Tech Q&A: should I buy an iPhone or an Android?

This question has plagued prospective smartphone owners for years.

iphone or android

This question has plagued prospective smartphone owners for years. We took a look at the pros and cons to help you make the right decision.

Q. I am looking to buy a new smartphone and I am wondering which is better, the iPhone or Android?
Thanks, Sandy.

A. Hi Sandy, unfortunately, there’s no firm yes/no answer to your question but here’s some advice to help you make the choice that’s right for you.

Are you familiar with one or the other?
While it’s always possible to get used to a new smartphone operating system, if you are already familiar with either iOS or Android, it might be best to stick with what you know.

What’s your budget?
iPhones are typically more expensive than Androids. If you’re on a tight budget, there is more pricing choice with Android, as you can find devices for as little as $99. New iPhones, on the other hand, start at over $1000.

Which has a better camera?
The answer to this question changes over time with each new model but, generally, Apple leads the way with smartphone camera technology.

Does Android have Siri?
Android does not have Siri, but it does have a similar voice-activated assistant named Google Assistant, which also tells jokes.

Alternative facts
Be on the lookout for false information people may give you. Here are some outdated or just untrue ‘facts’ people might supply you with.

1. ‘iPhones are more popular’
Towards the end of last year in Australia, iPhone sales were at an all time high, accounting for 46 per cent of smartphone sales. Meanwhile, Android smartphones fluctuated between 52–64 per cent of sales. This happened in a year that Samsung, Apple’s biggest smartphone rival, was shipping phones with explosive batteries.

Worldwide in 2016, Apple devices only accounted for 16 per cent of smartphone sales, with Samsung devices accounting for 23 per cent, and other Android devices making up most of the remaining 61 per cent.

2. ‘iPhones have more apps’

As of March 2017, Android’s Google Play store had 2.8 million apps, while Apple’s app store had 2.2 million apps.

3. ‘iPhones have better apps’

This one may still have some truth to it, as Apple’s app store has stricter conditions. However, these conditions sometimes prevent innovative apps from being made available.

And finally, here’s the big one:

Which do you prefer?
If you’ve considered everything but you’re still on the fence, head in to a Telstra, Optus, JB HiFi or a similar store and play around with the smartphones. Simply the feeling of one in your hand might be all it takes to tip the scales.

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    3rd Oct 2017
    What's an iPhone? What's an Android? Is it something to do with a telephone box, or telegrams maybe? Oops, gotta go now, or I'll miss the latest episode of Leave It To Beaver. Bye.
    13th Oct 2017
    Get with it!
    3rd Oct 2017
    They are all a pain in the A...
    Best avoided and the only good thing about them is they will stop by themselves when ignored.
    Unlike children.
    3rd Oct 2017
    If going for an Android phone, look at Aldi if they still have the LG Stylus Dab+ which I have now for close to one year and sold for about $180.00
    According to my son who is an expert in IT tells me it was a steal and now having one it performs beyond my expextations. The Stylus that comes with it is invaluable to me as I have BIG butter fingers.
    Just ask for it at Aldi, they have a 60 days no questions asked return policy.
    Star Trekker
    3rd Oct 2017
    I just purchased a Motorola Moto C Android unlocked phone from Officeworks for $147, even though the rest of the house has iPhones. I did not want to be locked into a contract to purchase a new phone or have my monthly bill go up.
    3rd Oct 2017
    I have one of those too on a Telstra $50 per month plan and have been totally satisfied with it.

    I use it all the time for calls, messages, photographs, email, for netflix, SBS on demand ABC on demand, the weather, and the news.

    And no, I don't have it in my hand all the time, I do not use it in the company of other people unless I am expecting an urgent call -in which case I mention it in advance. And I don't use it in the car.

    Doubtless all of the above can be done with an expensive iphone, but why pay more if you don't have to?

    The only disadvantage I have found is that phone cases are made to fit all the other makes of phone . . .
    Star Trekker
    3rd Oct 2017
    my daughter is looking at buying me a case that fits. Probably from ebay :)
    Star Trekker
    14th Oct 2017
    I know this is a plug for a company but I love the case I got.
    Chrissy L
    3rd Oct 2017
    When my old Samsung Android died, I bought a new basic J1 from Aust Post. I use my old sim card and I am on a deal with Optus - $40.00/month, no contract, which includes all local, STD calls, unlimited texts, 10GB of data and 300 International minutes per month. Works for me! When my landline and NBN contract expires with Telstra, I will be checking again the best deal I can get for a light data user. Not sure I really need the landline any more.
    3rd Oct 2017
    Thank you for this. It's the kind of helpful information we can all do with!
    Star Trekker
    3rd Oct 2017
    my plan is so old that it is not offered anymore. At $19 / mth it fits right into my budget.

    3rd Oct 2017
    The answer depends upon why you want a mobile phone in the first place. I have an LG phone running Android because I use the phone solely to ring people, and for them to ring me. None of this app or "texting" (SMS) crap, or e-mail on the phone. (The screen and keyboard is too small for me.) And - for the record - I HATE mobile phones, but am forced to have one due to personal circumstances.
    3rd Oct 2017
    I bought a Motorola G5 (my son did the research) from Officeworks via ebay 2 weeks ago and have not used it. I have been reluctant to change to a smartphone for a long time but since they stopped 2g network had no choice here. So today I am going to put my new prepaid sim card in and learn what all the hype is about. Won't be using much on it except phone calls and texts and maybe in the future using my wifi modem give other things a go.
    4th Oct 2017
    I have to admit that the i Phone is simpler to use.
    4th Oct 2017
    Well it is driving me a bit batty learning. Which way to swipe, want to touch, how do I answer the phone? Why did they not just make a basic phone with 4g network in Australia? apparently available in other countries, we are forced to use the 'smartphone'.

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