Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8 UI comparison: vote for the better interface here!

The year is almost over and both Apple and Google have already treated us to the latest renditions of their mobile platforms - iOS 8 and Android 5.0 Lollipop, respectively. We got introduced to these versions of the platforms several months ago. First was Apple, which showcased its iOS 8 at WDDC 2014 in the beginning of June. Several weeks later, Google followed suit and highlighted the spic and span novelties that Android 5.0 Lollipop was about to introduce this autumn.

The corresponding operating systems have been out for some time, though it has to be mentioned that iOS has been around for longer. What's more, Apple's OS is surely basking in higher adoption - way more than 50% of all devices that support iOS 8 are actually running on it. In the meantime, Android 5.0 Lollipop has been off to a slow start. Nonetheless, this doesn't change the fact that both platforms are now available and most of the devoted iOS and Android fans have surely had more than enough time to accumulate impressions.

We've already compared the two platforms and in our humble opinion both are equally awesome, though each one shines with its one merits. That's why decided to ask you, our readers to give your opinion and settle the dispute once and for all... well, at least until the next versions of iOS and Android debut! We're giving you the chance to judge different aspects of each platform and vote for the better one. 

Lock screen and home screen

Well, here they are - one of the first things that you see when you unlock your iOS or Android device. While their appeal is subjective, Android's lock screen is undoubtedly a tad more functional and user-friendly - first of all, you can only unlock your device by swiping in any direction, whereas iOS 8 only allows you to unlock your iPhone by swiping right. What's more, you have direct access to your camera and dialer straight from Lollipop's lock screen. In the meantime, iOS 8 only gives you access to your iPhone's camera app, yet the latter launches somewhat faster than the new Android. Both platforms' lock screens allow you to quickly access your notifications and quick settings as well.

As far as the home screens of both operating system are concerned, the tradition lives on. Google's OS relies on a rather customizable home screen, which comes with multiple screens and has different widgets, folders, app shortcuts, and a dedicated app drawer. The Material Design touches here and there are clearly visible. Google's search prowess is also art our disposal and is just a swipe away. Meanwhile, true to its roots, iOS 8 comes sans an app drawer and all of your apps are scattered across several home screens. 

Which one is the better one though? Cast a vote right below!

Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8: which one has better lock and home screens?

Android 5.0 Lollipop
iOS 8


Hardly anyone can deny the fact that widgets are not among the most powerful weapons Android holds against its rivals. The utter customizability, paired with the wide range of widgets available for the platform make Android the king of the widgets, and iOS 8 can hardly hold a candle to it.

Okay, one of the bigger additions in iOS 8 - the widgets - are situated in a pull down panel in your notifications shade. This makes them available from almost any screen, regardless of the app you've currently opened. These are situated one below the other and offer a streamlined experience. Well, they are, by no means, nearly as customizable as Android's take on the matter, but there might be numerous users that find Apple's implementation better and more user-friendly.

Still, to each his own, so vote below and tell us which platform's take on these interactive small applications!

Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8: which one has implemented widgets in a better fashion?

Android 5.0 Lollipop
iOS 8

Multi-tasking and recent apps

Both platforms have been employing their own take on multi-tasking for a lot of time now, and while iOS 8 has not revamped Apple's take on this rather important feature for a smartphone in a substantial way, Android 5.0 Lollipop has brought a nice (and somewhat needed) overhaul, which brings Google's new Material Design directly to your recent apps. Android Lollipop shows your recent apps in an animated stack of windows and you can swipe up or down so as to select the desired one. What's more, one and the same app can be represented by different tap, provided that you have more than one active task at hand. In iOS 8's camp, the multi-tasking menu (available by double-tapping the home key), shows you recent apps side-by-side. You can easily browse them by swiping left or right. It's important to say that you have shortcuts for some of your favorite and recently-contacted contacts in iOS' multi-tasking menu, whereas Android 5.0 Lollipop has none. Closing an app, similar to previous renditions of iOS, is just a swipe-up away. 

Which one do you like more?

Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8: which one has a better multi-tasking (recent apps) menu?

Android 5.0 Lollipop
iOS 8


Lollipop and iOS 8 can't be any more different when it comes to comparing their default phone and contacts apps. Touched by the Material Design goodness, the contacts app in Lollipop can be summarized with two words - gorgeous and functional. It's extremely intuitive and easy to use (just as it should be), greeting you with your favorite contacts and treating you to a large contact image, which makes it rather easier to find the desired one, even while on the go.

