The battle between Apple and Google also takes place in the field of apps. Looking at the most popular native apps, who wins?
Choosing a smartphone is not just about choosing between iOS and Android: you also have to decide which apps you’ll take for your emails, your commute, your music and everything else. Here is a selection of native apps that have been around for years, and the contrasts between what Apple and Google offer. We deliberately left out digital services (YouTube Music and Apple Music), office software (Apple Pages and Google Docs) and digital assistants (Google Assistant and Siri).
Apple Mail vs. Gmail
Almost everyone will agree that Gmail does just about everything better than Apple Mail. Whether in terms of interface, functionality or otherwise. Apple Mail isn’t terrible to use, lets you manage multiple accounts, keep conversations organized, perform quick actions with simple swipes, manage tasks…but there’s a reason many apps third parties wanted to do better on iOS.
Apple Maps (Maps) vs. Google Maps
Google Maps is seven years older than Apple Maps and while the latter has caught up a lot, there’s still a long way to go. Apple Maps is quite acceptable as a mapping service, but it doesn’t go as far as Google’s solution.
Apple Maps regularly adds features that Google Maps has, but the Mountain View firm’s service is a cut above, often with little things that make a difference.
Winner: Google Maps
Apple Safari vs. Google Chrome
A mobile web browser gives you a window to surf the web. Hard to see a need for additional features. Safari and Chrome offer basic features, including multi-tab, incognito mode, bookmarks, link sharing, search, and more.
When we dive into the details, we realize that Safari is a little better equipped, especially for privacy, or the integrated reader to remove all distractions. The choice is however largely dependent on the computer you are using (Windows or Mac), if you want everything to be synchronized.
Winner: Apple Safari
iMessage vs. Google Chat
iMessage is a mature, stable platform that offers all the features of an instant messenger: read receipts, location sharing, reaction, cancellation of messages, etc. And messages are synced across iPhones, iPads, and Macs, so you can leave your smartphone behind for a bit.
Google’s messaging strategy is still a mess. Chat has now taken over Allo, Hangouts and everything else, but doesn’t get along well with Apple. It’s not a bad app, it offers several very handy features, but the only real advantage over iMessage is that it can be used on any device, whether it’s made by Apple or not.
FaceTime vs. Google Meet
Video calling apps need few features, so it’s not too much to look at to choose between FaceTime and Google Meet like on other apps: both allow you to stay in touch via video with your loved ones , both allow you to have video conferences, blur your background and share your screen.
Difficult to choose a winner because both offer the essentials and do it very well. Google Meet may be more extensive, for both individuals and professionals, but in terms of simplicity and quality, FaceTime is more efficient.
Apple Photos vs. Google Photos
Apple Photos and Google Photos are the tools demonstrating the power of the two giants. Apple’s app is square, full of useful features, Google’s excels in search and artificial intelligence features. Apple Photos is perhaps a little prettier, Google Photos a little more intuitive.
Both have sorting and editing options and are perfectly integrated with other apps. There aren’t really any aspects where either one stands out, but if we focus on mobile apps, Google Photos is a bit smoother and easier to get to grips with.
Winner: Google Photos
Apple Notes vs. Google Keep
At first glance, you might think that Apple Notes has more to offer, but Google Keep manages to hide a lot of features behind a very simplistic interface. Both allow collaborating on notes, combining images, lists, text, and applying labels to keep everything organized.
There are also differences: password-protected notes from Apple Notes, the ability to put reminders in Google Keep. If Google Keep is a very good note-taking application, Apple Notes goes a little further – more advanced filters, smart tags -.
Winner: Apple Notes
Apple Calendar vs. Google Calendar
Another category of apps where the two don’t make much of a difference. After years and years of development, these two tools are very capable, very complete, with all the features you need, from recurring events to calendar sharing and alerts.
Google Calendar narrowly wins this fight: it’s one of those apps where the interface jumps out and works really well, with a few more options for event planning than the others, and it’s a little more intuitive. And most of your contacts are probably already using it.
Winner: Google Calendar
Apple News vs. Google News
News apps from Apple and Google are constantly evolving, both offering a selection of popular news stories and articles personally curated for you. You can dive into topics that interest you or relate to where you are, and it’s a little easier to manage if you use Google News.
Instead, Apple News tries to create a Flipboard-like interface that’s easy on the eyes and works quite well. While Google News might be a little faster and more comprehensive, Apple News is slightly ahead here because it wants to provide a more personalized and eye-pleasing experience.
Winner: Apple News