iPhone or Android? Which one is right for me?

April 15th, 2016

There is no wrong one to go with. Each have their distinct advantages and weaknesses. The bigger question (and something you might not have thought of yet) is what “ecosystem” are you invested in? Meaning, which platform have you invested more of your time and money? Let’s look at the ecosystem more in depth.

Android (found on most Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, and other phone manufactures)

Google’s Android operating system pulls data from Google Play, an “all in one” stop shop for books, movies, TV shows, music, apps, games, etc. Additionally, your Gmail (or Google account) is not just for email, as it can also save contacts and calendar entries to it. Gmail has a set amount of storage with it in which the content from Google Play can be saved to. The point is, all of this content is centered around a Google account, and can be pulled up anywhere your Google account can be accessed – this includes Android phones, Android tablets, Chromebooks, Macs and Windows PC’s.

iOS (found on iPhones and iPads)

Apple’s ecosystem is centered on iTunes and iCloud. iTunes is what allows you to access content like music, books, movies, podcasts, and ringtones. iCloud is what allows your content (such as contacts, calendars, notes, photos, etc.) to be backed up so that you never lose it. The two services can be pulled up and share information across multiple devices, including iPhones, iPods, iPads, Apple TV’s, and Mac computers.

Let’s compare the two:

iOS (iPhones, etc) App Android (Samsung, etc) App
Contacts, Calendars, Notes iCloud/Email Gmail/Google Account/Email
Photo/Video backup iCloud Photos App
Download apps and games App Store Play Store App
Purchase music:

Play music:

iTunes Store App

Music App

Play Store App

Play Music App

Purchase movies/TV shows:

Play movies/TV shows:

iTunes Store App

Movies App

Play Store App

Play Movies App

Purchase books/magazines:

Read books/magazines:

iBooks App

iBooks App

Play Store App

Play Books/Play Newstand Apps

Socialize with friends in games: Game Center App Play Games App


Which is best for you? You decide that. The questions you might want to ask yourself can include:

  • What platform do you like better?
  • Which platforms does your family and friends use (this can make sharing content easier)?
  • What products do you use and can those products interact with the platform of your choice?

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