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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, 14:22 1

48. Leo_MC (Posts: 1711; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Why do you talk about "homescreen" on other platform except Android?
No other OS has a "homescreen"...

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 15:18

64. twens (Posts: 982; 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.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 15:30

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 :)

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 15:59

70. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4489; 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?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:15

74. kopkiwi (Posts: 56; 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.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 17:01

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".

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 17:07

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 !!

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 17:37

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.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 19:25

89. roscuthiii (Posts: 2226; 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?

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 16:32

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… :)

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 06:12

94. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Both are good.

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 22:48

99. networkdood (Posts: 6330; 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.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 06:13

102. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; 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! =.=

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 16:20

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.

Just sayin'...

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 20:23

105. eli_waeterling (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)


NO DEDICATED SMILEY BUTTON ON THE IPHONE? HELLO EMOJI??????

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