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iCan: 5 Features iPhone Users Take For Granted That Android Can’t Match

Matt Smith 23-05-2013

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The iPhone is often targeted for its lack of features and functionality. When the bullet points are laid out side-by-side Android appears to have a hoard of extras that Apple’s device can’t match. This versatility is, to some, a clear indication of Android’s superiority.

I don’t buy this arguement, however, because it assumes all features are equally important and executed with equal grace. That’s not how things work in the real world. A rocket that promises to fly you to Mars may seem awesome, but isn’t of much use if it lacks a heater and doesn’t have enough oxygen for the return trip. Not all functionality is equally important, and while Android offers many slight tweaks, the iPhone excels where excellence matters.

Automatic OS Updates

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Do you use an Android phone? Cool. Hey, why not update it to the latest version of the OS?

If you’re reading this there’s a good chance you simply can’t. While rumors of Android 5.0 circulate, over 38% of Android devices are still running version 2.3 (released in December of 2010) and a further 27.5% run version 4.0 (released in October of 2011). Only a tad more than a quarter use the latest edition of Android.


Apple’s iPhone, as you might expect, is a different story. 89.2% of users run version 6.X, which was released less than a year ago.

Of all the features that one would expect from a smartphone – or any consumer electronics device – this is the most basic. Microsoft figured it out years ago. Heck, even my Roku 6 Reasons Why You Need A Roku [Opinion] Electronics can be evil. A short time ago I wrote an article about using the Xbox 360 as a media center. I concluded that it wasn’t the best choice. Sensing my betrayal, the 360 promptly... Read More frequently receives updates. Yet most Android users (i.e. those who don’t buy a Nexus device) are simply out of luck.

Now you might say – but I can root my device! That’s true, but most people don’t, and for good reason. Rooting is often a difficult process that may void a phone’s warranty. And even if you do root, finding a reliable ROM can be difficult depending on your device. CyanogenMod, the most famous ROM, supports over 70 devices. But there are literally thousands of Android phones on the market. Even some common smartphones, like my old ThunderBolt, never receive support.

Rock-Solid Malware Protection

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There was a time when I thought that iOS users were probably fooling themselves about security. Coincidentally, this was around the time I bought an Android phone. I loaded it up with one of the better anti-virus apps for Android The 3 Best Antivirus Apps To Protect Your Android Security As we’ve reported frequently at MakeUseOf, Android is no longer safe from malware. The number of threats is on the rise. This shouldn’t be surprise to anyone. Smartphones and tablets can carry all sorts of... Read More and thought myself in far better shape than any iPhone user.

Yet as I researched the issue more (primarily while writing articles for MakeUseOf) I began to realize that the iPhone’s security isn’t phony. The locked-down operating system actually is effective against malware. That’s not to say malware is impossible, but I’ve yet to see a report of an iPhone that wasn’t jailbroken being infected in the wild (by “in the wild” I mean outside the hands of a security researcher).

Even if the iPhone’s security is breached, as has happened with lockscreen exploits in the past, users are just an OS update away from the solution. Android users, on the other hand, are often forced to live with a device that has known exploits because they don’t have access to an OS update that provides a fix.

Access To iCloud (And Other Apple Software)

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When I brought home my iPhone I was a little skeptical. I knew that I’d want to use iTunes to sync my media, and the last time I’d used iTunes (way back in 2009) I hated it. Wresting lacklustre software just to sync hardware isn’t my idea of a good time.

To my surprise, I found that Apple’s supporting services and software were among the phone’s best features. With iCloud users can sync data like notes, contacts, music and applications across multiple devices with virtually no effort. This mean what I have on my iPhone is also on my iPad, and vice versa. Better still, iCloud acts as a backup service When iPhones Go Wrong – Restoring From iCloud Backups [iOS] Like any Apple product, the iPhone just works right? Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and regardless of what anyone will tell you, iOS is not perfect. Things go wrong, but luckily there... Read More , which is handy when a new iPhone is purchased or replaced via warranty repair.

Even iTunes is a boon because it provides a more seamless sync experience than any Android app. Though an iPhone must be plugged in for charging, obviously, there’s otherwise no need to connect it to your Mac or PC at all after initial setup as all data can be sent to it via Wi-Fi. And there’s iMessage, FaceTime, Find My iPhone, and more. Some of these features have third-party Android equivalents, but Apple bundles all these services into one nicely integrated and intuitive ecosystem.

Apps Comes First To iPhone (And Work Better)

App support has always been one of iPhone’s greatest strengths, hence the famous line “There’s an app for that“. While Android has certainly made progress over the years, most developers still focus on iPhone, which means apps usually come out for the iPhone first and successive updates also tend to come to the iPhone first.


