No matter how intimidating the operating system of iPhone may appear to software engineers, it is still the best pal of doctors. It has a wide variety of medical applications and books for a quick consultation. One of the medical news services, Bulletin Healthcare, queried their half a million subscribers and reported that the trend was more inclined towards iPhone operating system among healthcare providers.

The argument for choosing iPhone as a tool for those who belong to medical field can be clarified with these points:

Superior App Store

A comparison between the Android and iPhone for the top 20 free medical applications give a clear picture of superiority of iPhone app store. While exploring the first-hand-experience of the physicians converting to Android from an iPhone system, it is found that even the new applications are first launched for the iPhone operating system due to a significant number of users as compared to Android. This is the reason why the application developers make more money through an iOS platform.

Another edge, which iPhone users get, is they can use the same medical application, purchased for iPhone, on their iPad without having to spend any extra money. However, this doesn’t apply for the Android users.

While talking about the superior nature of the iPhone app store, it is imperative to touch upon a few of the medical apps which are available only on the iPhone system and that too, for free. One is the Radiology 2.0, a case based knowledge reference, which contains high quality accessible knowledge, only a tap away, from the physicians. Another one is Micromedex, an easy guide to drug reference. What is even more admiring about these apps is, they are available free of cost.


While navigating through the reviews on the medical apps for Android, one thing is fairly common to be observed, that is, the installation issues with some of the applications. For instance, Medscape app has this tendency towards causing an installation problem on Android system. Medscape app is one of the example, however, this leaning is reverberated in other reviews as well.

A lot of these problems can be linked to the currently infamous subject of fragmentation with Android. Apple assures that apps work along a range of operating system reiterations but Android does not. There are multiple versions of the Android operating system but not all of its apps will work without a glitch with all of the versions.


Although, the expectations from the Android platform is higher than ever, however, it would be unfair to defy the unmatchable characteristics presented by the iOS for medical professionals as compared to the Android system. We are not giving up on the Android system though. A continuous scrutiny and contrasting features, between the medical apps for both the systems, would be a best judge as to which one is superior. But as for now, If, you are looking for to have an amazing and infallible experience with the medical applications, choosing an iPhone is recommended.