This year Huawei beat Apple in smartphone sales and took the second spot just below Samsung.
Both the first and second slots went to companies producing devices running Android.
Apple is still optimistic it will regain its position back and recently, a wide range of new iPhones were launched.
While iPhones still attract higher prices, Android devices offer a far better combination of value and features than Apple’s limited lineup.
Here are the reasons why Android beats the iPhone;
Better price and money value
A cheaper version of the iPhone, the iPhone SE goes for about US$350 which is around Shs1.3 million.
With this same amount, you can get a better Android phone that comes with a much bigger screen and better features.
The Android phone might even cost you less than that.
USB Type-C charging ports
Most new Android phones use the USB Type-C and can allow users to share the same set of cable with other gear.
For example, your Bluetooth Speaker charger can charge your Android phone.
With the iPhones, you will need a cable with Apple’s proprietary lightning port which is only available on iPhones and iPads.
Surprisingly, Apple’s MacBooks charge via USB-C.
With newer versions of Android, users can easily multitask through the built-in multi-window mode.
This allows users to for example chat with friends on one side while replying to an official email in another window.
While the split-screen view is available in iOS, it’s only accessible in tablets and not Apple phones.
Easier file sharing via USB
If you wish to copy files from your iPhone to your computer, you will be required to first install iTunes and set up an account.
Even then, you will only be allowed to move media files.
With Android devices, you can simply share your data by plugging in your USB. It instantly mounts as an external drive filled with folder and files you can easily drag and drop.
More variety of options
Android appears on a wide range of phones.
You get different models and can choose from a wide variety of hardware options ranging from small screens, big screens, rounded corners, squared corners, dual sim, single sim, etc.
This wide variety allows an individual to choose a specific device with features they desire running the same version of the Android.
Apple, on the other hand, avails only a specific version in different sizes and colors.
Customization, widgets, and skins
While Apples chooses what it thinks is best for you and allows you very minimal ability to customize your device, Android provides you with multiple widgets to choose from and a wide range of themes to download and customize to give your phone a unique look.
On top of that, Android is an open source software that can be customized by the different smartphone manufacturers to give your Android phone a unique feel while running the same version of the OS but offering different unique features.
The 3.5mm headphone jacks
Most of the world’s earphones and headphones ranging from as low as 2 dollars for a pair use the 3.5mm connector.
If you want to listen to music on your Android phone, any standard pair of headphones will have you sorted.
On the other hand, all iPhones since the iPhone 7 lack the 3,5mm audio jack that would let you connect a pair of standard headsets.
A universal back button
Android devices provide a universal back button that is simple and helpful to use to return to a previous screen no matter where you are.
If you click on a link in a social media app like Facebook and are taken to a browser, clicking the back button can quickly bring you back to your social media app.
On the iPhone, all you get are back buttons within apps or one that gets displayed when you click a link that takes you to form one app to another.
No universal back button.
Android phones provide you with a wide variety of login options while the iPhones limit you.
The iPhone 6, 7 and 8 all use Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint recognition to let you log in with one touch and don’t offer facial recognition.
The iPhone X that offers facial recognition doesn’t offer fingerprint recognition. Samsung’s recent Galaxy smartphones allow you to choose fingerprint, retina or facial recognition.