Android L vs iOS 8: first look
Today, over a century later, we have the rivalry between Google's Android and Apple's iOS. Much like the aforementioned inventors, the two platforms fueled a revolution. iOS played a key role in defining what a modern smartphone OS should look and act like, while Android won the hearts of many with its openness and brought the smartphone experience to a broad array of price points. But at the same time, Android and iOS are different on so many levels that opinions on which one's better can be highly polarized – those who favor one despise the other, and vice versa.
Lock and home screens
The Android L lock screen has one thing that iOS lacks – a shortcut to the Phone application. This lets the user dial a contact's number in as little steps as possible. What's present on both platforms' lock screens, however, is a camera shortcut.
Notification panel, quick controls, multitasking
Keyboard, Dialer, Contacts
Contacts in iOS 8 are displayed in a single alphabetical list. Perhaps it would have been nicer if a picture was shown next to their name, but our guess is that Apple didn't want to include the option as many of those contacts would't have one assigned anyway. Profile pictures are displayed for contacts on the Favorites list, however. On Android, the contacts list has been made more compact, with smaller profile pictures and less empty space between names.
Search, voice commands
Cameras, photo gallery
Android L and iOS 8 – coming this fall
1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1392; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I wonder when the two companies will merge together.
4. Iodine (Posts: 492; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
They were wery good partners.... Until google ripped them off with android.
13. T.Law (Posts: 342; Member since: 10 May 2014)
*until Android surpassed iOS both in terms of functionality and market share.
67. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Android has been better than iOS with functionality since the Android Donut days....
86. NinjaBanana (Posts: 24; Member since: 20 Apr 2014)
Apple, the company of simplicity. Beats Android by far in terms of all that.
119. Junglist724 (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Aug 2014)
Only a simple mind spends that much money on a device that simple.
130. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 259; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)
when apple was in it's prime (innovation days) it was the most complex OS much more complex than nokias and berries at the time, and I used to brag how my iPhone had this and this and that. now it's wrong to make an excuse for a company that stopped innovating and started catching up. if apple was the innovating company it was years ago you would have defended the "features", but now it's trailing behind you defend what it has left as the OS looks so deprived and simple when compared to android. it's literally an empty and closed OS. plus the simplest of things like storage and music alone are a headache on apple devices. it's so "simple" for me to add and remove stuff from my smartphone, while the same process is a headache on apple devices. tell me about simplicity please.
134. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)
iOS was lacking quite a bit compared to the old WinMo. Even the current one lacks against the old WinMo. Those were the days where hardware was just not enough to drive the OS
117. Junglist724 (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Aug 2014)
iOS is lacking the most basic function a REAL OS has to do, give access to a filesystem. What could you do on your mac or pc if you didn't have finder or windows explorer?
The permissions system, and general openness of android give you limitless functionality without even having to root or install custom roms.
iOS is for people who don't need anything but some casual games, a web browser, media player, and basic productivity apps(and maybe niche products like serato). If you want a device can be more like a real computer, android is the only choice(that has market share).
121. AlikMalix (Posts: 867; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)
In response to Post 67 and 117. For the hundreds time: How do you explain that Android is more functional than iOS, even with filesystem, and the "openness", you cannot do more functions in any business venture, or real life situations than iOS.
There are a few conveniences that iOS may not have, but iOS counteracts that with a few conveniences that Android doesn't have.
I do play casual and 3D games, first person shooters, racing sims, flying sims, these games are goregous. I do use it for web browser, a media player, and productivity like accessing/edit spreadsheets and documents created at the office in MS office. I unloaded my entire mind/memory into my phone. I use it like a personal assistant (siri) for just about everything that a real assistant does (except make coffee). I control my lights, ambient lights, security, A/C and front door lock with my phone. I edit home videos on my phone even those I captured with my old digital camera (I use iPad to edit because the apps are much quicker and results are much smoother than PC software that has a huge learning curve). I actually have access to my entire harddrive at home from anywhere and I use it to back up my photos, videos, and phone essentials like you would with cloud. I stream my music, video library and photos from my HD at home while I'm running around the city or while I'm taking vacation in Mexico. Soon I'll have my iPhone take over my car's infotainment (as soon as need a new car).
I use my phone to find out if my wife has left work yet, or if my friends are near by. I can set up notifications just the way I need them to be (something that's an annoying headache on android). I can manage each permission on each app one by one (something you cannot on android), I can manage my plethora of apps into individual folders. I can litterally run 90% of my phone just from a locked screen including settings, and it would be possible for 99% but there's security involved. I make reservations at a restaurant from a locked screen (for crying out loud). I can do things without taking my phone out of pocket: send emails, send text, call, find and play music, make reminders, calendar events.
