iOS 7: how does it stack up against Android?
0. phoneArena 13 Jun 2013, 12:42 posted on
So we've been playing with a beta version of iOS 7 for a while now on our iPhone 5. Some things about it we like, while other we aren't really that happy with, as those who have read our iOS 7 preview probably know. But now it is time to take a look at Apple's mobile OS from another perspective – how does its latest form fare against the competition? In particular, how does iOS 7 stack against the latest version of Android? Well, that's what we're here to find out with the help of our iPhone 5 running iOS 7 beta and our Google Nexus 4 with Android 4.2.2 on it...
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4. MCrapp (Posts: 313; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)
If you try Android freedom,you never come back to Apple!
13. sniper1087 (Posts: 442; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
I have tried it, freedom maybe not everything works as expected, one thing that threw me off was the fact that if you record a video on the fly and want to share it, it will say that exceeds file size limit, so you have to have it on mms quality to be able to send it, IOS does that on the fly which I think is a step in the right direction. The one android that I thought was great was the HTC One, but the camera wasnt as good as I expected, as well as the charging time, besides that it's a great device. I like the new IOS Look.
5. selena1000 (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
iOS 7 is really beautiful i have to admit!!!
59. tedkord (Posts: 6817; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I'm the exact opposite. I think the new features are great, but the look is garish and tasteless. Then again, I think WP Metro is bone ugly, too.
6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Hm, talking about iOS 7, shouldn't it be a flat design with a flat icons? Then why some icons look flat while some other doesn't look so flat? For example Calendar and Photos icons looks flat while Camera, Setting or let's say FaceTime icon doesn't?
21. Zeus.k (unregistered)
exactly. after reading this article it feels like author is trying to tell that iOS is not that bad lol. Ray S. did a good job of reviewing the iOS and anyone can tell that apple didnt do anything revolutionary or magical. they just tried to improve the exisisting form of iOS which still leaves so many things to be desired. In his review Ray S. rightly said that in many things iOS6 feels better than iOS7. UI is changed but doesn`t really feel apple. It feels inconsistent by the looks of it. You gotta be kidding me if you say that its really hard to say which one is better iOS 7 or JB 4.2.2
61. tedkord (Posts: 6817; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I know. And if Ray S. can write a less than glowing review of iOS, that's really saying something.
7. freebee269 (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
when i seen the title of this article, i immediately thought the comments section is going to be a big ios vs. android flame war.
10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7010; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Stand up too Android? Ok next subject please.
11. YourNightmare (Posts: 32; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)
Looks different, looks and thats all I can say, my GF said it looks funny like a rainbow...she wants to keep iOS6 Lmao
54. ottje (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
am gonna stay with IOS 6 too, for all reasons why i like ISO is gone with IOS 7, thanks Apple lost one...getting HTC ONE tomorrow
14. christianqwerty (Posts: 463; Member since: 05 May 2011)
I went from iphone 4s, to Galaxy s3, and now im back to iphone 5. Honestly. Android has the huge advantage of everything being so open, but the software doesn't stack up against iOS. My s3 had a very huge problem with battery drain while on stand by, its power management was horrible. I recieved 1 update in the 8 months of owning it, and even with 2 gigs of ram and a dual core processor, it was slow to open every app compared to my iPhone. If you want your OS to be polished as much as possible, buy an iOS device or a Windows phone. The problem is that there are so many android phones, it not possible to have every device optimized for the software its put on the phone, and when you try to update hundreds of different phones with SO many different specs, its just not possible.
16. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Honest question for iOS users (I won't reply if you want to troll) why you need a volume on the quick settings? Isn't the volume rocker a better option when it comes to adjusting sound that swiping up a bar and moving a software piece? I mean it would look much better without that... What you think?
19. christianqwerty (Posts: 463; Member since: 05 May 2011)
I guess its just there for options, i mean, what if the volume rockers brake or obtain water damage? Its a nice option like Assistive touch if you brake the home button.
35. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Didn't though about that... Well still wish that screen was a bit less cluttered, never liked that brightness option on TW (I like the idea of a button you tap and have the bar pop up instead of that huge space )
53. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
iOS volume controls adapt to whatever media app you're using and in all cases the onscreen volume controls controls the current app thats open onscreen. The rockers on the side control ALL media volume at once.
