Android or iOS? It’s a question that smartphone users argue about regularly. When the operating systems first released, it seemed as if the differences between the two were as clear as night and day. Over the years, however, the differences have been getting less and less with each OS borrowing features from the other. But in recent months, it seems as if there are a lot of users ditching their iPhone in favor of a device with the Android operating system. Why? Well, maybe these reasons will educate you.
Unlimited Access to Google
Google Now is, arguably, one of Android’s best features. Google Now is Google’s virtual personal assistant (Android’s Siri) and with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the service is working better than ever. Google recently announced Google Now on Tap and showed it off on the new Nexus devices. The advantage of Google Now on Tap is that it provides you will a lot of contextual information without you ever having to close out the app you are in. By holding down the Home Button, you can see an at-a-glance look at different things and different options for whatever you are doing.
Impressive Battery Life
One of the things iPhones seemed to have over Android devices seemed to be that the battery on Android devices drained much faster. A typical Android battery could drain 20% to 40% if you leave it unplugged overnight. All that is about to change with Doze. Doze is a feature of Marshmallow that detects when you have left your smartphone alone for an extended period of time. Once your phone becomes inactive, Doze mode activates, disabling your data network, ignoring wake locks, and shutting down all background processing. In addition to that, there is also App Standby, which stops apps you haven’t used in several hours from running processes in the background if your phone isn’t charging.
The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus both come with Retina HD displays, according to Apple, though their resolution is still behind Android phones. The iPhone 6s Plus has a full 1080p HD display, which is nice, except when you realize that the Nexus 6P comes with a 1440p display. In addition to that, there are some Android devices, like the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, that come with a 4K Ultra HD display built-in. Apple simply cannot compete with resolutions of this magnitude.
If you want to get an Apple device then you basically have 2 options: the iPhone 6 (or 6s) and the iPhone 6 Plus (or 6s Plus). Android, on the other hand, has a huge line of smartphones from a wide array of manufacturers. Google released its very own Nexus 5X from LG as well as the Nexus 6P from Huawei, which are direct competitors to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. But those aren’t the only options. There are devices like Samsung‘s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, the Moto X from Motorola, and Sony‘s Xperia Z5 (which are all on the high end) and cheaper smartphones, like the Moto G for $180.
Apple really only uses its Lightning cables to power its iOS devices whereas Android is looking for a more standard technology, like USB Type-C. Both of Google’s newest devices utilize USB Type-C ports, providing extremely fast charging. What makes this connector even better is the fact that the USB Type-C cord is reversible, meaning Android users don’t have to worry about which way they are plugging in their phones. These connectors will soon be available everywhere, meaning they will also be much cheaper than Apple’s Lightning cables.
The cameras on the 6s and 6s Plus are fantastic, there’s no denying that. They are capable of capturing high-quality pictures and HD video. Unfortunately, this isn’t unique. A lot of Android smartphones have the exact same camera quality and some have better. Several Android smartphones perform better than the iPhones, which means that one of the bigger advantages older iPhones had over older Android smartphones is no longer a thing.
When it comes right down to it, Android smartphones have always been powerful. However, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the latest devices from Google, Samsung, Sony, LG, and more, this might be the end of Apple’s era. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to ditch iOS for Android, this is the perfect time to do it.
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