Help Me, Tom's Guide: Which Is Better — Android or iPhone?

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George_218

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guess what? neither is better. owning an apple product is nothing more than a status symbol. it is an outrageously expensive phone, but people buy it because their friends buy it. it works well, and has its flaws. within the android community, people will buy the most high end phone at the time as a status symbol. however, android phones are not outrageously expensive. the prices are relative based on the type of phone you buy. apple doesn't really provide their consumers with choice. it's either buy this stupidly expensive phone or buy this really really expensive phone. aside from that, it all comes down to the interface. some people like ios and some like android. it's just a preference.
 

Kyle Tweil

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George, What you think could be true on your side yet don't take it as a fact as it wouldn't apply to everyone. Somebody actually buy their phone they choose after precise-decent research to determine which phone fits better for them. Did you ever had any phone cheaper than iphone having a better speed? Even Samsung Galaxy S8 isn't faster than iphone at point despite it was released 6months after iphone 7. It is because Apple had built their OS perfectly fits to their device. When you run any app or games - you will see. How much is Galaxy s8 btw? It ain't cheap - more likely same price.
 

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I own both and Apple iOS is smoother, better software update, better resale value, iphone feel premium, better security, better camera than any up-to-date Android phone. Overall both have it's pros and con but Apple have more pros.
 

Satya narain

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In this modern world everyone wants to connect with the world and with ios device you can connect with ios only .In android you can do many things for free but in ios even for songs you have to download it from itunes and you have to pay for it. It's just useless. If I am spending more than 800$ on and still I have to pay for listening songs . The biggest disadvantage of ios device is that it does not have dual sim, sd card slot,bluetooth and NFC.Apple is not giving many features which buyer of ios devices should get so for that reason I will not prefer iphone at all.
 

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For me, all about choice. With iOS you basically have none which is fine for tons of people. For me, I like trying out different phones knowing there is no learning curve to get over. I have used Samsung, htc, nexus 6p and now Moto Z. Any high end Android will match ip7 in pretty much every category from what u have seen, surpassing it in others (camera, battery life etc.) But to each his own. People talking about build quality haven't used a high end Android, atleast not in the last 3 years. Htc 11, pixel, G6, Moto z are all fantastic with great build quality. The s8 makes the ip7 look a decade old. Even the budget Moto g5+ holds up well to the ip7. I am hoping this will eventually bring the price of the higher end phones down. $700 for a phone is too high at this point in the game, just my two cents.
 

leo_sk

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For all practical purposes, android, unless one was deficient in foresight to have bought a mac
 

madmatt30

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Android vs iPhone ?? It doesn't work as a question & there is no correct answer.
Its like asking is a PC better than a Mac ??

Same difference , PC is a globular term not a set configuration , android is an os not a phone.

An iPhone 7 vs a Samsung j3 , the iPhone easily , an lg g6 vs an iPhone 5 , lg easily.
Android phones are far far better value & have a far more customisable hardware/price spec ignoring the os completely.
IPhones are good , they're just not good value.
 

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There is a big difference between the premium Samsungs and Androids. The title should of been Android vs Samsung vs Iphone.
Samsung has so many more features than both Android and iphones. Wireless charging, iris scanner, edge/bezel-less displays, real battery power saving modes, AOD, Stylus. Samsung phones are always cutting edge when it comes to technology. Eventually Apple may get the features when the price comes down.
 

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I would never own an iphone for the same reason I don't pay 40% margins when I buy a car (margins on cars are 9%) or furniture, or my house, or my groceries or.... or.... or.... Paying 40% margins for a commodity product is just plain stupid stupid stupid... and it is the reason why apple fanboys don't do it with anything else...
 

thomastagle

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With no disrespect intended, some of the answers to this question are rather amusing and most have partial information, but miss the bigger picture.

There are a number of things to consider.

Apple has a world class processor design team. They are considered the best in the world at what they do.
Apple made the better design decision - because they can. Most existing ARM implementations are very close in design to ARM’s reference designs. They don’t deviate much in terms of performance, etc. By contrast, Apple has designed their own architecture. Their SoCs accommodate larger and more powerful cores. What people fail to recognize is that most workloads are only optimized for single core performance. As an example, web applications that run on Javascript are only leveraging single core. Some algorithms simply cannot be optimized for multiple cores. However, there are some that can. While there is value in having strong multi-core performance, there are few instances outside of benchmarks where this is made evident.
There have been studies which demonstrate the benefits of having fewer fast cores which perform their work then “race to sleep”.
What you seldom read about are thermal limitations. 8 core processors are great for benchmark demonstrations, however, you can see from prolonged tests like those on Anandtech that most Android phones need to throttle down after a rather short period of time. Sadly, some Android manufacturers “cheat” on their benchmarks by checking to see if a known benchmark is running, then disabling the thermal based throttling that would normally occur for non-benchmark applications. The OnePlus 5 is a current example of a vendor continuing this practice even after being publicly shamed for doing so.
Fast Android phones still experience occasional lags. Why? Because Android relies on a method of garbage collection for memory management. There are pros and cons with this approach, but most agree this is a bad choice for a mobile device. The only way to minimize this effect is to ship with significantly more memory than should be needed. That’s why a 2GB iPhone feels perfectly fast and fluid, yet a 6GB Android phone will still get the occasional stutter.
There have been some suggestions that Android is slower because it’s more complicated or because it does more. That is complete nonsense. iOS has a full UNIX based OS under the hood and does all sorts of multi-tasking and interprocess communications behind the scenes. Some people seem to mistake Apple’s imposed user policies with the abilities and complexities of the OS itself. If anything, iPhones are doing more work as all iPhones are fully encrypted. Whereas most Android phones are not encrypted with the most often cited reason for not encrypting is due to performance issues.
Finally, yes, Apple does have the ability to build the silicon to be most optimized for their workloads. This happens in a broad sense with the CPU in terms of the general design. However, you are more likely to see this with things like the image signal processor. That’s how iPhones take bursts of 10 pictures per second without breaking a sweat. Apple also optimizes much of the screen drawing, scrolling, animations, etc. for their Metal API. This is much more efficient than OpenGL. The equivalent, Vulkan is just becoming available on Android and it’s not as mature yet. Further, very few Android users are even using the latest OS release. Going forward, we’re going to see Apple leverage more of their advantage with regard to AI processing.
On a side note, Apple also uses a much higher speed NVMe based storage solution (with a custom controller) than their competitors. This helps makes launching applications much faster for example. There are often videos on YouTube which demonstrate this advantage. Sadly, the people running the tests attribute the speed difference to Apple’s faster CPU… which has nothing to do with storage I/O performance. However, it does contribute to making the iPhone feel faster.
 
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