If you are looking to buy a new smartphone, then the biggest decision you have to make is whether to buy an Android or iPhone. Below we share what the biggest differences are between the two operating systems, so that you can choose the right phone for you.

Wider choice with Android

The first point to note is that one major difference has to do with that of choice. When you buy an iPhone, you buy an iPhone, although they range from the iPhone 5 (or below) to the iPhone 7, they pretty much all do the same job. Changes include those of the iPhone 7 being waterproof, and the screen size over the years has increased. When you choose Android, you have an entire world of devices to choose from, that include different manufacturers, such as Sony, HTC and Samsung to name a few.

Different sizes of screen

Another difference between the two platforms is that of screen size. The iPhone 6 screen size is 4.7 inches, the 6 Plus, 5.5 inches and the iPhone 7 Plus is also 5.5 inches. Android screens tend to be on the larger side. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a screen size of 6.2 inches. There is also the added option for many Android phones to have a curved screen.

Battery life

Sadly the iPhone doesn’t do too well when it comes to battery life. On full charge you can expect your iPhone to last only a day. There is of course the option to use Low Battery mode, which can save some power. Android phones tend to have longer battery life, and come with the option of a spare battery, an option that Apple doesn’t offer.

Display

The retina display on the iPhone 7 is that of 326 ppi, 1334×750 pixel resolutions. This is in direct contrast to a lot of Android phones that have a larger number of pixels. For example, the LG G3 has 534ppi. What this translates into, is that many Android phones, that have larger screens, have a more clear and defined screen, especially when it comes to taking images.

Support

You need to carefully consider what to do if things go wrong with your phone. With regards to the iPhone, you can take your iPhone along to an Apple shop, (although you will need to book) or you can phone Apple support who will talk you through what to do. Things are a little trickier with Android. There are no ‘Android’ stores, although you can take your phone to the appropriate manufacturer or company, but they may not always be able to help you. Apple has the best customer service.

Cost

There is no way round this, the iPhone is by far the most expensive smartphone on the market. This is due to the fact that they use the very latest iOS technology and have very few hardware issues. In fact, they are exceptionally reliable. When you buy an iPhone, you buy everything that Apple own. This is not true for Android. You buy a certain model that is made by a certain company, the choice is endless, and there can be issues of unreliability. What consistency and reliability equal is that of a more expensive phone.