10 reasons why Android is still better than iOS

January 17, 2013

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It will come as no surprise to you that we think Android is better than iOS. If you’re looking for the why, then you’ll find it right here. The most popular mobile platform in the world right now deserves its place. It’s been a good year for Android, but with a bunch of competitors waiting in the wings there’s no time to rest on laurels.

Apple’s platform is undeniably slick and it does the job for many people, but it can’t match up to Android. Even though Apple adopted Android’s superior notification system for iOS and tried to match its wireless syncing convenience, there is still a clear gap between the two. Here are ten reasons why Android is still better than iOS.

Multiple devices

There is something for everyone on the Android platform. The sheer variety of Android smartphones from manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Sony, Motorola, LG, Huawei, ZTE, and others is staggering. You can get a compact phone, something with a physical keyboard, a huge touchscreen, or go really quirky with a dual screen device. Niche demands like dual SIM are catered for and the flagship devices are on the cutting edge when it comes to specs. You’ll find the same level of variety is starting to boost the Android tablet market as well.

Attracting a huge range of manufacturers and giving them license to run amok in terms of imagination has resulted in the widest variety of devices on any platform, even blurring the line between smartphone and tablet. Compared to the limited iPhone and iPad line up, Android represents choice on a grand scale.

Multiple price points

This naturally follows on from the first point on our list. A wide variety of devices with different designs and specs caters for any budget. The exclusive nature of Apple’s products is in stark contrast to the inclusive nature of Android. Almost anyone can afford an Android phone. It might not be all-singing and dancing, but there are solid budget options that give people a true smartphone experience. The iPhone and iPad are prohibitively expensive for many, but a budget Android device doesn’t need to cost much more than an old feature phone.

Affordability has been a key driver for Android dominance worldwide and it continues to be. If you want premium devices that match and surpass the iPhone or iPad then you can find them, but if you want a budget device then Android is your only choice.

Customization

One of the strong points of Android has always been the level of customization it allows. While Apple wants to keep control of default apps and maintain a homogenous software and hardware experience, Android lets you pick your own level of customization. This extends all the way from simple things like animated wallpaper, to alternative keyboards, to custom ROM installs. Detractors will always say only hardcore geeks care about this level of customization, but at the shallow end of the pool this isn’t true. Many iOS users would love to have live updates on the home screen or access to Swiftkey. We’ve broken customization down into four key benefits Android has over iOS.

Live wallpapers

Animated backgrounds that can also be interactive enrich the smartphone experience. They come in a huge range of styles, they allow people to add a little personality to their device, and, above all, they are fun. If you’ve never dipped your toe in the live wallpaper scene you’ll be surprised at just how many great live wallpapers are out there. They can also deliver useful information like the latest weather or encompass fun and addictive games.

Widgets

Android’s widgets have long been a feather in its cap compared to the static rows of icons you find in iOS. Even Microsoft saw the advantage, developing the Live Tiles system for Windows Phone. Widgets are still a major advantage for Android over iOS. Simply put, you can see all of the information you want at a glance on your home screen without having to fire up an app.

Custom launchers

If you want control over how your Android smartphone or tablet looks then you’ve probably tried out a custom launcher. You can choose from a wide variety of custom launcher apps in Google Play and tweak everything from your home screen layout, to your page transitions, to effects and even gestures. There’s no risk involved with launcher apps and you can really open up a world of possibilities.

Custom ROMs

You can actually replace the stock ROM that came with your device with a custom ROM if you want to. This is essentially installing a new operating system and many Android users do it because their carrier or manufacturer is slow to upgrade to the latest version of the Android platform, but you may also do it for better performance or to gain access to some add-ons or tools. This is definitely the extreme end of Android customization and you need to exercise a little caution to ensure that you don’t run into trouble. That said, as long as you can follow a tutorial and your device is supported, the benefits can be enormous.

Integration with Google services and products

A while back we discussed why Google and Android will prevail over Apple and iOS and this was one of the main reasons. Android devices integrate seamlessly with Google’s array of services. People are increasingly using their mobile devices to go online and Google is king of the web. Google Docs, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Music, Google+, Google Chrome…the list goes on, and Apple and iOS are not keeping up. The Apple Maps app debacle is a good example of iOS falling short. Despite the obvious animosity it’s tough to imagine iOS without Google apps, but even if they remain present as options beyond the defaults there’s no escaping the fact that the best Google experience is to be found on Android.

Google Now

This stands out from the crowd of Google services and, while the excellent voice search (which outperforms Siri) has been rolled into the Google iOS app, there are elements of Google Now that you can only enjoy on Android. When we look to our technology to push things forward and offer real convenience boosts to daily life, the predictive and pre-emptive nature of Google Now as it seeks to fulfill your desires before you think to search, could be truly revolutionary. It makes better use of mobile technology than anything else currently out there and as it improves it could well prove to be an important USP for Android.

More free apps and games

It may be a double-edged sword, but you can’t escape the fact that there are more free apps and games on Android than there are on iOS. Sometimes ports of the same apps that carried a price tag on iOS are free on Android. There also seems to be a greater willingness to pursue the freemium or ad-supported model. Sadly, this may be, at least partly, down to piracy concerns and, while more hits are being ported across, the ability to earn more from iOS development still means more high quality, premium apps and games release on iOS first. As Android continues to dominate we should see a change here, but it remains one of Android’s biggest challenges.

Speed of improvement

Bugs, lag, an ugly interface, a lack of apps – Android’s weaknesses have been systematically dealt with by a determined development team. The Android platform is unrecognizable compared with the first release and it continues to improve and evolve at a faster pace than the competition. That big user base and the wide range of manufacturers producing Android devices can only drive further improvements to greater heights. While iOS stagnates, paralyzed by the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” school of thinking, Android continues to innovate and improve at a faster rate.

What’s important to you?

We’d love to hear why you think Android is better than iOS. Are your motives for choosing Android covered above or did something else attract you to the platform? Post a comment and let us know.

Comments

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OE47T2TMRA3UMOA6N7ZKQAWRGE Marcelo

    trolling incoming…

    • MasterMuffin

      I replyed to the top comment with a troll comment, now all we have to do is relax, get some popcorn and enjoy :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/abdurrehman09 Abdur Rehman

    iOS can’t beat Android at this time…this is the reason that Apple hate

    • http://profiles.google.com/nicandro.m Nicandro Filho

      I’m curious to see what Apple will bring to the table this year.

      If they don’t make some substantial improvements in their software UI and in the iPhone designe… Many people already get bored of iPhones. And the tendency is a geometric progression of the unhappy costumers.

      • Marvin Nakajima

        It’s not just boredom.. I have a few friends and family my age and older that would like to stay with an iPhone but their eyesight is making it difficult to rationalize staying with the smaller screen size compared to other smartphones, and no, the iPhone5 getting ‘taller’ does not help with making anything more readable at the launcher level.

  • Arch Thor

    I guess we can’t say that a mobile OS is better than other, it’s about what features standout more. I think that the option of having more than one type of keyboard (I’m talking about the software behind it) and customizing the looks and feel of the device are some great features of Android , but iOS is really simple to use and (almost) lag free (I do get more lah from Android devices). I use both OS every day, and I gotta say, both are amazing, one for being simple and secure, the other for being completely open, allowing you to do what you want (within hardware limitations). But that is just me… if you disagree, I respect your opinion, the same way I hope you do regarding mine.

