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TECH // Apple VS Android: Which is better for bloggers?!

If you're buying a piece of tech any time soon, you will probably be wondering this: Is Apple or Android better? Recently, I decided it was time to update my ancient mobile phone and treat myself to something new. I wasn't really sure about which kind of phone I wanted, so I went and asked my friends and family what they thought and the answers were a mix of everything.


They were either faithful to Apple products or die-hard Android fans. How on Earth could I pick between either?! Well, now I own an Android powered phone and an Apple iPad, I decided to let you know my opinions on both products and decide which is the better one!
First things first, although the products are different as one  is a mobile phone and one is a tablet, I'll be reviewing these in ways in which they are comparable. The Android device I'm using is the HTC Desire Eye, and the Apple device is the iPad Mini. I mainly use this type of technology to surf the web and blogging so most of these points will come from that line of thinking. This is all from a blogger's perspective, not a huge technology fanatic, so it will be a little more basic/easy to understand without any specs. Let's get comparing...

General Ease of Use
Before I decided I was getting my HTC phone I was worried that I'd struggle using it. A lot of people told me that Android systems are confusing and Apple are so much easier to navigate so, to be honest, I was a little apprehensive. I actually found the Android phone really easy to use and not that much different to my iPad. Both mainly use swipe menus with apps on show which are easy to navigate with icons clearly labelled. I find that Android makes more use of 'Menus' and sorts apps into categories whereas Apple just display all the apps in one big menu, but this might just be a feature of my particular phone model. If you are happy using tablets/mobile phones, you will have no problem using either as they are both super straightforward to use. Nothing scary here!

Camera
This is the thing that surprised me the most. I'd heard amazing things about the Apple cameras on their phones/tablets and was pretty sure I wanted an Apple device so I could take decent photos for my social media. I was initially really impressed with my iPad's camera features but now I can compare them to my Android, I am very disappointed! The camera quality is awful compared to Android options. Everything I take on my iPad has a weird white quality to it and it's not a very accurate picture of what I'm taking unless it's in nice, sunny outdoor light. My Android camera shows more true colours and has much more clarity. I know this is more to the camera used and megapixals than the device's operating system, however I think that for photographs Apple products, while they are good, aren't the best option out there!

Web Browsing
Until my iPad, I'd never used an Apple Internet browser but I was pleasantly surprised. For quick browsing, I love using my iPad and have never had a problem with it's browser, Safari. On the other hand, the Android browser is awful. It's so slow it;s ridiculous and since I've downloaded Chrome updates on my phone I stick to using the Chrome browser. If you get an Android device, I'd recommend downloading Chrome or Firefox to use the Internet just to speed it up a little.

Available apps
I love the apps I have on my Android but it's a pain in the ass that Apple always get apps first or exclusively. And, now I've tried the same apps on both Apple and Android, they tend to be much better on Apple! Android have gotten a lot better with their app availability and most apps you can get on both systems. I do find that photo editing apps are more readily available on Apple though.

Overall
Before I got my HTC phone that runs on an Android system, I was sure that nothing could beat the might Apple software and their lovely products however I'm not so sure now. I will only use my phone for photographs now as my iPad's camera quality just isn't there but I'd be more likely to download apps on my iPad because there are so many more to chose from. From a blogging perspective, I think I'd lean towards the Apple systems because apps are pretty important to us bloggers to make sure we produce the best content. I doubt I'd buy an iPhone though... now I know the Android system isn't scary and actually easy to use, I think I'll stick to that for my mobile as I find it more practical for my everyday quick photographing and social media updates.

Becky xo

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