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Apple vs. Android: who wins in 2015?

October 9, 2015

It’s that time of the year again, and phone companies are unveiling their new models and operating systems. Hot off the trails of Apple’s iOS 9 release comes Google’s Android 6.0, which begs the age old question: Apple or Android?

Apple released the newest version of iOS late September along with the reveal of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models. New features for this include 3D touch, which lets the phone determine how much pressure is being applied to the screen, and giving back different feedback depending on how hard you press.

For example, hard pressing the Maps app will pull up a small menu with a few quick actions, including getting directions to home from where you’re at, marking your location, and sending your location. All of the stock apps have this feature, but it is new, so third party apps such as Twitter and Instagram will have this in the near future.

In the other corner, Google is preparing for the release of their new operating system, Android 6.0 with the nickname “Marshmallow”. Google also showed off their newest devices, the Nexus 5x and the Nexus 6P, to compete with their rival company. A significant upgrade for this operating system includes Google Now on Tap, which allows Google Now (Android’s version of Siri, but better) to use context clues on the screen to pull up info that you might need.

For example, if you get a message from someone asking if you want to go see The Martian, Google Now on Tap will use context clues to figure out that the person texting you is talking about the movie, not the book, and bring up web information on the movie.

Both companies are hitting hard with new features and hardware, but which one is truly the best this year? 3D touch is definitely a breakthrough feature for Apple, but it is new, and integration of the feature in apps and games in the future will take some time. Google Now is skyrocketed past Siri in terms of functionality and user-friendliness, but has also proved to have its glitches.

Apple lacks severely in the battery department, with the iPhone 6s not being able to make it a full day without having to be plugged in at least once. The iPhone 6s Plus however, has great battery life, but you have to sacrifice comfortability because the Plus is so massive. iOS 9 now has a battery saving mode, so that might be able to save someone who is running low on power and has now access to a charger. Android has had battery saving mode for quite some time now, and battery life on Android phones such as the Galaxy S6 and the Moto G being known to last for significantly longer than Apple’s iPhone.

What Apple does incredibly well is in the camera. With a new 12 megapixel camera on the S models, 4K video looks incredibly clear and smooth and the controls on the camera app are easy to use, and simple. Apple has been on top of the camera game since it stepped onto the field, but with phones like the LG G4 stepping on the scene, Apple needs to up the ante come September 2016 when they unveil the iPhone 7.

This year, Apple sticks to what they’re used to, with the same simple interface that’s been around since its inception in 2007, and that may be their downfall. The sheer customizability of Android puts it miles ahead of Apple in terms of making your phone do almost whatever you want it to. Hopefully next year Apple’s iOS 10 includes a major overhaul of the interface to compete with the constantly evolving Android OS.

If you like nostalgia, simplicity and a good camera, the iPhone may be a perfect match. On the other hand, if you like change, if you like new and if you like having things the way you want it, Android is what you’re looking for.

Cristian Corbett
News Editor

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