    • MasterMuffin

      ANDROID IS THE BEST IOS AND APPLE AND MICROSOFT AND NOKIA SUCK LOL ROFL OMG WTF FML NOOBS

      • RarestName

        Go home MasterMuffin, you’re drunk :)

        • MasterMuffin

          Sorry about that, just wanted for once in my lifetime to have that troll feeling :D

          • rolmfao

            you changed your keyb autocorrect to troll ver. xD

      • Frank

        Not sure if trolling… or stupid…

        • MasterMuffin

          14 actually :)

        • Frank

          I saw your comment below confessing your trolling… you are officially exposed.

          • MasterMuffin

            :(

      • Peter

        You forgot SWAG and YOLO :P

        • MasterMuffin

          I have enough SWAG already #yolo

      • Prasenjit

        MasterMuffin is cent percent correct. I support him.

    • Gorguts

      Yes you can. What I can’t say is that one OS is better for another individuals taste or liking but better in general is a real thing…example. A BMW X5…which I hate, is better than my CX9….which I love. The CX9 is better for me because of the way I use it, price, and look / feel. The BMW is engineered better, performs, better, is faster, and is made with better parts and materials therefore it is a better vehicle in general, but not better for me….. Android does more and does it well, android gives more choice and options and features those other guys just don’t have, this makes it better….you cannot debate that….

      • Arch Thor

        Just to be clear before I say it, this is only what I think of the OS, not the hardware it self (I know you meant BMW as Google and stuff) but one thing that really seems to be superior on the iPhone is the SUPPORT for a device, for example, take the 3GS, it’s been around for 3 years (now discontinued) and it has iOS 6! Let’s take a look at the Samsung flagship of 2011, the Galaxy SII, wich is still avalibe on the market as new (that is a 2 year old phone) and it got 3 major OS updates (considering that it will receive 4.1 JB next month, and maybe 4, if Sammy is kind enough to release 4.2 for the same). So, if you think it through, even if Android HAS more options and functions, it looses support quickly (you can see many devices that are brand new and are still running 2.3 Gingerbread). Before you say it, yes, the Nexus series have a long time OS support, well, I guess that’s because their Google’s phones haha And I know someone is going to talk ROOT, so covering that up, the same way you can install a custom ROM to make your phone (even more?) free from limitations, you can Jailbreak on a iOS (no Jailbreak for the iOS 6, yes, but I guess it works just like the whole bootloader on Android phones). My point is, sometimes you get more from some stock software (iOS x Android), but you can always find a way to get more by making it free.

        • Marvin Nakajima

          Somehow I don’t really credit iOS upgrades as really that much better. You still have the reduced feature set the older the device is. (e.g. just how many of the features of iOS6 actually ended up on the oldest supported devices?) It’s quite understandable since the older hardware cannot reasonably be expected to execute ALL the new code and still retain great UX.

        • EKfine

          3gs with ios6 is BAAAADDD…. and what updates on ios are we talking about? new looks of icons? some slightly redesigned apps? panorama? lmao. notification is nowhere near androids notifications with its quick toggle settings. ios is still the same ever since it came out. a jailbreak is a must for ios!

        • CyBrix_21

          Don’t get me wrong, but I think that Android 4.0 ICS and 4.1 Jelly Bean have more features than iOS 6.

    • CyBrix_21

      iPhones also have lags. I remember when I saw an iPhone 4 running iOS 6 from my friend, she was mad to her caller because she plays Temple Run and it lagged when she receives a call.

    • http://www.linkedin.com/in/ablelawrence Able Lawrence

      I found really noticeable lag on iPhone 4 running iOS6 (a colleagues). He spent more money on his phone than my Galaxy S2. I mean people are stupid to buy iOS

  • RarestName

    why does this site keep on mentioning iOS when they feel that Android is better

    • Ivan Budiutama

      because iOS users sometimes very annoying and they wouldn’t shut up unless you say “yes” even when you don’t really mention it? Then again, even in “features” debates, I found debating with other OS such as: Meego, Symbian, and even windows phone has some really nice discussion-like argument which is good IMHO.

      While I understand the purpose of this article is to give “logical” implication on OS features to fight with, debating with fanatics iOS users can be a pain (and waste of time) and really, for most of the times there is no logical debate can happened to iOS users, especially since they include person as part of the “feature” and keep saying “Steve Jobs” as part of Apple iOS best feature. So, yes, I think there are times when we should just say “yes” even when we not really mention it.

      • http://twitter.com/think_win_win_ Matt

        Call me crazy, but I consider Steve Jobs to be an argument against iOS, not for it. But, my view of him was not defined by the biography or by fanboys, it was based on facts and weird shit like that.

    • WossMan

      Just to mess witcha! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/unethical.hacker Adie Bhatt

    Expandable storage ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/duh.koda.1 Duh Koda

      That isn’t technically a feature of Android, just the phones that sport Android (and even then, that isn’t the same with all phones, e.g. Nexus 4).

      • melody

        well I think because Android allow sdcard expansion, it’s still feature of Android, even when flagship phones like Nexus didn’t include them.

  • Patrick Fitzpatrick

    I have a slightly different perspective. I was an original iPhone 3G user, then switched to Nexus S and am now on Nexus 4. For every good point mentioned in the article there are just as relevant bad points about android vs ios and I’ll mention a few here.

    I think it’s only fair to compare Google flagship phones and os with iPhone and ios and to highlight my experiences.

    * Availability: N4, Nexus S, both launches were handled miserably and continued to be in short supply for a long time after launch
    * Repairability: I cracked the screen on my Nexus S. No local phone shop had parts, the only option was to send it to samsung for repair at a cost of $170. My buddy cracked his ip4 screen, got it repaired at a local phone repair store for $70. iPhone parts are readily available.
    * Resale value: I got $200 for my ip3g after 2 years. My Nexus S isn’t worth anything after 2 years.
    * Bugs: My brand spanking new Nexus 4 with latest Jellybean, reboots randomly, sometimes a few times a day. The camera won’t take photos at night and the flash gets stuck on, due to some weird bug. Bluetooth audio streaming is broken, audio breaks up every few seconds. I could go on and on.
    * Lag: N4 still has lag, especially noticable when in the phone dialer.

    * Information: It is frustratingly hard to get information on bugs and updates from google. Though apple may not be a whole pile better in this regard they do appear to be more responsive to releasing bug fix updates.

    Just my 2c

    • Some guy

      All valid very arguments but I see it a little differently..

      Availability: It’s true there’s a shortage for the Nexus 4 and S, but I guess you can’t blame Google since they did not produce the phones themeselves.

      Repairability: If I were a store, I wouldn’t want to carry parts for a brand which had more than 10 variations, whereas there would only be 1 right screen for the current Apple phone. Think of it as a small retail store store, would you want to carry all sizes for a shoe, or ties which only come in 1 size?

      Resale: Simply because of the way Apple has branded themselves as ‘high end’ products.

      Bugs: Hard to say and probably differs from user to user, but I haven’t experienced any of those bugs on my N4. On my previous iphone3gs, the lagging was horrendous after a year of use though.

      • Patrick Fitzpatrick

        Per LG the N4 shortage was due to google underestimating demand. So if that is indeed correct the blame lies squarely with google. Simply allowing users to pre order would have given them some clue as to the demand.

        The bugs I experienced are (now) well documented and continue to be reported on googles android bug reporting site.

        As to repairability, I understand that not every store can have Nexus S parts, but because of wide spread availability/demand of iPhone parts, the cost of repairs for iPhone is much less than for android.

        • Beto Vega

          Patrick, please allow me to get rid of your trouble, please let me buy that N4 from you…

          • Patrick Fitzpatrick

            Sure for the price of an off contract unlocked iPhone 5 you can have it :-)

          • Kevin

            Not had one issue with my Nexus 4 and had it for over a month now – has never lagged, never rebooted – I honestly can’t complain about anything with it.

