Clash of the titans: iOS 7 vs Android 4.3 comparison
0. phoneArena 19 Sep 2013, 15:31 posted on
One of the most heated "debates" within the wireless industry is the one between iOS and Android fans. In case it isn't obvious, we've put "debate" in quotes, because it's much more of a flame war, rather than a civilized debate, but anyway, you get the point. So here we are, not trying to start yet another flame war, but wanting to make it easy for users to find out what the meaningful differences between iOS 7 and Android 4.3 are. And without further ado, let's dive straight into it...
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20. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Do people actually have an SMS limit anymore?
I'd rather my text messages go through that than eat up data, that is if I wasn't on an unlimited data plan.
22. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
My Nexus 10's home screen looks absolutely gorgeous IMO, brought to life with widgets, a live wallpaper, and a custom transition courtesy of Apex Launcher. My good friend refers to Android as "scattered," that might be so but I'll never find myself admiring a static iOS home screen the way I do with Android.
"Elegant" isn't the first word that pops into my head when looking at iOS...
24. ghanemsam (Posts: 64; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
apple is trying to copy android in everything strating from the new lock screen, toggles, live wallpaper, multi tasking and notifications center ,,, google maps is far far better than apple maps and google NOW has the upper hand over siri
so what "comparison" that you are talking about ???? Android is the knig of customization
so please " iPhonearena" admit that Andorid is better than ios .....
apple is losing the market so they are trying hard to Android the ios even the new iPhone 5c is trying to compete with android's mini but 5c is a big fail !!!!!
Android 4.3 >>>> ios7 ... no comparison needed
25. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
I would prefer ios7 out of the two. However the ultimate choice will be windows, its only going to get better :)
26. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1233; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Every android runs iOS as well. It's called an app drawer.
30. baldilocks (Posts: 740; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
PhoneArena - You DO know you can pull down the notification tray from anywhere in Android as well. Even while playing a game, or watching YouTube, etc... You might want to fix that one BIG error.
120. CtK4949 (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Its like they never used a Android device before!!
33. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
I wasn't going to comment till I read this icrap fans work. If you doing a comparison list all pros and con's apple maps is a joke.. My notification toggles are easy to read. Phone arena stop letting kids write your articles. This dummy should be fired
42. nortoja79 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)
android fanboys...apple fanboys...you all waste too much time on a debate that will never end...Just go with what you like, end of subject.
43. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I don't like all the white backgrounds used in ios.
Like in dialer app and such, hopefully that can be end user changed easy enough.
70. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Doubt that, after all it's IOS. It's difficult to do it even in Android, short of replacing the whole framework.
49. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Biggest thing iOS needs is some type of app drawer. Having your apps displayed across multiple pages isn't efficient and can get cluttered if you have a lot of apps. Folders only get you so far.
57. JMartin22 (Posts: 1954; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Lol, this review says Android 4.3 lacks the "elegance" that iOS 7 has. What the hell does that even mean? Do they just like throwing around random buzz words for the sake of it? There's nothing elegant about the 7 year dated skin, that still hasn't changed, besides incorporating cheap looking pastel icons and aero-like effects; the latter which was already apart of Android.
66. forzanetti (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
That word made me laugh as well. I guess that's the word people used when they ran out of good things to say about ios7. Just throw in the word 'elegance' and voila! it's a better OS!
Also, this comparison is more like one man's opinion rather than factual comparison.
117. androidea (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
lol,yeah,the word 'elegant' is funny imo,android can easily change its appearance into iphone,winphone,or even ubuntu! ubuntu has a really good ui,iphone? meh....
59. Furbal (Posts: 945; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
proper file system, drag and drop, MTP, PTP, usb tether, usb otg
not even close.
65. forzanetti (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
I'm wondering whether the writer (Nick T) has ever really used Nexus 4 before doing this comparison?
"Furthermore, we must mention that iOS 7 has apps for Notes and Reminders out of the box, while on stock Android 4.3, these have to be downloaded separately."
