Nearly a couple of thousand words later, and in some ways we’ve barely started to scratch the surface of iOS vs Android—that’s an indication of how these smartphone OSes have expanded in scope and influence, and how versatile the modern-day mobile phone actually is.
Read through some of the iOS vs Android thought pieces on the web and you’ll find that a lot of the time it’s the small differences that count: The positioning of a button, or the way a specific feature is handled, or a reliance on one particular app or another.
Yet get above that minutiae and you find that Apple and Google have fundamentally different ideas about the way that software, hardware, the web, user data and privacy should be handled. On one level, iOS and Android have never been more similar; on many others, they’ve never been further apart.
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I’m partial to the S4, but there are lots of others to see!