5 biggest myths about Android

by: Simon HillNovember 18, 2013

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Fear, uncertainty and doubt, or FUD, is a common tactic in marketing and there’s a fair bit of evidence that negative advertising works. Competitive companies are backed up by legions of fans invested in their wares and everyone feeds their thoughts into the biggest rumor mill ever devised – the Internet. It is fantastic at perpetuating myths and spreading lies, whether it’s the latest fake celebrity death, or the idea that PC gaming is dead. Once you put an idea out there, even if it’s an outright lie that you later retract, it takes on a life of its own.

There are some big, persistent myths about the Android platform that simply will not die. Here are our top five.

Android is complicated

Android is not complicated

According to the latest figures from IDC Android pushed past 80% worldwide market share for the first time last quarter. Surely we can put the idea that it’s complex, hard to get to grips with, or only for hardcore techies to bed now? It was only a couple of years ago that Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer said “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone, but I think you do to use an Android phone.”

Right from day one the idea that Android was not intuitive, or that there’s a really steep learning curve before you can master it, was pure nonsense. Most people came to Android from feature phones. The platforms we used before were filling up with perplexing icons and layers of hidden menu options. Android was extremely intuitive by comparison, and the user experience has been streamlined further with each new version.

The idea that the Android platform is too hard for the average user to figure out is seriously insulting to the average user. There is no significant difference in usability between any of the major mobile platforms.

Android needs a task killer

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If I ate a donut every time I saw a forum argument about whether you need a task killer on Android then I’d be a bed-ridden whale by now. In the early days we all bought into this, the top task killer app is closing in on half a million downloads and there are many, many others that do essentially the same thing. Then a few people started questioning whether those task killers were really saving us battery life or improving our smartphone’s performance. Could the opposite be true?

There are some compelling arguments against using task killers, like this one at Lifehacker, but ultimately the proof is in the pudding. When I stopped using a task killer there was a noticeable improvement in both battery life and stability, so I’ve never used one since and I’ve never missed it. The appeal is obviously the idea that you can be proactively improving your smartphone, but unless you’re dealing with a dodgy app it’s probably not making the difference you think it is.

It could be the placebo effect that’s convincing you a task killer is helping. Try life without it and see if you can feel the difference.

Android malware will infect your phone


It was admittedly a little hyperbolic when I wrote Android malware will eat your children, but the point was to poke fun at all these reports about how the Android platform is riddled with dangerous malware. There’s no doubt that malware exists and there are plenty of people trying to infect your smartphone, but for the average user Android is secure enough. It’s not difficult or complicated to protect yourself from threats. Every app that is installed on Android has to ask for permissions and you can review them before you decide whether to install.

If you feel like that’s too much hassle then there’s a very simple alternative. Start by installing a security app, the independent security institute, AV Test, does a regularly updated report on the best options and most of them are free. Don’t go outside of Google Play for apps, most malware comes from third-party stores or other sources. Since it takes time to identify malware you can drastically reduce your risks by not downloading the newest apps, stick to things with plenty of reviews and download numbers. Apply the same common sense you would browsing the web on your computer – don’t click on suspicious links or open suspicious email attachments. Don’t root your phone.

Eric Schmidt got laughed at when he said Android is more secure than the iPhone, but the real point is that the user is the weak link. If you choose to bypass the layers of security built in to Android then be aware that you’re choosing to take a risk.

Android is the same on every phone

Android and iOS

We’ve all seen those arguments where someone jumps on a forum thread or comment section to complain about how awful Android is and it transpires that they’ve been using an HTC Wildfire, a Samsung Moment, or some other budget release. Google has been working on improving the Android experience and optimizing its services so that you don’t need cutting edge hardware to enjoy the platform, but there are limits. If a manufacturer puts together a shoddy phone, slaps its own user interface over the top, and then the carrier fills it with bloatware then it’s not really representative of Android.

You wouldn’t buy an iPhone 3GS and expect it to perform like an iPhone 5S would you? The lack of restrictions on Android is a generally a good thing because you get loads of different devices at different price points. The inevitable downside to that is that there will be some duds. Even a small amount of homework and a cursory glance at review scores will guide you towards a decent Android phone and you don’t have to spend big (check out the Moto G).

Android lag and crashes are worse than the competition


In the early days of Android there was a lot of talk about the platform being laggy and it’s never really gone away. There have also been claims that Android apps crash more often than the apps on other platforms. All the mobile platforms suffer from lag and crashes from time to time. Problems tend to be worse just after a major platform update because it takes time for the app developers to catch up and optimize.

Various studies, like this one at Forbes based on Crittercism data have shown that iOS apps crash more often than Android apps. A year later and Forbes reported that apps on iOS 6 crash less than apps on Jelly Bean. It’s very difficult to get reliable independent data on this topic and it’s tough to properly compare platforms.

Anecdotally, lots of people on every platform encounter crashes. Complaints about it being a particular issue on Android could be related to our last point about cheap hardware. Underpowered hardware, manufacturer UIs, and carrier bloatware could all have an impact, but they don’t point to any instability or performance issue inherent in Android. Good Android smartphones or tablets do not suffer from significantly more lag or crashes than devices on any other platform. It’s also worth pointing out that “good” doesn’t necessarily mean the best specs.

More Android myths

There are plenty of other myths out there about Android and mobile devices in general. We could have talked about battery calibration, or the idea that fragmentation is a problem that’s unique to Android. What are the Android myths that annoy you?

  • Shark Bait

    Id like to add “Fragmentation is such a big issue!”

    • Stephen Angelico

      I’m with you there. Actually, the FAT and NTFS filesystems used in Windows are the only filesystems that suffer major disk fragmentation. I’m pretty sure Android, like most Linux distributions, uses ext3 or ext4, which only gets fragmented when it’s nearly full.

      • Alex Ohannes

        Unless I’m very wrong, Android fragmentation refers to the numerous amounts of devices and hardware configurations, not filesystems.

        • APai

          and now even that is reduced because of the varying screen resolutions neatly falling into hd/ fhd etc. the only differentiation perhaps is the amount of sensors/ different SoC – availability of device drivers. the fragmentation bogey has run its course. if you look at it technically, even ios users get their updates in chunks – the oldest equipment are better off not running the latest versions because it slows it down significantly. so much for the fragmentation “issue”

      • ksavai

        Lol never thought in that direction. Device/version fragmentation is problem for developer no problem for users..

        • abazigal

          I still think fragmentation can have indirect impact on users as well.

          For example, if I as a developer feel that a significant majority of Android users are still on 4.0 or lower, I may not bother supporting APIs or features found in 4.1 and later (such as Google Now’s notification system). The end result is that the app may not be as fully featured as it otherwise could have been, because I am literally catering to the lowest common denominator.

          Contrast this with IOS. True, my iPhone4 is not going to get as many new features from IOS7 compared to my friend’s 5s, but it still gets all the new APIs. For example, IOS7 supports apps updating themselves in the background. Because I know that every IOS user using an iphone4, 4s, 5 or 5s, as well as ipad2, 3, 4, air, mini and retina mini running IOS7 will benefit from this feature, it makes more sense to include it in my app. That’s 4 generations of iPhones and 6 out of 7 models of iPads – enough to cover the majority of IOS users worldwide!

          • Fernando Asencio

            Android does support background updates, and you can actually turn it on or off and select to only do updates while on wifi. what do you mean by lowest common denominator? 81% of mobile world is on android, how is that lowest?

          • WestFiasco

            I’m sure he means phones running on older android versions like gingerbread, froyo and the like, pretty much anything before Ice Cream Sandwich when “lowest common denominator was mentioned”.

          • Kirn Gill

            It’s quite well possible to write an app on Android that checks for API availability, as well as numerous support libraries that provide newer APIs on older OS releases (at the cost of some download size bloat – generally not enough to matter, though.) Just code the features for Android 4.1, and if the system reports it is Android 4.0, just… don’t use those features?

