Mobile Wars

August 22, 2016

We had a great time chatting about cell phone tech in our Android vs iPhone episode.

Most of us were happy with their phones in their current state, but the battery life seemed to be a general contention among the group.

Smartphone Battery Chart

Cell phone battery life can be dramatically increased (while continuing to shrink in size), thanks to the Gen 3 Li-Metal technology. Qichao Hu is an MIT alumni and now the CEO of SolidEnergy.  Hu says that the ion capacity will increase so much so that the battery life will double.

As you know, life is full of choices. While there isn’t a clear answer what one should select, it all comes down to personal preference.
While both platforms have a digital camera, and use the whole touch interface (swipe and tap) they are very much different as they are the same. Users of Apple iOS find their device easy to use, straight forward, and very little configuration needed.

Apple uses the iTunes desktop app for cataloging music and video, and has been hailed as being the best solution for organizing media. Also, since Apple creates both the hardware and software for its devices, users tend to realize a more seamless experience. Google’s Android OS, on the other hand, is available on a number of handheld devices and is completely configurable with all kinds of mods (without having to jailbreak or root).

Mobile SecurityApple’s iOS is a more secure platform than Android, but that doesn’t mean it’s better. With that in mind, use of Android does translate to extra care with security and privacy, including virus protection -especially when you initiate the developer mode. Android was originally released September 2008, and uses a Linux environment. The early versions of Android were known to be unstable and tricky to configure. Fast forward to some years later and the OS runs smooth, while being far more user friendly. Apple iOS was originally released July 2007, and uses a OS X Unix environment. It’s ease of use, stability, and simplistic design is definitely their strength (along with a cult-like fan base to Apple products).

Mobile phone appsWith respect to apps, Google Play houses about 1.4 million apps and the Apple App Store currently offers about 1 million. Having said that, with Android being open-source, developers are able to create apps which can be installed without being obtained from Google Play. In addition, Android incorporates Google maps, Gmail, and Youtube very well. While each app centre has an impressive selection, either way, many popular apps are available for use on both platforms. Having used both Apple iOS, and now Android, my preference leans toward Android. This is mainly because I can configure it, add apps with ease, and it doesn’t seem so locked down to me. In a sense, it truly is a pocket computer that is an intermediary device to my desktop.

How much further can technology take us and will their be a market-share winner in the mobile space?

Join our conversation as we debate which is better: Android or iOS. Enjoy!

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