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Which new feature in iOS 5 do you like the most?

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Which new feature in iOS 5 do you like the most?
After much anticipation, iOS 5 was finally released for download bringing joy to the crowds if iPhone and iPad owners around the world. The latest major release of Apple's mobile platform introduces tons of new features and improvements, both minor and major, and probably a fraction of our readers have already been lucky enough to try them out.

But which new feature in iOS 5 is your favorite? Perhaps iMessage, Apple's very own messenger service, is going to be number one on the list for some of you, while others are going to be most excited about Twitter integration in the platform. The Notification Center should also be mentioned as it gives you an easy access to all your pending notifications, and Newsstand is what avid readers are likely going to be fond of the most.

The vote is on! Feel free to share your opinion with us by participating in our poll, and do not hesitate to join the discussion in the comments below.

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Which new feature in iOS 5 do you like the most?
98 votes
(98 votes) iMessage
100 votes
(100 votes) iCloud
6 votes
(6 votes) Newsstand
3 votes
(3 votes) Twitter Integration
368 votes
(368 votes) Notification Center
2 votes
(2 votes) Mail Improvements
29 votes
(29 votes) Safari Improvements
48 votes
(48 votes) Camera Improvements
70 votes
(70 votes) OTA Updates
40 votes
(40 votes) Something else, I will let you know in the comments.

764 votes

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posted on 13 Oct 2011, 07:58 1

1. somebody (unregistered)

where is siri?

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:45

16. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

get the iPhone 4s.. it's exclusive on that..

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:42

36. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

only on the 4s

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 07:59 12

2. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

I just updated my wife's 3GS yesterday, same sh*t man. Nothing really revolutionary as they claim.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:36 7

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Yes we see the same stuff also, on the Apple iPhone 4. The new notification seems awfully familiar though. Meh it's probably just me though. lol

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:27 1

26. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

well u r no less than a faggot bloody homophobic...

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:27 2

40. YouIdiot (unregistered)

that's certainly one of the most contradictory statements I've ever seen. . .

see a faggot and a homophobic?

Sounds a lot more like you are just a plain old IDIOT!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:22 3

24. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

Yeah, they're copying Android, especially with how they did notifications. I'm not complaining, but I was thinking of going back to Android because of the better notifications

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 12:42 1

50. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Oh yeah? Just like all android phones copied the first iphone? :)

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:26 2

39. stilton (unregistered)

yeah nothing BIG AND BETTER you now have a notification slide down window hmmm let me think the android has had that since day one, iMessage hmm let me think blackberry been had that with bbm, and android does with apps like liveprofile or pingchat. The new "cloud" backup feature android has had that since day one. To me it seems like apple is catching up not making things better. Even the apple fans have to agree. oh and by the way i have a iphone 4 since it first launched on verizon and i have a droid x so i get the best of both worlds so im not a basher just a realist, i like apple for ease and i like android for ease, features, customization, adobe flash, removable memory, clear button, menu button, bigger screen, tons of FREE apps, removable battery more ways to trouble if need be, and google backing up all my purchased apps, and contacts, and calendar since day one, i will probably get a iphone 4s just because im a geek like that but android is better. too me that is, dont attack me people

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:00 6

3. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Not to be a total android tool, I do find it funny that the two features that appeared with android are the top voted.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:02 1

4. rizkyp (unregistered)

notification centre? lol...

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:09 9

5. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

iMessage - whatsapp is better as it integrates with other OS.
iCloud - I found this to be useful but at this point, iTunes is still a must.
Newsstand - useless garbage.
Twitter Intergration - only G A Y S use twitter. Better been facebook.
Notification Center - Android 'wanna be' feature. Seems useless for iDevices.
Mail Improvements - should've been around since iOS 4.
Safari - didnt notice anything new or different. same sh*t.
Camera - nothing really usefull.
OTA Updates - another Android 'wanna be'. iDevices are still slave to iTunes.

