Skip to comments.Top 10 ways Apple’s iOS beats Google’s Android (and vice versa)
Posted on 05/23/2011 10:28:29 AM PDT by Swordmaker
Lifehacker’s Adam Dachis takes a look at the top 10 ways Apple’s iOS beats Google’s Android.
Following that, Whitson Gordon attempts to come up with the top 10 ways Google’s Android beats Apple’s iOS.
We offer both lists, so you can easily compare exactly what’s being claimed to be “better” about each platform.
Which list has more things of actual importance to the typical end-user?
Top 10 ways Apple’s iOS beats Google’s Android:
10. The iTunes Media Store
8. Find My iPhone
7. A Better Support System
6. Better Battery Life and Management
5. iTunes and Tethered Syncing
4. No Crapware
3. A Bigger and Better Variety of Apps
2. A Well-Designed, Intuitive User Interface
Top 10 ways Google’s Android beats Apple’s iOS:
10. Alternate Keyboards
8. Custom Home Screens (spawning this sort of abject fugliness – MDN Ed.)
6. Removable Storage and Battery (hardware features available on some devices)
5. Wireless App Installation
4. Custom ROMs
3. Controlling Your Phone From Your Computer
1. True App Integration (Set phone’s dialer to use Google Voice all the time; in iOS you have to tap Google Voice to use it.)
MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, most of Android’s so-called advantages consist of absurd geek tweaks and minor niche hacks which very few, if any, regular users will utilize at all, much less to any real advantage. Some of the things on Android’s list, like Adobe Flash support and Custom ROMs, are downright disadvantageous – leading to meaningful end-user advantages for iOS in better battery life (helping push the Web forward instead of anchoring it in the past by killing Flash is also a nice feeling iOS users should have) and consistency (iOS’ lack of fragmentation is, as Dachis states, of important value: “Knowing what you’re getting and that you’ll be receiving updates for at least the next two generations of devices increases the value of an iDevice long past the date of purchase.”
For some reason, security goes unmentioned. It shouldn’t; it’s a very real, very big advantage.
In the end, simply comparing these two lists, not to mention reading the full articles (links in the first sentence above), makes it plainly obvious that Apple’s iOS is the superior choice over Google’s flawed clone for anyone except the most delusional “Apple Haterz,” ignorant consumers, or those unfortunate souls who find themselves with carriers who are not yet authorized to carry Apple products.
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I went with a Samsung Captivate a year ago. Just to try out Android.
My biggest gripe is the abysmal battery life of this device. If I am on the road, I do not dare use this device for anything for fear of being left with a dead battery when I need a phone. I will be going back to Apple as soon as my contract is up.
I am typing on my new bluetooth keyboard for my IPAD2. I just set it up and am testing it right now. The only, and I mean only, thing I am not crazy about with apple products is how hard it is to type on the virtual keyboard. This takes care of it and it’s a great case as well. Less than $100 well spent!!! There are several companies that make the keyboard, i bought mine at WALMART, Kensington is the brand. I was looking online at a company called Zagg. Price was the same so I bought it locally.
They don’t mention the one thing that’s going to make me move to Android if Apple doesn’t fix it soon: notifications.
Notifications on iOS are ridiculous and annoying.
Top way Android beats iOS?
More people chose to use it, and no one cares about whiny iOS users feeling like they are no longer part of a special society.
Words like “beats” “better” “superior” etc have no meaning for such things.
These are personal devices, hence, personal preferences rule the day.
Would you let the author choose your favorite color?
Would you let the author choose the car you drive?
Would you let the author choose your clothes?
I may be biased, but RIMs QNX based PlayBook OS beat ‘em both.
Specifically, how? Note that you can set notifications policy by app, so if it's just a matter of getting notifications you don't want, you have the power to fix that.
Notifications on iOS are ridiculous and annoying.
What are they?
Apple fans can make all the derogatory comments they want about ‘geeks’. If geeks are moving to the platform, users will follow, as that's where development is taking place.
