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Choosing Between An Android Device And An iOS Device

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Right now in the tablet and smartphone world, there are two main forks to pick from: Android and iOS. This guide is for people who are stuck between choosing a device running Android or one running iOS. As far as I can tell, the most noticeable difference in how you use devices across both platforms will be in copying files to/from your device.

USB-to-PC: You can connect your Android device to a PC via USB cable and it would show up as an external drive on the PC, allowing you to copy and move files to it as you would a USB flash drive. On iOS, you need to install Apple’s software, iTunes, on your PC so you can synchronise music, video and any other supported files. You cannot copy and paste files directly as obtains on Android.

Bluetooth: On the average Android device, you can send and receive images, music, video and other files from other devices by Bluetooth. That is impossible on an iOS device, unless you choose to jailbreak the device. Jailbreaking is like hacking your device, if you understand what that means. If you don’t understand it, it is likely that you’re not a geek and you shouldn’t just bother.

MicroSD card: Android OS supports microSD cards. Those are removable memory cards that you can store your files on. Most Android devices have a microSD card slot for such cards. iOS devices do not have this slot.

Your Call

There are lots of people using devices on either side comfortably. Functionality wise, both Android and iOS are capable platforms. The question hence is: which works better for you? Do you prefer the greater options that Android offers or are you comfortable with Apple’s limited connectivity options on iOS? The choice is yours.

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38 comments on “Choosing Between An Android Device And An iOS Device”

  1. Toksyk Reply

    Thanks for this Uncle Yomi its much appreciated…your bias for Android is very clear though hehehe and to be honest I am leaning towards that prefence myself. Thanks once again

  2. fortespy Reply

    “Do you prefer the greater options that Android offers or are you comfortable with Apple’s limited connectivity options on iOS?”

    So people actually prefer being remanded in prison custody rather than embracing absolute freedom? That beats my immagination… Well it’s their choice

  3. jesse Reply

    After so much investigation, I found that only Apple gives you a simple way to back up everything on your phone; from SMS, browser and settings, Apps, messages and all.

    On Android, you have to get an app or rely on Google to back up contacts and apps. Otherwise you’d be stuck with Kies for Samsung if you chose Samsung. The Nexus devices do not have the back up your phone entirely option out of the box. Here, Apple wins. Yanna!!!

  4. Bjay Reply

    I beg to differ. I think this article offered more of a selcetive pissing contest. The features picked are areas where Apple is known to be weak. It’s a closed Ecosystem for a reason. Bluetooth, USB access and expandable memory are reasons why some people choose android but there are a gazillion areas where apple wins hands down. Camera-wise, few androids beat iDevices. Smoothness and OS reliability, even android flagship devices have a hard time with all the cores compared to apple devices. Applications? iOS has more useless apps than are useful ones in android. I agree that when all is said and done, the onus still lies on the user but then this article was written with android-tinted lenses.

  5. fortespy Reply

    Android Tinted Lenses… even with the igoogles, (no tinting), Camera-wise, smoothness and OS Reliability, and other Key performance Indices, a typical flagship android device e.g SGN II beats the Apple flagship hands down….THE POWER OF FREEDOM

  6. ugo Reply

    I agree with Bjay. IOS is secure, reliable, has more content. And u can easily learn how to transfer files from ur pc to ur device using itunes, dropbox, google drive, sky drive and a host of others. For everyone, its a matter of preference, as u can transfer files from any device to ur andriod gadget(not safe). But I think the ios devices are classier with lovely user experience.

  7. @nelsonisibor Reply

    When it comes to iOS vs Android debate, this is my view:

    Android has shortcomings I can live with but iOS has shortcomings I CAN’T live with.

    How apple makes simple things very difficult is still a wonder to me.

  8. Harry Echemco Reply

    @Bjay:

    @nelson. Name them. I’ll tell you how I live with them.

    After telling him how you live with them, are you also going to live with them on his behalf?

  9. Bjay Reply

    @Harry, my point is there are few limitations that are deal breakers when choosing a new mobile device if you took the time to actually see what is applicable instead. I’ve got both phones and tablets on every major platform and honestly, there’s no one I’d give up for the other. They all have their pros and cons. I’d like to reiterate that in spite of what each platform offers, it still boils down to the factors that carry the most weightage to each consumer. And that’s what eventually matters. For me, I’m yet find something indispensable to me that is lacking on my iPhone. My last word on this is that i hope there is a follow up piece that’s as biased to ios devices as this is to Androids.

