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"Android can never be as smooth as iOS" myth busted

0. phoneArena 25 Jan 2012, 05:14 posted on

Two months ago, a Google intern kicked off a discussion about why Android is often laggy: a sore point in the hearts of Android fans, and gave what seemed like a pretty legitimate explanation…

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posted on 25 Jan 2012, 11:31 5

38. torr310 (Posts: 886; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


iOS just cannot do as many tricks as Android does.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 08:36 1

18. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


IOS is a way simpler os in reality...

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 13:01 2

44. SleepingOz (unregistered)


simple os for simple-minded persons

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 04:54

63. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


for saying that, you just made yourself a simple minded person. not all ios users a the dumb Ish33p or the zombies that android fans proclaim.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 08:38 3

19. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


cupertino heart with chinese parts. built by the poor but designed by the smart.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 08:40 5

20. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I am on an, unofficial ICS rom on an unsupported phone that is only single cow andit has never run more smoothly. What's lag?

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 08:41 1

21. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


great comment

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 09:35 4

27. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol.. i was typing and talking and didnt proof read. DOH. :)

"I am on an unofficial ICS rom... on an unsupported phone that is only a single core, and it has never run more smoothly. Whats lag?"

:)

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 09:37 2

28. kylie (Posts: 9; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


u will know about lagging when you use windows phone and iOS

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 01:55 2

57. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


Just useless statement, it's like saying "if you wanna see a slow animal, check out a tiger or a cheetah". I'm an android user, but it's obvious to any idiot who will use all three OS's that windows and iOS run smoother with less lags, although i'm not saying that android sucks. I think android constantly keeps getting better, but don't make bogus claims when facts prove otherwise.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 09:19 1

25. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I think I would have to agree with the last guy the most as I have used both Android and iOS and certain apps are surely more fluid than others. It does come down to the developer and how they optimize their code for use. I can think of one example, Tasks n Todos is an amazing app for Android and is about as smooth of an experience as you can get. It doesnt stutter or suffer from any lag and it runs well on my thunderbolt. Its about the code not the OS people.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 09:32 3

26. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


that munn guy was probably paid off by Apple to say what he said.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 09:47 1

29. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Apple owns PA

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 02:01

58. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


Disagree. I've been reading articles here for the past half a year, and PA are not biased about a particular OS, but are rather descriptive about each one, and almost always they don't make a final opinion about a particular product/OS/etc but rather leave it up to personal opinion of users.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 09:51

30. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Honestly, my Galaxy Nexus is every bit as smooth as my iPod touch (neither are perfectly smooth, and both pause every once in a while). I do think iPad's have been clearly superior to Honeycomb tablets in terms on interactivity, but moving to 4.0 and away from Tegra 2 should fix that.

Really, WP7 is the smoothest mobile OS I've used - if people really care more about UI smoothness than anything else they should check that out first. But in reality there are lots of ways to prioritize features in a mobile platform, and "smoothness" can be higher or lower on that list for different people.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 10:49

34. bucky (Posts: 2696; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


the fact that you said you NEXUS is smooth tells me to stop reading right there.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 10:48 3

33. xx6static9xx (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)


I personally think the main reason android lags so bad is because it has terrible memory leaks and leaves too many apps running in the background. You will find that without a built in task manager too many apps will be running at any giving time and drain all of your system memory. the average Android phone has 512 MB of system ram, upon booting up you will notice you will only have Aprox 260 MB free and that's not nearly enough given the amount of multi tasking users are trying to do without killing all the apps they are running. Upon booting iOS with the same 512 MB system memory you will notice you will be closer too 360 MB of system ram and iOS multi tasking just seem more seamless with the ability too easily kill apps without the need for a third party task manager.

Now on my XOOM Tablet I have 1 GB of system memory and things seem to run with a much better overall experience. I would complain about the memory leakage and overall lack of resource management without third party apps. So In my conclusion it all comes back too poor execution with bad memory management that will ultimately lead too a bad experience that could easily be fixed with some standardized management utilities that could run native within the OS its self.

Source : User who actually uses these devices and doesn't sit at a fancy desk processing number all day and lost touch with reality!

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 11:05 2

35. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


I have here a 3gs ios5 and a galaxy s2 2.3.5. If this article was correct the samsung should lag indifferently to hardware and the iphone should be smoother with bad hardware.

I'm sorry but the iphone 3gs lags more. Try it by yourself. So hardware is a factor. We all know that android is a more complex os desktop wise so will be always resource hungry, but I don't think will always lag - I can't see any hiccups on a stock sgs2 if you leave out widgets and animated wallpapers (same as ios). Just lacks some fps for screen transitions that should be boosted with ics.

I'm sick of these smoothness tales. Maybe will be never smooth as ios but human eye won't see the difference. I bet in 2050 iphones will still have a 4x4 icon grid and ppl will still use default ringtones instead using what they prefer.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 12:32 1

42. jove39 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Yes hardware is a major factor...GNex shows lag with live wallpaper...but thats due to weak gpu...compare SGX543MP2 vs PowerVR SGX540

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 11:13

37. jove39 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...I have used iphone4 and Galaxy S (vibrant) both...ios for most part is smooth...but it does lag and hangs rately...on the other hand...Android shows frequent lag...and rarely hangs...however...with voodoo kernel and ext4 based filesystem...it works just fine...smooth :)

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 11:58

40. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


so finally someone else than mythbusters busted this myth?

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 15:34

46. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Oh well. Obviously, no one is really certain of what they're talking about. What a bunch of circus clowns.

I guess it's better to just speak for yourself. And as for me, although there are times that my ipad and iphone lags, overall, it offers a smooth experience. I have tried several android devices at stores, and their responsiveness just do not cut it for me. It's not as naturally responsive as idevices are. I guess that's the key to the idevice's smoothness. It feels more natural. But to each his own. If android works better for you, then by all means, keep your android device :)

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 21:19

52. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


This is probably the most logical post i've ever seen you put up.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 18:07 2

47. gdzjuba (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


I have Galaxy Nexus for a month now. While ICS itself looks to me just a bit slower than iOS5 on iPhone 4s, MOST of apps I run on Nexus are somewhat slow, but I have not ever seen UI lags on iPhone 4. For example Engadget app news list scrolling is very stuttery/laggy on Nexus; the same goes to list in NPR news app. On iOS the same apps are just fine.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 19:12

48. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Gdzjuba So your saying is iPhone never lags. Yea right !!!

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 12:08

60. datsyuk (Posts: 179; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Go to developer options and enable force gpu rendering. Scrolling problem solved in apps like Facebook and engadget before they're updated.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 16:48

61. gdzjuba (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


I have it already enabled :-(

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 20:18 1

49. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Rendering on iPhone? What is there to render? Just a bunch of icons overlayed on a static background...
Plus, no real multitasking to hog the resources...
Of course it doesn't lag! There is nothing there to lag!

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 20:58

50. belovedson (Posts: 998; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


its unfortunate most of the itards will not read this article and will continue to argue that android phones are laggy, slow, improperly coded, etc.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 00:09

53. bucky (Posts: 2696; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


unfortunately, too many are slow and laggy-even alot of the new ones from 2011.

not itards, just average consumer with first impressions.

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