Overall - same experience. same sh*t.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:13 5

33. bigboy029 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)

Cool story... Anyone could go through all the android features and bash on them just like you did for iphone. Useless comment.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:27 1

34. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

Calm down dude. All you gotta do is to breathe deep. And accept the fact that everything I said are true. Deal with it.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:39

35. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

I think i am going to do that since I have android:
Mail app: absolute garbage.
Music App: fairly garbage.
Browser: garbage.
notifications: so good apple stole it.
gtalk: best chat platform around.
maps: ridiculously amazing and the best feature of android.
camera: really basic.
Anything can be integrated with the OS (Twitter, Facebook)
SIP, google voice: amazing features.

Now with that out of the way. What makes android more appealing to me than iOS is that those apps that blow horribly can be replaced at the OS level.

I stopped using stock android long ago and have been using MIUI (yes i know it looks like an iOS copy, its not.) and anything can be customized to my liking, something i really missed when i tried the iPhone4.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:49 2

45. stilton (unregistered)

SOME GREAT things about android is lets say you want to download a free bootleg mixtape or album, YOU CAN DO THAT, if you want to stream a movie on the internet and not have to purchase it YOU CAN DO THAT, if you want a custom ringtone within seconds with buying from itunes YOU CAN DO THAT EASILY, if you dont want to go to a store and swapped the whole phone cause the battery may be acting up, with android you can just purchase another battery and pop it in, If a friends of yours has a movie on his or her memory card that you want to see you can pop that micro sd memory card into your android device and start watching, i have had the blackberry bold (16gb)original droid with preinstalled (8gb) the htc incredible with (16gb) the droid 2 (with 8gb) the lg dare with bonus (8gb) the droid x (16gb) won a (32gb) micro sd card at a convention the htc eris with (8gb) lg vortex with (2gb) in my lil memory card bag at home where i keep all my memory cards from past devices that i had and sold to get a new device I can basically say my droid x which has a 16 gb memory card in it now and i can easily pop in each of the other memory cards that i have it will then be like i have a device with 128gb memory and i paid 199.99 for my droid x when i first got it and the NEW iphone 4s at 64gb MAX is 399.99 android just has more appeal people yall have to see the benefits im mean really, i love my iphone 4 on verizon as well but im just a phone geek as you see from all the past phone i have had in the last 2 years, but if i were a person that had $199.99 and was choosing between a 16gb MAX iphone 4 or 4s vs. a $199.99 android device with preinstalled 16gb and expandible memory and adobe flash, and great camera and removable battery and cheaper insurance monthly payment of $5.18 deductable of $99 (iphone 9.18 with a $169.00 deducatable if filing a claim) the choice is easy if someone really points out the benefits

If you are buying a home and had $199,000 to spend and a real nice looking house is $199,000 and has 3 bedrooms, den living room 2 and a half baths, one car garage, and sitting on half a acre and not to much extra storage space (iphone)

then your real estate agents calls and says i have another house for them same price but it has two car garage a frog over garage, unfinished basement,house already furnished with fridge and stove and dish washer sitting on a whole acre and prewired for sound theater and intercom systems for the same price that is a easy buy (android)

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:04

38. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)

Common, the notification centre isn't useless for iDevices, it's good. Maybe not as good as other notifications but it still is better than the old one.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:18 5

6. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

Other than the 8pm camera, what exactly is going to be the difference between the iPhone 4 and 4s?

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:32 7

12. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

dual core processor......but android has had those for months.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:20 5

7. the one (unregistered)

These updates are hilarious, alot of those things are basic smartphone functions its amazing the iphone hasnt had them until now.......what a waste, notification center though? lol twitter integration lol all so comical

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:21 6

8. phoneguru173 (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)

I REALLY like the feature that deleted all of my wife's calendar appointments from her Mac, iPad2 AND her damn iPhone!! Best feature EVER!!!!!!! DAMN Mac CRAP!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:05

20. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

i don't know what happen to you but before the update, iTunes backed up all the info on the wife's iPhone then after the update it restored those info including contacts, texts, call logs and stuff. not the apps, movies and music though.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:21

9. eiyoy009 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)

yah ur right...there is also no revolutionize feature about SIRI....wp7 OS also have it

