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iOS 7: how does it stack up against Android?

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:42

So we've been playing with a beta version of iOS 7 for a while now on our iPhone 5. Some things about it we like, while other we aren't really that happy with, as those who have read our iOS 7 preview probably know. But now it is time to take a look at Apple's mobile OS from another perspective – how does its latest form fare against the competition? In particular, how does iOS 7 stack against the latest version of Android? Well, that's what we're here to find out with the help of our iPhone 5 running iOS 7 beta and our Google Nexus 4 with Android 4.2.2 on it...

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posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:52 18

4. MCrapp (Posts: 318; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)

If you try Android freedom,you never come back to Apple!

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:00 2

13. sniper1087 (Posts: 532; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)

I have tried it, freedom maybe not everything works as expected, one thing that threw me off was the fact that if you record a video on the fly and want to share it, it will say that exceeds file size limit, so you have to have it on mms quality to be able to send it, IOS does that on the fly which I think is a step in the right direction. The one android that I thought was great was the HTC One, but the camera wasnt as good as I expected, as well as the charging time, besides that it's a great device. I like the new IOS Look.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:53 6

5. selena1000 (Posts: 85; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

iOS 7 is really beautiful i have to admit!!!

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 15:13 1

59. tedkord (Posts: 14135; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I'm the exact opposite. I think the new features are great, but the look is garish and tasteless. Then again, I think WP Metro is bone ugly, too.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:54 5

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Hm, talking about iOS 7, shouldn't it be a flat design with a flat icons? Then why some icons look flat while some other doesn't look so flat? For example Calendar and Photos icons looks flat while Camera, Setting or let's say FaceTime icon doesn't?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:10 1

21. Zeus.k (unregistered)

exactly. after reading this article it feels like author is trying to tell that iOS is not that bad lol. Ray S. did a good job of reviewing the iOS and anyone can tell that apple didnt do anything revolutionary or magical. they just tried to improve the exisisting form of iOS which still leaves so many things to be desired. In his review Ray S. rightly said that in many things iOS6 feels better than iOS7. UI is changed but doesn`t really feel apple. It feels inconsistent by the looks of it. You gotta be kidding me if you say that its really hard to say which one is better iOS 7 or JB 4.2.2

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 15:14 2

61. tedkord (Posts: 14135; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I know. And if Ray S. can write a less than glowing review of iOS, that's really saying something.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:55

7. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

when i seen the title of this article, i immediately thought the comments section is going to be a big ios vs. android flame war.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:56

10. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Stand up too Android? Ok next subject please.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:56 4

11. YourNightmare (Posts: 32; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)

Looks different, looks and thats all I can say, my GF said it looks funny like a rainbow...she wants to keep iOS6 Lmao

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 14:45 1

54. ottje (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)

am gonna stay with IOS 6 too, for all reasons why i like ISO is gone with IOS 7, thanks Apple lost one...getting HTC ONE tomorrow

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:01 6

14. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

I went from iphone 4s, to Galaxy s3, and now im back to iphone 5. Honestly. Android has the huge advantage of everything being so open, but the software doesn't stack up against iOS. My s3 had a very huge problem with battery drain while on stand by, its power management was horrible. I recieved 1 update in the 8 months of owning it, and even with 2 gigs of ram and a dual core processor, it was slow to open every app compared to my iPhone. If you want your OS to be polished as much as possible, buy an iOS device or a Windows phone. The problem is that there are so many android phones, it not possible to have every device optimized for the software its put on the phone, and when you try to update hundreds of different phones with SO many different specs, its just not possible.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:04 2

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Honest question for iOS users (I won't reply if you want to troll) why you need a volume on the quick settings? Isn't the volume rocker a better option when it comes to adjusting sound that swiping up a bar and moving a software piece? I mean it would look much better without that... What you think?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:07

19. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

I guess its just there for options, i mean, what if the volume rockers brake or obtain water damage? Its a nice option like Assistive touch if you brake the home button.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:42

35. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Didn't though about that... Well still wish that screen was a bit less cluttered, never liked that brightness option on TW (I like the idea of a button you tap and have the bar pop up instead of that huge space )

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 14:42

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

iOS volume controls adapt to whatever media app you're using and in all cases the onscreen volume controls controls the current app thats open onscreen. The rockers on the side control ALL media volume at once.

Yeah it may be a bit petty but its that attention to detail that people like.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:11 5

22. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Am I alone when I say looking at ios 7 is like looking at poop of a unicorn that had diarrhea from eating too many skittles.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:11 2

23. datsyuk (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)

iOS 7 is pretty nice and I was actually excited when I saw it being unveiled but using the beta (I know, it's a beta) was actually annoying for myself. The UI was gorgeous in a lot of ways but also a little confusing at times text wasn't as easy to spot like it is on 6. Also, tons of lag even on the iPhone 5. The transitions in and out of apps looks very cool as well but in reality slows the navigation of the phone down, they're too slow you feel like you're waiting for them to finish to continue to do what you want to do.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:24 3

29. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1526; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Both UI looks cool but I prefer android jb and its card based UI over iOS 7 UI (personal preference though)
and good job apple

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:28 1

31. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

Some things I actually like the look of but reserving judgement for when it's released. Seems like the more they add to iOS, the more bugs appear. This time around they added the most of any upgrade, waiting to see if the bugs are more this time around or if they finally figured it out.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:35 2

33. joseg81 (Posts: 199; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

ios looks nice but it reminds me alot of MIUI V5


posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:42

34. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

The multitasking on IOS7 is garbage like the multitasking on sense 4 and WP8. Only seeing 1 app and two half ones at a time was terrible on Sense 4 and it is even worse now in this day and age.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:42 2

36. torr310 (Posts: 1085; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

iOS is finally catching up with Android, well, sort of.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:59

42. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

haha Samsung samsung sue sue ios7 is clearly touchwiz with flat and over saturated icons. Haha samsung is laughing we copy a phone design once and yall copy everything else all the time. Come on apple with the 5s with ios7 aka iTouchwiz and minimal if any besides camera and maybe finger print scanner.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 14:05 4

44. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

This seems to be enough to keep the loyal fans happy, and maybe that was the point. Not so much to excite new users or tempt Android and Windows Phone users. The look of it reminds me of Candyland or something like that. It would never work for me, but I think if the made the new icons optional this could be a good move for Apple. But let be real, it doesn't compare to Android. People can talk about app selection all they want, but Android has waaaaaay more apps then I'll ever use and yes the quality is there too.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:17

76. TBomb (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

Looking at the pictures though, they look almost EXACTLY the same (homepage and lock screen nayways). So (just curious) what dont you like about it? Because I see almost essentially the same thing.. just Apple (as you said) looks like candyland... but put them both in black and white and aside from the google branding and widgets on android, i don't see much of a difference.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:58 1

80. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

I think the flat look and the neon colors is what bothers me. It could be my Android brain playing tricks on me, but it looks like the colors are dialed up a bit too high. The gallery and game center icons look too bubbly for my taste. But I still think its a good update aside from my preference of color. The lock screen looks good, the calendar, animations, weather app... All good. But who knows, sometimes seeing things in person can make all the difference in the world.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 14:06 1

46. trustory (Posts: 132; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

where can you get that stock android wallpaper?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 14:17

47. Zeus.k (unregistered)

lol. that`s stock ICS wallpaper apple used in iOS 7

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 14:25

49. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Its called Google play store bro :)

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