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Also, because developers have fewer devices to design for on the iOS platform, apps tend to be more reliable. It is common to see warnings about apps and games not functioning on certain devices on Google Play, but this is a rarity that often depends on iOS version alone when it comes to the iPhone. The above text screenshot, for example, is taken straight from the Google Play store and it’s not from some fly-by-night game; it’s from FieldRunners HD, one of most popular apps on both Android and iOS.

Hearing Aid Support, VoiceOver, AssistiveTouch And Other Accessibility Features

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Yet again, both the iPhone and Android provide numerous accessibility features. Those common to both (assuming you have the latest version of Android) include large text, speech-to-text/text-to-speech, and magnification.

But the iPhone offers so much more. Hearing aid support, AssistiveTouch support for added gestures or a stylus, inverted colors, the VoiceOver interface for visually impaired users; there’s an incredible wealth of accessibility baked straight into the device.

And because all of this a part of the operating system, it all works well and universally. These features combine to make the iPhone approachable to people who simply can’t use an Android device.


Let’s recap.

The iPhone has on-time OS updates, air-tight security, an excellent (and free) cloud data service, expansive language support and numerous accessibility options. These are important, meaningful features that Android can’t match. And yet the iPhone is said to lack functionality because iCan't: 5 Things Android Users Take For Granted and iPhone Users Just Can't Do Have you ever thought that there might be a reason Android users brag about their customizability? Sure, as an iPhone user, you can add and configure apps, change your wallpaper, and otherwise make yourself feel... Read More – why? Because users can’t change the lock screen or use animated wallpaper?

I’ve been there, I’ve done that, and here’s the bottom line; features like tweaking wallpaper and icons are fluff. They’re nice to have, they’re fun, and they make you feel smarter. But objectively, what’s more important; an updated OS, or having a portrait of Boba Fett as your Contacts icon?

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  1. Nexus4TW (Nexus 4 ForTheWin)
    October 2, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Short version: The writer is either an Apple fanboi, or someone paid by Apple. Don't listen to his crap. This argument is biased.

    Long version: Android can side load apps, run apps that aren't in such a tight sandbox, get access to the file system, put widgets on its home screen, use a universal share menu which adapts to any app coming in and not just pre-coded popular services, set a default app for any function, use competing web browsers that aren't just new skins, install new launchers / keyboards / lock screen customizers, search through an "all apps" list, etc.

    How much did Apple pay you? These are the DEFINING reasons I bought a Galaxy Nexus. And if you buy a Nexus device, you DO get automatic updates. (Oh, and your colleague who wrote the iCan't article is also an idiot. He didn't put those things I mentioned in the article either.)

    All of the things I could do in the list above are achievable without rooting. You'd have to jailbreak an iOS device to get those things...

    And Android is open source, which allows for some great Custom ROMs like CM to be built. No matter where you look, you won't see an "iOS ROM..." You claim that iOS has better security, but have you ever considered that Apple would not only reject apps that are malware, it'd also reject apps that it simply doesn't like? (Hint: Google Voice.)

    As for the iCloud service, use SkyDrive or Dropbox or SpiderOak or one of the many free alternatives out there. Who uses iCloud anyways?

    So, what? Would you rather have some real CHOICE over what you can run, or would you rather have the privilege of playing a couple of fluffy games a few days before they inevitably come to Android? Am I right or what?

    You sir are an idiot. You should feel ashamed for this horrible "review."

  2. natti
    September 23, 2013 at 1:57 am

    The most expensive phones in the world [e.i vertu and mobiado brands] I thinks that wraps this whole conversation up

  3. Thai
    June 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Total BS article!

  4. Abid Momin
    May 31, 2013 at 4:38 am

    I prefer Apple more not only because its more secure but Its so easy to use and comfortable.

  5. gomme600
    May 30, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    But you can get an android phone for as little as 100 pounds or an Iphone for 600 pounds, I think I will chose android...

  6. Anthony
    May 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I have an Android phone and an IOS iPod Touch. Each has its advantages. 2 quick examples: There is nothing free on Android that compares to iTunes syncing of music. I can run an old-school emulator on Android without jailbreaking.

    • Thai
      June 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      With 'Music Syncing', if you bought all songs from Itunes then it's OK. As I've tried to put songs into my daughter's Iphone, it's way more complicated compared to Google Music. Some songs that I didn't buy from Itunes then it refused to import into Iphone. I had to work around to put those songs in.

  7. PJ Wessels
    May 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    While the OS updates sometimes are annoying, they are nice.

  8. martin
    May 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Idevices are great for technologically impaired people. They work. But for that you have to give up some functionality and options.
    I liken it to when you were a kid, apple tells you what is good for you and doesnt let you decide for yourself.
    Android is open source so the possibilities are limitless and third party apps offer every functionality possible.
    I love android and my boss uses ipad and iphone, the headaches i have trying to get basic things working on her stuff is stupid.

