Marques Brownlee has uploaded a video buying the iPhone with Android in 7 different categories to demonstrate which one is better.
iPhone or Android? the eternal question it is still very difficult to answerIn fact, every year it is more difficult as each system is evolving and adding features that it did not have. In the two traditionally most criticized points, the systems have evolved: iOS has greatly improved customization with widgets and the lock screen, and Android has greatly improved in terms of performance.
Perhaps from iPadizate we are not too impartial, but one of the best tech YouTubers sure it is. MKBHD, Marques Brownlee, has made a video comparing iOS with Android to try to figure out which of the two operating systems is better. And everything is pretty tight.
iPhone vs Android, the definitive comparison
In his test, Marques Brownlee has decided to buy both operating systems in 7 different categories, giving the winner to a system in each of them. It also leaves a final conclusion, which is quite interesting. The 7 categories to be analyzed have been:
- Easy to use
Personalization: Android winner
MKBHD appreciates the steps that Apple has taken at the level of customization and indicates that, for the vast majority of users, both systems offer sufficient customization. However, Android offers more alternatives and that is why in this section he gives the Google operating system as the winner.
While you can definitely make the case that iOS makes it prettier, the winner when it comes to more customization would be Android.
Features: Android winner
This section discusses features of the operating system and devices. This has always been a topic of debate, Android users say that their smartphone can do many more things than an iPhone. However, in 2023, there are not too many things that differentiate both systemsEven the iPhone has things that Android doesn’t, like focus modes.
However, despite the fact that at the operating system level both systems are equal, Marques gives Android the winner Due to the number of devices on the market that offer different things, ultra-fast charging, options without a notch, a camera with 10x zoom.
Ease of Use: iPhone Winner
In this section, Apple has always had an advantage basically because it has always offered the same experience since the original iPhone. On Android you have multiple layers of customization from each manufacturer that make them not as easy to use as an iPhone.
Think about how the vast majority use their phone. There’s basically never bloatware on the iPhone, customer service is basically always better for an iPhone, because Apple Stores are everywhere and Apple controls that whole experience. For people who are not enthusiasts, who just want to get one thing and not think about it anymore, the iPhone is always better.
Support/Updates: iPhone winner
Despite the efforts of Android brands to offer better support, Apple is still a company that offers many more software updates than Android companies. The iPhone can be updated without problems for 5 or 6 yearsand also Apple continues to offer security updates even if more years passan update to iOS 15 has recently been released for the iPhone 6s, released in the year 2015.
Samsung is the undisputed king of Android software updates right now, with some rumors that maybe Google is picking up. But Samsung announced in 2019 that all 2019 or later devices would get four years of security updates and some flagships will even get five, but none of them really come close to the iPhone.
Applications: winner iPhone
The topic of apps is always a hot topic, most of them just work better on the iPhone. Actually, for developers, it’s easier to create and optimize an app for the iPhone than for the hundreds of Android apps on the market. There are even Google apps that work better on the iPhone than on Android. Again the iPhone wins this section.
Is it the same Instagram app on both iPhone and Android? As someone who has been carrying and using both phones and often using the same app on both phones, I have firsthand experience knowing that often, even with some of Google’s own apps, updates and improvements to the apps have priority on the iPhone. They come to the iPhone first before reaching Android.
Emotion: Android Winner
This is probably the more subjective category, since although the presentation of a new iPhone generates more emotions than that of any Android. However, brands that use the Google system may offer new features such as ultra-fast charging or reverse charging faster than Apple. For that reason, for Marques Brownlee, the winner here is Android.
Ecosystem: iPhone Winner
Apple’s ecosystem is practically second to none: iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods, AirTags, Apple Music, FaceTime, iMessage, Apple Pay, Apple TV+, Apple ArcadeThere are many devices and services that the company offers and they are all integrated. You can start an email on the iPhone and continue it on the Mac, you can unlock the Mac with the Apple Watch, AirPods automatically connect to all devices.
Samsung is perhaps the only one that can come close and offer something similar to what Apple offers, but Samsung does not control most operating systems since it uses Android on its smartphones and smartwatches and Windows on its computers.
I’m going to give Apple a slight edge just because, first, I’m in the US and that edge is strong, but, two, just because of the fluidity and how well things integrate, the continuity features are unreal. .
If we do accounts the result is 4 to 3 in favor of the iPhone. The iPhone is better in the categories Ease of Use, Support/Updates, Applications and Ecosystem and Android wins in Personalization, Features and Excitement.
However, really everything is summed up in the personal tastes of each user. If someone is looking for a good ecosystem or for everything to run smoothly for many years, iPhone is the best choice. But if you are looking for different features like faster charging or reverse charging and customization, an Android is best.