  • bob

    lack of future?

    whos gonna install android when samsung transfers to tizen and google to chromeos?

    the rest dont make any money selling android phones

    let the race to the bottom begin!

  • MasterMuffin

    Lagdroid! Crashes before you get past lock screen! Lagdroid phones are plastic toys for the poor and unpopular nerds!

    • bob

      not far from truth, except crashing

    • memememe

      I can assure you that you can’t afford to pay for a Note 3 with your iPhone 3GS budget LOL

    • samsparkin

      Master muffin Ur the best

    • jeff

      Should try the galaxy s4. No lag and as fast as I could ever imagine. My last speed test gave me 48 mbps down and 31 mbps up. So not too shabby in my android world. Also this is stock version. JMO

      • MasterMuffin

        I love how people don’t get so obvious joke. All it was missing was a sign saying “This is a joke”

  • Jefficko

    This ones good too: “Android is such a laggy system”

  • Tomatot

    One of the most obvious : Android = Samsung.

    • uofmike

      and one of the most annoying: Android = Droid

      • Without a doubt I hate when people call the Android platform a “droid” You can blame verizon for that with their Droid monikers.

      • Daniel Collins

        UGH. The MOST ANNOYING THING EVER. When I say “Android” I don’t mean “Droid”! When people who can’t say “Android” correctly criticize the operating system based on rumors they heard from some jerk who owns a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, that only makes me more annoyed.

    • Daniel Collins

      I once saw a video that gave “Android” tips, and half of them were touchwiz-dependent. It annoyed me so much. It also seems that iPhone users have only paid attention to the companies that spend millions on advertising, so they think touchwiz and Samsung when they think Android.

  • Josh York

    Thank you for this article and especially addressing point number one. The complexity issue has always bothered me the most. Often times it’s said by the same people who try to claim the ability to customize your device is a bad thing.

  • Data

    “iOS first, Android second” – people who normally say that always ignore apps that are on Android that will probably never arrive on iOS because of all the limitations.

    • Alex James Simon

      Noozxoide EIZO rewire E one of the best EQ like app, more of a vsp (virtual sound processor) then an EQ, but it provides the best sound enhancement for music works system wide, something IOS will never be able to do.

    • Andrei Peanuts

      Tell me an example

      • Cesium22

        Facebook Messenger chat heads.

      • Daniel Collins

        Facebook Home, Redphone, Agent, knock2, Peek, nova launcher, widget locker, dozens of EQ apps… Shall I go on?

    • Daniel Collins

      THANK YOU. I have seen dozens of apps that have never come out on iOS because of limitations, or the dev just doesn’t want to have to spend all his time earning Swift/Objective C!!

  • mali

    Been reading a few of the replys below me.. and it’s so true!. I had a nexus 4 rooted..and it never crashed (unless I was doing things that could make it like rooting a rom wrong). But day to day use never failed.. I know am back to Samsung. With the note III.. it seems pretty buggy.. lock screen freezes.. keyboard won’t pop to text.. I mean there minor cuz it goes away..but seriously it’s becoming a issue and is annoying

    • That why when I switched to Android i went with Nexus 4. The gs3 I played around with for a half hour crashed on me twice and had other bugs. I think I’d probably like some of the Note features, but the stability & price got me to Nexus 5.

    • Jesus

      I’ve no issues, at all, with my Note 3. I think you’re either trolling or just… bad at using phones?

    • Fernando Asencio

      You might have a faulty note 3, i got mine since it came out and never had an issue with it. What model of note 3 are you using

  • frank

    Yes android was buggy in the beginning it has come so far since my first android phone the droid 2. The fragmentation of it bothers me and lack of updates cough cough HTC. Plus friends shouldn’t let friends buy cheap ass android phones

  • richard w

    My samsung galaxy note 2 hasnt slowed down or crashed since I bought it and its the fastest phablet I have used and I have had nokia lumias yes the ui is fast but opening apps on a lumia takes a lot longer than android

    • Daniel Collins

      It does, doesn’t it? I have a lumia, and it can take from 1-5sec.

  • Dorl Moldevort

    I’d like to add the following myth (clearly the most popular one among iPhone users):
    If you buy an Android smartphone, Steve Job’s ghost will ass-rape you in your sleep.

    • King Dong

      That may be a compelling reason for some to buy one

      • Corbin Crutch

        Especially if they are Apple fanboys

  • Nathan Buffington

    It’s not DROID

  • arjman22

    Another popular one is ¨Android a is a cheap rip off of iOS….Notification bar anyone? Or ¨Google voice search is copied from SIRI¨

    • Jayfeather787

      Or notification shade being accessible on the lockscreen, and the quick settings. If anything, iOS 7 is a cheap rip-off of android, that just looks like everything was drawn by a 6 year old.

  • compupolis

    Another one I’ve heard from iPhone users is that music players suck on Android, and that iPhone is better at playing music. Also that Android doesn’t have iOS features such as nested playlists. (I don’t know what nested playlists are, but that’s what they said.)

    • utilitybelt

      Audio quality has been the same on the iPhone and iPod touch since the first generation…shitty. My 2010 droid x had better audio quality than my 4th gen iPod touch. I don’t own anything Apple anymore.

    • Kash Gummaraju

      You’ve heard from iPhone users, have you ever used an HTC One? It’s amazing- the best audio of any smartphone out there.

      • compupolis

        I have not. After the original Galaxy S, I’ve only used Nexus phones since. Let me clarify that I was talking about music playing apps not the hardware audio quality/capability.

    • compupolis

      Oops. Let me clarify my statement. I wasn’t talking about the hardware’s ability to play music. I was referring to the operating system’s ability to play music. In other words, the iPhone users are saying that the apps available for iOS for playing music are better than the ones on Android. Sorry for the confusion.

      • Alex James Simon

        They are wrong lol, Poweramp, Neutron, Google Music, PlayerPro, All Eq apps, and my favorite Noozxoide EIZO Rewire E (virtual sound processor), and if your device is compatible Noozy (classic)

    • JanetheAddiction

      Well, on Android we still don’t have a real USB Audio out solution. That does suck.

      • AStarbucks

        Really? Who uses that when Android has had MHL (supporting the ubiquitous HDMI standard) out since the S2 days circa 2010.

        I watched 1080p Blu Ray quality movies from my S2 right on my 46″ HD LED TV using the MHL cable. Audio + Video. So why do you even care about Audio out only? Any external speaker can just plug into the 3.5mm. If you want USB out, its really the same as the MHL and you can have awesome video + audio mirroring.

        MHL 3.0 can even support 4K.

        None of the i-Crap or Windows Phones even support the first generation of MHL.

    • abazigal

      I think it’s more that Android lacks the integrated music ecosystem that Apple’s iTunes has spent the good part of a decade building up.

      • AStarbucks

        That’s because you’re an i-diot. iTunes is the biggest piece of con job bloatware. Slow, huge and built to take your money. I never used it. If i want to play music why does it want to install Quicktime and a whole lot of crap as well?

        Why would I use that crap when like @Alex James Simon said, there is “Poweramp, Neutron, Google Music, PlayerPro, All Eq apps, and my favorite
        Noozxoide EIZO Rewire E (virtual sound processor), and if your device
        has a compatible DAC, Noozy (classic)”

        I will add TTPod and other similar Chinese made apps. They have full music search and download functions (for free) and even auto lyrics download with karaoke syncing. Chew on that while you bleed money.

  • compupolis

    I do know someone who says they are representative of the average user and they would say the first one is not a myth. Their first phone was a Motorola Triumph running Android 2.2 and their current phone is the Nexus 4 with Android 4.3. They insist that the Triumph with Android 2.2 is better and easier to use and that Google is doing a disservice to its users by not providing a manual with every Android 4.x phone with step-by-step instructions with screenshots for every step for every little feature in Android 4.x so that it is obvious how to use Android 4.x.