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:25

10. phoneguru173 (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)

msa1988 - you'll have true global capability with your 4S, faster processor, Siri, ALLEGEDLY wireless sync to all of the other iCRAP. AND you get to lose some of your data in the sync process!! Wife lost her music, pics, videos, mail, calendar - overall, it was a FABULOUS ugrade!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:29 4

11. mos (unregistered)

I like that I lost all of my apps during the update.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:35 3

14. J-LoTheGreat (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

come on are you serious? Did any of you read the part that said.. The update will ERASE ALL OF YOUR APPS?
Stop blaming Apple for your incompetance!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:45

17. ios5 (unregistered)

Very true, Luckily all of my stuff was backed up and restored. But the update does tell you it will delete all of your media.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:47 1

19. mos (unregistered)

I did back up prior to the update. When I run a restore, nothing is restored.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:16 5

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Lol, really? Apple's update will erase all your apps? Gee, Android updates never put you through that bulls**t inconvenience.

I mean, really? Couldn't Apple's crack team of software engineers do better?

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 17:49

59. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

To clarify i did the update and before hand it saves everything then before its done puts it all back. So its just like it was before just with iOS 5. I guess he was to anxious and didn't do it properly.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:47 1

44. phoneguru173 (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)

Nowhere did Timmy tell us that our music, pics, calendar, etc would not be restored!! YES - I DID back up everything before, then I sat there for an hour+ while iTUne claimed to be restoring my data...hogwash!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:34 2

13. ios5 (unregistered)

For people on here talking about Siri, that feature is Iphone 4S ONLY, not IOS5. Anyway, so far I'd have to say I don't have a favorite feature yet. I guess I was just expecting too much.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:19

22. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

18 people so far voted for the option: "Something else, I will tell you in a comment" where are they?

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:22

23. ggp (unregistered)

those are people just wanting to see the results

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:24

25. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

Love the notifications

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:42 1

27. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

the only feature missing on The "yPhone" is "iCRAP" which should be a self destruction button because they're hardly durable.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:49

28. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

My friend likes ota and notification center, I agree those are the best two

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:54 2

29. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

It is hard to choose 1 feature over another, but I chose the Notifications. I think there are still pointers Apple can take from LockInfo (notifications jailbreak tweak).
- Ability to dismiss a single notification within a group (e.g., Dismiss a single text msg when many text msgs are shown)
- Delete an email
- Mark email as read
- Collapse a group (e.g., collapse the facebook group if 5 facebook notifications are shown but you don't want to dismiss it)
- Have the notifications persist on the lockscreen if desired
- Show upcoming calendar events in the next week (or month)

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:00

31. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

you shoud emaile them that

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:59 1

30. rich7sena (unregistered)

For me, the drop down notifications bar has been the most glaring omission from iOS. I really like the implementation of Notification Center and I can tell Apple gave it a lot of thought.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:06

32. Cree (unregistered)

Not to poke fun at Apple, but the iPhone 4S, just means more "iPhone 4's"...plural. So you just get more iPhone 4's that are now being shipped tomorrow. Seems like nothing new...LOL!

However, I am former iPad 1,2, Droid 1, Thunderbolt, but now a current Bionic and HP TouchPad owner....So I understand all technology on different platforms.


posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:45

37. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Twitter integration is well done. Now we need Facebook integration. Seems like it could be done in a similar fashion. And we need the ability to either post on our personal Wall, a friend's Wall (or multiple friends [list]), one of our Pages we are an admin for, or all 3 at once.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:30 3

41. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

I changed my iPhone 4 for an Android device - that's the improvement.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:31

42. AppleFUD (unregistered)

I'm really loving. . .
voice commands
voice to text
thumb type keyboard on tablet
pull down notifications
everything is stored in the cloud. .

oh wait. . .
put down my Android tablet and pick up my iPad. . . OK, here we go.

uh. . . well. . . . same as above?!?!? o_0

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:33

43. Gettingold (unregistered)

This android and apple bashing us really getting old. Why do people have to stand up for one os? If you enjoy it fine. No reason to come on and bash those of us that enjoy iOS. It's simple and smooth and that is really only thing keeping me happy. Yes android has better features but so what. There isn't a reward for those of us who have a 'better' platform.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 12:02

