Notification systems

One of a phone’s main objectives is to keep you connected with the rest of the world, and to do that you’ll need a killer notification system.

iOS 7 takes a new approach to notifications, offering a tabbed interface in the notification panel. One panel is labelled “today,” and is basically a calendar widget found in the notification panel that shows all of your appointments, tasks, and the weather for the upcoming day.

iOS 7 Notification Center

The other two panels are labelled “missed” and “all”, with the “missed” tab showing you your missed calls and texts, and the “all” tab a collection of all of your notifications. An issue that has yet to be solved is the fact that you can’t dismiss one notification at a time. So if you have a series of messages and you only want to dismiss one of them, you simply can’t. It’s all or nothing when it comes to notifications on iOS.

Android’s notification system has always been top class and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is no different. The notification panel in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean offers not only the ability to view your notifications, but also the ability to expand and act upon them right in the notification panel. So if you miss a call, you can easily text or call the person back right from the notification panel. Add in the fact that you can easily dismiss whatever notification you like, and you can tell that Android is still very good at dealing with notifications.

notifications JB 4.2

Web browsing experience

It’s quite obvious that Apple took some design cues from Google’s Chrome when it came to designing its new Safari application. But it also added features like a reading list, which is integrated with the Safari application on Mac OS X Mavericks.

Another feature is iCloud keychain, which basically keeps all of your passwords saved in one place so that you don’t have to remember them, a nifty feature indeed. Obviously there is no flash support, but if the old Safari app in iOS 6 is anything to go by, the new Safari app should give you a great web browsing experience.

iOS 7 Safari

Chrome has come a long way in recent times, and it too offers the ability to save your passwords, but unfortunately doesn’t come with a place to store all your favorite articles (bookmarks don’t count). Luckily there are great third party apps like Pocket which get the job done, but it would be better if the whole experience was more integrated. Overall, Chrome on Android offers a solid, if a little bit uninspiring web browsing experience.