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Fight for the top: Android 4.4 KitKat vs iOS 7

0. phoneArena posted on 18 Nov 2013, 12:31

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and the software powering our beloved gadgets isn't an exception. With each new release, mobile platforms are growing sleeker, faster, and more versatile than ever before. That's mobile OS evolution we're witnessing, and we're calling it evolution not only because software is constantly being improved, but also because the fittest are the ones that survive, while those who can't keep up eventually meet their demise. So, which is the best survivor of them all? The ultimate mobile operating system? Well, that's one of those questions that seem simpler than they actually are...

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posted on 18 Nov 2013, 20:56 3

83. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

I live on the edge. I don't care about people, let alone your grandma that you walk through stuff over the phone. Im running 4.4 on three devices.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:21 4

19. BlueForce (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)

As a lover of windows and having 2 buttons to click makes things way easier to navigate. That's why I chose Android and also because of the customization. There isnt a thing I own that I don't customize in some way. I hate being forced to use iTunes and all that. I like to do things my way, not how im forced to do them. I also find navigation on apple products very difficult. If I want to step back in an app or a website or whatever, all I have to do is hit my back button. On my girlfriends iPad, I have to hit that little button on the bottom which takes me all the way back to the home screen because many apps don't have a way of taking a step back. I don't want to restart, I just want to step back once. I find that extremely frustrating.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:12

32. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

TIP: on the iPad just use 4 fingers and swipe left or right to get back to other apps or windows you have open.

you probably want to get better acquainted to the devices you use since you claim you love customizing things... these OSs aren't too far off from each other anymore like they were a year ago.


posted on 18 Nov 2013, 19:10

72. BlueForce (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)

I don't want to go back to other apps I want to stepback in the settings of an app or something of that nature. I click on settings in some game and then the only way to get back to the game is by pressing the apple button then going back into the app and making aure not to hit anything else if I want to play the game otherwise I get to start back at page 1 again. Where as with android I can go to page 42, hit back and I'm on page 41. Apple stuff I have to start back at page one and go allllllll the way to page 41. Stupid.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 02:57

102. taikucing (unregistered)

I can do that too in android. Just install a gesture app from Play Store. Can your iPhone looks and feels like WP? I can transform my android into iOS or WP.

Simple questions:
The notification panel & control center in iOS copy who?
View running apps in iOS copies who?
Does iOS have widgets?
Can I copy files from iPhone to iPhone via WiFi & NFC?
Can I copy music files from PC to phone easily like copying to USB drive?
Can iOS run the videos in the background while you are browsing or running other app? --> Prove that iOS multitasking is fake.

If I want an iPhone, I can buy Goophone i5S. That cheap Chinese phone is sufficient for me. No need to throw much money just to buy a crap.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6OAE04Ocic --> use mediatek CPU

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 23:47

114. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)

The notification panel was not copying. It is widely available on predecessors to both Android and iOS.

View running apps, also predates Android and iOS.

Widgets are subjective.

You can send files via Airdrop and Bluetooth has always been a useful feature.

iTunes is still a solid way to manage your music. I use iTunes match with my iPad and it works quite well for me.

Why would you run a video, which you use your eyes to watch, while you browse or run another app?

Everything you said is either ignorant or completely biased. iOS is more than capable for the majority of smartphone and tablet owners. However, the devices are not cheap to purchase and own, which is the largest turn off for emerging markets and frugal spenders.

The market share will always favor Android, because the devices can be made and sold for a much more affordable price.

Android is no doubt more capable than iOS out of the box, but the majority of owners buy what they can afford and the others buy what is popular.

Tech savvy people always assume they are the majority, when in reality it is common folk who use smartphones day in and day out without so much as a customization besides a case and wallpaper background.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:07 2

45. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Agree on the customization - Android is light years ahead, which I a few years ago I left Windows 6.5, that, and because I can try custom ROMs.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:23 5

21. ghanemsam (Posts: 64; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

androis is the best, no comparison needed

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:35 1

23. LikeMyself (Posts: 459; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)

Respect to both OSes!
BTW: It is competition which makes products better!
One thing to watch out is that Samsung made Tizen's icons and notifications similar to TouchWiz meaning dumb people will buy a Tizen Samsung without even knowing it is a useless OS!
Didn't appreciate that at all Samsung. No no no, this is bad business!I'm leaving now.
Sony here I come. After all, Japanese products are generally of better quality than anything!

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:44 7

25. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

iOS sucks in every way. It's not even any smoother than Android anymore.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:08 1

46. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

That is true now...

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:47 3

27. Guile (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

For everything in life, when I'm looking for something, I look at functionality, features and possibilities. The truth is that Android packs more on them, maybe not always out of the box, but the possibilities are there. At that point it's enough for me to choose. Even then, the most important point at the end: you need to be satisfied with how you spend your money.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:58 1

29. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i like them both which is why i have an iPhone 5S running 7.0.4, a FHD Nexus 7 running 4.4 and a Moto X that's coming in tomorrow that'll soon be running 4.4. ;D

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:06

30. stanleytrotman (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)

android 5.5>>>>>>>>ios8


posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:09

31. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

wow... these two OSs are VERY similar... good job android! i haven't used an android device since early ICS. Very impressive that KitKat has turned android around. iOS 7 is very sleek and seemed to have borrowed the right features from WP and android to make the OS complete.

i can't argue both there's no winner in my book. those screen shots are too close to them being the same.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:15

33. stanleytrotman (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)

ios would have win if it was not because of the colours and its blury effect android 4.4 is toooo simple

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:37 2

39. NoFanboy (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

I just switched to Android and I REALLY miss imessage, and the app store.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:10 2

48. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

lmao!!! Plenty of apps to take care of your problem...

