Apple v. Android: Fight of the Century

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Apple v. Android: Fight of the Century

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Pro-Apple: Samuel Hernandez

Many people despite Apple products, but do they really know how good they are? Let’s start with the latest device that was recently updated, the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 Plus takes amazing photos, it has a 12MP wide angle and a telephoto cameras, with a wide angle f/1.8 aperture; telephoto f/2.8 aperture creating a depth effect like DSLR’s would do. These cameras show you a live view of the blur in real time while professional DSLR’s don’t. This is the very first iPhone to have a pressure sensitive home button, lacks a headphone jack and has dual speakers. The reason why Apple decided to make these changes is because it makes the device splash, water, and dust resistant. There is also one major color, Jet Black or know as shiny black. This new color goes into a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process.

The next product is the iPad Pro 9.7” with Retina Display. This is the first iPad with four speakers, True Tone Flash, 4K Video Recording, Retina Front Facing Flash and a Smart Connector. Having a larger device with four speakers makes this device have the greatest potential. It changes everything. There is no need for a Bluetooth speaker because the device is naturally loud. Also, having the same flash from the iPhone 7 and a Retina Flash, making them one of the most advanced iPad ever created. Also having the capability to record a 4K video on an iPad is revolutionary, changing everything.

The latest software, iOS 10, is the most advanced software for these two devices. The iPad Pro 9.7” takes advantage of its screen, with a new feature: Split Screen, which lets the user run two apps at the same time. Both devices have the capability to send messages how you say it by changing the message bubble look. You can also handwrite your message, which it will animate, just like ink flows on a sheet of paper. Also, iMessage has animations that you can include in your message and an invisible ink feature that remains hidden. The receiver has to swipe to reveal the content. You can also send stickers, tap a word to replace it with an emoji, and play games with people, all from the messages app. The Maps app makes it easier for the device to familiarize you with frequent locations by letting you know how long it will take you to get there, as well as the current traffic condition. When traveling on the road, you can now search for gas, food, or coffee without having to stop the driving directions; just add it on your route. iPhones have a new raise-to-wake feature: you can just pick up your phone to wake it up. Notifications are now richer, they show you more content and have quicker ways to respond straight from the lock or notification screen.

You can finally use Apple Pay on the web. Apple Pay is the most secure way to pay at retail stores and certain apps. Now that we have the capability to shop online and use Apple Pay, shopping is more secure to the consumer because they know their Credit Card information is secured. The biggest change that several users are enjoying is the multilingual keyboard, giving you the freedom to type in two languages at the same time. The last feature is the Universal Clipboard. This lets you copy text, pictures, or video from any of your iOS or OS X devices and paste it to another device.

“Your privacy always comes first. That’s why iOS 10 uses on-device intelligence to identify the people, objects, and scenes in Photos, and power QuickType suggestions. And when you do share sensitive data with Apple for services like Siri and Maps, it’s always encrypted and never used to build user profiles.” -Apple, Inc.


Pro-Android: Cyrus Mahdavi

Phones are a humongous part of 21st Century life. They are not only used for communication, but as tools for school, work, and personal means. Calling them the most important invention of this millennia would be an understatement. The two most popular phone operating systems of the era are Android and iOS (iPhones). Although they’re both extremely advanced, their philosophies are completely different. Openness or security? A reliable but bland experience, or a customizable but incalculable experience? You should choose the more open, customizable, and featureful experience. With Android, you get to choose your phone with whatever features you want, not what features Apple wants you to have.

Android’s best feature can be described in one word: customizability. You can completely change your entire home and lock screen experience and theme just by installing an app, something that cannot be changed without jailbreaking an iPhone and voiding its warranty. The icon size, amount of icons, and position of icons can be completely changed. You can even completely delete icons from your home screen, knowing that they will always be present in the app drawer, a permanent folder that holds all apps. Icons also don’t have to have the “rounded square” look, they can be in whatever shape the app developer chooses. If you don’t believe me, try googling “Nova Launcher”.

One of the most untrue and rampant rumours that I’ve heard is “iPhones have better cameras than Android.” This is disproven by DXOMark’s camera test, where the iPhone 7 scored 86/100 and the Samsung Galaxy s7 scored 88/100. Another popular rumour is “iPhones are built better.” Remember the iPhone 6 and the cheap metals used that caused it to bend? Just try bending a Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge. “There are too many phones to choose from. I just want something that works.” Buy a Pixel, a phone designed by Google themselves.

One of the most visible features on the iPhone that is lacking is the display. The display on the iPhone 7 is 1334 pixels by 750 pixels, while the display on the galaxy s7 is 2560 pixels by 1440 pixels, which makes pictures and videos appear much clearer and sharper. The Samsung Galaxy s7 also has an AMOLED display, which means it can shut off individual pixels when they would be displaying black to save battery life and make darker colors seem more real. One of the iphone’s most “innovative” features, waterproofing, was taken from the Galaxy s7 Edge. The dual camera module? LG G5. The dual speakers and raise to wake? Moto X Pure. Do you know what all of the previously listed phones have? A headphone jack.

iPhones lack mostly in the features department. For example, iphones have never had an ir blaster (TV remote), wireless charging, quick charging, micro sd expansion, home screen widgets, removable battery, multiple users, customizable quick settings, file system access, dedicated back button, multi-window support, tap to transfer photos, smart lock, and double press home button to open camera. But Android’s best feature is uniqueness. The uniqueness of the range of phones available, and the possibilities of what you can do with an android phone are each insanely more vast than what the iPhone offers altogether.

When it comes to company ethics, Google wins by far. As a company, Google is much more transparent than Apple. Money and privacy are the only thing that apple cares about. Apple has been accused of purposely slowing down their older phones in updates to influence buyers to buy a new phone. They care about the privacy of their products so much that Foxconn, the maker of Apple products, tortured an employee because under his watch, an iPhone 5 prototype got stolen and/or lost. The employee killed himself by jumping out of a 12 story building. Apple will do anything to cut costs and make more money as humanly possible. For example, they removed the headphone jack from the new iPhone, and then they release a pair of $160 air pods. Their explanation for removing the headphone jack? Courage. The definition of courage means taking risks, not forcing customers to give you more money. It costs approximately $220 for Apple to make an iPhone 6S Plus 120GB, while it retails for $950. These profit margins may seem small, but for a technology company they are huge. For Samsung, it costs $300 to make a Galaxy s6 where it retails for $800. These low costs come at the expense of inhumane working conditions. As reported by the BBC, some Apple employees working at the Pegatron factory can work up to 16 hour shifts manufacturing the at the time unreleased iPhone 6. In 2010, when 14 workers killed themselves. Instead of improving worker conditions, Apple added nets outside the 1st floor dorms. Apple is worth over $700 billion, so improving worker conditions in their Chinese factories will cost them next to nothing. While on the subject of costing apple next to nothing, Apple is notorious for evading taxes. Recently, they were ordered to pay 14$ billion to settle evaded back taxes. They have also been caught blackmailing the US government to tax them only 9%, which is insanely small for a company their size.

Despite Apple’s terrible ethics and overpriced products, they do have some advantages that Android doesn’t have. Their reliability is unparalleled (unless you jailbreak) and the messenger app is great. I would only recommend an iPhone if you have money to spare and you just want something that works. In conclusion, Androids have superior features, customizability, choice, and are more ethical. But the choice is yours, if you want the superior experience or not.

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