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Here’s why the iPhone is better than Android

Published Feb 3rd, 2015 11:10AM EST
iPhone Vs Android
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Apple is better than Google. Google is better than Apple. The iPhone is better than Android phones. Android is better than the iPhone. The argument will rage on for years to come, and the truth is all four of those statements are accurate. The iPhone is better than Android… at some things. Android is better than the iPhone… in some ways. And so on.

We’ve covered a few posts in recent history that explain various ways Android phones are better than the iPhone, and now it’s time to take a look at the flip side of the coin and examine why the iPhone is better than Android handsets.

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A number of tech blogs have tackled the various reasons Apple’s smartphone lineup might be better than rival Android devices, and the latest to do it is Business Insider. The site points to nine key reasons the iPhone is superior to Android handsets, and each and every one of the site’s points have merit.

To start things off, many talented developers still launch new apps for iOS first and then release Android versions somewhere down the road. This is a big advantage for iPhone users who like to be ahead of the curve.

The blog also notes that the design of Apple’s iPhone lineup is far better than most Android phones. With a few exceptions that match the iPhone or even top its design in some ways like the HTC One M8 and the Motorola Moto X, we definitely agree.

Other checks in the iPhone column include Touch ID, Apple Pay, better parental controls and Apple’s superior customer service, which is undeniably better than anything offered by any Android phone vendor. Check out the link down in our source section for more.

Interestingly, the one area the site doesn’t touch on is Apple’s overall app ecosystem and the quality of third-party iOS apps compared to Android apps.

For us, this has been Apple’s biggest advantage for years, and we’ve written about it at length several times in the past. The simple fact of the matter is that while Android developers have far more freedom with their apps, the app experience on iOS devices is almost universally smoother and more user-friendly than it is on Android phones.

Even in instances where the same exact app is available on the iPhone and on Android, the iPhone experience is almost always vastly superior. iPhone apps look better, they’re more fluid and the user experience is better by a good margin.

We use both platforms on a daily basis, and you would be hard pressed to find anyone with extensive experience on both platforms who disagrees. There are plenty of areas where Android has the edge over the iPhone, but user experience and the supporting app ecosystem might never be among them.

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Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.