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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90. dalabi

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 25, 2014

November from what I read... after the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 arrive.

31. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

iOS for me but it doesn't mean it's better, I just like jailbreak tweakability which make iOS very intuitive and simple to use. Android is indeed more advanced, but that's not what I'm expecting from phone, for advanced tasks I have PC or tablet. Both are great and I am impressed by Lollipop in real life. I like WP too...I wish OEMs would come up with...triple boot :D or XDA

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great F'n article! Really good read, these platforms are as different as night and day, but the same in lotsa ways. It a true toss up, EL Goog gets the edge in customization but not by as much as it used to. iOS gets the nod in convenience especially with its approach to widgets (which I personally prefer), it's browser, messaging app, and video compression and editing. Androids app drawer, phone access from the lock screen are great too. Overall how do we decide which is best? Simple, go with the one that represents the Eco system you already use. If you're looking to change, don't come to the comment section of PA for advice. The comment section is full of immature, simple minded teenage boys, that only want to argue, and insult anyone who does not use what they use, or prefer what they prefer. To decide which is best for you head to the store, and play around with these devices, and make an informed decision, based on your wants/needs. That is the only true way to decide, and it's a lot more fun and informing.

52. Exempt1 unregistered

It's Apples' knight in rotting armour again! How is iOS close to Android in customisation? The widgets are pointless in iOS8, nothing like what you can do on Android, where you can set up whole pages dedicated to an app or for function through widget. You never need to open apps with these widgets. Android has better video editing, but 120fps is very nice. I love reading your comments, every time you try to be the peace maker. I want to know what else beats Android. The speed that these phones develop and the software tweaks available due to Google being so kind to us, we are far beyond what Apple can do. I don't think I know anyone who even considers iPhones anymore. Apple are great with the iMac, but otherwise, meh. I can connect and share my files a lot easier with my Mac and Android than with my older iPhones. Watching the new iPhones flying down the benchmarks and recommended phone lists each week is hilarious too.

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You don't know anyone who considers iPhones lol? Mmmmmmmk...check the sales of them. Apple could care less about who you don't know. Your comment was stupid dude, go back and re read it lol. Men lie, women lie, numbers don't. Words of the great poet, Jigga Man.

77. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Last I checked android sales eclipsed iOS sales many times over... and growing.

92. darkkjedii

Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What does that have to do with the iPhone selling great? Samsung sells more phones overall, Apple sells more high end phones. Say what you want, but the N4 won't outsell the 6+, the S5 won't outsell the 6. You know they won't. Glad to see you back too.

129. pdqgp

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

iOS is still not gaining marketshare like Android. THis isn't about Samsung vs Apple, it's about Apple vs ALL the makes of Androids. In the end, I don't care if they sell more 6's they aren't selling more phones overall and their OS isn't gainin ground nearly as fast as Android. In fact it's moving backwards.

81. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

U comments are even more iStupid. Number sure doesnt lie: Android 2014 Shipment volumes 997.7M vs iOS 184.1M Android 2014 Global market share: 80.2% vs iOS 14.8%. Feel iStupid now? LMAO!

93. darkkjedii

Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not at all, do I feel stupid. I don't need to click that link to know Sammy sells more overall phones. I've known that for a while dill weed. Sammys pushing it's high end line, and Apple outsells them there. I'm not (L)aughing (M)y (A)ss (O)ff though, and neither were you, cuz it's not funny.

99. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I agree with you. This argument goes both ways. iPhone sells more than the Galaxy S or Note series but then Samsung sells note overall. It's an apples to oranges comparison either way. Plus Apple reports units shipped vs units sold. It's all different. In the end, no one in the real world with real lives really cares about any of this. They all drive innovation from the competition.

82. Exempt1 unregistered

Android powered phone sales are insane amounts compared to Apple. I don't care about that anyway, why should I care about a popular phone? I look for what I like and which will have best dev support. And my comment was stupid? Wow. You thought apple was better at messaging and browsers... Both of which you can change to your personal preference to defaults on Android. I use Google's new Messenger app, which is so nice, others prefer to use different ones. And I use Chrome and Dolphin browsers. One for speed, other for Flash.... And recently, have you read how iOS is less stable than Android?.... Android just works. ;)

87. Thedefenitionofawesome

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

Everyone's needs and wants are on Android, so really, there's no reason to use ios

91. dalabi

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 25, 2014

Hey, let them argue... it's hilarious

34. dome888

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

ios 8.1 is incomplete, really buggy on my iphone 6, from video stutter to apps crashes. heck third party keyboards don't work well.

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sounds like you don't have an iPhone 6. In fact, you sound like you're trying to bash the iPhone, while disguising your bash by claiming to be an iPhone user ;)

53. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

My housemate has the same problems on his 5S. So I don't think that he's lying, more like you're biased.

56. darkkjedii

Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mmm hmmm

54. Exempt1 unregistered

But he speaks truth which is kinda funny. :]

64. bashsnk

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 26, 2014

just updated 5s to iOS 8.1 , started seeing the bugginess

97. darkkjedii

Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol, man stop lying, your a$$ don't have a 5s. You just wanna bash Apple lol.

118. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I wanna bash apple... and apple users... with a bat, covered in poison ivy and hot sauce.

37. twens

Posts: 1167; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

This is a stupid comparison to me. There are countless of things android does out of the box that IOS can only dream of. 1. You can't select multiple contacts and delete them on IOS. 2. Copy and paste is very painful on IOS and it doesn't work throughout the OS. 3. Highlighting a text can be a pain in the ass on IOS especially in apps like whatsapp. When you want to copy a particular message. It's either you copy all and paste it in note pad and reedit what you want to copy. 4. MP3 and othe files can't be shared via Bluetooth or wifi direct on IOS. 5. Limited video playback support. 6. iTunes integration to sync multimedia content. 7. No file browser 8. When you paste a number in the dialer you can't edit the number. Unless you paste it in note pad edit and bring it back to paste in dialer. 9. No customization in control centre, home screen. 10. No in app settings for apps. You always have to go back into settings There are a 1000 more things android does that IOS doesn't. Next time you want to compare android to IOS please don't use this similar things they both have in common to make it look like they are close in features and functionality cos in reality they are not. IOS is not even close. FYI, I use an iPhone 5s jail broken on IOS 7.1.2. So I know exactly what I'm talking about.


Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Both os are great in their own right. It comes down to the user. If you like a restricted software like apple or a unlimited software like android. For me a iPhone would be useless for all the things I do with my phone.

44. John2014

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

iOS does not have home screen. Direct go to the application drawer same as flip type phone. Very boring.

73. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

IOS is pretty bad on old devices. This heavy lag is truly experience breaking and it is just horrible.

104. Teeeyoo

Posts: 99; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Who else are enjoying reading with all of these comments?

119. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I'm only here for the comments.

105. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Why this article compare only the feature that only exists on both OS? Please make a comparison that what are existed and not existed from each OS.

106. danchoi704

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 18, 2008

Can't wait

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