10 things in iOS that will annoy Android users


Every operating system out there has its own kinks and distinctive features – no matter if its hardware platform is PC, ultrabook, tablet, or smartphone, there is no unified way to go about things, as manufacturers try to create a user experience in their own way, based on how they envision the platform should work. So, naturally, when a customer has become used to one system, jumping on to another will result in a period of adjustment, which will be filled with minor and not-so-minor annoyances – some of which don't go away and may prompt the user to go back to their old software.

So, what happens when one who has spent years with Android handsets gets an iPhone as a daily driver? Well, Apple has been known for keeping a tight grip on the way its iOS operates, which is in stark contrast with Android's openness, and this difference in philosophies will be a main cause for annoyances during the adjustment period. But there are a few other specific quirks that may break the initial or even overall experience for some users, so we went ahead and did our best to find the 10 most notable offenders.

Before we start the list let us accentuate that this does not mean that one OS is worse than the other. And fear not, the same list is done for the opposite side, too.

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58 Comments

1. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I agree that everything would annoy Android users but I think they would love the Photos Gallery UI. Its simple, easy editing, and better navigation than what I experienced with Android's Photos UI

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7454; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Options 6 and 8 are both related because of a major feature missing in iOS. Its called real multitasking. This is something that has been missing since, well forever in iOS, and has been present in Android since day one. This is why you can have multiple windows open on some Android devices like Samsungs, LG, and Sony. Its a really nice feature when you can watch YouTube and browse the web at the same time, or edit a document while researching on the web at the same time. Things that iOS can only dream about. iTunes control wasn't even mentioned as well.

52. adrewfryman

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

unless you jailbreak, and in that case you can have a real multitasking (even better than androids)* since the ipad 2 :) *Im not fully aware of every single android device and its maximum capabilities but i havent seen anything better than ios jailbreak multitasking

59. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Can you open and use multiple apps on the screen a the same time? Can you move data from one window directly to the other window without copy/paste? If you can't, and the fact you have to jailbreak to do it; isn't better. Nothing beats an Out Of Box Experience. NOTHING!!! Not even YOUR precious iProducts.

29. Exempt1 unregistered

I quite like the current photo app I have on my Android. I think it's called Pikture? But it's really pretty, and much much nicer than anything I've tried on Android, and iOS. It's now in there with the first load ups when I flash my phones. But the rest of these are very accurate. I always wondered about going back to iOS, and then I remember I can't even download stuff onto it properly, and then I remember. I wish Android just looked a but nicer. The Gaussian blurs that iOS does is really nice.

36. engineer-1701d unregistered

they forgot one of the most annoying is the copy paste and edit option you cant on ios android you put your finger on the highlighted section after its pasted in a small box and you can scroll all the way left or right and it will move the text under your finger the ios does not you can only see whats in that small window

37. engineer-1701d unregistered

the itunes its self is a deal breaker. even if its a free iphone and free service no.

38. engineer-1701d unregistered

remember each android maker has there own i love my samsungs, screenshots downloads media camera vids all separate and if i want i can do different views spiral or continuous

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Having iPhone a week, and only iTunes annoying me The rest aren't the deal breaker

31. InfiniteHeroX

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

I have an iPhone and I don't even use my iTunes for music. I use Google Play Music actually. As for the guy above me, troll much? Seems like all your comments are homophobic and aren't needed to get your point across. I don't like Samsung, but I don't go around bashing them.

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I agree with 3,4 and 10. Funny thing with app drawer is that when I had Android I tried to use MIUI launcher which just iOS home with widgets and I found extremely unconvenient, but now I'm using iOS and I love how home screen looks and how comfortable it is.

5. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

It's what I like on iOS. Every function is separated from each other. I dont like the clunkiness of Android but hey, evry OS has a beauty in it.

4. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

All these annoying system features lead to only one thing, which is 100% control over iSheeps.

24. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

It's a shame they didn't see the light from Samsung. Samsung provides the best user experience out of any device on the market. Samsung is literally the best Company in the world. Also, the reports on the phone bending are fake, because I said they are fake. They also don't matter, because Samsung is the best Company. Anyone who tries to argue with me can get slapped by 50 semi trucks in a pillow bag.

28. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

I'm not sure if you are even TRYING to pretend to be an actual Samsung fan. It sounds more like you're some troll on Apple's payroll.

30. Exempt1 unregistered

It's funny cuz it's so obvious that you are not actually a Samsung/Android fan, so this might possibly be the saddest thing I have seen on this site so far

32. InfiniteHeroX

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

For once he makes a comment without saying anything about Tim Cook's personal life.

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

How can you forget itunes?! thats the main reason im going back to android. also the lack of video codec as well.

7. jerzyiroc

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Tried using an iPhone recently for a weekend as my sole device. Lasted about 6 hours. I honestly don't know how people do it.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31327; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I know how they do it. It's a great OS, but like anything else, it's not for everyone.

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Agreed. I have a couple nephews who use iPhones, and they don't like all of the options in the Android OS. One of them went to show me a video last Xmas, and iOS just frustrated me. The word intuitive gets thrown around a lot, but one person's intuitive isn't the same as another's, even though it should be the same for everyone.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7454; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I don't know how people put up with single tasking. When so many Androids can multitask and offer multiple windows as well. Browse the web and watch YouTube, or edit a document or spreadsheet, and at the same time look up some data on the web. iOS can only dream about real multitasking and multiple windows.

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Didn't know all android handsets had this....I guess my concord II is missing something... Also easy, you edit document, press button to go and see what else you need from webpage, I like multitasking but it is not some 'magic' that a tiny device needs. For that I rather use my 70buck real pc. Then again if I am 'watching' youtube I am watching youtube not browsing the web. Of course I have background streaming on my app of choice and phone of choice, so I could 'watch' youtube and browse the web.

34. sgodsell

Posts: 7454; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

All android have multitasking. Not all Androids have multiple windows. But the chat heads work for Android because of real multitasking. Something that IS missing in iOS.

8. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

now i have 10 more reason to stay away from iphone btw iphone are cool but customization is main priority not optimization i can handle few lags

14. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Who say iOS doesnt lag is liar - problem is that 99% Android users thing that quick move righ/left on home screen/launcher in Android is that "LAG". iOS has fine tuned smooth animations that make user happy. There is still stuttering in UI in Safari, Chrome or another apps - but the home screen and opening the apps is hidden under nice finetuned animation. Probably these animations stay in memory all the time to believe that it doesnt lag BUT then you get CONSTANT browser tabs reloading, multitasking almost non existent etc......but nice animations make me happyyyy. (first thing i switch off on android device).

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Do you know what lag is? Because what you described isn't lag. Lag means you do one thing, and the phone refuses to do what you want. Example. Racing in forza, I go left, car next to me is online, then next second car is slamming into people and I am no longer turning left but going straight at random....because of lag and the server trying to sync. SOOOOOO lag is the result of me pushing an app, and waiting, waiting, and nothing happening, then 30seconds later it happens (happens a lot on phones like L90), or you touch the icon, nothing, then again, nothing, then a third and yahoo it finally launches. That is lag. Animations are not lag, and the fact you got even two thumbs up shows the iq of the people agreeing with you.

39. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

You probably didn't read my post but I read yours and understood that your iq is as low as your laggy and slow connection to that online game.

42. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

my iphone 6 lagged out on me alot. sometimes the bottom tray will not pop up when i drag it up. took me 10 tries and got fed up and used my other finger and slowly dragged it up.

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

#11 you can't use whatsapp web from ios! ;)

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