Have you ever heard of Google Keep? It's easily one of the most useful Google apps and I use it daily. It comes with the frickin OS for God's sake!
I don't care if you said ios7 is better in certain things (it's your opinion), but at least get your factual comparison right.
69. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
IOS 7 feels so much like MIUI that it's not even funny. Xiaomi should sue Apple.
83. JMartin22 (Posts: 1954; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Thanks for that useless pile of gibberish, most of which was your personal opinion or not founded on facts.
78. Lakuta1978 (Posts: 62; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
5" is better than 4" LOL thats funny.....i sold my g4 because its big screen and laggy...
91. willard12 (Posts: 1564; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
So when apple goes to a 5 inch screen in a few years you will be SOL.
79. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
I feel I should point out that although the android status bar is often hidden in full screen app's, usually you can show it and open the notifications by double-swiping from the top.
This lets you get access to both notiications and the toggles.
84. rabih_z (Posts: 45; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
i have an iphone 4 & a nexus 4 & after updating both phones with the latest software i preferred the android to IOS for the simple fact of control that i have over my platform, the more advanced business features, communication tools provided (Bluetooth...) & customization.
IOS 7 looks nice and has it advantages but it is a bit girly and will appeal to female consumers more.
86. melcruz66 (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)
i used IOS7 for a few days now. and i think its better than the latest Android OS.
i also have a Note 3.
88. E34V8 (Posts: 84; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
App integration is still missing from iOS . You still can't choose and change default applications (for example, you are stuck with safari, when clicking on a link). Still no widgets, still no file explorer and USB OTG, still no NFC. No swipe or alternative keyboard. No customizations (every device looks the same).
I can go on... This is not even a fully functional OS. It should not be compared with Android.
The looks depend on ones taste, but they are a bit childish.
108. soneo (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
because they dont want all that. It must have some drawback. For eg: App interagtion, the most obvious reason i can think of is malware or any kindof virus can steal data from another app. Why do you think a company as big as apple does not embrace NFC ? because it sucks! and they were working on Airdrop. In a wireless world, what kind of people want to "touch"
Usually apple has a vision of things in the future, hence they will avoid all things old and not required.
Your attitude is same as the one folks had in PC era, Apple is leading this tablet-era with a completely different philosophy.
121. CtK4949 (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
So crrapple future includes a finger print scanner, a tech that I have used for the past 4+ years to clock in at work!! Nice!!
crraple futures must suck ass, cause its been the same for the past few years!!
89. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)
ios7=android 4.3 therefore both have lags...
waiting for the bandit+ipad5/mini2+nexus7 with s8/330adreno
peace on earth!
90. Adithya7184 (Posts: 317; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
ios...a piece of garbage....Android 4.3FTW
92. KashAli (Posts: 105; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)
iOS7 looks o fake and cheap like for kids play books like plastic cheap digital toys.
94. linaresx (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)
Although I appreciate the unbiased middle of the road approach you took in this article.
I’m sure that we all agree based on the years of research and mounds of irrefutable scientific facts that oranges are indeed better than bananas. And there can be no other conclusion.
95. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 803; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
It's like a new launcher & icon pack.... Android phones can easily get this theme by installing Ilauncher & iNoty from playstore. I installed & it was nice, but I got bored in few days. Plus due to lack of widgets & my android notification panel while using Ilauncher+ iNoty, it was not productive. So uninstalled it. Using Apex launcher now.
I would say new look is fresh but not a major improvement over last iPhone. So people need to save their hard earned money & not waste on a minor improved device which costs so much...
98. abhijithkumar.nit (Posts: 47; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)
Good Old conclusion! PA, Why do you even make this comparison to state the obvious?!!
99. HarvesterX (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)
Oh Wow! OK, It looks like PA tried to be unbiased here, and give a nod to Apple for trying. My impression is that they found iOS7 and 4.3 not even worth comparing (apples vs oranges, etc) and that's a correct assumption. There's nothing inherently wrong with iOS7. But it's not even in the same league with Android at this point in the game. It's like trying to compare a scooter against a chopper.
