iOS 7: how does it stack up against Android?
Lock and home screens
On each home screen of an iPhone 5 running iOS 7 there's room for 24 icons total. Interestingly, a stock Android home screen on a Google Nexus 4 leaves room for only 20 app shortcuts even though the smartphone has a larger display with higher resolution. Of course, that's not too big of a deal, especially when both interfaces allow apps to be sorted in folders. The iOS 7 home screen design and layout aren't bad, but perhaps it's all a bit too static, which is why we tend to like Android more for its versatility. It's just that widgets are a pretty cool feature that Apple's mobile OS has yet to adopt in one form or another.
Quick controls and notifications
Speaking of notifications, the Notification Center in iOS 7 has been overhauled and now takes the user straight to their agenda. That's very convenient for people who actually use the Calendar app. Furthermore, the user is free to pick what notifications are to be displayed there – stocks information, unread email, Game Center alerts, reminders, and more. Android's notification bar is a bit different for it doesn't display much if there aren't any pending notifications. But on the other hand, the user does get updates via Google Now.
Dialer and contacts list
On-screen keyboard and messaging
But when it comes to messaging, iOS has a significant advantage over Android with its iMessage system, which automatically routs texts over the web instead of eating up the user's monthly SMS allowance. Not that Android's Hangouts is a bad solution, but it would have been more convenient if the Android messaging features were unified in a single app.
iOS 7 vs Android 4.2
1. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Congrats to Apple for successfully hitting a homer with the iOS 7. They did a commendable job in just one year. Hats off.
8. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
Major improvement yes!! But a home run lol more like a base hit out to center field
51. buccob (Posts: 1432; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I have to say that even if the overall feel of the article is objective, and tries to be neutral... it is a bit TOO neutral, and not balanced when it comes to details...
- Under Lock Screens, the author criticize Apple a bit more, for not being flexible and too minimalist, but then he levels the ground saying that both need improvements... What is the critic for Android? Lack of more widgets option? give me a break...
- Under Notifications paragraph, the author praise the new functions of iOS's Control Center and changes on Notifications that does something it was supposed to do from the begging. And then when it comes to talk about Android's Notification bar, he just says that it does not show much when there is no notification.... How about saying that you can actually customize it to display whatever you want with third party apps without a jailbreak... How about talking the awesome functionality of expandable notifications, where you can have instant replies, music controls, and more. (Even Waze added a power off button when expanded)
- Under Messaging and Text input, saying that having different keyboard layouts and options in Android is just a SLIGHT advantage is honestly a lie... I find text input way more important than an unified SMS, web chat, support... Text Input is needed across the whole OS, while browsing, playing games, managing files, making documents, unlocking passwords... While SMS unified is just a small advantage, specially when the vast majority uses Whatsapp anyway, and Hangout has the advantage of beind cross platform unlike iMessage.
Don't get me wrong, I liked the article and I like that PhoneArena make a comparison for users to easily detect the differences with this new OS. But even when they try to be fair, they are still a little bit bias towards iOS, by not paying attention to details on both OSes
Even if most PA readers already know iOS and Android, is pleasant to read a balance article where details are taking into consideration equally...
The Author forgot to mention that in Android OS you can set defaults for actions that can be made with more than one app... Example opening a link in a different browser than Chrome by default... Also Android is significantly easier to share files and select which way you would want to do so.
And speaking of doing things easier... try opening the camera on both OSes and then while you are there, change settings for taking a picture... like MP, or smile detection... etc in iOS you have to go back to the Settings app and find the UNIFIED settings in which you can find the camera app and select the options you are looking for... Android has a convenient menu button in which you can configure native apps within itself.
Bottomline... iOS still have a long way to go before you can compare it to Android in a neutral way...
66. E.N. (Posts: 2323; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
The thing you said about texting is biased. Many people will disagree with you saying that a unified experience is more important. And the iPhone's keyboard is actually pretty good and very responsive. Just because you have a lot of options doesn't mean that they are all better. I hated Samsung's stock keyboard, I never really understood the whole Swype craze, especially because it gets somewhat uncomfortable on larger screens, etc etc. I ended up just using a jellybean keyboard from the Play Store which was just OK, nothing to brag about at all. Being able to download your own keyboard is more important to for Android users because let's be honest, some of the stock keyboards suck.
