The Teen Take: Operating system choices result in ultimate disagreement

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Elizabeth Nygren is in Grade 11 at Prince Charles Secondary School.

Apple, Android, iPhone, Samsung — too many disagreements and arguments on which is better. It’s the technology age, for sure. Apple, or iOS, is pretty cool. So many different technologies with it: computers, phones, tablets, watches. It’s crazy. And the advancements are incredible. Apple has introduced iCloud and FaceTime and what seems like the thinnest computer ever, the Macbook Air — all things that seemed so utterly impossible 20 years ago, and now it’s one of the easiest softwares to use. Probably everyone in the world knows what an Apple product is!

And Android, a major operating system, used for phones, tablets and computers and run by Google! Google is one of the most popular technological services out there that is provided to us. Android can be used for many different companies as a software, unlike iOS. It is the software for HTC, OnePlus, Samsung and more. It is a very customisable software and not totally nailed down to where you can’t change anything at all. Totally perfect for the computer savvy.

And now technology is something the world can’t live without. We send emails to our family members that arrive in the blink of an eye, have live video chats with friends from across the world and watch videos of cats flying through space. It’s absolutely magnificent. But I guess the question really is: Which do you think is best?

When you search “apple” on Google, the first thing that comes up is the Apple company, not the fruit. It’s unbelievable, right? How does a technology company that’s been around for 40 years surpass a fruit that’s been around for thousands of years? It’s astounding, and amazing how powerful this company has become in a matter of years.

Founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, the company grew quickly. With the new innovative ideas and the initiative to stretch forward, it swiftly grew to what it is today, and has enraptured the world. The Apple I was the first creation made by Steve J. and Steve W., which grew into the Apple II, then the Apple III, and so on. Now, it’s turned into new creations such as the Apple Watch which will be released this year. Imagine having a watch on your wrist, close to the same capabilities as a smartphone!

If you were also to create an app, you wouldn’t get very far if you didn’t design an edition for Apple products. I wouldn’t bat an eyelash if I was told that over half of our local high school had Apple products, as it is the largest tech company in the world. I would assume that it is, because it is always coming out with something new. Every year, this corporation has something new to release, and everybody always wants to have the newest gadget and the most glamourous device. It also pairs with the fact of how easy to use the iOS operating system is. Every iPhone and iPad is designed practically the same, so it’s no mystery how to use it. It’s perfect for the people who are into good organization, and not too interested in customizing their own device to their own needs. A simple invention indeed!

Now Android, on the other hand, is a completely different story. This operating is fairly new, as it was born in 2003, which I would believe would make it more open to new ideas and innovation and customization, rather than the iOS system. Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White were the four technological engineers that created Android Inc. In 2005, it became property of Google, which has advanced the operating system of these devices so high, it has been known to even surpass our friend, the Apple product. Could this be why Android users despise Apple? Is it because of the work put into to create a highly advanced software? Could it be because of the new updates so often? The customizable abilities? Or of the cool names of their updates? They have had the Cupcake, Eclair, Froyo, Honeycomb and Kit Kat updates, and many more. Who wouldn’t love an operating system with delicious names like that?

The Android OS is used within many different smartphones, starting with the HTC Dream and escalating to the Samsung Galaxy S6, which has a very touch sensitive screen and can take amazing photos, along with many many more capabilities. You make your phone what you want it to be with the many customizable features, such as how you want to receive your notifications, choosing your browsers you want to use, using your phone as your wallet and the amount of accessibility options. This operating system is great for those who love tech and fun, all rolled up in one package. But if you choose an Android product, don’t down on the Apple.

So you’ve read the brief explanation, you’ve thought it over in your head and maybe you already knew what you liked from the start. But whatever the fact may be, these two are probably the main software companies you would like to choose from. Of course there are your other low-key ones, such as Windows, Blackberry or Linux, but none of them are as highly ranked as these two.

But why do these Android fanboys seemingly hate these iOS Users? Well, as I’ve read, it all comes down to personal preference. But supposedly Android users dislike iOS users because of the lack of apps provided to Apple products, as you need to pay to create an Apple app and they must be child friendly. It’s not as customizable as the Android software, meaning you must “jailbreak” your phone — change it to run software and have capabilities that usually would not be allowed — in order to customize it. And, finally, Apple users are saying that the new updates have “groundbreaking capabilities”, when Android has actually had these updates already and they are actually becoming bored with them.

But I personally think the amount of hate being thrown toward Apple is too much, as they are both really awesome softwares. Get over yourself! Apple and Android are both great and the “haterz” just need to accept it. But I guess the real question is, which do you think is the best? Apple, Android, iPhone, Samsung — the ultimate disagreement.

Elizabeth Nygren is in Grade 11 at Prince Charles Secondary School. The Teen Take is a column co-ordinated by the Teen Action Committee.

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