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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, 20:01

73. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

Compression degrades the quality of a video. Why would you want to do that?

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 20:21

77. darkkjedii (Posts: 24958; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Also makes it sendable through all channels. That's why I'd want to do that.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 10:07

107. buccob (Posts: 2737; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

How often do you send videos darkkjedii...

fwiw gmail lets you up to 25MB of attachments... in my Phone that translate to 10 seconds of 1080p, 15~20 secs of 720p and around 90 seconds of VGA...

You can always use dropbox or similar for sharing larger content...

I do not see this being a huge issue... and the upside of Android is that usually you get a lot of options inside your regular camera interface... (try changing resolution in an iPhone camera while taking pictures)

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 18:24 2

65. alltechinside (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)

Hey phonearena readers, I thought I will share my opinion and add more things of what Nick wrote here.

Page 1

1) Lock and home screens

Android did get inspired by Apple's user friendly approach. Tapping the camera icon on the bottom right would make the camera slightly appear on the right side, so that the user would slide to the right. Similar to the way iOS 7 handles the camera icon on the lock screen.

Icons has also been increased on kitkat as well, so that would explain the reason the Nexus 5 has the app drawer of 4 by 5 layout instead of the usual 5 by 5.

2)Appearance and customization features

Actually, to me, Android Kitkat is avoiding black & blue and making more of white & grey.

Never really liked the parallax effect, but at least you can disable it :D

3)Quick controls and notifications

Don’t understand what is wrong with Quick Toggles. I do understand that there are better shortcut toggles we’ve seen from third parties or OEMs but I never found iOS 7’s control center to be pretty. It looks clustered and it makes me think Apple just crammed everything in without really thinking about it. You can’t even hold the wifi icon to get to the wifi setting page.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 18:39 2

69. alltechinside (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)

Page 2

4)Dialer and contacts

Nothing to add here.

5)Keyboard and messaging

Never liked Hangouts. Surprised there is no mention of the fact that hangouts messages and sms messages can’t join together like in iMessage. I prefer using 8sms, which is based on android 4.3 and cyanogenmod messaging app.

6) Email

Nothing to add here

7)Productivity tools

“The advanced panel is accessible with a flip of the phone in landscape mode, while stock Android 4.4 requires the user to bring forth the advanced panel manually. ”

Or you can swipe to the right to bring the advanced panel? Also, on iOS, you can’t delete one number at a time. So if you type 10001 and you want to delete 1 at the end, you have to remove the whole thing. In android, it isn’t like that. Just pointing this out.

“Android's clock used to be poorly organized, but things have changed with version 4.4. The app is now clean and intuitive.”

I somewhat agree with this. The clock icon is located on the top left corner which makes more sense than the usual bottom left corner. The alarm feels more unintuitive because you can’t manually type in the numbers.

8 & 9) Extras & Game Center vs Play Games

Nothing to comment here.

10)Multitasking and multiple users

Should fix “Mulitasking”.

Nothing to complain except the fact that iOS 7 should try to increase the speed of the animations.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 23:41 1

100. DnB925Art (Posts: 1060; Member since: 23 May 2013)

Great and concise summary of your grading system!

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 18:33

68. mike2959 (Posts: 579; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

Today more than ever, they're brothers from another mother.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 19:04 1

71. skyline88 (Posts: 610; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

the most stable mobile OS of 2013 with unlimited freedom, advanced UI and user-friendly VS. the funniest OS in the entire universe with endless pathetic "copy-n-paste" ideas from several mobile OS. well, obvious winner.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 20:11 1