And at the end of the day, iOS still boats the best applications. I think you guys get so caught up in widgets that you constantly forget how much the applications are so much better on iOS. Every time I think my switch to Android is final, the suck ass Play Store drives me right back to iOS. It's ridiculous. What makes things even more sad is that the developers have more access to Android APIs yet you still get battered down iOS ports.
iOS is also the slickest/smoothest OS right now. The difference is still night and day. Can someone explain why in 2013, some Android phones are still lagging? Makes no sense. I guess project butter wasn't all that it was cracked up to be.
Bottomline... Android was never the clear winner, even in iOS6.
73. buccob (Posts: 1432; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Well everyone is entitle to an opinion and I respect yours, actually you kind of complemented what I was talking about text input by saying that you have many options in Android and you ended up downloading the one that fitted you better... I never bashed iOS for having a bad keyboard, it is actually a great typing experience... but I prefer the one on Android and I did bother to learn swype typing, and after that it is faster and easier to use than tapping... You are correct that it is not possible to use it on very large screens or in landscape, but then in those situations you can just tap...
I only focused my comment on Widgets because it is the main difference in the OS and in the article's comparison, and it is actually a major advantage over iOS.
Yes, the iPhone gets many apps first, and some are prettier and even better, but there are also many exclusive apps, and features within apps for Android... such as Tasker (exclusive), or even the new Flipboard (with exclusive Android features). But I completely disagree that Android gets battered down iOS ports... this is not true. Actually many times it gets free apps that people have to pay on the App Store...
Android in flagship devices does not lag and it is as smooth as it is the iPhone, you just can't compare the iPhone experience to a 50$ cheap handset... you have to compare it to the S3, S4, Nexus 4, One, Xperia Z, ZL... which are in a price range comparable to an iDevice...
And regarding lagging and smoothness I timed my current phone to an iPhone and compared it... my comment was this from a bit down below:
"Well talking about lagging, I really don't know what iOS users presume about this... Cause the other day I was timing my Sony Xperia Acro S with Android 4.1.2, and my cousin's iPhone 4s, and the only thing the iPhone did faster was using the Camera... and even then the Quick Launch feature on Sony beat it to the first picture from lockscreen... Everything else, from firing up the system (24 sec Sony, 26 sec iPhone) to opening same apps such as Whatsapp, Viber, Waze... my Sony Xperia did it faster....
It is true that the iPhone 4s is smoother in gestures and moving on the homescreen, but it still lacks the functionality I find on having 6 widgets, and 5 contact shortcuts on my homescreen.
(Both phones are from last year, and Sony uses a older chip)"
93. E.N. (Posts: 2323; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Duuuddde, don't even get me started on exclusive applications. As for battered down iOS ports, I wasn't joking. Just look at Vine in the play store, the #1 free app. Its missing a ton of stuff that iOS users have. Cinemegram, a popular Vine alternative, is in even worse condition.
This is a comment directly from the play store from Android user of Cinemegram posted yesterday: "Just realize why do android have less function then iphone user's when androids the one with the most function? Example android cant do a simple photo stream, when Iphone users can?..... We're far more advanced but yet we always get the dummy things!" - michael jung
Lag is about fluidity throughout the entire OS, not just launching and closing applications. There are many comments/articles/videos about lag on the S4. I personally owned the Note II and it lagged as well (though I think it was after I started using an SD card).
91. joey_sfb (Posts: 2932; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Apple fan can forgive every short coming Apple has ever made. I use a lot of Apple product because they are truly better than the one in the market. E.g Mac book pro with parallel to Windows 7 for work. Pure DIY custom build Windows 7 for PC gaming.
iPad for tablet and Android phone for a complete mobile experience.
Let me tell you that iOS is just an app launcher as they don't have a file system to share data between apps. Even my Samsung galaxy tab 7.7 with jelly bean is more useful than my iPad 3 now.
