Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8.1: the best, compared

Among the multitude of things that can get a geek genuinely excited are the major updates for his or her gadgets. First comes the hype surrounding the software's announcement, then there's the excitement of exploring its new features, and after that arrives the enjoyment of actually using the features brought by the update. This is what iOS and Android users have been or are about to go through. Apple launched its iOS 8.1 update last week, and Google is about to release Android 5.0 Lollipop in a matter of days. Both software releases have been enjoying a lot of attention, and they're worthy of it given what they have to offer. This calls for a comparison between the latest and greatest Google and Apple have come up with...
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132 Comments

75. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Multitask, file explorers, expandable memory, mass storage mode, usb on the go, flash (some browsers like dolphin still supporting it and works very well), customizable home screens and widgets, richer codec support, bluetooth file transfer, you don't need a crappy software like itunes to put content on the phone, and i haven't even said anything about root and custom roms, the lack of all these features are deal-breakers for most power users to use an iphone, perhaps the real question is what can iOS do that android can't?

80. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The only real productive features lacking on iOS are usb access to file storage and bluetooth file transfers (with non-Apple devices). Expandable memory may be supported by Android, but many Android smartphones, especially the Nexus and Motorola lines (the only Android devices I personally would consider buying) don't have expandable memory. Some may hate iTunes, others like me actually prefer it. As for customizable homescreens, widgets, rooting, custom roms, etc... not everyone cares about that. I didn't say iOS users weren't missing out on anything, just not on anything significant. Just my opinion anyway

86. Thedefenitionofawesome

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

Not everyone cares about widgets and homescreens.... you are right. But MOST do. The flexibility of bluetooth in Android is significant, and not JUST relying on itunes is significant too. Most people hate itunes dude. Accept it.

101. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Aside from quickly seeing weather and calendar events (which you could also do from notification center since iOS 5), widgets don't have much practical use, even on iOS 8. They do look nice though, I agree. iTunes is not for everyone, but it's looks nice and it keeps all your music, videos, voice memos, apps (and even the documents in those apps) organized. I know some people hate it, but most are just fine with it. It's not some crazy nightmare like you make it sound.

123. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree. For me USB Mass Storage is an obvious turn off and is why I stopped buying the iPhone and also because of not being able to transfer any file over BT. Because the iPhone had good battery-life, I wouldn't brink my charging cable. So the only way to move files is over BT. Can't do it. Even cheap feature phones have mass storage via USB. There is no reason I shouldn't have access to this space. Same with the iPod. If Apple is concerned about having access to the system, all they have to do is partition the internal flash and lock out the system partition. Expandable storage is a plus, but wouldn't need it if the phone simply came with enough. Storage is cheap. Apple makes a killing on it. Since other OEM's like Samsung make their own, they could easily provide more. They aren't until we all complain about it enough which is why the Note starts at 32GB. Someone needs to make a big stick on how the 16GB iPhone only leaves you with only 7GB of usable space, how who the 32GB model you were left with 22GB of usable space like they did to Microsoft.

96. Xacto01

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2014

Android APIs allow for apps like Pushbullet, Mighty Text, Twighlight. I can't switch to Apple because it's app restricted. On a side note, you can't even switch the default apps either.

102. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Pushbullet is available on both Android and iOS. Handoff/Continuity is much more powerful than pushbullet, airdroid, and mighty text combined, especially since many 3rd party developers can/will actually take advantage of Handoff. iOS has its own APIs as well. Developers now have access to TouchID to protect specific information/documents and allow for fingerprint log-ins, and you have the Metal API that allows developers to improve iOS graphics AND makes it much harder for developers to port iOS games to the Play Store. I'm not saying iOS is better (or vice-versa), I'm just saying that iOS users aren't missing out on much. I'm sure you can make the same argument for Android users.

