Ever since the dawn of either iOS or Android, many developers have favored one OS over the other and have willingly or not developed their brainchildren as exclusive pieces of software that only one of the two camps could use.
While there are arguments favoring and against software exclusivity, we as consumers can only do so much aside from pleading and beseeching hardworking devs to port their works to the competing platform for the consumer's sake.
We thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the best apps and games that are exclusive to iOS or Android. We're kicking off with some of the very best iOS-exclusive apps and games available on the App Store.
One of the more robust and functional mobile video editing apps is unsurprisingly Apple's own iMovie. The mobile version of the popular video editor is naturally an iOS-exclusive app, allowing for quick but powerful basic video edits on the go. Trimming, splitting, template application, and different filters are merely a couple of the editing skills the app is perfectly capable of handling.
Apple's own Clips app lets you create short but amusing video clips to send to your pals. Use artistic filters, animated text, music, emoji, and even Star Wars or Disnehy stickers to add to your stories. A great app that is only available on iPhones and will hardly ever venture to the other side.
Android alternatives: Magisto
When it comes to serious music apps, iOS easily crushes Android which doesn't tend to be a favorite of developers. GarageBand is a superb Apple app that is a great audio editing software that allows for basic edits while on the go. GarageBand offers a collection of touch-optimized musical instruments as well as a recording option that enables you to easily "jot down" a melody that has been stuck in your hear, provided that you know your way around musical notes and whatnot.
Users who have used Bear, one of the highest-rated note-taking and writing apps out there, swear by it. And it's pretty easy to see why - the app supports more than 16 different styles, different themes, and the superb ability to link different notes together. The app truly allows you to express yourself and use it for more purposes than shopping lists alone -- we wouldn't be surprised if many an essay have been written with the help of the little note-taking app that could.
Image editors are dime a dozen on the Play Store, but few in-between can match the feature set and intuitiveness of Enlight, an app that transforms image editing from a fairly boring process to an incremental everyday joy. Aside from looking great (it even won the Apple Design Award for 2017), the app is also very powerful and has tons of essential and extra tools and features that will help you edit your picture in more ways than one.
Another great video-editing app that's only available on iOS, Enlight Videoleap is available for free for all those who want to make artistic Hollywood-level films or simply share memories and moments with friends, Videoleap is a breakthrough video editor.
Android alternatives: FilmoraGo
An image preset app? Are you serious?
When it's as good as RNI Films, yes, 100%. The app puts a spin on the regular filter/preset app by emulating the looks of different types of analogue film. RNI claims its has matched each preset to the corresponding film style as close as possible, meaning that you can emulate the looks of various Kodak Portra, Fuji Superia, Agfacolor, and many other popular and little-known films. Other immersing features included in the app are specks and grain, which definitely add up to the analogue looks of the images you edit.
Halide is a superb third-party camera app that won't necessary shoot better pictures than the stock one, but would make it easier for you to snap around thanks to its superb interface. The app puts all the essential controls at your fingertips, allows you to snap RAW photos, and boasts a multitude of manual controls. Don't worry though -- all the essential stock camera features, like portrait mode and portrait selfies are present in Halide as well. The app is perfectly optimized for the iPhone X
, shaping its interface around its notch.
Hyperlapse by Instagram
One of Instagram's best apps has been an iOS exclusive for years now, with little to no signs that it's ever going to land on the Google Play Store. Why is this such a big deal? The app features Instagram's superb in-house stabilization tech which is capable of smoothing out even the jerkiest time-lapse videos you could record. Sure, many contemporary devices now have a dedicated hyperlapse camera mode but custom ones are more flexible in a sense that they allow you to change the playback speed.
While Android has a great selection of superb Reddit client apps, few could match the interface appeal of Apollo, probably the best Reddit client available on iOS devices right now. With design that beautifully matches the surrounding iOS design, Apollo is a joy to use and browse one of the biggest and most popular sites on the web.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI
This exceptional port of the popular 4X turn-based strategy game is exclusive to iOS and the iPad and particular. On your tablet, you can enjoy playing the first 60 turns of the game for free, but continuing would require you to outright buy the game. You might balk at the asked price tag, but remember that this is the very same game you can also play on your PC, just optimized for mobile and having no multiplayer at the moment. Still, we'd argue that Civilization VI is one of the very best games you can enjoy on your tablet.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI
Square Enix brought Don't Nod's surprisingly successful story-driven adventure Life is Strange to iOS, and it's available on either iPhones on iPads. In this five-episode narrated adventure, you get to carefully choose your actions and choices as they really do have a substantial effect over the story. Speaking of the plot of the game, it is quite likely to strike a chord even with the manliest machos out there.
Note that each episode will cost you a couple of bucks, but a season pass will cost you just $8.99 and save you a few dollars.
Playdead's exceptional adventure, Inside is a philosophical side-scrolling game that will make you question, well, everything. The metaphoric and often downright weird puzzle game is one of the better games you can get on iOS, but be advised that it's not for everyone.