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Why do apps from the same company look worse on Android than on iPhone?
Android Gripes ^ | April 8, 2011 | Unknown blogger

Posted on 04/08/2011 3:55:56 PM PDT by Swordmaker

When I use an iPhone and an Android phone at the same time, I often find that apps from the same company look a lot different on these two platforms - the ones on Android usually look much worse.

Here is a couple of examples.

This is what Meebo IM looks on Android, the contact list screen and the conversation screen: 

and this is what Meebo IM looks on iPhone:

I think the difference is pretty obvious. The one on Android pretty much looks like a programming class project. The contact items are too narrow and thus hard to click. They also look bad. The conversation interface is like a geeky IRC client. Those smiley icons are disproportionately small. On the other hand, the interface on iPhone looks much much more polished.

Here is another example - the Facebook launch interface on iPhone vs. Android:

The same thing here. In the Android interface, icons are not properly aligned. The extra space makes the view look very awkward.

Last example is the user interface of Speedtest:



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1 posted on 04/08/2011 3:56:00 PM PDT by Swordmaker
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To: Swordmaker

I think it’s because when you program for iOS it’s only for iPhone where android has a lot of phones with different resolutions. Where the iPhone has one phone and one tablet with high resolutions


2 posted on 04/08/2011 4:04:59 PM PDT by chevydude26
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To: Swordmaker

It must be something with Android. The apps on my wifes Phone (Windows Phone 7) look far better then on my Hero.

The Phone 7 apps are gorgeous.


3 posted on 04/08/2011 4:06:12 PM PDT by Carbonsteel
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To: Swordmaker

It must be something with Android. The apps on my wifes Phone (Windows Phone 7) look far better then on my Hero.

The Phone 7 apps are gorgeous.


4 posted on 04/08/2011 4:06:26 PM PDT by Carbonsteel
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To: Swordmaker

iPhones are like Barbie dolls, they are made to look cute and be easy to play with. Droids are like a Jeep. Not exactly the best looking but are more fun to tinker with and can crush rocks.


5 posted on 04/08/2011 4:10:15 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Ooh boy, are you going to get it! ;-)


6 posted on 04/08/2011 4:17:46 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked..." - BHO)
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To: Swordmaker
But why do they look so different? Is it because iPhone developers are better at user interface design? Is it because the iPhone development environment is better than the Android’s? Is it because iPhone users care more about user interface? Or is it because Android itself implants the ignorance of beauty, usability and focus on details into the community at the first place?

Or perhaps the assertion that the apps all look so much better on the iPhone is entirely subjective, and made by somebody so besotted by all things Apple that he can't be taken seriously.

Perhaps this individual is so loopy (as clearly demonstrated by the use the wretchedly painful and pathetic words "implants the ignorance of beauty, usability and focus on details into the community at the first place") that he can only be mocked and laughed at as a goofball who really needs to get a life.

7 posted on 04/08/2011 4:29:37 PM PDT by Minn
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; 50mm; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; Aliska; ...
Comparing Android screen graphics to iPhone screen graphcs... Why are the iPhone's better when they are the same app? PING!

Please, No Flame Wars, Discuss technical issues, software, and hardware.
Don't attack people!

Don't respond to the Anti-Apple Thread Trolls!
 PLEASE IGNORE THEM!!!

 


Apple v. Android Ping!

If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

8 posted on 04/08/2011 4:32:24 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: mnehring

yay android


9 posted on 04/08/2011 4:46:22 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: Swordmaker

It’s because Android sucks, and iOS kicks ass.


10 posted on 04/08/2011 4:49:10 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: Carbonsteel
Just got my Windows Phone 7 last week. Lovin' it! 

Wired: Windows Phone 7 Is the Real Facebook Phone

 

11 posted on 04/08/2011 4:54:47 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Swordmaker

Wow! I must say no one can compete with Apple on appearance. A lot of people don’t care ... but Apple cares. And I appreciate it.


12 posted on 04/08/2011 5:05:41 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: mnehring

Why can’t they look good and crush rocks?


13 posted on 04/08/2011 5:08:00 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Minn

Do you think the Android versions above look better?


14 posted on 04/08/2011 5:09:52 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers
Why can’t they look good and crush rocks?

You've never rocked climbed in a Jeep have you? Droids and Apple just have different customer bases. Some like out of the package pretty, some like gadgets and tinkering.

15 posted on 04/08/2011 5:15:53 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Either way if it has tits or tires it’s going to give you trouble.


16 posted on 04/08/2011 5:19:04 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I don’t care who you are... that’s funny right there! Thanks for the chuckle!


17 posted on 04/08/2011 5:39:18 PM PDT by folkquest
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To: Swordmaker
Facebook on my android looks nothing like what you have shown. I guess androids are different depending on the phone??
18 posted on 04/08/2011 5:50:23 PM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
BUT!


19 posted on 04/08/2011 5:50:38 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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To: Richard Kimball

LOL, that’s the truth.


20 posted on 04/08/2011 6:01:10 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: pepperdog; Swordmaker

You are right. The FB app on my Droid X looks a lot better plus, you just go to the Facebook website on the browser and get full web experience with Flash- something you can’t get on the iPhone.


21 posted on 04/08/2011 6:03:02 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Richard Kimball

Wow! That is one goodlooking Jeep!


22 posted on 04/08/2011 6:12:26 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government!)
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To: Minn; Swordmaker

How does the name of the poster affect the post?

Question for Minn? Will PreperationH help me with my Android? Using it is a real pain in the ass.


