Debunking Common Misconceptions and Myths About Android

It is often heard that Apple fans criticize Android for various reasons and say that the iPhone is much better, and among these criticisms there are many myths and baseless claims

by Sededin Dedovic
Debunking Common Misconceptions and Myths About Android
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The iPhone has gained great popularity and has a large number of users, primarily in the USA. Thanks to numerous interesting applications, among which iMessage stands out, various misconceptions and myths that the iPhone is much better than Android are spreading.

Among these misconceptions, the following five common ones usually dominate, as reported by AndroidAuthority

All Android devices are cheap

One of the most common misconceptions of iPhone users is that all Android devices are cheap.

Definitely, there are indeed many inexpensive models of Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy A series, Xiaomi Redmi Note, and Motorola Moto G. On the other hand, there are a number of Android phones that are more expensive than the iPhone itself.

Among them are the Samsung Galaxy S series ($800-$1299), Google Pixel 8 series ($699-$999), Xiaomi 14 ($1070-$1640), and many others. These prices vary and depend on the storage capacity. Also, there are foldable phones that cost more than top-tier iPhones.

For example, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Google Pixel Fold are priced at $1799. On the other hand, the most expensive iPhone model ranges from $999 up to $1599 for a 1TB variant.

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Android phones don't last long

Another unfounded claim is that Android phones don't last long.

This was a valid complaint a few years ago because Android didn't have performance maintenance features over time. Now the situation has significantly changed because Android settings and manufacturer-specific add-ons contribute to the long-term performance of the phone.

Interestingly, the iPhone had a problem with battery degradation. More specifically, according to Apple's claim, the battery on an iPhone drops to 80 percent of its capacity after 500 charge cycles. This means that the iPhone 14 series and older models effectively lose 20 percent of their battery after a period of 1-1.5 years of use.

Even more affordable models, like Nokia phones for example, offer 800 charge cycles before their battery capacity drops to 80 percent.

Androids don't receive updates

Another myth is that Androids don't receive updates. This was true a decade ago, as many manufacturers then only offered two years of updates.

Now, the best Android phones, starting from Samsung and Google, receive seven years of updates, surpassing the iPhone. Also, many manufacturers such as Oppo, OnePlus, Honor, Xiaomi, and Vivo offer five years of updates. Lower-priced phones such as Motorola, Realme, and Xiaomi receive one software update.

If you've spent the money intended for purchasing an iPhone on an Android, you'll get a long and steady stream of updates. In fact, if you opt for a Galaxy S24 or Pixel 8 phone, you get a better update policy than what the iPhone offers.

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iPhone takes better pictures

It's fair to say that Android phones have reached the same level as the iPhone in terms of photography, even surpassing it.

A good example of this is the comparison between the Pixel 8 and the iPhone 15 Pro. Both models were used at a concert, and it was shown that the Pixel 8 outperformed the iPhone 15 Pro Max in terms of consistency in capturing images in different situations.

More specifically, the iPhone takes better videos, while Android has better photos. This is because Android OEM manufacturers were the first to adopt innovations such as cameras with folded zoom and ultra-wide lenses. It should be added that the iPhone may have better photo quality when using the camera within independent applications.

Android interface is confusing

This claim largely depends on what users are accustomed to. To an iPhone user, Android might be a bit confusing, primarily because Android is a bit more complicated to handle and isn't as straightforward as the iOS operating system.

Some Android manufacturers even try to cater to iPhone users by deviating from established Android norms. A good example is that many OEM manufacturers in China allow you to fully lock the "app drawer." Xiaomi also surpasses iOS by allowing access to notifications simply by swiping across the screen.

By comparison, many Android manufacturers offer combined quick settings for notifications that are available by swiping down from anywhere.

iPhone vs. Samsung

ASIC (American Consumer Satisfaction Index) recently conducted a survey among 12,414 users in the United States and ranked four major brands according to the satisfaction level of their owners.

Apple iPhone is no longer in the first place and is tied with Samsung Galaxy phones. The research shows that between April 2023 and March 2024, the two brands with the highest user satisfaction are Apple and Samsung. Both brands scored 82 points, with the first increasing by 1 point and the second by 2 points.

Samsung, which lagged behind last year, caught up with Apple in one move, and the two giants are equal again after 2022. However, ASIC found that when considering only user satisfaction with the 5G network, Samsung leads ahead of the Apple brand with 83 points compared to Apple's 82 points.