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Android v/s iOS: Which One To Buy For Your Child’s Online Education?

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With coronavirus came the need for online education and as a result, the need for electronic gadgets. Kids nowadays are tech maniacs. They don’t need that device for just streaming videos and getting assignments. They need that perfect device that can offer them whole learning. 

When it comes to online education, there are different aspects one should consider to choose the best technology between Android or iOS. I know that the minds of most of you guardians boggle when you go deep in technicalities.

Worry not! We will summarise all the features in the simplest way possible keeping in mind your and your child’s needs.

Features To Look For When Choosing A Device For Online Education

  1. Apps
  2. Updates
  3. Price
  4. Security
  5. Ease of Use
  6. Life
  7. Storage
  8. Smooth operation

1.  Apps

Apps are the soul of phones and tablets. Also, mostly online education depends on applications. We know that Apple is way ahead of Android when it comes to the number of applications available. 

But, here we are talking about educational apps. Best online learning apps like Udemy, Coursera, Goodreads, Khan Academy are available on both iOS and Android but the point to be noted is Android is winning in terms of ebook applications. So, it is basically a win-win situation. You can choose according to your requirement.

2. Updates

Technology lovers will agree that future updates are a very important thing while considering a gadget. Apple offers updates before anyone else whereas Android users have to wait for months for getting the same.

3. Price

If we are talking about students, then the price is a major factor in considering the best option. In this category, Android takes the cake. Android devices are way cheaper than iOS devices. They offer almost the same features and in some cases additional features than the latter one for a much lesser price.

4. Security

Even if it is for the purpose of online education, when you are providing gadgets in the hands of children, you are carrying a huge responsibility on your shoulders.

People swear on iphones’ security when it comes to keeping out malware and viruses and protecting your personal data.

But when it comes to children, you can’t just rely just on these two factors. You have to keep your child safe from cyberbullying, prevent them from exposure to inappropriate content. For that purpose parental control apps are very helpful. And it is a fact that most parental control apps work better on Android devices.

One of the best parental control apps is Parental control by Bit Guardian which offers to control your child’s digital activity efficiently and keeps them safe from online predators. You can get this app free of cost on Google Play.

5. Ease of Use

In terms of usability, Android tablets are slightly more complicated than ipads. You will need some time to figure out all the features of Android devices. Apple devices such as ipads are known for their usability as iOS devices are comparatively simple to use, even for children. 

6. Life

I have seen people using iPhones for up to six years but do you think Android also provides such great durability to its customers. The answer is NO. Android devices become very difficult to use in most cases after a period of three years.

But! but! but! They are also way cheaper than iPhones. So, I would not blame them. They are budget phones, you need to choose according to your preferences. I would suggest Android because your child will probably not settle for just one device.  They will demand up-gradation after some time. In that case, it will be pocket-friendly for you.

7. Storage

When you are using gadgets for the purpose of online education, you might need to save many files, videos and install lots of apps. The storage of iOS devices is predefined and you have to pay a hefty amount to get a large storage on iOS devices, also they do not support expandable storage facilities. Whereas Android phones are micro sd cards supportable and you can expand their storage capacity as much as you want. You can Store files, apps, and videos in Android phones as much as you need.

8. Smooth Operation

In this category, iOS has the lead. iOS devices are made keeping in mind the great user experience. With its great operating system, iOS devices manage to give a buttery experience. Also, they have fewer bugs and they run smoothly. Whereas, Android devices are somewhat lagging and may not run smoothly with multiple applications running in the background. The constant lag in the phone might lead to disturbance in the focus of your child.


iOS devices surely provide you better user experience and easy accessibility but you need to pay a hefty amount to get your hands on them. I would recommend you to get an Android device for your child’s online education as they offer way more features in less amount. Also by having Android devices, you can always keep a check on your child’s activity (which is very necessary in today’s times) using child monitoring apps.

About author

Somya Shrimal is a content writer by profession and by heart. She loves to write about technology, lifestyle, fashion and books. Being an electrical engineer , she has a passion to learn and try new things. Somya likes reading, writing, travelling and of course food.
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