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You love your Android phone. You want to buy a tablet. Everyone tells you the iPad is the best tablet— and really, it is the best. Still, it probably makes more sense for you to buy an Android tablet. Why? Read on…

No, the reason isn’t emotional loyalty. Apple and Google have been battling to be your the mobile rock in your life, and this often leads to comment sections full of vitriol and hate. If you ask someone what to buy, chances are, they will give you an opinion, not an objective choice. The fact is Android and iOS are so similar now that the Apple vs. Android debate is irrelevant Your Apple/Android/Windows Hatred Is Irrelevant, Give It Up Your Apple/Android/Windows Hatred Is Irrelevant, Give It Up Getting upset because someone is buying something you're not interested in benefits no one – so why do we get mad anyway? Read More .

Sticking to one operating system or one ecosystem has several non-emotional, practical benefits. In fact, these benefits might outweigh the hardware itself.

You Don’t Pay for Apps, Movies, Books Twice

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An operating system is only as good as the apps you use on it. And if you want a quality experience, you’ll often have to pay for a good app. Premium apps are actually worth it for several reasons, including the fact that ad-supported free apps drain your battery faster. Apart from that, there are some apps that are worth every penny You Should Buy These: 5 Android Apps That Are Worth Every Penny, And Why You Should Buy These: 5 Android Apps That Are Worth Every Penny, And Why There is a vast ocean of Android apps on Google Play and it can be daunting to browse, especially if you're new to Android in general. Free apps are great and all, and there are... Read More .

However, buying an app on Android does not mean you get the same app on iOS too. Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store are completely different and app purchases need to be made separately on both. So if you buy Monument Valley on Android, that does not mean you get to play it for free on your iPad.

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Any device you purchase should ideally serve you for a couple of years. Over that period, you will end up spending quite a bit on apps, music, movies, books, and other things that are likely tied into either Android or iOS, be it a song from iTunes or a book on Google Play. Do yourself a favor and stick to one ecosystem, it’s easier on your wallet.

You Can Use the Same Cables and Accessories

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The iPhone and iPad have a “Lightning port”, a proprietary connector made by Apple. Most Android smartphones and tablets use a standard micro USB port. So even if you buy the best Lightning cable for your iOS device 7 Great Lightning Cables To Charge Your iPhone Or iPad 7 Great Lightning Cables To Charge Your iPhone Or iPad One of the most common problems faced by iPhone and iPad owners is a frayed and unusable Lightning connector. Surely there must be tougher, more ruggedized aftermarket options available? Read More , you can’t use it with an Android — and vice versa.

It’s the same deal with accessories. An iPod, iPhone and iPad dock usually won’t work with Android devices. In fact, when it comes to music players, there’s even a difference in the wireless standards. You need to know the difference between AirPlay and Bluetooth Speakers AirPlay vs Bluetooth Speakers: Which Do You Actually Need? AirPlay vs Bluetooth Speakers: Which Do You Actually Need? If you're an audiophile with a Mac or an iPhone, you've probably considered getting some wireless speakers and have been faced with the question: AirPlay or Bluetooth? Read More and then figure out what to buy accordingly.

Given how many things are incompatible with each other, it is far more logical to buy devices that fit into one ecosystem, then stick to that ecosystem.

You Can Sync Data Smoothly

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Google and Apple are both betting big on cloud storage services. There is an ongoing battle between iCloud and Google Drive Which Is The Mobile Cloud Option For You? iCloud vs. SkyDrive vs. Google Drive Which Is The Mobile Cloud Option For You? iCloud vs. SkyDrive vs. Google Drive It seems the cloud is hard to escape these days - both in your daily tech life, and on websites such as ours. Only last week I wrote an article about cloud-based PowerPoint alternatives, the... Read More , and as far as everyday usage goes, things get simpler if all your devices are using the same service. It especially matters when it comes to syncing data like your contacts and messages.

Sure — you can access iCloud on your Android Need To Access iCloud On Your Android? We Can Help! Need To Access iCloud On Your Android? We Can Help! Apple doesn't always play nice with other ecosystems, but you can access iCloud from your Android with the right apps. Read More and there’s a Google Drive app for the iPhone — but these service only provide easy cross-platform access if you’re technologically inclined or are using them only for storage.

You Will Know How To Fix Things

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It’s not just apps; the more you use an operating system, the more easy you find it to use and customise. Don’t ever underestimate how much muscle memory helps in being more productive with technology. As you get accustomed to Android or iOS, your brain will learn patterns to perform tasks and start executing them faster and faster. Switching OS will only set you back.

Another benefit is that when things go wrong, you will probably know how to fix them. For the sake of an easy analogy, let’s consider Windows vs. Mac. If you have grown up on Windows, you know you have to hit Ctrl+Alt+Del if a problem crops up. Do you know what to do when you face a problem on a Mac? Save yourself the time of Googling it.

A core element of productivity is fixing problems quickly, and by using one operating system more, you won’t have to research how to fix common Android problems 20 Common Android Problems Solved 20 Common Android Problems Solved Having problems with your Android device? We can solve it! Read More or what to do when the iPhone Home button isn’t working Is The iPhone Home Button Not Working? Here's How To Fix It Is The iPhone Home Button Not Working? Here's How To Fix It Before I start, let me answer your most burning question - yes, these fixes work with all iOS devices, not just the iPhone. I tried them on the iPad, and they should work well on... Read More . You just know it.

Google Now vs. Siri

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Google Now and Siri, the voice-activated core apps of Android and iOS respectively, are incredible. The artificial intelligence behind both these features is incredible, but you have to remind yourself that it’s artificial intelligence. Even now, both apps are heavily dependent on your commands.

In the initial phase of using either Google Now or Siri, you will find many occasions where the app does not understand you. But both learn your voice over time; and over time, you also learn the right tones and inflections to use in your voice so that your command is understood.

Much like clicking an “X” with your mouse to close a window, you also have to learn voice-based commands. There are 20+ useful “Ok Google” commands OK, Google: 20+ Useful Things You Can Say to Your Android Phone OK, Google: 20+ Useful Things You Can Say to Your Android Phone Slowly, without us noticing, the future has arrived. Read More you need to know. You can truly unlock the power of Siri with the right commands Do More With Siri Using The New iOS 7 Siri Commands Do More With Siri Using The New iOS 7 Siri Commands If you find yourself fumbling with your iPhone to make a simple phone call, launch an app, set a reminder or wake-up alarm then you're probably not using Siri enough. Read More . However, the phrases needed to activate these aren’t the same across platforms, so it’s better to stick to one and learn it well.

The fact is that both services have matured to a point where they provide hands-free access to a bounty of information, services and settings — you just need to invest a little time learning how to use whichever you choose.

What About Windows?

When it comes to the big two mobile operating systems, it seems pretty logical to stick to one platform across devices. But will that change once the cross-device Windows 10 Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Microsoft is boldly stepping into the future with innovative software and hardware. Windows as a service and mobility of experience were the major keywords from the recent Windows 10 briefing. Most importantly, Windows 10 will... Read More rolls around? Does the desktop operating system also play into your decision of buying an iOS or Android or a Windows phone?

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