74. plet12 (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


- IOS is boring (no customisation, no themes, no launchers no Icon packs, no widgets, no nothing). If you don't like the skin of your current Android phone, you can just install a launcher (NOVA, Apex) and change the looks dramatically.
- No replacement of keyboard. Why do most of the IOS users switch off prediction? Because it sucks. With Android you can replace your keyboard (like Swiftkey) and it will predict multiple languages in a proper way and it will even predict the next word. You can even swype if you want.
- You can't have multiple shortcuts to the same app on home screens/in folders, meaning for example you can't put Google Maps in both my "Google" folder and my "Navigation" folder at the same time
- The power of openness of Android. With an app like Tasker you can automate EVERYTHING. Like when I come home, I inform my wife with a text message, connect automatically with my home wifi and set loudspeaker at a higher level. Possibilities are truly limitless. Or use a launcher that automatically adapt to my location and time of the day (Aviate).
- Android is very usable on a large screen. Just put your icons on the lower part of the screen (IOS can't do that). Put your widgets higher (less need to touch them). Then install a launcher which makes it possible to make a swipe down on every part of the screen to see the notifications. So no need to put the thumb on top of your screen. IOS has a lot of menus on top of the screen, Android has it's menu button at the bottom of the screen. Easier to reach.
- more advanced users can root the phone (for even more possibilities) and even install a custom ROM. This way you have always have the latest version of Android. But you could buy a Nexus phone for this. With Android you always have options!

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 20:32

80. darkkjedii (Posts: 24958; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Get an android phone dude.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 10:19

108. buccob (Posts: 2737; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

I completely agree with your comment...

To an iOS user many of those reason do not seem important, but once you take advantage of them it is hard to go back to a restrictive OS...

darkkjedii has his opinion and he uses both OS, but I don't think he takes advantaje of having Android like he should... I know MANY people that has recently switch to Android from an iPhone and they use their Android phone JUST LIKE they used the iPhone... lots of icons and folders, no Widgets, no customization, not even reorganization... so people need to learn a bit about the differences and the potential before they actually enjoy more the advantajes...

To me the key feature for Android is also Automatization... I use Llama instead of Tasker, it is harder to configure but it is a bit more efficient on the battery and is free.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 20:12 1

75. plet12 (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

Ease of use
- User perceived value of IOS to be really user friendly, but: Inconsistent gestures, button locations, inconsistent location of menu button and no back button IOS. Sometimes you’re “trapped” in an app and can’t do anything but kill the app with the home button.
- No ability to change standard apps. Like a browser, Maps, gallery or whatever. For a browser, every link pushed will go to Safari.
- With Android you can share anything with anything. With IOS this is very limited. You can’t share pictures from the gallery app to other apps (except the ones predefined). Have you ever tried to share a picture with Google+? Or share a link with Evernote? Or share a file with Sugarsync?
- With Android you can start an app directly from the lock screen (or have widgets available on homescreen). IOS can only start the camera app that way.
- You can’t do a full text search on content on all mail (IOS searches only on sender and title)
- The use of app switchers. With only a swipe of my thumb I can activate one of many predefined apps or last used apps without even lifting a finger. This works within any app or lockscreen. Never go back to home screen again and look for the proper Icon.
- Killing running apps is a pain in IOS. Within Android you can kill all the apps with only one click.
- IOS users can't access Icloud pictures via web on a PC (or Apple computer?). Android is completely cloud based, always has been from the beginning.
- Apps less functional on Iphone. Like Google apps, Sugarsync, etc. Or like "Lost my Iphone app" is not really usefull. Android "lost" apps are way more functional (Cerberus).
- Multitasking ability is limited. iOS′s pseudo-multitasking (background apps are paused in the best case) is a welcome start but what’s missing is effective cooperative multitasking allowing background downloads and apps updating while running another in the foreground. Example: You can’t listen to streamed music and do other things, use chat messaging apps like IM+ in the background, or let Google+ automatically upload your pictures
- Not easy to transfer files from phone to PC and vice versa (Itunes!). Have you ever tried to copy a movie to your Ipad or Iphone, without using Itunes?
- You can’t delete or uninstall the default apps.
- Adding another ringtone is almost impossible within IOS
- Apps are expensive on IOS. Most users are locked in because they already spent a small fortune on Apple apps

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 20:27 1

79. Killertech2099 (Posts: 148; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

I don't get it its NOT! IOS 7, it is IOS 7.0.4!!!!, clearly IOS 7 was laggy and buggy. KItkat 4.4 is kitkat 4.4!!! Meaning it didn't need a update cause there wasn't any problems with it.. Its software is amazing. So when people say that ios 7 is better when clearly you needed another update cause it wasn't as smooth as kitkat. I got get kitkat fresh out the box, i didn't need a 4.4.1 update. Matter of fact i rather wait for a cleaner and smoother update for over a thousand devices. Then to keep having a update every two stupid weeks. I like both but iphone is irritating and annoying

