I'm a bit confused in the question, if it's better to use
There certainly are worthwhile problems for which a provider is a solution, particularly for cross-app data publishing. For example, you need to use a content provider to supply search suggestions to a Quick Search Box.
However, for internal use within an application, I am not a fan. The benefits IMHO are outweighed by the costs (e.g., reduced flexibility, additional overhead).
If you do implement a content provider, bear in mind that they are accessible by other applications by default. You need to include
android:exported="false" in the
<provider> element to make them private to your app.