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JasonTsay

June 2nd 2011 12:47 am

It appears that the highlight features of iOS 5 will be notifications, widgets, and iCloud

If the rumors are true, can anyone convince me that Android is superior in any way after iOS 5 is released? The cloud computing aspect, improved notification system, and widgets will all be there. In addition, everything that iOS had over Android is still there (apps. UI, uniformity, etc...)

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brett

This is one of those questions that just gets people riled up. No one can convince you that Android is better if you've already decided that iOS is going to be better. After having used both, I like Android more and even if Apple does great notifications, it will be hard to beat the simple way in which Google did them. I think Apple does a better job with optimization but I like the multiple handset options that offer Android as the OS.

Anyway, keeping an open mind is always best. Unlike most, I haven't closed myself off from one OS or the other. I'll just use what works best for me at the time rather than picking a side and hating on everything else.
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JasonTsay

This is all very true. Actually, I plan on getting an Android phone soon so I'll see all that I'm missing out on.
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dave

You're still going to have people argue that it's "open" (for both carriers and users to exploit), no walled garden (but there are still app markets with strict rules), and choice of different types of handsets. There are a number of interesting and legitimate reasons and people are still doing some really cool stuff.

We don't know what Apple is going to announce, but I'm sure it will be nice, much needed, and a bunch of people will say other people have done it for longer. That said, I'm never going to convince an Android user that iOS is somehow better and an Android user is never going to convince me that Android is superior.

It all comes down to your style, your workflow, and your idealogical preference for gadgets. For you and for me, iOS is superior and work well enough for our needs (even in iOS 4). For others, it's Android 2.2, 2.3, or 3.0.

That said, this competition is awesome. And it's pushing everyone forward. I absolutely love it!
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JasonTsay

Yeah I agree with you that it is mostly preference but in terms of user facing features, the rumored iOS 5 features are those that were clearly superior in Android.

You also make a good point that one of the main deciding factors when it comes to buying a phone is the carrier. I guess I was just generalizing about the main arguments of iOS vs Android when I posted. Overall, I'm just really excited about iOS 5! :D
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falleninsea

I think a lot of people are excited about the new OS and can't wait to see what they roll out. i'm curious to see what the offer up and as new features and am curious about the features they will announce outside of what every one is expecting. i always think its interesting to see what other things Apple will pull out of their hat.
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cass

Well we don't know what will actually be announced for iOS, but not including the stuff that we're all expecting, here are some things I think Android will still have a leg up on:

- More hardware/carrier choices
- No need for syncing iTunes or a computer
- Native Google apps
- Side loading apps
- Better sharing options in apps (shave via twitter, facebook, text, etc)
- mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org­/platform­/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make
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roberto

The only area where I see some potential differentiation is in the cloud services. If iCloud continues to be a paid service, as the current MobileMe is, then Android may still have the advantage given Google's generous offline music storage. Then again, any subscription music offers that includes deals with the major record companies may make iCloud more appealing. It will be much harder for Android to differentiate from iOS; ironically, in order for iOS to gain a competitive edge, it may end up behaving and looking more and more like Android.
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therichad

iCloud is free thank god lol
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falleninsea

Ok, I switched to my 1st android phone from an iPhone 4 about two weeks ago. When I 1st got the thing I was not all that impressed (android 2.2) with it but once I started browsing the store and checking out the forums that all changed. It’s the customizability of the OS that makes it better in my opinion than iOS on the iPhone.

You can have different browser, keyboards, application launcher and screen locks. Yes, you can have different browsers and screen back groups on the iPhone but there are just something can’t change that Android lets you change.

But there are things that I prefer on the iPhone. Such as media management. I trued double twist and the drag and drop of old but iTunes just makes it easier. I think the Apple app store is easier to navigate and find things I also feel safer with the applications I get from the iTunes store than I do from the Android Market. Yes I know Amazon has a store for android but it doesn’t have the selection that the iTunes does but is curated and Amazon is a fairly trusted retailer.

Hardware wise Android has a double edged sword. There are tones options to choose from 3 to 4 to 4.5 inch screen even larger, thin an light phones, some with keyboards and some with out. But with new phones coming every month heck almost every week you can easily feel outdated right after you buy or have buyers remorse because you found a bigger and better model a month later. Now the iPhone apple update about once a year and you know your phone is going to be the top model a year and even if you don’t update at the end of the year its still a decent device. But don’t try keeping it 2 years the OS probably won’t work.

The OS on the Android can be a pain to get updated because you have to wait on the carrier to push it out. But on the flip side with android you can root the device and update your self to many different “flavors” of an OS. With the iPhone Apple pushes those updates when they are ready and in most every one can get them.

Personally I love the customizability of the Android OS. I prefer the mostly seamless integration between the hardware and the iOS that Apple provides. I also prefer Apples ecosystem as a whole (movies, music, TV shows, Podcasts and applications all in one easy to access place). I also really like the Galaxy hardware and the devices that HTC puts.

So in the end it really does end up being a personal choice to what you like. You mentioned getting an Android phone if you do give it a couple weeks to really kick the tires and see what it can do.

So far the only thing that I still complain about is that I prefer the alarm clock application native to the iPhone than the applications that I have found for the Android. I have tried the native app and some additions from the store. I know of all things to get hung up it’s the alarm but the phone is the only alarm clock I have ☹
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slice

I think its a bit unfair saying iOS has caught up to Android when you're comparing iOS5 available sometime in the fall to what's available now on Android. There will be Ice Cream Sandwich and a new Nexus flagship phone coming out very shortly after iOS5 is available. Apple will continue to chase features for the foreseeable future.

That aside, Android still offers superior customization, multitasking, app integration, and cloud features. Its not accurate to say "iOS has widgets now, so they're even". The APIs have always offered more for developers to play with. The only advantage iOS has ever had is breadth of app and accessory selection. Also, I think fewer options have made things seem simpler, which is certainly a selling point for many mainstream users.

Going further aside, I'm not even sure app selection is nearly as big an advantage in the iOS camp as many think. Yes, there are TONS more apps, but how many of them replicate what a good web app does (or should do). The apps I find most valuable on Android are not only not available on iOS, but NOT POSSIBLE. The number of apps that are on iOS that are not possible on Android is much much smaller, which makes me think the future will be brighter for Android users (and I think the past two years have shown that).
Competition choice is key for everyone, so I hope 3-5 mobile OSes can thrive in the end.
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