Posted via an HTC Thunderbolt. Simply awesome.
Those are some pretty fugly home screens.
But there are some darn pretty, free live wallpapers out there (assuming your Android phone supports them):
“Adobe Flash support and Custom ROMs, are downright disadvantageous”
And the iOS user is obviously just reading Apple’s marketing notes.
Flash 10.2 and now 10.3 work well. I have a rooted Nook Color with a custom ROM. I have a great tablet at half the price of an iPad or Galaxy. I can even run the B&N android app (Or Amazon, or Google Books) and use the device as it was intended.
My phone is an iPhone3GS. No complaints about the hardware. Good system but it still needs Flash.
Please clarify: is it because more people choose to use it as a deliberate act (i.e.: if it didn’t have Android they would have chosen something else that did), or is it because it just happens to be there on more devices (i.e.: Android is irrelevant to their intended use)?
Not sure if I want to thank or curse you for that link!
It's a perfect example of why such flexibility is not allowed on iOS: too easy to take something good/reasonable and render it an ugly harrowing mess, and blame the wrong party for it. If shown one of those and told "here's my Android phone", my reaction is to recoil in horror and associate that horror with Android - not with the twits who created & installed that...thing.
Yeah, more flexibility would be nice for iOS ... yet that's the kind of flexibility which adds little, and can subtract much, from the experience. iOS is not designed for tinkerers who focus on irrelevant minutiae, it is designed for users who come to it for the purpose of doing something. You don't see power tools featuring a staggering array of attractive & gaudy colors adjustable by the user - for a reason.
Preventing users from screwing things up is good. Helping them to "get on with it already" is good. And yeah, given the option I'd probably install that horrible "comic book meme" page, at least for a while.
People generally dont buy what they dont want. That is why they aren’t buying Symbian and RIM phones.
There are alternatives available on both major carriers, and it is only correct to assume that the vast majority of the people that choose Android, regardless of the number of models available, did so because they had to like what they saw.
“Apple fans can make all the derogatory comments they want about geeks. If geeks are moving to the platform, users will follow, as that’s where development is taking place.”
They started that stuff back when the Android userbase was tiny. Just more of their “standard operating elitism”.
Now what is their story? Are most smartphone users geeks now? I’m almost betting they will just start calling them “stupid”.
Android advantage #11 - You aren’t forced to buy a phone with a tiny 3.5” screen and sub standard 5 megapixel camera to get Android, as you are if you want iOS. :)
The fact that Android is avaiable on devices of many different shapes, sizes and configurations, rather than whatever Steve Jobs TELLS YOU you need, is a huge advantage of Android.
The newest batch Android Phones have jumped way ahead of the iPhone 4 in terms of technical specs. The 3.5” screen looks tiny next to the 4.3” screens out there, not to mention the 4.5” screen on the Infuse. Most of the new androids have 8 megapixel cameras and many have dual core processors. Apple has some serious catching up to do with the iPhone 5.
I expect the trend to continue as Apple is forced to compete with 3 major players making Androids (HTC, Motorola and Samsung) and others like Sony Ericsson and LG trying to get into the game.
IMHO, if Apple wants to hold onto its market share, either new versions of iOS will need to blow away Android, and do things Android can’t come close too (unlikely IMO) or it will need to start producing a much wider variety of handsets. I don’t think Apple can afford to stick with the one size fits all approach any longer.
I love it with the romanticists turn up their noses at the classicists, until their "black box" quits working.
True...then you veer into non-sequiturs.
If people aren’t buying Sybmian, RIM, and iOS devices because they don’t want Symbian, RIM, nor iOS, that doesn’t mean they _want_ Android because they liked what they saw, it just means it sucks less.
I wouldn’t say “X beats Y” if both X and Y suck, even if X is marginally preferable to Y given the limited sucky choice.
