Considering there are over 1.08 Billion Smartphone users Worldwide, it is safe to say that we have become a generation that love gadgets. I have fallen for the stereotypical propaganda ‘to be up-to-date’ with society’s standards, you must own an iPhone or Android device. I however, am bias when it comes to the ongoing war between Apple and Android’s systems, as I am an Apple lover.
There are two types of systems in which smartphones use: the IOS system which is utilised by iPhone’s and the Android system which is used by almost every other smartphone.
Closed appliances are tethered to a closed ecosystem; this means the manufacturer has complete control over the platform, content and ultimately the user. A prime example of a closed appliance is the Apple iPhone. In comparison to a locked appliance, a Generative platform or open media platform has no central control.This freedom of control opens up the device to manipulation and exploitation of the platform This is one major downside to open platforms such as the Android which is compared to the Apple iPhone where viruses are not common in their products largely due to their centralised control systems.
“While many of us have worked under the assumption that open platforms tend to be more “generative,” in some important ways, the closed architecture of the App Store and the iPhone OS has actually contributed to the generativity of the platform.” Steven Johnson points out that an open or closed platform still benefits the generativity.
Pros of an Android
- When you buy an iPhone, you’re stuck with as much storage as you decided to buy at the get-go. Most Android phones, however, have a micro SD card slot, so you can easily and cheaply buy more storage space.
- If your battery starts diminishing, you can often remove it and replace it with a new one. Can’t do that with an iPhone.
- A handful of Android phones (including the HTC One, LG G3, and the Galaxy S5) can be used as remote controls, because they have infrared blasters on the top. iPhone’s do not.
- Android files screenshots, downloaded pics, and pictures saved from messages into their own separate folders.
Pros of an iPhone
- On an iPhone, you can unlock your phone with your fingerprint or a passcode.
- Fingerprint scanner is intuitive/more convenient than passcode
- Big performance boost vs. iPhone 5
- IWork app suite for free
- A7 processor
- Universal 4G support
In summary, I prefer Apple products as they are more aesthetically appleasing and easy to use. I personally would choose an Apple product over an Android but that’s because I’m bias in this debate. If I learnt how to use the Android software I’m sure it would be easy to use and understand like the Apple product. However, that is not going to stop the war between Android vs iPhone as they will always be contending for the number one spot. Both smartphones have a large fan base however people are willing to try new technology and grow with the innovations. Although, some individuals mentality could be to stay loyal to a brand.