We Asked 5 Phone Experts: What Is It That Android CAN Do That IPhone CANT?
We love Android vs. Nice iOS one here at Laptop Mag so we decided to step it up a notch and asked five mobile experts, mobile enthusiasts you've seen on YouTube, Tekradar, Tom in Guide, etc. It's been on my mind.
What can Android do that iPhone can't ?
As someone who has an unreasonable amount of apps open at any given time, my Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Android device allows me to uninstall all of them at once. My iPhone 14 Plus, on the other hand, has me taking them out one at a time like I'm a dealer in a casino. And what about him? Also, Android devices support faster and faster USB-C charging, while iPhones limit it to the standard Lightning connector. (However, Apple is reportedly planning to change this soon due to pressure from the new EU mandate. Woo-hoo!)
As a cryptocurrency investor, Apple has shut down legitimate crypto apps, making it difficult for me to make Ion my daily fuel. (For example, the Coinbase app was banned from the Apple App Store for a year.)
However, I decided to ask some of my favorite cell phone experts, many of whom scour YouTube and the tech pages of the World Wide Web, for their thoughts on how Android devices differ from iPhones.
What can Android do that iPhone can't?
Check out our interviews with mobile experts MrMobile, Matt Swider, Adam Ismail, JerryRigEverything, and our very own Sean Riley to find out what Android can offer users that the iPhone can't. Notice that I told each of them that there are no important words here. You can be as detailed or as brief as you like, as long as you answer the questions briefly.
Mr. Mobile, which we featured in an article about the $6,000 MacBook Pro (so it can't be accused of being an Android device), is a YouTuber with over 1 million subscribers, best known for its association with the Samsung Galaxy Z. Fold series.
However, it's generally easy to predict MrMobile's (Michael Fisher) answer to the question. What can Android devices do that iPhones can't? Cut in half
"Foldable has brought new features, expanded utility and, frankly, turned the world of smartphones into an endless stream of hardbacks for a long time. Thanks to my Galaxy Z Fold 4, I leave my laptop at home 25 percent more often than before," said Fisher. Mr. Mobile added that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 turns into a 7.6-inch tablet, making it easy and convenient to get work done on the go.
"And on evenings and weekends when I want to take a simple selfie or a group photo with friends (or just want to maximize my bag space in retro form), the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Oppo Find N2 are gorgeous. Small flops. Great for those who have iPhone, but "For those of us who remember the time cell phones were fun, you can't beat a foldable device. And for that, we have to turn to Android," said Fisher.
TLDR, foldable devices only available on Android devices are a lot of fun, whereas iPhones don't fold for the rest of their lives.
Adam Ismail, Jalopnik contributor and former Tom Guide telephony expert
Adam Ismail, former Tom Guide interviewer and current Jalopnik staff writer, takes us on a brief journey through history and reminds us of a time when Android surpassed the iPhone in capabilities.
"For a long time, there was no way to wirelessly charge an iPhone, display widgets on the home screen, install default apps, or always see when the phone is locked. At first, you couldn't even copy and paste. But, over the years , Apple has largely closed the loop on Android, but it's worth noting that some of the features mentioned above have been added recently , and Android has been around for a long time (for example, it was a core part of Android for over a decade).
However, Ismail adds that there are some things Apple hasn't done, and probably never will, including expandable storage and a highly customizable home screen. Ismail admits that iPhone home screens are now simpler than before, but Android phones give users more freedom to customize every aspect of their device. "To be honest, the only significant difference I've seen lately is that you still can't charge your iPhone via USB-C," said Ismail. "However, there's a good chance we can cross him off the list in the fall."
Apple's TLDR has caught up to Android in recent years, so the gap between Android and iOS has narrowed, but there are still great things about Android that the iPhone can't match, including customization, expandable storage, and USB-C charging. .
Matt Swider, founder of Shortcut.com and former US editor of TechRadar
You may know Matt Swider as PS5 Supply, who works tirelessly to keep passionate gamers safe at a time when there is so much demand but so little supply. The former editor-in-chief of US TechRadar now heads The Shortcut, a consumer technology publication that keeps subscribers updated on the latest gadgets.
Sweder, who has tested over 1,000 phones, knows a thing or two about Android and iOS devices, so I decided to pick his brains and ask him what Android has to offer that iOS devices can't.
"Android phones are at the forefront of innovation and value," said Swider. "They were the first to introduce the modern foldable, modular, curved-screen, large-screen, always-on display, NFC, swipe SMS, and soon-to-rotate mobile phone. They called the iPhone "innovative" and Android devices have been doing it for years. -years Sorry Apple, this is really 'daring'.
Swider admits that the price of Android flagships has gone up recently, but notes that you get a lot more bang for your buck than an iPhone, for example. B. Double the storage space for the same price. “There are a lot of mid-range Android options that you can't find at Apple. Yes, Google needs to bridge the gap when it comes to iMessage and the Android-to-PC ecosystem (something Apple achieved between iPhone and macOS), but Android is the only one risking new hardware at an affordable price, and that's it. He should get more points across the board."
TLDR Android phones are more innovative than iPhone MO with frequent updates from generation to generation. Any "new" features Apple has introduced in the last few years are probably already implemented in Android. Plus, you get more money for Android devices.
You've probably seen Jerry Rigg's Everything, who has 8 million subscribers, take a peek at the hardware insides of countless phones, including the OnePlus 11, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Google Pixel 7, and iPhone 14.
Zach Nelson aka JerryRigEverything admits he hasn't used an iPhone as his daily driver since the iPhone 4. At that time, he praised Android for being more affordable for consumers, but added it could. Don't do that anymore, because flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S are just as expensive as iOS.
Ultimately, Nelson agrees with Swider and Ismail, the advantage of Android over iOS devices is that they are always one step ahead of the iPhone. OLED displays, wireless charging and a telephoto lens are making their debut on Android phones, says Nelson.
The TLDR above is quite short and sweet. Don't be lazy, read everything.
Sean Riley, Editor in Chief, Laptop Mag
Sean Riley, Assistant CEO of Laptop Mag and our resident phone expert, tracks countless phones (eg.
"While Apple has given users a sense of freedom over the past few years with the ability to change the iPhone's home screen or set a new default browser or email client, it still pales in comparison to what they can do" on Android. . In the customization section, you have launchers on Android that can completely change the look, feel and functionality of your phone in a matter of seconds.
Personally, I love astrophotography, and Apple doesn't let you expose for more than 30 seconds. On a Google Pixel 7 or Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, I can shoot 5-10 minute exposures which understates the results I got from the iPhone 14 Pro. And it's not hardware related. Apple controls the camera software. However, it doesn't appeal to every user, but if you want to have full control over your device, then Android is undoubtedly the only choice for you.
After all, Riley Sweder completely agrees. Cost is not Apple's strong point . This buying guide is something that's been on Riley's mind ever since it appeared on Laptop Mag. 5 phones that are better than the iPhone 14 Pro Max and 5 phones that are better than the iPhone 14.
Apple has never offered lower prices on its phones, but additional software over the years has always added and changed the value equation. With Samsung, Google, and OnePlus offering security updates every 5 years and 3-4 major Android updates, the equation has shifted again. For hundreds less than a comparable iPhone, this Android phone will probably give you 1-2 years less software support and that's fine if you don't keep the phone around for at least 5-6 years.
Your TLDR can change the look of your Android phone in seconds. Also, Android phones tend to use less camera software, giving you more freedom to experiment with fun photography styles (such as astrophotography). Finally, Android devices that offer older software updates offer longer lives and better value than before.