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Fix this: 5 shortcomings in iOS that those who switch from Android would find annoying

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Fix this: 5 shortcomings in iOS that those who switch from Android would find annoying
In the world of mobile technology, there seems to be nothing as polarizing as the battle between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems. With fans ready to start a holy war over features that one platform ‘borrowed’ from the other, and the endless discussion over which one is smoother, has the better apps, looks and so on, it’s easy to forget that those differences are often very minute.

In fact, we can safely say that the two most popular mobile operating systems are in many aspects on par, and both deliver a great, satisfying experience to most users.

However, after recently switching to an Apple iPhone from an Android device, we could not help but notice that while Apple has done some simple things much better than Google, there are some extremely annoying shortcomings in iOS 7 that we hope the company fixes soon. What are they? Take a look below to find out.


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posted on 26 Aug 2014, 09:43 28

1. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


But all that money you'd think it'd be perfect in every thing it can or can not do.

I guess more not then do, still.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 09:47 22

3. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Android has its shortcomings as well you know.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 09:58 63

8. Scott93274 (Posts: 896; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Like how it doesn't have an Apple logo on the devices. lol

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 14:57 7

99. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


if Jackie Chen is upset by switching from Android to ios then for sure ios is annoying

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 18:43

125. jshan (Posts: 191; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


No like it sucking its memory and battery like monster ! Also getting lags so soon !! And still it's not the smoothest OS for the gaming like iOS .. And oh .. Many more .. Many more real matter things !!

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 20:30 9

130. Scott93274 (Posts: 896; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Lag is a thing of the bast my friend, just because you keep saying it's still a problem doesn't make it so.

Also, iPhones have the worst battery life of any phone. Several Android phones can last multiple days and that's before Android L which will increase battery efficiency by 30%+, where as iPhone users are referred to as wall huggers. I believe that the iPhone 5 is actually getting a lot of bad press regarding it's craptacular battery.

You say that the phone is a memory hog? It can run on 512 MB of memory and yet, the standard Android phone has 2 GB of RAM, soon to be 3 GB. Why all the RAM? Because the Android OS is capable of doing so much more than the iPhone.

So far your points about how the iPhone is better than Android are false, so I'm just going to assume that you know nothing about tech, and simply in love with Apple. Which is fine. If you like the company and the products then why would care what I or anyone else says about it. But don't be rambling on and on about something you know nothing about.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:12 8

14. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Jeez Mxyz, C'mon,
You are a legend among trolls here at PA,
I expect more from you, an your phone.

Edit to add a +1 to help you recover.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 14:54 14

97. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


PA didnt mentioned file sharing issues on bluetooth, wifi direct, Usb on the go, cannot custom change the ringtone on the go, limited number of file attachments for email, cannot directly copy paste files to n from computer except images, everything needs itunes, no switching between the apps and you have to press home button everytime if you want to move between different apps, no prompt for choosing default application etc... the need for itunes is enough ennoying that we dont have to look on any other limitation

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 15:38 2

112. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You're in damage control lol.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 11:23 7

35. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 202; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


They are truly minimal compared to the craappy ios

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 11:33 2

45. dorianb (Posts: 386; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Agreed. I'm loike Android in all but one day, like the app(s) of the month, they'll figure out maybe they should do compainion pieces.

5 things missing/shortcomings from each OS that another does well. Win>Android>iOS

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 11:53 13

58. bigdawg23 (Posts: 366; Member since: 25 May 2011)


WP is not Better than Android or iOS. I have a Lumia 1020 as a spare devices that just got 8.1, its improved but still not up to Android and iOS.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 12:56 6

75. rkoforever90 (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


wp is better than ios .

