Are you an Android fan? Or are you a fan of the iPhone? Well, both Android and iPhone are great smartphones. They have different features, pros, and cons depending on the user’s requirement. But sometimes we find ourselves struggling to understand which smartphone is better. Is it Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy or HTC one or Sony Xperia..etc? So to clear all the confusion here is the list of top 9 Android myths Apple lovers believe about their beloved iPhones, but Android fans consider myths about their favorite OS :).
Myth- Android Phones Are low quality and Cheap!
One of the first most common misconceptions about Android phones is that it’s cheap and inexpensive. this myth is not just a remark on the affordability of Androids but rather a dig at the quality of the devices.
While the truth is some Android phones come in a wide range of budgets. From some really cheap ones to the Flagship devices like the just-launched Samsung Galaxy Fold 4, which costs over $1800. Android, as an ecosystem, covers a vast range of price points. There is practically an Android phone for just about any customer. Whatsoever their budget may be.
It would be unfair to make a blanket statement like “Android phones are cheap.” In my opinion, there should be a fair comparison between devices to determine their true worth. If we are looking at the most premium device from the Apple ecosystem, then to be fair we should also look at the flagship device from the Android ecosystem as well.
Some Android phones may be cheaper and some may even be more expensive than Apple mobiles.
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Myth- Android Is Full of Viruses
The second most common myth is that Android phones are full of viruses and malware.
However, in reality, the situation is not as black and white as it may seem to be.
Considering the range of budgets that it caters to, and the fact that a vast number of mobile companies use it all over the world, Android has far far more reach than Apple does. There are more users for Android than there are for Apple. Being more popular obviously will lead to you being targeted. After all, it makes more sense to deploy a virus for the billions of users who use Android than it does for Apple users.
Here Android could be compared with Windows. Just as Windows users are more targeted with viruses and malware compared to macOS, simple because of the more number of users actually using it. Similarly, Android too is targeted with more viruses and malware because of how popular it is.
However, this shouldn’t really be a concern, Just be smart about using your device and you should be good to go. Adopting best practices like only downloading trusted apps from the play store and not visiting any suspicious websites should be sufficient for an average user like you and me.
In fact, you don’t even need an antivirus for your Android mobile.I have a zillion apps installed on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and with no antivirus, it’s still going as strong as ever.
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Myth- Close All Apps on Android
When the Android OS was in its infancy during the initial years, it was very common and even recommended to “Close All” apps that were running in the background. People genuinely thought that closing apps running in the background would improve performance and also increase the battery life of their mobile.
However, now with the OS maturing and a better and more efficient version of the OS existing, there is now no need to close background apps at all. In fact, Android automatically deploys measures to control its CPU processing power and will close or even offload apps that it deems to be resource hungry.
In fact, just like IOS, closing frequently used apps may actually use more battery life. As it requires more processing power to start an app again than it does to resume it from its paused state.
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Myth- Android Is More Complicated Than iOS
Another Android myth is that this OS is far more complicated than IOS and thus more difficult to use.
This Android myth can again be traced back to the early days. At that time iOS was a very straightforward OS and would just work. While Android was still trying to find its feet. Android being an open source software, allowed many tweaks by users, this led to the widespread belief that it’s a generally more complicated system than IOS and you need to be tech-savvy to use it.
This is very similar to Linux vs Windows. However, it just does not hold true anymore.
Android can be as simple as you want it to be yet it holds the potential for effectively customizing every single feature of your phone experience if you are tech-savy enough to want to make it do so.
At the end of the day, the choice is yours. However, what is important here, is that you have a choice. Unlike in IOS.
Myth- Android Is Ugly
Apple iPhones are generally considered to be a premium products and aesthetically pleasing, both in the software and hardware. However, Android is looked down upon as being ugly. In present times, this Android myth holds no water.
I can agree that iPhones are well designed and are a beautiful product. But this is relative. Are they really all that beautiful or are they a product of genius marketing? On one hand, iOS has remained largely the same since it launched in 2007 while Android has always been the one to introduce new features and adopt new technology.
At the end of the day, I think it’s all about personal choice. You may or may not like Android over IOS. But at least Android gives you a choice of personalization that definitely IOS does not give.
Myth- Android is full of Bloatware
Well, depending upon the company, this is at least partially true. You see, since Android offers so many budget phones also, one way that companies make up for the low entry price is by preinstalling apps that have been funded by sponsors or advertisers.
This scenario definitely holds true for the budget android mobiles. However, the minute we start talking about a higher price point or flagship devices, this becomes moot.
A classic example would be the Google Pixel series. Since Google itself has no advantage in preinstalled third-party apps, the overall experience is very smooth and in some ways much better than Apple’s.
Myth- Android Phones Aren’t as Secure as iPhones.
Android mobiles are as secure as Apple iPhones.
Android smartphones have been criticized for being insecure. This is because of the number of apps on Android devices that are not under the control of Google and are instead developed by third parties.
Apple’s iOS platform is considered to be more secure than Android because it has tighter controls over what apps can do on a device and only lets certain applications access sensitive data like your location or contacts.
With that said, both platforms have their security issues.
Android Offers less Support and Upgrades
Yes, Android mobiles offer less support and upgrades as compared to Apple iPhones.
That being said, let’s look at why is this exactly so.
You can get an Android smartphone for around $150 and a new iPhone for about $800 starting.
The main reason for this is that Apple has its own operating system (OS), which is designed to work on specific hardware, like the iPhone or iPad. Android is based on Linux, which means it can be used on any device that has a processor and a memory card slot. It’s also open source, which means you can customize it if you want — but most people don’t bother with that unless they’re really into hacking their phones.
So, since Android is offered by any other company, it really boils down to the price point and the company. You will generally have more support and more years of software upgrades on premium flagship devices than you can expect on a $150 budget mobile.
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Android is laggy and not as smooth as IOS
This myth why being true in certain aspects classifies all Android phones in the same bracket. Just like we mentioned earlier, Android phones cover a whole range of price points. To make the phone cheaper and more budget-friendly, companies often preinstall third-party apps which are sponsored. Or, they may perhaps run Ads on the lock screen to generate a second source of revenue.
Companies will also often add on their own layer of UI or skin to make the user experience unique.
Android, in its pure form, for eg the Google Pixel, is a lean OS and in various aspects far more feature friendly and smooth than IOS.
To wrap it up
There is no denying that IOS has some advantages over Android, but when you get down to the facts, most of the myths and perceptions that people believe to be true really just melt away. If you’re a developer looking to make apps for Android, you now know what you can and cannot do with it. For the average user, you have the choice to make Android as complicated or as simple as you want to.
Remember it’s the choice that matters. It’s better to have it and not use it than to not have it at all.
oily · August 30, 2022 at 4:27 am
Hi therｅ! I know this is sort of off-topic however I had to ask.
I have been on android since starting, my trusty Samsung has always stayed by my side. Now I am thinking of upgrading to iPhone 13 pro. How difficult would it be to switch over from android to iPhone?
Please let me know if yoᥙ Thankyou!