Student-Friendly Android Features You Won’t Find on iPhones

Do you own an Android phone?
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Aug 2, 2020
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The Android vs. iPhones debate has been a prevalent issue among tech enthusiasts. People are constantly trying to figure out which has better features, but both have its own unique set of features that may prove useful depending on one's needs and preferences. At the end of the day, it's honestly up to the user to decide which kind of phone they're more comfortable using. iPhones have a cool and exclusive set of features you won't find in any other types of mobile phones (such as AirDrop and iCloud storage). On the other hand, Androids also have their own types of features that iPhones don't.

If you're heavily reliant on your Android mobile phones or gadgets for online learning (or if you're looking to acquire one for educational purposes), here are some exclusive features that might help you during your study sesh:

Multi-window support.

Any student will understand the struggle of multi-tasking. You will constantly need to access various apps and documents when you're trying to study. While you can easily switch between apps, it is still not the same when you have two "windows" open at the same time the way you could when you're using a computer.


Android phones have a split-screen functionality, called the multi-window support, which is super helpful if you need two apps or windows running at the same time on-screen. You can have a document open simultaneously with your notes for easier note-taking.

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Picture in Picture feature.

Similar to the multi-window support feature, the Picture in Picture (PIP) feature of Android allows users to continue streaming certain video content while accessing other apps. In PIP, however, you have the video or image as an overlay at the bottom right of the screen instead of having it side by side with another app. 

This feature allows users to acess or browse through other apps without having to exit the video they're trying to watch. This will prove especially helpful for online classes that make use of modules in video form.

Bluetooth (for file sharing).

iPhones have the exclusive AirDrop feature for tranferring and sharing files between different gadgets, but it's exclusive to Apple products only. Androids, on the other hand, allow users to freely share photos and files between different units, regardless of brand. Need to transfer a file between Android gadgets from two different brands or manufacturers? Bluetooth can easily assist you with that.


Easy file transfer.

Similarly, it's far easier to transfer files from your laptop into an Android phone. You simply have to plug it in the USB port and you can instantly start to drag and drop files as you wish. The process in iPhones might be a little more complex seeing as you'll need the iTunes app to transfer files between Apple devices. 


While Apple has recently added a widget feature in its latest iOS versions, Android devices are less strict when it comes to customizing your screen with the widgets you need or often use. On iPhones, the widgets are neatly organized and limited to just one screen. Whereas on Android phones, you can customize the size as well as the placement of widgets on your phone screen for easier accessibility. If you have files that need to be easily opened or online articles you want to instantly read, freely customizing your widgets on an Android's home screen is a huge help. 


External storage.

The thing about iPhones is that you are only limited to a certain amount of storage, depending on the unit you chose to buy. And if you want bigger phone space, you'll have to shell out extra money to get a new model with more storage capacity. Sure, there's iCloud, but it could prove a struggle as well because you'll need internet connection to constantly be backing up your phone's files.

In Android phones, however, there is an option to access external storage because most units have a SD card port where you can easily plug in memory cards (which you can buy at a cheaper price point compared to getting a new phone altogether). You can store your e-books, files, and other school needs in this separate storage unit without the need for high-speed internet connectivity.


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