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Native apps: Samsung versus Apple

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Remember when the only requirements for a high quality phone were call clarity and signal strength?

Calling and texting now seem to be the last things people consider when choosing a new smartphone.

One of the things we love most about smartphones is the millions of apps they are capable of running.

These apps have become part of our daily lives and are considered a bare necessity for many phone owners.

Both Apple and Samsung devices have great native apps that integrate perfectly with their operating systems.

Here’s a rundown of a few of the built-in features on some of the sweetest handsets around.

Apple

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When we think of the apps on Apple’s iOS we immediately think of iPhones. All of the standard smartphone tools can be found on them.

What makes Apple’s native apps exciting is their compatibility with other Apple products. The mail app, a valuable asset that can combine with several email providers, can sync your messages between all your Apple devices. iTunes and iPhoto also have some great syncing options. This is a big draw for many users: even those with Windows operating systems on their computers will often use iTunes for their media. Another syncing option comes with the native Apple Watch app that was released on iOS 8.2.

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But synching isn’t the only feature to be excited about. We also love FaceTime, Apple’s video communication program. With mobile video communication becoming so commonplace, people have come to appreciate not having to download a third-party app such as Skype to enjoy visual calling features.

Personal assistant Siri is another tool that people often think of when it comes to Apple. Siri offers great assistance with operating other native apps, but isn’t always perfect when it comes to looking up information or performing outside functions.

Other Apple native apps include mapping, camera, health and weather tools. While these are great features that have evolved to include enhanced searching and editing capabilities, many users opt for other apps such as Google Maps or Instagram when it comes to fulfilling tasks.

Samsung

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Samsung has become Apple’s chief competitor on many smartphone fronts. This includes the app arena. Its Android operating system and Google Play store are interesting playgrounds for developers and customers alike. But, just like Apple, Samsung phones come with a great array of native apps as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge come with the company’s own S Voice and S Health programs. S Voice is another personal assistant, offering users a choice between it and Google Now.

Google Now is the standard Android voice-activated personal assistant. Being able to summon it whenever you want with a simple voice command makes it attractive to users. Opposite to Apple’s Siri, Google Now provides quick results for those looking to query the internet, but lags a bit when it comes to interacting with other native apps.

Samsung smartphones also come with an array of third-party apps installed including Microsoft’s OneNote and OneDrive apps. OneNote, similar to the Notes and Reminders native apps on Apple phones, and OneDrive, a storage and file transfer system, provide unification between your mobile devices and your Windows operating system on your computer. YouTube, Facebook and Skype are other well-known third-party apps that come with Samsung phones.

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The bottom line

Both Apple and Samsung phones come with a selection of native apps that have become commonplace on smartphones today. They allow greater functionality for users and help sync items such as photos and songs by connecting with other devices through cloud technology.

The two sets of native apps do have some differences. One area where they differ is in the relatively newer health apps. Apple’s version, simply called Health, is an excellent activity tracker. However, many feel the S Health tool on Samsung devices is better for overall health assessment. Another point of difference comes with the aforementioned personal assistant apps, with Google Now and Siri both offering small distinctions.

There’s nothing wrong with opting for a third-party app if you don’t care for the native versions on the phone you buy. But not having to pay for a third-party program that takes up valuable storage space on your phone is something that might affect your decision when it comes to going with Samsung or Apple. If you do want to go a different route, unfortunately many native apps cannot be completely deleted from phones. But simply hiding them in a folder will clear them up quickly.

So whose native apps do you prefer? Samsung or Apple? Or do you use a 3rd party? Let us know in the comments below.

20 comments

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  2. Allan says:

    Personally I do not like Apple products because it ties one down to one supplier nor do I like being tied to one supplier. My mobile phone of choice is a Chinese knockoff ‘Xiaomi Redmi Note’ which I have had for over 12 months now and it will run a large variety of Android Apps but best of all it makes telephone calls and does text on a 5″ screen which I can see well.

