The Android vs Apple argument has been a much journeyed debate, with fans of each system throwing in specs, features and design into the fray.
So if you have to pick up a new phone for friend or loved one, there’s a high chance that the words ‘iPhone’ and ‘Android’ will have crept up.
Well to help you out, here’s a simple guide to Android and Apple to give you some information for which one to go for.
Let’s start with Apple smartphones. All phones made by Apple are called iPhones and use iOS, and you can currently buy the iPhone 4, 4s, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus.
|iPhone 6||iPhone 6 Plus|
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the newest (and more importantly, the most expensive) iPhones, and are widely considered the best smartphone on the market.
iPhones in general are known for their strong build, sleek appearance and impressive operating system which can be used in conjunction with other Apple products such as the iPod or iPad.
This year Apple also released the iPhone 6 Plus, which is a slight variation on the iPhone 6. It has a much larger display and improved battery and camera. Although the iPhone 6 is smaller, it’s cheaper than the 6 Plus, so you have to make a choice on whether you want the added specs!
|iPhone 4s||iPhone 5s||iPhone 5c|
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to that needed for the newest iPhone, then the iPhone 5c, 5s or 4s are also options. They feature a slightly older version of Apple’s operating system (iOS) but offer the same high quality and premium build that you’d expect from Apple.
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Comparing Apple and Android isn’t, strictly speaking, a fair comparison: Apple is a manufacturer whilst Android is an operating system powered by Google. As a result, Android phones can be made by a number of manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG, to name just a few.
|Samsung Galaxy S5||HTC One M8||Sony Xperia Z2|
This is good news if you’re looking for variety; depending on your needs or budget, you are sure to find an Android phone which suits you. Whereas Apple only launches one or two phones each year dozens of Android handsets hit the market within a 12 month period.
If you’re looking for an Android phone which can match the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, then take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 or the HTC One M8. These handsets are the flagship models for 2014 and offer much the same, if not more than the iPhone. And what’s more, you’ll find that a brand new Android handset will come in a lot cheaper than the iPhone equivalent.
Alternatively, if you were looking at a slightly cheaper Android handset, there are plenty of brand new mid-range or budget smartphones which cost the same as an iPhone model dating back from two years ago. Take a look at the Moto G, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini or the Huawei Ascend P1.
|Moto G||Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini||Huawei Ascend P1|
The only difference is, because you’re likely to be paying less for an Android smartphone than for an iPhone, the same build and high quality specs aren’t always guaranteed.
This brings us to the final question: should you buy Android or Apple? When it comes to smartphones, users are very clearly defined into the two camps. But which is better?
In short, Android tends to be cheaper and more varied in make, size, shape and colour. On the other hand, iPhones are a little pricier, but more solidly built. If your budget only stretches to an iPhone 4s, then you might get a better deal looking at newly released Android handsets, however.
So to answer your question: if you’re a first-time smartphone user, or if getting a lot of phone for your money is of paramount importance, then Android is for you. If you’re all about style and want the best that the smartphone world can offer, then it’s got to be iPhone.