iPhone Versus Android
The short answer is yes, the iPhone isn’t an Android phone (and vice versa). There are four key areas that distinguish the iPhone from its Android competitors. One of the biggest differences is the OS that they both run on. The Android operating system is primarily based around Unix-like operating systems, while the iPhone runs a multitasking OS that is based around the multitasking interface of Apple’s iOS. The difference between the two is that the iPhone can be used to browse the web, play games, check email, and take photos, while the Android can be used to perform all of these things as well, but can only do them on one platform at a time. This is what has made the Android movement somewhat frustrating – people want their phones to do everything, but the iPhone has a lock on doing more than one thing at a time.
The fourth key area in which the iPhone trounced the Android handsets was in its battery life. The iPhone has a large, non-removable, non touch sensitive battery that is meant to last for an entire day on a single charge. The iPhone’s advantage over the Android devices is that it has no physical button, thus allowing it to be used with one hand much more easily than the Android devices, especially in situations where there is little or no direct sunlight to play a part. In many ways however, this battery life comes at a price. Because the iPhone has such a fast processor and so many features, it uses much more power than the Android phones do. So while the iPhone can allow you to browse the web, play games, and take photos and videos, it will chew up your battery life before you know it unless you have an incredibly large, non touch sensitive screen.
Despite these differences, the iPhone does have one distinct edge over the Android smartphone market – it is the most popular smartphone in the world. But is that popularity enough to ensure that the iPhone will stay on top for years to come? Judging by the way the smartphone market is shaping up now, it appears that it might, but that does not mean that other platforms will not have an impact on the iPhone’s market share. With the new Apple Pay, the release of the iPad 2 and possibly an all new Apple iSevices, the battle is on!