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 20:34

81. darkkjedii (Posts: 24958; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Your post made no sense. There also will be a 4.4.x update

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 21:59 1

86. skyline88 (Posts: 610; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

he's not saying Android 4.4 will not get any updates, please read again before posting your iFanboy reply to everyone here for God sake.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 06:03

93. darkkjedii (Posts: 24958; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

You read again before posting your fandroid reply to everyone for God sake. See, works both ways, and that's exactly what he was saying

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 21:05

84. twens (Posts: 1062; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

They make them look similar meanwhile in real truth android is lite years ahead of iOS. Simpley put it this way. Android has lots of features in addition to that it is also very smooth and responsive. Meanwhile iOS has less features yet lags like hell.
Is it only me who finds not being able to use your phone as a usb very bad? Aside just sticking my phone to my pc and copy what ever I want. I simple can't use an iOS device. It will frustrate and kill me.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 22:09 1

87. Killertech2099 (Posts: 148; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

I like both but i like kitkat a bit more not only that ios is trying to be like android, no offense to iboys

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 00:26

91. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)

Below is an answer of an WP user to some Fans :


sgodsell2 5 days ago
@steven.hurdle Hmmm, since the iPhone (2G), all your handsets have been Windows Phones. So really you never had any android phones then. I guess you enjoy being in a wall garden with limited apps and a ton of restrictions. But for all the Android users that want more, then WP will never be for them.

steven.hurdle 5 days ago
@sgodsell2 I'm not sure if you're aware, but you Android fans who twist every topic to a dissertation on why someone should try Android are about as welcome in threads (where it's off topic) as Jehovah's Witnesses showing up at the door of someone who hates discussing theology.

I'm also not sure how much Android die-hard realise they're in the minority now in their own eco-system. How much of that vaunted flexibility of Android is the *average* user now using, now that it's gone mainstream and hundreds of millions (or is it over a billion now) have joined in? Do you think the average Android user is updating their device to the latest version of Android if the manufacturer and carrier don't push an update through? Do you think the average Android user is rooting their device and rolling their own? Apparently not when millions of Android users are still on Gingerbread.

I'd bet you anything that the average Android user is doing little more than checking their email and playing Angry Birds. Nothing wrong with that at all. But a walled garden is the very best place to do use a device that way. All that vaunted flexibility of Android leads to security concerns, as just one example of why that is.

Do I want a walled garden? You bet your ass. I run a business, and I need security. I work 6-7 days a week, and up to 13 hours a day, so I don't have the luxury of spending hours rooting, side-loading, and customising. I just want it to work. And I want it to be easy. And I *need* it to be secure.

So why didn't I stick with the iPhone? It didn't offer enough handset choice. Want a physical keyboard? Too bad. Want a bigger screen? Too bad. Want an inexpensive device? Too bad. Windows Phone gave me more handset choice, but kept me secure. Microsoft Office included didn't hurt my feelings either.

The limited app selection is a laugh, when Windows Phone's app store now covers almost all the majors (yes we have Instagram and Vine now), and is growing from launch faster than Android's did. And Android fans come across as total hypocrites because they didn't seem to think this was important in the early days of Android when iOS's app selection absolutely spanked theirs.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 00:26

92. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)

It's not that I don't own an Android device, either. I own two Android tablets. They're both older now, and I don't doubt for a moment that newer Android tablets are substantially better, but because I need a tablet for productivity the Surface meets my needs best. And Surface RT is about as secure as it gets, without the security holes that the non-walled gardens of Android and full-fat Windows open. No Android tablet offers me everything the Surface does.