    • Jayfeather787

      Well that’s their opinion. However, I completely disagree, and I find Android 4.x to be much easier to use, with navigation buttons on screen so one can never get lost. Not just the software buttons, but at the top of an app, there is a little back arrow as well. I have had a phone running 2.3 gingerbread, and I flashed a 4.3 jellybean ROM, and it is so much faster and easier to use, despite its 1 GHz single core processor.

      • compupolis

        It is their opinion. It is also their opinion that anybody that disagrees with them is more technically knowledgeable than the average user and thus that person’s opinion doesn’t count. They even said my opinion doesn’t count because they consider me to be more knowledgeable than the average user. I suspect they would say the same about you since you flashed a ROM yourself rather than let the manufacturer or carrier do it via the manufacturer/carrier’s normal update mechanisms.

        • Jayfeather787

          Okay, I guess you have a point. I flash a custom ROM every day or so. :)

    • Kash Gummaraju

      Who says they are? If they say that they’re the average iphone user not the average smartphone user. Asking for a manual for Android 4.x is like reading the manual for an iphone. No one does that.

      • compupolis

        They say they are. They are sure that other Android users would have the same issues as they are, and that anybody that disagrees has more technical ability/knowledge than the average user. I disagreed with them, and they told me that they consider me to be one of those more technical than others, and thus my opinion doesn’t count because in their opinion, I’m more knowledgeable than the average user.

  • grv424

    All of those myths are true if you use 0+ like me. :-(

  • filaos

    – Android is an open system
    – You can do everything iOS can do, and then some
    – Androids apps are on par with iOS apps, and cheaper
    – Android is better at multitasking than iOS
    – no OS upgrade after 6 months is no big deal
    – Google is a philanthropic company

    • -Android is open source.
      -With the lack of filesystem access in iOS is possibly the most limiting thing on the market today.
      -Find me an iOS app (that people actually want, i.e. not a damn game) that’s better than its android equivalent. Also, change your keyboard for me real quick.
      -iOS literally just ripped off the Android multitasking system (which was taken from, I think, WebOS in the first place, but still).
      -To be realistic, get closer to a year/a year and a half. But yeah, OEM’s suck. Get a Nexus.
      -None of these companies are angels.

      That about take care of it you?

      • abazigal

        To be fair, I would argue that WebOS was inspired by the mobile version of Safari (as IOS began development in 2004). Since IOS7’s multitasking draws inspiration from WebOS, one can argue that Apple is basically just copying itself. :P

        As for keyboards, one possible concern is that some such apps log your keystrokes, which Apple likely views as being a potential security hazard. Hence, their refusal to allow such apps into the app store.

        I will give you a few examples of Apps. A recent game, Meltdown, costs $2 on IOS, but released for free on Android. However, the Android version sports a slower rate of experience and gold gain (an IAP restores the Android port to the same state as the IOS copy). The developer’s rationale is that there is no point charging for an app which most people are just going to pirate anyways, and so they are banking on IAPs to recoup that investment. I won’t say if this is better or not, but it does speak volumes about people’s perception about copyright in Android.

        Also, there are fairly polished apps like fantastical, omnifocus and 1password, which while expensive, do seem to command a rather dedicated (and lucrative) following in the app store. Do similar apps exist for Android?

        • I can see that.

          The ability to collect data is part of what makes keyboards like Swiftkey great.

          Games, as I said originally, arent productive and thus are not what I’m referring to. And a dev who thinks “well everyone’s gonna pirate it anyway, huhhuh” really doesn’t get how the android community works. Piracy isn’t the norm. And, for some reason, game devs do the “iOS first” thing an ungodly amount. Regardless of all of this, they found a way around it with IAPs.

          And yes, there are apps like this on android. The implementation on adsense makes many of them free, (sometimees with a paid, no ad version) as well. K9 is a mail app with a huge following, LastPass is a password manager with a large (albeit fairly technical) following, For a paid app, we can look at Pocketcasts, Swiftkey, Titanium Backup Pro, and Nova Launcher, all of which (except Pocketcasts) are in the top 5 paid apps on the Play store right now.

        • Fernando Asencio

          You mention pirating? what is the main goal of jailbreaking then? it has been proven over and over again that even with all its security features IOS is less stable and less secure than android. So the security concerns about keyboard logs, well the IOS keyboard does logs also, IOS 7 came out less than 2 months ago there has already been 3 patches to it to fix security flaws.

        • Daniel Collins

          Dude, internet permission. If a keyboard doesn’t have it, it won’t send any data.

      • Gigglebits

        -Android is open source. Drivers are not, and without them, Android is useless. Since drivers change for each major version update, Android itself being FOSS is meaningless without ongoing OEM support.
        -You’re talking about a lack of on-device file explorer, not a lack of filesystem access. I don’t disagree, just clarifying.
        -Facebook, Alien Blue / Reddit client, All of the Microsoft apps (Office 365, Lync, SkyDrive, etc.), Skype. To name a few. This largely comes down to preference, but on similarly specc’d Android hardware (dual-core SoC with 1GB RAM), those apps absolutely suck by comparison to even the iPhone 5, let alone the 5S. It’s not until you double the core count, double the RAM, and even then only if you’re on 4.3 or better that these apps no longer lag and stutter on Android occasionally. Don’t tell me I’m wrong — I have an iPhone 5 sitting next to my Nexus 5 right here on my desk.
        -iOS literally does multi-tasking completely different than Android. Their UI representation of switching between tasks is now the same as Android, Windows Phone, and WebOS. In fact, their method of multi-tasking is closer to how it’s done on Windows Phone. Android does not close or dehydrate or hibernate apps in the background. They are deprioritized, but they are still active until the resources are needed, at which point they are killed in favor of the active app.
        -Google has officially stated 18 months of support, even for Nexus phones, going forward. Enjoy that year and a half, during which they’ll only release one major update. The entire point of the Nexus line was ongoing support for more than 2 years. At this point, it looks like Apple and even, surprisingly, Microsoft will be beating Google at the support game, and Microsoft is doing that in the OEM model that Google is also in, so there aren’t really any excuses.
        -Doesn’t matter; none of the other companies claimed to “do no evil” despite doing evil. It’s a matter of integrity. Say what you mean, mean what you say.

        • -Drivers are up to the OEMs, and there is dev support for Android on x86 devices and others that isn’t supported by OEMs. The community defined what happens with the open source part of Android.
          – The facebook client on android sucks, but there are many 3rd party solutions that are fine and, also, the obile site works great. As for reddit, reddit sync is amazing. Why the fuck would you want microsoft’s apps when you have Drive and, now, Quickoffice?
          – I fail to seee how any one of those is inherently better.
          – One major update in a year and a half? The Galaxy Nexus got ICS, and JBs 1, 2, and 3, and probably would have gotten 4.4 if TI still was in the business. What the hell are you talking about?
          – And Apple hasn’t claimed to do good when its just as bad, if not, worse?

          • Fernando Asencio

            kind of funny how he compares and iphone 5 to low spec android, why not compare 2 top of the line phones, it is not googles fault or any other android phone maker out there fault that apple takes so long to upgrade their hardware, and when they do, its tiny little things. the only cool thing I seen from apple in the mobile department since the Iphone 3gS is the 64 bit CPU, which by the way requires more de 1gb of ram and the optimized software to be taken full advantage of.

      • Daniel Collins

        For flagships and medium-end phones, it takes about 3-4 months.

    • gommer strike

      To be fair, Apple is now philanthropic too(under Tim Cook). It was most certainly not, under Steve Jobs(who didn’t believe in it).

    • Daniel Collins

      Add two: Android phones have a better value proposition, and have more choice when it comes to software and hardware UXs. (Seriously Apple, a 1.3ghz processor, 1gb of RAM, and a sub-720p non-standard resolution screen for 650$????)

  • blanco112

    “Android is the same on every phone.”

    Is this really something people believe? Because I thought Android fragmentation is well-known and is actually my biggest gripe. I also disagree, that if I get a bad OEM version of Android that it’s “not Android.” We can’t brag about it being an open source system but then say “well that’s not really Android” when we buy phones with terrible skins. That’s part of what makes Android Android, for better or worse.