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 14:57 4

98. domfonusr (Posts: 368; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Agree that this should have companion pieces that list five shortcomings for Android, or for WP, or maybe for BlackBerry, too. I am not, however, fully agreed that WP>Android. I see it more like this:

for simplicity, iOS=WP>Android=BB
for functionality, Android>iOS=WP=BB
for smoothness, iOS=WP>Android=BB
for affordability, Android=WP>iOS=BB
for ecosystem, iOS=Android>BB=WP
for security, BB>iOS=Android=WP

How good each OS is for you depends on how you weight each factor. Something like that...

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 23:08

137. TinyTesla (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


for security, BB>iOS=WP>Android (my opinion)
In other things i agree.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 07:55 1

155. domfonusr (Posts: 368; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Yeah, some of that is subjective to a degree. But once you have your take on things nailed out, you can really tweak the weight of the different factors. At weight 1 for everything in my model, there are 6 points up for grabs, and Android comes out with 2 points, WP and iOS each with 1 and a half, and BB with 1. Now, if I change the weights (say I'm an enterprise user who likes security with a weight of 2 instead of 1), then I can get Android and BB with 2 each, and iOS and WP with 1 and a half each. By the same token, I can change the weights (say I really like a smooth operational interface and simple out-of-box operation - so I give simplicity and smoothness each a weight of 2) so that iOS and WP each have 2 and a half points, Android has 2 points, and BB has 1. It becomes completely subjective based on the user's preferences as to which OS is better for them. Even the orders for each factor can be subjective to some degree - although at some level there will be professional analysis that supports a particular order for each factor group.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 11:38 4

50. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 138; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


Whoever wrote this article is such an android fanboy. And actually there is a clear all button in the notification center.. Victor H hands down is a retard

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 14:41 4

93. blazee (Posts: 270; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


I have been reading articles on this website for about 3 years and vicotor H is definitely an apple fan

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 14:44 1

95. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


what are short comings of android as compare to ios? can you plz eloborate bcoz I switched from ios to android and I didnt find any...

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 18:47

126. kopkiwi (Posts: 30; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Thankfully nearly all of them are easily fixed due to it's open platform nature. Have a problem, without doubt there is an app, or a tweek that will sort it.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 04:39

150. thelittleprince96 (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


Yes,it HAD.But after the release of Kitkat i think it's really close to flawless. iOS7 is far from flawless and iOS8 doesn't show any signs of improvement.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:01 24

9. Duketytz (Posts: 470; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Android people is unlikely to switch to Apple and Apple fans will never know about these shortcomings after being trapped in their 'utopian' operating system.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:47 5

24. bucky (Posts: 1399; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I tried the gs5 and the nexus 5 in the last 6 months. I went back.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 11:48 18

54. Tritinum (Posts: 96; Member since: 06 May 2014)


kids in kindergarten can't really understand 5th grade maths problems

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 15:09

102. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I can understand your problem, kindergarten example is a nice one... it is easy to memorize 1-10 digits instead of memorizing 1-100.... ios vs android is same 1 to 10 vs 1 to 100

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 12:34

67. tedkord (Posts: 4734; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That's not true. I know one guy who went from Android to Apple (granted he went from an old Eclair device a coupe of years ago), and I know two guys who went IOS to Android, dropping the iPhone for Note 2 and 3. They weren't trapped. (I feel bad for the one guy, his wife did the upgrade to the Note 3 for him and he lost his unlimited data. Now he's got that awesome screen for media consumption, and halfway through the month he can't use it.)

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 15:23 2

108. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


well I am an example on PA about switching from ios to android and never looking back.... I had omnia Hd and N82(both sybian). one of my friend purchased probably samsung star or something which had android in it, I checked that phone and said "WTH its a copy of sybian & a bad copy"... I didnt like android that time at all.... then I changed from omnia to nokia c7 and lost my n82... then changed from c7 to iphone 4 and I used iphone4 more than a year and then changed to iphone 4s which I also used more than a year... I was very happy with iphone & ios and I was an ifool too but one of my friend purchased note 2, when I checked it for a while I said to myself is this same android? no its not, it is amazing and soon I ditched my iphone and thanks God I am in peace since than... I started using PA and joined PA after some months so I will not be fooled again

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 14:12 1

87. androtaku (Posts: 178; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


i have both device,i like both platform and i consider myself liberal unlike some annoying narrow minded arsehole who make the personal platform decision sounds like taliban treatment

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 15:54 1

113. strudelz100 (Posts: 58; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I switched from a Quad-core LG to an iPhone 5 because it was flat out faster at everything, especially web surfing, better camera and more stable battery life.

