlessly with other Apple gadgets, including iPads, the Apple Watch and Macs. So there’s an ecosystem factor.
1. Its The Easiest Phone To Use
The iPhone remains the easiest phone to use by far. There’s no separate app drawer for your apps and no annoying overlay to get in the way. Some may lament the lack of change in the look and feel of iOS over the years, but I consider it a plus that it works pretty much the same as it did way back in 2007. Pick it up, turn it on, touch the app to open.
Of course, Apple has folded in enhancements over the years, such as Siri and Control Center, but the iPhone still has zero learning curve. The proactive assistance features, improved search and smarter Siri add up to a better overall user experience than Android.
2. The Best Apps First
Today, both iPhones and Androids have well over 1 million apps in their stores. But, the iPhone is still favored by developers as the launch platform of choice for the hottest new apps.
The Google Play store is like the Netflix of app stores; it gets the hits, but usually after they see their first run on iOS. For example, it took two years for Instagram to debut on Android after it launched for the iPhone. Other apps have taken only months to jump from iOS to Android. But the message is clear. If you don’t want to be treated like a second-class app citizen, the iPhone is still the king.
3. Better Hardware and Software Integration
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus introduce a new feature that no Android phone maker could copy. The 3D Touch display is smart enough to sense pressure, allowing you to take quick actions from the home screen just by long pressing on an app icon. Or you could peek at that email just by lightly tapping on it in your inbox. Only Apple ties hardware and software together like this.
4. Great Cameras
The iPhone consistently produces pleasing photos with accurate color – generation after generation. And the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus up the ante with a sharper 12-MP camera with 4K video capture. Just as important as the bump in resolution is Apple’s homegrown image signal processor, which promises more realistic colors.
The new iPhones are also looking to take the selfie crown from Android phones. The FaceTime HD has a new Retina Flash feature that boosts the brightness of the screen to double as a flash.
5. Fast iPhone Updates
iPhone owners enjoy quick and regular iOS updates for the iPhone no matter what carrier they use and Android updates take months to arrive on all the devices. After an Android device is 18 months old, you may need to wait for a new Android smartphone to get the latest software.