I've thought about the file system, but after using iOS, especially after version 4 or 5, I'm begining to question the idea of accessing files for the sake of accessing files.. Maybe our PC ways are not absolute, but flawed - iOS seems to prove that point to me really well and in a simple, crisp UI...
And just in case Apple decides to add more productivity, or convineneces to iOS - I'll get it on Day ONE, for at least next 3 years, that's what my 64-bit architecture insures me, that my phone will be compatible when everything moves even further in the future...
Once again, what can you do on Android in real world, that I cannot do on iOS?
122. saffant (Posts: 228; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)
Play 18GB x264 mkv files from my server using just the file browser to access it.
125. sapiopath (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)
If you want a device like a real computer, get a computer. There are laptops much cheaper than the iPhone or most good Android phones. If you want a phone, get a Nokia feature phone. If you want a smartphone, get an iPhone.
140. oldhamletman (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
Apple took a 4 year snooze thinking they could just ride fanboy love and they got whacked by both android and windows phone in a lot of functionality areas
pleas... Apple comes out with this turkey keynote speech this week saying: weve got predictive texting! Windows Phone had that since day one in Oct 2010... there is a list a mile long about how apple has ignored their fan base.... and it's really a fan base, not customers....
Jobs famously said: our customers don't need a screen bigger than 3.5" on a phone.... it's a phone... they don't need that so we aren't going to do it.... the arrogance of Apple and Jobs is why you guys don't have a fully up to date phone... end of story.
both Windows phone and Android are better than IOS hands down, it's not even close.. the best thing I ever did was leave apple for windows phone
21. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)
or Until apple's growth was dented by google with an overall superior and more functional OS...
128. michaelmicro (unregistered)
You mean a cheaper OS...
133. AlikMalix (Posts: 867; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)
No, you mean free OS, as in Freeware (free software licence funded otherwise by adds or unavoidable offers to download pre-sellected software called Bloatware)...
25. boosook (Posts: 1078; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Until Google allowed people who couldn't afford to spend seven hundred euros to own a smartphone as well.
112. epdm2be (Posts: 185; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
Already Nokia and Microsoft (with it's partners) allowed that with Symbian and Windows Mobile (or Pocket PC).
What a bunch of lamers in here. You really think that there were no smartphones before Android or IOS? In fact most o/t old beasts have MUCH more functionality than current versions of Android and IOS (and even Windows Phone).
For example WIndows Mobile had full office functionality (including outlook syncing), call recording, MP3 and movie playback, wifi, bluetooth a file manager with access to Windows shared folders, widgets, homescreens, launchers (e.g. SPB Mobile Shell) etc... So stop pretending that Android invented these things. The same is true for Symbian. Which had a much better multitasking system, better use of (limited) resources AND terrific camera's
120. sprockkets (Posts: 1310; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
WinMob's office was less functional than docs to go at the time available on Palm. Movie playback was with wmv or crappy avi files, while TCPMP put it to shame.
You could bt a file, but receiving it required awkwardly turning on beaming.
Windows shared folders? What are you talking about?
There were no widgets on WinMob natively.
Android kicked WinMob's ass in everything else.
141. oldhamletman (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
then when windows phone came out... android completely got their ass kicked..... anyone who really honestly tried windows phone found that out.... if you are on windows phone, you have no malware threat... you can do anything app wise.... and it is so intuitive that it's crazy.... windows phone is hands down the best OS... but of course that doesn't mean it will win... it should, but it probably won't
it's like OS/2 vs windows 95... OS/2 was slam dunk better than windows 95... completely object oriented, completely true multitasking... OS/2 in 1992 was better than windows xp in 2001 but nobody knew it because IBM was a wimp about marketing it
windows phone is the shxt... and hopefully it will survive... if everyone ignores it, it will be a huge loss to mobile computing
126. sapiopath (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)
You are quite unfamiliar with the app paradigm, aren't you? Also, the concept of a universal turing machine is lost on you.
118. Junglist724 (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Aug 2014)
Everyone rips everyone off. Get over it.
33. Liveitup (Posts: 1503; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
PH needs video reviews of devices. Id like to see a comparison of the top four operating systems.
61. akki20892 (Posts: 3619; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
RIP resolutions of nexus 5 below Expectations title.
2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3202; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I kinda want to use Windows or BlackBerry now.
17. blackberry_Boy (Posts: 169; Member since: 27 May 2014)
Both windows and blackberry are two great dependable platforms just struggles on apps if your a person who loves productive apps and smooth none buggy UI either one is great I've been a blackberry fan for years and now wishing I still had my Z10 becaue I don't even use the raw power of my note 3 I have now I just use one screen of apps and all of them of day to day productivity apps.
19. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3202; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Yeah. Android has tons of features but now that I've had the Z2 for a while I realised that I don't really need all of them. I mean I have a PC for real feature rich use. It's not even convenient to use a smartphone for all the work.
I love android though but I just wish I could use an other OS on my Z2. Maybe the Jolla launcher will change things a bit. But I think WP would look great on Sonys hardware
24. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3594; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
So you are just a Sony fanboy. Doubts cleared.
28. Jinto (Posts: 402; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)
You know what would be great, a Sony WP flagship or a real Nokia android flagship
35. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3202; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Umm. Jeez where did that come from? A short explanation would be useful here...
48. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8839; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Your love for Sony is probably the most potent of all users on this site.
54. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3202; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
That might be true. But I think it's more like love for Japan and since Sony is kinda the best international Japanese tech company, it become my favourite. Still not a blind fanboy though.
55. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8839; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Your comments on this article proves otherwise, especially the one I called you out on.
56. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3202; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
You mean #116?
Yes in that I express how I love Sony. If it gives the idea that I'm a blind fanboy who accepts anything from Sony and hates everything else, then I wrote it in a wrong way. I mean I accept Sony's flaws. They're not that good in marketing. They're not the best in software development. And I agree that in the previous decade even their hardware quality wasn't on the level it was originally or is now. But overall I have so much good experience of their products and love the design that I can't but love them.
But Sony is not the only one I like. I would probably get a Sharp TV if I was buying a new one now. And in phones HTC M8 is very tempting too, but the low res camera and not being waterproof are major things for me. In consoles I actually prefer Nintendo to Sony.
And TBH if I lived in Japan, I probably wouldn't have much Sony products. There are so many other stuff you can't get anywhere else.
132. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 259; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)
lol I heard in Japan itself people have much more iphones than sonys, this truly made my day when I read it..
59. mistertimi (Posts: 76; Member since: 28 May 2014)
You're both sad f*cks. ArtSim might love Sony, but his original comment was a pretty fair comment, he likes their hardware, but I guess that's only acceptable to say if the M8 is being talked about right? And papsmurf stop constantly arguing with him, why does the fact he likes Sony so much annoy you lol? How old are you?
You gotta love PhoneArena, it's a bunch of 15-25yr olds who get so annoyed that someone a thousand miles away has a different favourite manufacturer. So sad.
60. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3202; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I like that first sentence. Saying things straight :)
101. sgodsell (Posts: 1395; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
If you like WP so much, and I know you do. Then just install a WP launcher. This way you have the best of both worlds. Android with its vast ecosystem and the look and feel of WP. The power of Android.
135. Venkatramanan (Posts: 195; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)
But we can't get the smoothness of WP. and features like People Hub, I can get all my mails integrated to one mail box. Social Networks can be integrated together and see updates from all the Social networking in a single place. These features i miss in my android phone. In WP apps are less but i like the app quality.
137. epdm2be (Posts: 185; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
With K9 email you can have a "combined mailbox" view. A very good emailapp IMHO. And its free
138. Venkatramanan (Posts: 195; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)
Thanks friend. I will try it. But if google gives that options by default it will be very useful.
142. oldhamletman (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
BB has become a joke... its IOS, then Android, then Windows Phone,.... period.
5. Antimio (Posts: 279; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)
"Yet points go to Apple for enabling us to block calls and texts from certain contacts in iOS."
Sorry to correct you guys but Android also offers that option under the contact list. Please make sure what you're writing
10. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)
Exactly. Uneducated author. Also read my post below where he missed something.
76. Nick_T (Posts: 146; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Hi there and thanks for commenting. Note that the preview is based on stock Android, which lacks the option. Custom interfaces like Samsung's TouchWiz have blocking options out of the box.
79. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)
Sorry for putting you in the fire like that. Thanks for the clearification.
107. Antimio (Posts: 279; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)
Sorry to correct you again, but I have a Nexus 4. When you go to people app, you tap on the contact, then you go menu (top right) and there's an option called "All calls to Voivemail". Thanks!
136. Venkatramanan (Posts: 195; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)
"All calls to Voice mail" Does not means that it blocks the calls. It just diverts the calls to your voicemail.
139. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I totally understand that your comparison here is between stock Android, which lacks the blocking option, but you should probably clarify things like that in your reviews in the future as it's a bit misleading since there are already plenty of Android phones on the market now that already offer this feature. You could have titled your article Stock Android L vs iOS 8.
Afteral you're providing information for consumers, so it's best to try and relay that information in an accurate manner. ;)
6. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
wow look at that lockscreen. huge ripoff of ios 7
8. hafini_27 (Posts: 280; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
We can discuss all day how both OSs "ripoff" each other. Upcoming iOS8 or android L. Users benefit the most from that. Get over it, choose a side or use both, seriously.