Android 5.0 Lollipop totally crushes iOS 8 in terms of interface design, according to you


Last week, we asked you to rate both Android 5.0 Lollipop and iOS 8 in several different categories and determine which one has a better interface. We were more than sure that this battle was going to be bloody and fierce, as both the fans of Google's OS and Apple's mobile platform are quite devoted to their beloved operating system of choice.

Well, the results are in, and frankly said, they did not surprise us at all. The majority of the people who voted in this UI comparison decided that the newest version of iOS can't hold a candle to Lollipop when it comes to overall interface design. With a total tally of 21,312 votes, Android 5.0 Lollipop outscores iOS 8 by a fair margin, as the latter accumulated 8,154 total votes.

Broken down, these results show us that the only aspect in which our readers find iOS better is the interface of the latter's camera app - 2,398 voters found it better than the stock camera app of Google's OS, which amassed 2,138 fans. As per your opinion, Google's OS wins a crushing victory over iOS in the widget implementation section - backed by 80.92% of the voters, Android simply leaves no chance to iOS 8, which accumulated only 19.08% of the votes. 

You can check out a complete breakdown of the final results in the gallery right below. Are you surprised by the outcome? 


As a quick refresher, you can check out some of the screenshot compositions that represented their respective camps.

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77 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I agree Android's material design is very unique and cool, though new iOS UI is not bad either.

9. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

unique???? really? or uniquely copied from WP? just asking.. hehe! oh BTW im LG G3 user.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That looks nothing like WP- thankfully.

76. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Windows Phone 7 started the whole flat design with clean lines no shadows and pressing words instead of having buttons. That time apple had their skeuomorphism which android copied and was the standard since the OG iPhone. When Windows 7 revealed their UI. Android tried to make something similar with black menu backgrounds instead of the ugly grey they had. Than Apple finally changed their UI design to "Flat Design" which Android copied again. But at least they got it right though. It does look better than Apples. Windows is still beautiful in their own way and hasn't changed much in terms of design since the beginning. Both Windows and Apple got it right at the start with design. Because they haven't had to change their designs much. Unlike Android which has had to change some thing aesthetic every year.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I guess you don't have Lollipop yet Material Design is very different from WP Mainly its animations, transitions, shadows and physics WP is basically totally flat Material Design still has many elements of skeuomorphism In fact you could argue Material Design is more skeuomorphic than flat since its whole metaphor is to emulate paper

20. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"In fact you could argue Material Design is more skeuomorphic than flat since its whole metaphor is to emulate paper" ^ This.

19. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yes unique.!! I'm a WP user and material UI is nothing like WP's modern UI.

33. hesam96

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

WP? WTF man????

46. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

lol who cares to copy wp?

59. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ohh my... REALLY! The trolling on this site has lost its flair. WP? That's like saying high noon is the same as midnight. Try harder, this is embarrassing.

78. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I hate iOS's neon colors, a pain in my eyes.

18. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Am i the only one Android user that feels that Lolipop UI is pretty crappy and even i do not use iPhone, i thing that their implementation of notification centre is far more usefull - when you hold a phone in one hand only, you can easily swype up notifications, unlike on android when you dont reach top of the screen on 5+" devices. Same goes for menu: they got rid of menu button with "recents" instead, swype up from left edge of the screen to get into menu of an app is very dificult for 99% of right handed population. (5+" screen). A phone is intented to use mainly in one hand!!! Android should bring more options to custom your interface like where from you want to swype up your things - changing just icons, animations and themes isnt the right customization that i care about.

21. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

Your argument is actually against 5+ inch screens not android... Because something tells me that if you simply don't use a 5+ screen all your problems would be solved... Not trying to be rude just perplexed by your argument, as iOS handles 5+ worse than android (in my opinion due to androids experience in this sector)

24. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Not only that but he keeps on claiming that phones are designed for one handed use....then use a phone not a phablet.

35. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

And what size has a "reference" model from google??? Nexus 6 is a phablet and UI designed then for 5+" devices.

36. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

please tell me the size of NEXUS 6 - only one googles "phone" - a reference model for Lolipop.

37. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

I understand your point, but then again Google made their system open source for a reason. If you don't like something about it, it can be changed. If you don't like the nexus 6 Google still encourages you to get an android from any other manufacturer for example one that offers something less than 5 inches. Many android users love big screens and Google is simply trying to provide for them and your opinions are valid because everyone has their own preferences and therefore Google makes it open source to try and help you

39. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

CyanogenMod 6 or 7 had the feature some years ago to bring up notifications from the bottom. Might be nice to be implemented again on stock - bigger screen = problems to swype it down.. Also the new way of "burger" menu poping up from left might be also customer selectable from where - left/right. I take your point about smaller screens - but look where it goes, almost all phones are 5" - every flagship is now 5+". I am using note 3 Neo - 5,5" which is for me that sweet spot to operate "phone" safely without dropping it. Original N3 with 5,7 is already too much (just 0,2" diff) - i had N3 for a week and it is for my use actually too big for casual use of "phone" while walking, driving etc... I still feel comfortable to use "menu" button on my phone and can reach it safely. But i can not swype up the menu from left edge so safely so the phone can drop of my hand. When someone at Google holding a prerelease sample of Nexus6, could thing a bit better and implement some usefull things for bigger screens in L.

64. lebigmac506

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

My lg g3 allows me to open my notifications with on screen button located on the bottom... Open source, yay.

67. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

I see your point. I guess Google has a specific target market ie. The ones who like big screens and use it two handed. I use a 5.2" LG G2 and I have a fourth Soft Key that pulls down the notification bar it's useful when I use it one handed but not so with two hands. As far as I can tell though iOS doesn't seem to apply any means of making their new 5.5" any more usable other than the one handed mode which doesn't really help with the notification bar or typing as far as I'm aware. But with my experience custom skins is android's strength as well as its customisation... Maybe there's a floating widget you could get to drop down that notification bar, I'm not sure

60. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Rigby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT point. But we all know Rigby is always rude! +1

68. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

Thanks Dude :D

69. torr310

Posts: 1679; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yeah, it's good news but most importantly, when will this arrive on my phone? The updates adapt rate is very low compared to iOS. Well, I still love the freedom of Android!

77. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

iOS looks cartoonish like tw

2. Rathish.silver

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

iOS is simply beautiful but Android is awesome

47. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

It isn't surprising at all, we know that this site is very Android biased.

58. Rathish.silver

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah True

61. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I wouldnt say Android biased, but as a majority of the smartphones uses Android, is expected that the Android share in this site (user I mean) is higher, leading to the advantage in this pool. This answers mean nothing at all.. Majority of Android users will vote in android and iOS users will vote in iOS....

3. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I think, this poll has turned out in right direction. The only thing, I feel could be better in Stock Android v5.0 is Camera App !! I also feel that; the Multi-Tasking/Recent Apps Menu in Android can be even further improvised !!

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea Google aren't even using their own new camera API The new camera API can also take RAW DNG photos And one dev has made a way to record 60 fps and 120 fps on the Nexus 5

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