It seemed very tongue in cheek (although those who've never used both operating system may have a different view), which I found amusing and I laughed out loud here quite a few times. If I try and take this review seriously, it hurts because I'm either laughing too hard to do so, or I feel sorry for Apple. :-\ Or ^_^.. I'm not sure
The same kind of hurt I get from laughing while watching "Amish Mafia" (well the two times I tried at least)
100. poping (unregistered)
in android... the notification and setting panel is accessible in any full screen app by swiping down the top edge of the screen...
jelly bean also has the two-finger swipe for quick settings...
105. CraigMc25 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)
You guys talk about customisation and widgets, the reason apple don't put that on there phone is because they are not marketing there phones to uses like you and I who use this site regularly. They market there phones for everyday people and everyday people don't really know how to customise and or use widgets like we do! Plus many everyday people don't even bother or know how to update there phones I know people who have old iphone and android devices that are stuck on old ios because they have no idea plus they only use what they got and don't care to much about anything else. As long as the phone does what they want as is easy to use they don't care and apple knows this so they don't bother with all that customisation stuff
107. soneo (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
Thats true. Apple mission is completely different. In post PC era, they dont want customization, rooting, installing, external mem card, removable battery - basically anything geek is avoided. The phone/tablet must be very simple to use and intuitive. The technology must be completely hidden from the user.
106. Bob327 (Posts: 14; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)
I run an iPhone 5 .... The only thing I saw in the comparison that I agree with is the simple fact that I can customize the Android system ... My IPhone works just fine BUT I can't even BUY at any price a simple on screen keyboard to replace the OEM one..
To be honest I make a mistake ... I will be going back to an Android with my next phone... Apple does meet my needs...BUT they sure do not meet my WANTS..
109. sunnyfpy (Posts: 83; Member since: 12 May 2013)
IOS improvement , only update once a year.
Android have more updates and more features added.
Android better than IOS.
122. CtK4949 (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Actually crrapple OS just released an update to fix all the magical stuff in their OS!! lol
110. slyaii (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)
Lock and home screens:
Android Rocks in this area. Hands down to Android. You can customize what apps or setting you want to unlock into.
-Who looks at the title of the apps. People know what app they are clicking for. How many apps do you want in a folder anyways?
Quick controls and notifications:
Both are good at what they offer now that iOS7 is here. "In Android, the notification panel is often not visible if a full-screen application is running, which renders it inaccessible." -BS.
There is no Customization in Apple. Everything that are in the current iOS7 are stolen from jailbreak developers. All credit goes to them.
Dialer and Contacts:
Android: Dial by name in Dialer. Swipe to right to call in MSG app. Swipe to left to send a message.
I don't have time to scroll in Apple.
On-screen keyboard and messaging:
Both are good at type. Android has Swype. Never have to left a finger when typing.
Multitasking and support for multiple users:
Did you forget about Multview for Samsung S3, you can open two apps at once for viewing? Apps on Android are actually running once you minimize?
You don't have to use the gallery if you don't want to. Open the app and browse for your video.
Other things that you might want to let people know.
Different flavors of OS on Android. You can install different flavor of Android but you have to root. Don't be scared of this term. yes, it does void your warranty. yes, you can reset it and the manufacturers would never know. there. happy? You can use the Android device as an external hard drive.
You get better hardware with Android and a cheaper price. Android had Quad Core when Apple introduce Dual Core.
you can jailbreak Apple too and reset. The sad thing is, you have to wait for your version of iOS to be jailbroken. It can take months.
I came from Apple 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S. I got tired of waiting for something different. I waited too long. I'm tired of their closed infrastructure. They stole ideas from people or hired developers to be created for them. The notification center was developed from the jailbreak communities which they employed the developer. Everything in iOS7 was last year. Marketed to be the leading in technology and designs. BS.
