4 Ways the Latest Android Phones beat out the iPhone in 2016
You’ve been a loyal iPhone buyer for years, and you upgrade all the time because you’re excited about Apple’s new tech. Lately, though, you feel like the iPhone has stagnated, and its new features aren’t as exciting as they once were. Plus, every iPhone looks exactly the same. You may be surprised to learn that some Android models are straight-up better than the iPhone. So how exactly do these Android devices outperform the iPhone?
They Have Faster Processors
The iPhone 6S has an A9 processor, which is much faster than the previous A8 processor. Crack open a Samsung Galaxy S6 Android phone, and you’ll find the Exynos 7420 processor. The iPhone doesn’t perform too badly against the Galaxy, but when Tech Radar compared the two, the Galaxy S6 performed faster than the iPhone 6S. What’s especially impressive? The Galaxy S6 outperformed an iPad Air 2 as well.
Remember when Apple first released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? Many people complained that the ultra-skinny phones bent easily, especially when put in a back pocket. Though most people aren’t rough enough on their phones to truly bend them, tests confirm that the iPhone 6 and other cell phones do bend or break under enough pressure.
Enter the Galaxy S6. This powerhouse phone is made of aluminum, gorilla glass, and other high-grade materials. The result is a phone that can withstand 110 pounds of pressure without bending or cracking. Plus, if you drop it from six feet, it’ll survive to text and browse another day. (The iPhone can’t handle a drop like that!) So if you have a hectic schedule, share your phone with small children, or are accident-prone, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge can weather the storms of your life.
They’ve Got Better Cameras
Apple does offer some cool features in the latest iPhone cameras, but Samsung strikes again, offering a better camera. The Galaxy S6 has a 16-megapixel camera, compared with the 12-megapixel camera in the iPhone 6S. The Galaxy S7 has a 12-megapixel camera, but before you assume that Samsung downgraded for the S7, rest assured that it did not: The S7’s camera has dual pixels, which are larger and take in more light.
If you were to hold an iPhone 6S and a Galaxy S7 next to each other and capture the same image, they might produce very similar pictures in regular lighting with no movement. However, the dual pixels in the S7 give it a huge advantage over the iPhone in low lighting and with moving subjects. The S7 autofocuses faster and captures more light, helping these more difficult photos come out better.
They Customize More Easily
When you have an iPhone, except for your home screen and background photos, the layout looks basically the same as every other iPhone. Android phones are completely different: Loads of download and app options give you serious customization power. You can change the background, the clock face, the keyboard, and more whenever it suits you.
Designers have developed some beautiful options, from the customizable templates on the Zooper Widget to the Ultimate Custom (Clock) Widget, which allows you to tweak your home screen until it looks exactly how you want it. If you’re not sure you can visually transition away from an iPhone, online tutorials can walk you through how to make your Android phone look like an iPhone. After you do, wean yourself from Apple’s design by changing one or two things at a time until you’ve finally broken away entirely.
Are you ready to switch to an Android device yet? The developers at Samsung and other Android-based manufacturers have been working hard to produce innovative products, and the latest Android phones certainly hit the mark. When it’s time for your next upgrade and you find yourself only lukewarm about the most recent iPhone model, think about switching to an Android. You won’t be disappointed with its fast processing and awesome camera capabilities.