    • Mister Mo

      Bjay,

      What is not a dealbreaker for one person is for another. That YOU do not find certain things dealbreakers does not mean that they are not heartbreakers for other people.

      That is the way the world works.

  10. Sinade Reply

    On no occasion I will use my phone as a USB flash drive. Likewise I don’t see a phone replacing a laptop. All the 3 points re lame.

  11. Eyebeekay Reply

    Android has shortcomings I can live with but iOS has shortcomings I CAN’T live with. .

    Succinct. Precise.

    I concur completely.

    We live in a supposed postPC era, and I still have to be tethered to a PC and have internet connection, to have basic functionality like transferring a Video from the iToy to my SuoerDroid?

    Ordinary Bluetooth not available!, and to rub atarodo in my wound, I have to pay top money for this useless piece of crap?

    Yes, there are fools born every second into this miserable world of ours!

    Feel free to pour Vitriol expletives, iWorshippers!

    And some iClowns have the temerity to attempt to gloss over this?

    This iReligion is a truly potent force, inflicting willful blindness on otherwise intelligent human beings!

    These people need opticians, opthalmologist andoptometricians, rolled into one, to address their collective blindness!

    I don’t understand it!

  12. Eyebeekay Reply

    On no occasion I will use my phone as a USB flash drive. Likewise I don’t see
    a phone replacing a laptop. All the 3 points re lame. .

    it is the same blindness and infuriating pigheadedness being displayed here.

    yes, there are flash drives. but tell me Oh Compatriot.

    Which is more convenient, lugging about your flash drive, because your beloved iToy has INCAPACITY, or having a phone that gives you freedom to transfer media as you wish?

    It is evident that it takes i-Religious indoctrination / fixation to choose the first option.

    you don’t see a phone replacing a laptop?

    you probably forgot your “i”

    perhaps you meant..

    ” I don’t see a Iphone replacing a laptop?

    I don’t either, so we are comrades in that particular blindness.

    but that’s as far as our collective blindness go.

    yes, I don’t see an Iphone replacing a laptop in its present state, but I ALREADY see less crippled NON iPhones gradually replacing laptops.!

    perhaps you share my VISION?

  13. Harry Echemco Reply

    @Bjay:

    My last word on this is that i hope there is a follow up piece that’s as biased to ios devices as this is to Androids.

    I’m sure you know what you are talking about. In your opinion, the article is biased and I can’t say you are wrong because there is nothing like unbiased article just like your opinion is very biased. My advice is, nobody can write this second article and make it biased enough in favour of iOS better than you.

    This site is open to registered users to contribute their own biased opinions to support their favorite platform or any reviews connected with mobility, so visit this page with your own observations to make up for the perceived bias. I hope that’s fair enough? Be assured we will be here to dissect whatever you come up with and show where necessary your bias for iOS has gotten the better of you. Cheers.

  14. Noni Reply

    To me, it’s simply about how people want to and use their device.

    If you already have an iDevice, wifi/stable internet access, a computer or eegular access to one and don’t mind cloud storage, get an iPhone.

    If you are someone used to transferring files between devices wirelessly and aren’t pc-dependent, Android is an option.

    @EyeBeeKay, that post-pc comment came because Apple wasn’t – and still isn’t – making as big an impact in the pc market. Apple was hoping the iPad would diminish that. Any device that needs use of a pc in some form needs a pc world. Maybe he should have said a mobile era, which would be more accurate.

  15. Opeoluwa Rotifa Reply

    Honestly, I run on both platforms and I have this to say, – they both have their advantages and disadvatages. For me, the IOS came and stole the market, a while ago, and because they refuse to have an open system, u see others spinging up to fight this.
    For carrying out loud, Apple developed IOS, RIM – BbOS, Nokia – symbian. What platform did samsung, sony,motorola, lg, etc… Build? Android is an Operating system built by Google. And has shared the technology amongst many other phone companies to fight one company.
    Think about it, if Apple has just produces 5 phones and has turned the world upside down, such an Amry of 5 and maybe more are rising to combat, don’t u think there’s something the IOS is doing that is better?
    Take for instance, you can’t find virus on any of the Apple product, but u should be careful with the Android device.
    Most of the apps found on both, run better on IOS, cos there are standards to meet.

