Words by Ashton Vogelhuber
For years the iPhone and Android makers have commanded the smartphone market, and it seems like everyone has taken a side.
If you’re new to the smartphone scene, here’s some basic information about what you’ve missed:
Apple iPhones and Android devices have been competing to claim the title as the top-selling smartphone operating system (OS). In the past, iPhone was miles ahead of Android, but Android is quickly gaining ground.
According to the latest sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Apple’s iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6s made up 31.3 percent of smartphones sold at the end of 2016 in the US, making them the three most popular smartphones. Right behind the iPhones were Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with Samsung making up 28.9 percent of sales.
One reason Android devices are picking up the pace compared to the iPhone is its price. According to its website, Android’s 128GB OnePlus 3T costs $479 and Apple’s 128GB iPhone 7 Plus costs $869. This creates a large price difference between these smartphones with similar capabilities.
Why would users buy the pricey Apple smartphones instead of opting for the cheaper Android devices? It’s all about what you’re familiar with.
Courtney Gardner, a sophomore majoring in hospitality management, likes iPhones because they’re hands-on and easy to use.
“I like how it connects with all of my other technology, like it’s all in one,” Gardner says. “When I’m working on homework, I can easily answer a text message through my computer or answer a phone call.”
Matthew Allen, a web developer for 216 Digital, thinks it depends on the type of user. Allen likes the general accessibility that comes with Android devices and being able to uninstall and install whatever he wants.
“It’s a lot easier if you’re building apps to get things onto Androids,” he says. “With iPhones, you have to pay a fee and they’re really strict, which is good for some people who really know what they’re doing, but if I just want to build an app and test it I still have to pay that fee.”
Allen thinks that Android is developing new tech at a quicker pace than Apple, especially in the virtual reality field.
“Android is allowing virtual reality to become more accessible and so far Apple hasn’t set anything,” Allen says. “I think the more people that have access to a smartphone, the easier it is to get them to do something like virtual reality and then upgrade to a bigger system later on.”
At the finish line, it’s a tie. Both Android and iPhone devices provide users with a great piece of technology that will get the job done. It’s up to you to take a side in this smartphone war.
Ashton Vogelhuber is the technology reporter for The Burr.