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>>>I would not rule anything out. The justification process is amazing... Having Flash support, and being able to customize your own phone to suit your tastes or needs, are both bad features. ;)<<<
Don’t you understand? Freedom can lead some to make bad decisions, so freedom is evil. If you have no choices, you can’t make any bad choices. /sarc
I find it extremely ironic that Apple is the company that put out the famous 1984 ad and once used the slogan “Think Different”.
Now Apple tries to be Big Brother and tells its customers that it will do all their thinking for them.
I recently gave in and bought an iPhone. I think for the most part it is better, but it does have it’s shortcomings. Mainly, I don’t like that the battery is not replaceable, and that I can’t locally install whatever apps I want (I think Android may have the same limitation, though).
Not huge deals, and for the most part, it’s a great device.
I have a motorola flipside, now if I can just find a teenager to hang around with me to show me how to use it I’ll do fine.
I shouldn’t have to disable the functionality of software simply because the designers of the operating system made a clearly bad implementation choice that they appear unwilling to address.
Furthermore, there are notifications you can’t disable: like failed email checks. I live and work in skyscrapers so I frequently lose my signal when walking to and from the core of buildings....when that happens, I literally receive 10 popups telling me that the phone can’t sync my 5 email accounts.
There’s a concept video someone put together that would be brilliant:
If Apple doesn’t fix this, at least with the iPhone 5 update, I’m switching.
Also, unless I misunderstand what he means by “Alternate Keyboard”, you can select from different keyboard sets on the iPhone (does he mean actual physical keyboards?).
I’ve got a co-worker who’s a tablet/e-reader nut. Has all the main market e-readers and most of the big tablets. He says his rooted Nook is the best of the bunch, has all the functionality he likes from all the others except some GPS stuff on the iPad and cheaper than the lot.
>>>I have a motorola flipside, now if I can just find a teenager to hang around with me to show me how to use it Ill do fine.<<<
I’ve found watching video reviews of Android phones to be very helpful in figuring out how to use them. Here is one for the flipside.
The rooted Nook is great. I play chess on it. I can visit all my favorite websites including those that use Flash video. I can swap micro SD cards out if one gets full. I don’t need a computer to backup since I can use Titanium to store on the card. You can even run custom ROMs from the sd card if you want.
All the information is at http://www.nookdevs.com
I’m glad it doesn’t have GPS since Apple, Google, and Microsoft believe their marketing trump my privacy. I may switch to a Droid phone so I can tether and use 4G.
the fact that i can use my android phone as a wireless modem without haveing to hack the iphone to get an app not availbale in the app store, I can simply connect my phone to the computer and use my 3g connection with my laptop anywhere there is a 3g signal not just free wireless, which has been very usefull on many business trips
Thanks for the link!
Apple produces a specific product with a clear vision. It is not taking away anyone's freedom, any more than a restaurant with a prix fixe menu is telling you what to eat. If you don't like what they're offering, go elsewhere.
You don’t need to jailbreak the iPhone to tether it, and you don’t need an app of any kind. It’s in the stem settings. That critique is from a couple of years ago. You do have to sign up for a tethering plan with your carrier, if they require it (as AT&T and Verizon do).
Android users have been able to get around that, but the carriers are cracking down.
Do you KNOW what advantage to more magapixel there is in a phone camera? All you get is the ability to print a larger picture! What you LOSE is the ability to take a picture in lower light. There is MUCH MORE advantage to having glass lenses like you do in the iPhone than the plastic lenses that the Android phones have. . . And the superior light gathering ability of the 5megapixel CCD over the 8 is demonstrable..
As to screen size, the lather the screen, the larger the phone and heavier weight... there's a point of diminishing returns. And speed? Fast enough does the job.
It's just a couple of bloggers having a difference of opinion. The Android list's author at least put his name on it.
Sure, tiny screens, slower processors and photos that can barely be used for anything larger than thumbnails are ADVANTAGES, when the iPhone is saddled with them. /sarc Oh yeah, and Flash is bad too.