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 15:17 1

41. alexpirnuta (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Aug 2012)

iOs is good for people like my parents.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:37

54. GeekMovement (unregistered)

+1 Well, truth be spoken, my parents recently purchased an ipad4 and they still don't know much of the basic functions aside from opening an app and clicking on the circle button..

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 15:22 3

42. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)

If you're visiting PhoneArena, then that is because you love tech. And for anybody who loves tech is just stupid and plainly paradoxical to prefer iOS over Android.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:09 3

47. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Well, welcome to America, where its citizens celebrate mediocrity and love to over pay for tech.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 00:02

115. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)

It's marketing. Apple devices are fiercely marketed in the United States. Samsung has also made a strong push with far more money going into building up the Galaxy name and it has paid off. Both of the flagship devices offered by each major player deliver on quality and usability.

I love tech and I own and HTC One and an iPad. You assume that loving tech means I need to take crap apart and completely customize everything. I don't want to bother doing that and the majority of mobile OS users feel the same way. They are the people who could care less about this forum or the idiots who argue about whose source code penis is bigger than the other.

Competition is a good thing. Apple brings along an expensive, unified ecosystem with their products. Android brings along open source customization. They are different business models. Tech doesn't have to be so close minded.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 07:51

94. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

Are you kidding me, the most people here are trolls.
Ofcourse someone who is a geek should prefer android, but that does not mean that IOS is not an equally advanced tech. Android is an ''open OS'' which is awesome but it does have some drawbacks as well, for one there is fragmentation and because of it apps are less optimized. Yes we love android for its diversity and customizability, not for its smoothness, even you trolls have to admit it, I have never seen an android device to be as smooth as Iphones, the smoothest android device which I had tested was Nexus 4 with some ''xda love'' and it still couldn´t equal Iphone smooth, but it was close (still better than those wp devices). So the only device that can rival Iphone is Nexus, so why on earth are people buying those laggy Samsung devices, it is really painful to see, how can´t they see those lags.
What I really like about this article is that there is no mention of WP, it is clear that it wouldn´t stand a chance in this comparison, except camera department.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:38

55. GeekMovement (unregistered)

My vote is definitely going to go to Kitkat. I haven't used it yet, but I have used iOS7 and I already grew tired of it. It may be because of the inconsistent bugs and stutters though.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:53 1

57. jove39 (Posts: 1977; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

This is how I would rate iOS7.0.x & Android4.4

Feature Android iOS
Lock Screen 5 4
Home Screen 5 3
Appearance 4 5
Customization 5 2
Quick Control 4 5
Notifications 5 4
Dialer 5 4
Contacts 5 4
Keyboard 5 5
Messaging 4 5
Email 5 5
Productivity 5 5
Extras 5 5
Games 5 5
Multitasking 5 3
Multiple Users 5 0
Google Now & Siri 5 4
Beam Vs AirDrop 3 5
Browser 5 5
Maps 5 5
camera & Gallery 4 5
Music 5 4
Video 5 4
Total 109 96

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 17:54

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

My version:

Feature Android iOS
Lock Screen 5 5
Home Screen 5 3
Appearance 5 4
Customization 5 3
Quick Control 3 4
Notifications 5 4
Dialer 5 4
Contacts 5 4
Keyboard 5 4
Messaging 3 5
Email 5 5
Productivity 5 5
Extras 5 5
Games 4 5
Multitasking 5 3
Multiple Users 3 0
Google Now & Siri 5 4
Beam Vs AirDrop 3 5
Browser 5 4
Maps 5 4
Camera & Gallery 4 5
Music 5 4
Video 5 4.5

Too lazy to add them.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 21:12

85. jove39 (Posts: 1977; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

use excel?

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 17:00 2

60. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

IMHO iOS 7 has no major advantages over Android 4.1+. Once upon a time it was a lag "free", silky and simple app launcher: now it's just an oversatured watercolor psychedelic device with continous zoom in / zoom out. Now, especially Nexus devices with Snapdragon processor - are buttery smooth aswell and cost a half. (I confirm that S-Lag exists, even on the Galaxy S4)

Then it was the hyper-hyped ecosystem: still waiting for someone to tell me 10 killer apps that makes you choose iOS over any other OS: 95% of the people will just download Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Shazam, Whatsapp.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 17:05

61. darkkjedii (Posts: 25018; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I prefer iOS to android, so do millions of others. Still millions more prefer android to iOS, it's apples to oranges, both of these platforms are awesome, and inspired by each other. I've used both since their inceptions, and have see them both takes cues (spell check on cues please) from each other over the years. It all depends on what your looking for. Both have their pros and cons. Here's 2 cons for both that drive me crazy, apple: why no widgets or app drawer? Android: why no auto edit/auto compression of video files to avoid that irritating (can't attach file size too large) message when recording vids to send? I give both OS's a 9.9. I'm darkkjedii, and I approve this message.

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