Why Android is Better than iOS – All Features of Google Android Explained in One Post

There once was a time when iPhones looked like they had absolutely no competition in terms of features and design, but not anymore! Android may have been a late entrant to the smartphone market when the first model appeared in Q4 of 2008, but over the past four years, Google has been working with manufacturing partners such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola and others to bring out devices that sometimes outshine Apple’s iPhone in terms of features and design.

While Apple fans have always been snobbish about owning the best smartphones in the world, Here are Top 10 Features of Android which may make them change their opinion (at least gradually).

Android Storage Capacity

Android Storage Capacity

The maximum storage capacity that an iPhone has is 64GB. On the other hand, android devices have the option of expandable storage. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal memory, which can be further expanded by 32GB with a micro-SD card.

Android Easier App Policy

While Apple fans rave about the stringent app controls that ensure only the best iPhone apps make it to App Store, the fact is that it makes it extremely difficult for iPhone app programmers. In comparison, Google allows anyone to publish apps on the Play store, as long as they follow the policy guidelines. This greatly simplifies the process for programmers and drastically cuts down the time to market in the development process.

Android Customized Browser, apps and email client

ANDROID Customized Browser, apps and email client

iPhones come preloaded with default apps for email and browsing, while android gives users the option of downloading any browser or email app. In fact, unlike the built-in keyboard on iOS devices, android users have the choice of downloading keyboard apps that provide several options for on-screen keyboards, which enhance user experience.

Access to other Android App Stores

Although Google has its own app store – Google Play, it also allows users to download apps from alternative app stores such as Amazon and Opera, to name a few.

More Choice of Android Devices

While the iPhone has only one new model and several older versions, android users have a wide range of devices to choose from since there are multiple manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson. From screen size and pricing to the weight of the device, there’s certainly more than one option!

Better Android Maps

Better Maps Android

When it was launched, iPhone 5 did not support Google Maps but had Apple’s own map app, which was disappointing in comparison. There’s no denying that Google Maps is the best mapping app around, and although Apple has reintroduced the Google Map app, users say there are still some issues with app support.

Standard cables and connectors

All android devices come with standard cables and connectors with which you can easily connect to your laptop or other media. Even if you lose or misplace a cable or connector for your android device, it’s easy to replace as they are standardized unlike the iPhone’s lightning connector, which doesn’t plug into older devices and docks.

Android Widgets


Android devices come with widgets, which speed up information access a great deal. Popular android widgets such as Clock & Weather, Business Calendar and Google Reader make it much easier to browse through information quickly. The iPhone does not support customized since it does not support Flash (which most widgets are based on).

NFC by Android

Android NFC

Apple is still in the process of providing NFC support to iPhones. In all probability, it will come with the iPhone 6 in late 2013. Android users are way ahead in this aspect as the platform supports NFC not just for payments but also for sharing contacts, photos, videos and files by just tapping phones against each other.

Google Services by Android

With everything accessible through the cloud, Google’s storage support and cloud access services are far superior to Apple’s. Google Drive allows android users to sync information easily. The iCloud services on iPhones still have a long way to go in order to catch up with Google’s might.

For those who remember the old Avis car rental campaign “We’re #2, so we try harder,” this seems to have been the android mantra over the past few years. While Apple has rested on its laurels for having the best devices in the world, android manufacturers have truly worked harder at bringing out devices that not only match iOS devices in terms of user expectations, but also outperform them on specs and features. Although iPhone users will never admit that android is better, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Android activations have surged by 57% in 2012. It remains to be seen whether they will finally take the top spot from Apple in 2013.

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