Sure more options is great but iOS continues to be extremely stable and fluid. The app store still gets exclusive titles and iTunes still has great selection for those willing to support artists and developers by buying their products.

It's also much more secure in general. Think about it. Android was created by a data and advertising company. Those aren't the people I want handling my every day information.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 16:22 1

119. hallihallo.87 (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Because you prefer nsa ;)

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 22:39 1

134. Taters (Posts: 2942; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Too bad the Nexus 5 and HTC One smoke the 5s is all the YouTube speed tests.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 04:46

152. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


which LG is not buttery smooth?? may be you switched from low end LG to iphone.... compare oranges with oranges not lemon with oranges

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 00:06 1

138. nithyakr (Posts: 72; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)


I'm using an GS3 and I'll buy iPhone 6 as soon as it is released.
Had too much trouble with Android with freezing, crashing and OS updates.
They say Kit kat is optimized to run on 512 MB of RAM but my GS3 is not eligible for updates cause lack of hardware drives.
So it should be Kit Kat is optimized to run on 512 MB RAM but only if your Phone's CPU vendor releases necessary Drivers for your phone.

Enough with the excuses.

Even the iPhone 4 which is released on 2010 is rocking iOS 7 (The latest OS which is available as of now. ) while the GS1 which is released on the same year is on Ginger bread and even the GS2 which is released on 2011 is on GB.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 02:23

141. Tritinum (Posts: 96; Member since: 06 May 2014)


@nithyakr kitkat stock android version was optimized for 512mb ram not the touchwiz version. Check out Nexus 5 and probably 6 in a few months or maybe weeks!

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 04:44

151. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


"Even the iPhone 4 which is released on 2010 is rocking iOS 7 (The latest OS which is available as of now. )"....

for your kind information ios 7 doesnt offer its full functionality on iphone4, there are many feautures of ios7 missing on iphone4... if you are mentioning the lackings on android atleast do it in a edge to edge way instead of east or west way...

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 13:56

85. androtaku (Posts: 178; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


by your logic i expect the price you pay for a porshe should enable you to fly,submerge and shoot missile to ISIS with it

see how android cult members blindly come to defend your trolls

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 09:46 14

2. thelittleprince96 (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


These are not the only shortcomings from IOS.Android is the ultimately the best mobile OS.Can't wait for Lollipop.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:12 2

13. Airforceflyer3 (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)


Could be lemon to

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 11:49

55. Tritinum (Posts: 96; Member since: 06 May 2014)


should be lemon pie lollipop sounds too cheesy

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 15:28

109. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


lemon pie lollipop with lantils filled lazagnia

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 09:50 1

4. fouadqr (Posts: 290; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


So..u want IOS to be like ANDROID ?

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:37 9

22. Taters (Posts: 2942; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Yes, keep it's strengths but make it more like Android to fix its weaknesses.

Oh and don't charge a fortune for IOS.

When you have a sub 720p screen, 1gb of ram, and 1650 mah battery you can't charge more than it would cost a phone with 3gb of ram, 2k screen, and 3000 mah battery. Your simple operating is simply not worth that much even to the people who prefer it. Even if they don't mind getting raped by you, the people that want a better world with less scams should mind...

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 11:09 3

31. Suo.Eno (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


No one's suggesting that.

I'm fairly certain that simple sharing and landscape mode for apps are 2 of all basic functions that should exist in all modern mobile OSes.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 04:36

148. thelittleprince96 (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


Well, Apple is trying hard to copy Android in the last three years,so why not?