Yeah it may be a bit petty but its that attention to detail that people like.
22. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
Am I alone when I say looking at ios 7 is like looking at poop of a unicorn that had diarrhea from eating too many skittles.
23. datsyuk (Posts: 177; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
iOS 7 is pretty nice and I was actually excited when I saw it being unveiled but using the beta (I know, it's a beta) was actually annoying for myself. The UI was gorgeous in a lot of ways but also a little confusing at times text wasn't as easy to spot like it is on 6. Also, tons of lag even on the iPhone 5. The transitions in and out of apps looks very cool as well but in reality slows the navigation of the phone down, they're too slow you feel like you're waiting for them to finish to continue to do what you want to do.
29. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1139; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Both UI looks cool but I prefer android jb and its card based UI over iOS 7 UI (personal preference though)
and good job apple
31. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Some things I actually like the look of but reserving judgement for when it's released. Seems like the more they add to iOS, the more bugs appear. This time around they added the most of any upgrade, waiting to see if the bugs are more this time around or if they finally figured it out.
33. joseg81 (Posts: 173; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
ios looks nice but it reminds me alot of MIUI V5
34. Taters (Posts: 4359; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
The multitasking on IOS7 is garbage like the multitasking on sense 4 and WP8. Only seeing 1 app and two half ones at a time was terrible on Sense 4 and it is even worse now in this day and age.
36. torr310 (Posts: 561; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
iOS is finally catching up with Android, well, sort of.
42. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
haha Samsung samsung sue sue ios7 is clearly touchwiz with flat and over saturated icons. Haha samsung is laughing we copy a phone design once and yall copy everything else all the time. Come on apple with the 5s with ios7 aka iTouchwiz and minimal if any besides camera and maybe finger print scanner.
44. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
This seems to be enough to keep the loyal fans happy, and maybe that was the point. Not so much to excite new users or tempt Android and Windows Phone users. The look of it reminds me of Candyland or something like that. It would never work for me, but I think if the made the new icons optional this could be a good move for Apple. But let be real, it doesn't compare to Android. People can talk about app selection all they want, but Android has waaaaaay more apps then I'll ever use and yes the quality is there too.
76. TBomb (Posts: 393; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Looking at the pictures though, they look almost EXACTLY the same (homepage and lock screen nayways). So (just curious) what dont you like about it? Because I see almost essentially the same thing.. just Apple (as you said) looks like candyland... but put them both in black and white and aside from the google branding and widgets on android, i don't see much of a difference.
80. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I think the flat look and the neon colors is what bothers me. It could be my Android brain playing tricks on me, but it looks like the colors are dialed up a bit too high. The gallery and game center icons look too bubbly for my taste. But I still think its a good update aside from my preference of color. The lock screen looks good, the calendar, animations, weather app... All good. But who knows, sometimes seeing things in person can make all the difference in the world.
46. trustory (Posts: 117; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
where can you get that stock android wallpaper?
47. Zeus.k (unregistered)
lol. that`s stock ICS wallpaper apple used in iOS 7
48. Leo_MC (Posts: 683; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Why do you talk about "homescreen" on other platform except Android?
No other OS has a "homescreen"...
64. twens (Posts: 843; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
no one should be jealous of ios7 becuase with time they will get bored with the looks again...this doesnt happen with android. if i am tired with my android looks.i can change it to what ever i want,this is just a new ios6 wearing a new pair of clothes.
most of the design is an MIUI V5 ripoff.
65. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
A Cocktail of WP and Touchwiz and Sense. Now the xerox machine at 1 infinite loop is busy trying to copy few other things. Samsung should be happy that Apple is copying them :)
70. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2628; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
"Android's notification bar is a bit different for it doesn't display much if there aren't any pending notifications."
Why would it? Why would the notification bar display anything if there aren't any pending notifications? If you're talking about things like signal strength, clock, battery percentage, etc., then I could understand it. But my phone displays that, plus gps, BT, headphone, etc., when they're in use. He makes it sound like the android notification bar isn't showing something. Am I missing something here?
74. kopkiwi (Posts: 41; Member since: 31 May 2013)
What? Limited widgets on Android lockscreen? Widget Locker enables you to put ANY widget you want there, along with hundreds of custom lockers. ANY launcher from the market will allow you to put as many apps as possible on the home screen. Hell, widget over lap and you could put hundreds if you really want. If you're going to do a comparison, do it right aye. Rather than dumbing down the competition to make Apple look better that it's still lagging OS suggests.