  9. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 29, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Apple iPhone 6 with 4.7 inch full HD display coming next year?

    Apple will launch iPhone 6 next year, according to a report . The report said that the device is expected next year autumn (January-March).

    Till now, the grapevine is filled with rumours of Apple launching the next iPhone as soon as this July itself. Most of the reports also said that the phone is to be called as Apple iPhone 5S.

    Meanwhile, the recent report said that the Apple iPhone 6 will come with a 4.8 inch full HD resolution display. The display, called the Retina+, will be manufactured by Sharp. Although there are no mentions about the use of naked eye 3D technology anywhere but until the device is officially announced nothing concrete can be said about it.

    The iPhone 6 will however will miss out on the hardware home key and will also include eye tracking feature much like the Samsung Galaxy S4 for scrolling pages and documents. The iPhone 6 is expected to be powered with the Apple A7 quad core processor with an expected clock speed of up to 1.8 GHz.

    The new Apple iOS 7 would have a much improved user interface without any home screen button, alongside 128 GB of storage as is found in Apple's recent versions of iPad devices.

  10. param
    May 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    which means apps usually come out for the iPhone first and successive updates also tend to come to the iPhone first.

    correct above

    nicely written

  11. TheDude
    May 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I had a feeling this article was going to cause a fight between Android and iOS users. I'm and Android user and probably won't be getting an iPhone anytime soon. Its just my preference that's all. While Mr Smith has a couple of valid points we still have to contend with the fact that Android and iOS also have different ecosystems. Apple's iOS is closed (HW and SW controlled by Apple) while Androids is open, phone makers just get Android for Free and use it in their products. And lets not forget the carriers. Lucky for iOS users they get their updates straight for Apple, while many Android users have to wait for their carriers to provide such updates (which causes fragmentation). This is just life I guess. :(

    Lets not forget the price point as well as variety. Apple's 'i-series' have a limited set which gives it an advantage as developers only have to contend with a limited number of hardware and software configurations and lets not forget the price they charge for those devices. :) Then there's Android OS which allows phone, tablet and even camera manufacturers (Samsung Galaxy Camera) to create a freaking range as far as the eye can see, plus have a massive difference in price point. Some people actually buy a cheapo Android device and get frustrated at how crappy they which realizing the price hey paid!

    So can't we all just live in peace without trying to teat each other apart?

    Its more than just differences in the OS is more of the differences of these different ecosystems. In which case it might be unfair to compare these different ecosystems. If both systems were closed where both the OS and hardware are almost exclusively made by the same company then we have something to compare.

  12. Colin Wh
    May 27, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Also, the general quality of apps is, in my experience, better on iOS. I'm not trying to start a flame war, but apps like Tweetbot just don;t have an Android counterpart that can come close.

  13. Rob H
    May 26, 2013 at 11:45 am

    The title is "5 Features iPhone Users Take For Granted That Android Can’t Match" and the article should be read from that perspective. I guess someone could just as easily write "5 Features Android Users Take For Granted That iPhone Can’t Match".

    Us old folk can still remember VHS versus Betamax (for youngsters: before internet downloads we used to get videos on DVD and long before that on these competing tape cartidge formats). From a technical perspective Betamax was probably the stronger option (there was a third contender V2000, which was the best of the 3 but was killed by the price premium). VHS "won" as the most widely used format for a number of reasons including better availability of good pre-recorded movies - aided by longer recording time and a bit cheaper.

    What can the Apple/Android debate learn from that? Apple comes with a big price premium (like V2000) and takes a "walled garden" approach to content (not quite "like" Betamax but there is a parallel to be drawn). Ultimately a lot of people whether they like it or not, end up taking the approach of taking the affordable option if it delivers most of the functionality. Only time will tell...

    As for some of the specifics of the article - I looked at the economics of producing an App. In brief Android was the more attractive choice in terms of developer cost and risk (the risk that after 6 months development time Apple can decide not to let it into the app store - on sometimes questionable grounds) but a successful Apple App can demand a higher price (necessary to offset the higher costs and risks) and the biggest success stories are on Apple. The bottom line was that most apps writers never recover their costs, only a very small number do well and writing apps for either OS is a big gamble.
    As regards accessibility features, as someone has said, they apply to a tiny minority of users and many of those would be better served by a phone designed specifically for older folk such as the Doro phone range - large fonts, large buttons, extra loud (and with a "hearing aid mode") simple "help" button, and short dial buttons.
    As for longevity (i.e. OS upgrades) many phones are on a 2 year contract and are replaced when that ends - by which time the new models will have more memory, faster processor, better screen so the availability of OS upgrades becomes largely irrelevant to those users most concerned with having the latest features. Those who rely on cheaper older models know they are making a compromise.

