Even though markets offer a wide variety of commodities, there seems to be a growing tendency of wars being waged between fans (or more likely fanboys) of two products in a certain field. All other merchandise is ignored. All of the unlimited hate and boundless love are put into those two in question – Xbox vs. Playstation, Android vs. Apple, paper vs. plastic… It doesn’t matter what the market share of other products is; only two may rally the troops and bid them against each other to see who can receive more blind and undying support. A product is either only good or only bad – there is no middle ground. In the wake of the release of the new version of the respective Android and Apple mobile operating systems, I think it’s a good idea to show some principle differences between the two so people can more easily choose. Let the showdown begin!

Round 1: Hardware

Many people would tell you that the war between Android and iOS is a software one and that’s just in the software field where battles are being conducted. That’s like saying that actual warfare is only on the battlefield and that planning has nothing to do with anything.

The hardware differences matter, maybe even more than the software ones. “Now you’re just talking crazy”, you say? Oh, well allow me to retort. What is the biggest, grandest, most major difference between Google’s mobile operating system and Apple’s? The difference is that Apple manufacture their own phones and Google make their OS available (for free) to a wide array of manufacturers (we’ll leave Moto X sit this one out). So, what? Well, it’s simple – Google give permission for their OS to be modified by phone makers, which leads to tons of unnecessary features and apps whose sole purpose is to annoy you and make your life miserable.

Of course, there are other implications. iOS works the same on all devices across the board. Your Android experience can vary, however, depending on the phone’s builder, which means that you can get a better or a worse performance out of the OS based on the hardware. This round is a tie because some Android devices give better performance and give worse which means that overall it depends on the device.

Round 2: Apps

While most third-party apps are offered on both platforms, and the native ones have pretty good analogs, Apple gets a gold star here because of their distribution. You can only get apps from the Apple store and the control and security standards there are high.

Apps for Android, on the other hand, can come from a variety of sources which makes security checks and creator verification harder to conduct, leading to lower security standards and potential threats. I’m not saying every app you download is a malicious piece of software designed to go after you accounts, but the risk is higher. Apple wins this round.

Round 3: Customization

iOS has always been famous for its ease of use and elegance. However, the platform is pretty limited in terms of customization and even though there are some options, you can’t do half of the stuff you can do with an Android. Google’s mobile OS is open and flexible and if you know what you’re doing, you tweak it as much as you like to make your phone truly different from anyone else’s. If you’re into tweaking and customizing, this is the right operating system for you. Customization is important to many people, including yours truly, so this round goes Android.

So, who wins?

You win! You win whichever you choose. They are both excellent platforms. All you have to do is make the right choice according to your personal preferences. No on can objectively tell you which is better because it’s not an objective matter. Make your own mind, I’m not telling you what to buy. Good day, sir (or madam)!