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...
This is a discussion for a news article. To read the whole news, click here

77 Comments

12. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

All Lollipop for me. iOS put up lines between lists at pretty much anywhere, making it look cluttered compared to Lollipop. Except for the camera part, all of them are uninspiring.

14. Dejavu_LT

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Iphone 6 user here. I vote for Lollipop in every aspect, except camera interface (where iOS wins, in my opinion). It's amazing how stock android now looks like! Sure, i'm still love iOS, quality of appstore and so on, but hat's off, google done amazing job with L interface!

32. defcon888

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

Like your honesty. I agree with the Camera App on the iOS is way better. I like how Android shows what the Wigets look like before you add them. I don't know if iOS can do that....haven't gotten into it on my iPad 4.

16. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

IOS is better in everything !

17. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I think the voters from both sides have voted "HONESTLY"... Good to see this that users/fans appreciate the features of other OS also...

18. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

i really do hope iOS will copy app drawer and functionality where you can put anywhere you want your apps and widgets to make it look clean..

20. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

It would be nice if in the widget comparison gallery you showed actual Android widgets, as opposed to what they look like in the widget picker. In iOS you show widgets in actual use, so it's not quite a fair comparison.

61. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

In addition to that, there's the notification screens... In the iOS side, there are actual notifications. On the Android side, there aren't any. It's an incomplete comparison when one side is missing the focal point of said comparison.

21. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I voted for Recent apps menu(only interface) & Camera UI in favor of iOS. For all others, Android FTW..

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

*Lock screen and home screen android, it has access to the phone from the lock screen, and tells more information , plus you font have all your apps on the main screen and Google now is amazing *Widgets android, even tho Ios has widgets, they can become clutter when added to your notification bar. *Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8 - Multi-tasking pining apps is awesome, plus apps can have different processes in tabs? android wins *Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8 - contacts I like how it looks on android but i don't think its that far from each other, I honestly don't car that much *Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8 - messaging and keyboard space bar has... well more space, shortcuts to emoticons and numbers are separated to they are east to press... easy access my long press, messaging app does whats supposed to to on both so the advantage is keyboard *Camera more modes? more stuff? simple? iOS wins this one

23. trung_ero

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Everything about lolipop are great except for the camera

60. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Agree... Lollipop very 5.0 has many advantages over 4.4.4. I like the way the arrow (or directional triangule) now changes its pointing direction depending on what you doing. Also that the phone is now faster. But the biggest improvement that I noticed is the drastically improved battery life.

24. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Thanks for your article; butt-ugly icons and horrendously confusing UI from both OS's - once again a reminder of the appeal of WP!

37. tanujtiwari2008 unregistered

i really like the windows phone interface including its camera interface, those animations when you press the home button and all. Yes, in terms of the use interface it can be regarded awesome but otherwise it loses big time. BIG TIME. PERIOD.

44. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Windows phone has the ugliest UI of all OSes. There's a reason why it hasn't caught on with the public. There are other reasons, too, but its UI is one of the biggest downfalls of the OS. One other thing, WP isn't any simpler than the other two OSes.

54. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Sales are not always a reflection of quality. WP has a very high consumer satisfaction rate, those who try it overwhelmingly love it. There are many other reason why a great product doesn't sell as much as it should, things like proper lack of marketing etc. I dont understand how individuals like yourself can bash something that has clearly inspired the OS you love.

62. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I see zero similarity between WP's and Android's/IOS' UI

47. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

What makes the UI horrendous? Looks pretty straightforward for me

29. defcon888

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

I picked most for the Android. I am biased because I use a Note 3, but I also have an iPad 4 running the latest iOS. I wish the article would have said "These are the stock screens, apps etc.". I don't use the stock homescreen, I use(d) Nova Launcher, Go Launcher, SPB Launcher and the stock one. I use SWYPE for my keyboard and I have downloaded different camera apps. Using your phone "as is" out of the box is like buying a entry level car with stock everything. Once you add the tires and wheels, a new stereo and a new paint job...it becomes YOURS....same with phones...that is why I like the Android....easier to customize!

30. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

well i have iOS 8 on my iPad and my mom got it installed on the iPhone 5s and i have experienced LolliPop on my S3, thanks to XDA developers JustArchi, arter97 and Moster2, and i can say that lollipop suits me more than iOS 8 at same hardware specs, with same 1 GB RAM, lollipop feels better that is my own opinion, maybe others can have other opinions.... but the camera has less options on lollipop, iOS takes the lead in the camera department but that is not going to stop me from saying that lollipop is better!

31. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

@defcon888 totally agree!!!

38. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Lollipop is Android's Vista, not coincidentally, the most like iOS8. Too bad that I couldn't choose vote "neither".

41. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

iOS 8 was a flop so I'm not surprised at the votes but I do know that many of us havnt used lollipop yet either...I voted iOS to be a rebel lol

43. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

AndroidArena strikes again!

46. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

And in the next article, somebody will bitch about iPhoneareana. Shut up.

45. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Apple loses everywhere except camera. Can't argue with that one. But iOS spectacularly loses when it comes to home screens, widgets, and multitasking.

48. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

"Hardly anyone can deny the fact that widgets are not among the most powerful weapons Android holds against its rivals." They're not?

49. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

I don't need to vote to see the result: Lollipop wins. Because who doesn't prefer a sweet lollipop over an apple (even the bitten one) :D

52. NICEBOY_1373

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Results are nearly the same on each section... Sooooo... It's about being FAN!

57. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Not completely true... Android users were pretty split when it came to the Camera. If people were voting simply to increase the numbers for their platform that wouldn't have happened.
This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.