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iOS 5 Review

0. phoneArena 13 Oct 2011, 09:24 posted on

From its very first edition until today, iOS has been an example of how you build a super-smart and super easy to use mobile operating system. It is the software that spawned a revolution in the mobile space, leading to the proliferation of smartphones as primary tools for content consumption, web browsing and much more. Now, we've just been treated to iOS's latest major update, called iOS 5. The newest version of the software brings a lot of new features, some of which should be considered pretty important...

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posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:27 8

1. sturflur (unregistered)

seems awesome cant wait for my iPhone 4S

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 12:10 9

28. 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, 13:15 8

32. c.hack (Posts: 609; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

Feel better now? I have a Droid X2 (that crashes every day). I'm getting an iPhone for something more reliable. I went through 2 DX's and the DX2 - the Droids with Gingerbread are just plain unreliable.
- Want a reliable OS and patch updates that don't take 6 months? DROID CAN'T
- Want to sync Google tasks? DROID CAN'T
- Want to take good pictures? DROID CAN'T
- Want long battery life? DROID CAN'T
- Want apps that don't look like crap? DROID CAN'T

I have had Droids since the OG, and the OG was a high quality device. Ever since then, they have released crap.

Buying an Android device today is like buying a fancy spec house in a ghetto.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 14:53 10

41. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1162; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Want to be able to type a message on your phone without hitting 5 other letters? IPHONE CANT
Want to be able to download music/videos on 4G LTE? IPHONE CANT
Want a voice-recognition system that has been around for years before Siri? IPHONE CANT
Want the most customizable OS? IPHONE CANT

Want to be able to stand out from the crowd at starbucks drinking their lattes while typing on their macbooks thinking they are some kind of famous writer or something or that they are hip and happening when they in actuality just like everyone else there? IPHONE CANT

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 17:59 1

56. shelley.bevacqua (Posts: 80; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

Cree I love you ! I completely agree with your analysis ! BTW, I am waiting impatiently for the Nexus Prime. Almost considered the Iphone 4s because it's pretty,(yes) despite the small screen. It has a great camera. BUT, Iphone lacks 4G, 4+ inch screen and
it's considered just an application launcher. I really don't understand that but I equate that to 14k gold jewelry versus 14k gold plated jewelry.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 19:32

60. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

actually it is generally known that ios has the best onscreen keyboard… umm why wud u want a voice recognition years thats years old? is that a benefit? haha and those people at starbucks cud care les about how they look… they are using productive products to get the job done… why is it such a problem? wud it be better if they showed their android phone to every customer walking in the door? and yes lte wud be nice, but i would much rather hav e a 2 day battery.. maybe not for some people, but that is important to me…

and btw cydia already has a plethora of tweaks and sutff to put on the notifications center

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 03:58

68. Raney150 (unregistered)

without hitting 5 other letters? Stop eating McDonald's food. Unless you are overly obese, it's not hard to hit just 1 button on the iPhone keyboard, even when in portrait mode.

Around here no phone can get lte service so I don't give a crap.

So what if it's been around longer? Looks like siri is quite a bit better. First doesn't mean it's better.

iOS is customizable enough for most people.

Just because it's trendy doesn't mean it's bad.

Want an OS that has really gotten everything together and has quite a bit of polish? iPhone has had this since iOS 1 (or then called iPhone OS) while Android is still not quite there

Want a customizable notification system? iPhone can.

Want something that can actually fit in your pocket? iPhone can

Want highest resolution on a phone? iPhone can

Want a place where there are no viruses in the app store? iPhone can.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 15:40 3

45. sun0066 (Posts: 130; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)

get a samsung galaxy s2 and you will change you opinion. i though the same way that you do until I got sg2, completely reliable and do what an iphone does and more and more and more...

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 15:50 4

46. Cree (unregistered)

My credentials: Former iPad 1&2, Droid 1, Thunderbolt, and now Bionic. I am currently going to the iPhone 4 and not 4S. Giving the 4 to my wife, while I wait patiently for the Nexus Prime.

Want a reliable OS and patch updates that don't take 6 months? Everything goes through iTunes. Apple just received OTA updates. I am not a fan of iTunes as adding songs and updating is beyond slow. Now that ICS should be released shortly you will see Android manufacturers taking a different approach on updating their hardware. The Android eco-systems consists of multiple manufacturers and devices. Whereas Apple has 2-3 devices. Big difference in terms of unity.

Want to sync Google tasks? Not sure this is a big deal to some people. Gmail is much better on my Android device than Apple. Plus ICS will have a much better UI with side by side tiles.

