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If you’re looking to buy a new smartphone, and don't know too much about the differences between android and iOS, you may have a tough time choosing. There are virtually hundreds of handsets out there, each with its pros and cons. Apple, Samsung, HTC, Google, and Sony are just a few of the manufacturers that develop and produce smartphones, with new releases on a yearly basis.
Depending on the purpose of the new smartphone, there are countless hardware combinations that are available, in various shapes and sizes, and most importantly, processing power.
What To Consider
Something to remember is that the hardware is only one part of what you must take into consideration. The other, more important part, is software. Given that the majority of mid-range to high-end smartphones can handle anything you throw at them - at different computing speeds, but nevertheless manageable, the question becomes: which is the better OS for my needs? The two most famous mobile operating systems are Android and iOS. Both of which have received impressive upgrades to their latest versions in the past month.
Android 7.0 Nougat
Known as 'Nougat' (and not the type you can eat), the latest Google OS brings a lot of interesting changes. The developers have been working hard to improve and optimise the OS performance on a plethora of devices, from smartphones to tablets. The Nougat is more stable than the previous Marshmallow system, with more focus towards functionality, rather than looks. The new OS brings improvements in pre-existing features as well as new features designed to make it easier to use.
What We'll See with Nougat
A few of the major changes that come with Nougat are the possibility to open and use multiple windows at the same time, and a dedicated virtual reality mode, called Daydream (available from November 2016). Moreover, the new OS offers users the possibility to group notifications and even run certain applications straight from a web browser, without prior installation.
Another change that came with Nougat was the introduction of two new apps - Allo and Duo. These are Google’s take on the popular Apple apps iMessage and FaceTime. It will be interesting to see how these develop over time, but we’re excited to try them out.
The iOS 10, also known as Whitetail, is the newest operating system launched by Apple. It’s compatible with most Apple products from 2012 onwards and brings with it lots of improvements and some great, new features.
The overall consensus about the iOS 10 is that it’s cleaner and smarter. The lock screen receives an overhaul, making it smoother, easier to use and read, and more customisable. From the lock screen, users can access the Notification Center by swiping from the top and the Control Center by swiping from the bottom. Moreover, the camera icon has been replaced with another swipe - from the right.
A new, cool feature, is the addition of 'Today View' on the left side of the lock screen. It contains various widgets that are easy to change and read, removing a lot of the clutter that we were used to.
The Control Center received an interesting update. Now, instead of one card that contained easily accessible settings, such as Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and so on, the new Control Center has three cards: one for the aforementioned settings, one for 'Now Playing', and one for the 'Home' settings. It may take a bit longer to get used to the new style, but we’re not complaining about the idea just yet.
Try Them Out!
If you're still unsure about what to go for or what you would prefer to use on a daily basis, why not head to your local phone shop and have a play around with some of the different handsets on offer? There's no other way to find out what you would like than to experience it up close and personal!