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10 Things Android does better than the Iphone

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Cirga, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Cirga

    Cirga Newbie
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  2. Carl C

    Carl C Extreme Android User

    pretty interesting read [​IMG]
  3. AstroDonut

    AstroDonut Member

    Brilliant read... certainly cheered me up today :D
  4. mat

    mat Member

    Yeah, really interesting read and just sums things up really.
  5. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert

    I still giggle with delight every time I see someone point out all of the advantages Android has over the cultPhone.
  6. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants

    Great read, i bet i can make a list of 100 things Android is better at, WinMo to for that matter
  7. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Android Expert

    I bet I can make a list of stuff where "Brand X OS" is better than Android. Sure, Android is nice and all, but there certainly is a limit. I guess what I'm trying to say is, appreciate what you've got, but don't let yourself go off dissin' everything that's not Android just because it's not. :rolleyes:
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  8. AndroidCrazy

    AndroidCrazy Newbie

    Nicely said...
  9. douglerner

    douglerner Lurker

    I found the article interesting.

    As an iPhone user, I just recently (like last week) got an Android to use just for testing web apps. I wasn't going for the "latest and greatest" so bought an inexpensive, contract-free LG Optimus Bright new off of an auction site. I wasn't really expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised and posted my first impressions on my blog.

    I've been using it a bit this past week, and there are definitely some nice things about Android OS 2.3.3 in comparison to my everyday iPhone 4 running iOS 5 which I noticed pretty quickly, which I would like to mention:

    1. Maps app allows rotate. On the iPhone you can use the pinch gesture to expand and shrink. On the Android, in addition to that, you can rotate the maps, which is cool.

    2. More things can be made into icons on the home screen (shortcut EverNote notes, settings, etc.). On the iPhone you can have apps and bookmarks to web pages, but the selection of what you can add to the home screen is much more limited than on the Android device.

    3. Apps and widgets. Many apps even come with widget versions installed. There really is no comparison on the iPhone, and I was pleasantly surprised to find widgets on my Android. The pre-installed Google widget with voice input on the home screen is very cool.

    4. Hardware keys prove as more consistent UI and save screen space. On the LG Optimus Bright the "hardware keys" are below the screen and are really not keys you press at all. They seem to be capacitive touch elements, like the screen, but are in fixed positions and don't take up screen space. What I really like about them is in addition to a home button (which the iPhone also has) the key on the left works like a context-sensitive menu for settings and other features inside all apps; there is a separate key that you can always use to "go back" or cancel the current dialog; and a 4th key for search. In addition to saving screen space (e.g. you don't need the bottom row of UI icons in the mobile browser like in Safari Mobile) it makes the user experience consistent across all apps, which makes things easier overall, and is something iPhone supposedly aims for.

    5. Replaceable battery. This is obvious and not really anything more needs to be said about that.

    I'm sure there are lots of things in iOS 5 which are better than Android OS 2.3.3 (for example, on my iPhone I can take a screenshot, but there doesn't seem to be a way of doing that on my Android - at least not a pre-installed way).

    My aim is not to cut one device down in favor of the other. But I just wanted to say I'm pretty impressed with Android too. The Optimus is also lighter and thinner than my iPhone 4 and has a larger screen (though lower resolution).

    Anyway, just thought I'd make these few observations from a mainly iPhone and Mac user who really is also pleased with Android.

  10. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Yes both platforms will have winning points. Your comparison is slightly unfair though but in a good way.

    iOS 5, latest version of the Iphone OS vs Android 2.3.3, which has been replaced by better versions 8 times now :)

    The current latest version of Android is 4.0.3 (2.3 went upto 2.3.7 and we skip 3.x as that is tablets only).
  11. douglerner

    douglerner Lurker

    I knew there were later versions of Android OS, but I understand it's not necessarily possible to upgrade all devices.

    I don't know if I can upgrade mine or not past the v2.3.3 it came with new just last week. Here in Japan, it seems most new Android devices are running on v2.3.x.

    I will have to check and see how to upgrade the device. Not sure how to do that yet. :)


  12. cmybliss

    cmybliss Android Enthusiast

    Very interesting read, thanks for posting it. Made me smile today.
  13. Bnice

    Bnice Guest

    Trying not to get caught up in the the whole Android vs iphone. I believed ios has made some adjustment from that list.
  14. Lateck

    Lateck Android Enthusiast

    Those are some of the reasons I am going down the Android road....

  15. TJGoSurf

    TJGoSurf Android Expert

    11) Way better mascot
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  16. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Probably, its 2 years old.
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  17. tommy_ed

    tommy_ed Android Expert

    Yea I was gonna say that article was written in 2009, iPhone has a couple of those features now
  18. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    Different styles of phones. My friend's Evo looks nothing like my Samsung. Iphones look alike except for color. With Android, I can get a screen size that suits me, processor that I want, etc.
  19. Loey Lee

    Loey Lee Newbie

    Some very interesting points made here, but as of now, I only have experience with generic android tablets.

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