          • Leonard Hofstadter

            Good thing you could buy 2 brand new N4 for that price, let alone a pre owned one.

      • http://www.facebook.com/adam.schadt.14 Adam Schadt

        Some people’s phones crap themselves after a year, but i still have friends who use iphone 3gs just to be retro, and they work fine

        • xReWxpilau

          Retro? Are you serious? A (then) leading edge device released a mere 3.5 years ago is considered retro? By which hipster’s standards?

          • http://www.facebook.com/adam.schadt.14 Adam Schadt

            Haha, welcome to mobile tech, having a crap device from two years ago is suckish, but if it was a golden device from 3-4 years ago, its like having an turn table or gameboy, except time is sped up.

          • xReWxpilau

            How utterly lame.

    • http://www.thinkingbrian.com/ ThinkingBrian

      I respect what you said. However a few points:
      1. The iPhones (up words of $700) costs more than a Nexus 4 (around $350) does, let along many other devices. So the resale is going to be higher on a iPhone. Plus the iPhone is it, one new model per year (June-September normally). There are several different Android Smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S3 that are available at many stores and online. That goes for Tablets too.
      2. Availability While the Nexus devices do have issues in this area, they are not the only game in town like the iPhone is. You can go to LG, HTC, Sony, Samsung and more for a good Android device including the hot selling Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.

      But I will say one thing, Apple Stores are good at repair for what I have read. Think of it this way on repair, Android devices are like Windows Notebooks, you have to send them out to the manufacturer for repair.

      • Brady

        I can solve this long debate. The iPhone isn’t as good as Android powered devices because there’s icons everywhere and it’s stupid. The end. =)

        • Al

          Yeah, that’s baffling. People are so stupid that they shell out $700 for a device that can’t manage the damn icons and have the apps organised properly. It’s a mess of icons, Android is much cleaner you can just put what you want in the “desktop”. And the live backgroudns and widgets are awesome. It’s incredible that the iphone still doesn’t have any of that.

      • le_lutin

        With respect to resale value, the OP wasn’t suggesting that we should compare the resale value of an iphone with an N4. That quite obviously isn’t a fair comparison.
        Compare instead the resale value of the iphone and (for example) the HTC one x and I think you’ll see what the OP is getting at.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E26SRY4NWIQM7UDGDFUH25QLXM johnl

        Samsung Galaxy S3 is the same price as the iPhone 5, and Nexus 4’s are SOLD OUT everywhere, so your point is moot.

        • http://www.thinkingbrian.com/ ThinkingBrian

          No kidding the Samsung Galaxy S3 is around the same price as an iPhone, what was your first clue and its better. But I was talking about availability and resale value from his comment. Next time read the entire comment instead of just saying it was moot.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E26SRY4NWIQM7UDGDFUH25QLXM johnl

            Better how? iPhone 5 is faster than the S3 in every way.

      • Joseph schneck

        Actually there are a lot of shops which repair android phones. I had my Nexus One repaired a year ago in about a week and a half.

    • leoingle

      Weird, i just sold a Thunderbolt and a Droid Charge. I got a 100 bucks for each of them. They are 2 years old.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000133775405 Nick Dion

        How is that any better than his iphone? I’m 100% Android fan boy, but that doesn’t blind me from seeing that people Pay 300% more for an Apple product than an Android phone. On Craigslist people literally beg for someone to buy their android phone, its pathetic. But if you’re(In General) able to not have the latest and greatest, and buy a used phone Android is definitely an Advantage.

    • Gorguts

      Availability comment is moot because it is relevant to 1 or 2 devices and the gs 2 and 3 are better.** I sold the HTC G1 for $120.*** Your cracked screen comment is a joke. I get screens from ebay and install myself for $60 or less.*** Bugs are specific to manufacturer neglect, I have never had a bug worth mentioning on any device I ever owned. any bug on the iphone your at the mercy of apple to fix it and when I worked for sprint I had to hear all the crying for us to fix apples voice mail issue which we couldn’t because carriers have no control over that closed off device. It took over 5 months to fix and missing calls and vm’s is a pretty ridiculous bug. I can’t believe lag still comes up, I have zero lag within android. The only lag I see is in facebook which is not android.***See the bugs comment in regards to info…. Final note: iOS has less issue and better batter because it does less. You turn it on and there is your apps…period. It is a glorified app holder and has zero personality. The fact that I can run live wallpaper, real multitasking, multiple widgets, gps, wifi, and cell service and still get a full day of use is amazing. Your batter life comes from nothing going on in the OS, your no lag comes from nothing to generate lag…even though I haven’t had lag since the Epic4G. If you like apple fine, but there is absolutely no way you can compare to android. Apple is playing catchup year after year. Yes its polished and apps integrate better…..I guess, but how hard is it to polish a blank background waiting for an icon to show up on it.

    • KD

      I think u pretty much change the comparison to iPhone vs Nexus from Android vs iOS..there is a big difference

    • Slav4ik

      Have you installed a custom Rom for your N4 ? because you describe bugs that very popular in customs.

    • itznfb

      The article is making points about Android as an ecosystem/mobile OS. You’re complaining about your crappy experience. The bugs you mention aren’t well documented in fact. If they are, they are documented to show how few devices are affected. Neither of my N4’s have had a single issue and not once in my usage since 4 days after release have they lagged even once. It’s the only Android device I own that doesn’t even lag when playing NFS: MW.
      My point is really that you are just bitchily nitpicking about your own experience when the article is making valid points on ecosystem superiority.

      • Patrick Fitzpatrick

        Look N4 and Jellybean is supposed to be Android at its latest and best, I’m happy for you that you are in the “it works for me” camp, there are many who are not. Quality of software and release testing is a valid point when considering ecosystem superiority. These bugs are well documented and many more, go to XDA developers forum or visit the links I added below for google bug tracking.

        Here is a sample post from googles own bug reporting page.. and it echos my experience and feeling exactly.

        “It’s really embarrassing to have camera dysfunction on my lovely Nexus. It happened twice when camera hanged with exactly same issue as described by others. Here are some insights to add based on my observation:
        1. It happens only if you would use it in outside during night or extreme dark.
        Whenever I experienced the issue this was the basic condition, and the cam took very good photos WITH FLASH under mild lighting. I tested this then and found it right, also many of your comments show you experienced the issue under very bad light or dark.
        2. Under said conditions you’ll take 2-3 photos and then the flash would turn on permanent. You restart it and the cycle continues. Flash goes off only on pressing HOME rather than BACK.

        Please provide the bug fix ASAP as this is super embarrassing, my friends getting chance to show their iPhones and galaxies before Nexus.”

        Another quote from google issue tracking regarding bluetooth streaming

        Same problem here. Streaming audio to Bluetooth speakers is nearly impossible due to stuttering. Unpairing and pairing isn’t helping. Local and online media affected.
        Had no problems whatsoever while using 4.1.2, so it appears to be a defective BT stack under 4.2.

        Seriously, how could this have been gone unnoticed?!

    • jlucb

      Hello.

      Thanks for your refreshing reply: always important to keep balance, and see the two sides of the coins.

      I also have a slightly different perspective. Most of your points seem relevant and valid, even though you seem to ignore the mountains of crazy bugs that also exist in iOS6, that drive users actually crazy. Are their more of those ennoying bugs on iOS6 or JB4.2? Who knows. Actually the list is quite long in both sides.

      But this is not actually important. All those bugs are temporary and get fixed (while new ones come).

      Here is the different perspective that I actually have, and which in my view is WAY MORE significant than whatever list of low-level defects of each OS:

      –> ” The Google PLATFORM is actually much stronger than the Apple Platform”

      In fact, we all know that “Android” is only part of the “Google Platform / ecosystem”, as iOS part of the “Apple Platform / ecosystem”.