The Samsung Infuse is thinner and 6 grams lighter than the iPhone 4, despite having a 29% larger screen. And the Infuse is considered to be far inferior to the, soon to be released in the US, Galaxy S2 series, which is even thinner and much, much faster.
There is simply no denying that the iPhone’s hardware is no longer up to par with that of the better Android phones. It is not even close.
Thought so... Thank you for confirming you DON'T know what you are talking about in photography. . . or in quality of screens or resolution either. LOL, thumbnails. A 1.5 megapixel camera can display a HD VIDEO at 60" diagonal and you'd be very impressed with the resolution! At 5 megapixels, it would be capable of that size in a near retina display!
My Android tablet is great!
Of course the iPhone photos can be enlarged to sizes larger than thumbnails, but will become distorted on much smaller enlargements than photos taken with an 8 megapixel camera. There is a reason nobody is making dedicated 5 mp cameras anymore. I have had 5 MP cameras and distortion is sometimes noticable on 4 x 6 inch prints. Anything much larger than that and it gets very bad.
Also, I notice you mentioned video, not still shots. I don’t know the mechanics of it, but I do know that relatively low resolution cameras can take HD video. That won’t help you when your snap shots get fuzzy, though.
I realize Apple is probably paying you to shill for them here, but at least try to come up with some valid propaganda points. Claiming larger, better screens, faster processors, real web browsing (Flash) and superior cameras are actually DISADVANTAGES is ridiculous. The latest high end Android phones blow away the iPhone 4.
I have never bought the idea of “iPhone killers”, but if the Galaxy S2 battery life is as good as early reports from overseas users indicate, I’d short Apple stock. That phone is vastly superior to the iPhone in every way. And, within 6 months, I’m sure Motorola and/or HTC will put out something even better and Samsung will repsond with something still better and so on and so on.
If Apple wants to compete, it needs to get its act together and once again start producing phones with specs that are at or above those of the competition. If not, in 2 or 3 years, the iPhone will be what Blackberry has become today, a once dominant brand that is now mainly owned by dwindling number of diehard fans.
Your attitude seems to mirror Apple’s. It basically says, “If the competition is doing some things better (nearly all things, in fact) than us, then those things don’t matter.” I think the market will beg to differ on that.
Look, you keep demonstrating you haven't got a clue about digital photography. Why not stop while you can still climb out of the hole you've dug for yore self? HP lists that you will only see picture quality degrade on prints above 11" x 14" with a 5M pixel digital camera... Your absurd claim of 5M pixels being good only for "snap shots" and "thumbnails" demonstrates that in spades. I took some HD videos of drag racing saturday before last at the Sacramento Raceway with my iPhone's 5Mp camera, edited it in iMovie on my phone, and then sent it in HDTV to a high end Optoma projector which displayed it on a 150" screen... At 1080p... And it was NOT fuzzy or distorted!
Also, I notice you mentioned video, not still shots. I dont know the mechanics of it, but I do know that relatively low resolution cameras can take HD video. That wont help you when your snap shots get fuzzy, though.
I just did. And video translates to still shots with fast modern digital cameras... Your claims don't hold water because you obviously don't understand what you are talking about. Megapixels have little to do with picture quality at the camera level and the ability to gather light at low levels. The number of pixels just sets the SIZE at which you can print an optimum quality print. For display on a video or computer screen, the MAXIMUM you need is a 4M pixel camera to display the 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution superhigh 30" HD monitors which have a total of 4,096,000 pixels. The 5Mp can handle that, and more.
Your accusation that I am a paid shill for Apple is an insult. It has been answered before. I am not. I maintain the Apple/Mac/iPhone/iPad Ping list on FreeRepublic at the request of 520 of your fellow Freepers so please drop that claim. It is false. The fact is that the competition is NOT doing thing better than Apple. They are the ones copying Apple and trying desperately to make a profit and to carve out a nitch in the smartphone market. Apple is drawing 55% of all cell phone sales profits in the last quarter! RIM, Samsung, Nokia, and HTC split the next 45% and the rest posted either break-even or losses!
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