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iOS vs Android Which OS works great in Refurbished Phones?

iOS vs Android Which OS works great in Refurbished Phones?

Refurbished phones gained their popularity right after the launch of first smartphone in the UK. Since then, people always look forward to own refurbished smartphones as they are reliable, less costly, have warranties, and much more. These days you can find any smartphone as a refurbished one online in the UK. Easy availability of these refurbished smartphones makes us wonder, is iOS a better OS or is Android the better OS to have in the refurbished smartphones. If you have the same question in your mind, then this article would serve you as a guide to purchase whichever OS suites you.

If you are willing to buy refurbished phones, then you would have to look at the aspects described below:

     Price Range:

The price range is the biggest factor that comes in your way while purchasing a refurbished smartphone. The price of the smartphones actually depends upon the operating software that they possess. For the ease of understanding, we can compare the prices of refurbished Samsung phones and refurbished iPhones. The price of refurbished Samsung phones is slightly less than the prices of refurbished iPhones.

We can see the price difference but this price difference has nothing to do with the operating software used in any of these smartphone categories. The price of every commodity is always dependent upon the demand of that specific commodity. Demand for iPhones has always been higher in the UK than that of Samsung phones.

     Amount of Applications:

We might think that all of the apps available on Play Store must also be available on App Store; this is not true! The statistics show that Play Store is proven to have much more apps as compared to the number of apps on App Store. The application developers don’t always launch every app on both of the platform but they choose their landing platform wisely.

Due to the high usage of Android smartphones all over the world, app developers always tend to launch their applications on Play Store first, and later the app might come on iOS as well.

There is another reason behind Play Store having more applications; the Android phones are observed to be more customisable than iOS ones. This is the reason that almost all of the applications developed by developers are compatible with Android. But the important point here is that we don’t always use all of the applications available on either of these platforms. We generally install the most famous and the most usable apps on our smartphones and most of these applications are available on both of these platforms.

Contrary to the discussion above, somehow we always find the new gaming applications to be launched on App Store and later on Play Store, while it is not a must that all of the gaming applications that are available in App Store always come in Play Store as well.

By looking at this comparison, iOS is the winner here as we prefer quality over quantity.

    Accessibility and Usability of Applications:

If we look at the interface of the App Store and Play Store then both of these have a very user friendly interface through which you can find and install the applications. Both of these serve the users with a wide range of applications on their data bases. You can easily buy and install the application through your Touch ID on both of these stores.

The upper edge of Play Store here is that you can easily download the apps from browser on your PC or laptop. Moreover you can easily manage the list of applications being downloaded on your mobile phone. With all of this, Android phones support applications available on the other mediums as well. Hence it provides us with an ease to use our phones while letting us download the applications that we want.

Looking at the privileges provided by Play Store, we can say Android proves to be better in this aspect.

    Software Updates:

Software updates keep your smartphones up to date with the latest developments in the operating software. No matter if you have a new phone or an old one, if it is updated to the latest version of the software then it would perform just as the latest device.

Whenever Apple launches an iPhone, it makes sure that it is compatible with the software updates in the coming 4 to 5 years. Although, iPhone users have a firm belief about a negative strategy of Apple that it slows down the older models whenever a new model is launched through its software updates. We don’t really have a proof for that, and neither have we wanted to comment on something like this here.

On the other hand, Android OS is a separate entity than the smartphones running on it. That is the reason that the updates by Android sometimes reach your phone even after a year from their launch. Although if you own a Google powered smartphones, then you may get the software updates shortly after they are launched by Android.

If we look at this case, then owning an Apple iPhone is better as we can update our iPhones as soon as an update is launched.

    Battery Life:

Comparing the battery life of Android and iOS is a tough job as almost all of the mobile phone manufacturers (expect Apple and Windows) make their mobile phones to run on Android OS. Let us make our comparison more precise by comparing Samsung phones with iPhones. iPhones are the most criticized smartphones when it comes to their battery timing. When comparing with Samsung phones, iPhone are much worse than the Samsung phones in terms of battery timing.

Both of these OS provide the users with the ease of checking the breakdown of the battery usage. You can see that which app is consuming more power and which one is consuming less. Moreover, you can extend the battery life in both of these OS by different battery modes available in the settings app.

The best thing about Samsung phones is that almost all of the models after S6 provide you with the option of fast charging, and the fast chargers usually come along with the smartphones. On the other hand for Apple iPhones, only the iPhones after iPhone 8 are compatible with fast charging and wireless charging and you would have to purchase the fast chargers separately if you opt for Apple iPhones.

In this case, there is a clear cut winner in front of us; Android OS.


As discussed before, Android phones are more customisable than Apple iPhones. In Android phones you can easily customise almost everything according to your preference and ease. From themes to widgets, everything can be set according to your preference. While on iPhones, you can’t really have this leverage. However, you can customise your iPhone as well but it provides you with much lesser accessibility to do so.


The usability of these both OS depends upon your preferences. If you are new to using smartphones or if you are buying a phone for your elderly relative then you would have to look for options that are easy to use. In such a case, iOS is proven to be better than Android due to its relatively simple interface. Moreover, most of the Samsung phones also provide its users with the option of easy mode through which the phone becomes easy to use by elderly people and new users.

Final Verdict:

We cannot really comment on which OS is better while looking at the list of comparisons provided above. The best OS can only be chosen according to your preferences, and no one else can judge; which one is better for you. Both of these OS have their own pros and cons, and you would have to decide which feature you need the most.

The best news for you is that you can get both of these OS if you buy refurbished phones, and at Alpha SmartPhones we have a wide range of Samsung phones and iPhones for you to choose from. Both of these OS would work great on the mobile phones if you buy a refurbished phone from us, as all of the mobile phones available on our website are comprehensively and professionally checked and are in 100% working conditions. So if you buy a refurbished mobile phone from us, you won’t be having any issues regarding the software or hardware of the phone. Even if after purchasing the phone, you find any issue regarding the software (OS) or hardware of the phone, you can easily claim the warranty that we provide with every smartphone available on our website.

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