These are some of the Apple iPhone features that Android users wish they had

These are some of the Apple iPhone features that Android users wish they had
The Apple iPhone launched in June 2007 and 16 months later, the first Android challenger was released. Built by HTC, the T-Mobile G1 showed that the platform had potential. And when the Motorola DROID hit the market in November 2009, Androidmania was kicked off. Eventually, the open source OS would grab approximately 85% of the global smartphone market. Still, there are some features found on the Apple iPhone that Android users would love to have.

This week, on the Android subreddit found on communities app/website Reddit (via BGR) a member asked Android users which iPhone feature they would like to have on their Android phone. Based on the replies, it seems that many Android users would like to be able to tap the status bar to automatically scroll to the top of the page. While those who are into customizing their Android phones might be able to find a root app that will do this, others say that with the size of smartphone screens today, why bother stretching.

One person responding to the question said that he is jealous of the way that the iPhone pairs with other Apple devices without having to setup anything. This same person also notes that many apps are launched on iOS, run better on iOS and get updates first. Lastly, he wishes that Android had a messaging feature like Apple's iMessage. The iPhone messaging app is a feature that many Android users said that they are jealous of.

Some Android users also would love to be able to record the screen with internal audio like iPhone users can, and many covet the mute switch on the iPhone. One Samsung Galaxy S8 owner remapped the Bixby button on his phone to cycle between silent, vibrate and ring. Now he wonders how he ever used the phone without this capability.

One Android user is jealous of the lack of bloatware pre-installed by manufacturers/carriers on the iPhone. On some Android devices, the Facebook app cannot be removed without rooting the phone.


Of course, the grass is always greener on the other side. If you're an Android user, which iPhone feature would you like to see added to your handset? And you iPhone owners out there, any Android features you want for your phone?

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165 Comments

1. droidguy86

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I buy my Android devices unlocked so they don't come pre-installed with Candy Crush, which I don't even think is a real thing by the way.

29. lyndon420

Posts: 6385; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Never once has candy crush been pre-installed on my phones...which is good because I would never play it. Facebook wasn't pre-installed on my Nexus 6 or my LGV30.

44. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Which phone have Candy crush pre-installed? Seriously..

73. hurrycanger

Posts: 1751; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I bought an LG phone once for $20 from Best Buy. As soon as I put a sim card in the first time, the phone starts installing apps without me knowing. It wasn't even the Play Store. It would download about 5 games, and if I delete a game, it'll just install something else. Lol. I thought I got some virus, but that's just how they made money on $20 phone that runs on Snapdragon 200.

47. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Next article: "These are some of the Android features that iPhone users wish they had (Part 1 of 16)"

59. TheOracle1

Posts: 1823; Member since: May 04, 2015

Oh Lord! The definition of clickbait. None of these "features" are missed on my phones.

79. Cat97

Posts: 1677; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

A notification LED is sorely missing from every iPhone.

119. lyndon420

Posts: 6385; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Notification lights are just so convenient...I'm surprised it wasn't recognized by so many OEM's - not all Android phones have them . But then again - they want us picking up our phone more often than we should be, so I can see why it isn't standard practice to include the option of one (htc hid one inside the speaker grill on their One X). Thinking the Samsung S8 might be my next choice...

120. DolmioMan

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

No they aren’t, notification LED’s are annoying and useless. Anyone who needs a blinking light to tell them they have a notification should be lobotomised.

122. blingblingthing

Posts: 773; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Why light up a whole display to see if you have any notifications? If your phone is on silent but you're waiting on something, a notification light is useful. Definitely more energy efficient that an always on display.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Both have their perks, can't deny that, but my wish list for the iPhone needs, is bigger than my wish list for my Note 9 needs. Those are my two phones, so I can only honestly speak for what I own.

123. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

We all appreciate you telling it like it is, because you have both phones (which you won’t let anyone forget). On this side of my screen, my wishlist for android is longer than iOS. Honestly, since I own both.

139. Venom

Posts: 2843; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Not only that but he continues to complain about the modem on the new iphone Xs yet he still has it.

3. Leo_MC

Posts: 6139; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I actually like Samsung browser button to go to the top, because it is within easy reach; maybe Apple manages to implement a different gesture/interaction to go to the top.

7. BoatsBoatsBoats

Posts: 30; Member since: May 03, 2018

Apple has already had this for longer than the samsung browser. If you click on the top of the screen in most things with Apple phones it takes you to the top. This works in the safari as well as thing like the email app and pretty much all other Apple apps. Glad Samsung added this to the browser app in a form but the Apple way is actually better.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 3780; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

How is it better to have to reach all the way to the top of the screen? That doesn't sound better at all.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's not bro, and I use both daily.

34. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1134; Member since: May 01, 2017

How f**king lazy are you that you can't tap the top of a tiny screen?

38. Jason2k13

Posts: 1440; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

How fking lazy are you to just scroll up? See how dumb you sound, these features were made to make handling the phone easier.

45. cmdacos

Posts: 3780; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Who has a tiny screen nowadays?

64. Leo_MC

Posts: 6139; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Apple's implementation is better, because it works in every single app: you're at the X or Z in your contact list, at the bottom of settings, at the bottom of the file manager - press the top and you go all the way up (you press the top and that's page up in the messages apps). But, with the increase in the size of the screens, I would like to see a different implementation from Apple within easy one handed reach.

63. Leo_MC

Posts: 6139; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

iPhone is my main device, I like it, I like the fact that I can tap the top side and go all the way up, but I also like what Samsung did with the internet browser and I will always give credit where credit is due.

4. Poptart2828

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

There is not one feature exclusive to an iPhone that I need on my Android device. I think I would be embarrassed just carrying one in my pocket.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're trying too hard man.

39. htcisthebest

Posts: 431; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I am with you on this one.

62. Georgio

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I think you should be embarrassed right now, cos you are brainless.

166. path45th

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

well... you always carry something from the iPhone. Let us not forget the smartphone as it is today started with the very first iPhone.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There's only one iPhone feature I wish I had - when I get a new phone, everything transfers. Minimal to no set up.

6. ph00ny

Posts: 1976; Member since: May 26, 2011

Google Account or Samsung Account will do the same

22. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, they don't. Not entirely. Not all data for every app. I've used both.

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