We are not disappointed by iOS 8's contacts app, but when you put it next to Google's, it becomes apparent that is certainly less compelling and intriguing. Yes, one may argue that it's a tad more intuitive, but it's definitely not as head-turning as its animated Android counterpart. 

Let's vote, shall we? Android 5.0 Lollipop or iOS 8, which one has the better contacts app?

Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8: which one has the better contacts app?

Android 5.0 Lollipop
iOS 8

Messaging and keyboard

Both platforms offer a pretty streamlined experience when a text message has to be sent. The battle in this aspect is especially fierce once we consider that iOS now supports custom, swipe-enabled keyboards, almost similar to the ones that Android users have been enjoying during the past few years. Then again, Google's stock Lollipop keyboard surpasses iOS 8's one when it comes to features, as it comes with swipe input and different themes. In the meantime, iOS 8's stock keyboard is not as feature-specc'd, yet it's noteworthy for its fast response. Both will correct your words once you begin to type; the iOS keyboard also has an "intelligent word prediction" in its not-so-deep bag of features.

As far as the stock messaging apps are concerned, iOS has a slight advantage - it will only resort to a regular SMS message when the receiving party is unreachable via Apple's iMessage service. Android 5.0 Lollipop has a new messaging app, the colorful Messenger, which is as streamlined and as simple to use as it gets.

Well, which one is better - Lollipop's Messenger or iOS 8's Messages?

Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8: which one provides a better text messaging experience?

Android 5.0 Lollipop
iOS 8

Camera interface

This is one of the aspects, in which it's rather hard to deny the supremacy of iOS 8's stock camera app. It is not only more intuitive and user-friendly, it's also more feature-packed. Meanwhile, Google's stock camera is as simple as it gets and doesn't overwhelm the Android enthusiast with numerous toggles and options from the get-go, as most of its features are hidden a tap away. Frankly said, neither does the iOS camera, despite that most of its features are visible at all times.

The camera apps of both prevalent platforms have different modes in two. For Lollipop, these are Photo Sphere, Panorama, Lens Blur, and video; the iOS camera allows you to make use of Time Lapse, Slo-Mo, Panorama, and regular video as well. The layouts are rather different - Both are streamlined and as intuitive as it gets, but which one is the better one in your opinion, both layout- and feature-wise? 

Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8: which has a better camera app interface?

Android 5.0 Lollipop
iOS 8


What a heated battle, right? Well, both platforms have their own merits and it's virtually impossible to discern a clear winner, so regardless of which one turns out to amass more voters, it is pretty safe to say that both iOS 8 and Android 5.0 Lollipop offer the best user experience possible. The polls above will be open until Wednesday, December 17, so cast a vote while you still can. Of course, we'll come back with a brekadown of the results shortly after the voting urns get closed. 



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I actually had to vote for iOS camera interface :O I just really don't like the default google one :p

5. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Same, Google never really got the Camera interface down yet. Though in Lollipop, apparently there are new API's for image processing, which result in better photos. Regardless, Google can always improve their Camera app.

6. slh163

Posts: 140; Member since: May 19, 2014

same here

39. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The google camera application needs an overhaul.

2. Theus

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

The Camera interface is 50/50 at the moment!

13. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

yup. agreed google cam aint the best but really iOS cam interface is just equally as basic. other than that, this poll is a joke, not a competition. Lollipop steamrolls over iOS (any generation)...changing the number in the front does not make it a new OS interface be that as it may even for iOS 15. Apple needs to step it up big time

3. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

2 ios for me, the rest lollipop, i prefer cleaner look, lollipop done it so much better. :)

63. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Me too.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22471; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Click bait" article if I've ever seen one. Android seems to be the clear winner, except in the camera app inventory department. I'm curious to know, however, how many users are voting because they have used both OS's and thus are making an informed decision in each category, and how many users are just voting for their favorite OS?

26. ash1684

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

I have iOS8 on my iPad 2 and Lollipop on my Nexus. Lollipop is so mutch cleaner and elegant than iOS8 (that often looks too childish...). The only step forward that iOS have VS Android is the camera app. From multitasking to the keyboard, there is no game in my opinion: lollipop is mutch better. P.S. the phone app in the screenshoots of this article are from KK, not lollipop

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22471; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now that's what I'm talking about. An honest, informed decision, based on your usage of both products. If only all Phonearena commentators made their decisions this way....

