A Comparison of iOS and Android Features

iOS for Apple phones and Android for Samsung and Huawei, amongst others, can easily be considered the most prominent players when it comes to smartphone software. Die-hard fans of one or the other are reluctant to make the switch from iOS to Android devices and vice versa. As such, we have put together a comparison of some of the main features to help buyers make informed decisions if you are planning on making a switch.

Graphic of Android and Apple phone

Siri vs Google Assistant

The rise of virtual assistants since the launch of Siri in 2011 has been fast, and there are quite a few out there now. Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa are the most popular and prominent, but which one is best? Tests have been done on all, asking the same things, and Google Assistant comes out on top as the most useful and well-rounded virtual assistant.

It has the ability to play interactive games with the user, provides the most accurate information when asked a question and has a better higher context awareness and is a better conversationalist. However, while Siri is limited to iOS, Google Assistant can be used on both iOS and Android.

An Android phone with virtual assistant graphic

App Store vs Google Play

With new apps being released every day, and constant upgrades rolling out, the place to download the apps needs to be efficient and effective for consumer demands. Comparing the two, we can see they both have positive and negatives.

Google Play is more user-friendly, and uses Google search technologies to answer the query; the App Store searches against keywords. Google Play offers a lot more variety of apps, whereas the App Store goes for quality over quantity. You may end up paying more, but the quality of the service the app provides may be better than a similar one you find on Google Play.

Safari vs Chrome

Smartphones offer an internet connection, and that means a web browser is needed. Safari, like Siri, is only available on Apple products, but Chrome can be downloaded. Chrome is the most popular browser used, with a 40% market share, but it does drain battery life. Safari can provide you with an additional hour in comparison. However, Chrome offers a much faster performance, is more user-friendly and has better and more extensions. On the other hand, Safari uses less CPU and RAM than Chrome to accomplish the same tasks.

Safari icons

iMessage Vs Android Messages

Apple took text messaging up a scale when it introduced iMessage to iOS users in 2011, offering an instant messaging service that can send texts, photos, videos, documents, contact information and group messages. Android Messages falls behind in many ways, and Android users are likely to use WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger as their preferred messenger app.

iMessage has end-to-end encryption, enabled by default on iOS devices. Android Messages aren’t encrypted, making it vulnerable. iMessage also allows you to make video calls with FaceTime; Android Messages doesn’t have this, as there is the separate app, Duo, for this. As well as FaceTime, iMessage allows users to integrate other apps, sending files from Dropbox, share Apple Music and share photos from Google Photos or others.

FaceTime vs Google Duo

Video chats have become increasingly popular, connecting people all over the world with a simple call. On iOS, FaceTime is available, and can only be used between Apple devices, but does offer the option of group chat, with the last update allowing for up to 32 people to be on a call. Apple also offers better security.

Google Duo is the latest entry into video chats, but it has already seen a significant rise in users in a small amount of time. The app is simple, getting the job done easily. One highlight of Duo is that is switches between WiFi and mobile data without ending a call, and it also allows users to place a call to both Android and iOS devices.

Girl on a FaceTime call


Many smartphones today have a biometric security feature, from a fingerprint scanner to face recognition. On both Apple and Android phones, the fingerprint scanners are reliable and quick to recognise, and any scanner or finger will need to be kept clean and dry to work correctly.

For Face ID, iOS pulls ahead, as it is more secure. Only 1 in 1,000,000 faces might be able to fool the Face ID on Apple phones, whereas tests have found four different Android devices were fooled by a 3D printed mask of a users’ face.

Battery and Charging Time

The battery life and the time it takes to charge fully is a major selling point for smartphones, and rival companies are constantly striving to improve. Android phones often have a longer battery life due to being larger in size and have stronger batteries. There are also various features which are designed to identify battery hogs, manage energy consumption and use low-power modes.

Of course, some people can never be swayed from using Apple devices, but being aware of how popular features on other phones operate can help users make a better decision when it comes to investing in a new phone. But remember, no matter what software you are using, your smartphone needs a clear screen protector.

Why not take a look at some of the guides on our blog for keeping your phone safe and secure.

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