We’ll explain the reasons the iPhone is better than Android with a 2018 iPhone vs Android comparison that includes the newest iPhones and Android devices with Android 9.0 and iOS 11.
The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus may not deliver super screen resolutions, but they hit the right notes for many buyers. Now we have the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus that add in wireless charging and upgraded cameras and the OLED iPhone X with Face ID adding to the reasons the iPhone is better than Android for many users.
iPhone competition includes the Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL as well as an array of other phones. These represent a bigger challenge for Apple, but there are still places where the iPhone is clearly better than Android and iOS 11 is better than Android O and Android Pie.
You need to learn what the iPhone does better and how Apple delivers a better experience than Android to see if an iPhone is the best smartphone for you in 2018.
Use our list of reasons the iPhone is better than Android to figure out which new smartphone you should buy this year. Read our iPhone 8 Plus review to find out how this is different from the iPhone 7.
Even if you think you know which phone is best, you might be surprised to learn about all the reasons the iPhone is better than Android despite many advances from Android phones.
iPhone Apps Are First and Better Looking
Most of the popular apps are on both platforms, but many top games and apps still come to iPhone first. We’re seeing more apps come to both Android and iPhone at the same time, but there are still way more iPhone only apps that we see than Android only.
When apps are available on iPhone and Android we still often see a better design on the iPhone version than on Android. This is something that still rings true in 2018. For example, we still see some new Snapchat features and Spotify features come to iPhone before Android. We even saw this happen with better features for the Snapchat app on the iPhone X due to better face tracking. Fortnite came to the iPhone first as well.
We are also seeing major new apps come only to the iPhone with AR support. Machines is one of the blockbuster Augmented Reality games that is coming to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X first. We’ve also seen new Pokémon Go features come first to the iPhone thanks to ARKit.
Apps are an area where the gap is closing, but the differences still exist and are noticeable. We also see Apple take better care of the App Store. Recently they purged 47,300 apps from the app store that were simply bad or abandoned.
Fast iPhone Updates for All
iPhone owners enjoy quick and regular iOS updates for the iPhone no matter what carrier they use.
Android updates take months to arrive on all the devices. After an Android device is 18 months old, you may need to wait for a new Android smartphone to get the latest software.
Apple delivers iPhone updates to devices that are three years old. Apple offers iPhone 4s iOS 9 support. It is unheard of to see support for an Android phone that old. iOS 10 is available for the iPhone 5 and iOS 12 is coming to the iPhone 5s this fall.
When you look at Android devices support ends much faster. Google promises at least two years for Nexus or Pixel devices. The Nexus 6 needs an unofficial rom for Android Pie. Google may push support farther out, but it is not a guarantee. Other Android device manufacturers don’t typically match the longevity of iOS updates.
On top of the added update support, Apple does not allow carriers to hold up the updates. As soon as the update is available from Apple it is available on every carrier.
If you really want Android Pie, you may need to simply buy a new Android phone.
Works Great with All Your Devices
If you own an iPhone, iPad and Mac your information flows smoothly from one device to the other. You can quickly sync photos to all of your devices, answer a phone call on your iPad or Mac and send text messages from your other devices. There is also support for Handoff that allows you to start a task on your iPhone and continue on your iPad or Mac.
Overall the connectivity between these devices is something Android doesn’t yet match without relying on a collection of third-party applications and services to hodgepodge together a similar feature.
Sharing a file from your iPhone to your Mac is also faster and easier thanks to AirDrop. This built-in service sends the file wirelessly directly to the Mac, even when there is no other WiFi around.
Every time we try to use Android, and we do on a regular basis, we miss how well the iPhone interacts with the MacBook and simplifies tasks we perform multiple times every day.