    If for these little reasons, u can’t pick one over the other. They have different users and loyalist. Apple has never bent to please anyone, this how we are like or join the rest.
    People didn’t like mac os back in the days, windows went viral just the way android has gone, but urself this question, is the mac still very relevant today? And very much making waves?
    They(apple) are pace setters, and until we recgonise that, u will keep fighting a battle that will redifne its self.

  16. Bjay Reply

    @Eyebeekay, in all my comments, I have consistently stated that the onus lies on the consumer. Your comments are over the top and is why I usually let sleeping android dogs lie. I’ve followed mobility for a long time and unwarranted insults and condescension to other people’s opinions is why I hardly ever comment. I’d suggest you read my points again with less belligerence.

    @Harry, thank you for the maturity and offer. It is duly noted. I want to reiterate again that they all have their pros and con and in spite of what each platform offers, it still boils down to the factors that carry the most weightage to each consumer. And that’s what eventually matters. My brother ditched his iPad for a Nexus 7 while I now prefer the iPad to the PlayBook. It all comes down to what the user wants. The article brings up 3 points that the iPhone is famously maligned for. I usually see a balance in Mister Mo articles which is why I was forced to comment on the unusual slant I observed here. Cheers

  17. Opeoluwa Rotifa Reply

    I must say that’s the first I have ever read. And If u read the replies, the person said ” I thought they don’t have malwares” which means if there is, its rare. That’s a one off!

  18. Eyebeekay Reply

    @bJay, this is nothing personal.

    you will notice this platform war thing comes up sporadically to spice things up.

    feathers get ruffled. don’t take it to heart.

    me, Android dog? immaturity? condescending?. ok.

    been called worse. taking these in my stride, with no offence taken. no belligerence intended.

    cheers!

  19. @nelsonisibor Reply

    @BJAY

    @nelson. Name them.
    I’ll tell you how I live
    with them.

    I have owned and used ipads, ipod and iphones for extended periods and I know all the work arounds but I detest how apple makes very simple tasks complex.

    @harry

    After telling him how you live with them, are you also going to live with them on his behalf?

    Well said harry. My colleague of mine regrets buying an iPad because some told her she could live with the limitations, and this is someone who transfers a lot stuff across various devices.

    I love the ease with which I move stuff between my laptop, tablet and smartphones without thinking of cloud storage.

  20. Baoku Iseotan Reply

    First, what’s the use of excellent pictures from a phone camera quality if I can’t share the photos instantly with my family’s or friends’ devices via basic, common, simple Bluetooth?

    Anyway, I tend to see the iOS and its devices from a larger picture perspective. The Apple OS and devices are actually a reflection, extension, distillation and encapsulation of the late Steve Jobs’ mindset and personality.

    Jobs had a narcissistic personality complex. Thus he was known to be mean, vengeful, anti-social, autocratic, haughty and egoistic. He would rather have a monopolistic technology world order than a diversified one; he would rather want everybody in the world to use only Apple OS and devices than embrace choices. Jobs hated competition and believed that innovation should be the exclusive preserve of Apple. No wonder he declared ‘thermonuclear war’ on Android. No wonder he rubbished Bill Gates who helped Apple out financially many years ago when Apple would have ceased to exist. No wonder he vowed to crush Samsung with legal suits when Tim Cook advised him to the contrary.

    Look deeper and you even see a more savage mind beyond the veneer of a brilliant tech innovator the world knew. Jobs was anti-human and capitalistic. He sought and delivered his own brand of innovation only to exploit for insane profiteering. No wonder he stashed Apple’s huge pile of cash outside United States so as to escape paying appropriate corresponding taxes to government. No wonder he set the Shylock pricing of anything Apple beyond the actual value of Apple devices and beyond the reach of many people. No wonder Apple don’t believe in philanthropy and giving back to humanity from the obscene profits Apple make. Jobs once criticized Bill Gates for being a philanthropist. In Nigeria, Apple contribute nothing to our society by way of CSR or employment opportunities as Nokia, Samsung, LG, etc do. Do Apple even care about Africa, nay Nigeria? Some Nigerian business persons just import their devices and sell to Nigerians. Apple have not invested in our economy in any way. Nokia have corporate presence here in Nigeria and they employ many Nigerians while they do random promos to give back to society. Samsung have corporate presence in Nigeria and they employ lots of Nigerians, do generous promos constantly and have also established a Samsung Engineering Academy in Lagos and Ekiti States respectively. They were even co-sponsors of the recent AFCON where the Super Eagles did us proud. What about LG, SONY, Motorola, Huawei, ZTE and even TECHNO? They all also have corporate presence in Nigeria and employ Nigerians while doing promos from time to time. Apple by proxy only take our money away without giving any back. One cannot begrudge those who buy Apple devices to meet their needs and fancies, but I like to see the big picture. By the way, options and choices are good and make life exciting.

