Comparing iPhone to Android

January 16, 2020

When a customer comes in and asks what the differences are between iPhone and Android operating systems, what do you tell them?

The answer may depend on the way you – or your sales staff – personally lean and the brand they prefer. However, a better sales pitch includes a detailed list of the differences between the two brands so the customer can make the decision for themselves, based on their own needs. By presenting them with a thoughtful, researched answer, you’re able to establish trust, making it more likely they’ll become a lifetime customer.

So, for the sake of the repeat customer, here are some of the major differences between Android and iPhone operating systems: 

Android operating systems are Linux based and operate a lot more like a PC than a Mac computer. If your customers are already familiar with one of those operating systems for their laptop or tablet use, this may inform their choice of which type of phone to get, especially if they aren’t very technologically savvy. 

Although the iOS from Apple is considered to be more user friendly, Android operating systems allow for a lot more customization. Plus, the Android operating system is available on a number of different smartphone makes and models, unlike the iOS, which is only used for iPhones, iPads and other Mac devices. Android operating systems are available in more than 100 languages, while iPhone only supports 34 languages. 

It’s easier to download files to an Android operating system via a USB drive with the Android file transfer desktop app. File transfer is available via airdrop on iPhones, however this only works to transfer to and from other devices with the Apple iOS. 

As far as security is concerned, Android has regular monthly security updates, which is necessary due to the amount of leeway there is with third party app use. In contrast, the iOS has less frequent security updates, but they aren’t necessary because any apps in the Apple app store have already adhered to strict security and design guidelines. 

An iPhone has a lot of high-end integrated apps, such as FaceTime, iTunes and more. However, the only apps available are via the Apple App Store; an iPhone would need to be jailbroken to use other app stores and other apps. This limit does not apply to Android phones. On the flip side, Android users may have many more app choices, but iPhone apps are more regulated, making them potentially safer.

Although many of these features cast Android in a better light, iPhones have another feature that helps with security: if a user tries to take a screenshot of to a saved password in settings, the username will show but the password field will remain blank. 

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