iPhone or Galaxy?

Remember the days of the Razr flip phones? The Blackberry Era? Or if you’re old enough – the Nokia brick phone? Cellphones have come a long way since its roots, and as each day goes on, they seem to make a bigger impact on the world. Whether you’re at school or walking around, most likely you will see some type of smart phone in almost every person’s hand. With today’s fast growing technology industry, it is evident that gadgets like smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc. are becoming more accessible by the day. More specifically, smart phones are becoming a more common trend in today’s generation. Simply look around! From kids in elementary school playing angry birds on a phone to elderly people learning the joys of texting, smart phones are a big part of today’s culture, and within the smart phone industry, two main kinds have proven to stand out from the rest – the iPhone family and the Galaxy family.


When looking for a smart phone, the question that frequently comes up is – iPhone or Galaxy? It is not coincidental that the newest models of the phones come out in similar time frames. It is not coincidental that each phone’s commercials seem to play back to back while you’re watching TV. It seems like a constant battle, each phone trying to out do the other (if the phones actually were animate objects). The commercials even seem nearly identical, the nice music playing in the background with the nice chiseled faced people pressing the phone against their face, illustrating how wonderful and easy the phone is. However, when comparing the two – which one is actually better? After all, the prices are nearly identical, and when making an investment for a phone that is going to be used for the next two years, it is probably good to pick the better of the two.


I, by no means, am an apple genius or a Samsung tech guru, and I do not claim to be. However, I have had this mental dilemma and used both phones, so I’m simply giving my opinion on each type of phone. Technically, iPhones were the first to come out in the race (coming out in 2007) where the Galaxy S (the first model of Galaxy) came out in 2010. iPhones have stayed consistent with their iOS interface, always maintaining the concept of simplicity. Every app is truncated into little squares, nothing is hidden and everything is visible. The navigation is extremely easy, and easy to manipulate. The Galaxy phones do not use the same interface as the iPhones; instead they use the android interface. The Android interface is a bit more complicated to use, but once understood – it is pretty simple to navigate. The apps are not all in the open like the iPhone, but it is visible in the applications section. The galaxy comes with quite a few apps already installed, and some of them are unnecessary, but unable to be uninstalled (similar to the iPhone’s preloaded apps). One perk and unique trait for the Android family is the fact that it is extremely customizable from the themes to the fonts, the phone is for the creative. The iPhone comes with a set font and set theme, unable to be changed.  For smart phone novices or technophobes, the iPhone is the best way to go considering everything is easy access. The Android interface, if not used to it, can cause a lot of confusion and frustration especially with all of its different functions, but is very customizable. It is all based on comfort level with technology as well as the type of person you are.


The software logistics always tend to be the big debate when talking about the phones. One big topic is the memory debate, which is how much “stuff” your phone can store. Hands down, Galaxy wins this. For iPhones, there is a set amount of memory (8GB, 16GB, 32GB), and there are no add ons (in terms of SD memory sticks). To buy iPhones with bigger memory, it comes at a hefty price, which is not economically friendly to your wallet. However, Galaxy actually has a place for a mini SD memory card, which can be purchased separately from the phone. By doing so, the phone with a memory of 8GB can be purchased, and then a separate mini SD stick can be purchased, allowing the phone to have as much memory as you desire. It is definitely more economically friendly!


In terms of speed, I personally have not seen a difference between the two. In my honest opinion, I read that the galaxy phones were supposedly faster than the iPhones. However, I have experienced quite some trouble with the android interface with constant shutting down of apps and technical errors. Maybe it’s terrible luck, but I find them pretty equal, but in terms of logistics – Galaxy tends to have technology that is supposed to make it run smoother and faster.


With the growing development of apps like instagram and vine, it is no wonder that the type of camera is important. I did notice a clear difference between the two; it appears that the galaxy phones have a better and clearer camera than the iPhones. Even comparing the front cameras, the iPhone camera does not pick up on the details or blemishes, but the galaxy cameras, more specifically the note II and the S4’s pick up on the majority of imperfections on the face. The external camera is no different; where the macro appears to be amazing on the iPhone, the macro on the galaxy phones are impeccable, equaling to that of a good point and shoot. The colours are true to sight, and the details are fine and visible. So, in the battle of cameras – galaxy takes it.


To be honest, each phone has its pros and cons, along with its little quirks. Each phone is a good smart phone, and one does not reign superior in all aspects compared to the other. In fact, each person can have his/her own opinion on which one is better in terms of personal preference. It depends on what type of person you are – simplistic people are better suited towards the iPhone whereas people who do a lot of programming, gaming or something extremely productive with their phone are better suited towards android. Allow your personality to find your phone!