This is the most sensational debate between school or college friends whenever either of the two leading mobile brands in the world release their products. Apple is known for its sleek design and focus on aesthetics. The company is also quietly becoming one of the most secure in terms of technological breaches. Whereas Android's open source operating system allows for mass customization, it also bogs down the process of making necessary updates available and leaves devices open to dangerous malware.
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Apple makes it easy to carry on conversation across all devices. The iMessage service allows for free voice and text messaging between Apple products in a way that is seamless and efficient. You can link your iMessage account to your Mac, your iPhone, and iPad adding an ease to going between devices that Android simply cannot match. Their closest technology, Google Hangouts, does not allow for similar cross-device conversation. Likewise, while iMessage is in the same app as regular texts, Android users have to manually switch settings to combine the two.
Google may be a fantastic search engine but Android's native search function certainly doesn't make it easy to find things between apps, contacts, and settings. Apple's Spotlight search culls from everything on your phone, including emails and even voice memos.
There is a word for software pre-installed on devices that cannot be removed and provide little function for its users — bloatware, according to Forbes. Android is notorious for loading up its phones with apps from carriers and manufacturers. Apple, on the other hand, has a marginal amount of bloatware, if any. Sure, you can't delete the Weather or the Stocks app, but they're far more useful than a Sprint app you'll never use. Google is allegedly doing away with the bloatware, according to AndroidCentral, but that has remained to be seen.
iPhone users can easily share contacts, photos and other media over Bluetooth via AirDrop, whereas there is no native technology on Android that offers the same service. AirDrop even provides an extra layer of security by prompting users to set their visibility, making it so that only your contacts can connect and share with you.
In a 2014 PulseSecure mobile threat report, it was revealed that 97 percent of malware targets are Android phones rather than iPhones. Given the fact that Android is open source, which means there is more freedom to change the operating system as a whole, it's difficult to implement widespread fixes to such threats as Stagefright, a notorious virus that can infect phones via a simple message.
This brings us to our last point: iPhones simply update their software far faster because there is no set way to alter the iOS operating system as with Android's open source designation. That means that any viruses, threats, or issues that need to be debugged are easily fixed in a widespread way.