iPhone vs Android: Debate Among Nigerian Users

by Sulaiman Halima
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IPhone vs android

Over the past few years, there has been a constant comparison between iPhone and Android among Nigerians.

Making a choice between iPhone and Android smartphones requires knowing what features and specifications are most essential to you. 

Below, I highlighted the specifications they each possess, they may guide you to decide what your next phone will be.

iPhone Vs Android: Which is Better?

  1. Price

There’s a clear winner here: Android. If you want a phone at a reasonable price, Android is the answer. 

While it’s honest to say that Apple is not known for manufacturing inexpensive products, high-end Android phones will also set you back a pretty penny these days too.

For example, as we discovered in iPhone 14 Pro vs Samsung S22 Ultra feature, it’s the Samsung that is more expensive.

Arguably you might consider Samsung to provide better value for money, even though it commands a higher price, but it’s still a hefty investment.

So, when it comes to superiorship, both iOS and Android are fairly evenly matched when it comes to price.

  1. Safety

If you’re cautious about the security of your smartphone, iPhone is safer than the Android. This is a result of many security reasons, a few are mentioned below:

a. Apple aids end-to-end encryption in its apps. “End-to-end” implies that a message, for instance, is hurried throughout its journey right from the sending device to the recipient.

Android on the other hand, mainly encrypts during navigation, meaning that messages are secure in transit but may be susceptible to stops.

b. iPhone regulates downloads. However, it is important to note that the iPhone is not exempted from security threats, just that it is less liable to be targeted than Android-based phones.

Read also: Quick ways to track a missing iPhone in Nigeria. 

  1. Resale price

Affordability is not exactly one of the aspects iOS performs better than Android, but when it comes to reselling, Apple has a great market value over others of its mobile rivals.

Generally, iPhones retain their value vastly better than Android products. Meaning you can sell them for more when the time to switch devices comes. Also due to the popularity of iPhones, they usually sell much faster.

  1. AI and voice assistants

There’s no debate about who the champion is when it comes to the comparison between  Google Assistant and Siri, Google Assistant is a thousand miles ahead.

Google Assistant is an outstanding voice interface for Google searches. If you normally utilize Google applications, such as Google Maps, Google Scholar, and others, Google Assistant can make life much easier for you.

Let’s assume you’re going to a place for the first time and you don’t seem to find your way Google maps will lead you. Cool right?!..

Siri might have been the first in the market, but still, it’s pretty basic. It’s pleasant for instant answers to questions, but it’s not much of an artificially intelligent assistant.

  1. Battery life and charging

It is difficult to judge the battery life because Android phone prototypes vary from one another. From my perspective, not all but mostly with Samsung, Google, and Motorola phones, Android phones don’t require charging as often as iPhones.

Your charging may differ, so let’s call this an equilibrium. It’s a draw,  depending on the phone in hand and how you use it.

Read also: How to track a stolen android phone in Nigeria. 

  1. Integration 

A lot of people use a tablet, system, or smartwatch in addition to their smartphone. Apple gives these sets of people a better-integrated experience.

Because Apple creates computers, tablets, watches, and the iPhone, it gives features that Android may not.

Features such as using your iPhone as a control system for your Apple TV can hardly be found on Android devices. Also, the ability to unlock your iPhone or MacBook with an Apple Watch and so on.

Though there are Google services like Gmail, Drive, Google Maps, etc., that function across every Android, androids have no combined cross-device experience except your tablet, phone, watch, and computer are all created by a similar company.

Not too many companies other than Samsung make products in all of those categories.

  1. Self-repair

When using an iPhone, self-repair is difficult, if not impossible. You are going to require the necessity to carry your device to a service provider or Apple Store. 

Android manufacturers, on the other hand, make their devices user-serviceable. DIY fixes are possible when using Android.

  1. Cameras and lenses

Well, if you ask me which is better for photography between iPhone and Android, I’d say there is no clear winner.

However, it’s fair to say that with iOS, while you do get those Portrait, Night, and Macro modes, there’s very little else in the way of anything “special” or unusual, unlike some androids.

Some Android phones offer you extra good within the native camera app to explore.

Therefore, it is worth reviewing the specifications of any particular device and its native camera app to discern if it has any specific modes which incredibly appeal to you.

