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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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posted on 13 Jun 2013, 15:57

68. evarod48 (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

more like a bunt that was misplayed by the pitcher

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 15:58 4

69. darkkjedii (Posts: 23606; 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.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:01 1

71. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 573; 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

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:05

72. Anti-Troll (banned) (Posts: 64; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)

You will be banned soon :)
Its the rule of PA

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:06 6

73. buccob (Posts: 2632; 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)"

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:16

75. darkkjedii (Posts: 23606; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

How many pradas were sold

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:23 2

77. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; 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.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:41 3

78. amstarred (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)

iPhone controversy

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.”[9]

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;[9] 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,[10] where entries had to be shipped by September 2006.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:50 4

79. amstarred (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)


International Forum Design—Product Design Award for 2007 [1]
Red dot design award—LG Prada Wins "Best of the Best" red dot Design Award, 2007 [2][3]
Fashion phone of the year—Mobile Choice (2007) [4]
Best fashion phone—What Mobile Awards (2007) [5]
Gold for best looking phone—CNET Asia Readers' Choice Award (2007/08)

where is iPhone when Prada is is wining this awards

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 17:10

83. darkkjedii (Posts: 23606; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Hit a grand salami.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 17:13 3

84. darkkjedii (Posts: 23606; 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.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 17:14 2

85. andro. (Posts: 1999; 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

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 18:01 1

87. G1andonly (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)

Well said my friend.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 18:32

88. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

What it has to do with andro. comment?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 21:26 1

90. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; 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.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 23:00 1

91. joey_sfb (Posts: 6453; 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.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 23:07 2

92. joey_sfb (Posts: 6453; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

A simple fact that Android is the better mobile experience now.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 01:56 1

93. E.N. (Posts: 2610; 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).

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 06:41

95. Sauce (unregistered)

Well said

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 06:45

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.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 06:48

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.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 06:50

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*.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 05:06 1

100. jromy (Posts: 114; 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,

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 14:10

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

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:51 17

2. JMartin22 (Posts: 2003; 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.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:16

26. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

this article is kidding me.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:51

3. Eonnaydra (Posts: 217; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

...and a better ecosystem for iOS.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:57 11

12. JMartin22 (Posts: 2003; 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.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:02

15. Eonnaydra (Posts: 217; 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.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:20 2

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.

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