Want to take good pictures? The Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC high end phones take very good photos. The new HTC Sensation will have panoramic mode for wide shot pics. This should be provided to most HTC devices shortly. Outdoor pic vs. pic are very close in terms of overall clarity and picture quality on HTC/Samsung vs. iOS. Low level lighting might be slightly better on iOS.

Want long battery life? At least Android took the chance on 4G. Most high end 4G phones on 3G can go for at least 8 hours, similar to the iPhones phone rating. 4G ratings are between 4-7 hours depending each phone.

Want apps that don't look like crap? Last time Angry Birds, USA Today, GroupOn, etc....look great to me on my Android. The biggest advantage iOS has are there action games. Android will begin to provide high quality HD games, due to 1280 x 720 resolution. Rendering and smoothness should be close to iOS with the type of SDK kit within ICS.

Again the OG was the among the first inception of Android beyond 1.6. Since version 2.0, 2.3 Gingerbread has made leaps and bounds in performance and features.

Within the next 6 months there is going to more advancement with Ice Cream Sandwich than any other OS.

This analogy of Android having a house in the ghetto is pretty far from the truth.


posted on 13 Oct 2011, 17:16 1

51. stilton (unregistered)

of course the android batteries arent that good it is a handheld laptop pocket sized.... try unplugging your laptop with its big ass battery as see how long it will be on. people reBUTT with the dumbest stuff lol.

you probably splashed water on it somewhere and it acts up now or something, check this out pop the battery out and give it a lil refresh try that on a iphone, when i called customer service about my iphone battery life there was nothing to troubleshoot just sent me replacements i mean getting a new replacement is cool but having to reinstall everything every time is silly and annoying wish iphone at least had more ways of troubleshooting i dont want a replacement everytime something is wrong what happenes when my warranty runs out and i dont have money to upgrade or purchase at retail price

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 17:19

52. stilton (unregistered)

we dont believe you guy, stop your nonsense

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 17:41 2

54. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)

the battery life of the iphone is BETTER, is because it CANNOT run flash, it CANNOT run a more complicated UI, and it CANNOT support widgets etc. Relax bro, the droid is reliable, you probably got a defective one, and the last time I checked, there were defective iphones out there too...

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 19:24 1

59. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

LOL you just made me laugh.

U said u had the original droid and thn u went to droid x .. nd thn droid x2.. and now gettin iphone 4?
how many upgrades do you have? and if u r buyin full retail price, why didnt you buy the iphone 4 which came before droid x2? You, my friend are just a hater. Iphone 4, has been the most unstable phone i ever seen. Every day i get a customer with an issue or two with different phones ( but android, basic, or blackberry) i could understand, why different manufacturing companies would have problems with android system, prolly the hardware is not optimized, yet. But iphone and IOS has been in market for a while they must have a polished OS, but i still see issues, as i have mentioned in my previous posts, like Iphone blacking out and does not turn on, or the speaker does not work, you can not hear other ppl but they can hear you. lets not bash Android or IPHONE. Find and discuss what could be doned bettter with both parties.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 14:45 1

40. Hallucinator (Posts: 357; Member since: 24 May 2010)

That analogy is just horrible.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 20:35

62. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)

I have news for you, you can stream a movie on the Iphone without purchasing it and you can also create a custom ringtone on the iphone in seconds if you know what you are doing and with ios5 you can use it as a text alert tone as well. I hate when people don't know what they are talking about. The flash memory intigraded in the Iphone is a smarter idea. I can't count how many people have issues with their phones corrupting their memory cards. With Iphone, you will never have that happen. At least you are guranteed that the Iphone will work out of the box.. Not so much with any Android device.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 22:09

64. BOOGER (unregistered)

haha nerd

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 14:57

67. whatevs (unregistered)

you kiddin me with this??? ios crushes android!! anyday!!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:40 17

2. Android(Notfanboy) (unregistered)

most people dont know that android CAN do ALL of it!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:48 26

3. Hallucinator (Posts: 357; Member since: 24 May 2010)

Apparently most people also don't know that it is not a crime to have a preference. Some like Android, some like IOS. I don't know why people get so defensive over a phone. Relax enjoy what you enjoy.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:02 9

4. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

very true!!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:07 4

5. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

They sue because they're first and people believe they're first. Well, they are not in this one.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:12 5

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 21218; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Exactly! I like,and have both.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 12:16

30. stilton (unregistered)

me too droid x and iphone 4 and just upgraded to iOS 5 last night it took 2 hours i like my iphon i tend to grab my iphone when i want to make a phone call and my droid for everything else i like typing text on my droid cause i can use the swype swype has made me lazy i can stand actually typing out on qwerty keyboard virtual or physical