  14. Prafulla Bhalde
    May 26, 2013 at 8:07 am

    As long as its features 'android cant match', My two cents for whatever it is worth.

    I think, bundling the iPhone @ 1$ (or some such scheme,) along with a contract with the telecom service provider, is what has given it so many users. If that contract is taken out, it is a very expensive piece of hardware. Whereas same features can be accessed at much lower cost in form of android phone(s).
    If people are given choice to choose any handset-OS combo for any service provider, you will see how the public behaves. They opt for other phones. ;)

    More viruses are written for windows than for mac. Simple reason, more people use windows. One can write a targeted virus for one specific computer having whatever operating system. No systems are invulnerable.

    iOS and iPhone, are both made by same company. And so the updates are tailored for that specific hardware.
    Android updates is a different story. There are so many hardware manufacturers, having so many combos of components and features.
    Yet, android devices DO get updates. e.g. Samsung updates its phones. But however excellent updates you make, other phones (S3 for example) can not have an S4 TV remote app, because your phone wont have the infra red hardware for it.
    And most of the times, it is simply unnecessary to have OS updates.
    Apart from official updates, almost every device has 'custom roms' too. but that is for rooted devices, and out of context here i think.

    So, take whatever you like. If you like iPhone, very good. If you don't, well there are other options available. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, and in my opinion those 5 things mentioned in this article are not something that will make me drool and for which i shall shell out $$$ for iPhones.

    Thank you for your attention.

  15. Johnny
    May 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    As an owner of a Galaxy s4 and an iPad 3 I can (unlike the author and most ios users) make an informed opinion on which operating system is better. Android is better. If you stripped back android and left it with a scrollable list of icons you would have iOS. There is nothing worth mentioning on iOS that is not available natively on Android.

    My previous Galaxy S2 recieved 3 android updates in the 2 years I owned it and also got many OPTIONAL samsung specific apps and third party launchers etc. that further improved the functionality.

    I have never had malware on any mobile device.

    iCloud is not a feature worth mentioning. Google provide services across the whole internet that easliy exceed what iCloud offers. Backing up your phone data is not a feature that stands out anymore. Google sync everthing.(phone, email, calender, tasks, contacts, notes, search history, gallerys, maps, etc etc etc et ) across every device and manufacturer (including apple) by simply logging in to android or chrome.

    99% of apps are available on both platforms. As an web developer developing for android is alot easier and the fact that I need a mac to develop apps for iOS is sickening and true to apples controlling nature. It is unusual these days to find iOS only apps but there are still some but I would think that there are more android only apps that were not allowed in the app store. I have mainly found iOS only apps to be in music production where they iPad is the leader. The iphone also doesn't have these apps.
    Apps don't work better on iOS. You are just comparing a really old android phone worth €50 to the latest iPhone. try comparing to an S3 or S4

    I would love to see google and microsoft use the same closed system as apple do. Imagine if google only worked on Android .That would instantly make the iPhone useless as it would not have, Google search, Bing, gmail, google maps, youtube, word docs, excel spreadsheets just to name a few. Apple would be left with itunes, Apple Maps, iBooks and Facetime. Yahoo might let them use their engine.

    Apple will not let anyone play with their toys but they play with everyone elses.

    • Chinmay Sarupria
      May 30, 2013 at 4:05 am

      "99% of apps are available on both platforms." Seriously? You must have seen the top apps of Google Play and App Store. Top developers always make apps for both platforms. But there are tons of apps which are only available on iOS.
      And Android doesn't even have quality apps. Every app gets accepted in Play Store. And i have seen many iOS apps that doesn't have an Android equivalent.
      On Android device compatibility is the biggest issue. Low-end Android phones doesn't supports the best apps & games and the compatibility is based on ARMvX processors, versions of OS and a lot more. Many Android apps doesn't runs perfectly. Just compare the reviews of the same app on Play Store and App Store. You will surely find the difference.

      Now let's see in how many years Android will have some quality apps.

      • Johnny
        May 30, 2013 at 10:27 am

        There are Apps that are not available on both but why do you presume that android is the OS that is losing out here. All of the most downloaded apps are available on both. The majority of users will not care about the difference between what is available on either platform.

        Have you also noticed that there are many times more reviews on the Play Store than the App store? Why is that? Are Apple also censoring these reviews? Right now for the Facebook App there are only 3 reviews available on the App store:

        2 Stars
        by Extelle
        For the LOVE OF GOD PUT IN A LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION! It's absurd that you can't turn sideways to type.

        1 Star
        by 123bkat
        Very slow on everything and it crashes about 8 times before it finally opens, pictures take about 2 minutes to open

        5 Stars
        by Playsccrboy
        Working much faster now and no more freezing or stalling. Thank you

        There are at least 25 pages of reviews for the same App on Play Store.