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 09:52 3

5. sdeetz (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


True, but to be fair, Apple has already fixed some of these with ios8.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 15:31 1

110. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


yeah... bcoz they copied many features of android in ios8

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 00:13 2

139. nithyakr (Posts: 72; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)


Yeah like Android didn't copy anything from iOS.
Even the birth of First Android phone is a copy from Apple.
Google was designing a phone similar to a BB before the iPhone launch.
Soon after the iPhone, they changed it to look like iOS. You can google yourself for the story.
Admit it, Android will be nothing like it is now, without iOS. But iOS was functional and complete even before Android was born.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 03:54

143. AlikMalix (Posts: 421; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


to post 139

Awesome post, bro.. they forget everything that Android has incorporated that was from day one on iOS, including multitouch, basic gestures, AppStore, OS level Personal Assistant, Antitheft lock, In-Car overlay (I think Audi will have Android equivalent of Car Play), there are hundreds of details, even widgets were designed first by Mac OS engineers...

Not to say that Android had their own good ideas and some conveniences were introduced in iOS, but I bet I can find 2 iOS originals to each 1 Android...

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 04:55

153. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


they changed it to look like ios but I think you seriously need an eye specialist bcoz android never looked like an ios... instead it looked like symbian in its early stages( no ios at all)... google admitted that they changed their direction(direction direction direction) after the launch of iphone to tackle it, before android was for only none touch screen phones.... by your definition of functional and complete, then symbian was also functional and complete way before ios( lame justification from ifools)
ifans has nothing convincing in tech and functionalities thats why they come up with self satisfiying stories..

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 09:52 14

6. uchihakurtz (Posts: 240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


And there's only one button, it confused the living hell out off me when I first played with an iPhone.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 11:49 2

56. palmguy (Posts: 249; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Agreed. Received an iPad 2 for work and I was like this is how some people like to work? Drives me crazy sometimes. RIP webOS :(

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 03:56

144. AlikMalix (Posts: 421; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


wait you guys mean swiping naturally to the right to go back is confusing than a button that sometimes goes back, sometimes opens an option button, sometimes does nothing?

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 09:54 21

7. JustShadow (limited) (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


Nobody wants to switch from android to iOS :)

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:02 4

11. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5401; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yes, there are, but not many. But things may change when the iPhone 6 and 6L comes out. For me, I will switch give iOS a try when it comes to tablets because I don't have one so iPad is one of the best choices out there, but iPhone still doesn't impress me.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 13:41 2

82. givemespecs (unregistered)


i did and i have never looked back. I love it !!

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:02 4

10. Scott93274 (Posts: 896; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


So Apple doesn't break down battery consumption on a per app level, how about data consumption? Can you identify what apps are using how much data?

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 15:35 1

111. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


well, you can install third party apps for that

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:04 32

12. Elusivellama (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


In addition to the shortcomings listed, here are a few more:

6. No filesystem access - iTunes is absolute trash for content management, I hate it with a passion because using it is like putting on a pair of oven mitts prior to assembling a lego toy.

7. No way to change default application - I want to launch Google Maps, not Apple Maps.

8. Data usage limit - very useful if you want to remain under a certain limit per month, Android caps your data usage per month at whatever level you set.

9. No widgets a la Android - aCalendar is one of my favorite apps because it gives me a nice month-view calendar widget (with actual words for the appointment instead of meaningless dots) that I can swipe to view in an instant from my homescreen, I also have a calculator widget and a ColorNote widget. Very useful stuff. I also have Slider Widget, which lets me know at a glance which system sounds are enabled, and what their volume is, and also allows me to change it right from the widget.

10. No way to change the default launcher. Nova Launcher Prime - hands down one of the best purchases ever, not available on iOS.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:21 4

17. wilsong17 (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Yes I hate iTunes that why I have made all my family to get the note 3 so I don't have downloaded iTunes to put music

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 11:28 16

40. Doakie (Posts: 1250; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I believe your list is better than the one in the article.

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