128. pdqgp

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It's more configurable to a users specific needs. It can be fully automated not just on location but also features. It tells me to leave for work, IF i need to leave early due to a traffic snarl, connects to my bluetooth, turns on WiFi Tethering so my kids wifi only iPad will connect. When I get to work, it turns off Tethering automatically, connects to my BT Stereo in my office, forwards my calls to my desk phone, and keeps my screen from timinng out/locking and turning off once it hits my cradle. It automatically starts my music player, turns my EQ settings to match what I set it for in my office (house / car both are different) and turns on wifi tethering as I prefer to have my iPad connect through my phone vs the office's network. ALL Of that is a 1 time set up and done. You can't do all that with iOS.

62. bashsnk

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 26, 2014

yeah, simpler and reliable

35. TRUVILLE

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

What new on apple or iOS that we haven't seen before Tim cook?

43. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

iOS 8 introduced everything that Gingerbread did.

59. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

What Lolipop??? Even JB is light years in front of the last iOS update. Get real!

98. mackendw

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2014

Lets see: - new android runtime leaving dalvik in the dust performance wise - much better memory management running very well on lower end phones - new lock screen with smart lock facial recognition and unlock near known devices/watches confirming identity - full selection of widgets allowing customization of desktop/homescreen per user preferences - very strong dev community building out tools for rooting, enhancing user experience, etc

132. iHateFanBoys

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

You are so stupid I can't even comprehend. Apple pay is a complete copy of google waller which had been around for AGES. Only sheep use macs.

14. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Comparing Android to iOS is like comparing apple to orange. Different people, different tastes.

124. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yeah, Oranges are better for you though. Apple's will kill you, ask Adam and Eve.

15. technosiastic

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Android lock screen look similar to ios.

30. JakobXperia

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Or maybe it's ios lockscreen that's similar to Android lockscreen?

84. technosiastic

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Fyi ios introduce this design of lock screen in ios 7..

126. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Android has it since 2.2 at least. Again was on unskinned Android phones.

47. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

because they both use numbers? wow what a coincidence. Better sue Android.

125. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Android lock screens have always look like this since ICS which predate iOS7, depends on what brand of phone you have. So its actually the other way around.

19. samub

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

juts download a launcher you can go anything with ui.you can use your android ui as a windows phone or ios.and even chinese phones uses ios ui with even more features.sorry but ios is just for daddy and mommies.

36. giorf

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

What's wrong with daddies and mommies? Not that I'm an iOS fan ( I do like Android and WP), but you young guys need to come down from your horses thinking you are the only ones that are tech savvy. Far from it.............

89. dalabi

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 25, 2014

Nothing wrong with daddies and mommies at all. It just seems like if you were born before a certain point, the majority of people in that age bracket are just scared to learn something new and get their hands dirty. No one gave me a class on how to use my Galaxy Nexus when I moved from my bb and I'm pretty much a master (as far as normal users go) with android.... That being said, I do enjoy it when I find an older person who is tech savvy though. Makes me feel like there's hope.

63. bashsnk

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 26, 2014

those laggy launchers make me don't like andoird

70. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Still in 2010 it seems... Still using go launcher huh??? There are many light and fast launchers like nova,apex,smart ,gnow...which are smooth as butter...

133. iHateFanBoys

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Stop living in the past. Open up some CURRENT technology news sources and read it. There are many light launchers like nova launcher. You stupid sheep are so stupid it's not even funny. Android has changed a lot over the years, your same old dried out arguments won't work anymore. Android isn't laggy anymore. Oh but I heard ios 8 has a ton of bugs though. So I guess the tables have been turned and now the iphone is slow and glitchy.

21. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I'm not impressed with iOS widgets I have seen so far. I find them cumbersome to use. You have to swipe in from the top. Then if you happen to be in the notification display, you have to change to the widget display. Then if you want to look at notifications, you have to switch back. They also seem more limited to mostly displaying information. I hardly ever look at them and instead just launch the app most of the time. There aren't very many to choose from, so perhaps there will be more in the future with more functionality.

28. m_smart_guy

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

when is lollipop coming for nexus 5

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