Apple mobiles have been for a time long been the single most sold mobile phone device by volume of sales. Despite Samsung being the world’s largest phone maker, Apple’s top device, the iPhone 7 Plus shows bigger numbers of sales per quarter than Samsung Galaxy S8. There are multiple reasons for this, and this doesn’t mean that the Galaxy S8 is inferior to the iPhone. The debate of ‘Which is better? Apple or Android?’ will never end.
One of the main reasons these flagships command respect and decide the course of action of other mobiles is due to their camera. Both Android and iOS have their algorithms and mechanism for shooting images from their digital cameras. For years, the debate has been running as to which OS is better suited for photography. One of the former employees at Google had once said, “never buy an Android for photography.” This has sparked a huge debate between Apple and Android fans that sometimes turns ugly, but is mostly limited to online platforms and forums.
Since the launch of the iPhone 7 Plus, the world has come to believe that the dual-camera has killed the DSLR. The widespread belief says that the iPhone has become the top device for mobile photography and is years ahead of Android. Of course, that belief is ‘widespread’ only in the world of iOS fans. This is attributed to the dual-cameras (12MP f/1.8,28mm + 12MP f/2.8, 56mm) with 2x optical zoom capabilities. The camera samples of the iPhone 7 Plus show some great photos, especially the portrait mode offers the best of the photographs possible for a smartphone.
On the other hand, the Android community has an altogether different opinion. They believe that Android is much more dynamic and flexible when it comes to photography. The autofocus algorithms, fine tunings, etc. are much better in Android, and accessible to users by virtue of which users can manually fine tune various parameters such as shutter speed, white balance, exposure etc. Apple phones don’t allow for a lot of changes and are tap-to-focus and touch-to-click, whereas Android phones allow for much more control over how the user wants their photos to appear.
This control that Android offers, especially in Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8, Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe, etc. makes Android much more suitable for photography, than the iPhone. Apparently, just the ability to enlarge a captured image to a great extent doesn’t define the ability of the phone to take photographs.
However, when it comes to capturing videos, there’s nothing much that can be done, in either of the two camera types and mostly the user is dependent on the autofocus capabilities of the PDAF system if at all there is one. The iPhone simply beats all other devices here. While many Android phones apply compression while shooting the video, Apple’s device does so after the video has been shot in order to preserve maximum details.
However, remember that we are comparing a phone from last year with the phones of this year. Comparing iPhone 7 Plus with OnePlus 5 may not be completely fair. In order to see if the camera of the iPhone is really better than Androids, it will have to wait until the iPhone 8 comes up. Then it can be a fair comparison. In fact, comparing the iPhone 8 with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be the most appropriate comparison as both the devices are coming around at the same time and will host the top-most features possible in the world.