7 basic smartphone features that the iPhone does better than Androids

So I recently switched to an iPhone 6s after several months spent between the Sony Xperia Z5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. There's no particular reason for the switch, other than I wanted to check with Apple and see how things are going with its latest flagship. The more compact form factor was also welcome...
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164. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Can app store give me an app so i can keep all my purchase from android market if i switch to Apple? and then do the same when i want to change OEM? Oh right no solution for this.

8. twens

Posts: 1167; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

These are just preferences from someone's view. Why bother?

9. tyrionTheWise unregistered

1. Press the back key. Much easier than having to reach the top of the page. Or you can just have two taps(multitasking key and the app). 2. Press the back key. 3. Wow, didn't know that. I guess many others don't know it either. Anyway, it's a safari feature, not an OS one. 4. Hell no. The keyboard lacks number row and swipe input. 5. No. Try swipe or swiftkey someday. You'll know what good autocorrect is. Also almost all android skins have it anyway. 6. I give you that command center is super nice. But you have far more options on android notification bar by just a 2 finger swipe. 7. You do realise that that's the reason android turns the notification shade orange. And the low power mode is s**t on iOS. Try Sony's stamina mode. BTW I can make a 1000 points about how android is better. But I'm not going to do that, since no one cares. Everyone knows what he wants now among the two platforms, and he/she is going to stick to that.

14. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

1. Yeah, and risk going back a step within the app. Happens a lot. 2. Less convenient, my finger is already on the screen. 4. I love swipe, I use it all the time. But in terms of normal input, it's superior. I still hate the placement of the comma and dot, and I could do with a numbers row, but I've found these aren't as important. Swipe's a good point though, Apple should get it done. 6. Most Androids don't support 2-finger swipe down. Used to love my Mi 3 for this one. 7. No, not on every Android under the sun. Not even 50%.

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

okay.. I get it.. iPhone is perfect, right?

43. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

It's just Chris' personal opinion, and he said that in this article. So chill!

30. tyrionTheWise unregistered

1. Android N solves it. Double tap on multitasking to get to last app. 2. reaching on the top of screen can never be more convenient than bottom. Plus the target is so small on iOS. 6. MIUI supports it, Stock android supports it, Samsung supports it and LG UI does it too. That's like 99% of the android one. 7. Stock android does it. Touchwiz turns grey with the same effect. Toucwiz is running on more than 50% of android phones, that makes your point invalid.

77. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

1 Good to see N getting it, love that functionality on the custom rommed G3

44. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Hi Chris I think I am not the only one who noticed many of the hot article praising Apple and bashing Android.

49. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

I too have noticed. But I do not mind.

166. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

1- never happened to me since android 2.3 2- back key is on-screen for most new android and the capacitive button are pretty close. 4- all question of taste i guess in my eye they are mostly on par with each having small advantage. 6- There are launcher thats can do this and work on all android device. 7- again there is an app thats can do this for any android phone. You are entitled to your opinion just make sure to clearly show its an opinion on the article and not make it sound like its the reality for everyone. cheer!

18. zyxxyz

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Exactly. People who haven't done s**t on Android shouldn't judge it.

19. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Just wanted to comment on 7. No, it's not s**t. I do use Low power mode frequently and I gotta say I'm seeing a big difference when comparing with the normal mode. The stand by time and power drain is soo damn low!

31. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Standby draw on iOS is close to zero anyway.

51. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Which makes low power mode pointless? Do you mean thar?

67. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I can get two day battery life on my 6SP with LPM than less than one day with it off. It makes a difference.

76. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

False. It does not.

86. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol care to tell me how I'm lying?

124. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

I can disprove your claims with an office video my tech-nerd coworker uploaded to YouTube.

167. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well its all depend on the apps you use maybe all the thing PapaSmurf use on is phone are heavier or more prone to be affected by the new low power mode. Usualy its the same on android side its all depend on what apps and how they are made mostly. Yep i am able to be neutral and say the truth even about OS i dont like.

194. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

3. Actually, it's system wide on iOS, in the contacts app, recent call history, other news apps, etc.

195. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

6. On my OnePlus One, it's just a thumb swipe down from the top right, no need for 2 fingers

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Everything he says is subjective to user preference. Nothing to argue here. 1. Considering tiny text on a screen, and considering how people hold their phones; your claim is reaching all the way to the top of the screen to touch a link to go back, is somehow easier vs just hitting a back button, which is right next to where you fingers are already placed? 2. Sliding an app page to go back one screen vs hitting a back button yet again. How is that better? The iPhone doesn't have a back button. Too Bad! However, since the screens have to be touche for user-ship on the iPhone, that means a far more dirtier screen. because I have physical buttons, that means my screen has far less prints all over it. 3. Tapping the status bar to go back to the top. Hmmm! Sure I will say yes that si betetr vs how I normally do it, which is simply refreshing the page. As far as just scrollign back to the top? well on the iPhone scrolling is simply so damn slow. So let's take your example, iPhoneArena. I already know the bottom of the page has nothign but links and ads, so I dont go that far anyways. From where I stop reading and article since most here aren't long, I can simply flick the screen one time and it will go back to the top all by itself. How long does it take? roughly the same amount of time for the iPhone to go back up after you hit the status bar. Most webpages I visit accept for iPhoneArena, usually have a "back to top" link to tap which is equally as east. We can't help PA has terrible webpage design and neither can your phone. 4. Keyboard? NO! Not even close here. Having access to all my numbers without switching the screen is better. As far as how iOS handles auto-correct, its subjective. I type 3 letters, it shows several words on my screen which start the same way. Since it remembers words I use most, those words are already completely spelled out and all I have to do is touch the one I want. On both Android an iOS, the keyboard is laggy once you type faster than your phone can keep up. But the iOS one is worse. I type roughly 35-40WPM on a onscreen phone keyboard and no phone i have every used that didnt have a physical keyboard can keep up. 5. This is false or true and it depends on what brand of phone you have. I can say on Samsung's TouchWiz keyboard, what you are claiming is actually equally as easy. Since my device has a larger screen, its actually easier to pick a letter vs the base iPhone, especially compared to a 4" iPhone. 6. The command center sucks because the toggles dont do anything. Its also a pain to use because you end up goign to settings. What I like about TW is, certain things are gone when i dont need them. However I will show how you contradicted yourself. In the other point you claimed how good it was to reach up tot he top of your device to hit a link to go back to an app, and you said this was great, then you come back and claim reaching to the top for the notification panel isn't so great.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Either reaching to the top is good or its bad. You cant choose and say, well reaching to the top is good for this, but it isnt good for that. What makes this better on Android, is all of this is on one panel, not split in to panels. In fact, because I don't use an ISO device every single day, many times because of force of habit, when I want to use the quick toggle, I reach for the top. The fact is, it doesn't matter if they are at the top or bottom. What will feel better is what device you use more often and what you're use too. My phone has other features that work from the bottom, so not having the toggles in the way of that works great for me. 7. I am not sure what you're explaining here, since my iPhone can't run iOS9 and I didnt spend more than a week with the 6S Plus. Yo sound like you're saying, that if my battery is charged to 100% and it falls to 80% in this mode the phone will power off? Am I understanding that? Why woudl I want it to power off? Since iOS has a deep sleep mode, why woudl I want ti to power off? Unless I'm misunderstanding your point, I dont see how this is a benefit. Your terminology of using the word " better" is all subjective at best. if you prefer iOS, it doesn't matter if you actually think they are better, you simply have no choice but to perform those tasks the way they have been introduced to you. The low power mode on my device, basically forces the device to perform all its tasks using the 4 cores that are clocked at a lower speed. However my device still does everything it was doing already. It also forces the display to stay at 50% brightness or even less. This feature on the iPhone appears useless because as I said, when you arent using the phone, it goes into a deep sleep where apps arent busy and the battery isn't even draining unlike on Android phones. But hey go with what you feel, after all its YOUR opinion. Whether they are better is subjective. . I think what you did is nick-picked some things you like, which are simply done differently on Android and you want to claim they are "better". Good Luck with that.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Like clock work lol.

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Techie and his long drawn out essays. He practically contradicts himself at times.

71. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Michelle and her incessant trolling. She always contradicts herself all the time.

57. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1347; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Give him a break here Darkk, at least he clarified his statements and put forward some good points. I like what he said here even if it was long.

24. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Now post the 10 features that Android does Better than iOS

27. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Only 10 ? ^^

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