The issue of comparing the capabilities of iOS and Android is an eternal source of controversy and disagreement. In today’s environment, when we live in sanctions and many of the known features of smartphones are no longer available, the issue of the convenience of the platform remains open. So which side has more freedom: open Android versus closed iOS?
Payments via mobile phone
It is easy to get used to life without plastic cards, when almost anywhere you can pay by touching your phone or watch. But the convenience is over: Visa and Mastercard cards issued by Russian banks continue to operate in the country, but do not work through Apple Pay.
Alternatively, you can connect the Mir card to Apple Pay, but, for example, my Tinkoff bank card was connected, but the Alfa-Bank card was not. As a result, for reliability, you walk with a pile of cards.
In the case of Android, the story is slightly better. Mir Cards can connect to the Mir Pay app on Android via Google Play or AppGallery for contactless payments. I had no problem with the aforementioned Alfa-Bank, I tied the card. And with Tinkoff everything went smoothly.
Similarly, you can connect the card to the Samsung Pay payment system, as well as choose another application: YuMoney or Wallet.
With YuMoney, everything is also very simple: issue a Mastercard virtual card, top up your account, select the program in NFC settings for default payments – and that’s it, you can pay by putting your phone down.
Payment for subscriptions
Everything is complicated with this, because neither Google Play nor the App Store accept Mir and the previously shared Visa and Mastercard do not bypass payments. So far, the only scenario for renewing subscriptions is to top up the balance of a mobile number and then transfer that money to an Apple ID account. Uncomfortable, but tolerable.
In the case of Android, there are no options other than paying with Visa and Mastercard. Therefore, you may not pay for a subscription to Google services such as Drive or YouTube Premium or third-party applications.
However, it can be added that some of the apps from the App Store have just disappeared – the developers refuse to sell software to Russian users. In this case, you can create an account in another area – and be forced to go back almost twenty years ago, when it was very difficult to buy iOS apps.
Rumors that manufacturers can remotely lock devices and turn smartphones into pumpkins have been circulating on the internet for weeks. If you look at the recommendations of experts, the options will be different. Some suggest taking precautions to turn off automatic software updates in smartphone settings, some suggest turning off geolocation and phone search services. For iPhone, it is Find My and for Android, Find My Device. Well, or even go to extremes and turn off the data transfer feature.
Judging by the whole history of the existence of smartphones, there have been no cases of global blocking of devices. This was taken and blocked by millions of devices in a single area.
Here’s an example from life: we had a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, notorious for its spontaneous burning. The company withdrew all devices from sale, there was also news that those smartphones that were not delivered to stores were blocked remotely. Sounds like a sure solution to the problem, but only our sample, which we bought for the video, worked after the announcement of a widespread blockade.
The concept of iOS is just the opposite of Android: download apps only from the App Store, but on Android you can also install third-party apps. Therefore, the issue of privacy of iOS data is more reliably resolved: the risks of installing software downloaded on the Internet are borne by the user.
Newer versions of Android make it easier to keep track of what data apps are asking for, but iOS is still a long way from strong security. If Google is making money from advertising, collecting data through apps and selling them, then this type of business is not of interest to Apple.
System updates and settings
When you buy a new iPhone, you can be sure that it will receive updates for 5-6 years. In the case of Android smartphones, the situation has not changed for many years: something is enough, but the waiting period for new software lasts for months. Pixel smartphones stand out, which is why Google prepares updates in the first place, but other manufacturers with a bunch of devices of different formats have to spend a lot more time.
However, in terms of the flexibility of setting up the Android system, it is still more convenient for those who are not ready to tolerate Apple’s restrictions. Custom themes, icons, skins and that’s it. Take even the job of VPN, which is so relevant in our time: you can select individual applications for which a VPN is required and for which it is not. In iOS, this is not provided in the system: the VPN either works or not. Theoretically, you can try to create a profile for the same Instagram through “Groups”, but this is not an easy way.
Or take the App Gallery, for example: you can look for users of Huawei devices who live under sanctions for a long time. The store will be an additional source of software just in case.
Not obvious, but an indirect hurdle: after the recent price spike, the ticket to the iOS world has become very expensive. The simplest new iPhone SE (2020) costs about 50,000 rubles. For comparison, on Android, you can buy a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE for the same money and simple basic models like the Poco M3 Pro or the Redmi 10 already cost from 20,000 rubles.
In summary, we can say the following. Despite the theories that iOS and Android devices can be remotely blocked, no one is going to “brick” them. So, as a means for calling, mailing, listening to music, navigating and other common things, both iPhone and Android are equally suitable.
You can also pay using a smartphone in-store, though with limitations: you should either add Mir to your Apple Wallet or use a third-party Android app instead of Google Pay.
The big problem is related to the payment of subscriptions: in Android there are no options at all, in iOS you can renew your account through a phone number, the gap is not even filled and the method works.