        Android accepting the majority of Apps is surely a plus for Android? Would you also like Apple to start telling you which websites you can browse to instead of making the choice yourself? If you don't want the App then don't download it but it is clearly better to have the choice. Apple have heavily restricted the type of apps that are available in iOS for ridiculous reasons which is just yet another way for the to control and limit every feature on their device and stop 3rd party developers from expanding the functionality beyond what apple can provide.

        Here are 2 examples from their 7 page guidelines document.
        • "Apps that create alternate desktop/home screen environments or simulate multi-app widget experiences will be rejected"

        • "Apps that alter the functions of standard switches, such as the Volume Up/Down and Ring/Silent switches, will be rejected"

        7 million people Jailbroke iOS 6 in 4 days to allow them to expand the functionality of their iOS closed system until a few days later Apple released an irreversible iOS update to disable the Jailbreak.

        Apple have also ignored/disabled current widely used technologies and standards where they could, to further control and limit what the user can use their device for such as DNLA, Miracast, OTG USB connection, standard USB charging/data ports, Flash, NFC, WIFI direct to name just a few. These are all features that Android Apps are free to avail of and 1000's of Andoid apps use these technologies but none of these will ever appear on iOS.

        Why once again, are you comparing a €600 iPhone with a cheap Android phone.
        If you want your Apps to run like an iPhone don't buy a cheap Android phone. Simple.
        If you just want a cheap smart phone don't buy a €600 Galaxy S4.
        The fact that low cost Android phones are available to people who don't want a €600 iPhone or S4 is important to how smartphones have become accessible. This is another example of the snobby opinion of some iPhone users. Take you blinkers off. How did apple make so many people think that have no choice was a positive thing?

        • Chinmay Sarupria
          May 31, 2013 at 6:30 am

          Because you are talking much about Galaxy S4 so i would like to tell you that i also have a Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 5. For me, the winner is iPhone and its iOS.
          You must have heard about Real Racing 3 but it is not even compatible with Galaxy S4. A game is not even compatible with the best Android smartphone! What a shame.
          And Facebook is much better on iOS than on Play Store.

          Some points from an article on HP website:

          Facebook -- Unlike the iOS app, the Android Facebook app sucks in your entire Contacts database without asking. It's one thing for Facebook to make money from my personal information.

          Twitter -- Like many, my phone came with a Twitter client built in, but as updated versions got installed, my phone ran slower and the battery life got worse.

          Google Music -- While having your music collection in the cloud sounds like a great idea, this app is not yet ready for prime time. If you like mysteriously-disappearing songs, momentum-free scrolling, and music that stops for no reason half-way through, then this is the app for you.

          Android phones doesn't even get timely software updates.
          Great phones like Motorola Defy are still stuck with Android 2.1. Apple, on the other hand, has been regular with their firmware updates. Unless your phone is too old, it will get the new update, along with everyone. Google cannot even issue the update to everyone simultaneously and has to roll it part by part to users.

          I am not saying this, the whole world is saying this. The truth is that these things happen only on Android.

          Accepting more apps is not a plus for Android because a simply rubbish app will also be accepted.

          iTunes may be a generally hated software but Android doesn't even have anything for the desktop to manage your music, videos, applications and contacts. And iTunes lets you do more than sync your media files; you have access to the entire the iTunes store, which includes music, movies, videos and podcasts. You can even download applications directly on to your computer and then transfer them on to your iPhone, something you cannot do on your Android phone.

        • Johnny
          May 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

          Real Racing 3 is available on the S4. It was also on my S2. Its on the Play Store. It's very good.

          Facebook optionally syncs your contacts. When you install the App it asks you do you want to sync your contacts? Sync or Don't Sync. its actually a good feature. Apple incoroprated something similar in iOS6.

          "Accepting more apps is not a plus for Android because a simply rubbish app will also be accepted".
          Do you really think there are no bad apps on iOS? Does installing a bad app really scare you that much?

          "You can even download applications directly on to your computer and then transfer them on to your iPhone, something you cannot do on your Android phone".
          1 • You can install an app on your Android phone on any computer with an internet browser. If you log into the play store website and click "Install" the App will appear on your phone. No connection to your phone is needed.
          2 • You can also wirelessly install an app or transfer media across any network or DNLA network using a PC, games console, smart TV or other phone and access it completely independently of Google Play or any other software. Just connect to the network and your in.
          3 • You could also wirelessly use Samsung Kies which is the Samsung equivalent of iTunes to install and manage your Music, Videos and Photos and Apps. Samsung Kies can also be run directly in a browser window so you don't actually need to have it installed on the computer but you can if you want.
          4 • You could also use and download any other music, video or photo managing software from any source you can find on any computer or website and use it with your phone.