  • Shri

    i think lag, crashes and battery life are not myths.. they are reality. Android sucks for battery life and lag and crashes…

    • Kash Gummaraju

      since when? gingerbread? Have you ever used an android device other than a low to mid range that runs gingerbread? Android is amazing for battery life, has zero lag, and never crashes. The ones that do are really old and/or low and midrange devices.

      • Shri

        I have galaxy s3 running 4.1.2. It sucks on battery life – i am lucky to get 16 hrs with Google now on. I am an advanced user who has tried various ROMs, every ROM after 4.1 has sucked on battery life.app crashes are quite common – and lag is there since android memory management loads everything in memory causing slowdowns since tons of processes are running all the time.Also there are design flaws – e.g. user priority is not increased for user processes, when you open calls or contact, it tries to load the whole list, slowing down the process. i can go on and on. I like the ability to tweak android – but I think battery life and performance should be tweaked by default. Android’s solution to better battery life and fluid motion is to throw more RAM and more battery power. It needs optimized badly for battery life and user priority.

        • Pradeep Viswanathan R

          Shri, Samsung has been well know to screw up software updates. Not only your specific case, but also for the 4.3 update for S3 and S4, you might have seen it hitting the headlines already. Looking directly at a competing phone to S3, HTC One X has been perfected and shows improved speed and stability over the latest 4.2.2 update.

          My point here – It’s not Android which is to be blamed. You also should not forget the hardware could deserve some blame too.

          • abazigal

            Which is of little consolation to the end user. Do you think they really make the distinction between stock Android and a skinned variant like Touchwiz? All they know is, there is a particular issue on their phone (a cursory glance in forums like Androidcentral easily turns up tons of problems awaiting troubleshooting), and it’s affecting their user experience.

          • Pradeep Viswanathan R

            Yes that’s correct it destroys the user experience. The same end user is not also aware of the version of Android nor the updates. Such a person ties the experience to the Brands, be it both users of cheap phones or costly phones. They easily say that this brand android works good than that brand android.

          • abazigal

            The way my colleagues see it, it’s still just Android, regardless of what phone it is or what form it takes. In their eyes, if Touchwiz is problematic (hypothetically), that’s because Android is a POS, not because Samsung screwed up in the process of skinning it.

            And because the majority of the people around me use Samsung phones (mostly Galaxy S-phones or Notes), Touchwiz is invariably used as the standard which gets compared to IOS.

            So yes, when emails are randomly vanishing from the gmail app in my friend’s S4 phone (a genuine problem which we have not found the solution to, I troll you not), her first reaction is “It’s Android’s fault”, never “It’s Samsung’s fault”. And I swear that as an iPhone user, I am not doing anything to poison her perception.

          • Pradeep Viswanathan R

            It’s an undeniable truth that phones everyone have majority of samsung phones. If you have already looked outside of it, you would have found perfected phones from other manufacturers and you could show them that it is “xxx” who is responsible.

            It;s just like “not knowing the law is not a excuse”. I would need to say that these users are fools if they have purchased phones as an effect of the marketing budget.

            The lady sitting next to me thinks her iPhone can do anything. i simply showed her what NFC is and how the public transport in my city is transforming itself from using smart cards and migrating to NFC based phone for payment and she was amazed and still wonders why and how iPhones can’t do that. Just another case of illusion…

          • AStarbucks

            I show people how I type using Swype and i-Tards typically cry.

          • AStarbucks

            If you would only shut the f*ck up already.

            You don’t even know that Touchwiz is just a home launcher app running on top of Android. If you don’t like it (although many do) you just change the launcher.

            Oh, of course, I-diots like you don’t even know what a home launcher is don’t you.

            Who says Touchwiz gets compared against iOS? There’s stock vanIlla AOSP for that you fool. You have absolutely no freaking clue what you are talking about.

        • Weston

          HTC One running Sense 5 and Jelly Bean 4.3 is amazing on battery life. Get 8 hours on heavy use. 15+ with moderate use and close to 2 days with lite use. And a week give or take on standby. And it every lags or crashes. You Are a idiot.

        • Azeem

          If you didn’t know, 16 hrs is excellent for the GS3. I get over 24 hrs (most days) with heavy usage on my GS2,

          • Shri

            that is precisely my point. every year the new android phone (and most all android updates) get less battery life than its predecessor. GS2 has lower capacity than GS3 – and still I get 16 hrs for moderate use and you get 24hrs for heavy use. doesn’t that prove my point that in order to add more “butter” android is throwing more RAM thereby reducing battery life – as opposed to optimizing and writing better code.

    • Fernando Asencio

      So does IOS

    • AStarbucks

      I-diots always say that. Then again the idiots always having problems with computers of any kind always say that too… so I don’t blame you, I pity you.

  • Kash Gummaraju

    Android is a minority!-That’s a frequent rumor I hear from people when I’m using my HTC One

  • browngeek

    Is battery life a myth?

  • ichuck7

    The task killer one bugs me. Well let me clarify, it bugs me when salespeople push an app killer onto unsuspecting customers. They should know better.

  • artiplier

    My Note 3 occasionally has a few stutters while browsing the play store or in a few games, but most of the time it’s very smooth. Considering that I recently upgraded from an original HTC Desire that was near its end, I can’t complain . I would guess that sometimes it’s an app that is badly optimized that causes the lag. ie even Fruit Ninja still has hiccups now and then while running on the snapdragon 800. But overall people that have problem with lag are most likely using low end cheap phones as the article points out.

  • APai

    “iOS apps crash more often than Android apps”
    spot on. I’ve seen this happen with my friends who have an iphone – curse and restart. OTOH, my phone has gone without restart for more than 4-5 weeks at a time. I don’t have to use task cleaners/ managers, no anti virus – and that seems to amaze the iphone owners.

    so many myths!!!

    • abazigal

      My IOS devices have easily gone for that duration or longer without necessitating a restart either. The last time I restarted either of them was when I updated to IOS7 and the subsequent patches.

      But seriously – how would anyone prove that their phone has not been restarted at all? It’s not like I am going to monitor your phone 24/7 and keep a running tally, and besides, so what if I have to restart it say, once a week for whatever reason?

      • Gigglebits

        Android has an uptime counter buried in the Settings menu. It’s a matter of pride for most Linux nerds. :)

        • Jon Johnson

          I like to see how long I can keep my phone on. My current record is 2 weeks, but I had to reboot my phone for an OTA. So I’m trying to break that record.

  • abazigal

    Is it just me, or do some of the rebuttals seem kinda flimsy, or just skirt around the issue? It’s like the writers don’t even bother to counteract the accusations, and just expect the readers to accept it just because.

    Take the part about malware. By claiming that the incidence of malware can be reduced by using antivirus software or “exercising due diligence”, isn’t that tantamount to admitting that malware is an issue, or at least one which requires the attention of users? I would argue that any safeguard which can be readily bypassed by the very people it is intended to protect against, is as good as having no safeguard at all!

    As compared to IOS, where users don’t even need to install any form of antivirus (not that they can, at any rate), nor do they need to be particularly mindful about their browsing habits.

    Or the bit about the task killer. From the viewpoint of one making an academic argument, wouldn’t it make more sense to explain why people don’t need a task killer for Android in the first place? And wouldn’t it be more appropriate in this context to elaborate on how Android manages background apps and memory in general to support that point?

    Same for Android being complicated. Complicated compared to what? Or what about Android makes it intuitive and easy to master compared to say, IOS? How exactly did this rumour come about in the first place? If it was borne out of certain people’s experiences with a particular feature, then point out how that issue is no longer a concern today?

    Come on, writers of the aforementioned article. I am sure you can do much better than this!

    • APai

      spot on. the anti virus market, pro microsoft & apple shills are mostly behind the malware bogey. rewording it better would certainly present the matter as it is.

      • abazigal

        I am also perplexed by this claim of malware. Many of my friends use Android phones, they don’t bother with antivirus software, and their devices seem none the worse for wear.

