The Smartphone OS scene is seeing a real slugfest at the moment with each OS trying to go one up on the other. With Symbian dying a slow death and WP7 still a relatively new entrant, the battle is clearly between Android from Google and the iOS from Apple. Both platforms have generated their maker’s impressive profits and market share. Here we look at the pros and cons of both ecosystems.
Pros: Android is miles ahead of other OSes when it comes to multitasking ability. It’s a true blue multitasker’s delight. The notification system on Android is also the best of the lot. This comprises emails, updates from social networking sites and even various widgets. Applications or Apps, as they are better known, are vital to the success of an OS. The Android market for Apps is growing at a faster rate than even Apple’s, which has been the king so far in Apps section. Also no other OS has better social networking integration than Android, not to mention the freedom it gives the user in choosing suitable hardware.
Cons: The OS certainly isn’t the best optimized one around and it shows in the poor battery performance. So even though the batteries are getting larger, running time is not. Not everybody is comfortable with being asked to stick to Google when using their phone which is exactly what Android does. A user needs a Google account to use. Android is not even a decade old and we already have close to half a dozen versions of it, too much fragmentation one has to say. Desktop syncing is virtually absent here and the less said about carrier skins, the better.
Pros: iOS is hard to beat when it comes to media playing abilities, it is certainly better than Android. Although Android Apps are catching up at a faster rate, Apple Apps are still way ahead in terms of quality and quantity; at last count iOS users had a choice of more than 200,000 Apps. iOS has one of the best UIs around and it gets updates way faster than other platforms. Gap between development and release is minimal. Apple has incorporated desktop syncing in iOS and this is a big plus over Android.
Cons: The Apps store has been a success for Apple, no doubt. But it seems it will generate the developer’s ire sooner than later with its penchant for rejecting new Apps without giving any valid reasons. Android soundly beats iOS when it comes to the notification system; in fact no other OS can hold a candle to Android in that department at the moment. Another con has to be compulsion of using iTunes to sync any files to the phone. Apple had publicly rebuffed Adobe’s Flash support for iOS and general consensus is that it was not the best idea.
So, there you have it, a broad look at the pros and cons of both Android and iOS. There might be many agreements and disagreements but for someone who is confused between the two, the above might help make a clear decision.