If you’ve ever been tasked with picking between an Apple and Android phone then you’ll probably have looked at countless guides and videos. Alternatively, you could just ask a more tech-savvy friend or family member, but with the number of devoted fans on both sides, it can be hard to get a trustworthy opinion these days. Coupled with the fact that some publications are clearly one-sided, it begs the question; what’s really best for me?

So we’ve decided to remove the bias and give you a clear way to determine if an iPhone or Android smartphone is better for your needs so you don’t go wasting money.

Are you tech-savvy?

If not, get an Apple iPhone. One of the biggest draws to the Apple ecosystem is that everything just works without any headaches. There are some exceptions to this, especially if you’ve come from an Android device, but if you really want to avoid tech headaches then the support and ease of using an iPhone will really make a difference. Things like how to create an Apple ID, how to set up iCloud and other Apple-centric problems are all well-discussed, described and documented because of how many people use iPhones. Unlike Android, which can have dozens of different skins and changes in the interface, Apple support tends to be a little better.

Alternatively, if you’re willing to use an Android device and learn a bit more about the tech underneath in order to get things working properly, then leave Android as an open option. Things like pairing wireless earbuds are infinitely easier on iOS if you purchase their own AirPods, but can be a little finicky with Android if you’re not used to it.

Do you own a Mac or Windows computer?

On the other hand, if you already own a MacBook or a desktop Mac device, then the iPhone is a clear choice because it will help you make the most of the Apple ecosystem. This essentially means that your iPhone will be synced with your Mac computer and allows easy sharing of files, copy-pasting between devices and you can even make calls from your laptop if needed.

These are all possible with an Android device and a Windows laptop, but it does take a bit more setting up and goes back to the previous point; if you’re not tech-savvy, then the Apple ecosystem is so much easier to get used to. If you’re willing to study a little and read guides to get things working, then the Android and Windows combination is a fine choice.

Do you need to use iMessage?

iMessage is another big draw to iOS. Again, if you don’t plan to use iMessage or need it, then you can skip this and give more points towards getting an Android device instead. Thanks to programs like WhatsApp, the use of iMessage isn’t necessarily a big thing anymore but it can be a concern if your workplace requires it or if it’s the standard messaging app for your friends.
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