        How exactly did this malware story ever gain traction in the first place?

        • Simon Hill

          I think as the most popular platform around Android is heavily targeted and in regions where Google Play isn’t so popular, malware spreads more easily through third-party stores with less protection. It suits the developers of security apps to highlight malware they discover and talk up the stats because they want people to install their software and it suits competitors to talk it up because they don’t want people buying Android devices.

          • abazigal

            Are there any statistics or studies regarding this issue?

            I mean, if we can have at least a single, authoritative source proving beyond reasonable count that malware on Android is so rare to the point of being insignificant, we can use that to quash this issue once and for all.

            I am sure there will forever be that side case who gets his phone infected by downloading some cracked game from a 3rd party torrent site promising infinite credits (no different from an iPhone user compromising his phone by jailbreaking it), but they are extreme cases, then we can likely just ignore them.

          • AStarbucks

            Why dun you dig up some stats from your ass. You expect ppl to feed you info at your own whim when you can’t even be bothered to equip yourself with basic knowledge that the rest of us have here.

            Again I’m here to make sure every understands that about you.

        • AStarbucks

          Why you ask?

          Assuming you are the dumbest kind of smartphone user.

          You only know how to install from Google Play Store and then only those from the biggest developers who built the most proven apps which are most popular.

          Why or how would you have any malware? It’s next to impossible.

          Opening dubious files you copy or download to your phone is typically the reason. Sideloading apps is another. But then you need to ask the dumb user why they did that in the first place without first knowing the risks and managing it.

          • abazigal

            That doesn’t ensure a safe user experience entirely.


            A company found ~1% of apps to be copycat apps. They mimic popular apps like Facebook, but spam the user with ads and hack their personal information. And great care has been taken to make them look just like the original. How many people do you think know the maker of “Angry Birds” is Rovio or Rozio?

          • AStarbucks

            How is that an OS or device issue? That’s exactly the same as phishing isn’t it?

            If the user is dumb enough not to check the apps description, the developer name, the number of downloads, the number of reviews given, the ratings score (no.. of stars out of 5) etc. who do you want to blame?

            If somebody creates an app called “3itibank” or “You7ube” and you are dumb enough to install it, whose fault is that. Yours and yours alone.

            You are going round and round in circles wasting our time without a clear understanding of the issues.

          • abazigal

            To me, it’s a user experience issue.

            At the end of the day, the average consumer doesn’t care whose fault it is. They just know that there is an issue with their phone, and they want to know what will be done about it, and the last thing they appreciate is for each company to point the finger at one another while simultaneously denying any liability. Even if that is the truth, it simply conveys the impression of irresponsibility either way, and it doesn’t change the fact that the consumer isn’t any better off for it.

            To me, it’s not so much about whether I am dumb or not. Regardless of how tech-savvy I am, I still appreciate it when one company clearly makes more effort to clean up their app distribution channel and specially goes out of their way to ensure a more elegant and safer mobile shopping experience.

            I fail to understand how anyone can possibly argue that all other things equal, they would prefer to spend all that time and effort doing all that background research on each and every app before purchasing it for fear of being ripped off or exploited, vs simply buying it straight off the IOS app store where the apps are generally of higher quality and have a way lower incidence of fraud overall.

            As for the issue of permissions, the problem is if you really want to use an app like Facebook, do you have the option of disabling all those permissions which you don’t like? No. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you want to use the app, you pretty much have to tick yes to all those permissions, which pretty much makes this process a mere formality. At least in IOS, there is a limit to what sort of permissions a 3rd party app can access, and because they can never access or modify the root files, you know there is an inherent limit to how much damage a rogue app (if any) can do.

            I don’t think I have a misunderstanding of the issues. It’s just that they represent more of an issue to me than to you, which is precisely why I went with an iPhone, and am continuing to use an iPhone.

          • AStarbucks

            Cos you’re probably the kinda idiot who goes to http://www.you7ube.com and get infected with syphilis – but then you go whining and moaning that its everybody else’s fault. Its the OS, the manufacturer, the ISP, your grandma…

            As I always say you dun know shit do you. Again I’m here to make sure every understands that.

    • Simon Hill

      I’d like to say it’s just you, but maybe not, so…

      There’s no denying that malware is an issue, read the earlier article I linked to above for more detail, the point I’m trying to make (perhaps not clearly) is that straight out of the box most users will only ever use Google Play for apps and they’ll never allow installs from unknown sources, so the likelihood of encountering malware is extremely low, comparable with iOS, yet you would get the impression from the scaremongering that malware is very likely to be a problem if you get an Android. iOS users should be mindful about browsing habits (everyone should) there have been exploits on Safari, but I didn’t really want to make this an iOS vs Android piece.

      The reason you don’t need a task killer is fairly complex and I’m no expert, which is why I linked an article explaining it. From my own, admittedly anecdotal experience, the task killer wasn’t helping.

      The complicated rumor grew out of FUD from people like Ballmer. As I said in the last sentence of that section “There is no significant difference in usability between any of the major mobile platforms.”

      • abazigal

        The article at Lifehacker you linked wasn’t that informative (that and it’s an old 2010 article), but in a nutshell, it basically boils down to Android generally being quite efficient in managing its own apps and processes (which doesn’t say a lot either). Some of its advice is just bad – charge my phone more often to avoid running out of battery sooner? Seriously?

        I think one commonly-held point of view (which I have no idea is true or not, but I will share my perception as a longtime iPhone user) is that apps left running in the background still consume battery power even though they are not being used, which leads to needless power drain. Compared to IOS, which immediately freezes any minimised apps to free up system resources and is very aggressively when it comes to managing idle apps and processes (sometimes to a fault, admitably).

        For discussion’s sake, let’s use a common scenario – listening to music while browsing the web. For IOS, the music player would be frozen in the background. Would playing music this way consume any less power than just letting the music player continue running in the background like what I believe is happening in Android and Windows? Is Android really as power efficient as it could be?

        That said, another reason could also be that modern Android smartphones today often come with a generous 2gb of ram, significantly fast processors and a pretty beefy battery, which usually lets Android muscle its way around any inefficiencies in the operating system. Where does this leave less powerful handsets with weaker specs?

        I think this is one such article where you invariably have to draw parallels between Android and other platforms like IOS if you want to prove a point.

        • AStarbucks

          If an app is consuming power in the background, then YOU the user ought to exercise your discretion as to why it is there in the first place, ain’t it?

          Un-install it if its not needed. If it is buggy, feedback to the devs.

          Better still, if you are any knowledgeable, you would root your Android and install Titanium Backup or My Backup Pro and freeze the app when you don’t need it.

          All of which are easily available options on Android, not iOS.

          The only major objection I have to the article is the part about “not rooting” your Android.

          Used correctly, rooting is the best thing you can do. My kernel and ROM are open-sourced XDA Developers stuff. Peer-reviewed, bloatware free. Manufacturers most guilty when it comes to security vulnerabilities due to the bloatware and GUI they layer on top of Android, which is typically very sound. Remember the CarrierIQ debacle when even Apple/iOS was spyware/keylogger affected? My Android was not because of the custom ROMs used.

          Used incorrectly, if you root and then install crapware from crap sources, you then have yourself to blame,

          • abazigal

            The issue is not that I can’t do all those stuff you mentioned, but that I should not even need to in the first place. Poll the typical smartphone user on the street and they are not going to know or bother with half the stuff you just said.

            Without some sort of activity monitor, how is the average user supposed to know that there is some rogue app sucking power and resources. Even if I notice that my phone’s battery is draining faster than usual, how would I know the root cause, when I can easily have half a dozen apps and processes running in the background?

            Anything works great if executed correctly. The question should be – how likely is this? IOS can’t do any of those stuff you just said, but since it freezes background apps anyways, the average user doesn’t need to do anything extra on their part to manage their phone. It represents one less layer of effort and micromanagement on their part.