      And if you assess carefully the 2 ecosystems, you will realize, with a bit of sadness actually, how Apple is actually SUPRISINGLY UNDER-DEVELOPPED compared to Google’s.

      To make it short, consider the three following dimensions:

      1/ State-of-the-art architecture of services

      All Google services are surprisingly well architectured, in the more modern, smart, open and future-looking way. Among Google’s many services (GMail, Calendar, Maps, YouTube, GDocs, .. ), take the most important of all: Cloud services.
      Compare the solidity / strengths / innovation of the two platforms regarding the cloud services…:
      Apple’s Cloud is an after-thought at best, and a joke at worse. Either you need a fat client to access most of your content (iTunes) [N.B.: think of it for a moment: YOU NEED TO INSTALL A FAT CLIENT (iTunes) ??? in 2013 ???? Ho my... ... ]
      Or you just ..; can’t access your content if you’re not at home. You can’t access your music, your photos etc. … from a friend’s PC computer or at work… or even worse you can only store Apple generated documents from Apple-only applications …
      Direct consequence: all Apple users buy DropBox or other great services to have serious Cloud Storage, among other services. Then the whole point of full Cloud integration is out of the window…
      In short: the Architecture of Apple’s Cloud Services are 10 years behind.

      Compare one moment with Google’s Cloud Services. Goole IS a Full-Cloud company. ALL its services are cloud-based, integrated, and fully open to all platform and all nature and type of content. Better: you can access anything from anywhare with anything. Example: from a friend’s or family’s place, I can Access (from any PC or Mac or anything) all my content, all my music, my photos, movies, magazines, etc, etc. … and use all my services.
      Compare with iTunes: Google Music is a full-feature state-of-the-art store, full-storage Library and reader: ALL IN YOUR BROWSER, WHEREVER YOU ARE. Which is actually quite obvious in 2013.

      And this is true for everything in the Google Ecosystem.
      (Google Drive / Docs are even much more impressive, etc. …)

      In comparison, Apple’s Architecture of Cloud Services is .. well… amateur.

      2/ Breadth of Ecosystem Services

      This one also is quite obvious.

      Google’s ecosystem of services embrace the widest scope. Apple is tiny in comparison. How come? How come it took 7 years to Apple (he most innovative and richest company in the planet) to realize that the mapping (as only one example) infrastructure was of STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE for the next wave of mobile commerce? And the list goes on and one about all the services: Online Document infrastructure (Google Docs), Digitalization of all content (worldwide libraries, …), GMail, Calendar, Maps, YouTube, ..,

      How come Apple ecosystem is so tiny and restricted in comparison?

      3/ Deepness of vision and investment in innovation

      This last point is the most scary. For Apple.

      We all know the story: Google is taking MASSIVE steps and GIGANTIC INVESTMENT in forward-looking, futuristic innovations… The list goes on and on: digitalization of the planet (Map and Earth), digitalization of the world’s Library and books, the Self Driving Car (!!), the Google Glass Project (!!!), the Knowldge Graph Project (!!!), the Google Fiber Project (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), ….
      Etc, etc, etc. … each one of these Google project will bring MASSIVE value to the whole integrated and connected cloud-based ecosystem that will keep growing and solifying over the years …

      All in all: Apple’s overall ecosystem in decades behind Apple’s…

      • Patrick Fitzpatrick

        I wouldn’t say decades (except maybe for their mapping solution) but nice, well constructed post.

        • Juvenal Mena

          with android you have the “ecosystem” out of the box, with IPhone you need to download all the “ecosystem”.

    • Al

      A Nexus S is worth $100-$150. Check your facts before you spread FUD. If your screen is cracked, then of course it’s worth little.
      Watch the crap you install on your phone, because I have none of your supposed bugs. Lag? not in my wildest nightmares, no.

      • Patrick Fitzpatrick

        What planet do you live on. No one in their right mind would pay that money for a used Nexus S. It is a crap, seriously underpowered phone that struggles under the weight of jellybean. The bugs I reported are STOCK JELLYBEAN bugs, if you had of even bothered to follow the links I posted you would have seen that. No Lag? Try googling Nexus 4 lag, there are plenty of reports about it, here is just one of the many examples.

        Pinch to zoom in a browser had lag

        Scrolling in Chrome had some lag

        Popping up multi-tasking overlay had lag

        About 20% of the time going back to home screen had some lag

        Taking a picture in the camera app had lag

        Getting the camera controls to popup (and then moving your finger to select one) had lag before they turned blue

        • Al

          I see no lag in any of these situations on my Nexus 4. How much lag are we talking about? maybe I need a high speed camera to measure it or something…

        • Joseph schneck

          I was quoted for $100 for my Nexus one, then again aside from scratches i have the box and all accessories in decent condition

    • Natasha Garcia

      You complained more than you did compare the products.

      Availability: Google noted that they were surprised at the demand for the Nexus 4, considering how their previous products faired in the past- slow starters in popularity and purchase. I was actually happy that they managed to sell out as fast as they did.
      Resale Value: That is only due to apple’s branding of iPhone’s as the best, and potential buyers not wanting to pay the $600+ it takes to purchase the newest phone in the line. Others settle for an older version at half the price because of the simple fact that it is an “iphone”. Nothing about that is even remotely good.
      Everything else you mentioned did not really sway the conversation in any direction. If you wanted to make actual comparisons, speak of the hardware, the software, the difference in how different phones handle each os. But don’t use the amount of products sold, and your unhappy experience with one to validate the worth of the other.
      Kind of a cheap argument.

    • APai

      * Availability: you are not restricted to only nexus 4 are you ? sgs3/ xperia phones/ htc/ lg… etc. that’s a great plus about android being able to get your choice of hardware, many companies make it easy for you to root your device too, like sony.
      * oddly, i find repair-ability better with android phones than the iphone with is prohibitive in india. it also depends on the model of android phone.
      * bugs – half of my iphone users friends have had terrible issues with wifi/ network issues, and reboots too and strangely they think its part of every phone users experience. don’t believe me check all those complaints – there’s no company that’s immune to issues

      the only area google has a serious issue with:

      Information & customer service – yeah the glaring blackhole that google has – non existent customer service.

      • Juvenal Mena

        hehe, google have to buy the DELL support.

    • FrillArtist

      Never had any of those issues you have with your N4. Mine runs like a prize horse on steroids. Maybe you should return it and ask for a new one. Probably got a defective unit.

  • jangeloracoma

    One gripe I have with Android is multitasking on lower-end devices. This is where iOS’ multitasking — or lack of “real” multitasking — has an edge.

    In Android, app subsystems will often cause the device to crawl if its specs are not capable enough. Thus, you have IM apps, social networking apps, VoIP apps, etc., running in the background waiting to “pull” incoming messages and such. iOS does not let (most) apps run in the background, but rather uses push notifications for any updates, thereby saving on processing cycles and bandwidth. Even this can be disabled selectively for apps you don’t want to receive notifications from.

    Of course, this has disadvantages, too. But given that Android’s sheer numbers in the market are brought about by low-end to mid-range devices, I think the platform’s architecture can be improved a bit to better support these devices that may not necessarily provide a buttery smooth experience with a lot of background apps running. I’ve found myself killing several background apps to the point of freezing some because they cause lags taking processing cycles in the background (I’m looking at you, Facebook app).

    Thoughts?

    • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

      i think a standard should be set by Google. That Companys should follow. here is what i would set

      Screen res MINIMUM of 480X800 and a screen size of no less than 3.9inches
      dualcore CPU Snapdragon s3 minimum. at 1.2ghz or above.
      5MP camera MINIMUM
      has to run LATEST OS
      UNSKINNED OS and always upto date.

      you could make a device with those min specs for less than ÂŁ100.