  3. BJ says:

    Allan, iPhones and iPads haven’t been locked to the original provider for years.

  4. Pedro says:

    You missed the most important (to me) compatibility issue. iOS sync’s with Outlook natively whilst Android and MS don’t – both need 3rd party software or additional cloud based email accounts.
    Get home in the afternoon and plug my iPhone into USB and sync’s calendar, contacts, notes, etc with outlook.

  5. Tracy says:

    iPhone is better. I have been android user all my life until switching over to iPad from Samsung tablet. My next phone will be iPhone. I was impressed with iPhone after seeming iPhone 5s that I brought for my teenage son last year.

  6. Erlo says:

    I have an Optus and e-kit sim card in my mobile but use it only when travelling to make or receive calls or the occasional SMS. I am not even comfortable using apps or Facebook on the computer. It’s such a waste of time when life is so short and so much meaningful to see and do. Can I make money with all this?

  7. Vince Collis says:

    Personally I prefer Linux for android It leaves the rest for dead,it gives you complete office suite or a choice of what you want to put on the device.

  8. Adrian says:

    Try pluging youre apple into your Pc and take your photos off to mention but one thing.

  9. Marky B says:

    Pedro I think your missing the point here “Get home in the afternoon and plug my iPhone into USB…..”

    Plugging your phone in to a computer is old hat now, everything should be cable free, everything syncs to the could. You should be saying goodbye to syncing via a cable.

    Heck even you can charge your phone washout a cable now.

  10. Gerda says:

    Is there an APP which measures the WORLD’s HEALTH – i.e. temperature rise, sea level rise, unusual events?
    Or conversely: positive action taken re world health? Seems to me those playthings are all distractions from what is really going on around us. Incidentally, I do have an android phone and other electronic devices; but seem to fight a losing battle against the time-waste these impose.

  11. Ray says:

    I have a Nexus 6 and I find it just as good as the other two main brands.

  12. Geoff says:

    Up until end last year I had I phone and had to get 2 replaced due to problems with them.
    Just returned from China and brought back a Galaxy A7100 which I believe is not available here.
    Very happy with it great phone, Samsung for me now.

  13. me says:

    It’s not that Apple or Android is better – it’s more about which one is the most suitable for you. Different people have different requirements, and Apple devices suit some people, while Android devices suit other people.

  14. John Bailey says:

    For communications, I like apps that are open and not locked to a single platform. As good as they are iMessage and Facetime only allow you to communicate with other Apple users. Third party apps like WhatsApp and Skype are available on multiple platforms (including Apple) so you don’t have to insist that your friends have the same brand of phone as you.

  15. troy says:

    Samsung S7

  16. David says:

    Samsung have a Hugh advantage over Apple if you drive a high end European car that supports the remote sim access protocol. The trouble with Apple is their preference to develop their own standards rather than open standards.

  17. Robyn Sheridan says:

    I had an iPhone 4 for six years, & only upgraded recently because it wouldn’t update & there was no storage room. I bought a Microsoft Lumia 640 because I found the iPhone’s to be overpriced for what they are, & Samsung the same. I’m extremely happy with what I bought (& could afford to buy outright so no lock in plans). I’ve found almost all my apps that were on my iPhone (time to find necessities & extras is short), & some muuuuch better android apps than iOS apps. Wow, I’m freeeee from Apple!!! It was so confusing…

  18. Christopher Deeble says:

    iOS for because I’ve been using Macs since 1984 & have a wealth of software (including Parallels for the odd Windows app) and data I’ve invested in. Integrating iOS devices is easier.

  19. Kevin says:

    I bought an iPhone 4 about 5 years ago, only because I had a 2009 iMac which I loved. It’s been a great phone and very reliable – and still going strong. Do I think the iPhone is better than a Samsung – for me, yes. For others, not necessarily.

    Which phone is better depends upon the user. For some, neither phone is better than the other, each having advantages and disadvantages over the other. And so the choice becomes just a flip of the coin as to what they wish to compromise on.

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