iPhone or Android-based smartphone?




iPhone or Android-based smartphone

Autumn will stand out for fans of hot smartphones. In early September, will be announced new Android-smartphones, and on September 10, according to unofficial sources, Apple presents a new iPhone on fresh iOS7. For those who are soon going to get a smartphone, we report on seven reasons for the products in each of the operating system.

Android and iOS – the two leading operating systems in the smartphone market, the devices under their control in the Russian occupied 88% market share in the second quarter of 2013, according to the report of the analytical company J’son & Partners Consulting, which was released on August 23. While Apple is constantly suing the producers for copying their technology, design and functionality of the above operating systems are different. The publication Digit.ru collected on seven occasions for the buyer to choose a smartphone on a particular operating system.

Reasons to choose Android-smartphone

1. Control of the system

Unlike iOS, the operating system Android is more open to the user. The consumer gets a tool such as file managers, with the help of which you can access the built-in phone memory and memory card. Files can delete, copy, rename, as the “adult” PC. Some file managers allow the user even in the holy of holies – the system files. However, to change anything they do not succeed – the inner section is protected from user actions.

Interesting programs for controlling the operation of the Android operating system is Windows Task Manager, which is unique on the iOS. They allow you to keep track of all active applications and processes to get them on more complete information and even stop them. These tools relished advanced users who prefer to have maximum control of their smartphone.

2. Replacement “skins”

An interesting feature of the operating system Android – ability to change the graphic design of the operating system. The smartphone may look as if it is running Windows or Mac OS, or you can choose the interface that do not look like any of the known operating systems. Users can access dozens of applications required for initiation of the interface, and the hundreds of so-called skins (from the British Skin – Skin)

3. Single sign-on services Google

When you first launch Android-smartphone will certainly prompt the user to enter a login active account in the mail Gmail. Do not give up – this account is required to connect to the online store Google Play, from which subsequently installed and updated programs.

Log into Gmail allows you to run other popular services Google: YouTube, Google Talk, Google Plus, Picasa, and others – without having to enter the password every time. The list of selected video clips conducted chatting negotiations and edited versions of the images are then available to the user on any device (from a smartphone to a desktop computer). You only need to log in to your Google.

4. Informative widgets

The Android operating system allows you to post on the “desktop” is not only static icons, but also small applications – widgets. It is interesting topical applications that show the image with information about weather, traffic, news, etc. Their content is constantly updated and is often illustrated by the data illustrated with animation. For example, in smart phones HTC widget that shows weather, very realistic tightens the screen clouds or rain pours, and then smacks drop virtual “janitors.”

5. Informative status bar

Speaking of Android, not to mention multi-functional “status bar” or a status bar that displays current information about the system, running programs and services. Finger across the screen from top to bottom “status bar” is set to full screen, giving you access to system settings, running applications, the list of received messages, etc. The latest versions of iOS appeared similar tool, but it loses much of functionality similar instrument in Android.

6. A wide range of programs

If the iOS user installs itself an alternative program, the system still does not recognize it and will be hard to open the regular instrument. In Android, the user is able to select which of the available applications open at the moment and whether to use it in the future by default.

We should also mention the presence of a large number of Android “newsreaders” e-books, especially such as FB2 Reader. Oh, and iOS is a good program for a full-time reading, but with all the beauty of it is frankly not enough to support a variety of settings and formats of books. Tools for Android also allow you to customize everything – from the size of the fields and the fonts and background colors and the logic of the footnotes. In addition, most of these programs are “omnivores” that is, work with almost all popular formats of books.

7. Alternative app stores

Members who do not like built-in app store Google Play, can try alternative. Unlike the rigidly tied to one source of software installation iOS, Android platform allows you to select third-party software stores or simply download the program file with the desired resource.

Third-party stores may please the user with attractive prices, more carefully selected in terms of functionality or unusual programs, and even alternative methods of payment. For example, instead of a credit card, some stores allow you to pay with a payment terminal or direct debiting the account of a mobile phone. Own application stores have, for example, large companies such as Yandex and Samsung.

Reasons to choose iPhone

1. Omnipresent iCloud

Universal media player, Apple iTunes (in common – “Tuna”), many irrational dislike for the interface, but this is a consequence of a large number of functions. The application really allows you to maximize the control of the phone and upload it to a variety of information. In addition, every time you connect to a PC iTunes makes a backup of the phone information on a computer and allows to recover lost data. It is surprising, but it is saving data to a PC is not found in all models of Android-smartphone.

IPhone users is available and stores data in a “cloud” service iCloud. A similar opportunity is on the platform Android, but it is available to back up fewer types of data and the playback on the device is not as convenient. The data from iCloud available on any device with the latest version of iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod), as well as all new computers iMac.

