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

What iPhone features would Android users like to have? A recent post on Reddit revealed that iMessage, the mute switch, and compatibility with other Apple products are some of the things that turn Android users green with jealousy.
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77. Vancetastic

Posts: 736; Member since: May 17, 2017

Just a story? Look up “Palm Pre”, “WebOS”, and “gestures.”

83. Leo_MC

Posts: 6345; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I haven't used modern Palm devices so I won't talk about their features. They might have sold some phones in US over the time, but in Europe they had 0 market share (they had a strong percent of PDA/GPS market). I have googled a bit and in 2010 (1 year after the Pre) Palm market share was 0. something (according to Wiki, the company died the same year). So it's safe to say that Palm is just a story (9 years is an eternity). The thing that puzzles me is the percentage of positive reviews - everybody loved Palm yet they let the brand die...; that tells me that their products were meh at best (or maybe they were too ahead of their times).

85. Vancetastic

Posts: 736; Member since: May 17, 2017

The operating system was way ahead of its time...the build quality, not so much. The gesture-based U.I....well, let’s just say that the iPhone X was like coming home for me.

97. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I can safely say that if Apple had kept TouchID I would probably be on an XS right now. The few minutes I played with an XR at a TMO store was like old times. I see too many idiots on the streets of Miami putting a phone to their face instead of driving just to see a notif whereas a quick glance would suffice before.

100. Leo_MC

Posts: 6345; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I think DND while driving is a default option in iOS. Everyone that handles the phone while driving - no matter how: by holding it in front of the face glancing or by using a fingerprint - is an idiot.

89. tedkord

Posts: 17088; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You're just buried so deeply in the RDF that you have no contact with actual reality.

101. Leo_MC

Posts: 6345; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

In the last 10 years Palm was inexistent, 0, void, null: Palm is just a story to tell your kids, just like Newton, Simon or MeeGo. Palm was not a legend in smartphone world anymore than Simon; it was just a niche OS that even those who appreciated it found no use for... That's the "reality" of Palm.

109. Vancetastic

Posts: 736; Member since: May 17, 2017

I am officially done responding to you. That comment tells me all I need to know...you’re not worth my time.

126. Leo_MC

Posts: 6345; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Some things are meant to be let go and Palm is one of them. I liked the clamshell form factor, but I know that they were a niche products that is no longer feasible and don’t dwell in the past.

113. tedkord

Posts: 17088; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The reality of Palm and other PDAs is that if it didn't exist, neither world the iPhone.

127. Leo_MC

Posts: 6345; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The butterfly effect. You are right but we would have had another smartphones, because the world never revolves around Palm: there was WinMo, Symbian, BB - just to name a few - and I think someone (we are more than 7 billion) would have imagined a gesture based interface...

140. tedkord

Posts: 17088; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Of course we would have others. There were others then. That's not the point. The point is, all of today's smartphones are built on the backs of the PDAs of then. And your trying to minimize them makes you look foolish.

148. Leo_MC

Posts: 6345; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Whether you like it or not, today's smartphones are built on iOS heritage; everything else before iPhone is gone (qwerty, styluses, buttons), while everything that survived after the iPhone is similar.

154. tedkord

Posts: 17088; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I know you desperately need to believe that, that nestled deep inside the RDF, that thought keeps you warm.

159. Leo_MC

Posts: 6345; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I couldn’t care less if my phone is made by Apple or by Samsung (in fact, I own both, plus Huawei, Xiaomi and Nokia) and it has been based on Palm, Symbian or Win Mo; you’re the one that gives a f**k about (the defunct) Palm.

112. Blazers

Posts: 712; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

WebOS lives on in LG TVs...... probably the best manufacturer of HDTVs in the world.

128. Leo_MC

Posts: 6345; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

May it have a long fruitful life, but we are talking about smartphones.

96. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I wasn't around for the Model T or steam engines, but I know their worth to today's technologies and how they were instrumental to what we have today.

110. Vancetastic

Posts: 736; Member since: May 17, 2017

This, exactly.

75. meanestgenius

Posts: 21336; Member since: May 28, 2014

True that. That's something true smartphone aficionados like us are well aware of.

78. Vancetastic

Posts: 736; Member since: May 17, 2017

All modern smartphones owe something to Palm, as well as BlackBerry. I’ve used them all, so I speak from actual user experience, unlike most of the teens that populate this place.

86. meanestgenius

Posts: 21336; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. Totally agree with you.

90. tedkord

Posts: 17088; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Very true. And WinMo. That was my OS of choice before it fell so far behind and I was forced to switch to Android. Now, I'm talking WinMo, not that abomination Windows Phone, that adopted all the negatives of IOS, and pretty much none of the positives of Android.

95. meanestgenius

Posts: 21336; Member since: May 28, 2014

WinMo was an amazing OS. So much like using an actual WinMo desktop was on the devices. And I agree, while there were some things I Iiked about Windows Phone, it didn't match WinMo overall.

98. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The funny part of WinPhone was that it was still WinCE-based like WinMo yet they stripped all the functionality right out to make it as useless as iOS was at the time.

102. Leo_MC

Posts: 6345; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

C'mon, dude, WP was light years ahead WinMo! Windows must have been out of its mind, trying to cram a full Windows inside a tiny screen... Without the stylus it took ages to touch the tiny X to close the apps. HTC made WM a bit more usable, but not until the second half of the last decade.

105. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

WP was so much more advanced that they even copied iOS in not making copy&paste available until the Mango Update. Nobody is disputing the UI of WinMo being inferior to WP, but WinMo trounced all others, including Android, in versatility. I'll give you one simple example: name one OS that has network folder sharing or remote desktop built in. One will do.

107. Leo_MC

Posts: 6345; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

“Built in” Why is this a requirement?

118. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Smartphones began as the marriage between a PDA and a cellphone, hence the first Treos and later Pocket PC phones from Windows Mobile 2003. As much as you don't want to accept that Palm was the godfather of smartphones it doesn't change that reality. To have a proper PDA/smartphone at this time the need for Remote Desktop and Network File Sharing was as important as today's kids needing Snapchat. There were no tablets during this time and slates running XP Tablet Edition were ridiculously expensive, heavy and had no cellular connectivity. Perhaps you would be more appreciative of today's technology if you were forced to drive any car from just the 70s with crank windows, no air conditioning, no power steering, drum brakes and bias-ply tires. There's a reason us older folks don't bitch and moan about everything like you youngsters do. We appreciate all the advances in technology that have made our lives easier.

129. Leo_MC

Posts: 6345; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Palm entered the market 2y after ibm and the same year with the Communicator. 2y after (when Communicator was the best selling pda), Symbian was born and conquered the smartphone world while Palm and Microsoft fought in the PDA market. Then came Google and Apple and blew everyone out of the water, by doing everything better. Palm was a name in PDA world and that was it; Symbian was the one that managed to bring the smartphone to the masses.

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