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  • Last Updated : 10 Nov, 2022
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The expression “iOS vs Android” adds fuel to fire, between two groups who put too much of pecuniary as well as emotional investment into their phone’s operating system. But then, at the end of the day, who is the best? Here, I will try to compare two of the most in vogue operating systems for phones on the basis of how they perform on some very basic features/tasks:

  • Multitasking: Both the operating systems take different directions in their approach towards Multitasking. In the latest Android update, the most recently used apps are laid out, as if someone flipped a deck of cards backwards and sprayed them across a table while in iOS, you don’t get to see as many previously used apps so it may happen that you need to swipe a lot in search for a specific app.
  • Security: The latest iOS has built-in TouchID Fingerprint sensor, with which we can easily cruise past the annoying but necessary lockscreens.TouchID is by far the most robust option for quickly unlocking your device while making it difficult for thieves to do so. While Android also has a bunch of locking mechanisms like Face Recognition, Maze Lock, PINs,etc but none can be compared with the Fingerprint lock. iOS wins this race.
  • Personal Assistant: iOS has Siri, an intelligent personal assistant. No assistant can be compared with her. Period.
  • Customization: Android is designed to be customizable. Pick how many homescreens you want, change the themes and install widgets. You can even make Android look like the iOS. But if we talk of iOS, the same is not true. Without a shadow of doubt, Android is a step ahead.
  • Application Management: Android is pretty good in app management since it very well knows the line of till where the user should be allowed to mess. You can force quit, uninstall, clear cache and make you own default apps. But you dont have the option of clearing cache or making an app a default one for iOS. Android, hands down!!
  • Typing: Android’s stock keyboard is still better than the iOS which doesn’t display vital punctuations on the same screen. Also, a new feature called the Swipe Gesture is an important feature of Android. Android bags this one.
  • Maps: Google Maps is being used on both the platforms but it’s used natively on Android. When AppleMaps was first released, there were a plethora of bugs with it’s service and many users reverted back to Google Maps, available for download on the App Store. Android is clearly better.
  • Contacts: iOS’s contacts are harder to navigate through, while the ones of Android seems like a cake walk. Favorite Contacts are smartly laid out on the basis of how frequently you are in contact with a person.
  • Search: This is one of the prime feature of the latest iOS update. Wherever you are, just swipe down and search bar sneeks through. iOS clearly stands tall.
  • Software Updates: We all know how good iOS is on rolling out new updates and how painful it can be, waiting for updates for an Android device, you’re lucky if you get them in a phone’s lifetime.
  • Stability and Performance: The waters are muddied by the multitude of Android handsets and older iPhones on the market. The latest data from Crittercism points to a crash rate of 2.26 percent on iOS 8 and 2.2 percent on Android 5.0—on balance it’s perhaps fair to say that iOS and Android both run very smoothly on the latest hardware.


  1. Manufacturers of mobile phones are not compared in this article, but just two operating systems. 
  2. The comparison is based on the latest iOS 8.4.1 update and Android Lollipop.
  3. Hardware features are also not compared, since may vary from one Android phone to other.
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