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September 11, 2017

IOS vs Android: Our Team Decides

Written By Pammy Alexander

From the very first introduction of the mobile, a competition began. Two major operating systems going head to head to compete over sales, upgrades, downloads, new releases and model forms. The ongoing battle between iOS and Android continues and finds its place in our office. We spoke to our talented developers about what made them choose their favoured operating system, and what they just can’t stand about the other.

The Pros and Cons of the Android

The benefit of Android is the wide range of devices that it offers. With a choice of thousands of devices, the user is in full control. Theoretically, they would never have to face the disappointment of the headphone jack disappearing because they could just switch to a different handset.

However, Google’s Pixel has been deemed the “Android iPhone” and as a result it has racked up quite the cult following. Pixel will be removing its headphone jack, so its fans will have to stock up on wireless headphones and swallow the pain of the change. For these fans it might not be so easy to switch onto another device because they want the Pixel experience – they have their chosen manufacturer just like iOS users have Apple.

One of our Android-loving developers shares that Apple doesn’t give the user any choice with regard to customisation. As a result, Apple controls every aspect of the iPhone, from how the phone looks to what apps can be installed on it. This barrier simply doesn’t exist with Android, and it’s OS is uniquely compatible with a much broader range of devices.  

Android’s customisability ranges from a user’s ability to change anything from appearance to animations to app icons to gesture controls. It feels like there is no limit. With apps like Nova on the PlayStore, users can even import and sync previous launcher settings from a different Android device.

Google is very open, which has its downsides but means the user has freedom to choose the device that fits their price range, that has the specs they want and then when they have the phone the openness means they can customise the software on the phone to the max

But how many users actually take advantage of customising their Android? The internet speculates that only under 10% of users perform custom ROMS (Read Only Memory), Rooting (the equivalent to Jailbraking, unlocking the operating system)  and Overclocking (increase the power of their phone by 30%) of their devices.

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The Pros and Cons of iOS

Apple releases a maximum of 2 phones a year, which is certainly a drawback in comparison to high frequency Android releases introduced each year. However, the Apple addicts say that the limited number of smartphones are compensated by the fact that iOS runs more smoothly. The software is optimised to match the phone in the most functional way possible. (that is not to say that there haven’t been some big Apple system faults throughout the years – a memorable one being …)

The Apple brand has a tight hold on its customers. A number of the Roller team report that they could never switch back, even if Apple changed its devices or software in some obscure way, which is looking increasingly likely with the release of the new iPhone 8 later this month. No bezels, and no Home button could mean that a lot of iOS fans might be turned off to the product, but hopefully the facial recognition software and high quality dual camera might just bring them back.

In terms of cost, yes, the iOS is pricier. However, the iOS developers say that Apple is worth the price tag for its functionality, aesthetic and intuitive interface. The popular style, particularly attractive to the aesthetically pleasing millennial market, is seen as an accessory, rather than a practical device, meaning the rising prices can be excused for the metal casing and shiny apple logo.

Expense is another factor to consider when it comes to the maintenance and accessories of the iPhone. Easily broken lightning cables, temperamental headphones, and screens that are resolutely not shatter-proof means that investing in iOS could result in a much higher charge than just the model.

Perhaps this is just one of the reasons that, on a percentage basis, Android does outsell the iPhone at 52% to 42%, with the remaining few selecting other models like Linus.

The Roller team eagerly awaits for September and October, when the unveiling of iOS 11 and Android O take place. We wonder whether some of the new features are set to shift the scales in favour of one operating system over the other, but whatever happens, our developers are ready and excited for the next generation of mobile.

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