      • Vikum B. Wijekoon

        But not everyone can sell them at 100eur. Only Google

      • Mark Ayers

        But what if you don’t need that much speed, want a smaller phone, prefer battery life over speed, etc.?
        The whole reason Android is so widespread and cheap is because manufacturers have total control.

        • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

          that should not me like that. Google SHOULD control android just enough to make sure that each device releases with the latest OS and gets updated a month or so after a new one is released.

      • http://www.facebook.com/duh.koda.1 Duh Koda

        The reason OEMs add skins to Android is to separate them from the competition, not to mention they usually add somewhat useful features (like Swype) that Android itself doesn’t (or didn’t, if you’re talking about Swype) have.

        • CiDhed

          Android 4.2 has a Swype like keyboard. I actually find it more accuarte than Swype on a lot of things.

      • Marvin Nakajima

        I thought that was the main concept behind the Nexus branded devices. Google creating devices that they feel is the standard off of which similar class devices should at LEAST support.

        • http://twitter.com/think_win_win_ Matt

          i wish, but the last four Nexus devices beat the shit out of everything else that exists at the time (4, 7, 10 and GNex).. the 4 is maybe debatable with the Note 2, but that’s it. The others blew everything else away, with the 7 and 10 still leading their respective spaces.

          • kascollet

            That’s mostly wrong. Nexus 4, 7 & 10 don’t lead anything, nor sales, nor performances, nor battery life, nor durability, nor form factor, nor innovation.
            They do quite well for the price they sell, but that’s all.

          • CyBrix_21

            Hey can you get that at a price that is almost half of the iPhone? I think that Google made this not to be the most advanced mobile device, but to give masses the chance to have the performance that is almost similar to what you have found on the smartphones that are 2x more expensive than that devices.

          • http://twitter.com/think_win_win_ Matt

            Ok, I must have missed some major announcements. What 7 inch tablet, at any price, has better hardware and/or software than the Nexus 7 today? What 10 inch tablet (or thereabouts) has better specs or software than the Nexus 10? Both are they only ones I know of on Android 4.2, so they win on software. The Nexus 4 is arguably equal to or better than the Note 2 and HTC Droid DNA, which are the only devices close. The GNex was vastly superior to anything that came out in 2011 and is most comparable to the Galaxy S3 of mid-2012. The Nexus 4 is also half the price of most other flagship phones. Is there a cache of hardware that exists out there that no press is covering that destroys all of these monsters? To each their own, but specs + user experience are really all we’re talking about here, and these devices, at the time of their release and with 3/4, still today are leading on both categories.

    • http://twitter.com/toxmarz ToxMarz

      You could just get a decent phone. If you can’t afford one, you still have fully functional choices with slightly different levels of performance. It’s a trade off, but the entire Android ecosystem shouldn’t be dictated but the lowest common denominator. The new Corvette shouldn’t be limited to the performance of the lowest end model Chevy so the lower tier owners don’t feel slighted. The advances at the high end show up in the next generation low end

    • Vikum B. Wijekoon

      Well Google must do something bout low ends too since windows phone would be getting more hype there Bcuz of nokias in the game and WP doesn’t lag. Google should make a special version of android to tun on low ends. It’s not very hard either since they have a lot of resources and a huge support from the dev community unlike other OSes

    • Josh York

      I completely agree with the poor performance on low-end device problem. I know you get what you pay for and if you save money and know what to expect, I guess there isn’t really a problem. My major issue with the low-end phones, as an enthusiastic Android fan, is that for some people experiencing Android, or even smartphones, for the first time with a low-end device, they get a skewed view of the operating systm. I know many people that I have tried to turn away from Apple that argue that they already tried Android and it was terrible, but they were using a low-end, poorly specced device that couldn’t live up to the true potential of the platform. So although I like the choice that Android brings, there is a negative impact.

    • RarestName

      I talked about that in another article regarding the transition from iOS to Android. My mother’s Galaxy Note has a massive battery drain, and clearing out the apps from the multitasking window is a pain in the arse since you’ll have to keep on invoking it with the home button.

      She told me that that was the only reason why she dislikes using the phablet outdoors – horrible battery life.

      We should be able to choose which apps should utilise true multitasking and which apps should pause in the background and will only download the data when opened.

    • melody

      Easy, do selective background app, just like WP
      User should be able to choose which app can / cannot run in background.

      I think it has been discussed somewhere before

  • Valdo

    steve jobs already knew that android was going to be better than iOS, that’s why he declare thermonuclear war,otherwise it would not have even bothered, as he not did with webOS or Windows Phone or RIM.

    • blink

      very good point. I agree with you.

      seems steve jobs already see the “future” of both android & ios at that time. :)

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    You left out more important stuff like:

    1) You can select default apps.
    2) You can actually attach anything you want to an email, as well multiple attachments, from the mail app.

    • RarestName

      Over clocking.

    • Gorguts

      NFC, I can root and make my phone look like and in some cases work like any other device I choose., Phone apps and tablet apps are the same so you don’t have to buy them twice, USB OTG bringing native 360 and ps3 controller support as well as other hardware usb related. Hacks to remove carrier lock downs like data speed governors and free hotspot, Multiple keyboard support, Hardware manipulation, over and under clocking, I could do this all dam DAY! Default apps and attachments are fking huge and I use the $hit out of them by the way. I can look at a file and attach it to any app that supports that file type on the fly… Fking genius. Not to mention a simple file explorer.. sheesh.

  • http://www.thinkingbrian.com/ ThinkingBrian

    I have to admit, I have never used Apple’s iOS before and that includes iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or whatever. I choose Android over iOS because of overall cost, features and options.

    The Smartphones and Tablets are less expensive. A Nexus 7 and a slightly used GNex device are cheaper (in a good way) than one iPad. Apple’s prices are just too high compared to Android devices on many models, but not all mind you.

    I can have chose from an optional microSD card slot, customizing especially with widgets, more free apps, rooting the device, a USB OTG storage w/o rooting and more. And yes I sync my calender, email, bookmarks and more between both of my devices and my bookmarks with my laptops.

    And I could buy from several different manufacturers including LG, Asus and Samsung. Three companies I currently have products with.

    But I will say though everything, I still use iTunes because its easy to use. Good article.

    • http://twitter.com/think_win_win_ Matt

      I mostly agree, especially if you do a side by side with what you’re getting. The Nexus 7 is vastly superior to the iPad Mini and around half the cost. The Nexus 10 is by far the best 10 inch in existence and blows the iPad 4 away, yet is around 60% of the cost. The only real gripe with the N10 is it can’t be used on LTE, whereas the premium iPads can.

  • WossMan

    You left out a HUGE one: multi-user support on tablets. The iPad may never learn that trick. Apple is too iCentric. Android is all about we, us, and sharing.

  • apple rules

    people think samsung are better because they have more things like tv and stuff but no way ios is better i got iphone 4s and i can do anything with it if i didnt get it i would of still had a samsung galaxy ace. when i got it it was faster more things better camera and awsome siri so i think you should support apple it is the best!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/duh.koda.1 Duh Koda

      You’re comparing a lower-end model of Samsung phones to Apple’s flagship devices, that doesn’t make sense. If you were trying to make a logical comparison, you should have used the S2, S3, or Note/Note 2. Even the S2 has similar specs to the iPhone 5, and it’s over 2 years old already.

      • Truth

        specs dont mean alot,the iphone 5 can run any game on the market perfectly with its dual core processor and there is absolute no lag in the ios or anything,then there is phones like the Droid DNA with a quad core ect ect.specs mean very little if either phone can run the best apps on the market perfectly lol

        • Supakoopa

          …except for the Tegra games that android devices can run that ios can’t? MY Ace has no lag whatsoever after 2 years of hard use, it simply used up the microSD space, so I bought another one.

