Apple vs. Android: What’s best for you?

Written By komlim puldel on Kamis, 17 Juli 2014 | 20.01

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FANBOY wars have been raging between crazy Google supporters and Apple loyalists since the beginning of the smartphone ages.

The blind hatred and adoration held by both sides can often push you away from choosing the phone that you really should.

While News Corp's Jen Dudley valiantly rebutted guest blogger Trevor Long's article on why he can't leave his iPhone, we thought we would take the best points from both, get the important categories and try to work out once and for all what is the best option for you.

So, if you care most about...

Apps and Entertainment — iOS

I'm going to have to agree with Trevor on this one, while Android might have nearly all the apps that iOS does, they are never as polished as their counterpart in Apple's App Store. Curation certainly helps as well, with Apple apps being checked out before they are approved, limiting the amount of useless imitation apps and ones filled with malware.

iOS is still the king when it comes to mobile entertainment, too, with the iTunes store having a much bigger library of music and video, while a lot of mobile games launch on iOS before making their way to Android.

Ultra power saving mode on the Galaxy S5 is a God send. Source: Supplied

Battery life — Android

Any iPhone user will know that familiar feeling of searching for a power point before the end of the day, something most modern Android phone users don't have to worry about. The size of Apple's batteries plays a big part in this, but the current 2014 crop of Android phones like Samsung's Galaxy S5 and HTC's One M8 come with 'ultra power saving' modes. These modes shut off every part of your phone except for the core features like calls and texts and even turn your screen to black and white. Hours of extra battery life can be had thanks to these settings.

Bargain — Windows Phone

If you're after a phone on the cheap, look for one running Windows Phone. Of all the budget devices which come across my desk, the best have been Nokia's low end options which run just as smoothly as any flagship device. Android devices perform horribly on low end hardware and always leave you wanting more. You can keep dreaming if you are hoping for a low end iPhone, too.

Nokia's Lumia 520 is one of the greatest smartphone bargains ever. Source: Supplied

Customisation and choice — Android

There's no doubt that Android is the king of customisation. You can essentially change every part about your device to make it look and act exactly how you want it to. Whether it be a simple wallpaper or add widgets over your whole homescreen, Android will let you do it.

Android gives consumers more choice, too. If you want a big phone, you can grab something like Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, or if you want something smaller how about Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact? The options are all there. Even just specific hardware features like Samsung and Sony's waterproof designs help separate them from the iPhone.

Having a waterproof phone is much more handy than you think. Source: Supplied

Ease of Use — iOS

If you aren't that technologically literate, Apple's iOS is still the easiest to use by far. It's simply a grid of apps, with all your settings in the one place. To use it, you just tap what you want to open and then to go back you press the home button. Even your 80-year old grandmother could work it out.

While I just mentioned how great Android's customisation is, it can also be a bit of an issue when it comes to the ease of use. Settings can be hard to find, the back button can mean different things in different apps and the pop up screen that asks you to pick what app you want to open can be overwhelming.

Productivity — Draw

If you need a phone for work, BlackBerry, iOS, Android and Windows Phone are all pretty even. The BlackBerry hub makes it great for those with lots of different accounts and communication apps, while Windows Phone has Microsoft Office pre-installed to open and edit all of those documents on the go.

Which of the six categories above matter most to you? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter | @harrytuckerr or @newscomauHQ

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