Apple fan would not be able to accept simple facts.
92. joey_sfb (Posts: 2932; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
A simple fact that Android is the better mobile experience now.
96. Sauce (unregistered)
You want a simple fact? The iPad is the highest selling tablet of all time. Want another fact? The numbers provide the proof to which everyone like's better.
100. jromy (Posts: 113; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)
The Toyota Corolla is the highest selling car of all time...what the hell does it have to do with it being the best? Numbers don't mean a thing,
95. Sauce (unregistered)
101. arsme (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)
if you've tried ios 7 on your iPhone? on my iphone 5 very lagging now... try nexus 4 with pure android its very smooth... if you have brain,You would not compare iPhone with lowend android device. compare iPhone with HTC one or s4
67. Chaseism (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 May 2013)
To that point, I don't think it's quite fair to judge iOS 7 to Android just yet. iOS 7 is still in beta and although it's extremely usable (and stable from my testing), it's not the final version that's going to release to the public, just yet.
I think we also have to put things into context in a very big way. Before Scott Forstall was fired, Apple functioned in a way that different departments didn't have to collaborate with others. Period. If everyone hated Forstall's skeuomorphism, it didn't matter as long as the CEO okay'd it. And as we all know, Forstall was pretty well liked by Steve Jobs, but not by anyone else. So Tim Cook fired him. Basically, everything that iOS 6 is and isn't is a result of Forstall.
And I'll be the first to say, I was extremely nervous to hear that Jony Ive was now over software...something that isn't in his background. But I think we all have to admit that this is a huge step forward for iOS. This is what collaboration can do. This is what new leadership can do. Sure, it's not perfect. iOS took years to get a really awesome groove. But man, iOS 7 makes anything that came before it look almost childish. I absolutely cannot wait to see what's to come. Especially if this is what they've done in 6 months.
Just like Apple became a different company when Cook took over, iOS will be a different OS now that Ive has taken over. Good or bad, it will be different.
84. darkkjedii (Posts: 11479; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Well said bro. I cannot wait to get my new iPhone with this sweet OS. Septembers gonna be a fun month for me. Wedding and honeymoon pics/vids, with my new Iphone. Can't wait.
68. evarod48 (Posts: 138; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
more like a bunt that was misplayed by the pitcher
9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4090; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Yeah it's always easy when Android and WP8 do all the heavy lifting. So yeah I guess you are right.
18. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
Without Apple doing the heavy lifting in 2007 with the first iphone, android wouldn't be what it is today ;)
20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4090; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
You mean the LG Prada, because that phone came out BEFORE the iPhone. So PLEASE know what you are talking about before you speak. lol
Not to mention that Windows Mobile had apps before Apple even thought of making an iPhone.
So guy please get off your Apple high horse. Apple did NOT invent the smart phone. lol
iOS 7 is a direct clone of all good things Android & WP8. ;)
28. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
Really? Did the LG Prada really revolutionize the way phone and mobile operating systems work today? If you really think that the LG Prada changed "The game" more than the original iPhone, you are crazy.
32. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4090; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
The smartphone is a natural evolution from the feature phone. If it wasn't Apple it would have been someone else.
The smartphone would be what it is today with or without Apple because that is how technology moves. Please Apple had a nice run but Android is king of the world. So much that Apple has to now literally bite off of Android JUST to stay in "The game".
You are giving Apple too much credit, Apple has nice, hip & catchy commercials that you obviously fell for. At the time the smartphone was already gaining momentum. Apple was just the first to advertise it on TV.
41. Feanor (Posts: 304; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
But we cannot spend our entire life paying hommage to the iPhone for being the first to change the smartphone landscape. If it weren't the iPhone, it would be something else. The fact is that for some time now iOS is playing second fiddle to Android and occasionally is only doing some catch up. Even after the presentation of iOS 7 I still feel like Android is ahead in many things (widgets, Face Unlock, Now) and by the time iOS 7 will be available, it will have to compete with Jelly Bean 4.3 with Key Lime Pie 5.0 following suite.
