The Battle of the Ages- Apple vs. Android

Quick! Tell me which one you think is better? Apple or Android? You have to pick one right now!

Got an answer? Good, so ask yourself this: Why do you prefer Apple over Android? Or why do you prefer Android over Apple? What is it exactly that makes you choose this specific phone?

As for me, I honestly do not care which is better- they both serve a purpose as a platform for the public, and the choice of preference (in the end) is all up to the user’s desires.

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This meme I created is a take on the famous LOTR meme, expressing the opinions, that many of the public have, over how they prefer Apple over Android and how (for lack of a better term) aggressive these arguments can get over the simple question of ‘which is better’. Many of the public agree that Apple is better, because it’s ‘innovative’ or ‘looks better’. But this is not the case- it doesn’t matter which platform is the ‘good guy’ or the ‘bad guy’, nor is it about the features of the platform either. In the end, what we should focus on is the accessibility of these products and the individual preferences of the users.

The first thing everyone notices about Apple products, is the appearance of the device- anybody talking about Apple will first mention the apps that can be downloaded or the way the device looks. In reality, not many people who possess an iPhone will be aware of the IOS operating systems and the devices limitations. Apple’s IOS system is a closed source: this means that the Apple company have complete control over the platform and content, and have a very strict set of guidelines- customisation within the public is very limited. The Apple IOS system, is also only compatible with Apple devices, unlike the Android where the flow of content spans across multiple platforms. Other limitations that Apple device itself possesses, is the limited memory space on the device and the situation of the enclosed battery.

Android, on the other hand, was created in response to this as an open platform; meaning, that the system is generative- customisation is free for control by the public! Google has no complete control over the platform, content and user, nor does it have any control over the kind of apps that can be run; unlike the IOS system, where the apps have to first be approved. Despite Apple being the more ‘user-friendly’ device and its popularity and sales being based on the look of the device, Android marketing is significantly higher than that of Apple’s due to Android’s free access and easy manipulation of its system. It is also highly popular, because of its PC-like characteristics, it’s free flow of content across multiple products (not just Android-based) and there are no restrictions (unlike iTunes) to put music onto the device.

Regardless, whether you prefer IOS or Android is strictly up to you- everything about these systems still all comes down to the user’s preference. That is all I have to say for this topic- and I’m going to end it with the age-old question that started all of this.

Which do you prefer? Apple or Android?

-ThatGirlLauren

 

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4 thoughts on “The Battle of the Ages- Apple vs. Android

  1. Georgia Wigan says:

    Hi Lauren,

    I enjoyed this weeks post and how you took a spin off from the Apple and Android case from Ted’s lecture.

    I found this post very explanatory in the comparision between the two devices, especially when you discussed the open and closed nature of both platforms.

    The only addition I would make to your post would be to add in some statistics to confirm the facts about Apple’s popularity within the smart phone market which can be found in the following links

    http://www.informationweek.com/mobile/mobile-devices/iphone-vs-android-apples-success-only-goes-so-far/a/d-id/1321437

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/dougolenick/2015/05/27/apple-ios-and-google-android-smartphone-market-share-flattening-idc/#1f3cac972d4e

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  2. cuonglam55 says:

    Hi Lauren !

    You made really clear arguments about the ‘closed’ and ‘open’ style of iOS and Android which reflects the opposition of two systems. The nickname ‘bad guy’ and ‘good guy’ is really creative – user experience is the most important. It is clear that Android users are allowed to explore their phones more freely and iOS users. However, it is strange that despite those advantages, users still prefer iPhone a little bit more. I consider that it is a great success of Apple that they create a differentiation of their product which blurs the weakness in operating system and convey that message to the users clearly. Hope that it makes sense :p

    I also discovered an useful material that signifies the fact the iOS and Android are dominating the market. Check it out if you like 😉

    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/02/the-fight-for-a-third-best-smartphone-os-has-been-lost-by-everyone/

    P/S: sorry for commenting twice, I forgot to put in the link :p

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  3. cuonglam55 says:

    Hi Lauren !

    You made really clear arguments about the ‘closed’ and ‘open’ style of iOS and Android which reflects the opposition of two systems. The nickname ‘bad guy’ and ‘good guy’ is really creative – user experience is the most important. It is clear that Android users are allowed to explore their phones more freely and iOS users. However, it is strange that despite those advantages, users still prefer iPhone a little bit more. I consider that it is a great success of Apple that they create a differentiation of their product which blurs the weakness in operating system and convey that message to the users clearly. Hope that it makes sense :p

    I also discovered an useful material that signifies the fact the iOS and Android are dominating the market. Check it out if you like 😉

    Like

  4. thelifeofezblog says:

    Hi Lauren I really enjoyed reading your blog post for this week ! I liked the use of the rhetorical question to both start and end your post as it leaves it open for comments, and your meme was very accurate as it represents the opinion of many people in regards to the Apple vs Android debate. I also think you provided just the right amount of information for both gadgets that is both simple but also straight to the point whilst remaining non-biased in regards to which gadget is ‘better’!

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