Androids eat Apples: The world is making the switch

Hadley C.

Staff Writer

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 commercial could not say it any better: Apple seems to be picking up on what Android phones have been doing for months, according to the technology super-company. Since the release of the iPhone 5 in the fall of 2012, phones with Android processors have dominated over 80% of smartphones worldwide. This rapid change has many variables; just a few include cost, durability, permissions, available applications, models, and even the look of the display.  Whatever the reason for choosing their operating system, each customer has his or her reasons for switching or sticking.

Apple’s download lock controls what can be downloaded and what cannot. Matt Weissel, sophomore, explains why this is one of his reasons for switching from his iPhone to an Android. “I wanted more freedom,” says Weissel. “The iPhone cushions the user too much…to the point that nearly everything to do with the phone is either protected or banned.” This opinion is certainly felt on a major scale in the world of smartphones. All applications and downloads on an Apple phone have to come through the App Store, iBooks, iTunes, etc. Apple keeps a tight lock on what their customers can and cannot install on their phones, and anything not available in an Apple-approved store is locked. “I like it [my Android] a lot better. Android phones are much easier. For example, I can download mp3 files into my music library directly from my phone now. I’m sure there was probably some way to do this on an iPhone, but it’s very easy on an Android,” Weissel continued.

androids vs apples hc - photo by yasunobu ikeda on flickrOpinions such as Weissel’s are major contributors on deciding which type of smartphone is the best fit for the buyer. If the customer is more interested in having more freedom in where they can download programs to add to the function and personalization of the phone, an Android is the better buy. Of course, it is possible to have that same freedom with an iPhone, but that requires Jail Breaking, the process of removing Apple’s set boundaries on one of their products to create a less-controlled phone. While jail breaking is not a painfully long or intricate process, keeping a phone safe after jail breaking is. When a phone is jail broken, it removes Apple’s many guards, security included. This security guard is so important; many users go to Apple for their nearly perfect security system. An Apple device, while in its default form, is near impossible to get a virus on. When the security is removed, it makes an Apple device prone to viruses, extra cell charges, and even camera hacking.

Something that security cannot fix is that Apple phones break easily, unlike Samsung, HTC, and Motorola phones, which can take a few beatings. All it takes is a single drop without a case, and the screen of an iPhone is shattered. A popular problem that can occur with an iPhone is for it to be dropped on its back and the graphics processor to break, causing the screen to only display black and blue lines. Contrary to this, however, a Samsung Galaxy 4 can withstand being dropped into a pool uncased.

Even though the durability is not the best, many people still stick with their Apple products. “I like my iPhone; it has the best apps and features,” says Katie Basford, freshman. “I plan to stay an iPhone customer. I’ve only ever had iPhones, and they always work for me,” she continues. Many iPhone customers have always been iPhone customers and do not ever plan on changing that. When switching from an iPhone to an Android, an Android can seem much more complicated than an iPhone, and Androids do not have the Mac security many users appreciate.  According to Statista, an online statistics resource with over 18,000 world-wide sources, Apple has a 90% loyalty rate. For some iPhone users, the Apple security benefits are what hold them back. No other company has the same protection as Apple. For others, it is the popularity of the product. How many celebrities are sporting a MotoX over an iPhone 5s? But, for most, it is the simple essence of the phone. iPhones are easy to understand, easy to make more accessible to the user, and have no complicated programming. While accessing any types of extra work on an Android is completely optional, accidentally accessing a command prompt can scare a new user away.

The iPhone and Android market will continue to battle for customers for years to come, and there will always be ups and downs on each side. Choosing between the two systems is up to the customer, based on the customer’s interests and daily needs. For some, it is a Coke versus Pepsi choice, but for others, it is a difference like night and day. However, without giving both systems a try, the consumer will never know what type is best for them. In the end, it comes down to each company’s best features: he Apple security and popularity, or the Android durability and freedom? Androids versus Apples… the choice it up to you!

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