By: Rachel Zaretsky
Over the past 15 years, cell phone sales have skyrocketed, and the rivalry between Apple and Android is more competitive than ever.
In the United States, Apple phones are more popular than their Android counterparts. Specifically, members of Generation Z are lured towards Apple products; nearly 90 percent of teens own an Apple phone, according to a recent survey by Piper Sandler.
According to Statcounter, a real time analytics service, about 70 percent of the world uses Android mobile devices, while only about 27 percent use Apple devices. In the United States, 60% of people use Apple devices, while 40% use Android devices. A majority of Sharon High School students own Apple devices.
“I prefer Apple since it’s easier to use, and it’s designed in a way [that makes] it easy to learn to use too”, said freshman Aishu Saravanan.
Freshman Ankita Varigonda, also commented on the convenience of Apple devices, “ I am used to the interface so it is more convenient and easier for me to use,” she explained.
Likewise, students commented on Apple having better features. “I think Apple phones can download more apps and can text with other phones better. I…prefer IOS to Android because I think [Apple] works better,” said freshman Callie Weader.
Freshman Caitie Oh says that she doesn’t have a preference of Apple or Android, but Apple fulfills her must-haves in a phone. “I feel like Apple has a nicer camera quality which is important to me,” said Oh.
Some students say that Android devices seem “out of date”, and their design isn’t as “clean” as Apple’s.
SHS students who own Android devices say they are very happy with their choice.
SHS Freshman Inbar Rabinovsky recently got the Samsung S21 plus, and she explains her position on the Apple v.s. Android debate. “I like [the phone] because it has good camera quality, and I can customize my screen with themes and icons,” said Rabinovsky.
“Android has some more… [features] that I enjoy over my friends’ Apple [phones], and… my battery life lasts longer ” added Rabinovsky.
But being the black sheep comes with its challenges, “I can’t be added to exciting group chats, a new one [always] has to be made,” she added.
When an Android device is added to a group chat, no one else can be added or removed from the chat. Making it difficult for both Apple and Android users trying to communicate.
According to CompuHoy.com “iMessage isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. … Group messaging on iMessage basically works only if everyone in the conversation has an iPhone. So if there’s even one Android user in the group, all of your messages will be sent as a standard text (otherwise known as MMS)” In order for all the features of iMessage to work, all devices in the chat must be by Apple.
When iPhone owners use iMessage with other iPhone users, their message bubbles are blue, but when an Android user joins the chat, their message bubbles turn green. It’s a simple way for iPhone users to know that certain iMessage features will not work anymore because there’s an Android device in the chat” said C. Scott Brown, a writer from Android Authroity
SHS Freshman Sydney Sekuler says the bubble drama is irrelevant. “As long as my message is getting to the other person, that’s all that matters to me” said Sekuler
“If I’m in an emergency, and I need to contact someone, I’m not going to think, ‘ew, this person’s bubble is green so I’m not going to contact them,’” Sekuler added.
“Even though there are plenty of Android smartphones out there that cost just as much (if not more) as a brand new iPhone, the perception in the US is that Android phones are cheaper and “less than” when compared to the iPhone,” says Brown.
Many young people will see another young person using a smartphone that isn’t an iPhone, and immediately assume that they are not cool and probably poor,” Brown adds.
SHS freshman Heather Kelly, says “When I first got [my phone] I did [think of it as a status symbol]. It was a really glitchy android, and I was embarrassed of it. I got it for my birthday so I was stuck with it,”
“I definitely felt more confident with my new phone[an Iphone XR], from what it was before,” Kelly added.
SHS freshman Ilana Wulf says, “I didn’t have a phone until eighth grade. Most people got them in sixth or seventh, I felt like I didn’t know what was going on. It was harder to connect with people because I didn’t have a phone,”
“[When] I got my phone I didn’t really care what model it was.’A phone’s a phone’,” said Wulf
There has always been bullying in High Schools, it’s something that never goes away no matter how much time passes. But it doesn’t mean that it’s ok.
“Remind your friends that the green bubble they are criticizing is not just a bubble — it’s you. If your friends still exclude you after you tell them that, your choice of smartphone is not the problem,” Brown says.