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iPhones outlast Android phones two to three times when it comes to running the latest version of the OS

0. phoneArena 15 Oct 2013, 07:05 posted on

When you buy a new phone you probably run through all the reviews, the specs, the camera and so on, but rarely does a person consider just how long that device will actually…

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posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:39 3

17. Commentator (Posts: 3692; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

"Nexus devices are *faring* well."

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:53

22. Victor.H (Posts: 658; Member since: 27 May 2011)

A *fair* correction, thanks!

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:53 3

23. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2116; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Ios updates are hardly an "update" (i.e. the worst Android phones can offer far more than what IPhones will ever offer).

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 12:34

77. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

Quality, user satisfaction, support, things that the worst android will never have...

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 07:57

26. sinple (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

not all the app runs on the latest version of android unlike IOS. There are more app that are compatible with older version of android unless ios, where outdated version of IOS would have so much lesser apps

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:08 4

27. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Run the new featurea list of the iPhone 4 running iOS 7 and you'll quickly realize how this whole article is not true.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:58 2

34. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Typing in 50°F weather is not the move.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:21 1

28. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

I've been using Android since the G1 and lately, updates aren't as much of a focus as they were back in the day. Android has achieved a level where it does more than what I need it to do, and does what I need very well so I'm content with that. What I look for now is better phones, not what version of Android it runs. Android runs fine for me and I don't have problems with apps, what new phones are coming out and how well built they are is what I gravitate towards the most, and the OEMs are more than stepping up in that manner.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:32

29. Klamba92 (Posts: 210; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

While apple are prompt at releasing updates, a lot of the older phones don't get full support. For example the iPhone 4 did not get siri and turn by turn navigation! The 4s does not get airdrop etc. The difference is when android devices get updates they get the full thing!

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:47 1

33. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Its a valid point but android has got more complex over the years...ios well..pretty much stayed the same.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 09:36 2

46. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4214; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

What's it matter when most of the fanboys from either camp buy a new phone every year anyway?

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 10:14

55. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)



They all just need something to argue about...

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 09:55

51. maulgandhi (unregistered)

Apple dont do much changes for years and years to come. they add little bit here and there. Therefore iphones can handle updates, whereas Google in particular changes a lot, and in order to run latest os needs new bells and whistles.
P.S. people these dont wait for manufactures to release an update. they just do custom rom. imo custom roms do better job at everything.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 10:09 3

53. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10145; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Another iPhone biased junkie article?
Fact - Hvaing the same version number means nothing. Comparing today's iPhone using the specs of phones from 2011 is lame too.

How about this fact, just because the iPhone 4 can download an use iOS7, doesn't mean its 100% the same, because it isn't. The fact is, an Android phone from 2010/11 still does more than ANY iPhone running iOS7 whether its an iPhone 4 or an iPhone 5S/C.

What you are trying to do is make it seem better than iPhone's are supported with more updates. What you failed to see is, Android phones do so much out the box, they don;t need as many updates. Most IOS updates are to catch the iPhone up to SOME of todays standard in function. But are still way way off.

An iPhone 4 with iOS7 is equal to an Android phone running 2.3 Gingerbread. While an iPhone 5S running iOS 7 is similar to an Android phone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The facts you should really compare is this: Compare an iPhone 5S running iOS 7 to a Galaxy Note III running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and see which one gives you more out th box for your money.

How about this one simply comparison - The iPhone 5 running iOS 7 which is last years model has the same resolution of this years model at 1136x640 vs the Galaxy Note II of last year tpo the Galaxy Note III of this year which has moved from a 1280x720 display to a full HD 1920x1080 display. Buying the same phone 2 years in a row is lame vs actually getting a new phone. The article is stupid.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 10:11

54. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Apple gets too much credit. They do less and give themselves credit.

It is the equivalent of them doing 30 minute projects while Google does 2 hour projects and then Apple media bragging about Apple doing 5 more projects a year than Google. Which is technically accurate but extremely misleading.

Apple is the master of the scam and misdirection and their stupid fans seem to lap it all up.

Here is a list only the more intelligent people see.

- They charge you twice as much as other manufactures for their phones. IE a profit margin that covers what it costs for them to make 2 iphones or more while other manufacturers have profit margins that are much lower with some manufacturers making much less profit.
- the effect. Apple gladly replacing your phone because they already charged you for the equivalent of 2 or more phones. While other manufactures that aren't making much profit cannot afford to replace your phone so easily because they would lose money.
- the scam. Apple charges you for a replacement warranty many never use without telling the consumer and then brag about their customer service when replacing phones even though they already charged you for two phones or more in advance so they can afford to replace your phone no questions asked and take credit for it.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 10:16

57. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

This update thing being another misleading PR scam Apple fans lap up. And there are plenty more examples of the Apple scam.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 10:15

56. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

Android fans come in and terrorize apple articles but everything is like a family reunion and all diplomatic in android articles haha.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 10:20

58. ilia1986 (unregistered)

I'm sorry but no.

