7 Things Android Phone does Better Than iPhone

Apple iOS and Google Android are currently the best mobile operating systems. And the gap between the iPhone and Android has narrowed dramatically in recent years. In the past, iPhones were technically superior, and the only reason someone would go for Android was that they could not pay for an Apple device. But today, all the technological gaps between the latest iPhones and the latest Android devices have virtually disappeared. Unarguable, Apple's processors are little engineering wonders and their hardware is excellent. However, the competition is narrow enough to make these differences interesting instead of compelling.

In recent years, I switched between the Android series and a pair of iPhones. Each is amazing on its own qualities. But day after day, I discover that I use those Android devices even more than the iPhone. So, what are the features, big and small, that make me prefer Android? The following are the 7 things Android phone does way better than the iPhone.

  1. You have many choices in Android hardware

When you are shopping for a new smartphone, Apple offers you two hardware options. The present iPhone lineup is available in two sizes, big and bigger, with two price ranges, expensive and very expensive. These gadgets are rarely discounted. On the other hand, the Android series comes with a wide range of sizes, feature sets, shapes, and prizes. Some high-end Android gadgets like Samsung, come with price tags that are similar to those of the new iPhone, but the amazing part is the midrange, where phones like Pixel 3 and OnePlus 7 Pro contest head to head with leading phones costing up to twice its amount.

2. Pinned icons are really useful

With the iPhone, the home screen icons are shortcuts for different applications. If you want to quickly access a particular website, document, or image. You will have to first open the app and then search for it. In contrast, the icons on the Android Home screen may indicate individual items that are not apps. Android home screen has shortcuts to PDF files, Excel workbooks, boarding passes, and others.

3. Android comes with a back button

In the first decade or so, iPhone only had one button, you can press, double-tap, or hold to complete a task. In contrast, the Android system has historically included a row of three soft buttons at the bottom. The Recent and the Home buttons work the same way as the Tap and Double Tap alternatives on the Classic iPhone, however, the Back buttons are unique on both platforms, the apps buttons are gradually vanishing, replaced by a series of gestures, however in Android the concept of dedicated Back function still remains. Application developers have tried all kinds of tricks to replicate this feature in iOS applications.

4. You can clear all notifications with a click

There is a kind of algorithm that controls the display of notifications on iPhone home screen. At times there is a big X which you can click to delete old notifications, sometimes the only way to clear notifications is to do it one at a time. You can as well manage the way notifications are collected and showed on iOS. However, to do this you need to exit notification center by going to Settings, then Notifications.

You can perform both tasks very easy on Android devices. When you scroll to view current notifications, there a Clear All button at the end of the list, and, there is a "Manage Notifications" link that goes directly to the associated page in Settings, where users can customize options for every application. These are small touches; however, they help lessen friction and make daily use much better.

5. The volume control is very flexible

No matter the manufacturer of your mobile device, the up and down volume buttons are on the side. It will also have separate software-based volume controls. But Android and iOS handle these controls in a very different way. On the iPhone, you can adjust the ringer volume separately from other sounds by going to Settings> Sounds and Haptics and turning off the "Change with buttons option. Choose the ringer volume with a button just above the volume controls, but the up and down volume buttons will only affect the system sounds and applications. On the other hand, Android has the ability to allow different volume settings for media, calls, notifications, ringtones, and alarms. This is mainly useful for long trips, where you can mute notifications to not interrupt the music you are listening to.

6. You can change your default browser

On both mobile platforms, browsers use the underlying engine provided by the operating system. The main purpose of using another browser is to save and synchronize tabs, shortcuts, passwords, and history across the devices. On iPhone, you may define Open with settings for each application. Therefore the Gmail app opens the links in Chrome and the Outlook opens in Edge. But you cannot set a browser preference for the entire system. Therefore, if you open a link from another application, it opens in Safari. This is not an issue with Android, thanks to the default application setting, in which you can select the browser you want to use for the links. You can also choose another application to use for SMS, phone calls, voice assistance, and the tap to pay feature, as well.

7. Android has widgets - on the home page

Android and iOS offer a special home page which is available by swiping right, where you can include widgets for quick access to weather forecasts, calendar items, news feeds, and more. On Android phones, you can add widgets to the home screen directly.

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