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:02

15. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:22 4

18. AppleFUD (unregistered)

most people don't know that most of it was copied form Android. . . he who cries copycat the loudest is often the real copycat.

even the ipad now gets a thumb type keyboard--hope the dev that developed that gets some $$ but s/he probably won't.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:28 3

19. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

oh look, fandroid trolling

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 12:07 2

27. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)

Not everything, last time I checked Android didn't have any free messaging service like iMessage. No Android phone has anything close to what iCloud has. Either way, as Hallucinator said, some like iOS, some like Android. Cheers!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 13:40 2

34. devon613 (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

who care about imessages lol and actually droid does have a service like that... and u can have a cloud service on android do ur research before u talk...

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 13:47 4

35. SGS2 owner (unregistered)

every feature on the new iOS5, android indeed has a counterpart but the implementation, stability and the design of these android counterparts make them look like android is running in beta.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 13:52

37. devon613 (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


posted on 13 Oct 2011, 15:58

47. iThief (unregistered)

No, you are right. . . that was ripped off from Blackberry duh.

Not the google voice can do text messaging. . .

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 17:25

53. googlemusic (unregistered)

So what is this thing that I am using right now on my Droid that has some 30GB of my music backed up on it where I can listen to it OTA? That wouldn't happen to be something similar to your icloud would it?

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 20:16

61. agentoj (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)

So much rage here!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 20:39

63. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)

Android can do all of that.............When it decides to work. Which with as many androids I troubleshoot a day, I would say that we be about 10% of the time. And I really hate when people say that the Android platform can do all of everything. Everybody forgets that the OS that comes with the device really doesn't have crap on it at first, you have to count on Joe Crack Head to make an app for it. If you have to download third party apps to do most things on the Android devices, then it's not android that can do those things, it's the third party apps that can. Does anyone here have a brain and realize that. On iphone you don't have to download some third party app to do anything on it. It is already there and actually tested and works 100% of the time.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:09 3

6. jaafar(india) (unregistered)

I Think pa is gone to far to suggest that he is apple licker

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:37

11. WTF HAHA (unregistered)

Well said, Jaafar.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:10 4

7. The Godfather (unregistered)

Well I hate to be the party pooper, but this is Apple playing catch up to things other devices have been more than capable of doing ( and doing better ) .
Its nice that Apple zombies can finally get to play with the big boys in some departments , but ther eis nothing revolutionary or spectacular about this. Leave it to IphoneArena to make it seem like this is amazing and special....when truly it is outdated and behind the big dogs.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 13:18 2

33. c.hack (Posts: 609; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

What the Droid troll doesn't really is most of what Android does is a mess. I've tried using its voice recognition for a year and gave up - it just stinks.

Google throws out Beta crap and says that it "does", but really can't. Apple makes sure it works and then releases it.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:26 3

9. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

Just because some android phones have some of these features doesn't mean fans shouldn't be happy it excited they get to enjoy them now as well. Also if android has reminders as deep as this it isn't built into the is. It would be specific to certain phones because the nexus 1 and the fascinate and status dont. Then again most of these features can claim that although android has them these are much richer versions of these feature with deeper functionality. Even the notifications bar has more functionality on ios. But please don't get me wrong here im nor saying better. Just more fleshed out. And go ahead and call me a sheep, ill laugh as I type this from my nexus.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:32 6

10. sbeezy (unregistered)

All in all, I am thankful for both Android and iOS. Because without one of them, innovation would be at a stand still. For iOS, if android hadn't come around, Apple would probably still be using 5mp cameras, no notification center (just stupid annoying pop-up notifications), and most likely no dual core processors. If android was around with no iOS, our droids would have big screens with low resolution (looks like a old DLP tv), probably terrible app store (close to blackberry), virus-filled, and extremely buggy. I like both, but I use Droid cuz 3.5" is too small, I love the customization, and I really dont like itunes and external memory is awesome.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:56 1

24. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)

you sir have made the most sense when comparing the two and making a statement. especially the last three points which steer me away from the iphone as well besides cutomization with rooting. I applaud you.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:42 1

12. cubbyc (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

I am a HUGE Apple fan and don't travel anywhere without my MacBook Pro or my iPad. And, I love the iPhone; however, I own an Android device because the iPhone screen is TOO SMALL. I don't understand why Apple makes a phone with such a small screen. It is so frustrating. Smartphones are so rich with audio & video content that is is a shame to offer such small screen to enjoy these pleasures. iPhones has also been very slow to incorporate Verizon's 4G network, unlike many Android devices. Bummer.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:55 2

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

Reader is my favorite new ios 5 feature. After that I like imessage because its so much easier to use then bbm. Then i like how stable it is and the speed improvments to safari. Then i like how they implemented widgets to ios 5. I never like battery draining widgets but by having them in the notification center i can choose when i want them. Also discrete notifications are nice. Ovveral i like how well put together ios 5 is and how well it works.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:59

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

'But even better is the option to sync your device with iTunes, without the need of a cable. You just need both devices to be on the same Wi-Fi network, and voila – you can sync apps, music, video and various settings just like that.'

