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Android Apps vs iPhone apps

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by iPhoneMilk, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. iPhoneMilk

    iPhoneMilk Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Oct 29, 2009
    Ok so i know the "cool kid in school" thing to do is make fun of the iPhone market for having 1,000's of 'Fart apps'

    But let's be honest at the end of the day it's really not true, and now coming from being a previous iPhone owner and now a Droid owner i can honestly say, the iPhone app market wins by a TON.

    this is just a general QUALITY of apps comparison as well.

    NO i'm not switching back... but man do i miss the iPhone apps...

    Especially facebook.. and others..

    You can REALLY tell the difference between the quality of iPhone apps vs Android,

    So why am i starting this thread?.. Well i'm hoping maybe a developer could chime in and enlighten us on why this is...

    things i'm curious about-

    Is programming in android worse then in the iPhone OS? is that why apps are WAY less in quality?

    And you can't give the excuse that it's because things are new, when the iPhone market came out the apps were quality at day 1, many of them were.

    So what's the difference? i guess software...

    Well i'm sticking with android even though this exists.. in hopes that maybe future Android OS updates and SDK's will improve this very obvious difference.. right now i'm not impressed at all... the apps are all Slow, and they look horrible.

    and for twitter? holy crap... iPhone owners back me up here, but the iPhone twitter apps are lightyears ahead of android twitter apps.

    Just take a look at Tweetdeck for iPhone, and compare to to what i guess is the best android twitter app, twidroid?

    Compare those and you'll see what i'm talking about.


  2. El Blacksheep

    El Blacksheep Well-Known Member

    Nov 8, 2009
    Until now, there hasn't been an android handset that could really challenge the iPhone. And still now, I don't see the Droid hurting iPhone sales (though I do expect to see Windows Mobile and BBs decrease)

    When one device dominates a market like the iPhone does, it doesn't matter that it's a closed and constricted platform, its where the money is. Develop a good app there and sell it to all the iKids and you're sure to rake in cash.

    With Sprint and Verizon getting very good Android devices, and with more and more Android devices coming out in the near future, things are looking very good for the future of the app market here. More androids running around means bigger profit potential for developers, and you'd be surprised how much that speeds up the development process.

    After the holiday season, there will likely be MANY new android users. By 2010 I fully expect development to be on the rise.
  3. iPhoneMilk

    iPhoneMilk Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Oct 29, 2009
    Yeah i agree, hopefully we will start to see some better developed apps in 2010.
  4. craighwk

    craighwk Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    IT Manager
    Denver, CO
    Most of the iPhone apps were garbage at launch, especially Facebook. It was a good while before they matured and reached a point of being good to use. I reckon the same will be true of 'droid apps. Give it time, I am sure they will improve.
  5. QrafTee

    QrafTee Well-Known Member

    Craig is right on the money. The iPhone has 2 years under its belt to have the App Store fully mature--and with the 15 or more farting apps, probably more room for maturation.
  6. Bill

    Bill Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2009
    I was just reading an article (I can post the link if interested.) where an android developer took an iPhone developer class and was comparing development on the two platforms and one of the thing he mentioned that was superior on the iPhone was the WYSIWYG UI app and nothing came close to to it on the android side. Interface is extremely important to Apple and Apple developers.

    Give it time the nice apps will come.

  7. droidism

    droidism Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2009
    I just switched from an iPhone3Gs to the Droid and although I was never an app-fanatic, there were a handful that I used regularly. Luckily I was able to find them all except two in the Android Marketplace and the quality is just as good if not better. I can honestly say there is NOTHING I have missed about the iPhone since making the switch a few weeks ago. The iPhone is a GREAT product but I never experienced the iPhone mania (all hail to iPhone) as other current or previous owners.

    One more thing, it really doesn't matter to me if iPhone has 100,000 or 1,000,000 apps as long as the ones I need on the Droid are found.
  8. docprego

    docprego Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    I just went from a 1st generation iPhone to the Droid. Some of my app observations:

    1. There is more choice in the iPhone app store For example I had two Netflix apps installed on my iPhone and there were many more to choose from. On my Droid I have one choice. That said the app does pretty much everything I need.

    2. iPhone apps are more polished and sophisticated. Facebook is a prime example. The Android app is bare bones while the iPhone version is fully featured. A LOT of this can be attributed to the app store's head start, Facebook on the iPhone is already at version 3.0.

    3.The Android market now features screen shots but there are not enough for each app. Most apps seem to have 2 screenshots on their description page while on the iPhone app store apps routinely have 5. To make matters worse many apps have none at all.

    4. Love it or hate it iTunes allows you to browse the app store on your computer and even download and purchase apps. Is their an Android equivalent?
  9. gwlaw99

    gwlaw99 Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    You can browse all the apps at androlib.com
  10. jpasint

    jpasint Member

    Nov 6, 2009
    I for one really like the ability to get a refund after trying an app on Android. The Iphone apps are such a rip in that regard although a lot of Iphone apps have a demo or lite version, most do not. With Apple, once you buy you own. Not so with Android.

    But I do miss some of the Iphone apps......


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