Review of Google Android vs Apple iOS

In the interest of keeping an open mind and trying new things, I thought I would try a few products using Google’s Android software to Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

There are two main reasons that I found it hard to embrace the Android In either case I would choose an Apple product over an Android one (like the latest Samsung Galaxy) for two major reasons.

Spyware on Android

Firstly and importantly, Analysts predict that 99% of spyware is written to cause damage to Android devices.

This spyware can have, on one hand, a relatively minor effect of sending your data from your Android phone or tablet to a third party that you don’t know about, or it can be serious and record every key you press, so that when you’re doing internet banking, if your phone is infected, it’ll send your Bank login and password info to fraudulent users.

There’s no way I want to take that risk on my phone and nor should you.

Until recently, Google, who created the Android operating system, allowed virtually any application to be written and put on their app store without the applications being checked for any spyware-like behaviour.

On the other hand Apple checks EVERY single application written by software developers before they allow the application onto their App Store, so the chances of you getting an application that contains spyware is very remote on an iPhone or iPad. In the last week, Apple has completely deleted anti-virus applications from the iPad app store because they are completely unnecessary and therefore misleading to the public.

Free Software Upgrades

The second major reason why I would not chose an Android based product over an Apple one is that Apple guarantees that you’ll be able to upgrade to the latest version of their operating system free of charge going back two or three generations on iPhone or iPad.

For example, if you have an iPhone 4S, your phone came with Apple Software iOS version 4.0 and you can install up to version 7.1.2 (this means that your phone can use the ‘current’ version of Apple iOS for three years.

Android generally can’t do this for one primary reason. That is that because each brand of Android phone, from each manufacturer has “add-ons” or differences in their operating system in order to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

So almost none of the Android phones use the latest/unmodified/“vanilla” version of Android. Although Google may be keen for users to upgrade the features of their operating system, most phone vendors like Samsung and Motorola choose not to update their software after their latest phone has been released. This is because it’s either too much trouble for them or they think “this isn’t going to advance the sales of a product we are about to obsolete”. (The one exception to this is a brand of Android phone or tablet under the brand “Nexus” which deliberately sticks to the original version of Googles Android system so that when a new one comes out, it can be upgraded straight away.)

Therefore with Apple, you have a virtually guaranteed software upgrade path with Apple iPhones and iPads, but almost none with Android based devices.

(For your information, in the smart phone market, when you take all the various brands of Android phones combined, their marketshare is pretty close to the Apple iPhone, but in the tablet market Apple easily beats out all the brands of Android devices combined.)

So there are a couple of good reasons to go with and stay with Apple’s products, in my humble opinion.