iOS 5 Review

From its very first edition until today, iOS has been an example of how you build a super-smart and super easy to use mobile operating system. It is the software that spawned a revolution in the mobile space, leading to the proliferation of smartphones as primary tools for content consumption, web browsing and much more. Now, we've just been treated to iOS's latest major update, called iOS 5. The newest version of the software brings a lot of new features, some of which should be considered pretty important...
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47. iThief unregistered

No, you are right. . . that was ripped off from Blackberry duh. Not the google voice can do text messaging. . .

53. googlemusic unregistered

So what is this thing that I am using right now on my Droid that has some 30GB of my music backed up on it where I can listen to it OTA? That wouldn't happen to be something similar to your icloud would it?

61. agentoj

Posts: 105; Member since: Oct 29, 2009

So much rage here!


Posts: 78; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

Android can do all of that.............When it decides to work. Which with as many androids I troubleshoot a day, I would say that we be about 10% of the time. And I really hate when people say that the Android platform can do all of everything. Everybody forgets that the OS that comes with the device really doesn't have crap on it at first, you have to count on Joe Crack Head to make an app for it. If you have to download third party apps to do most things on the Android devices, then it's not android that can do those things, it's the third party apps that can. Does anyone here have a brain and realize that. On iphone you don't have to download some third party app to do anything on it. It is already there and actually tested and works 100% of the time.

6. jaafar(india) unregistered

I Think pa is gone to far to suggest that he is apple licker

11. WTF HAHA unregistered

Well said, Jaafar.

7. The Godfather unregistered

Well I hate to be the party pooper, but this is Apple playing catch up to things other devices have been more than capable of doing ( and doing better ) . Its nice that Apple zombies can finally get to play with the big boys in some departments , but ther eis nothing revolutionary or spectacular about this. Leave it to IphoneArena to make it seem like this is amazing and special....when truly it is outdated and behind the big dogs. Sad.

33. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

What the Droid troll doesn't really is most of what Android does is a mess. I've tried using its voice recognition for a year and gave up - it just stinks. Google throws out Beta crap and says that it "does", but really can't. Apple makes sure it works and then releases it.

9. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Just because some android phones have some of these features doesn't mean fans shouldn't be happy it excited they get to enjoy them now as well. Also if android has reminders as deep as this it isn't built into the is. It would be specific to certain phones because the nexus 1 and the fascinate and status dont. Then again most of these features can claim that although android has them these are much richer versions of these feature with deeper functionality. Even the notifications bar has more functionality on ios. But please don't get me wrong here im nor saying better. Just more fleshed out. And go ahead and call me a sheep, ill laugh as I type this from my nexus.

10. sbeezy unregistered

All in all, I am thankful for both Android and iOS. Because without one of them, innovation would be at a stand still. For iOS, if android hadn't come around, Apple would probably still be using 5mp cameras, no notification center (just stupid annoying pop-up notifications), and most likely no dual core processors. If android was around with no iOS, our droids would have big screens with low resolution (looks like a old DLP tv), probably terrible app store (close to blackberry), virus-filled, and extremely buggy. I like both, but I use Droid cuz 3.5" is too small, I love the customization, and I really dont like itunes and external memory is awesome.

24. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

you sir have made the most sense when comparing the two and making a statement. especially the last three points which steer me away from the iphone as well besides cutomization with rooting. I applaud you.

12. cubbyc

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I am a HUGE Apple fan and don't travel anywhere without my MacBook Pro or my iPad. And, I love the iPhone; however, I own an Android device because the iPhone screen is TOO SMALL. I don't understand why Apple makes a phone with such a small screen. It is so frustrating. Smartphones are so rich with audio & video content that is is a shame to offer such small screen to enjoy these pleasures. iPhones has also been very slow to incorporate Verizon's 4G network, unlike many Android devices. Bummer.

13. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Reader is my favorite new ios 5 feature. After that I like imessage because its so much easier to use then bbm. Then i like how stable it is and the speed improvments to safari. Then i like how they implemented widgets to ios 5. I never like battery draining widgets but by having them in the notification center i can choose when i want them. Also discrete notifications are nice. Ovveral i like how well put together ios 5 is and how well it works.

14. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

'But even better is the option to sync your device with iTunes, without the need of a cable. You just need both devices to be on the same Wi-Fi network, and voila – you can sync apps, music, video and various settings just like that.' I don't know if this is true but this doesnt make sense to me. I'd rather hook my iDevice to my computer if I'm with it rather than using wifi to sync it. It will be much faster, more flexible and convenient. I thought this PC-free sh*t can be done if you are away from your computer. But apparently according to PA it is not. If that's the case then it's super useless.

17. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

what you need the computer on is that pc free... anyways personally i think ios 5 is great and the only thing i would like but will never happen is to have micro sd support and drag and drop files like how you do on every other phones....i just hate itunes and the whole sync bull***t

20. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

"PC free" - Refers to activation of the device, syncing apps, and backing up mail, settings, contacts, reminders, notes, documents, bookmarks, and photos to iCloud. - Occurs instantly and automatically over WiFi or your wireless carrier. "Cutting the cord" - Refers to syncing of music and videos back to iTunes on your PC over WiFi. - Occurs when plugged into power and on WiFi. As far as convenience, this is huge. There's no thinking about syncing, especially with "PC free." With "Cutting the cord," you charge your iPhone at night and it syncs. So, rather than plugging into iTunes on your PC once a month to sync and backup, you are backed up and synced every day...once again, without even having to think about it.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

standard features on android since day 1.

23. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

remix with some high quality fandroid trolling!!! way to contribute!!!

22. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

It seems you still need a PC for music and video syncing. iTunes Match in iCloud aims to eliminate a PC for music, but I'm not sure what their strategy is for videos. Where are you supposed to permanently store videos taken with the phone if you don't have a PC, and if iCloud doesn't back them up? For those wondering, Photo Stream is strictly for photos...videos don't upload to Photo Stream.

58. AppleStig unregistered

You forgot to add icloud into the picture. I think icloud is a revolutionary idea which completes the PC free idea. For me, I can sync to my computer from anywhere in the world already. Wasn't that complicated to set up, just have to do a little research with our buddies at google and youtube and there you have it, true PC free with icloud being nothing but icing on top :)

16. unregistered

with iOS 5, Apple is trying to catch up to the competition, but again came up short. They should completely modify iOS and make it a REAL mobile OS and not like just a simple app launcher.

42. jmreekes

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Isn't android JUST an app launcher with fancy overlays? Isn't that what any OS is? I know iOS may not be as customizable as android, but the fact that it is simple doesn't make any less of an OS.

25. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

wasn't this introduced in 2007? Other than the cloud--what's new?? DROID DOES

26. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

wow this is great for iphone users........

29. iOS5 unregistered

Guys, it is just not about the iPhone. It is the ecosystem. Back in 2007, i had a Thinkpad. Ace hardware, horrible software. Had to reboot every other day when running demanding software. moved to Mac back then, and NEVER looked back. NEVER will. Have my entire collection on iTunes. NEVER regretted. iPOD classic has worked like a charm. Is iOS not as customizable as Android? No problem. Is iOS as stable as Android. Yes. Maybe better. Does iPhone blend in well with my existing Apple products, making the experience richer? YES YES. iPhone does not let me tweak much. But, my Macbook does, and that is where I do my complex tasks.

49. AppleFUD unregistered

if it really was about the "ecosystem" then the iphone would never have sold to begin with. It's about marketing and hype. . . then everything else.

31. ph0dacbeit unregistered

AMG iOS5! This is so new for me!

36. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

i swear phone arena loves apple more than any other device lol

39. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Dude get the iPhone 4s. Everything that is Crapsung made is bullcrap. iPhones are elegantly made, easy to use and they simply just works. You wont regret it.

43. Leodrade

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

"you can now activate your iOS 5 device without the need of a computer, which is great" GREAT?!?!?!?! That should be obligatory for all smartphones

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