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June 19, 2017

Is Android better than iOS?

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Android and iOS are the two most popular mobile operating systems around, and they’ve long been battling it out to take the top spot. Every new release seems to add fuel to the fire of the seemingly unanswerable question: which is better?

We’re big believers in using whatever operating system fits your needs. Whether you own an android phone, as well as an iPad, a Windows based desktop and a MacBook Pro, it’s all just down to personal preference and which features and functions work best for you.

However, in light of the big Android vs. iPhone debate, if you’re struggling to choose your next smartphone, we’ve got a few tips that may help. Here are 6 reasons why we think android tops iOS.

There’s a device for everyone

Whatever you’re looking for you can find it on the Android platform. With over 1,300 brands offering android phones, you really can find one to suit you. Whether you’re looking for a no-frills phone, one that’s compact, or has a large touchscreen, or maybe you want a camera with the highest specs, Android has you covered. You can even find a phone that offers features such as a removable battery- that’s something you definitely won’t find with Apple.

Offering this operating system up to a multitude of manufactures has resulted in array of smartphones to suit all needs. Plus it’s the same for the tablet market too.

Apple on the other hand, only has a select few smartphone devices to choose from. Even though you have the option of the ‘Plus’ on the iPhone 6S and 7 models, the phones have mostly the same specs.

As you’d expect, with such a wide variety of androids, you’ll be able to find a phone to suit all budgets.

More apps available

Android takes the lead with the most available games and apps. Where once this was one of Android’s biggest weaknesses, it now runs the show with over 2.5 million apps available in the Google Play Store, compared to the App Stores 2 million. On top of this, Android boasts a greater number of free apps too.

However, poor quality and piracy concerns remains one of Androids biggest challenges, where iOS reigns supreme with premium apps and first-releases.

Custom fit your phone to your needs

Android offers far more in customisation that Apple ever will. The level of customisation Android offers knows no bounds. Whether you just want to scratch the surface and adopt a new home screen, keyboard or even include a live wallpaper, or whether you want to delve deeper and completely replace the software, then that’s all perfectly doable with an Android. Apple on the other hand, likes to maintain a homogenous software and hardware user experience by limiting this flexibility.

Android’s ahead of the game with new tech

With a great number of manufacturers producing Android phones it’s only natural that you’re going to see advancement in innovative tech. Over the last few years we’ve seen Android continually bringing the latest features to the market first, leaving iOS in the dust. For example, Sony was the first to release a waterproof smartphone, almost two years before Apple.

If you’re looking for new innovations then the array of Android phones will offer something to whet your appetite. Apple on the other hand will neatly package up last years innovations and market these technologies as ‘new’.

Google integration

With an Android smartphone you are seamlessly connected to Google’s array of services. Google drives the development of the Android platform with the AOSP (Android Open Source Project), but doesn’t own it. As other manufactures use Google’s version of Android, Google services are already integrated into the operating system.

We all use services such as Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive and Google Chrome on a regular basis. Having them neatly incorporated into our phones is an added bonus, one that Apple just seemingly can’t keep up with.

Plenty more storage

One of the biggest downfalls for iOS is storage. When you inevitably run out of internal storage on your iPhone, your only options are to get deleting or buy a new phone. Android however, offers expandable memory meaning it comes equipped with microSD card access.

Still undecided? We’re here to help

Choosing a new smartphone can be overwhelming, after all there are so many on the market.  At MyTechy we can talk you through the latest technologies, and help you find a smartphone that will suit your lifestyle and budget. For further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  Call us on 01483 808008 or email info@mytechy.com.


Why does my PC keep disconnecting from Wifi?

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Can’t seem to maintain a stable Wi-Fi connection on your PC? We’ve all been there. If your computer seems to connect to a Wi-Fi network and then consistently disconnects, then you are likely to have a problem with your tech or the network itself.

Unfortunately there are a number of reasons why your wireless network connection might drop, however here we’ve listed a few common causes and how you might fix them.

To begin with, you can use other devices such as another PC, smartphone or tablet to connect to the same network and test whether the issue lies with the network or the computer itself. If all your devices are experiencing the same problem, then you have a router or ISP issue, whereas if the other devices are connecting to the Internet without any problems, the issue is with your computer.

Weak wireless signal

One of the most common reasons for disconnecting from a network is due to a weak signal. Wireless networks have a limited range so if you are too far from the router your connection may drop or the Internet may appear slow. Try moving closer to the router or invest in a Wi-Fi extender.

You can also try forcing your computer to forget the network, then connect to the network again re-entering the password when requested. If you are using a Mac, a common solution has been to disconnect Bluetooth as well.

Unreliable hardware

Sometimes your router or computer can run into minor problems and cause the connection to drop. It’s a good idea to powercycle your router- turning if off for 30 seconds before turning it back on again. You can also try restarting your PC. More often than not this will fix your connection issues.

It could be that the network card on your computer is experiencing issues with keeping a stable Internet connection. In this case you can restart the network card or reinstall the software, if you feel comfortable doing so.

Software issues

It may be the case that your computers’ software is out-dated or there was a fault in the recent update. In the past, Mac users have updated their computers to find their Macs could no longer connect to the Wi-Fi. To fix this you can restore the software to an earlier version  or look for any recent patches that may have been issued to fix the problem.

Issues with the ISP

It may be that your problem is down to your broadband provider, in which case there isn’t much you can do. The ISP’s technical support can run system checks and line checks to determine if there are any issues between them and your computer that might be causing the issue

Overheated Router

If you still can’t track down the issue, check that the router isn’t overheating. If it’s covered or hidden away then the device can over heat causing it to lose efficiency.

Busy Wireless Networks

You may be experiencing a weak Wi-Fi connection because of other Wi-Fi networks nearby. In particularly busy, built-up areas it is likely that there are other networks sharing the same radio waves with you. Start by making sure you configure your Wi-Fi network with a unique name, and then you can change the channel you are on. Find out what channel your neighbours’ use and pick a different channel to connect to. Your router will usually select a good channel automatically but it is possible to change it manually.

We’re here to help

If you’re PC is still continuously disconnecting from the Wi-Fi then we are on hand to help. At MyTechy our Microsoft certified team have many years experience providing home tech support, including solutions to Wi-Fi issues and PC repair. For more information or to see how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01483 808008 or email info@mytechy.com.