When it comes to cell phone operating systems, the debate between Android phones and IPhones continues across the globe. While some prefer Android to IOS – the latter is said to have more apps and overall capabilities. Is this, however, really true when it comes to overall functionality and performance? In addition, aren’t the Android OS phones easier to manage and cost much less than the latest iPhone? Only the consumer can truly answer these questions since they are the ultimate buyers and judges. With this in mind, we have scoured the Web in search for many opinions, perceptions and even facts on this age-old question: Which is better – the Android or iPhone?

Access to More Apps

If you are opting to buy a new smartphone this year, there are several pros and cons associated with Android and iPhones. With iPhones, however, you do get access to the latest and better functioning apps. This includes games, sports, weather, and especially social media applications. While Android is closing that advantage by tapping into new apps as well – the fact is that there are simply more apps that reach iPhones first. There are also more features as well – for example: new Snapchat and Spotify features come to IPhone before Android devices.

OS Updates

It is said that IPhone owners also have access to quicker and regular IOS updates. This is true no matter which carrier they use (Sprint, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, etc.). However, Android does have a slight edge on this scenario in older phones since they can deliver updates to phones that are over 18 months old. This means that you can still get the latest Android update even if you’ve owned your existing phone for over a year and six months. If your phone, however, is older than 18 months – you will have to buy a new Android device for the latest OS and updates. Android updates, however, can take much longer than IPhone IOS when it comes to iPods, IPads, and other devices outside of your phone.

Media Uploads and Device Compatibility

Android is said to offer better compatibility for media uploads to other devices. This includes iPods, along with iPads and even traditional desktops and laptops. Not only are the drivers easier to load for transferring photos, video and voice, they instantaneously update themselves to correlate with your existing OS (Windows 7, Windows 10, Mac, etc). Your outsourced device, however, must have at least one USB port available for maximum speed transfers.

While the IPhone also offers the same feature, critics have reported some issues with basic media transfers. However, the IPhone is better equipped to flow smoothly from one device to the other. This includes syncing photos, along with answering calls directly on your IPad. While the verdict is still out, these are but a few comparisons between the Android and IPhone devices. You will, of course, have to judge for yourself based on your immediate needs and which phone can meet them in a timely and precise manner.