  • apple rules

    also thor is right it counts on the style and software

    • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.jones.77736 Andrew Jones

      We know debating with apple users is like debating with your baby brother or sister. You try to show them the truth( android is a better os than apple iOS) but they cover their ears, make noises, and pretend they can’t hear you

  • apple rules

    if people want an iphone get the iphone 4s or 5 because they are super fast and have good network

  • hoggleboggle

    seriously, is this the best you can come up with for a website calling itself “android authority”? Animated wallpapers?!? Pathetic. What about more fundamental elements such as having an actual filing system, the ability to choose your preferred app, NFC or the ability to download files of the net to name a few fundamental improvements.

    • hnilsen

      I’m a bit conflicted on iOS vs Android. I would never go for an iPhone myself, but for users that don’t have the technical skills, understanding or care in the world for such things, I believe iOS would be a good alternative for them.

      That being said, my preferences with Android are these:
      – Selecting default app
      – Widgets
      – Download a different launcher if you don’t like the stock one
      – Process drawer, easy swiping away running apps
      – Play Store is fantastic
      – Same OS everywhere, on all devices
      – Buy an app, use it on all devices
      – Choose your browser, and use it everywhere
      – Ease of use with apps like Spotify etc
      – Drop down notification area
      – ROMs for the hacker
      – 6 month release cycle on the OS
      – Usually huge improvements from iteration to iteration
      – NFC

      Gripes:
      – Internal space some times allocated for apps, some times only a small margin (S2 has 2GB allocated, but 16GB internal storage).
      – As a professional HTML5-developer (mobile banking), the webkit implementations across the different brands and models SUCK! They SUCK! Android and HTML5 does not go well together.
      – App drawer is nice, but too cluttered
      – Still not as smooth as iOS, but brute forcing with pure power seems to do wonders…
      – Fragmentation – especially in the webkit implementations
      – Update schemes across carriers, brands and models. What. The. Actual. Fuck.
      – Seems to be hard to find a device as robust and good looking as the iPhone

  • yankee_42

    I always say that no matter what android is the best # for me..

  • Simeon

    They are both decent phone operating systems… Time to just get the most out of using them, enjoy them, and go out and do something better instead!

  • stewart lum

    Android is so much better cause even if the team does not fix it quick u can fix it yourself

  • carbon

    as for me, the biggest reason I like android than other mobile OS :
    – lot of choice for browser, virtual keyboard, launcher/UI, and media player (video/music).
    – emulators. from pc, linux, amiga, palm, handheld game, console game, all there.
    – sdcard/ expandable storage support.
    – app sideloading, easy software deployment/ testing for developer.

    .
    while the reason I hate android are:
    – lag sometimes.
    – java vm on top of linux kernel.
    – can’t select app that must NOT run on background.
    – fat32 storage filesystem, 4gb filesize limitation.

    .
    yeah no OS is perfect. but android is still better than others mobile os out there. for now.

  • Cabnetmaker

    Well i admit i havent used alot of new android devices and im kinda neutral.but i currently have a samsung galaxy and it works great the only problem i have with the phone and android is the Play store seems kinda cluttered and the basic UI of the playstore isnt very good or easy to navigate in my opinion (i of coarse know how to navigate was annoying though) the phone itself isnt bad i dont like the fact of having my pages out front with widgets and apps and then push a button to go to all my base apps that i dont have on my home screens. and my phone randomly downloads apps to my main screen,like ill just open my phone and have 3 or 4 random apps that say (play free games or win this ipad(lol)) i delete them but new ones pop up every day.and then there is my ios experience my first ios was a ipod 2g i was used and the back was very badly scratched to the point of grooves and i used that thing and used that thing finnally i bought an ipod 3 when it came out then an ipod 4 now i own and ipod 5 and will be getting my iphone 5 in a week or 2 (yes im 19 now and i payed for all of this without any parrents),well my sister still has my ipod 2g and it is fairly sluggish now but it still works as if it was new….and i have never had any bugs or trouble in any of my ios devices :P im not narrow minded i have a preference haha !!!

    • paul jones

      Play store from mobile app- side swipe to left for categories, side swipe to right for top paid, swipe again for top free ect .use search box for anything . to find a list of all your apps you have ever installed(not just what you have on phone now) press three dots top right and select..
      Your pop up advertising problems are from a free app you have installed ( most likely a free version of a game) find it and delete or buy full version to stop pop up ads.
      You don’t have to use widget’s if you don’t like them !
      I personally have my main page with app icons including folders (changed look and number of rows with nova launcher)
      widgets like friendcaster for facebook and Google + on other pages resized to suit the page.
      I found it all abit much to when I came from apple to android but so glad I stuck with it .
      Don’t like something? There is always an app or launcher to change it to exactly how you want..
      I always look at both OS and devices each time I upgrade and love the look of ip5 but everything thing inside was a compromise so went nexus 4.
      Good luck and hope you stay and play!

    • http://twitter.com/balducien Balduin

      Where is the point of your comment?

      *Ba dumm tssss*

  • Nikki

    Definitely love my S3. Only one complaint vs ios. I need threaded group messaging in my life. Pleaseeeeeeeeeee….

  • Pijay

    You really can’t say that Android as OS is better or worse. Apple made certain design decisions in iOS which appeals some users and does not appeal other users. For example things like file system, real multitasking, etc is easy for apple to implement as they already have these in OS X. So it is not matter of incapability. On the other hand, Android as a OS have certain advantages that Apple CANNOT beat (as opposed to does not want to beat). So if I want to compare the two systems from that stand point, I would say the Android advantages are:
    – Google ecosystem
    – Google Now
    – Different price points
    – Speed of improvement
    – More free apps (e.g., some paid apps in app store are free in playstore)

    On the other hand, Apple still has an edge on:
    – Quality apps ( this has been the biggest issue for me since switched) I don’t have half of the apps I had on iOS or their equivalent
    – Security and integrity of the device
    – Better ecosystem (e.g., Airplay, Apple TV, iTunes)
    – Better default apps (Mail, Calendar, etc)

    • Supakoopa

      I would argue that the Google ecosystem is better, but that’s an opinion, and that the defaults are better with Chrome, Gmail and Google Calendar.
      In regards to security, the iOS is in fact less secure than Android.

      • http://twitter.com/think_win_win_ Matt

        Most of the security holes in Android come from people making poor decisions when using 3rd party markets and/or side-loading apps. The Play Store has very similar functionality to the App Store in terms of finding and removing mal-ware, which is rarely sent via those mediums.

    • kascollet

      Google’s ecosystem is very well supported on iOS it seems.
      Those are the apps Google gives to iOS users at the moment (all free of course) :
      – YouTube
      – Google Search
      – Google Earth
      – Chrome
      – Google Maps
      – Google Drive
      – Google+
      – Google Translation
      – GMail
      – Google+ Local (ex G Adresses)
      – Google Play Books
      – Google Stream
      – Google Authenticator
      – Blogger

      Except for Google Now, iOS users have convenient access to Google’s ecosystem as much as Android users, and many of them use it ! BUT they also have iCloud functionality (I crave for such a backup system !) witch we obviously can’t use.