47. AppleFUD (unregistered)

Apple is getting bashed over the head for copying Android & BB because apple is suing HTC, Motorola, Samsung, etc. . . over Android devices that they claim "have lavishly copied apple's IP." Yeah. . . right. . . and apple NEVER copies anyone else and everything they do is completely original ;)

So, you should be pissed at apple for their actions if you like the new features in iOS 5 and your message should be sent to apple. . . not the people pointing out how hypocritical apple is being.

don't blame people for kicking apple in a fight apple started.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 12:03 1

48. stilton (unregistered)

android is just as smooth and and simple people act like android is like the old windows phone where you have to click 6 things to get to a setting or something it right there in your face just like iOS is both are intuitive but one just does more if you dont need more why not have it just in case it the same price so why not?? i think thats the point me and other android users are saying.

people with iOS have the mind frame of "well i bought this toothpaste to just clean my teeth, why in the hell would i want my toothpaste to clean my teeth ANNNNNND freshen my breath, i like to keep it simple" lmao

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 12:02 4

46. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 468; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

CAN'T VOTE!!! NOTHING--was excluded from the poll... bummer

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 12:40

49. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Too many great features to choose

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 13:00 1

51. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Android fanboys should stop imposing themselves as if android came out first. No matter what you unreasonable android fanboys say, the iphone came out first. Android is an iOS rip off no matter what you guys say. Maybe that's why you guys are trying so hard. But you guys can't dismiss the fact that iOS is ahead of android.

There will be of course instances that android may implement some features first (they have a brain too you know), like the notification drop down, but so what? It still does not change the order that iOS was out first. Also, yes, the notification pull down does resemble android's, BUT, iOS5's implementation is better, for you can edit the placements and has more personalization options than android (I've heard). Same with Siri. You android fanboys say that android had that as well. Probably, but is it as refined, polished, and smart as Siri? No. Makes you wonder if Apple probably worked on this some time ago, because it looks like a lot of thought have been put into it than google voice. And android is coming up with their own Siri-like service early next year. So who's copying?

The heart of a smartphone is its OS. And iOS is the more stable and polished OS. The rest are just extras (although important as well). Would I prefer a base model BMW over a fully loaded Hyundai Sonata? Heck ya. No on-dash navigation system, or rear back up camera, or heated seats on a fully loaded Hyundai can take me away from the joy of driving my BMW. A Hyundai driver can brag all day long that his Hyundai has this and that (like android fanboys), but it cannot compare to the driving experience and the refinement that the Bimmer gives (although my Bimmer is fully loaded as well, hahahahaha).

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 14:21 3

52. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Ok, ok 530gemini settle down. We all have had this conversation with you already. You have to admit iOS5 is remarkably similar to Android 1.6. You can't deny it! Also Apple didn't work on Siri, they did what they always do, they bought it from Nuance. Google is developing their own service, which is honorable. They have been working on this for a very long time. Also they are working on facial recognition too. Apple took the easy way out as always. Google could have done the SAME thing. I can buy an Armani suit, it doesn't mean that I worked on it. Please give it a rest! iOS is stable & polished because it can't do what Android can do. Finally the Samsung Galaxy S II can handle the Android OS. My wife has the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch & it NEVER LAGS. It's just as stable & polished as your iOS, so that argument doesn't hold water anymore. Well I love your BMW analogy, too bad that Apple is the BMW & Google is now Audi. You know the S4 > M3! You know Audi surpassed BMW in both Europe & the US. Kind of like Google's Android did to your Apple's iOS.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 15:56 1

56. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

@super. Have you played with Siri pre Apple acquisition? Big difference. Apple obviously developed Siri to become smarter. Didn't google purchase patents as well. Aren't they in the process of buying Moto? And didn't Google purchase android as well from Android, Inc in 2005? At least Apple just purchased an app and developed it. Google purchased an entire OS, hahahahaha. So watch your words mister. Google bought their whole OS from somebody else and put their mark on it. So don't say that Google worked on it for a long time. Facial recognition has been around for years. Google did not develop it. They're only integrating it, so please stop it with saying that Apple is doing it the easy way. Google has not invented a thing. IOS can do things much better than google. It's restricted, but it does not mean it's incapable. Apple has been producing macs for Pete's sake, even before google came about. Well, my neighbor and his wife have the sgs2 and it turns off by itself, overheats, and couldn't last a day. Sorry, but android may have surpassed iOS market share, but no android device has surpassed the iphone sales or its capital share. Big difference. So you are very wrong to say that google has surpassed Apple. Not even close :)

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 07:35 1

63. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Can you say almost 1,000,000 daily activations? If you can't then I will for you. 1,000,000 daily activations. How is that? I think Google & Android DID surpass Apple & iOS. Sometimes the truth stings. You are right Google did buy Android so that is a good call. I never disputed that. You clearly said Apple HAS been working on Siri & you know what, that is CLEARLY WRONG! Nuance's tech called Siri has been developed by Nuance. Apple has no input into that. You are making stuff up, also you didn't even know about Siri before its announcement so quit saying have you played with Siri before the pre Apple acquisition? More rubbish out of your mouth. When Google bought Android their voice recognition programs didn’t exist yet. Google did develop that from their end after the acquisition. Yes facial recognition has been around for years but Google is developing new ways to use that feature. Also you say your neighbor this & that with the Samsung Galaxy S II please, I have the phone. I can give you first hand experiences & what you said is not true. Don’t believe me then as RORY here on PhoneArena.com he will tell you that also. I can do what you do very easily. Well my neighbor has an iPhone 4 & it over heats, shuts down by itself & couldn't last a day. So 530gemini you must try harder than that. lol

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 15:08

53. Liipe (unregistered)

Siri :D:D

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 15:12 2

54. Galaxys2...R (Posts: 46; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)

I am not even going to bash apple or iphone but These things have been on android for a very long time now.

Also apple cant always use this 'innovation and they created this and that rubbish' as most phones have had many of iphones features way before the first iphone came out.

Also the reason IOS is so smooth is because imo there isn't that much to it, so it doesn't need mega power to operate it etc.

I chose android because I like lots of options, it is like when I want a car.
Even though I know most places where I am going, i like to have sat nav built in and not have to go and buy a tom tom, also I like to have my stereo controls on the steering wheel so I dont have to stretch my hand across to change the song or turn up/down the volume.

IOS is just too basic for me and that makes it boring but that is how some people like things so, thats upto them.

Android fans I obviously like more freedom and more options to play with.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 16:36 2

57. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

@galaxy. Apple always refers to themselves as innovators, never creators. So are already wrong to say that Apple claims to have created things.

IOS is smooth because there is nothing much to it? Hahahaha. Another baseless speculation from an android fanboy. There was NEVER any tech article that would support your baseless comment that iOS doesn't have much to it. Android fanboys are a piece of work.

You like android? Good for you. I can respect that. As for extra features, as I have said, they are EXTRA. Before nav systems, yahoo and google maps worked just fine. As for volume controls, are you a midget, that reaching the volume knob is a challenge for you, lol.

IOS too basic for you? Can you talk to your android phone and your android phone talk back to you like Siri does? How can iOS be boring when it has tons and tons of apps to entertain you? You're obviously lying, just to talk bad about the iphone :)

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 15:53 1

55. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

is amazing how mostly fandroids are here.... when ( according to them) are not interested on Apple products.... not surprise at all..

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 16:36 1

58. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

@gall. You know how they are. Liars and hypocrites :)

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 18:31 2

60. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 468; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

We fandroids are not reading apple articles because its not our interest...the articles are just clever to read and are actually bringing humor to my reading...especially all of the iphone4s articles when its basically the same phone released a year and a half ago...with the addition of google voice search recognition disguised as Siri...i had that on my OG DROID in two years ago to the month..2009...so thats why i read articles about apple...to see All of you let apple throw you a bone and watch all of you go after it at All Cost. DROID DOES BABY

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