Smartphones ANDROID VS iOS

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The present market scenario is witnessing a tough competition amongst smartphones. “Smartphone wars” has increased to a great extent in the past few years. The questions that often arises in the mind of buyers are: Which phone is a better buy? How to compare the various smartphones? Does an operating system play a key role  in buying a smartphone? if yes, which is better?

The worlds leading giants of the industry like Apple and Google  have  recently made great changes in developing mobile operating systems. They are constantly upbringing higher versions which are increasingly powerful and smarter. However, they all seem to be same just with different brand name backing them. Weighing the pros and cons of each platform against the other is the new game. Many people have a mind of upgrading themselves with a new smartphone. To make things a bit easier for them, we have some outlook on the operating systems of Google and Apple.

Samsung Galaxy S3 SmartPhoneAndroid is a Linux based operating system originally developed by Android Inc. it was later purchased by Google in 2005. Android was developed for touchscreen mobile devices such as tablet computers and smartphones. The first Android-powered phone was sold in October 2008 and In October 2012, i.e. almost four years later, there were approximately 700,000 apps available for Android. Android became a huge success overtaking Symbian and has now become the world’s most widely used smartphone platform. By the third quarter of  2012 Android had a worldwide smartphone market share of 75% . The latest version of android launched on 13th Nov, 2012 is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The previous versions developed were Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.0-4.0.4, Android 3.0-3.2 Honeycomb and Gingerbread 2.3.3-2.3.7. New version brings an higher API level.

Samsung Galaxy S3 SmartPhoneIn 2007 Apple released a mobile operating system  iOS , previously known as iPhone OS . It had a 14.9% share of the smartphone mobile operating system units shipped in the third quarter of 2012, behind only Google’s Android. In June 2012, it accounted for 65% of mobile web data consumption. Unlike Google’s Android , Apple does not license iOS for installation on non-Apple hardware. The latest version of iOS launched on 11th February,2013 is iOS 6.1.1(highest version for iPhone 4S).The other versions released earlier were iOS 3.1.3, iOS 4.2.1,iOS 5.1.1 and iOS 6.1.  


Lets run a parallel comparison between the two above mentioned operating systems and distinguish them based by peeping into their details.


Both iOS 6 and Jelly Bean have a very attractive default interface. Even a beginner would turn into a geek. Android phones have a bold and interactive User Interface. On the other side , Apple challenges for elegance and simplicity. While iOS may not be as flexible or allow a free hand to its user for customization as Android, on the whole it is a lot nicer package. Android is steadily improving, but it is hard to deny that iOS developers appear to work out hard in making their apps prettier to amaze the buyers.


If you are a teenager then you will prefer to buy a smartphone which is capable of engaging you all day long! In that case iOS is the one you should go for. iOS has a bigger and better library of available games than Android.

iOS-game-iconsAPPS : iOS may have plenty of quality apps as Google is not so strict in developing. Nevertheless Google wins for its turn-by-turn navigation which is better a choice than iOS ones! The iOS app store is slightly larger than the Android Play Store. But isn’t it the quality rather than quantity that matters? For now, on that measure, iOS is still winning but Android has promised to catch up fast!

CHATTING AND SOCIAL INTEGRATION: Both Jelly Bean and iOS 6 have excellent video-chat facilities. Jelly Bean’s expanded email notifications serves as a user friendly option .Apple borrowed the notification-drawer from Android. But iOS 6’s Facebook- and Twitter-sharing fields are with an excellent finishing touch.

CLOUD INTEGRATION : Jelly bean and iOS 6 both have amazing feature of data backing up and data synchronizing. This feature was first introduced by Android but now with the launch of iCloud, iOS users are also getting this benefit.



You can buy an Android phone with or without NFC(near-field communications), with as much or as little storage space as you need and with a big screen. Although hardware feature isn’t yet much relevant but NFC is becoming a big deal in mobile phones. Here, iPhone has a clear disadvantage that they are NFC incompatible.


Android phones have an awesome camera quality i.e up-to 8 MP. They also have decent camera apps and impressive camera quality. Recently, iOS 6 has introduced a new and attactive Panorama feature. Apple exercises some amount of control over its hardware partners and wrote the app and the camera’s firmware in accord with them , which makes the iPhone 5’s camera better than the Android’s one.

SOFTWARE:android_jelly beans

iOS 6 is the Apple’s most fragmented mobile Operating System.The so called sweet, clean Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus, doesn’t look the same on the Galaxy S3. It complicates the OS with the arrivals of new features!


Here we are having some comparisons of the specifications  of Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5, one of the latest release from GOOGLE and APPLE respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S3: The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a phone with a stylish look and  has a lot of neat and innovative new features like Google voice app, turn by turn voice navigation, Google maps etc. but it also has far more faults. The rich, highly customizable  Android 4.0 interface is sometimes too much for some users , and many of the Samsung’s innovations, especially in content sharing are complicated to use. It has a plastic shell body with a front facing camera of 1.9 Megapixels and rear facing camera of 8 Megapixels with a maximum battery life of 11 hours.

iPhone 5: iPhone 5 is a reliable phone with beautiful design ,solid and strong with a larger screen,a faster processor and a slightly –improved camera than the previous versions. It has a plastic shell body with a front facing camera of 0.9 Megapixels and and rear facing camera of 8 Megapixels and have a  maximum battery life of 8 hours.It has several interesting features like iTunes, maps, app store and iMessage. However, iPhone 5 has many disadvantages too. iPhone 5  lacks NFC whereas Android phones are NFC compatible.

So, now it is up-to you to select your  “Saucy pocket friend” according to your need and interest !