77. jroc74 (Posts: 4844; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
The difference between the Prada and the iPhone is the iPhone got more attention. If Apple woulda never did the iPhone....or the Prada had more attention your other post woulda had the LG and the Prada in it.
78. amstarred (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)
LG Electronics has claimed the iPhone's design was copied from the LG Prada. Woo-Young Kwak, head of LG Mobile Handset R&D Center, said at a press conference, “We consider that Apple copied the Prada phone after the design was unveiled when it was presented in the iF Design Award and won the prize in September 2006.”
LG later claimed that Apple stole both the ideas and concept of the Prada phone. A lawsuit by LG had been rumored prior to this announcement; however, LG never followed through with it.
Similar non-physical were revealed by Apple as part of the evidence in the 2012 Apple vs. Samsung court case, such as the prototype dubbed "Purple" which was dated August 2005, and the "Howarth" design from March 2006.
The KE850 actually got an 2007 iF product design award, where entries had to be shipped by September 2006.
79. amstarred (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)
International Forum Design—Product Design Award for 2007 
Red dot design award—LG Prada Wins "Best of the Best" red dot Design Award, 2007 
Fashion phone of the year—Mobile Choice (2007) 
Best fashion phone—What Mobile Awards (2007) 
Gold for best looking phone—CNET Asia Readers' Choice Award (2007/08)
where is iPhone when Prada is is wining this awards
50. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
SAE what happened man? you used to be a reasonable guy here... you never expressed so much hate for apple like you're doing now. wow!
Everyone bashed apple that the OS never changed. now that they change it, they didn't make changes that any other OS doesn't have.
I guess to you its a lose - lose situation for apple. smh.
56. tedkord (Posts: 4825; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I think most of us agree that the changes Apple made in iOS 7 were sorely needed, and help to make it an actual contender.
The issue most of us have is that Apple and it's rabid fans have always screamed about others copying what Apple does, and condemned those supposed acts of copying. Now that Apple has released an iOS update that is 100% copied features, none of those fans have an issue with copying.
I don't have an issue with it, either. It's just increbible, almost biblical proportion hypocrisy from both Apple and it's sycophants.
62. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4090; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
No, I am glad Apple is finally catching up, it's just that Apple & their fans are coming off like Android or WP8 didn't have A LOT to do with iOS 7.
Hey I am happy that Apple fans will FINALLY get to experience things that are the norm for Android users.
69. darkkjedii (Posts: 11479; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
It's very much inspired by those two, and a little HTC. The important thing is that they've finally took a chance, and implemented that chance very well. I use both OS's, but everyone knows that iOS is my primary, but I'm no fanboy. The source of the inspiration isn't all that important. Respect and kudos should be given to the source though.
52. andro. (Posts: 1956; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Oooooh stop there SuperAndroidEvo,I got banned from phonearena once for saying the Lg Prada was before the first Iphone. A rather angry moderator emailed in capitals "The Lg Prada was announced AFTER THE IPHONE"....! Of course history shows the Prada was unveiled dec 2006 and the iphone was later unveiled Jan 2007.
57. tedkord (Posts: 4825; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
What mod was that? It's well known that the Prada design was shown off (and won awards) well before the iPhone was released.
85. andro. (Posts: 1956; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Not sure what mod it was but was a phonearena one,despite showing actual word for word proof from wiki history etc of the Prada date the mod angrily still claimed for iPhone.. Twas funny actually
88. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
What it has to do with andro. comment?
71. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 320; Member since: 07 May 2012)
either way,android still looks better than ios7 and always will be,it's cleaner and neater. just check out pic 1, ios7 homescreen looks like a mess! android is still the best smartphone os
72. Anti-Troll (banned) (Posts: 64; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)
You will be banned soon :)
Its the rule of PA
97. Sauce (unregistered)
Wtf is an LG Prada? *sarcasm*. Never heard of it when it came out. When iPhone came out in 07'.. EVERYONE wanted one and had one. No one went crazy for an LG Prada.
24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Wake up and look around! There is more companies not only just Apple and competition exist not only between Apple, competition also exist between other companies too. Technological evolution was here even before Apple company was founded!