I don't know if this is true but this doesnt make sense to me. I'd rather hook my iDevice to my computer if I'm with it rather than using wifi to sync it. It will be much faster, more flexible and convenient.

I thought this PC-free sh*t can be done if you are away from your computer. But apparently according to PA it is not. If that's the case then it's super useless.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:16

17. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

what you need the computer on too...how is that pc free...
anyways personally i think ios 5 is great and the only thing i would like but will never happen is to have micro sd support and drag and drop files like how you do on every other phones....i just hate itunes and the whole sync bull***t

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:38

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

"PC free"
- Refers to activation of the device, syncing apps, and backing up mail, settings, contacts, reminders, notes, documents, bookmarks, and photos to iCloud.
- Occurs instantly and automatically over WiFi or your wireless carrier.

"Cutting the cord"
- Refers to syncing of music and videos back to iTunes on your PC over WiFi.
- Occurs when plugged into power and on WiFi.

As far as convenience, this is huge. There's no thinking about syncing, especially with "PC free." With "Cutting the cord," you charge your iPhone at night and it syncs. So, rather than plugging into iTunes on your PC once a month to sync and backup, you are backed up and synced every day...once again, without even having to think about it.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:45 4

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

standard features on android since day 1.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:52

23. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

remix with some high quality fandroid trolling!!! way to contribute!!!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:45 1

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

It seems you still need a PC for music and video syncing. iTunes Match in iCloud aims to eliminate a PC for music, but I'm not sure what their strategy is for videos. Where are you supposed to permanently store videos taken with the phone if you don't have a PC, and if iCloud doesn't back them up?

For those wondering, Photo Stream is strictly for photos...videos don't upload to Photo Stream.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 19:22

58. AppleStig (unregistered)

You forgot to add icloud into the picture. I think icloud is a revolutionary idea which completes the PC free idea. For me, I can sync to my computer from anywhere in the world already. Wasn't that complicated to set up, just have to do a little research with our buddies at google and youtube and there you have it, true PC free with icloud being nothing but icing on top :)

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:14 3

16. iPhonearena.com (unregistered)

with iOS 5, Apple is trying to catch up to the competition, but again came up short. They should completely modify iOS and make it a REAL mobile OS and not like just a simple app launcher.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 14:53

42. jmreekes (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

Isn't android JUST an app launcher with fancy overlays? Isn't that what any OS is? I know iOS may not be as customizable as android, but the fact that it is simple doesn't make any less of an OS.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:59 3

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

wasn't this introduced in 2007? Other than the cloud--what's new?? DROID DOES

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 12:07

26. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)

wow this is great for iphone users........

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 12:13 1

29. iOS5 (unregistered)

Guys, it is just not about the iPhone. It is the ecosystem.
Back in 2007, i had a Thinkpad. Ace hardware, horrible software. Had to reboot every other day when running demanding software.
moved to Mac back then, and NEVER looked back. NEVER will.
Have my entire collection on iTunes. NEVER regretted. iPOD classic has worked like a charm.
Is iOS not as customizable as Android? No problem.
Is iOS as stable as Android. Yes. Maybe better.
Does iPhone blend in well with my existing Apple products, making the experience richer? YES YES.
iPhone does not let me tweak much. But, my Macbook does, and that is where I do my complex tasks.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 16:00

49. AppleFUD (unregistered)

if it really was about the "ecosystem" then the iphone would never have sold to begin with.

It's about marketing and hype. . . then everything else.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 12:51

31. ph0dacbeit (unregistered)

AMG iOS5! This is so new for me!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 13:47 3

36. devon613 (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

i swear phone arena loves apple more than any other device lol

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 14:26 1

39. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

Dude get the iPhone 4s. Everything that is Crapsung made is bullcrap. iPhones are elegantly made, easy to use and they simply just works. You wont regret it.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 15:14

43. Leodrade (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)

"you can now activate your iOS 5 device without the need of a computer, which is great"
GREAT?!?!?!?! That should be obligatory for all smartphones

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