  • Gorguts

    NFC, I can root and make my phone look like and in some cases work exactly like any other device I choose., Phone apps and tablet apps are the same so you don’t have to buy them twice, USB OTG bringing native 360 and ps3 controller support as well as other hardware usb related. Hacks to remove carrier lock downs like data speed governors and free hotspot, Multiple keyboard support, Hardware manipulation, over and under clocking, I could do this all dam DAY! Default apps and attachments are fking huge and I use the $hit out of them by the way. I can look at a file and attach it to any app that supports that file type on the fly… Fking genius. Not to mention a simple file explorer.. sheesh. After reviewing all of these features, I wish Android would ditch them all for a blank screen I can put icons on….

  • http://twitter.com/NandaLinnAung Nanda Linn Aung

    nice list.. also the price and not being in the life of peer-pressure really counts too.

  • columbia

    I don’t know about you but it still drives me nuts there is no convenient way to organize a playlist on iOS. Sure, you can make a playlist, you can add songs to it, but how do I know if I’ve got duplicates? Why can’t I sort things by Artist, by Name, or by Genre *in* the playlist?

  • Juan Sanchez

    Is as simple as this: Every Android device developer tries to give their device a bit of their personal touch, giving android devices a great variety of styles and bonus features. Apple has, well apple stuff. In a way each Android version for every company is unique. So having many companies developing for android makes it possible to innovate faster than the same people making iOS 1.0 again and again and installing it in a faster phone with more colors and minor changes, ah yes useless maps.

  • John Galt

    Intents.

  • Santhosh Karkera

    Yes 2 years back iOS on iPhone was better, but now Android beats iOS on iPhone by (S)miles….!!. But I think in tables both are neck to neck.

  • androidcheapdroid

    ive got a iphone 1 in the draw and the touch screen works better than most average new android phones only reason i dont have an iphone 5 is money so i aswell as many other people android is the only option if every one could afford the phone they actualy wanted i bet android phones would not sell so well

  • Stephengn

    Inherently less secure.

    …and always will be as long as it has the largest market share.

  • http://twitter.com/Hoffmanski19 Andrew Hoffman

    It just works everwhere really well which is the most important thing for me. On my Note 2 I can reaD articles from newspapers, websites, videos , sport live.I put Lookout anti malware on that tells avout dodgy websites in advance.

  • Soren

    Keep in mind though, that Android is all COPIED off of apple, and Samsung hat to pay a multi-billion dollar fine for it.

  • Ruben

    I will not say which one is better (this is highly subjective). But come on, guys, if you gonna point out 10 reasons, at least make sure they are all true… Sorry, I can’t trust a so faulty article.

  • Tarek Assaf

    I am an Android user since 2008, and there is no doubt that the improvements it made are enormous.and the Google integration experience is great. The one thing for me were Apple still dominates is in the entertainment area. Outside of the US. and few other countries, you cannot use the Movies and TV section, nor the Music section and the Books section of Google Play. Where on iTunes all these are available in almost every other country. Google need to step up its patent or legal actions to start making a worldwide presence in the entertainment section.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jori.kostiainen.5 Jori Kostiainen

    Good article!

  • huche1n

    Simply put Android is easier, better, innovative, developing than IOS. While IOS puts only a few improvements every year, Android does a major update with new innovations every year. e.g. IOS was advertising Do not disturb, Panaroma, Noise cancelling only on IOS 6 when it was there in every other phone on Android ages ago (and didnt make a big deal about it)

    IOS is so behind in terms of technology! Their power is their Marketing. If you love technology and always loves up to date new stuff, then you’ll hate IOS(i do) and you’ll love Android. Android can do what IOS can do, but better. There is loads of stuff you cant do in IOS that you can do in Android

    • Ya boiii

      Except make money… if you want to make money developing apps, the App Store is where it’s at.

      Android community is too cheap and pirates apps.

  • irkitated

    I used to own an iPhone. I bought it to see what all the fuss was about but then I developed the ability to think for myself so I sold the iPhone and bought an Android phone. Unfortunately, I still have an iPhone for my work phone so I have a daily comparison between the two devices.

    One thing I have noticed about the majority of Apple fanboys is how they straight out bash something else without having tried it and without being fully informed. You cannot argue with Apple fanboys because it is like playing chess with a pigeon. It doesn’t matter how good you are, the pigeon will just knock all of the pieces over, crap on the board and then strut around like it is victorious.

    Read full post here http://irkitated.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/shut-up-apple-fanboys.html

  • Me

    Cool, but most of those points have nothing to do with the OS itself – it’s more like why Android DEVICES are still a better option than iDevices.

  • Droids R Us

    OK here is my opinion, 2 different OS for 2 different people. OS 1 Makes the best looking handsets interface and most stable/smooth OS that Is easy to use and learn and ideal for those who don’t want or care about having any choices BUT You can do very little other that what the device allows you to (The phone is the master) costs way too much and now they are moving in to dual core and big screen territory they are having a lot of un-publisized problems. It was only that stable because of its restrictions and simplicity.
    OS 2 makes the most advanced, open and customizable OS that allows you to do whatever you want (You are the master) and has built in comprehensiveness to make sure it will work no matter what you do to it, the whole Android philosophy is to Give the customer EVERYTHING and they will appreciate it BUT The nature of this openness means there will always be some bugs and delays to fixing them. Your choice is basically this…..

    Beauty or Best? Fashion or Features? Simple or Serious?
    I chose Android :) (just wish it looked as nice)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E26SRY4NWIQM7UDGDFUH25QLXM johnl

    “Integration with Google services and products”

    Funny, because Google apps are way better on iPhone than Android.

    • FrillArtist

      Don’t make me laugh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ladygagalover2693 Christian Harris

    I’m an iOS user, and from experience I can tell you that most of us could give 2 shits about customization. I’m an app person, and I like having them right in front of my face when I start up my iPod. I swear, every time I use someone’s Android phone I sit there for about 2 days before I ask, “How do you find the maps app?”
    Then, when I look it up people tell me that there’s a, “Default search option,” and that, “I’m an ignorant user”.
    I also like how straight forward iOS is.
    For example, a kid I know is always asking to use my iPod. I don’t want him running through my messages, emails, etc., so I put it in lock mode so he can only use the app he asked to use. I’m pretty sure there’s a function similar to that on Android, and that Apple “copied” it, but oh well, it works and I like it. It doesn’t require me to be “a smart guy” or use any third party apps, look through settings for 2 hours, etc..
    So, I guess in the whole fight thing, I like iOS more. It just depends on user taste. I like how simple iOS is, but I like Android b/c their phones have those huge screens for browsing and watching video…
    Just a 14 year old’s opinion.

    • FrillArtist

      Yet here you are on an ANDROID blog…

  • Chateau Man

    Thank you so much..i am android user…:)

  • AndroidUser1211

    Android developers will admit that iOS will always be more fluid. Almost everyone will agree that apps on iOS look and function better. Android has the image of being a iOS knockoff (It actually is….but that’s beside the point). Comparing a HTC One V with ICS to the very first iPhone everyone would agree the first version of iOS looks better and is far less buggy. Top 10 reasons its STILL better? My friend, it hasn’t even caught up yet.

    • FrillArtist

      Worthless troll.

  • John Serafini

    People, please do some research. What you call bugs that you find can’t information on how to fix are not bugs. The problem lies in your inability to properly work your phone. The vast majority of complaints I see are almost always user errors . Very rarely is it the the the phone or the os. So before you bash android you should bash yourself. Take 10 minutes to read a little about the phone you have and how to properly use it.. I can’t street this enough do not use a task killer. That is why they call these smart phones. The phone knows how to run properly and when you start using a task killer you make the phone run crappy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.e.sutter Mark Sutter

    I just got an iPhone last week after having (and loving) a droid 2 for a long time. I already know why Apple is top dog. Simply put, it is the best top-to-bottom user experience I’ve ever had. Everything I had to “customize” my droid to do is already done for me. It just works. Also, many of the “great customization options” I wanted to use with my droid required jailbreaking and, therefore, made it no better than an iPhone in that regard.

