10 iOS features that beats Android

10 Features where iOS outperforms android

There are two kinds of peoples. The One who uses iPhone and the other who uses Android. Both have their own uniqueness. One can do something that others can’t. Users at both the end would be asking this kind of questions to each other.

Which is better Android or iPhone?

Is iOS better than Android?

Is iOS more secure than Android?

Here, let’s see 10 features where iOS performs better than Android.

(Note that this includes iOS 13 which is not yet released to the public)

Optimized Battery Charging:

In iOS 13, Apple added a feature called Optimized Battery Charging. At the bottom, it increases the battery life of the iPhone. It uses machine learning to track your behavior of charging and adopts your iPhone to charge the battery in a more efficient way.

It tracks your routine charging cycle and pauses charging at  80% and begins it to complete the remaining 20% before you pick up your iPhone.

Read here to know more about how the new Optimized Battery Charging works on iOS 13.

Advanced Video Editing:

The video editing capabilities of Google photos on Android is pretty good but iOS 13’s video editing features are extraordinary. You can trim, stabilize and rotate the video on Google Photos and that’s it you can do with it.

But in iOS 13, the video editor enhances the videos by changing the highlights, shadows, exposure, brightness, and contrast just like editing photos. You can also add filters to your videos making them look cooler. And also you can crop the video, flip it, straighten it and do a lot more.

Another underrated feature is that if you mess up your video editing, you can always revert back to original. But this is not the case with Google Photos. Once you saved the video, you can’t get back the original one.

Find Offline device:

Finding the lost devices is present in both the Android and iOS but it’s pretty limited in Android devices. Find my device feature only works if your device is connected to the Internet if it’s not it’s practically useless. But iOS 13 brings the ability to find devices that are offline.

Apple devices send out Bluetooth signals that can be picked up by other Apple devices out there to help you pinpoint your device. For example, if you have iOS 13 and Mac OS Catalina and you lost your offline iPhone nearby.

If you try to find that iPhone, it will send a blue tooth signal to that device and end up with the last known location of that device. And there is also no privacy compromise because all Bluetooth signals sent and received by Apple devices are end-to-end encrypted which means it can be read by no one.

Voice Control:

Android has Google assistant to help you get things done by your voice but iOS 13’s Voice control lets you control your iPhone completely with your voice. You can control each and every option of the iPhone by your voice. You don’t need Siri and network connectivity. It works offline as well.

You can also customize all the controls and you can have voice controls with numbers or item names overlaying which makes it more convenient to command the phone.

Scheduled Dark mode :

You might be wondering Android phones already have a scheduled dark mode but why it is mentioned here as a feature that overtakes Android. Well, Scheduled dark mode is available on Android but not in the stock Android.

Some phone manufacturers like Samsung do bring the scheduled dark mode but the stock one still doesn’t have it. Android Q finally brings a native system-wide schedule. Apple also brings system-wide dark mode with iOS 13 but it has one feature that Android lacks and that is automatic dark mode. In iOS 13, you can set the dark mode to turn on automatically when the Sun sets and you can even set it to turn on and off on a custom schedule.

For Android, you have to enable the dark mode manually through the quick setting or by enabling the battery saver.

Screen time:

Apple brought screen time last year but this year Apple made screen time better. There are obviously new features like parental control limits based on contacts but there’s one thing that is really cool and that’s the ability to set combined app limits.

I know this feature was present in iOS but now you can select the apps in a category. For example, if you want to spend an hour daily on gaming and social media you don’t want to set the limits to individual apps on your iPhone. You can do it by selecting apps by category.

This makes the user more convenient to set the app limits to multiple apps at the same time.

Apple Ecosystem:

Apple makes a lot of devices like the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, Apple watch, Air Pod, Home pod but they also make a lot of software and proprietary technology that combines them all together with airplay, airdrop, and iCloud.

So once they drew you into the ecosystem somewhere with one of their devices and the ecosystem makes you buy another. For Example, if you get an iPhone they can try to lure you to spend more money on other Apple products because they just work so well together.

Once you get a couple of Apple devices, you start to get into their ecosystem. Let’s say you get an iPhone and a MacBook. iMessage works seamlessly with these devices. You start using iMessage and start getting Messages on your phone and then you can reply to them directly on your Mac or even from Apple watch from your wrist.

Another example, you start web browsing on your phone and then you sit down in your Mac and it shows up for you to pick up exactly where you left off in your iPhone. You have iCloud Drive as well so any files on one are always on the other. Even Android has Google drive and Google Chrome and that does work well like Apple’s one. 

You can ask Siri to remind you for something and it’ll put it in the reminders app and it will be synced across all the devices.

So Apple Ecosystem is one of the major reasons for Apple to beat Android in terms of features

Faster Updates:

iPhones are way more updated than any android on the planet earth. As of June 2019, a massive 85% of the iOS devices are running iOS 12. But Google hasn’t published any reports of their latest Android Pie. It took nearly a year for the Android devices to get the latest version.

Android phones manufacture like Samsung, Sony, etc had to drag the android update from Google and optimize it for their respective devices. This takes too long and at the end, users will have to for months to get the update.

But for the apple, they own both the hardware and software so the users will get the update as soon as the apple releases it. 

Best Apps lands on iOS first:

Both iOS and Android have millions of apps in their respective store. But iOS tend to get the best apps first on their platform. The great examples are Instagram and Fortnite.

Instagram was released on October 2010 exclusively for iPhone. Android version was released a whopping 18 months later. Fortnite also took several months to land on Android and that too a Samsung exclusive.

Even games like Super Mario Run and Monument Valley 2 took several months to land on Android after iOS. So now you have an idea what I mean. 

Privacy and Security:

Apple’s biggest talking points early is their bold steps in the interest of protecting their customer’s data even refusing to comply with FBI requests to unlock their customers iPhones while Android is closing the gap.

Here in general iPhones are more secure than Android devices where iPhones deliver consistent hardware-based security like the secure Enclave and the Android hardware-based security varies wildly between manufacturers with some handsets even having been accused of phoning home and providing user information to third parties.

As for the software, base Android is open source which theoretically gives Apple a security advantage over Android because anyone could go in and examine the code for vulnerabilities in practice through the Android that ships on almost any device that you can actually buy have been modified by the manufacturer and those changes are typically not open-source.

Furthermore, the Google Play Store tends to have more malicious apps on it due to loose Submission criteria

These are the 10 features that makes the iPhone a better phone than Android.

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