Is there really that much of a difference between iPhone’s iOS and Android? This is a question that seems to come up a lot in the iPhone repair business, and it’s more than just a simple yes or no. They are both based off of Linux, well Android uses Linux and iPhone’s iOS uses Unix.
Which came first the chicken or the egg?
Unix actually came before Linux, but Linux is a clone made from scratch of Unix. So are the operating systems on the phone that different? Yes, and no once again. While they are visually different, you could make a version of iOS user interface that looks like the Android Linux kernal. Unix is used for commercial use, and Linux is open sourced, and is mainly used for servers, but you can turn your iPhone into a mini server. The difference really comes down to the command line. You can give “super user” capabilities in both phones, but how you do it is different.
Now that you know the operating systems of the phones are basically the same, lets move on to physical appearance. The phones operating systems are different in look, and usability. The real difference is in the screen, and the fact that iPhones do not contain widgets. The apps on the iPhone are squares, and cannot be expanded. Android phones allow you to expand the apps into widgets, and stream data on the screen. The android also has Home, Menu, Back, and more buttons on the screen, but the iPhone only has the home button. The iPhone has the capabilities to close apps running in the background, and the android makes you download an app for that. I guess Apple doesn’t have an app for that…
All in all they are both great phones. One think that really needs to be noted is, that iPhone screen repair is cheaper than most android screen repairs. iPhone screen repairs start at $120, and seem to be industry standard. Android digitizers are usually much more than $120 dollars just for the part. All of the other parts that are inside the iPhone can be easily replaced by a trained technician. While most android repairs can be handled with ease also, there seems to be a lot more to take apart on most models to repair broken screens.
This is something about the Apple phones that need to be noted as well. The iPhone in general has continued to become “slicker” as new models have come out. Now the iPhone 5 or whatever you want to call it has yet to be released, so the question of,”Will that model match the current Apple product trend?” has yet to be answered. One argument to this statement is that the design for the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 4S has a Gorilla Glass back. Any cell phone with glass on the back is going to be slick, but manufactures have also decided to make colored-mirror-digitizers that allow you to customize your phone in the color of your choice. This is a great advantage to all of those iPhone owners who want to customize their phones. There also seems to be more iPhone accessories than there are Androids, but there is also a simple answer for that too. There are way more Android phones on the market than the 5 generations of the iPhone. This makes it easier for all of the accessory manufacturers to make accessories for the iPhone.
In the end it all comes down to preference, and being an Android user at one time, it was a hard move to the iPhone. Once the facts presented themselves on operating systems, accessories, and functionality the choice to stay with the iPhone was a no brainer.