Anyway, my suggestion to you is that you simply keep it on topic. If the topic is reasons WP users ought to switch to Android, then fill your boots and let loose. This wasn't the thread for that. Not that I don't feel like I have a response to your points, as I certainly can explain why Windows Phone is better for me than Android, but it's more to warn you that there is growing irritation with 'droid lovers showing up full of evangelical fire where they're not invited. The same as iOS users weren't appreciated by early adopters of Android when they showed up where they weren't invited to tell Android owners about how poor their app selection was, etc.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 08:33 1

95. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 813; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Dont like 2 troll but coz the title of the article is such, here we go.---
Android-Hey Apple Do you have useful Widgets?
Apple-No.What is a widget??
Android-Can you transfer using Wifi direct?
Android-iOS is simple to use. Can you transfer media files directly to iDevice?
Apple-No. Yes. I mean Sort of. 1st you COVERT media files using OUR software, only then you can transfer them. Damn easy. Lot easier than copying directly on device using USB.
Android-Was that Sarcasm? Nyways, Do you have Notification Panel? Its very useful!!!
Apple-No, but we can copy it from you Android
Android-Do you have quick launch toggles to easily switch ON wifi/bluetooth/data/to mute etc?
Apple-I didnt, but I have copied it from you. Shh.. Juz to make sure no-one knows, we call it control center & pull it from bottom, instead of top like you do. Innovation..!! Tada..!!!
Android-Do you have custom launchers/skins/lockers, so users can change the look of device?
Apple-No. We dont allow that. Users must use what we offer.
Android-But still Apple, users can Jailbreak & do such stuff
Apple-No. We dont allow that also. It is a criminal offence to jailbreak. We call it SECURITY
Android-Do you have NFC? Users need it.
Apple-No. I already told you Android. Users must use only what we offer them to use. Cant you understand? You are dumb Android
Android-Are your apps FREE?
Apple-No. We want users to pay more & more for any app. You must understand. If they can buy a $700 device, they can easily pay for those apps also.
Android-What about those who cant afford such aggressive pricing? You offer less features in your devices
Apple-Who cares? We make devices for RICH. We can sell our devices cheaper also like $300, but we target Rich. For them, there is no difference between $300 & $700. Our target is 400% profit.
Android-Why don’t you increase size of your iPhones?
Apple-Listen Android. You are dumb. If we increase the iPhone’s screen size, it would replace the iPads. We don’t want that. We want EVERY single user to buy an iPhone, an iPad & a Macbook. So that users can use iPhone for calling/texting only & nothing more. If they want to surf web, they should use iPad coz its clumsy on small device. But here’s the catch. The iPad is juz a larger iPhone, Its limited & cannot serve as PC, so people have to buy Macbook also. You get my strategy? LOL
Android-You launch iDevices every year without any major improvements, same design, same UI same icons etc. How do you convince users to buy all your devices every year?
Apple- Listen mate.!! When we 1st launched these devices, users became crazy, so crazy that it was far more than our expectations. They started worshipping iDevices & Apple. In short they became iFANs. LOL… iFans are so dedicated & loyal to us that they buy anything we release. I’m surprised to see that it’s the 7th time I released the same device with new icon pack & they still don’t notice that it’s the same as previous one."

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 19:02

99. 1113douglas (Posts: 200; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)

Is this a joke, if it wasent for android, ios7 would be practically the same as ios6. Everyone knows that. Android deserves full credit, and besides android is still got a whooping more amount of features, superior multitasking and extremely more customization when comparing to ios. Sorry ios users, but you have along way to go before you catch up on this battle.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 12:35

109. lohocla (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)

this is too funny.. Apple sucks big time. tiny phone, no customizing, NO SD CARD! (that should be the deal breaker there if I ever saw one) I could not imagine having to use a device with no removable storage gah...Every android phone I have owned was buttery smooth and lightning fast, going back to my first phone, HTC Incredible. I can root with ease (adminstrator privileges; yes please!)
iPhone is for children(the grown adult kind twerking at clubs), celebrities and/or people who need to be seen holding something with the half eaten apple, which btw is indicitive of the whole operation. Any new innovation is clearly being stolen from Android, nothing new to Apple, right down to the UI they stole to use on the MAC. Steve was good at stealing ideas, it's no different with him gone. It's all good though because people are starting to realize how far they're getting raped up the buttholes by Apple, and gradually switching over to a decent handset.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 13:05

110. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

And this is why I stopped reading articles like these on this website anymore, the complete bias towards towards a single platform. It was a very unbiased article until your conclusion.

