The smartphone market in the United States is split about 50­50 between iPhone and Android users, and while iPhones get most of the attention from the tech and consumer world, Android devices do many things better than the latest iPhone.

For example, the Google Play store offers more apps than iTunes. Some Android devices use facial recognition to unlock the phone and contacts are easier to find than in the iPhone's contact list by including photos of the contacts along with their number for quick dialing.

Other ways the Android phones are better than iPhones: 

  • Many Android phones will turn on or reveal the clock and lock screen just by picking up the phone. iPhones require the user to touch a button.
  • Google products work much better on Android devices. Gmail, Maps, Docs, Photos are all programs developed by Google and run natively and faster on Android devices.
  • Androids also have native swiping on the keyboard. Rather than tapping out words you can slide your finger across the keyboard and Android accurately understands the word you're trying to type.  
  • Notifications are much easier to see and interact with on Android devices. They are larger with photos or icons than on the iPhone.
  • Google Maps is far superior to Apple Maps (even Apple people agree with this one)  
  • OK Google, Android's version of Siri works just as well and searches using Google rather than Safari.  
  • There are dozens of Android phones to choose from. HTC, Samsung, Motorola and LG each have their own ecosystem. Samsung products work together for smart­home and entertainment.  
  • Storage is upgradeable on Android devices. Buy a 16gb iPhone and that's your storage limit. A 16 gig Android is expandable using micro­sd cards, turning the phone into 64 or 128gb for around $20. 

Of course iPhone users don't know about some of these features because they'll never consider switching to Android, but Apple is copying some Android features and will include them in the upcoming iOS 10 update this fall.