    In all, Jobs was known not to forgive offenders. He was as vindictive as they come. He was mean to junior Apple employees. They dreaded him like Jews would dread a Hitler. Worse, Jobs never even forgave his own father and carried that bile to the grave.

    The above Jobs complex sums up the core personality setup of Apple, iOS and its devices. They are necessary evils some must have and others can do without.

  21. Harry Echemco Reply

    Baoku, you said it as it is. I couldn’t be that blunt because I’m a fucking coward. I’m afraid of the Apple worshippers eating me raw. Thanks for being the man I couldn’t be.

  22. Joel Ebuka Reply

    And this has been an epic battle of proportions, watch out for the next episode of MobileOs Wars as for our winner of todays battle i’ve got to give it to em’ android fanboys. After that bomb blast by Baoku Iseotan on iWorshiper territory i’ve gotten nothing else to say but this in the words of fortespy “bumboooclat the man dem a spit fire” until next week i’m your fandroidtic host Ebuka Joel

  23. adNikky Reply

    *wipes sweat*
    guy u just didn’t leave them any quarter! See your bloody sword!
    Well said.

  24. Adewunmi Soetan Reply

    @Bjay don’t forget the price difference of ios devices and the best android devices. The cheapest iphone5 is more expensive then the most expensive android phones. And remember the droids are better specd too.

  25. Adewunmi Soetan Reply

    @Ibeekay
    On point noni. I love this piece, thank goodness we still have people like you

  26. Nanpon Gambo Reply

    1. First, what’s the use of excellent pictures from a phone camera quality if I can’t share the photos instantly with my family’s or friends’ devices via basic, common, simple Bluetooth?

    – because Bluetooth can also be used to share virus…other ways to share photos exist. Company product policy. It’s not like Bluetooth radio doesn’t exist in the phone.

    2. Anyway, I tend to see the iOS and its devices from a larger picture perspective. The Apple OS and devices are actually a reflection, extension, distillation and encapsulation of the late Steve Jobs’ mindset and personality.

    – your personal opinion on the man. Others have a different opinion. I sense a deeper motive in your perspective.

    3. Jobs had a narcissistic personality complex. Thus he was known to be mean, vengeful, anti-social, autocratic, haughty and egoistic. He would rather have a monopolistic technology world order than a diversified one; he would rather want everybody in the world to use only Apple OS and devices than embrace choices. Jobs hated competition and believed that innovation should be the exclusive preserve of Apple.

    – not true, wrong allegation. He acknowledges competitors . Just point to a credible source that says he hates competition.

    4. No wonder he declared ‘thermonuclear war’ on Android.

    – because he felt android ripped off iOS. Eric Schmidt was on the board of Apple inc before he was forced out by the FTC, he obviously stole strategic ideas from apple. Android stole inertial scrolling. The app store. Multitouch user interface. Mobile Safari. The entire blueprint for Apples touch based interface design. They copied everything which MADE an iPhone an iPhone. Steve Jobs mentored Larry Page and Sergey Brin, they even wanted Jobs to be CEO of Google…only to stab him in the back.

    5. No wonder he rubbished Bill Gates who helped Apple out financially many years ago when Apple would have ceased to exist.

    – YES, he mocked Microsoft’s lack of humanity and claimed that Microsoft “just didn’t get” the original Mac enough to copy it properly. Jobs also spoke about Gates in one of his interviews, describing him as wealthy but questioning whether that was his aim. “Bill ended up the wealthiest guy around, and if that was his goal then he achieved it.”
    Bill Gates didn’t help Apple financially, he INVESTED in Apple….there’s a difference here, don’t twist words. There is a big difference between HELP and INVEST. You can’t invest $150 million in a company you don’t believe in. Even Bill Gates knew Apple will be great. Just because i don’t like Aliko, it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t buy Dangote shares. http://news.cnet.com/2100-1001-202143.html

    6. No wonder he vowed to crush Samsung with legal suits when Tim Cook advised him to the contrary.

    – Because Samsung steals ideas from making hardware s for apple. Samsung is very tricky….cue in Google and Samsung; just wait and see what happens in the coming months. Samsung will betray Google, mark my word on this.