81. daymler (Posts: 12; Member since: 09 May 2012)
so phone arena want to say that android 4+ is not with "clean, elegant, intuitive interface"?! actually is more cleaner and elegant than the childish ios7 interface (words form the first review of ios7 by phone arena). and in this article there is nothing about the confusing unlocking of ios7?! the lack of innovation? the confusing icons of some apps? and nothing about the funny iterface of the os contrasting the elegant hardware (iphone5)?! this article is all about "we (phone arena) don't want to make u cry i-users...dont be upset - here read this article and sleep well".
82. daymler (Posts: 12; Member since: 09 May 2012)
the first review from phone arena about ios7 was all about how the ios7 is nothing new, about the childish colours and about the lack of innovation. and when i saw the review i was like "finally a true review without stuff like - ios is s*itty but so do android so we cant judge " - guess what people - we can judge !! and without the advertising iphone is nothing (the most recent iphone is with DUAL CORE CHIP?!) because the advertising of iphone is all about how the phone is making your life better and people that have more money than sense think that it will make them happier?!. and since the first ios7 review all the following articles about the os form phone arena are all about how ios7 is good like android 4+ (w*f?!) and its soooo funny how thay are trying to convince us how ios7 is not so bad...its bad...its very bad...its like os for dumb people...no for average customers - for stupid customers!! because there is nothing hard to understand or confusing in android 4+ !! and last but not least ios 7 vs android 4 - 7 ios versions and nothing new except a new look (w*f?!) vs. 4 android versions (only 3 for smartphones) and innovations, new designs and more and more with every release !!
86. vzwincred (Posts: 29; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)
i'd like to see them introduce the larger screen size, wider i suppose since the iPhone 5 is "larger" than the previous model.
89. roscuthiii (Posts: 1887; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
My ponderance is this: Okay, so iOS 7 has a new design, albeit inspired by other existing UI's like WP8 and MIUI, and there are the new features implemented that were inspired by the Android platform, but... Other than the cosmetic changes is there any major changes made to the actual writing of the OS?
104. Alphaman (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)
- Completely new Control Center
- Notification Center redesigned w/ Today and more features
- Significant multitasking updates
- Changes in the camera interface with more options and new filters
- New groupings in Photo Library
- Ability to share video via PhotoStream in iCloud
- AirDrop (kinda like NFC, but allows you to be over 100' apart, and can share with other iOS or desktop computers)
- Web browser rewritten with many new features
- iTunes Radio
- Siri updated with new capabilities
- Ability to PERMANENTLY lock/deactivate a device that's been stolen until YOU unlock it
- iOS In The Car
Other than that, no, nothing much changed… :)
99. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
This is great for iPhone users..more Android-like. For customization and the ability to do more with a smartphone, Android still has a huge advantage. Apple still relies on glitz and glitter to sell its stuff. Eventually, people will wake up from their stupor and realize that they have been had all along.
102. PorkyBurger (Posts: 426; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Wow, the minimalism of iOS 7 will ever after remind me of Android 4.0 and up. Great job Apple! =.=
103. Alphaman (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)
A couple points on the article:
In "On-screen keyboard and messaging", the author said that "Android has a slight advantage in this category with its dedicated smiley key". In iOS, if you add the Emoji language (Settings > General > International > Keyboard), you get a dedicated smiley key, too.
Second, under "Multimedia", the author said "The iTunes application is what you must install onto your computer and use to transfer music or video onto the iOS device." I don't remember the last time that I connected my iPhone to my computer. Matter of fact, I don't think I ever have. Yet I have all 13+GB of tunes at my disposal, through the ability to be able to re-download my iTunes music, as well as iTunes Match, which takes all my ripped or downloaded music, ID's it, and saves it in the cloud. If I want to download something from my music library, I just tap the cloud button next to the song -- or if I don't want to d/l it but just stream it, I can simply hit play. Very elegant solution.
And both of these features are already available in iOS 6.
105. eli_waeterling (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)
NO DEDICATED SMILEY BUTTON ON THE IPHONE? HELLO EMOJI??????