The Mac is a line of PCs, while Windows is an operating system. Ditto for iPhone vs. Android. iPhone is a line of smartphones. Android is the operating system that powers most of iPhones competitors. So, what are the real differences between iPhones and everything else?
Ed Bott has been writing about technology for a long, long, long time. As it is with most online technology websites, controversy helps to sell newspapers. No. Wait. That’s wrong. Crazy-assed headlines and false arguments help to get more website page views, and that means more advertising dollars.
Same thing. Mostly.
11 things my Android phone does way better than your iPhone
And, just as easily, almost any iPhone user can come up with 11 things iPhone does way better than Android phones.
But, remember, we’re not comparing Apple to apples here. It’s feature vs. feature, but skewed to create a false perspective that favors Android over iPhone.
Whatever technological gaps once existed between the latest iPhones and the top Android devices have essentially vanished.
New iPhones are faster. Old iPhones are faster.
See? There are differences, yes, but those differences are tiny to almost insignificant to most users, and only get magnified on a slow news day. Regarding Apple’s PC-class chips inside a smartphone:
The competition is close enough to make those differences merely interesting rather than compelling.
OK. Resale value.
Yes, there is a technological reason for Apple’s much higher iPhone resale value. iPhones last longer. That sounds like better technology to me.
When you’re in the market for a new smartphone, Apple offers three hardware choices
Oh, and last year’s iPhones are faster and have better resale value than this year’s Android smartphones. You forgot about that, Ed.
I counted seven iPhone models, each one a premium model, each one faster than most mid-range Android smartphones, and, well, each one improves each year with new iOS upgrades, and each one is not a toxic hell stew of malware.
OK, what about Apple’s Lightning cables:
They have an annoying tendency to break; they cost a small fortune to replace; and they require their own little collection of dongles to be useful.
Oh, so Android cables do not break? I didn’t know that. USB-C cables do not require any dongles to be useful? I didn’t know that.
Cables are a non-issue because all devices have similar cable and dongle issues. Oh, Ed. Pull the cable out correctly and they won’t break.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever prepared to plug a set of headphones into your iPhone and discovered that you left that pesky headphone dongle back on your desk.
Yeah, I get it. Plenty of Android smartphones are stuck in the past. Hey, Ed. Two words: wireless. OK, that’s not two words. Here’s two words. AirPods. Hmmm. OK, that’s not two words, either, but you get the idea.
Settings are never more than a swipe away
I checked my iPhone. Settings are never more than a swipe away. All the settings are never more than a tap away.
Keep looking. This kind of argumentation can go on forever and never prove anything other than iPhone is the world’s most popular smartphone, the most secure– between Android and iOS– and, well, what else you got?
The single most frustrating aspect of using an iPhone is its inflexible home screen. You get one icon per app, which you can in turn arrange into folders on multiple screens. But you can’t arrange those icons as you like them; you can only rearrange their order, which makes the whole process of organizing the home screen a little like solving one of those 15-square puzzles.
Which is why most Android smartphone users never bother to rearrange anything. They’d get lost in the clutter.
On an iPhone, icons on the home screen are shortcuts for individual apps, period. You want quick access to a particular website, or photo, or document? Sorry, you’ll have to open its app first, then look for it.
Ed needs an iPhone for Dummies book because Safari makes any website turn into an icon which can be moved anywhere and, well, why didn’t you know that, techno-genius?
The list goes on, but the real differences between iPhone and Android– really, iOS and Android OS– should be obvious. First, Google copied everything about iPhone and turned it into Android 2.0. Second, to differentiate Android from iOS, Google bolted on every feature it could think of whether it worked or not, or whether it was sponge-worthy or not– much like Microsoft did with Windows to differentiate it from Mac OS.
Most Android users use far fewer applications, features, and functions than iPhone users, so there’s that, too.