Many people are either on team iOS or team Android. There is something to be said for both operating systems. While there are certainly some Android features that we would love to see on the new iPhone, there are also plenty of reasons why iOS is better than Android.
OMT editor Sabine’s daily pick is (not surprisingly) an iPhone. And that’s even though she also has a (newer) Android phone. The five reasons below will give you a good idea why iOS has the upper hand after all. Brace yourself, because here they come.
Why iOS is better than Android
#1 Usability of the iPhone
When you switch between different Android smartphones, it sometimes takes a while to get around. With an iPhone, it’s not like that. Moreover, the many personalization options on Android can be a bit overwhelming for some users. Instead, Apple’s iOS is known for its simplicity and ease of use. It works well and is easy to use. What more could you want?
The new iPhone 14 Plus (Image: Mark Hofman / OMT)
#2 First in line
A pleasant advantage as an iPhone user is that developers often release their apps and games on iOS first and only bring them to Android later. Android has more iterations. Manufacturers use different software shells, and that makes it a little more complicated for developers than on iPhones. So Apple users are often lucky and can sometimes get their hands on the latest apps months earlier.
#3 Apple ecosystem
We don’t deny that Apple products are on the pricey side. However, you do get value for your money. That’s because the Apple ecosystem is packed to the teeth. Your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Macbook, AirPods and AirTags work together just fine. Features like Airplay, Airdrop, iCloud, Handoff and Continuity connect the dots when it comes to seamless productivity. Try finding that on an Android device.
The iPhone 14 was not exactly earth-shattering. (Image: Mark Hofman / OMT)
#4 Long-term updates
A major drawback to Android devices is that they stop getting new system updates after only two or three years. This varies by brand and model, but Apple does a lot better. The latest software version is also available on older iPhones; for example, iOS 16 is available for download on devices starting with the iPhone 8. This was released 5.5 years ago and has still not been divested by the Cupertino-based company.
#5 No bloatware on iPhone
No one is waiting for it and yet many Android smartphones are full of it: bloatware. These pre-installed apps nine times out of ten you don’t need and take up unnecessary storage space. Some brands like it more than others, but one thing is for sure: you don’t have this problem with Apple. An obvious reason why iOS is better.