          Apple didn't invent connecting devices to computers. They just ruined it.

          The Motorola Defy was released in 2010 as a mid range smart phone when the iPhone 3GS/4 was out and although both of those phones have received a firmware update they did not get all the iOS 6 features including, 3d Maps, navigation and Siri which were main features of iOS 5 and 6. iOS6 runs very slowly on a 3GS. So far iOS 6 can't be Jailbroken so I personally would stay on iOS5 as its basically the same thing but with apple you don't have the choice to roll back once you update your firmware.

          "I am not saying this, the whole world is saying this. The truth is that these things happen only on Android."

          The whole world you say.....
          The Artice you quoted is entitled "The 5 best Android apps and the 5 worst". I don't really think very highly of HP when it comes to an OS or phone review and the article you quoted is also 2 years old.

          Since then the same author also wrote this about Nasa Using Android Phones in their satellites which is kinda cool.
          [Broken URL Removed]

          And this article about how he installed Android on his Netbook which is also kinda nice.
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          I cant find anything he has written about iOS or Apple apart from that they have lost their market share to Samsung.

        • Chinmay Sarupria
          June 1, 2013 at 8:43 am

          Real Racing 3 is NOT available on the S4.

          1) Downloading apps from the App Store doesn't even requires a phone. Simply download on a Mac or a PC and transfer it to the phone after years! Play store installs it remotely but it doesn't downloads app on the computer itself.

          2) AirPlay also streams content wirelessly. iPhone/iPod Touch can also be turned into a Multi-Room Wireless Music Remote. Lifehacker has an article on it.

          Only jailbreak tools for iOS 6.1.3 and 6.1.4 are not released.

          Have a look at this article. It shows iOS is much ahead of Android in terms of revenue. And the article came up yesterday only.
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          There is also a video on youtube which shows how to run iOS and run its app on your Windows PC.

        • Johnny
          June 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm

          Real racing 3 is on he S4 but after a bit of googling i can see it is not available in certain countries. Blame EA. I suppose.

          Your first point doesn't mean anything to me. You can install/transfer an App from a PC on Android. You don't need to use iTunes. But you can use Kies if you want which is the same thing. As you are used to using iTunes you might not get this. But.. you can get the app wherever you want and put it wherever you want on whatever you want.

          Airplay is good. I think it is the best feature on iOS. It is the main reason I use my iPad and I use it with a €40 Raspberry Pi running XBMC not an Apple TV.
          It is also possible to do exactly the same with any device using DNLA including any Android Phone with an app such as All Share or iMedia Share
          Miracast is the current standard here. It is a universal direct connection to the receiver/screen and does not require a router anymore or any extra apple stuff. A single dongle is all you need that cost's around €50 - €90 to accomplish everything your life hacker article describes. It will soon be built into TV's, stereos, speakers and routers.
          No need for apple express routers for every room at €100 each as well as an existing network to run it on.

          Quite a few android phones already support Miracast. I doubt Apple will a take notice unless they have to.

          "Only jailbreak tools for iOS 6.1.3 and 6.1.4 are not released."

          That is the current version of iOS. You cannot chose any other version and once you update you cant go back. So that is the only version and they wont jailbreak it again till iOS 7 is released.

          "Have a look at this article. It shows iOS is much ahead of Android in terms of revenue. And the article came up yesterday only."
          I Suggest you read that article again. It doesn't say that.
          It does say the App store is currently more profitable but the rest of the article says how there are the same amount of Apps on both Platforms and there are more android phones in the world and how android is growing 5 times faster than iOS and how Apps like "WhatsApp Messenger" earned more on Android. There are also many other "App Stores" for Android that are not being counted in this article.

          iPadian will NOT allow you to install iOS apps on you PC. It installs an Adobe Air, Flash based program that looks like an iPad and opens up Web Apps of various websites in an iPad skin. 10,000's of these Web Apps are available and have been available pre App Store, for everyone to use from any platform or device.
          Here is angry birds: http://chrome.angrybirds.com/

          Of course almost none of these web apps will work on iOS devices because 99% of Web Apps are made from Flash.
          You need Apple to tell you its a good App before you want to install it right? I wonder why the App Store is more profitable.

  16. Bahraam
    May 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Apple customer satisfaction? You get what you pay [double] for.

  17. Chirag Malkani
    May 25, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Although, the writer has taken a sorta biased position, he isn't really an Apple fanboy. If you guys want to see some great advantages of android take a look at //www.makeuseof.com/tag/icant-5-things-android-users-take-for-granted-and-iphone-users-just-cant-do-si/ . The writers in both cases are only stating their opinions, it's up to you to interpret them

  18. macwitty
    May 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks Matt Smith for a good overview. Then we are different and think different things are more or less important, as always

    Must say that the comments are very entertaining to read. One would think that people's personal integrity and honor was questioned and not a mobile OS ;)

    • Matt Smith
      May 24, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      Oh, the OS you choose is a badge of honor when you're a geek. Though I've noticed that people only get mad about it online; in the real world, everyone picks what they picks and its okay.

