Mobile technology's two leading operating systems, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, hold 51.7% and 38.9% of US smartphone subscribers, as 2013 statistics show.
Both deliver technology that keeps us connected in the field, but deliver specific features differently. Knowing the differences related to camera and apps that matter to real estate professionals can help you get a better perspective surrounding options for managing photo-related tasks.
Smartphone Built-in Camera and App
Since both Android and iOS mobile devices come with crystal-clear displays and provide extraordinary levels of brightness and sharpness, it is even more appealing, yet simpler, to use built-in cameras as a pro, with apps that can easily match agents’ photo-related demands. As apps become more important than the hosting operating system, here’s a closer look at what each system’s smartphone camera and its app bring to the table.
While the current iOS’s device iPhone 5s still uses an 8 - megapixel camera, it has a sensor with a 15 percent larger surface area, meaning it will produce higher quality photos in low-light conditions. It also features a 5 - element lens with f/2.2 aperture, and the pixels at 1.5 microns are larger for better light absorption. Overall, it has a 33 percent increase in light sensitivity. The innovation is amber-colored LED flash for use when it's dark and to improve the harsh and inaccurate color reproduction tones caused by white-LED or Xenon flashes. It works so by analyzing the ambient light in the taken photo and then setting the correct flash tone and intensity.
The latest camera app on iOS 7 features powerful and easy to navigate built-in photo management that lets you do much more with photos. There are options for flash, HDR and switching between shooting modes of Photo, Pano, Square and Video. Shutter speed is fast enough so it can take up to 10 photos per second in burst mode. It also recommends the best photos in the series so it’s not necessary to sort them all through.
Android’s options are a little more complex, since the Android interface and camera app varies by manufacturer. This is why Android framework includes support for various cameras available on devices, allowing you to capture photos by using applications of your choice. Still, an impressive camera app on Android’s latest KitKat 4.4 features revamped shooting modes. As Google explained, “the 100% view finder gets out of the way” when capturing the maximum resolution photos, so it’s easy to preview just about every single pixel and add that fake depth of field mode with option to change the subject in focus after taking the shot.
Which one should you go for?
Final choice comes to subjective preferences and those can not actually distinguish which system’s device camera and apps are superior to the other. Even though statistics show that Android operating system is the market leader within the smartphone operating system market in terms of new phones sold, it is clear that iOS and Android have moved towards each other, or at least that the influence of apps has made the experience of using them mainly similar. A selection of excellent apps to install exists on both operating systems, and both provide the most validated ones from distinguished third parties. Advice is to explore those apps designed to serve real estate professionals and focused on photo documentation. Make sure to go through features and benefits of each to get the most versatile and effective phone for your money.