  • aqq

    As Linus Torvalds wisely put it: software is like sex – it’s better when it’s free :)

  • aqq

    As Linus Torvalds wisely put it: Software is like sex – it’s better when it’s free :)

  • Wolfdan

    Your personality determines which os you prefer. If you compete with the Jones’s the Apple is for you. If you don’t Google Android is the right fit.

    People wait in lines for a failed sweatshop built device that acts like it is upscale and polished so they can feel polished and better than their only true friend. Each Apple user has only one friend and that friend secretly hates them.

    When Android Google decides that every device should be traded in if it can’t run the latest version of the op and unifies every device to run the latest version or alternatively a processor can be plucked and replaced at a gas station to run the device faster and get the update then? If it pressures Amazon and Barnes and Noble to allow freedom in their devices then? If wifi becomes free via satellite for every user then? Desktops will die. Microsoft will vanish. Windows will be closed.

    Then the iconic thieves of technology (Apple) will topple to the ground. Apple is dead.

    Learn to root and become a Superuser. Linux rules and unix decides how we have lived and progressed and the others just steal ideas for the window or the fruit tree.

  • gofyourself

    all of you need to get the hell outside and stop obsessing over this dumb debate.

  • Joki

    No, you say bullshit. I am with Android for 2 days now and although it is good it is still much worse than ios on user experience. In 2 days I saw times more app crashes than on my iphone for 3 years. Of course, that costs, my android is 330 USD and the iphone is 800 USD. And of course, ios is very closed system. But if you are perfectionist and want the best and most uncompromising device – get ios.

  • hunes

    really good post good

  • ssimstar

    Cast your minds back to 1990 if you will (or indeed, can). I was tasked with commissioning an ICT suite for a school for which I had the budget of around ÂŁ600 per workstation. The choice was stark; Apple or IBM-compatible. For that money I could choose an Apple Mac Classic with built-in 10″ mono display and its mouse-driven GUI (obviously primitive by today’s standards) or an IBM-compatible PC with a 14″ colour VGA display running MS-DOS but with the promise of Windows 3.0 just around the corner… I chose PC.

    Why? Because if I wanted to buy a printer, I had to buy a hideously priced Apple printer. If I wanted an application I had to buy hideously expensive software because Apple charged developers a huge premium for access to the Apple’s OS and only the likes of Adobe and Steinberg and Quark could afford it, and, naturally, passed that cost on to users; fine for high-end users in graphic design (then there was little or no alternative software for PC users), which is why Apple came to dominate these areas.but failed to make inroads with business users.

    Maybe you remember that, pre-iPod/iPhone days, Apple was virtually a basket-case financially? PCs had come to dominate the world because their open-source hardware made them cheap to buy and cheap to maintain, and, let’s face it, they had the killer apps that business wanted.

    The moral? Apple innovate, and then, stagnate. The iPhone was a lovely design, lovely interface, with lovely apps, but as a friend said to me; “I can scan the bottom of my teacup and an app will tell me the type of leaf, the date it was picked, the age, gender and height of the picker as well as predict my future for the next 24 hours, but it’s not so good for making phone calls.”

  • IOSlover

    ANDROID SUCKS

  • Jon S

    Android Rocks, Widgets are so handy.
    Love my S3. Got it running 4.2.2 with Cyanogen Mod 10.1
    Its super fast, get about 40% more battery life outta it with custom ROM.
    The task manager is great. Really love everything about Android to be fare.
    Recently moved from IOS6 to Droid and have never looked back.
    You really can pimp your phone out to the max.

    A big bonus is being able to take a spare battery with me, in my pocket, change MicroSD cards with considerable ease.

  • Kart180

    android is so customises and open source means can acess all files unlike on ios . best feature is google now

  • Kart180

    android is so open source amd can be used on any device including watches

  • iKronographer

    Apple should have never have gone for backwards compatibility with Mac OS, when Steve tried to get them to go for running Full NeXTStep instead of pulling kernel from FreeBSD, just the GUI from NeXTStep (like Windows on DOS) piled high with layers of abstraction to make it all meld together on a file system that was a DEAD MAN WALKING!

    So to keep lame original Mac OS morons of Apple happy they created a nightmare of an eventual future using an antiquated file system originally designed for singled threaded chips in Apple personal computers. Later revamped and renamed HFS for Macs in 1984. It was fine for chips back in the day only capable of running One Application at a time…. but not now today in the world of Multi-cores and Pervasive Multi-threading that Android can do with a much better modern file system. That Samsung is working to make even better with F2FS (for Solid State Drives) donated to Open Source Linux (Android included)!

    They had their chance in November 2004 when they began work on iOS. When Scott Forstall warned them about not making a break with HFS back then and designing (or adopting/buying ZFS from Sun). So now they are basically SOL… and that’s only obvious. Because they still can’t do Real Time Full Multi-tasking and a myriad of other things their HFS+ stacked execution process file system keeps them from doing.

    If there is ONE POINT Android totally PWNS iOS on, it’s the ability of the Linux kernel and it’s file system a variety of tasks and processes all at once. This is so obvious when you compare them running side by side. Making iOS only appear to be faster w/o lag, when in reality….. you’re comparing a fully pervasively threaded multi-tasking OS to one that can only run one at a time, while others are only suspended to the background. It’s hardly Rocket Science, that iOS actually uses lots of smoke and mirrors and Revolutionary RDF Magic in only posing as advanced and even close to Innovative! lol…. how can they be when they’re still running a distance 30yr old relative Apple IIc’s file system today!!! Android WINS!!! ;-p

  • tltshay

    I’ve experienced IOS on my Ipod. I was very disappointed when I turned it on and it had to be initialized with a computer before use. At the time I didn’t have a computer (it was packed for our move) and I returned the Ipod to the store. Iphones probably don’t require that and I hope Ipads don’t. Android doesn’t do that to me. I repurchased it later during a Christmas sale. I have devices so that I don’t have to be dependent on a computer. I learned that IOS apps don’t play nice with each other like Android. Android likes to “share” and I love sharing between all my apps. In Android I have a file manager where I can find my documents and choose what will open them. In IOS, whatever app you used to create a document, that’s where you have to go and I had so many apps that sometimes I couldn’t remember where my document was so I had to open every office/note app which totalled over 20. I should sell my IOS account because my Ipod broke and I spent over $200 on apps. With Android I have several devices that can all use my apps even when one of them dies (and several have died). I’m not knocking IOS, it’s somewhat cool, I just have trouble accepting the limitations and simplicity, it suits others better and that’s fine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charliebrownau Charlie Brownau

    For me the main selling point of an android tablet instead of an apple device is that I can connect a standard mini usb/micro usb to USB lead and copy data from the tablet to my PC’s in Windows or Linux without iTunes DRM bloatware POS software. Also you can install software on android offline. It does not need an internet connection to use straight away (Try using an iPad without iTunes and without internet , its useless)

  • felipe pedroni

    I have and Nexus S with 4.1.2 android version. Lots of bugs in maps, low quality GPS. Even after erase all the flash and re-installed everything, my phone is steal laging and with lots of bugs. Some of my friends have an old iphone3gs and this didn’t happens with it. It’s unaceptable once the nexus is the official google phone.

    I will never buy another android , even with all this unuseful geek goods pointed here.

  • John

    Its like music…you have mainstream radio & MTV people who have never heard of the huge amount of amazing talent that’s never been touched by the spotlight. Then, when you help one of these mainstream clingers become aware..it seems like the first reaction is usually anger. That’s to be expected…at least I’d be pissed if I saw spent tons more money on less freedom & creativity.