      Unless you've got Windows Phone, if I see you with that, I'll slap it out of your hands and call you Steve Ballmer's love-slave.

      In deference to Poe's Law, I'd like to state the above paragraph was sarcasm.

  19. Chris Hoffman
    May 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Yup, there are a lot of problems with Android.

    I really recommend people buy Nexus devices to avoid a lot of the junk. If not for Nexus devices, I don't know what I'd buy.

    The app argument is a bit overdone at this point, too -- yes, if you want to play the latest mobile games, you'll need iOS. But most apps you could want are on Android. I play PC games and generally can't stand mobile games, so I don't really care about iOS' lead in silly mobile games.

  20. cimbrum
    May 24, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I've owned an Android phone since 1 month ago and I was extremely disappointed about it! Now I have an iPhone 3GS and everything works excellent on it. It's running iOS 6.0 while on former Android the updates was stopped to Gingerbread 2.3.6.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Own a Google Nexus device and I assure you that your opinion will again change. :)

      • cimbrum
        May 28, 2013 at 7:43 am

        I know! It's my favourite Android gadget but I can't afford it, unfortunately :( It costs more than my salary :(

  21. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 24, 2013 at 7:40 am

    After all comments and arguments, let's sum it up. Apple iOS is more a USA success story, whereas the Rest of the World choose to go the other way. Case in point reflects in this article, backed with data. http://techland.time.com/2013/04/16/ios-vs-android/

  22. Matt Vallis
    May 24, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I own and android so I'm probably pretty biased towards that system however I do agree the first point about updating to the latest OS. My phone is only running 2.3 and it was bought brand new at the start of the year. However I don't think I would ever convert to Apple simply because of the years of bad times I've had using Itunes to sync my music.

    • Ksavai
      May 24, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Nexus is the answer for you if OS update is priority. I would any day prefer 2.3 over iOS 6. I still feel its upgraded.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 24, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Like IPhone is to Apple, Nexus range is to Google, which always get on the air update to latest Android, the moment it is released.

  23. Ksavai
    May 24, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Weak article on Makeuseof. Thats fine but How author is replying is more annoying. He is acting like a kid. Not sure how Makeuseof hire writers. Disappointed more with makeuseof rather than author.

    • Tina Sieber
      May 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Apparently, Matt is very passionate about this topic. Authors who are invested in their subjects often come out with the best results. And Matt has been writing some fantastic articles for MakeUseOf. We all have better or worse days. And sometimes we are misunderstood.

      • dragonmouth
        May 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm

        "Authors who are invested in their subjects often come out with the best results."
        But most of the time they have tunnel vision and disregard facts that may negatively reflect on "their" subjects. They consider any criticism of "their" subject as personal attacks on them. True Believers never make good writers because they know what they know and they don't want to be confused by facts.

        If MUO considers itself a news provider then its authors should at least attempt to be objective and take criticism as the adults they are supposed to be. If MUO is in the opinion business, then those opinions are worth what we, the readers, pay for them. Any opinion expressed on this site by the authors or by the posters is just as valid or invalid as any other one. Neither the authors nor the posters should act like petulant children and stomp their feet when someone else dares to have a different opinion.

        • Matt Smith
          May 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm

          You are building a strawman, Dragonmouth. You're painting my article as factually incorrect, when it is not, and saying that I am acting like a "child" when I am not.

          I stand by the validity of the facts in this article. As for the opinions, you have every right to disagree, but that doesn't mean I won't reply and tell you why I still think you're wrong.

        • dragonmouth
          May 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

          What strawman?! By the tone of your post you have proven my point. Please re-read my post carefully and unemotionally. I was speaking in general, naming no names, making no specific references.

          I can't speak to whether your article is factually correct or incorrect, or whether your facts are valid or not, since I do not own or use any Apple products. I'll leave those comments to others.

          In the future try not to shoot from the lip.

  24. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 24, 2013 at 5:44 am

    1. Automatic OS Updates : Are you joking??????? Whenever a official firmware for a android device is available, is can be automatically downloaded and configured.

    2. Agreed that iOS security is better than android, but is also vulnerable, albeit lesser. iOS is just Unix, and Unix has been breached.

    3. I am not dead. I access Google Drive, besides so many 3rd party including skydrive, dropbox, box.net, etc. etc. etc. Hardly an argument.

