10 things in Android that will annoy iOS users


You've been an Apple loyalist during your entire life, but the inevitable happens and an unstoppable compelling force has made you consider doing the unthinkable - making the switch to Android. 

Much to Tim Cook and Jony Ive's dismay, Apple is probably losing a number of users daily (though the vice versa option is also true). Chances are that the majority of these renegades to the cause of Steve Jobs will opt for an Android device, though Microsoft's Windows and the rest of the players on the market are still viable alternatives.
Okay, there's nothing wrong with this switch - after all, experiencing everything the tech world has to offer is a pretty good way to familiarize yourself with the philosophy of each and every tech giant in the wild. 

Still, if you have never set foot in the land of the 'Droids, you're probably a bit frightened by the unknown. Don't worry, Android is neither Mordor nor the Wild West, you'll be fine!

However, there is a host of mighty-annoying things that will certainly ruffle your feathers if you get yourself a smartphone that is running Google's OS. Before we start the list let us accentuate that this does not mean that Android is worse than iOS. And fear not, the same list is done for the opposite side, too.

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86 Comments

1. arman9953

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I agree to the most of them but a few are badly chosen ( revenue of Google Play is higher than App store after latest statistics...) 5 and 6 are stupid ... because on the one hand u say that android has so many different UI`s but u compare the stock camera which only makes up about 2% of the android marketshare (Nexus)... and yes we got nothing like control center because we have our notification area since day 1 which is a far better solution because everthing is on one place (notification and settings), ios got it in ios7 so its not even 2 years old -_- android had it forever ... if not trough OEM than just by downloading an simple app.

35. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Which revenue statistics did you look at exactly? http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-Play-dwarfs-Apples-App-Store-in-downloads-but-the-App-Store-owns-the-revenue_id65332 "When it comes to the revenues generated from the Apple App Store, however, Apple downright “pwns” Google Play app revenue, by more than 60%."

41. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The number 1 option is not an issue, because all anyone has to do is install a launcher that will give you a consistent UI across different OEMs devices. Not to mention you have themes and icon packs. These are things that make Android so flexible, and make iOS ridged and inflexible, because iOS cannot offer anything like this. You want a stock look and feel then install Google's Launcher on Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, and many other OEM devices.

82. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

so that is your best argument... Ford can say they make cars longer than anyone... last time I checked Ford does not make the best cars...

84. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

Sorry my good man but my mustang is God

86. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

kudos to you..the mustang is one hell of a car

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

#5 shouldn't be included here. If an Android manufacturer implement this control center to their skin, people will say "Oh, it's copied from Apple! Shame on you! Cheap Chinese crap! blah blah blah...".

19. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I agree, I cant tell you how many times my friends or family with iPhones ask what the Moon and Lock icons mean on the Control Center. Intuitive my ass.

53. stealthd unregistered

#5 absolutely belongs. All they're saying is control center is better than the android quick toggles. The android quick toggles could be improved without copying control center.

3. FluffyBled unregistered

"from iOS to stock Android" would be more accurate!

67. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Yeah, they're comparing it too much in stock. Other UIs don't need pull down twice the notification bar, and the camera UI has more optios and settings than iOS

4. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I would agree with a lot here. I pretty much get annoyed by some Android feature, but I think some here are utterly ridiculous. 5. Is ridiculous. The quick toggle on Android is pretty much the same as Control Center. 6. Is not a big deal. You can just take pictures with third-party camera apps if you dont like the stock camera app. 7. iCloud backup? Just use DropBox or backup all your iDevice files onto your computer 8. I dont have problems with apps. Both platforms have great apps though I prefer the better app quality on iOS 9. Im actually jealous of Android since their version of Continuity doesnt require an expensive as hell Mac 10. Tou're joking, right? They basically have the same features that isnt even a big deal whether Healt is better or not. Also, Healthkit is new so dont get hopes up. The author pretty much run out of ideas. If you ask me, John V. should've wrote this article.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

DropBox is not the same. Example, WP backup, i get my start screen back, all contacts with no confusion where the contacts are save, my drive is there automatically, app settings and data when available, text messages, and app list. I restart my phone put my id and bam my phone, including tile layout and my custom tile app layout too. Drop box will not do the same...

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

On most any Android device I've ever seen, there is an option in your Google account to do most everything you're talking about. Your passwords, settings, apps, home screen layout, contacts, etc. can all be set to backup just like what you're talking about. All you have to do is check a box. The only things I don't believe they backup are things like texts, pictures, videos, and music, but those can be backed up either on Drive or in the case of texts through third party apps. Granted there isn't one single thing to handle all of them, but it's nowhere near as difficult to backup your device as it was a few years back.

23. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Wait, you can do passwords and app data? Are you sure? I'm an android user and I have never seen these two. Contacts, obviously, so I don't know what OP is talking about on that front. But texts and the like I think OP is correct. (I'll fully admit my being wrong if this is the case, and would love to find this out. As it would eliminate my usage of ti-bu)

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Contacts is not automatic. Daily i handle people not having a single contact out of 300 not in google contacts. Mainly cause they click on add contact and choose phone. Hence upon a reset, nothing gets backed up. Not to mention merge with google for us, seems to work when it feels like it. 3rd party apps solve tons of problems, however, like android users always harp on others, 1st party support is lovely to have. The fact that a wp user, simply checks recommended settings at startup and its all hands free from there, makes it the easiest imo to date. I guess the author should talk about simplicity and not lack of...

26. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Where did anyone say it was completely automatic? If you can't pay attention enough to see whether you are saving it on the phone, or on "google", then you probably shouldn't be using a smartphone. I have never had this issue. In fact, I think once I synced my contacts I don't recall "saving" to google. I change phones about once every couple of months, so if anyone were going to lose something, it would be me. And all my contacts are still there.

32. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Oh work in my field and you will see at least 2 a day that have done it. And before i go forward i have to apologize i replied to the wrong post was supposed to reply to #16, i just double checked, my error. Heck most average people still ask me, are they not all saved to the sim? And they have no clue where they are saved. By your logic androids user base would drop to probably 5th place with that mentality. Instead you tell them no, it is not automatic, nor is it straight in your face. And alot of people might use say yahoo or aol or msn, and when they save a contact and see google, if they only have google because of the phone (very common in my field) then they wont choose google. They also have no clue the OS they have on their phone is even owned by google. So no it is not about them being to dumb to own a phone, it is about convience, and if it wasnt, android wouldnt implement any 3rd party app features and rely on 3rd party solely for everything since android 1.x. The auto backup in icloud and wp, is really a god send. I have saved lots of problems for people that own the devices that had no clue it even existed. And when they go from their 521 to a 635 or 925 etc, and their phone looks the same and all they had to do was sign in, that is great. I want that to be on all phones, mainly for my work but mainly because it should be that way. IMO that is all of it.

39. willard12 unregistered

Isn't this just a matter of preference? I would think it would be annoying having to go back and delete email addresses from 4 years ago that I used once and looking through a long list if contacts that are completely irrelevant. I understand your particular occupation. But I will take "choice" over being dictated to any day. I do realize that "choice" is a confusing thing to some.

47. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You do know that you have a choice to backup instantly how your phone is today. Then when you go to put in your new phone, saying going from a 521 to a 930...or like I just went from my 930 to my 1020. It gives you multiple backups to choose from. As a result, contacts etc, are as of now...now some long ole list at random. you can even manage your backups online so you can delete the ones you don't want or need.

50. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It is if your contacts are part of your Google account, which is what I was referring to. I know that happens plenty. My brother had that happen, except the person who set up his phone put his contacts on Backup Assistant. It's funny because I've never heard anyone harp on that. Sure it's nice to have it be first party, but one of the strengths of any of these OSs is that if the core OS doesn't have what you need, there's most likely a third party app that will. Good for them. I don't necessarily want everything on my phone backed up to one place like the cloud, and I'm assuming that's where it gets backed up. Actually, he wasn't talking anything about this, the author was saying there was no option for backups other than rooting your device, which isn't true either. If you set up your contacts through Google, check that passwords and app data are backed up in the settings, have your media backed up through Drive, and use Hangouts for messaging, it's basically the same. And it's really not that hard to setup that way either.

48. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I just checked to make sure, since it's been awhile since I dealt with it. Under Settings>Backup and Restore, you can choose which account to backup and do a factory reset, but the other two settings are what concern us. The first setting says backup app data, WiFi passwords and other settings, and the second setting says to automatically restore those settings.

74. cmorrice

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Google backs up everything. I have factory reset my devices and the backup (which it will ask if you want to apply it) puts everything back... Even side loaded apks get put back. Contacts settings and all the stuff

29. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I cracked the screen on my 2013 moto X that I created in Moto maker Motorola sent me a brand new one. In using Motorola Mygrate everything moved over perfectly(pics, texts, music, ext)

5. droopyar

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

The author of this article dont have any idea of mobile OS. Just put some figures which are not real ones. ios8 adaption is just because there is no fragmentation and even the updates are useless, just cosmetics on iphone. The king is android, and will be top1 seller for next 5 years. Moreover, Samsung S6 Edge is superior than iphone6 in ALL aspects. Design, speed, cpu, etc. So. now buy an android.

6. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I get the impression the writer has never used Android before and doesn't know sh*t all about it. As far as the control center goes, I don't get what he's talking about? That has always been on Android and especial Samsung and apple actually stole that. And the stock Google camera app has everything you hugs need to use gestures to get to it all. So obviously more ignorance and misinformation. If you're good to write about thing Android doesn't have at least get your facts straight. This whole article was an opinion, fluff piece loaded with wrong information and actually quite annoyed me.

8. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

The author is basically partaining to his opinion. If you ask me, they should conduct a poll instead of writing this useless article.

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I'm iOS user and I have to say that iOS has much more revelant cons than Android. 4/5 of those mentioned here are just nit picking. I agree with Control center and design consistency, but closed ecosystem and nonability to download files straight onto device are much bigger problems. Of course You can download them in some apps but then If You wanna use them in other apps it gets stupidly difficult. For me iOS is a joke but with jailbreak it's best OS around.

14. ferretsama

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

ikr! jailbreak is a must

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The required use of iTunes is one of the main things keeping me away from Apple. When I used an iPod, I hated having to wait to get back to my PC so I could load music I just picked up into iTunes and then resync my media. Drag and drop is much more convenient.

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