Pick your biggest rivalry ever and we bet we can beat it.
If you think the Red Sox / Yankees matchups can get heated, forget it.
What about Star Wars vs Star Trek?
Remember the long-standing argument between Tastes Great or Less Filling?
Nope. These biggest rivalries of all time have nothing on the most epic tech arm wrestling match in history.
iPhone vs Android is one of the most notorious battles ever.
And we are here to finally settle the dispute. Grab your popcorn and pull up a front row seat while we referee this showdown of the absolute best option for wireless phones.
Let the games begin:
Choosing a phone shouldn’t just be a popularity contest. But in iPhone vs Android, the competitors are neck in neck.
There is some functionality in your smartphone that only works with other users of the same phone. This is especially true of the Apple Facetime and Messaging features.
So if popularity does matter when making a choice, who wins?
Experts say there are currently over 700 million iPhones in use worldwide. But Android phones continue to surge in sales and there are over 1 billion in use worldwide.
Then again, does anyone remember Blackberry? The former wireless phone giant now owns exactly zero percent of the market.
Both iPhone and Android are wildly popular worldwide.
Winner: Android wins in popularity.
If variety is your thing, Android is the system for you. With brands like Google, HTC, LG, and Samsung manufacturing Android phones there is a wide range of variety.
Variety covers a lot. When it comes to hardware like cameras you can find a great match for your skill set in Android.
An iPhone’s camera is by no means a slouch when it comes to capturing great shots. You can do worse with an Android device.
But with certain Android devices, you can do better. For users who value a personalized experience on their phones, they can find an Android to match.
Unless what they really want is an iPhone.
The operating systems might be the same but the devices are very different.
3. Product Quality and Support
Does everyone remember the Samsung fiasco? Phones were catching on fire in 2016 prompting massive recalls.
Users who purchased the devices had to find replacements and carriers scrambled to find solutions. Aviation officials warned about flying with the devices.
The difference in support and quality was apparent right away. What iPhone loses in variety it gains in support.
They can solve issues right away and give a greater level of quality than the Droid competition.
In iPhone vs Android, the quality and support award goes to Apple.
4. Call Quality
One of the most important facets is often ignored in the heated rivalry between iPhone vs Android. In fact, many believe that since Apple products were primarily computers and music players, the iPhone may be inferior.
Too often we forget that the prime use of a smartphone technology is still its function as a phone!
We have personally tried LG, Samsung, and iPhone on multiple carriers.
In terms of clean, clear calls iPhone wins every time.
Winner: iPhone dominates in placing and receiving phone calls.
5. WiFi Switching
One of the best features of smartphones is the ability to use WiFi as opposed to your data plan. In addition, with WiFi calling, you can get a clearer signal indoors and in other areas where service may be spotty.
Unfortunately, when switching between data, phone service, and WiFi, some devices have hiccups.
Have you ever been inside on a WiFi network and lost the call when your smartphone switched? Not if you have an iPhone.
In terms of WiFi consistency and support iPhone vs Android goes to the Apple product.
Winner: WiFi switching is consistently smoother on iPhone.
Apps, apps, and more apps. One of the best parts of having a smartphone is the access to all the applications you can bring along wherever you go.
While in the iPhone vs Android battle both have access to many apps, there is a distinct advantage between systems. And some app designs favor one system over the other too.
But in terms of variety, ease of use, and ease of access Android wins. The Google Play store is more intuitive and user-friendly as well.
Doesn’t everyone have a Gmail account? Having an Android device means that your existing integration between Google Calendar and Google Email is seamless.
Using Gmail through iPhone is simple enough but it requires a workaround. Is having your Gmail integrated that much better?
Google Maps is the standard for navigating roads, trails, and more. And with an Android phone, all of your contact information is integrated into mapping information as well.
OK, Google will take you to Google Maps, and all of the apps you use are connected to the platform as well.
Even disabling Apple mapping software won’t give you the same functionality Google offers its users.
If you want to know where you’re going, Android wins hands down.
9. TV and Screen Mirroring
Ever wish you could share your screen with your television or computer? Here’s some technology that iPhone users are way behind on.
On certain Android phones, you can use screen mirroring between your smartphone and smart TV. The possibilities are endless.
For those of us who are dissatisfied with cable television or satellite and are looking to cut the cable cord, screen mirroring is incredibly helpful.
Apple has been trying hard to monetize this with Apple TV and won’t allow for easy integration with your home television. Google has made this technology wide open and it’s great for watching smartphone content on the big screen.
Winner: Android wins by a landslide.
Does anyone even use their phone for calls anymore? A smartphone is a mobile messaging device.
Who wins in iPhone vs Android? Apple features free messages through iPhone users using their messaging app.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have unlimited texts anymore but Apple has increased functionality between users. If you use an iPhone it’s simply easier to stay in touch via text.
Winner: iPhone gets the message.
11. FaceTime vs Skype in iPhone vs Android
Video conferencing has caught on faster than many could have imagined. There’s no easier way for people to stay in touch personally than using video conferencing.
Android devices offer many different ways to conference your friends, family, and business contacts via smartphone. The Skype app is notable and works well with the camera and screen.
However, as Facetime is utilized through the Apple system it has the same great integration as other iPhone features. You can contact other iPhone users directly and be talking in no time.
The conferencing quality is as clear as the calls. You’ll find you use the functionality more and it becomes a standard part of your communications.
12. Lifespan in iPhone vs Android
If you are going to invest in a smartphone you want it to last. So which products are more likely to survive updates, technology changes, and wear and tear?
Again, it is hard to quantify because Android phones are manufactured by a wide-range of companies. That can be a good and a bad thing as there is no consistent quality across the board.
And in terms of lifespan, Apple users seem to have the edge. Data suggests that people are continually using older iPhones far past their expected shelf date.
Apple recently released estimates that their phones were estimated to last approximately 3 years. But in the past 10 years, iPhone users have held on to their phones longer than expected.
About 15% of iPhone owners worldwide in 2012 had Apple smartphones that were two years or older. However, that number is expected to reach 35 percent by 2018.
Android phones don’t have a similar trend. That can be good for phone sales but isn’t great for consumers who want lasting quality.
Winner: iPhone wins in lifespan.
And The Winner and Current World Champ Is…
Based on the criteria above there is a close contest in the iPhone vs Android verdict. We went 12 rounds and the contestants split the results down the middle.
But the choice is clear when it comes to call quality, longevity, and overall use for communications:
While we continue to be impressed by the integration and innovation Google and the Android system offers, the iPhone is simply the best phone on the market.
But, in terms of customization, apps, and the personal computer type functionality of a smartphone, Android beats the Apple.
The reason the contest is still a draw is simple:
iPhone is a better phone but Android is a better computer. And while Google may be better at playing well with others, Apple has a great core product.
We recommend anyone who spends significant time on the phone to buy an iPhone.
And we suggest everyone go into training and come out tougher next year. We demand a rematch!