These are the parts of Android that Apple iPhone users want

Last week we passed along some of the features of the Apple iPhone and iOS that Android users wish they had. Today, we examine the features of Android that iPhone users wish they had.
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91 Comments

12. midan

Posts: 2595; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

" I think a lot of Android users would migrate to Apple if they offered more customization." From the source "bigfatgatoiPhone 7 Plus 128GB • 8d I switched to iPhones fairly recently, my 7 plus is/was my first ever iPhone. Anyway, I thought I’d really miss customization coming from my Samsung phones.. but i don’t. I realized how little I actually used any customization option.. likes would set it up the way i like it and never touch it again, maybe change the wallpaper here and there but the setup never really changed. Which is the exact same thing that occurs on iOS, wallpaper change is all I need. 12 FrothyFreeLog • 8d I feel the same way 5 lemons_for_deke • 7d In a way I like how simple it is. I wasted a lot of time customising my old android, constantly changing the layout of the home screen leading to buttons that I hadn’t programmed yet or weird home screen glitches. I like iOS because it’s a simple grid of icons 3 bigfatgatoiPhone 7 Plus 128GB • 7d Me too. I love customizing things in general, but I don’t need an unnecessary amount of custom stuff on my home screen to fiddle with because I’m just not going to after I get it the way i like it lol It’s so simple and easy to use. Not enough bloatware that it lags and that’s my main reason I love iOS." Overally i have feeling that very few customize their Android device in any way. Just like very few customize their Windows.

17. Vancetastic

Posts: 944; Member since: May 17, 2017

Cherry pick some more of those for us! Sure, not everyone would customize home screens and such, but having the option would be nice.

24. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I like not having the option. Keeps me from wasting time messing with it. Arrange icons how you like, change wallpaper, done. Apple got it right.

25. Vancetastic

Posts: 944; Member since: May 17, 2017

Think about that first sentence you wrote. It’s kinda scary.

32. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Well then, continue to the second sentence, if you’re that easily scared.

44. Vancetastic

Posts: 944; Member since: May 17, 2017

Free will is bad...the Great Overseer knows what is best for us.

41. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Apple got it right for you. Doesn't mean they got it right for everyone. Most Apple users hate the fact that you can't hide icons from the home screen and stoop to making a folder called unwanted and put them in there.

47. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

“Most Apple users hate the fact that you can't hide icons from the home screen” Where did you find the stats for that statement? Id argue the vast majority don’t care. Normal people don’t care that they cant put an icon on the bottom vs top. Can’t hide icons from the home screen? Make another “page” to the right and put icons there. Out of sight. No different than a redundant app drawer. Not that hard.

48. wickedwilly

Posts: 637; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

It is really funny how you IOS fans miss plain and simple truths. Phones have grown in size since IOS first came out, so it is plainly obvious to put the most used apps (or widgets if they are active like a contact widget, which of course is another basic necessity missing from IOS) at the bottom within easy reach. The home screen only approach adopted by Apple is different from an App drawer as this does not need moving from screen to screen and it can be organised automatically with user effort if required. Clearly the better option. I will repeat what I said earlier, the truth is if you had this option you would rave about it, just like all the other things IOS fans have done in the past when long overdue features come to IOS.

55. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Ok a lot of Apple users that I know, read about, talk to, hate the fact that you can't hide icons. And no it's absolutely not the same to make a page on the right as an app drawer. As you can hide apps in the app drawer as well. You may not like the way the app drawer works, but to call it redundant and mention making another page for your not used apps is frigging hilarious.

63. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

On android you swipe up for a bunch of icons (app drawer), or on ios swipe right for ‘other’ icons you put on a different page. Not exactly the same, but you are only swiping in a different direction. I find ios more organized in the fact that you dont have two locations to launch apps (redundant). I find android, with the app drawer and feels sloppy. A lot of the ios users I talk to dont even think twice about their icons, and don’t care. They put them in folders, and/or on another page, and move on with life. Unless you are mistaking a vocal minority on the internet as a representation of what people care for in the world, or reflecting your own feelings about it into what you imagine ios users care about. Thatd be like me saying “a lot of android users I talk to think the app drawer, homescreen and widgets are not tidy. Icons everywhere.”

66. wickedwilly

Posts: 637; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Correction, you swipe right or left and then swipe again if you have more than two pages of apps. I only have to swipe once in the direction I prefer to access ALL my apps and can have them sorted automatically to give me faster access if I so wish. It is simply better and more efficient.

67. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

True, if you look at the interaction needed, they are both similar. But I find Android more organized since you don't need to make a redundant page with undeletable apps you don't use. You only see the apps you actually use. Same with the home screen I use, I only see the apps I use daily (with some other information I regularly use) and no worries of swiping too far to those unneeded apps. And if you don't like the app drawer, you can usually disable it and use the way Apple uses the home screen. And aren't you doing the same? A lot of iOS users you talk to isn't the same as every or most iOS users. But you are right, my group of iOS users that I know/read about,etc is not the entire iOS community and just the more critical ones.

45. wickedwilly

Posts: 637; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

It takes no more time arranging icons on any Android phone than on Apple. The difference is each day you save time because everything can be within easy reach and in a position that most efficient for you. IOS is still in the dark ages in this as well as customization in general. The truth is if you had this option you would rave about it, just like all the other things IOS fans have done in the past when long overdue features come to IOS.

64. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

You are typing as if I never used android. I use both, and miss none of the customization options on ios, and honestly find them useless for the most part. I suppose its a great play thing for ocd users who stare at their homescreen all day.

65. wickedwilly

Posts: 637; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

You say you have, but if you cannot see the benefits of arranging icons for faster and easier one-handed use (a trait iPhone fans have repeatedly said is important in using a phone), then I doubt you ever have. It takes no longer than arranging your icons for the first time on an iPhone, probably less time and then you never have to touch them again. If you use your phone, rather than keep it on standby all the time, so you can rave about a false battery life, then you look at and interact with your home screens hundreds of time every day.

70. Marcwand3l

Posts: 425; Member since: May 08, 2017

Oh so you just a have an obtuse and dishonest opinion retarding this matter. We are so luck you steeped by.

10. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

If any of the suggestions happen in bulk the Apple phone would no longer be that.

16. Leo_MC

Posts: 6920; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I appreciate functionality over form so - my first choice would be going to settings from haptic/3Dt/long press the CC buttons - second: a dark theme (as importance, this would be the first); I know Android doesn't actually have a dark theme yet (no, you don't have one, you only have skins or the ability to change the skin) and I can use smart invert in iOS but a dark theme would be something different and much-much better (as in OS X) - the same notification system; iOS 12 is a good start, but it's time to step up: I want different sounds for different mailboxes and for different senders - I want better groups in my contact book and I want to search contacts with the keypad - better 3rd party keyboards (SwiftKey is a joke on iOS when compared to Android) There are more (like having Xcode on Windows), but they are unrelated to the article.

20. Man_Utd

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Totally agree with you on the keyboard. I hated the iOS default keyboard, so I went to download SwiftKey only to find the same layout. WTF! Seriously, you guys iOS don't know what you're missing. Apple needs to easy up on the format.

81. Leo_MC

Posts: 6920; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

- split screen (I only want it for YouTube and another media site); I have apps that I can use in order to perform the tasks I want, but it's easier with a split screen system.

18. Vancetastic

Posts: 944; Member since: May 17, 2017

Default app choice, and in-app settings for me. Some Android style widgets for the home screen, like weather and clock, if I’m being picky.

19. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

File management with a PC, without iTunes. More obvious notifications (like the android status bar notification icons).

23. Raito

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I only need file management function on iOS

27. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Reasons why I dont do iOS. I torrent. A LOT. File manager. Microsd. APK backups and side installing. Textra. Splitscreen multi-tasking USB type C Headphone jack

33. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

“I torrent. A LOT. File manager. Microsd. APK backups and side installing.” You represent a lot of android users and their priorities. Which is why the Play Store is a second rate digital ghetto.

49. JCASS889

Posts: 474; Member since: May 18, 2018

what does sideloading have to do with the play store? how in anyway does that directly effect the play store?

54. tedkord

Posts: 17189; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

When you make statements like that, your avatar really fits.

57. Leo_MC

Posts: 6920; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You can sideload apps on iOS (if you read PA, there are some articles about some that have done that). You also have multitasking (and it performs even better than on most of Android phones). SD, USB-C and 3.5 mm jack are hardware that have nothing to do with either iOS or Android.

62. JCASS889

Posts: 474; Member since: May 18, 2018

the iphone can run 2 apps at the same time? diddnt know that, please send examples and screenshots.

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