You CANNOT ignore custom mods and such for this comparison. The fact that you or anyone else did turns this comparison moot. It's like saying that cars are faster than airplanes just by comparing speeds on the ground. It's ridiculous.

Well of course when it comes to official updates apple wins. They got 5 current phones that they need to support ffs!! Every major Android manufacturer has dozens!!

But as I said - that's official updates only. Do we REALLY need to bring the point where Android allows people to install custom roms? That's not just some gimmick. That is the very essence of Android!! You bought an Android device and your manufacturer decided to cut life support for it? Well you got 3 choices there buddy. Stick with the latest official firmware, shell out $$$ for a new device or save your cash and your anger and install a custom rom.

STOP with the assumption that the people who do that are only hardcore geeks or tinkerers!! That is very very far from being true. Rooting your device and installing a custom rom is a VIABLE CHOICE. Yes, it has it's own consequences and responsibilities but that's true for any choice in life.

Good day all. :)

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 13:11

87. runzlord (Posts: 227; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)

But even if they have dozens of phones, they pay attention to the nexus first and yet the galaxy nexus is still at 1.9? You are pointless.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 01:34

103. ilia1986 (unregistered)

The galaxy nexus is from December 2011 and it's still being updated. Your point is moot.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 13:08

86. 5h4yn3 (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)

This may be true. Assuming that the iPhone user is not updating to the newest OS. Look at the available articles and you will see iOS updates destroy old phones. Not physically but if the software can't keep up then what use is it?

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 13:22

89. gigantos (Posts: 63; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)

Haha, and you forget that the first galaxy s or nexus were launched only in 2010?

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 13:55

90. LikeMyself (Posts: 438; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)

Nonsense comments from fanboys of both retarded Dog Sammy and Rotten Fruit.
But it surely helps when you have less than 10 communication phones in your portfolio and you make your own OS. The now prehistoric lagging on Android applies here as well if there were only some 10 phone models which were given all the attention of say 100 models at the moment.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 15:43

93. GeekNews (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Where is the actual information that supports any statement in this article? All Michael shows is tweet without any evidence. The Galaxy S2, original Galaxy Note and several other Android based Samsung devices all have full updates 2yrs past their releases dates. I'm sure other manufactures likely have the same.

Reading the iFan comments is a laugh...you argue that Apple 'tried it's best' to give you the full update?? Really...that is your argument? If you take a good look at a direct 1-1 comparison, not a single Apple device has received a FULL os update past 2 yrs. Sure you see 'some' of the updates but not all. That is the KEY fact here. With Android you get all of the update, not a partial with an excuse.

Apple just released iOS7, bugs and all, with minimal support for older devices and when KitKat comes out Google has already promised support for more and more previous gen devices. Will we see it? Time will tell. Will it be more featured packed than iOS7...you bet.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 19:58

101. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 180; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

it is true that apple can update their devices longer and that's a plus, but as many have stated its wothless when you only get some of the features...its like saying you can have a banana split but to see that all you got was a scoop of ice cream, where is all the bananas and and the chocolate fudge and sprinkles? you dont get them, you can only have the ice cream but hay its a banana split still.
This is apples logic they slap a title on a small update and call it the whole thing.

Android manufactures are not any better though. they release a phone brand new and maybe support it for a few updates...every manufacture i have seen is guilty about this. and a way to solve it is to slow down on the number of devices they put out and concentrate on updating them, thats why people love apple because they have few devices and can update them all and no device gets left behind.
thats also why people steer away from other manufactures because there phones never get updates and to get those updates they have to buy a whole new phone and that is not right.

so both sides have pros and cons and sometimes you just have to deal with it.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 01:06

102. itzmando (Posts: 115; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Their software may be great on some of their phones with latest iOS.

BUT sadly Apple's iphone 5 and 5s USB lightening cables are VERY unreliable. So many negative comments regarding poor not up to Apple's quality cables on their website, and other retailer website.

I mean how can you use your Apple iPhone software when your iphone can't be charged for a day's use.

I am not hating on Apple as I use their laptops, and had ipods but never their phones. My younger sister has an iphone 5 and hates the new iOS7, along with being disappointed in the failure of her phones USB charger cable.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 13:31

107. poping (unregistered)

ios7 is like 10fps on an ip4s...

you call that running...?

i call that crawling...

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 13:42

108. poping (unregistered)

ios7 features lags 3 years behind jellybean...
and kitkat is around the corner...

so regardless old iphones supports new ios...
it's still way behind android...

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