Android vs. iPhone: What’s the Difference?

The two big players in the smartphone market are iPhone and Android. Let’s start off by having a little look at the history of these two and what they currently offer to someone looking for a smartphone.

The iPhone is offered by Apple and has been a sensation since it was first launched in 2007. It has now come out in several versions and the latest (the iPhone 4) generated as much expectation and excitement as the previous ones.

The Android system has been part of the Google group since 2005 and the first version was released in 2008. The system is used in a number of phones from different manufacturers.

Ok, that’s the background done so let’s have a look now at the main differences between iPhone and Android.

  • The phone. The big difference here is that the Android operating system comes on a lot of different phones. This means that you have a wider choice of models when it comes to choosing one. With the iPhone you are restricted to either the current model or any of the previous ones.
  • The features. The iPhone is widely regarded as being a great phone with outstanding features. The number of different phones running the various versions of Android makes it really difficult to do a straight comparison. If you are looking for a smartphone, then the best advice is to note down the features you want and check whether the iPhone and any of the Android devices match your needs.
  • The apps. There are the pieces of software that you can easily download onto your phone to run games, organize your documents, carry out your hobbies, etc. The general principal is the same for both types of machines but there are some differences in how they are implemented. The Android applications are developed by both Google and third party developers. There are currently believed to be over 200,000 Android apps on offer and many of them are free. iPhone apps are only available through the Apple App Store, and third party developers need to have their software approved by Apple before it gets put on there. There are currently over 300,000 apps on offers at the Apple store. Most users will find that both systems offer more than enough applications to keep them busy for a long time.
  • The carriers. The iPhone at present can only be used with the AT&T in the U.S., although long running rumors of other carriers getting involved should come to fruition in 2011. Android is currently supported by a number of carriers.
  • The popularity. The iPhone has undoubtedly got a far bigger market share at the moment, although Android is quickly eating up the distance between them. A lot of the public perception around the phones seems to be shaded by the fact that every new iPhone launch is seen as a huge event in the industry, while the large number of different smartphones running on Android make launches a lot more common place.


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