23 posted on 04/08/2011 6:23:52 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government!)
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To: Swordmaker

LOL....I have noted the same. Add to that the Droid battery only lasted me less than a day and I can go three days on an iPhone battery, and I don’t lose 3G coverage like I did with Droid, and my WIFI smokes the performance I got with Droid, I am a happy camper now that I have switched.


24 posted on 04/08/2011 6:41:24 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("[T]here is nothing so aggravating [in life] as being condescended to by an idiot" ~ Ann Coulter)
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To: mnehring

Yeah, I have rock climbed in a Jeep [and various other 4 wheelers. It’s a good example too.

The Jeep has the goods but is also a beautiful, well designed vehicle. So why can’t they do that with Android? Why does Droid [and Microsoft] have to be ugly?


25 posted on 04/08/2011 6:43:30 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: mnehring

apple has an awesome site for development guidelines and their own objective c development environment......android suffers from typical open source mediocrity


26 posted on 04/08/2011 7:44:13 PM PDT by CrouchingTiger620
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To: Minn
Or perhaps the assertion that the apps all look so much better on the iPhone is entirely subjective, and made by somebody so besotted by all things Apple that he can't be taken seriously.

Excuse me Minn, but this website is an ANDROID centric website, not an APPLE centric website, and the author is an ANDROID user, not an APPLE user. His point has been noted by many other reviewers as well. Just look at the examples he has provided, the differences are glaring and obvious!

27 posted on 04/08/2011 7:49:28 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: mnehring

Explains why I own a Jeep AND a Droid!


28 posted on 04/08/2011 7:53:53 PM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: pepperdog

Mine looks totally different too. I see recently posted photos from friends on the bottom, and notification alerts. And all the icons are aligned.


29 posted on 04/08/2011 7:56:15 PM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: rintense
Mine looks totally different too. I see recently posted photos from friends on the bottom, and notification alerts. And all the icons are aligned.

Take a screen shot of your Facebook App and post it. I'd like to see how looks.

30 posted on 04/08/2011 8:18:10 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Swordmaker

The handles within the OS make a big difference. Apple has the most comprehensive set of developer tools out there.

Another possibility is related to the tight integration of OS and hardware that makes the above possible. Android is called on to run on a very wide variety of screen sizes/resolutions, with a similar variety of processor/memory configurations. Developers keep two resolutions in mind (three if you add iPad -but that is actually it’s own situation if you want to fully utilize the full screen).

But these are just guesses...


31 posted on 04/08/2011 8:32:07 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: mnehring

Yep - that explains the frequent crashes several friends of mine have experienced with different versions of Android and hardware...

The only crash I have ever experienced on an iPhone was my old 3G after I jailbroke it and installed a bunch of OS tweaks and UI customizations...


32 posted on 04/08/2011 8:34:13 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: pepperdog
This is what my Droid X Facebook App looks like:

This is my SMS (GO Pro SMS) which has tons of skins and fully customizable:

And here are a few of my home screens over the past few months:


33 posted on 04/08/2011 8:40:46 PM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: Swordmaker

Posted. I took the screenshot before the photos on the bottom loaded. But you can see its nothing like the one you posted. That screenshot is of a very old version of Facebook for Android.


34 posted on 04/08/2011 8:46:38 PM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: CrouchingTiger620
apple has an awesome site for development guidelines and their own objective c development environment......android suffers from typical open source mediocrity

I think you have the best answer so far. Apple's development environment is terrific. The tools are well designed. And the UI for applications is beautiful. It's attracting a lot of programmers.

35 posted on 04/08/2011 11:04:16 PM PDT by stripes1776
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To: stripes1776
I am planning on learning more about development on the Macs. This chart from TIOBE.com was interesting. It shows Objective-C almost flat-lined/dead for years, then a sudden up-tick a couple years ago:


36 posted on 04/09/2011 4:55:47 AM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: mnehring

“Some like out of the package pretty, some like gadgets and tinkering.”

It’s not just about appearance, it’s also about ergonomics (human factors engineering). That’s where Apple is head and shoulders above the rest.

Well, along with superior hardware and a vastly better selection of software. :-)


37 posted on 04/09/2011 9:18:58 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: LearnsFromMistakes
I am planning on learning more about development on the Macs. This chart from TIOBE.com was interesting. It shows Objective-C almost flat-lined/dead for years, then a sudden up-tick a couple years ago:

That is a very interesting graph. Objective-C is a simple yet very powerful language, providing features unavailable in Java. Apple also provides Xcode, one of the best integrated development tools around. And in addition Apple has created the Cocoa frameworks, a library of reusable code for creating applications quickly. Putting all of these features together makes Apple a terrific platform for developing applications, whether on the desktop or a mobile device.

Objective-C is a strict superset of C with the addition of classes and a syntax to support objects. Anyone who knows a little bit of C and has some experience with an object-oriented language like C++ or Java will be able to learn the language very quickly.

38 posted on 04/09/2011 9:23:49 AM PDT by stripes1776
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To: rintense
Posted. I took the screenshot before the photos on the bottom loaded. But you can see its nothing like the one you posted. That screenshot is of a very old version of Facebook for Android.

Thanks. I appreciate it. Yours does look better than the one posted in the article.

39 posted on 04/09/2011 11:55:31 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Swordmaker

The Android Facebook app has been updated countless times in the past year. It’s kind of annoying, actually. :)


40 posted on 04/10/2011 6:11:24 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: Swordmaker

I’d say Apple has a superior widget set and graphics libraries. They’re so anal-retentive, there’s a lot of stuff in there geared towards making your app look good. Plus, the dev tools are superior, making it easier to create a better looking UI.

In addition to the technical stuff, developers know that Apple users have a high expectation of quality. They can get away with letting things slide a bit on Android.


41 posted on 04/11/2011 8:28:08 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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