Smartphone Showdown


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The Case for Android

By Pablo Orta
Staff Writer

I shouldn’t really have to explain why Android is better than iPhone, but for those who have been blindly buying iPhones because they were the best thing out in 2007, here the top five reasons why Android beats iPhone:

1: Camera options and features.
Better lighting, brighter colors, and cooler features are just some of the comments that were made about the Galaxy Note 4’s picture quality when compared to the iPhone 6. In a side by side comparison the Note 4’s outdoor picture quality proved to be much better than that of the iPhone with nine out of ten people picking the Note 4 over the iPhone 6. Five people were iPhone users and five were android users and all picked the Note 4’s superior camera features over the iPhone 6’s. Android supplies customers with numerous amounts of camera features like 360 panorama, action shot, beauty shot, and animated photo while Apple restricts its users to slow mo and panorama.

2: Software.
Software is one of the biggest selling points of any and all phones on the market. The first thing most people do when buying a phone is comparing features and the sorts of cool things the phone can do. When it comes to cool features, Android takes the cake. For example, the ability to download/ use third party keyboards is a relatively new feature on iPhone that came out in 2014 with the iOS 8 update which allowed users to download Swift- key, which has been available on Android since 2010. From the time that the iPhone was first released till now, Apple’s only original features are Siri, Touch ID, and iMessage.

3: Design
Android has been able to completely beat out any and all competition when it comes to design by distributing its platform across hundreds of different devices. With Android you get to choose from a large variety of phones: phones with big screens, small screens, rug- ged phones, waterproof phones, basically any phone you can think of, Android’s got it. iPhone on the other hand has had a total of five designs over 12 phones, wow! What a wide selection of phones! Apple’s marketing logo for the iPhone 6s is “The only thing that’s changed is everything”, since when does “everything” mean adding an ‘s’ to the end of the name?

4: More storage for less money.
The iPhone has long been the most expensive smartphone on the market. Apple wants their customers to believe that this is because they are getting absolutely nothing but the best in every aspect of a phone. The truth is, Apple has been cheating you out of your money by skimping out in many categories most noticeably storage. According to T-Mobile, an off-contract 5.5 inch screen iPhone 6 plus with 64GB will run you $850 while an off-contract 5.5 inch screen OnePlus One Android smartphone with 64GB will only cost you $350, that’s $500 more just to get an Apple on the back of your phone.

5: Better Battery.
Always having to carry your iPhone charger around? Android has been able to improve battery life like no other operating system out there, with options like power saving mode and ultra power saving mode which can make your battery last for various days. Super fast charging is another benefit Android phones have, according to the iPhone 6 takes two hours to get fully charged while companies like Samsung and LG who have super fast charging, guarantee a full charge within an hour.

POSTSCRIPT; During the process of editing, my competitor’s iPhone froze due to an update that was sup- posed to “improve” the software….

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The Case for iPhone

By Jahlil Smith
Staff Writer

The competition between iPhones and the Android phone is a hot topic but we all know that the iPhone is clearly the best phone out today, from its central hardware system to the way the phone looks aesthetically. It tops the charts in a legion of categories. It’s hard to believe that there is a competition to determine which company has the better phone. This past year the iPhone grew three and a half times greater than the rest of the industry worldwide, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus are the most popular phones in the world far above any other phone. The camera on the iPhone 6 is far more superior than any other phone out right now.

1: Camera
Yeah, you can pick the Android phones if you like the cool color sight of the pictures, but to get the best quality picture pick the iPhone, for its 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5u pixels, Autofocus with focus pixels, Auto image stabilization, and Hybrid IR filter. And oh my gosh the video recording is phenomenal, both the iPhone 6 and 6 plus use 1080p HD video recording (30 fps or 60 fps), True tone flash, Slo-mo video (120 fps or 240 fps), Cinematic autofocus video, and 3x zoom. (According to

2: Hardware
The hardware on the iPhone 6 and 6 plus is one of the most advanced technology out today, second only to the iPhone 6s and 6s plus. iPhone 6 and 6s runs on a A8 & M8 motion coprocessor.
The Voice assistant on the iPhone is slightly more exceptional, the Android’s voice assistant types as you talk and works off line, but Siri has a fun personality and understands natural languages a bit better than Android. (

3: Bloatware
Apple phones have minimal bloatware (
Bloatware is software whose usefulness is reduced because of the excessive disk space and memory it requires and unwanted software included on a new computer or mobile device by the manufacturer. Never having enough space on your phone is just a hassle and nobody likes when you’re trying to take a picture and it says, “Sorry needs more storage.”

4: iOS system
The features within the iOS system are some of the best features to have on a phone. With Apple pay to eliminate the use of a credit cards, the ability to configure with an Apple watch, now with the new iOS 9 update it adds a couple new like Airdrop, Wallet, News updated Siri, and multitasking. Some new apps that iOS 9 brings to the table is a news app to stay in touch with the world, an updated Notebook, the Notes app can now do more than just take your notes, it can be turned into a checklist, sketch your thoughts,and note with a photo.

5: The processor
The Apple A8 is a 64-bit ARM based system on a chip (SoC) designed by Apple inc. What can the A8 chip do? A8 processor is much faster, and the efficiency of the A8 chip is greatly upgraded, from the last generation.

POSTSCRIPT: When my phone works again it will be awesome.


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