2. Joining the “Club of the elect”

Although Apple halo dimmed, but still iPhone is a benchmark in design, its owners feel belonging to a club. Creative users, technological innovation, the most exciting games and applications – these and other signs strongly related with the halo fan club Apple, although it is not always true. However, representatives of other platforms is not yet possible to put together a single community, which may challenge the elitism of Apple.

3. Free SMS

One of the interesting features of iOS – the presence of the messaging protocol iMessage. For the user, the messages look like regular SMS-message, but they bypass the mobile network operator, traveling through Internet channels. Programs for the exchange of short messages a lot, but in the iMessage service is set up more flexible than any of them. When a user sends a plain text message, and the recipient as iPhone, the phone will automatically try to send it over the Internet. In the event of failure – repeat sending in the usual format SMS.

In all correspondence, reports differ tape colors – the usual SMS – on green background, and iMessage – the blue. It is said that iMessage works on all devices Apple – smartphones, tablets, laptops and even iPods iPod Touch. To register a service must provide an email address or phone number.

In the devices Apple has also proprietary video FaceTime. It works much the same way as in the case with iMessage. Those who have the iPhone, iPad, «Apple» laptop or player iPod touch, you can “call”, bypassing the usual cellular communication – via Wi-Fi. Available as an ordinary voice and video calls. Minutes entirely integrated into the operating system and to make calls via Facetime install additional software is required.

4. “Hakerozaschischennaya” OS

Sales of computers in the world are falling, and smartphones and tablets – are growing. Following the change of device customers often transfer their data to smartphones and tablets, or make them the key to your data in the Internet services. This “key” can open access to information about the personal customer data, trade secrets, and even directly to bank accounts, therefore increasing the value of IT-security smart phone.

Reports of threats to data of iPhone owners are rare, because Apple will not let deep into the operating system of the user or developer. As a result, in the first and the second simply no way to something “break” in the OS. The list of benefits of iOS experts Symantec, wrote Digit.ru, mention the presence of complex technologies encrypt user data and permanently remove them, tough on Apple, which will carefully examine each application before publication in the App Store. And although there is no guarantee that a skilled hacker can bypass the check, in most cases, this security measure is sufficient to repel attacks, leading to infection of the device with malware and loss of personal data of the user.

In a competing operating system, the security situation tense: regular reports of fake applications that send out their functions instead of a smartphone owner paid SMS or give access to its management from the outside. Google has implemented in the app store Google Play its own system of checks for malicious applications, but so far it can not completely get rid of the malware.

5. Pre-installed applications

Many of the built-in apps on the iPhone are made so that most users will not have to look for a replacement. For example, a program for working with photos allows you to conveniently view all that was filmed telephone, edit photos: crop, rotate, and the new version of iOS 7 also remove “red-eye” and apply different effects.

By this fairly standard set of features added to the “chips” that even cameras are not usually available, for example, the automatic grouping of photos by location or HDR-photography. The latter differ improved contrast, they will help when you have to take a picture of a dark object, such as a bright sky. On a normal picture will be lost part or object, or in partial shade clouds lighten up beyond recognition, and HDR will display all the nuances of color transitions.

We believe that will not have to look for a replacement and integrated e-mail client, which originally provided the opportunity to receive messages from mailboxes competing systems – Gmail, Outlook, etc.

6. Brand multimedia and office software

It’s nice when the application is free of charge, but more important for them to work. Apple has made two software package that cover the needs of most users and are inexpensive. Application suite iLife, which includes products such as iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand (they all have a version for the PC), make it easy to handle and organize photos with a camera phone (iPhoto), mount video (iMovie) and even write music (GarageBand ). Each program in this set is worth 169 rubles, and they are stable and predictable. Android-smartphone users will have to dig into the application to find an equally stable and functional analogs.

IWork office suite lets you work with text documents (Pages), spreadsheets (Numbers) and presentations (Keynote). The cost of each application is 169 rubles. Already a beta version of its cloud-based modification that will save documents from your phone to iCloud, and then work with them on any other iPhone, iPad or Mac.

7. Software Compatibility

For Android-based platform, there is the concept of ‘segmentation’: different smartphones have different versions of the operating system Android, it is necessary to consider the application developer. In addition, even when working in the same version of the OS on different devices, the program should take account of their particular – the processor, screen resolution, etc. Otherwise, the application may not start or run correctly.

With the move to Android OS 4.x software problems are fewer, and that will run whether an application has to worry only on low-cost models using “exotic” processors. However, you can not avoid them completely.

Why are we in the section about the arguments in favor of the iPhone are talking about the competing system? Because the technique about Apple’s easier to say that no such problem. Even older models supported for a long time – coming out this fall, iOS 7 will support the iPhone 4, released in 2010.


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