112. vividblu2020 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)
the blogger did about a 75 percent chance of a good detailed comparison. but being a fan of android I can tell you more exciting things about it. I was reading that yea yea the processor on the iPhone 5 s was better than the leading android phones. the GPU is too. but this new nexus 5 phone coming to all carriers in either November or October is gonna kill ! who wouldn't want complete control over their phone. customization, and openness? android will always do that. iPhones lack the fun things. plus what's with the screen size ? like a toys are us size phone for little girls. plus more developers on xda forums always come up with Roms, themes,apps, and modifications for these phones. people need to be more serious about technology for crying out loud. its 2013 currently. the future is here !
113. RussianLondoner (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
iOS7 combined with brand new iPhone 5S with it's doggy fingerprint feature is the best prove from Apple, that an Apple can become an excrement before it is bought and digested... +)))
114. vddeguzman (Posts: 41; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)
"However, a double-slide is required in order to do that, which prevents the user from accidentally pulling out either of them. In Android, the notification panel is often not visible if a full-screen application is running, which renders it inaccessible." --> But custom Android UIs (I am using TW S4) allow access to the notification panel even if it's not visible, just swipe down from the top of the screen... This may not be accurate unless we're really talking about stock UI (which I'm not sure if this is really the case).
115. vddeguzman (Posts: 41; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)
"There was a time when Apple Maps was ridiculed for its shortcomings, but things have changed since then. The fact of the matter is that Apple's maps application is now more reliable and has all the features one would expect out of a proper app of this kind." --> Not in my region/country. Google maps still more accurate, definitely a lot better. I hope nobody will troll which country I live in. Please do not be a racist.
116. Maghiyose (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
I'm pissed off. . . .apple is copying everything now...... Its android everywhere bby. . .give up iPhone or try WMP
118. CraigMc25 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)
As I've said apple don't make ios or iPhones for custimisation, futhermore they don't really care. The average everyday user doesn't care or even know how to customise and apple knows this, so they don't bother. for them it makes the phone less easier to use, what normal person uses themselves app drawers or widgets?
One other question if android is sooo good why do you have to spend so much time customising it,making it better? Why do some of you have to add swiftkey as a keyboard drawer/theme if everything is so good with android? I know you like the choice but if something was soo good out of the box wouldn't need customising right?
I don't seem to have this problem with ios everything seems to just work out of the box with not need for custimisation or new keyboards cas it all just works.
119. CtK4949 (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
"iOS 7 users. The latest version of the platform features the so-called parallax effect, which shifts the background image depending on the angle, at which the handset is being held. That creates an illusion of depth and the effect is really nice in our opinion – pretty, yet unobtrusive."
How the F**K is that a customization?!?!?!?! iphonearena you are really terrible!!
125. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
iOS 7>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>android 4.3
128. timbehnkendammit (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)
Do you EVER have anything of significance to add to a discussion? Don't answer that; rhetorical question. Go back to blowing daddy's money, trust fund kid. When you can actually bring something of value to the discussion, then you will be welcome back at the grown-up table.
127. Xenaz (Posts: 144; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
"..people who are into tweaks and modifications, those who like the feeling of having more control over their smartphone would be better off with Android. It may lack the elegance of iOS, but it is still a full-fledged contemporary operating system loaded with useful features..."
With the power of customization in Android, you can even customize the UI looks almost as same as IOS 7, so "lack of elegance"?! WTF!!
"people who are into tweaks and modifications"?! WTF!! Stop misleading ppl that Android is for grimmicks only, Android is same as any PC OS that allow you to do some basic customization like setup shortcut, wallpaper, taskbar, setup default application and etc. It ALLOW YOU TO CUSTOMIZE DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO, it give you the freedom to customize but not forcing you to do that.
129. Bob327 (Posts: 14; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)
My definition of "elegance" has to be different then yours.. I say call reception is elegant ....and my old Evo 4G worked in my home but my iPhone 5 sure does not
.I still miss how elegant my old EVO 4G was in comparison to my iPhone 5 everything visible easy to navigate and straight forward on the now antique android ...