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Apple v Android: Which One Wins For Gaming?

It’s one of the most divisive questions of recent times – should you choose an Apple or Android? While each type of device has its own advantages for different things, it can be a tricky one for gamers to decide.

While the iPhone used to be the clear winner for mobile games, Android has most certainly caught up. So which should you choose? Take a look at the pros and cons of both devices for gaming to help you decide.

Why Android is great for gaming

Better flexibility

Android devices offer a lot of benefits to gamers, especially if you want to look at playing retro games or using controllers alongside your device. While an iPhone needs to be jailbroken for many systems to work, your Android can easily be used to turn it into a retro gaming hub.

Apps are on the up

While most developers adopted the ‘Apple-first’ approach, more and more are seeing the value in launching on both platforms simultaneously – with some even choosing ‘Android-first’. You can get top games like FFXV on your Android device as well as other top games. So if it’s the latest releases you’re after, you’re not missing out on the games offered by Apple. Many games which you have to pay for on Apple are free on Android, so it’s a great device for those with limited budgets.

Better battery life

Battery life is an important requirement for mobile gamers, and Android is the clear winner here. With some devices providing 16 hours of power, you won’t have to worry about your device shutting down mid-session.

Why Apple is great for gaming

Better quality games

Apple are tougher on their developers than Android, which means the overall quality of apps is better. Apple developers must pay a fee, which narrows the choice of games but also means that the ones that are available are likely to be higher quality.


While many developers are giving equal status to both Apple and Android for their releases, there are still others who choose to go Apple-first. Big name games like Super Mario Run were released on Apple way before they hit the Android market.

Better connectivity between devices

Apple have nailed the market in terms of cross-device connectivity. And if you’re an Apple user, you can benefit from having your Mac, iPad, Apple Watch and iPhone all in-sync, making it possible to pick up where you left off on different devices.

When choosing between devices, you might want to think about more than just gaming. Things like resolution, camera quality, and price point can all influence your decision over whether to buy an Apple or an Android device. If you’re still struggling to make the decision, why not take a look at more in-depth phone news for reviews and details of the latest releases. Whichever device you ultimately go for, you’ll have a fantastic selection of mobile games to try out.

About the author

Milana Rose, AppLecture news editor. Kind, sympathetic and very inquisitive person, who loves to help people with the "computer", and not only those challenges sufficiently due to her knowledge. Hobbies - Apple products, drawing, dancing, swimming, a healthy lifestyle. In a private use - MacBook Air, iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPod Nano 5, iPod touch, Mac Mini.
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