Overall, iPhone and Androids are reasonably well-matched when it comes to the number of cameras/lenses each includes.

Read also: Top 10 best smartphones to buy in 2023. 

  1. Megapixels

Until lately, this would have been a win for the Androids. But due to the recently released iPhone 14 Pro, Apple has finally been seen to stride ahead of the 12-megapixel barrier for its smartphone sensors.

Meanwhile, androids have had numerous smartphones with incredibly high-resolution sensors for quite some time now.

To mention but a few, an example is the Samsung S22 Ultra which has a 108MP sensor, while the Google Pixel 7 Pro has a 50MP sensor. 

Even though having a super-high resolution is not certainly vital for everyday photography, it offers certain purposes.

Pixel binning for example, pixels are thereby combined and this can be useful in low light. Also, it is helpful for cropping – or digital zoom – without losing resolution.

  1. Design

When it comes to design standards, Apple holds itself in high esteem. However, the exquisite quality of any design is largely a personal opinion.

The quite recent generations of iPhone have used a box-like, squarish design which some people adore and others scorn. your preference depends on your personal choice.

 However, in terms of the sheer variation of design styles, it is easier to say that android is better. 

The boxy type structures are there, but there are also ones with sleeker and curvier designs. Not to talk of the fact that you can also choose from a much wider range of colors.

If you yearn for something extraordinary, you’re far more liable to find it with Android.

To be more realistic, if you’re head over heels for having a very large screen, then you will have access to more handy selections at an extensive range of price points if you opt for an Android. 

A considerable number of iPhones are the “Pro Max” models which cost high prices, whereas you can get significant Android models at much more affordable prices.

  1. Video

One of the key specification peaks across both iOS and Android models is video. For an individual, it might be a key factor in any phone-buying determination and might be largely irrelevant for someone else.

If you go for iOS and opt for one of the latest iPhone “Pro” models, you are going to get slow motion options, plus 4k video and  Apple’s “ProRes” video recording, which is useful for advanced users.

It is important to note that you will require at least a 256GB iPhone to obtain its full advantage.

Meanwhile, most of the Android categories give 4K video recording as basic. If you crave the potential to shoot at the higher 8K resolution, some models such as the Samsung S22 ultra also support 8k resolution, in case you crave the potential to shoot at higher resolution.

So, if video recording is an ultimate preference for you, it’s much better and advisable to mine deep into the precise model you desire to be certain that it retains everything you crave.

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  1. Manual mode

You will need to turn to android If having to have access to a certain type of manual or professional mode is crucial to you.

Nonetheless, it’s essential to point out that it is not every android that gives this practical quality. 

Rather, take a glimpse at devices from Xiaomi, Oppo, Sony, Samsung, Xiaomi, or Honor– and examine the specifications (and reviews) of any individual phone you have your eye on to make sure such a mode is offered.

  1. Battery life

This would be somehow hard to answer because there’s such a broad range of devices to choose from.

Way back, iPhones were famed for battery running low far quicker compared to their counterparts, Android.

However, the recent models have made improvements to the sense that it’s hardly so much of a problem anymore.

Still, it is far simpler to distinguish directly between Android models because many will provide detailed battery power specifications.

Hence, you can take a glimpse at the list of power ratings if battery life is a thing you are mainly worried about. 

As for iPhones, you can procure an impression of how long they normally last by looking at the noted battery life.

iPhone vs Android: My Take

As usual with these comparisons, there is no precise answer to which is better, iPhone vs Android. Selecting one of the two, iPhone vs Android phones depends on one’s personal preference.

It all falls to individual choices, what features are important to you, and your budget. The two have their benefits, as well as their drawbacks thereby making it tough to give a conclusive answer.

Nonetheless, if I’m mandated to make a decision– as to which is better between Android and iPhone. I would opt for Androids because I see it as an adequate option compared to iPhone.

While you might be wondering which I use, I’d like to stop here so you will have enough time to wonder! 

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Sulaiman Halima
I am Sulaiman Halima, a Microbiology student born and raised in Ilorin, Kwara State. Writing has always been my dream since childhood; it makes me curious. Apart from the fact that I learn more through writing, I chose writing also because I found it to be a great way to express my thoughts and share my feelings with others.

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