35. defcon888

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

I am like you...I have an iPAD 4 and love it as a tablet, but my phone is a Note 3 running KK 4.4.2. It is nice to see Apple playing catch up with Android as opposed to the other way around. But in the end, we all win....think about it...when 1 OS invents, the others immitate and vicea versa.

28. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

IOS8 on the ipad and an S5

40. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I recently purchased a refurbished iPhone 5. It's my first iOS device and I'm not too keen on the software. Maybe I'm just use to Android.

42. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I have next to no experience with iOS, I'm also running Android 4.4.4 so I'm basing my opinion off of the screen shots in the article alone. That being said I voted Android all the way down the board excluding the last category simply because I can see the distinct differences between my current OS and what I hope to get in the next month, and to me it looks like a massive improvement over an interface that I'm already familiar with. iOS on the other hand looks just like the OS that I haven't been interested in for the past several years. I know that they're getting better with each release, but for the past couple years now, their OS has been using this bright pastel color scheme that I personally identify as something little school girls would be attracted to. These are my opinions and they are only in regards to the visual appeal I have for each OS, They in no way, shape, or form express how I feel about the actual quality or performance of software or feature sets of each OS.

50. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

So you made a decision on which is best while not having, and I quote, "next to no experience with iOS". Yep and thats why these poll results are crap. This goes for anyone voting strickly iOS without ever using Android too, this just happened to be the first comment I saw that proved what I figured the results of this poll would favor. They favor people just blindly picking their OS of choice. This is the equivalent of saying "I love Twix way more than I love Milkyway." "Have you ever tried a Milky Way?" "No..."

55. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

People are hardly blindly picking their OS of choice. And at least I'm honest enough to admit that I'm basing my opinion strictly off of visual appeal, based off of the images that phone arena provided in the article above. I think one looks much better than the other. If you read comment 36, I explained that comparing GUI is subjective base on personal preference as to what looks more attractive. That being said, I'm perfectly qualified to make a decision on the questions above. Besides, how many people who actually voted above have quality hands on time with both Android 5.0 and iOS 8? I would guess less than 5%. So take a chill pill and accept the fact that people are going to participate in surveys and you're getting butt hurt over your frustration of the score not being in favor of how you feel.

7. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I haven't got my hand on lollipop so I'm neutral .

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22471; Member since: May 28, 2014

I have not used neither, so I cannot give an informed on which is better.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22471; Member since: May 28, 2014

*cannot give an informed decision

51. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Actually your uninformed decision is probably better and lease bias than most of the people who voted.

8. mukul32 unregistered

".....We can safely say that both are great and it's hard to choose a clear winner.." Why do ibiased iPhonearena reviewers always say the same old thing whenever android or a device running on it is clearly ahead of its apple counter up

9. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Lollypop lock screen is definitely a step backwards (KK was better IMO). Lollypop multitasking will be better once the memory leak issue is fixed. I prefer the dark theme of KK over the overly bright/white in LP. Unless you like to play DSLR switcheroo with your smartphone, iOS camera software is superior.

70. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I actually like Lollipop 5.0 lock screen way more than the one in my prior versions (4.4.4). I specially like that I can answer a phone call without having to unlock the phone and that after answering the phone call he goes back to his lock stage. Helps me avoid a lot of prior not able to answer on time phone calls...

10. gregoryyy3 unregistered

Lol cause some of you actually think android is better than iOS. You android fanboys are a joke

11. heysamad

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Both the OS are really good. But i prefer Android Lollipop over iOS because I multitask a lot on my phone.

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

when iOS can multitask, multi window, and get set up exactly how i want it, then you you can talk about iOS supremacy.

33. defcon888

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

LOLOL. I think you are mad because for the first time, an OS (other than iOS) looks better than an OS that comes from a company that perports to be a GRAPHIC /Creative designers OS. I have an iPAD 4 and love it....but my phone is a Note 3. Can't wait to get lollipop.

34. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i do and im using an iphone 6. your point is invalid. stop being a fan. everything in lollipop looks good except the camera.

36. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

This article is comparing the GUI for each OS. This happens to be a very subjective article as it is strictly the user's opinion based on what looks better to that individual. Why are you so upset that the opinion of the majority of users is different than yours? There is no right or wrong answer, so why do you feel that people are choosing incorrectly?

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