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Clash of the titans: iOS 7 vs Android 4.3 comparison

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Clash of the titans: iOS 7 vs Android 4.3 comparison

Siri vs Google Now

Both iOS 7 and Android 4.3 offer intelligent assistance provided by Siri and Google Now respectively. The former recognizes commands spoken in every-day language, so you can ask it to set your alarm clock, a reminder, or even send a text message to a specific contact, or get you driving directions. Moreover, Siri can search the web via Bing, look up things on Wikipedia, or check what's trending on Twitter. Don't speak English? No worries! Siri recognizes input in French or German as well. 

Google Now is a little bit different. It is also capable of interpreting accurately your voice commands, but in addition, it attempts to provide the user with relevant information exactly when they need it. For example, driving directions will appear if it is the end of the work day. If you just looked up some place on Google Maps, Google Now will show you how to get there when triggered. If you have a plane trip coming, it will provide you with up-to-date details about your flight. And if you're in a different country, Google Now lists places of interest, currency exchange rates, and other useful information. 

All in all, both Siri and Google Now are great additions complementing the overall user experience and can come in handy in all kinds of situations. 

Internet browser

Both Chrome on Android 4.3 and Safari on iOS 7 are ideal for surfing the web as they are very fast, with support for multiple tabs and incognito browsing. Also, both can synchronize bookmarks and opened tabs between multiple devices, which is pretty cool for people who have to switch frequently between their desktop computer and a smartphone or tablet. We only wish that Chrome had Safari's Reader mode, which cleans all unnecessary content from a web page, leaving only an article's text and some images for easier reading. 


There was a time when Apple Maps was ridiculed for its shortcomings, but things have changed since then. The fact of the matter is that Apple's maps application is now more reliable and has all the features one would expect out of a proper app of this kind. It can give you adequate directions depending on whether you're driving, walking, or using public transportation. Locations can be quickly shared with others or bookmarked for future use. Same features can be found on Google Maps as well. While neither solutions will provide you with true offline navigation in a way that Nokia's maps would, both Apple Maps and Google Maps can cache map data in order to navigate you without relying on internet connectivity.

Camera UI and Image Gallery

The stock camera interface on Android 4.3 leaves something to be desired. For people who aren't familiar with its arrangement, the UI can be confusing and frustrating to use. We assume that Google has tried to simplify its use by making all knobs and switches available at a tap's distance, but that's clearly not a solution all users would be comfortable with. The iOS 7 camera interface, on the other hand, is simple and intuitive. Even a newbie can get the hang of it in no time. The newly added filters make the experience even more enjoyable.

The iOS 7 gallery application has grown smarter now and it can sort your images based on the time and location they were taken at. It also lets you edit the image by adding filters, removing red eyes, fine-tuning the color balance, or simply cropping it in a desired proportion. Sharing photos online, be it on Facebook, Twitter, or via Email, is also an option, although a huge drawback here is that sharing via other apps or services – Instagram, Skype, or WhatsApp, for example – is not available, while Android has had this option for ages. The Android 4.3 gallery app can also edit and share images, as well as to sort them by date or location, so we don't think it is any less functional. It would have been cooler, though, if there were more thumbnail sizes available in grid view.


Music player on iOS 7 vs Android 4.3

Music player on iOS 7 vs Android 4.3

When it comes to multimedia playback, Android 4.3 does not care how you load your music or videos onto the device. The user is free to hook the smartphone or tablet to a computer and just copy and paste their media onto it folder by folder. Of course, one also has the option to purchase songs or movies via Google Play. With iOS 7, however, you don't quite have as much freedom. The iTunes application is what you must install onto your computer and use to transfer music or video onto the iOS device. Not that it's too bad of a solution, especially when doing so helps to keep your music organized, but some might find the limitation annoying.

If we had to pick between the iOS 7 music player app and Play Music on Android 4.3, we'd most likely go with the former. Apple's solution just feels a bit better organized, although Google's music player is definitely not bad either. Both apps allow one to control music playback from the lock screen, which definitely makes things more convenient. Also, they both come with built-in streaming music services – iTunes Radio for Apple's iOS 7 and Play Music All Access for Google's Android, and offer the ability to stream whatever audio the user has stored in the cloud.

To watch videos on Android 4.3 one has to use the Gallery application. Strange, we know, but for some reason, Android in its stock form lacks a dedicated video player. Fortunately, the Gallery gets the job done, although you might want to browse the Play Store for a proper video player in case you watch a lot of video on your smartphone. The iOS 7 video player is okay as well, with a pretty simple UI and support for closed captions.


It is pretty hard, if not impossible, to say whether iOS 7 or Android 4.3 is better. That would be like saying that bananas are better than oranges, or vice versa. The fact of the matter is that both operating systems are pretty well made. And perhaps we won't be wrong if we say that the two are in their best state to date, although we can't be sure whether the new look of iOS will appeal to all long-time fans of the platform. To wrap it all up, those who favor a clean, elegant, intuitive interface (also the people who aren't sure what they want) would likely be perfectly happy with iOS 7 in its latest form. Sure, it might be limited when it comes to customization, but it is well polished and crafted with lots of attention to detail. And let us not forget that iOS excels when it comes to availability of high-quality applications for download. On the other hand, people who are into tweaks and modifications, those who like the feeling of having more control over their smartphone would be better off with Android. It may lack the elegance of iOS, but it is still a full-fledged contemporary operating system loaded with useful features. Moreover, Google's Play Store tends to be richer in free applications, even though their quality sometimes lags behind that of the software made for iOS.

