Apple vs. Android

Who will win the battle of the smartphones?

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The recently released red iPhone sure looks like it has good hardware, but it is the software of the iPhones where it really shines.

The recently released red iPhone sure looks like it has good hardware, but it is the software of the iPhones where it really shines.

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The recently released red iPhone sure looks like it has good hardware, but it is the software of the iPhones where it really shines.

Griffin Harris, Sports Editor

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People are always talking about the latest smartphone. It is very easy to see how much of an important role that smartphones play in our lives. For some people, it seems as if their smartphone is an actual extension of themselves. This is why picking the right smartphone and subsequently the right operating system is so important.

For me there is an easy deciding factor and that is something that seems counterintuitive at first. I see Android smartphones as more capable and customizable than Apple smartphones. The hardware on Android phones is just better and are packed with more features. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung’s flagship phone of the Galaxy line, comes equipped with pressure sensitive buttons that sit beneath the screen of the phone. Android phones in general tend to have better battery lives, bigger screens and more innovative hardware. Based on these stats, it seems that Android phones are the clear winner in what phone to select but the truth is much different.

There is one factor that iPhones possess that keep me coming back and many others as well. That factor is iMessage. iMessage is a function of the message app in iPhones that is an absolutely brilliant idea that Apple implemented into their devices. Instead of sending MMS or SMS messages that Androids use, Apple created iMessages that act as internet enabled messages between iPhones that serve to change the message game completely. Messages between iPhones send seamlessly and multimedia messages will retain their resolution unlike messages sent between Androids.

Not only are multimedia messages sent over iPhones much better, but the group chat functionality on iPhones is remarkably better. You can ask any avid iPhone user, once they are put in a large group chat with Android smartphones, they will probably become very frustrated. The presence of an Android within a group chat makes it so that no one is able to leave the conversation, no matter how annoying the other people are within the chat.

In the end, I see smartphones as a social tool. The most important functions of my phone are the social functions and Apple iPhones clearly have the edge in that area. That is why I have in iPhone and unless Android makes some changes concerning their messaging software, I will be an Apple fanboy to stay.

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