          • AStarbucks

            Typical iSheep comment – I don’t need, therefore its no good.

            There are plenty of monitoring tools. Oops guess you never knew they existed.

            “IOS can’t do any of those stuff you just said, but since it freezes
            background apps anyways, the average user doesn’t need to do anything
            – again see my reply to your stuff (above)
            – That is why you will never get proper apps that are useful because apps cannot interact with other apps.
            – Besides the keyboard hint (above), I’ll offer you one more. Floating apps that can draw over other apps! Its one of the trends in Android app development that is here to stay. It means videos that can play on top of any other app. Floating calculators that can be moved anywhere on the screen over any browser or app GUI (such as an airline or hotel booking browser page).

            Then again you just won’t G.E.D.D.I.T. This is more for the other readers.

          • abazigal

            I know there are monitoring tools. My issue is that I have to use them. Isn’t it like saying “Yeah, this neighbourhood is less safe than the next one, but that’s not a problem because I hire tons of bodyguards to protect me?” Won’t it be nicer to be in a safer neighbourhood where you can enjoy a greater amount of security and stability without needing to take any of these precautions to begin with?

          • Insomniac9000

            Because you can literally go to settings, then batttery, and see with your own d**n eyes what’s sucking up battery. Geez, have you never even entered settings?

        • AStarbucks

          Here’s why Android has 81% of the smartphone market share & why your example is ridiculous.

          If I want the phone to continue playing music while I browse the web, it BETTER JOLLY WELL DO SO. I don’t care if it consumes more battery power. I wanted those 2 apps to be there – that’s why I installed them. So that the phone can work harder for me the owner. That is what a Smart User using a Smart Phone paid his money for.

          That is also called true multi-tasking. G.E.D.D.I.T?

          Why pay for a dumb smart phone like an iCrap?

          • abazigal

            I don’t understand your point. So you mean there are people who actually prefer that their phones be more inefficient and cumbersome when it comes to managing their system resources and battery life?

            The thing is that both Android and IOS can play music while browsing the web, but the way IOS goes about it is generally more power and resource efficient in general because it recognises that if you are going to just stream music in the background, you don’t need the whole app running. So why not just freeze the redundant processes?

            I agree 100% with you that I too want my phone to work hard for me, but that doesn’t mean I appreciate my system resources being squandered pointlessly when there is no need to.

            At the end of the day, I don’t really care whether my phone is capable of true multitasking or not. I just need it to do the tasks I want it to do, and do those tasks well. And what does it matter that an iPhone is incapable of “true-multitasking”, if it still allows me to complete my tasks just as well, if not better than another phone with “true-multitasking”?

          • AStarbucks

            You don’t understand what a good phone is or how important multi-tasking is cos you’re like the typical grandad who says he has never used a computer and his life is still good.

            You don’t understand shit cos you’re an iSheep with no technical understanding of anything but you shoot your mouth off as though you do. I am just here to make sure that everybody knows that.

        • AStarbucks

          I don’t know which article is being bandied about anymore.

          I’ll just add this for everybody’s benefit by saying that Android is built on Linux, therefore its memory resource management is top grade. The task killer obsession has gotta do with the misconception (hangover?) brought over from the desktop computing era.

          People think that when the RAM is fully utilised its always bad. Not true. On an Android device, its actually good. If you have 1GB of RAM and it is 95% utilised, the RAM chip uses no more power than when its 5% utilised.

          By having more stuff held in RAM, response time is many orders of magnitude faster than reading from slow NAND. In fact you do want the RAM to be as full as possible (of the right stuff – apps that are in use). People have this hangup that the less RAM is used the better, so they install aggressive task killers that shut down other apps to leave RAM resources idle, which is counter productive.

          Apps then need to be started up repeatedly which can lead to a laggy user experience as they have to be read from NAND and CPU cycles are used up leading to lag and power drain. Remember that the bad cop task killer app is also a CPU and power hog.

          The perennial issue in computing is always that of caching/pre-fetching the right code at the right time (or just before the right time). The Linux base of Android is already very good at it. You don’t need another Android app (written in Java for heaven’s sake requiring a virtual machine to translate) to do the job. More chefs spoil the broth.

      • AStarbucks

        The FUD also came from folks like Jobs. My 3 yr old nephew can use Android. Apparently iSheep cannot. Funny Ballmer said that cos Jobs would say Windows was complicated.

    • AStarbucks

      This is the dumbest refrain that you iSheep repeat all the time.
      The same tosh about iOS not needing anti-virus – the same thing they said about Mac OS not needing anti-virus. Wake-up! Only idiotic consumers believe that. For the longest time, viruses have existed for the Mac OS for example, Macs were shipped with anti-virus for heavens sakes. But Apple and Apple’s sales people are guilty of perpetuating this lie and misrepresentation that no virus existed.

      Opening any file downloaded without an anti-virus is potentially a case of asking for it – just a case of the luck of the draw. Why don’t you google the number of malware incidents on iOS you fool!

      But in this day and age, user discretion and basic intelligence (or cow sense) ultimately matters regardless of whether you are on Linux, Unix, Windows, Android, iOS. Malware exists for all platforms so long as there is something worth stealing. That is why even enterprise Linus/Unix servers need patching and fixes. Hence the article is sound. Its you sounding stupid.

      The fact that there are fewer viruses is irrelevant. The miscreants spend time coding viruses based on market share first and foremost, then followed by OS platform technical attributes. Its the same reason the best PC game developers code for Windows first.

      “make more sense to explain why people don’t need a task killer”
      – the writer did – by including a link to that rather famous Lifehacker article. In short, Android already does an excellent job managing apps and memory used. When memory is low apps are purged. By having task killers (an app) shut down other apps, which often by their very design and function then restart themselves, this creates a battery drain as CPU cycles are wasted. Lag would result due to CPU load and apps waiting to restart.

      Try reading instead of spewing.

      • abazigal

        I read the linked article (if you had read my comment below, you would have realised this, so I believe there is something to be said about following your own advice first). I just felt the article didn’t provide a very compelling explanation about why Android doesn’t need task-killers beyond “just because I said so”.

        IOS doesn’t need anti-virus because all the apps are locked down in silos. None of them are able to modify other apps because they lack system-access permissions. Some people criticise this because it limits an app’s ability to communicate and interact with other apps, but that’s not to say such a move is not without benefits of it own, because it dramatically reduces the likelihood that some clueless user will accidentally “break” the OS through careless fiddling.

        Same with my Mac. Maybe I am playing with fire, but the reality is that for me at least, my iMac is still running as quickly and smoothly as the day I bought it 2 years ago with none the worse for wear, without me needing to do anything at all to maintain it. No antivirus, no scan disk, no disk-defrag, no needing to clear out registry caches etc. Less time spent babying it, leaving more time for the tasks that truly matter.

        Contrast this with my previous Windows Desktop, which soon slowed to a crawl after just 6 months and started developing all sorts of problems, despite me doing all sorts of things to maintain the OS. I even had a bad malware attack, even with antivirus software installed.

        I didn’t transition entirely to an all-Apple-device ecosystem within 1.5 years (iMac, 4s, ipad3, Apple Tv, Macbook Air) because I felt I had too much money to throw away or to show off. For me, those devices have provided me with the best computing experience I have ever had so far. I realise this isn’t for anyone, but I feel there are some things Apple still does better, and it still has a few tricks that can be taught to Android.

        • imaginarynumber

          OSX security: FlashBack?

          I wonder how many of the 900,000(?) Mac owners that were victims of Flashback even released that their Macs had been compromised?

          The suggestion that iOS is immune to malware is silly and just another myth perpetuated by Apple. There have been incidents of malware sneaking in to the App Store, eg. “despite running inside the iOS sandbox, [the]Jekyll app can successfully perform many malicious tasks, such as stealthily posting tweets, taking photos, stealing device identity information, sending email and SMS, attacking other apps, and even exploiting kernel vulnerabilities.”