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16 Responses to Smartphones ANDROID VS iOS

  1. Sona kumari says:

    I have gone through the Article.Its a nice comparison come solution provider thought regarding the confusion of android phones and IOS.

  2. sneha nanda says:

    AND yes….shashank i will surely come up with more and more information regarding smartphones(android and iOS).
    Thank you for the support! 🙂

  3. sneha nanda says:

    thanks all for your views regarding this topic..!!

  4. Shashank Vivek says:

    Exceptionally well written article,Covering all the parameters related to a Smartphone. What i like about smartphones (both iOS & Android) are:
    1. Traditional access control
    2. Isolation
    3. Resistance to Web-Based attacks ( Both system have some built in capabilities to resist web attacks)
    However, Android has more distribution Channels(Support more than one app store) whereas iOS apps can only be distributed through the Apple app Store.
    And a request to author that come with more information like that. Thank You 🙂

  5. Ranjit Singh says:

    This is a good article for a guy who didn’t know much about android and ios.
    By reading this article user finds easy in taking decision which one is to use??
    nice work!!

  6. Mrityunjay Kumar Singh says:

    if you are in dilemma that Android or Ios. Which one is better. Then this article is definetly for you. Nice article and very helpful.

  7. rahul raj says:

    Well I must admit that this article is a great piece of work in terms of comparison between the two OS of the smartphones i.e. android and ios……great comparison in terms of hardware, software as well as its game features and above all price…….by reading this article i wud definitely go for Android…:P

  8. mrinalini shubhankar says:

    Well this would definitely prove helpful to all dose confused between ios and Android. But on personal levels I or rather any student (or engineer :p) would prefer Android to ios due to its price feasibility. Android is always more friendly to our pocket as compared to ios. And no doubt it offers innumerable features which is more than what most of us would probably use in this lifetime.

  9. Abhirupa says:

    Smartphones is something that everyone is in the awe of… And as Tuhin said this article is going to give people a take based on their priorities.. its good to have a smart phone handy in lower costs but i guess android would lack where longevity comes in consideration.. But at last all your smart phone does is stop your brain from working.. I mean who needs to pressurize it when you have a SMART friend right there for you always..!

  10. Sumit Mukherjee says:

    The war of smart phones began already. From the year 2008 to 2012, almost 700000 apps are available for androids. Ios is basically the operating system for the apple smart phones launched in the year of 2007. Now it is hard to decide that which one is the best. So to choose a great phone i hope that everybody please go through that article. It reflects all of their pros and cons in every prospect.

  11. nalini says:

    Given the range of options available to a person who is willing to buy a phone , it is difficult for him to go through all the pro and cons of every single product present. This comparison provides a all round reality check for you. Android has a blooming market. It is user interactive and provides all the features that a common man looks for. It all solves the general price concern . With all the companies competing in this market, a user can get a Android phone at as cheap as Rs. 4000 . But for the Rich-geeky-tech-savvy people, there is iOS as it comes with APPLE ka bharosa .
    So,whether you are rich or poor, technology will offer you something new each day.
    Till then, Companies keep fighting for the market share and we will enjoy the latest products.

  12. Sanjana Kumari says:

    Android has the majority marketshare and is gaining share. Android had a strong year in 2012, but there’s no denying that Apple did too with their iPhone 5 and new iPad.There’s a lot of good things about iOS it’s reliable, the hardware is gorgeous and cutting-edge, and it has the largest library of content and applications but Android the most popular smartphone OS, but it’s also now positioned to be the dominant tablet and hybrid OS by the middle of 2013.kindly go through the above article for more information.

  13. Amit Kumar says:

    Android = Versatile
    iOS= Sophistication
    Technology is overpowering everything. In the current sophisticated mobile era, Android and iOS are the two newly introduced giants which are willing to swell the whole technology market. Competition is tough. Both have their own pros and cons. But both are attempting tough goals to boom up regularly by introducing new versions and improved features. On an average, Android is FOR EVERYONE, and iOS is little bit sophisticated.

  14. Gourav Kumar says:

    Android and iOS are the two biggest operating system in the world of smartphone. Android was developed by Google and iOS was developed by Apple Co.
    Both operating systems are well designed and provides a good user experience apart from that they are well supported by thousand of free application to download. Both have some unique features of their own and it depends on the user which one they like.
    But iOS has some limitations as some of its main features doesn’t work worldwide and it lacks some of the main features in comparison to its main rival such as video calling via cellular network and file transfer via USB.
    Overall, Android is better than iOS as it is more user friendly and it doesn’t have constraints as iOS have, so my vote goes to Android.

  15. Tuhin Banerjee says:

    Well its always has been a nice hefty thought process griping brain when comes to a comparison between the two legendary OS’s . And a such a comparison just eased the process , awesome post poised with great comparative facts .This post have surely lessened the grips and groans about the critics that who stomps whom . Its not a fuddle that Android perhaps is a leverage well other is a dedication .Although in my terms,
    Popularity test – aye ! to ANDROID
    Hardware Support – aye! to ANDROID
    Cost factor – aye! to ANDROID
    after all its a Poor’s Man Phone .
    with Rest terms under consideration its hard to judge , Anyways the great work that is put into the blog post has revealed data’s and shown the terms and parameters to do what was earlier unattainable.

  16. ARPIT TARAN says:

    Both iOS and android platform are significantly good. Although android covers more number of application then iOS platform. People who are fan of apple or have more purchasing power or brand concious go for iOs whereas in android their are more number of users and more number of applications & starting price range of an android is very less than of iOS platform. I have used phones of both platform, as i feel the interface of iOS platform is much better. Both platforms are upgrading their versions frequently, now android has Jelly Bean 4.2 as it’s latest version & iOS 6 iin apple. Day by day technology is getting increased & features are enhanced.

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