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posted on 19 Sep 2013, 15:34 87

1. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)

4.3 > ios 7

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 16:08 51

19. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

iOS looks damn cheap. Yesterday we did the update on one phone and oh boy apart from their lock screen the whole OS looks so kiddish n cheap. We showed it to others and they didn't want to update it,

4.3 >>>>>>>>>> iOS 7

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 17:40 6

41. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Antutu: did you ever make your app't with the eye doctor?

When asking for new glasses, make sure your get the right precription. If anyone needs helps with his eyes, it's you.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 20:08 23

60. Striker13084 (Posts: 128; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)

I don't think the author used an objective eye. They definitely showed apple favoritism.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 14:56

126. pilfro (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)

Well they compared things Apple can do to things android can do. Like the Calendar review is fair until you realize you can put your calendar in one of your home screens or on your home screen etc. You dont need to open your phone application to make a call, you can just click on someones picture on your homescreen. My wife just switched to Iphone from s3. She wishes she didnt. I went with S4.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 20:23 5

62. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)

No doctor needed here, Except for you. Poor Iboys. They even don't dare to compare the TouchWiz version of Android 4.3 vs iOS7 . LOL
It would be a great fun.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 22:02 2

71. tman123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

Why don't you do it for us? You seem to have great knowledge of both OSes.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 18:22 9

45. taikucing (unregistered)

Android can be modified into iOS look & feel, but not vice versa.
There are many Chinese iPhone 5 clones.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 19:52

58. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 470; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)

You lie quicker than a cat lick its a**! So you updated and walked the streets and showed people and they didnt wanna update? You kind sir are lying and its not even funny!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 20:11 1

111. JC557 (Posts: 1788; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

My brother didn't really care for the changes in iOS7 as well and he went from an iPhone 4S to 5 to 5S. The only thing that bothers me about iOS7 is the super coloful Playskool icons on a device that looks pretty professional. If the iPhone 5s came with a 4.5" screen and a more staid color scheme in line with OSX I would probably consider it.

Also, despite running on Android 4.1.2 with LG's UI, my Spectrum 2 is just as fluid as my brother's iPhone 5s in scrolling, typing and browsing. So there's no lag on this Android and maybe I'll keep the phone long enough to see 4.3.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 19:36 20

54. PootisMan (Posts: 259; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)

Yeah, just wait until Android 4.4 comes out. Then it would be 4.4>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>​>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>​>>>>>>>>>> ios 7

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 20:25 27

63. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

There is no chance for ios, android is powerful.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 07:40 8

93. designerfx (Posts: 76; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

I don't think we even needed an article to articulate this. As is, the article is really short on actual review.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 09:53 10

96. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

What elegance?!? iOS 7 more elegant than Android 4.3? iOS 7 is just the app drawer for Android 4.3, nothing else. lol

C'mon PhoneArena.com.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 15:43 7

2. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

agreed, the title should be the little os that couldnt, if they can put android on an iphone, holy c*** ill but it, looks of iphone epicness of android

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 15:44 3

3. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

buy it, autocorrect again

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 15:45 9

4. Naruto_Uzumaki (Posts: 26; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)

ios7 looks like winphone 8

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 16:39 1

27. Gdrye (Posts: 111; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

i dont know what OS your talking about cuz the two are not even close. as far as someone saying that it looks cheap?? are you kidding, lets be honest here the transition effects are pretty nice, the way they implement the folders is a nice thing to see. honestly i know this is a mostly pro android site by no fault of the site creators, but damn, i like what they did and they closed the gap is a pretty big way.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 15:47 15

5. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

"routs texts over the web instead of eating up the user's monthly SMS allowance. "

Barring the typo, I disagree that this is an advantage of iOS. It's a major disadvantage. Everyone and their mother has unlimited texting. Few smartphone users have unlimited data. My brother repeatedly hits his data cap of 2GB, and has to disable mobile data often. iMessages no longer come through, and he misses texts from other iPhone users because of it.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 15:55

9. Sauce (unregistered)

Wait, so what exactly is it's major disadvantage?

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 15:59 8

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Stock message app for android is dated, I can't wait for hangouts to be the default messaging application

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 17:16 7

37. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Needing a data connection to receive messages from iPhone users. People run out of data and have to turn it off, so they stop getting their texts.

Meanwhile, Android users generally keep getting their text messages, because text messages are unlimited on just about every cell plan in the last five years.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 18:53

48. 14545 (Posts: 1668; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

I kinda disagree here. Text are a few kb to maybe a meg for a mms. But I have to pay 30 a month for unlimited texting on my 3 lines. So I would take it over my data plan anyday. Plus, at the place I work when I have to go out on to the manufacturing floor (not very often) I don't get texts because I don't have cell service. But there is WIFI out there.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 16:19

103. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

Not mine it isn't. I pay for texting and data.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 03:45

130. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3503; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Doesn't imessage switch back to regular text messages when there is no internet connection?

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 16:47 2

28. Gdrye (Posts: 111; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

i dont agree with you either, because one thing imessage does that i like so much, UNCOMPRESSED images and videos. i hate the fact that android does it, hey lets be honest, whats the point of a great camera when you send a picture mail compresses the image so much that you might as well send it with a flip phone.

As far as iMessages going over the data cap i think your missing something else, i would send about 10,000 text messages a month and never go over my data cap, so its not iMessages doing it i would take a longer look in to the phone and see where the real issue is.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 17:13 5

35. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

thats y theres email dumass

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 17:14 2

36. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

It isn't iMessage causing it, but iMessage is affected.

He burns data through Facebook or whatever, and then shuts down mobile data, thus blocking iMessage and every one of his iPhone contacts.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 17:32

40. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Umm, he can turn off iMessage. There, done.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 18:40

46. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Why, he sure can. A. Kinda kills the point of a feature, and B. iMessages still attempt to send to him, which holds things up.

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