    7. Look deeper and you even see a more savage mind beyond the veneer of a brilliant tech innovator the world knew. Jobs was anti-human and capitalistic.

    -I think you have grudges against this man, anti human??? What does that mean? If he hates humans, who would buy iPhones? Capitalistic…YES. So is Google, Samsung and every other corporate business entity on the planet. That’s why they want to make profits. Thank God you acknowledge here that he was a brilliant tech innovator.

    8. He sought and delivered his own brand of innovation only to exploit for insane profiteering.

    -Business 101. No be by force to buy Apple if you can’t afford the insane prices. Thank God again,you mentioned he was innovative.

    9.No wonder he stashed Apple’s huge pile of cash outside United States so as to escape paying appropriate corresponding taxes to government.

    -Nothing illegal was done here. If not IRS would have torn Apple apart. He did what he did to save his company cash drain. Good business sense to me.

    10. No wonder he set the Shylock pricing of anything Apple beyond the actual value of Apple devices and beyond the reach of many people.

    -Marketing 101. Like I said, see answer to 8 above.

    11. No wonder Apple don’t believe in philanthropy and giving back to humanity from the obscene profits Apple make. Jobs once criticized Bill Gates for being a philanthropist.

    – I for one feel it’s stupid for someone to go to an orphanage home to give out items, only to take fancy pictures and put on facebook for the world to see your generosity. Just because Steve Jobs does not publicly issue statements of his generosity, does not mean he doesn’t give out. That’s his personality.

    12. In Nigeria, Apple contribute nothing to our society by way of CSR or employment opportunities as Nokia, Samsung, LG, etc do. Do Apple even care about Africa, nay Nigeria? Some Nigerian business persons just import their devices and sell to Nigerians. Apple have not invested in our economy in any way.

    – Now lets be clear, just because Fiat S.p.A has not invested in our economy, it doesn’t mean I can not own a Ferrari 458 Italia if I can afford it. I can not be forced to buy Hyundai Accent just because Hyundai employ Nigerians. Apple has no corporate presence in Nigeria, not yet, so how can they implement CSR initiatives?

    13. Nokia have corporate presence here in Nigeria and they employ many Nigerians while they do random promos to give back to society. Samsung have corporate presence in Nigeria and they employ lots of Nigerians, do generous promos constantly and have also established a Samsung Engineering Academy in Lagos and Ekiti States respectively. They were even co-sponsors of the recent AFCON where the Super Eagles did us proud. What about LG, SONY, Motorola, Huawei, ZTE and even TECHNO? They all also have corporate presence in Nigeria and employ Nigerians while doing promos from time to time. Apple by proxy only take our money away without giving any back. One cannot begrudge those who buy Apple devices to meet their needs and fancies, but I like to see the big picture. By the way, options and choices are good and make life exciting.

    -you said it and I quote…again “By the way, options and choices are good and make life exciting”. Good thing Apple adds to your exciting life, how cool can that be? See 12 above to buttress my point here.

    14. In all, Jobs was known not to forgive offenders. He was as vindictive as they come. He was mean to junior Apple employees. They dreaded him like Jews would dread a Hitler.

    Exaggeration wont help. In the corporate world, there’s an adage that goes “management na style”. Good thing, Jobs didn’t slap employees or insults their fathers. He never abused any employee, if not, law suits would have been flying around. Don’t mistake wickedness with being strict. His strictness, meticulousness and eye for detail is what makes Apple products stand out from the rest. Besides, that’s a corporate environment, his management style worked for him so also, Tim Cook’s style of management works for him.

    15. Worse, Jobs never even forgave his own father and carried that bile to the grave.

    Not true, Steve Jobs never had grudges against his father who raised him till his death. He reached out to his BIOLOGICAL father, Abdulfattah Jandali, before he died. Here.

    16. The above Jobs complex sums up the core personality setup of Apple, iOS and its devices. They are necessary evils some must have and others can do without.

    – so just because you can’t send photos via Bluetooth, makes an Apple device evil? Great analysis by the way, like you said, some must have and others can do without. We now know where we all belong.

    Finally, about why Steve Jobs hates Android, please read this

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