"But the big question remains to be answered: can Android 4.4 be considered better than iOS 7? Well, we don't quite think so, but we can't rank Android as inferior either. "

Automatically you're saying that iOS 7 is better, even though you say that Android isn't inferior, you're still saying that iOS 7 is better. You're passing off preference for fact and comes off as you've already made your decision before writing this article. Additionally it sounds like you're comparing the primitive days of Android (2.3 and below) to iOS 7.

Then your comment about iOS 7

"It is intuitive, built with a lot of attention to detail, and providing superb user experience complemented by the best selection of applications a mobile OS can offer."

This shows lack of knowledge for what Android has to offer and that you've probably never looked through the play store. Android has nearly all the same apps as iOS, in fact iOS exclusive apps are a rarity now.

Your conclusion should have said that both platforms are on equal ground as they offer the exact same things, just in their own way. That's an unbiased statement, which you can then follow up with your preference for iOS and that you prefer how iOS handles things over Android and should tell readers to try them both before making a decision if they plan on switching or getting their first smartphone.

ib4 Android fanboy comments: If they wrote the conclusion the same way but favoring Android, I would be saying they same thing.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 10:34

111. TheOldOne (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

you're misleading with this sentence:
"Once past the iOS 7 lock screen, the user is introduced to a minimalist home screen menu."

If you want to be correct: iOS does not have a HOME SCREEN, after the lock screen you're transported straight away to the app drawer. That's it. Stop referencing it this as "home screen".

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 15:25

112. jpartlow32 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 May 2013)

Interesting... I do feel the beginning of android gave users the excuse to avoid the system. However, the past models of IOS led much to be desired in the very least. Some may say "I just want a phone to work." Of course we want our mobile devices to work and perform for everyones unique user requirements and desires. For those who like an experience simular to computer operations tend to choose android. Android give us the (user) choices on what to download and when. For example... If someone sends me a file to open and view; I want to view it, download it, and possibly send it via messaging, email, or bluetooth without a computer to manage those files. Many apps are available on the Play Store to manage files and do what YOU want for free and with ease. An operating systems that limits the users production is utter lack of the purpose; this shows their lack of desire to enable freedom of choice. A software developer that feels THEIR way of doing something is "right" without listening to YOU the user is undesirable. It is not uncommon to see supporters of this while they do not feel limited at all. If IOS operators have never felt limited; they simply do not care or understand their limitations. It is a battle that will continue... Simular to those whom are liberals and conservatives. Control and limitation is not always a good thing. Especially when looking at mobile devices.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 13:41

118. alienwarex (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

Android 4.4 os fixes the fragmentation issue, it runs smoothly on devices that only have 512 ram. This means a far wider spectrum of devices can run kit Kat. Kit Kat has surpassed iOS 7 for this reason, as iOS 7 leaves out several features for older devices, yes, you get iOS 7 if you have an older device, but it isn't true iOS 7, and it actually doesn't run as well, apple users are better off not updating with these older devices. So really, in all honesty, apple does not cover their older devices, they are almost fooling less tech savvy users into believing they get the same experience no matter device, which simply isn't true, and that my friends, is fragmentation as well.

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 11:19

120. Meego (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)

Lol all everyone is saying apple copied android. But android copied symbian earlier. Apple is ios is also more stable than android.
And android only performs better with extra large specs. Even phones like s3 can't multitask well. Compare to aged symbian fones. Android is still steps behind in multitasking. Only phones with large rams can multitask successfully on android.not to talk of ios or even windows phone.if u talking about super mobile os aside from apps availability. Symbian, meego,nemo, blackberry os 10, web os etc stands tall above android, ios and even windows phone. Apart from there ugly ui talking about symbian here. The rest are stil on par with our top oses.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 06:39

121. ady_lad (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)

I don't know about you guys, but i found this article to be biased towards iOS in many situation. Android is miles ahead of iOS at the moment. iOS7 is pretty much an updated iOS6.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 13:49

128. Mian.Shahzad (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)

LOL ! i dont know why peoples are protecting such a copy paster company (apple) iOS7 is just a well polished copy of Android+Windows.. and Apple phones are not actually multitasking so cut that thing from article -_-) pure multitasking operating systems are Android or Wimdows..
and on the privacy issue i recomend Windows becaus NASA/CIA is not getting your fingerprints from shi*y iphone.. the cannont get into windows phone due to microsoft highest privacy of user data..

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