        • NekoNinja

          Your argument would be sound if google didn’t have a much better solution to controlling apps permissions. As mentioned in the article, google play store apps require you to, before installing an app, continue past a pop up of permissions the app requires. These permissions are listed in the app’s info screen as well, but google ensure they are prominent before the app is installed. By placing all the information about how the app can access info in your face, in plain english no less, it is giving the (informed) choice of trusting the app to the end user, not to google itself. Nerds get to download apps with greater versatility than ios, others can recognise when an app is abusing permissions that it doesn’t need and report it or simply choose not to install it. It is a brilliant system and works well.
          In terms of installing applications in the form of apks, this is also handled well by google, as before these can be installed you are required to allow apks to be installed in the settings, where you are told in clear terms apps installed via this method may be able to harm your device. Nerds can proceed, others can choose, everyone is responsible for their own actions. If a person without proper knowledge of android or apps or technology was to proceed further and attempt to install a potentially dodgy apk, google has that covered too, as a list of permissions the app uses (in the same clear words and format as the play store) shows up before the install is initiated.
          Apple are control freaks. Google, at least with android, are not.
          I myself prefer the experience of a mac to pc, but for the life of me cannot understand how people can actually think the massive price gap between similar specs of mac and pc is justified. It’s ridiculous.
          iOS amuses me to no end, in that it has had tons of known security flaws that can potentially be exploited by malware, BECAUSE it is locked down. The nerds who were unfortunate enough to own idevices wanted the control over their devices (that google offers) and so the jailbreaking community flourished, in which nerds found security flaws that could change their systems in most any way they saw fit. I remember particularly the exploit that simply required you to visit a webpage in the browser, and boom – jailbreak. You know who could also use a similar browser exploit to screw up your device? Malware developers. This was patched soon enough, but the fact another flaw is discovered and exploited each time by the users themselves make the fixes practically redundant.
          Android sidesteps this completely with it’s system. Root access is tightly controlled by manufacturers and google simply because it has the potential to do far more harm than good, and there is very little one can do to prove they are ready for that sort of responsibility, hence why root exploits must be found. This differs from iOS in that root exploits are most always device specific, and so cannot be effectively used to target android devices.
          As a disclaimer, when i say nerds i really mean people who have enough knowledge to responsibly make choices that could affect the system negatively, and when i say others i mean people who don’t have such knowledge. I don’t mean to offend either group.
          Rant Over.

    • imaginarynumber

      IMO iOS would benefit from “AV” software, if only to scan incoming emails and protect the owner from phishing (or to reduce the risk of them forwarding malware attachments to PCs).

    • Azeem

      I don’t think you know this, but less than .01% of all Android phones have viruses and malware, and that’s the really old phones.

  • Andrew Hope

    Unfortunately, most average people’s experience of Android is laggy, buggy, hideous TouchWizz on Samsung phones. SAMSUNG IS NOT ANDROID. Vanilla Android is as fast as it gets & Sense 5 on my HTC One is like lightning, brilliantly optimised, doesn’t kill my battery, rock solid stable & doesn’t use 9gig memory like the S4! I can honestly say I’ve never had my HTC crash or freeze on me once. Samsung fanboys also talk about the virtues of removable batteries, but it has more to do with having to pull the battery when Galaxy devices freeze to turn them off, than battery life :-)

    • Fernando Asencio

      You are obviously not a samsung fan. It all come down to taste and usage, i’ve been using samsung phones since the gs2, jump to gn2 then gs4 now gn3. Never had an issue with them, the only one i have not rooted is the gn3, all prev. I have rooted and modify with no issues, no crashes, no battery problems

      • RarestName

        How much did Samsung pay you to post that?

      • Nick Jennings

        LMAO!!! no issues, no crashes, no battery problems….Samsung said your checks in the mail

        • Fernando Asencio

          No, I don’t need a check from Samsung, I make enough to support my family and enjoy life. I sorry if you had a bad experience with Samsung or any other android based phone for that matter, I personally own an Ipad 4 also, and probably mine came bad from factory, but it keeps freezing, lagging and heating up a lot, what bothers me most about it is that mine main use for it is work. I know that apple does makes good products, but the lack of openness and expansion, not to mention not so advance in the hardware department, made me choose hardware base on android. If I find another phone maker with specs similar to the ones in my note 3, I wouldn’t mind jumping, but so far, Samsung has kept up with the require advances in hardware and its uses. If google would make a nexus with SD card, I would buy it for sure.

    • truepopo

      my note 2 never crashes, never freezes and I love getting down to 2% and switching out my battery back at 100 just like that…samsung is android…it runs it in there somewhere…i never see touch wiz and just let Nova make me smile everyday

  • SeraZR™

    Somebody summoned me? :0

  • asdasd

    Well, among other things that need to be more explored from the writer, i still have a wildfire as backup phone for something else and is still working very well. i rooted the wilfire and my experience with the phone and the rom installed is fantastic. Security issues, sure they exists….but has you said, protect your self and you wont suffer from exploits

  • RottenRonnie

    I still remember isheep defending the fact that iphoney couldn’t send mms by saying they could send an email i tried pointing out that many people didn’t check their email endlessly where as a mms could be retrieved almost immediately important when trying to share something you might be buying that you want instant feedback to decide on size/colour/look etc

    • RarestName

      Are you bullshitting, ’cause MMS worked fine since the day I got my 3GS.

      • abazigal

        The first iPhone didn’t support 3g or MMS, if my memory served me correct. Only the 3G onwards had such features. Not sure what this has to do with the discussion at hand, though. I can also list a ton of issues early Android handsets had, which have since been resolved.

        • RarestName

          Seems like it does support MMS, but it was disabled, because it’s Apple being Apple.

  • Sean 陳偉國 Tan

    shut up dudes! nokia 3315 is the best phone ever! hahaha

  • oddest one I’ve ever heard was “yeah, but you’ve got to root it in order to install anything”

    • i almost slapped that kid

    • Alex James Simon

      Whenever I talk to someone about an iPhone they say well you need to jailbreak it, which means even they are disappointed by what it can and can’t do on its own out of the box.

      • Alex James Simon

        Also rooting is a lot harder then jailbreaking, you can jailbreak with one click or from your computer with ease, did it with an very old iPod Touch 2g before it was cool lol, I tried manually updating my Nexus 7 to the official 4.4, had to set up ADB on my computer, use command prompt, and thought I had bricked my device at one point because it wasn’t being recognized by the computer, had to download the ADB universal driver, not sure I’d want to root my device after going through all that, since non-rooted Androids, can still do more then jailbroken iPhones. So some people don’t root because its a lot more risky then jailbreaking.

        • truepopo

          i spent 4 hours trying the same thing..my asus laptop running windows 8.1 could not recognise the adb device I am fairly techy and reinstalled every driver, tried others tricks and tips, tried EVERYTHING and still nothing. I finally threw my nexus 7 at the ground and said fuck this noise. it Shouldn’t be this difficult to do something like this. and here I am still pressing my update button on my nexus 7 still with no update….3 weeks since kit at was released…

        • Insomniac9000

          What’s even worse than rooting is unrooting. After having CM11 running on my Nexus 7 a couple months, I decided to Flash back to Stock KitKat. Guess who wiped EVERYTHING from his Nexus 7? Yeah. Took four hours and multiple updates from 4.2.2 to get back to 4.4.2. Rooting is fun, but risky! I would do it again, though.

  • GJV

    As for app crashes, the big difference between iOS and Android that I’ve seen (and I have phones with both OSes – one for work and and one for personal use) is that when an iOS app crashes, it just disappears and you are dumped back at the home screen. Android apps crash and you get the “Unfortunately, (App) has closed” pop-up. Thus, the way in which iOS handles an app crash essentially hides the fact that a crash has occured.

    • abazigal

      I think that after a while, people pretty much learn to recognise when an app has crashed in IOS. It’s just more subtle, and thus nowhere near as annoying or distressing as when you get a pop-up sign in Windows or Android.

