I have been a user of Android For 10 years, there has not been a single year that I have used iOS as the main operating system, in fact, I have never used iOS so thoroughly and for so long, and now that I have done so I understand all users much better who prefer the Apple operating system, and above all I realize how careful each one of the things in the Apple ecosystem is.
I do not come here to compare Android and iOS or to say which one is better, because as a user of both operating systems I can tell you that there are things about Android that are wonderful and that in iOS they do not exist or do not work the same, but there are also others that in iOS stand out and on Android they either do not exist or simply do not have the same performance and quality.
What I have come to tell you are the things that I liked about iOS 14 and the iPhone 12 Pro that have put me in an important dilemma about whether the time has come to change the operating system, because the changes are always good and leave a lot of learning. .
The iPhone 12 Pro is a spectacular piece of hardware
In recent years I have been able to get my hands on the best Android phones on the market from brands such as Samsung, Huawei or Xiaomi, equipment that undoubtedly gives a very good feeling in hand and has a spectacular design, however, I think that The iPhone 12 Pro is my favorite phone in the last 2 years when it comes to its design and hand feel.
I do not love such large phones, but on Android, small phones usually do not convince me, so I always end up using the larger screen ones. In the case of the iPhone 12 Pro I have found a device with a relatively small screen but because it is slightly wider I like the feeling in hand better.
To give an example, the “small” screen phone that I liked the most was the Galaxy S20, but despite the fact that the iPhone 12 Pro is only 2.5 millimeters wider it gives me the feeling that it fits better in my hand. Here I only share my experience of use, but this of course will depend completely on the tastes of each user.
On the other hand, the performance when opening applications, switching between them, playing games, taking photos and other normal actions of my day to day feel much better on iPhone, and the power of the A14 Bionic is fully noticeable, however, it is a little unfair that I put the S20 in comparison because to begin with it does not have the Snapdragon 865, but the Exynos 990, and to put processors on an equal footing, it should make a comparison between the A14 Bionic and the Snapdragon 875 (when it is released in 2021).
Here you can see the excellent work that Apple does so that the software and hardware work in harmony and perfection, something that unfortunately cannot be done in Android and that is still difficult to achieve, because no one in Android has total control of the hardware and software as if Apple has it on iOS.
Anyway, I must also admit that despite the fact that the iPhone is faster in almost everything compared to the S20, the difference is not huge either, that is, almost always in iPhone the applications open a couple of seconds before, and Switching between apps feels faster and smoother, but the S20 continues to do a great job even though it’s almost a year since its launch.
Privacy and security is the flag of iOS
Apple does not tire of saying that privacy is a really important issue for them, while in Android we know that it is something very superficial, that is, many companies seem to care, but the reality is considering that Google lives on our data, well It is valid to question whether privacy in Android is really at the level of what Google tells us it is.
Something that I really liked is that Apple automatically changes the keyboard when it comes time to type passwords in an application, or when it knows that the data we are entering is private and cannot end up in the wrong hands. On the other hand, the option to log in with Apple is also very convenient and saves you from having to put your email in services that normally fill your spam tray.
In the privacy settings we also have the option to control in detail everything that services applications can access and remove what we consider unnecessary for their operation, and although Android also has a very similar permission management, it seems to me that in iOS it is a lot broader and clearer the question of privacy and your data.
Apple is a company that closes its operating system and sets rules that any developer must follow in order to publish an application, while on Android you only have to follow certain rules if you want your application to be in the Play Store, otherwise you can create one app and allow users to install it as an unknown source.
This allows the issue of malware in applications to be controlled much better, as Apple reviews each new application publication and also carefully reviews each update, so sometimes an update takes longer to be approved for iOS than on Android but with that it reduces the risk of malware to users.
It is also true that less malware is developed for iOS because the market share is notably lower than that of Android, but even so it is a fact that with all the improvements that Google makes on security, the problem of malware seems to be an issue that it will never end on Android, simply this year we have reported many times that dozens of applications with malware have been found within the Play Store.
Much more polished applications
Something that has surprised me is that many applications look and have more functions on iOS than on Android. For example, Mercado Libre uses Face ID to enter the app, while on Android it doesn’t even ask you to place your finger on the fingerprint reader. WhatsApp has a much better dark mode on iOS than on Android, RememBear (which is the password manager that I use) integrates directly into the keyboard on iOS, so it is easier and more comfortable to remove the password every time I want to log in. on a service, Spotify is very similar to Android but has certain more polished visuals on iOS, and its widget is one of the best things I’ve seen on a phone, whereas on Android the Spotify widgets don’t even have that level of design and functionality.
Those are some examples of the design, but it is constant to see how many applications have some small but important elements that make the user experience better for some users. I think this is mainly due to the fact that on iOS you develop an app that works on 10 or 12 phone models with different screens, but with similar performance, while on Android they have thousands of different models with different performance and capabilities, so It is always difficult to make an app work the same or have no problems on all Android phones on the market.
Of course, in Android the big difference is that there are a greater number of widgets available and a brutal level of customization that makes iOS seem like a child’s thing, but I am sure that there will be many users who prefer a better operation and design in the apps than further customization of the operating system.