98. Sauce (unregistered)
Even though every company compares their product to Apple. Even though every anti Apple fan boy compares their tech to an Apple device. Geeee.... I wonder whyyy... *ends sarcasm*.
40. Whateverman (Posts: 3205; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Dude, that was only 6 years ago. Blackberry and Palm had been doing it for many years before Apple came along. People called them Crackberries for a reason.
45. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4090; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Thank you for the Whateverman knowledge. I am glad to hear from you. We need to educate these youngbloods.
They think & only know of Android & Apple. They don't know/remember the Palm Treo's, the Crackberries, & the Windows Mobile phones from before Androids & Apples. lol
25. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Fandroids and WP fanboys are having a hard time, lol.
30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4090; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I don't think Android & WP8 fans are having a hard time, it's the total opposite. We are flattered by the blatant copying.
You know what they say "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
I mean WE ALL know Apple didn't come up with iOS 7 on their own.......right? lol
38. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Of what? That Apple finally got a little closer to Android? There's still more that you can do on other phones than an iPhone, so there's nothing to have a hard time with.
Personally I find it comical that iFans ragged on other phone OS users but are silent about all that now that Apple finally gave them what we've all been enjoying for years.
39. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4090; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Ironic isn't it?
So is it safe to that if you like iOS 7 then you like Android right? lol
43. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Now that's a mind bender. I think a safe way to say it is if you started liking iOS due to version 7, you should like Android even more because Google gives you more than what Apple would bend to allow. Even beyond that, I'll never go back to a 4" screen again.
58. tedkord (Posts: 4825; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Actually, we've been having a very easy time, because we had all this for years now.
17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I have heard that people are joking that iOS 7 icons are painted using MS Paint. :D
But talking more serious, I'm pretty sure that Apple has a big group of professional programmers, then why Apple has made so little work?
37. Taters (Posts: 3062; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Because they "focus" and go back to the drawing board way, WAY, WAY too much.
They have to though because imagine if IOS lagged from a new feature? They would lose that advantage that IOS fans hold so dear. The funny thing is that if the IOS7 multitasking is true multitasking like they claim, IOS 7 will lag especially with 1gb of ram. When that Pandora box opens, it is game over.
So Apple tries to keep it closed as long as possible. That is why they have so little progress with that much money.
60. buccob (Posts: 1432; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Well talking about lagging, I really don't know what iOS users presume about this... Cause the other day I was timing my Sony Xperia Acro S with Android 4.1.2, and my cousin's iPhone 4s, and the only thing the iPhone did faster was using the Camera... and even then the Quick Launch feature on Sony beat it to the first picture from lockscreen... Everything else, from firing up the system (24 sec Sony, 26 sec iPhone) to opening same apps such as Whatsapp, Viber, Waze... my Sony Xperia did it faster....
It is true that the iPhone 4s is smoother in gestures and moving on the homescreen, but it still lacks the functionality I find on having 6 widgets, and 5 contact shortcuts on my homescreen.
(Both phones are from last year, and Sony uses a older chip)
90. Taters (Posts: 3062; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Our brains are hard wired to prefer consistency over pure speed and inconsistency. Yes Android is fast but sometimes it dips a bit but that is because it does so much more and is working so much harder.
The iphone is like the turtle, slow and steady, and smooth wins out in the minds of most consumers.
2. JMartin22 (Posts: 1130; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Basically, what I garnered from this article post is: iOS is better, but not quite there with its competitor, Android, yet.
12. JMartin22 (Posts: 1130; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
You can't rely on that ecosystem boost forever. Android already has more applications and in a couple more years, I'm sure it will have most iOS exclusives, too. As the platform keeps growing, maturing and making more money for developers. Thus will be their incentive.
15. Eonnaydra (Posts: 207; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
I'm talking at present not in the future.App store has more apps than Google Play.
And it's not only about apps,but also about music/books/movies->iTunes.
27. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
If so, not by much. Google rolled out their streaming service before Apple did. Google also has books, magazines, music, movies, etc... as well. Both have cloud service. They are more alike than they are different.
Can't say ecosystem is a solid argument like it used to be.