      • imaginarynumber

        Not sure that I have ever had a pop up on Windows Phone. Most of the crashing apps just close, returning you to the home screen. Frankly I would rather have an acknowledgement.

  • abazigal

    Let’s talk about fragmentation while we are at it.


    TL; DR – Samsung wants to implement a kill switch in their phones, carriers say no for fear of losing revenue from their own insurance subscriptions.

    It’s also no small secret that carriers represent one extra hurdle in pushing your software updates to the end Android smartphone user.

    Conversely, Apple simply sidesteps the carriers and push Device Lock onto every iPhone by having the users download IOS7. The entire procedure was so seamless that you even had police patrolling the streets and distributing pamplets asking people to update their iPhones.

    Google definitely needs to find some way of working with OEMs and Telcos to streamline this process.

  • Jon Johnson

    One I hear a lot is that Android is too locked down, and that you need to root to do anything useful.

    I get appalled everytime I hear that, and look at one major point:

    On Android, you can sideload an APK (hell, even on recent Blackberries you can) without modding your phone.

    On iOS, you need to void your warranty and jailbreak your device, which is more problematic as you can’t back up your device like on Android custom recoveries.

    If you mess up your iDevice, you have to actually make a CLEAN START on the device.

    Mess up on Android, just revert to your latest backup.

    • Nick Jennings

      Sorry to correct you but you can make a backup on iOS. I have done so several times.

      • Jon Johnson

        Oh, I didn’t know that. Thanks for correcting me.

  • King

    That youtube and bunch of crap automatically starts when we charge cell phone or enable mobile data. is there any thing to prevent them autostart?

  • This article was a great read! Although the lagginess of all Android devices is not entirely gone, it is very rare to come across a high-end device that does lag anymore. After I got the HTC One I noticed how incredibly smooth the entire UI is from the home screens to the poorly designed apps.

    • Jon Johnson

      Now imagine how smooth it would be without the HTC Sense overlay.

  • Dakota Hester

    I have a friend, who knows EVERYTHING about smartphones by the way, that told me that the “Cheap Chinese Plastic Phones” crash more than the “Superior iPhones.” He then proceeded to ask me what a crash was…

    • Insomniac9000

      Did he also tell you almost every part in an iPhone was manufactored in China, along with the final assembly and packaging? People tend to glaze over the fact that things from China are not always bad, I.E. the Oppo Find 7.

  • 2212

    安卓系统呢,流浪耗太大了加上后台程序自动联网,包括拨号器也是一样,还有死机,有些软件都是预装成手机硬件 了想卸载都卸载不了,建议把安卓改成和苹果系统那样就有手机零件配备的软件就可以了。基本就OK了还有用户购买手机必须靠激活才能使用手机。

    • Flip Jumpman

      ^^Amen to what this guy said!^^

      Now what’d he say…

      • Insomniac9000

        This won’t help much, but this is directely from google translate: “Android does, plus stray too consumed daemon automatically networking, including dial-up is the same, there are crashes, some software is preloaded into the phone hardware can not be uninstalled want to uninstall, it is recommended to change Andrews and Apple systems that there are mobile phone parts with software on it. There are basically OK, we must rely on users to buy mobile phones in order to use the phone to activate.”

        • Flip Jumpman


  • Mamoon Bakeer

    I have Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300) with Android 4.1.2 . I cannot write files larger that 4GB limit (such as torrent files) on my 32GB external microsd storage. Strangely; the built-in 16GB does support writing files larger than 4GB but I rarely use it because the internal 16GB storage is mostly used by apps and its data.

    I need NTFS support on Android. I found solutions such as “Paragon” that adds NTFS support to Android but it requires ROOT which I evade due to its risks on the OS, my data & passwords that becomes unprotected.
    Now I am planning to buy “Galaxy Note 3” with 64GB internal storage to get rid of this 4GB limit annoyance.
    Is there any good news about this “4GB limit” issue?

    • Nathan Stevenson

      So I guess there’s a myth for you. “…it requires ROOT which I evade due to its risks on the OS, my data & passwords that becomes unprotected.”
      You may wish to research root a little more. While it could potentially be a risk if you allow everything to use root, superuser will prompt you any time an app requests root access(unless, of course, you tell it to always allow that app). Albeit in many cases you have to have an unlocked bootloader to get root access, which, if not standard on your device, may void the warranty.

      That aside, I’m pretty sure any app that asks for permission to read/write to your storage could potentially access your data, rooted or not.

      • Mamoon Bakeer

        Thank for the info. What I have read & know is that Android protects your important data such as passwords and credit cards in an encrypted form or special layer that cannot be accessed and/or understood. On the other hand; rooting renders these encrypted vital data readable by apps in plain text.! My bank’s app states clearly that “app will not work on rooted smartphones”. I like to play safe on my phone. I might give a suspicious app root permission by mistake or good will; not knowing what will this bad app do to my OS or data. That’s why I evade rooting untill now. But thank you for clearing things out.
        I wish I could have a solution to NTFS accessibility or at least any info about Google plans regarding this issue. If there are any!

  • Brendan Higgins

    I laugh every time I hear this one, “iOS is just better”.

  • Androidzz

    Personally, I think Android can never be compared with iOS. It feels smooth and simple.

    • Patrick Richmond

      Something is to be said about android apps using a lot of power in the background. There is, buried in the settings, an option to choose how many background processes can be running at a time. 1,2,3,4 or letting the system choose for you are all options. More battery conscious users can even check an option to immediately delete ANY app upon leaving it.

      Simple, low power tasks like music won’t always need to turn on their own processor core to play. If they really use only a small amount of our precious MHz and ram, they will hop onto whatever core(s) is powering your chrome, angry birds, messaging, Skype, or whatever other app you decide to use, with very little increase in CPU load. Minimal power consumption at its finest.

  • Mihail Dimitrov

    I’d an android user, and yet I’d pick iOS any day of the year. The only reason I’m using android, is because of the lower price. I’d considering a transfer to bbOS soon, since it supports android apps, and it’s actually a real operating system. Yes it’s new, it’s not for every1, but it’s the bomb imo..

  • Dannyjayfuller

    A particularly annoying myth I hear a lot from my windows phone touting friends… Android inherently has bad battery life. I wish I could put a GS3 running KitKat with ART in the hands of every person that says this. The GS3 is, arguably, the most problematic hot selling flagship in recent history, including reports of terrible battery life. Unlock the boot loader and throw in CM11, it will become very clear in very short order that when problems spring up, Google is willing to take a break from innovating to fix them. I’m running PACrom KitKat on my unlocked AT&T Optimus G, which is constantly trying to hop on T-Mobile LTE and can’t, and still get a good full day of heavy use, more if I’m careful about usage.

  • Tushar

    that iphone is better than android…. if and only if more people had pure google phones like nexus 5. they would realize how much better android really is as compared to ios… and relatively very cheap!!!

  • Lewallen

    Funny, because most of these are actually true. I’m not an Android hater, but I’ve experienced a few of these so I’m speaking from my standpoint. Lag and crashes numerous times a day on both my Galaxy and Nexus devices. My iPhone crashes maybe once a week if even that. However, my Android devices do a lot more than my iPhone which is why I use them in tablet form.

  • not your f*ckin business

    This is fucking stupid!


    Well these days even the most stable mobile os windows phone does have it’s own problems and compared to android and iOS it is not that good, as a person who moved from windows phone to android, I found it to be a way better than windows phone’s so called live tile UI most of the live tile’s were not used to update and on top of that no notification lights and that’s a bit annoying overall loved Android and iOS even blackberry is good to use with its different approach to the new UI, but windows phone needs a lot of development even with the 8.1 there is a lot more to improve

  • Gussy2000

    Nice article. I just bought an LG G3 with 4.4.2. The phone is responsive (SwiftKey never worked so well), is lightly skinned and I had it set up like my older LG OG in no time. My wife has a 5s with iOS7. I like her phone just fine (except for the “tiny” screen) and she loves it. We are both very happy with our devices.