    4. And also so many apps also comes to google Play, which never gets released to iTunes. Again hardly an argument.

    5. Handicap software : Guess never heard of Google Talkback, Skyvi, etc.

    Matt, good to be an iFan, but need to research a bit more on competition, specially when it is the no. 1 selling mobile platform worldwide.

    I am not all impressed with this article, as it shows thorough lack of research of competing platforms. Hardly expect such article in MUO which is not foolproof.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 24, 2013 at 5:51 am

      Also would highly request you to take criticism with a positive attitude and do not take them personally. No one is attacking you personally, people are just highlighting loopholes in the articles. If you take these criticism positively, I am sure you will brush up the shortcomings in the coming articles and make it stupendous. :D Wish you all the best for the future articles. Chillax mate!!!

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 24, 2013 at 5:57 am
    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 24, 2013 at 6:09 am

      Tell Aplle iOS to match just one feature of Android, that's it. It is called WIDGETS. Tra la la la la. :P

    • Matt Smith
      May 24, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Rajaa, I've basically addressed these points in the article or in previous comments. If you still don't think I'm right that's fine but I am not going to just keep repeating myself.

  25. anor
    May 23, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    so, just 5 biased aspects. like 1 or 2 are true... now do the opposite and have a 100+ list. I was an iphone user/lover once, it was really good and innovative; but lets face it , it need a huge remake urgently because it looks like/do children's stuff

  26. Simen Burud
    May 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    You absolutely have many good points in your article. Especially the lack of upgrades is annoying (even if I have 4.1.2), and the late app arrivals. However, I disagree on most of your other points. For me, when I talk about flexibility is more about features than changing icons. For example a friend just showed me how he didn't need a password on his iDevice because the private files were inside a special app. When I said that Android can lock entire apps(including those who open files), he was amazed.
    And given Chrome's popularity, why not set it as the default browser and upload a normal file to the Internet while you're at it? Not on iOS.
    Also one of the two malwares I have had was from an ipad app.
    So, Android for me until they modernize(give apps deeper access to the system, common filesystem and a better launcher) iOS.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 24, 2013 at 6:22 am

      This update argument also doesn't hold good. For that he should only compare it with the true Google device, the Google Nexus range and not with other 3rd. party brands. It is not Google's fault, that they have a smart policy and all major manufacturing brand has embraced Android as the mobile platform of choice. Apple can stay stuck in it's on stupid policy and sleep in it's own created cocoon of themselves and their fanboys. iOS looks so dated nowadays and has practically stagnated. They really need a thorough drastic makeover with iOS7 or they are certainly going to tread the Blackberry OS path. Popular today, dead tomorrow. :) Blackberry realised it too late now with BB10.

      • Simen B
        May 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

        I still think of the update argument as valid as long as most manufacturers don't update their devices. But still, as long as Apple holds back the much needed overhaul, I see no reason to want an iPhone because of the updates.

  27. Doc
    May 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Automatically updating your OS is a sure-fire way to brick a phone or tablet without warning. Things Android can do that iOS can't (without jailbreaking): Sideload apps; install a different keyboard; install a web browser that doesn't use Safari's Webkit core; install a new app launcher (home screen); install Adobe Flash; copy music, videos, eBooks, etc. via drag 'n' drop; replace any "system" app with your choice of app.

  28. pavan n
    May 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I own neither of the devices....but still my vote is for android(coz it fits my budget)......why no one mentioned a windows phone? nokia lumia phones are looking promissing.....

  29. null
    May 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Some of your points are spot on. Many are not.
    1. Updating - Yes, it's been a problem. Mostly for low end devices. If you buy the low end device, you should expect to never receive updates. It's really the same with the iphone 3gs, or 4. Are they supported? Sort of. If they do get the latest updates, many of the best features of the update are removed. Look up iOS 6 on the iPhone 4 if you want proof.
    2. Security - Just like Apple, Google provides a LARGE, safe location from which to download apps. These apps are checked, and removed if security becomes a concern. Additionally, if you are paranoid, the app is required to list off every function of the phone it will have access to. Whether installed from the Play store or not. If you get an app outside the playstore, and it happens to be malware, it's really your own fault.
    3. iCloud... Really? Android has THE BEST cloud integration of any system out there. 15GB of free backup for almost everything on the phone. This includes pictures, contacts, music, notes, etc. Best part is you will never, ever have to plug the phone into a computer. Not even to set it up. The phone will even reinstall apps to your phone if they were backed up from ICS forward.
    4. Apps - Gotta give you this one. Android is almost there with priorities for apps, and the quality of them. But iOS apps do tend to be a bit better. However, most problems with apps are due to an old OS, which is normally due to physical limitations of the phone. Your picture is proof of that. Fieldrunners HD is a fairly processor intensive game. No duh, it won't run on froyo and 512 megs of ram. It's a three year old phone. What did you expect.
    5. Accessibility. This has a very limited scope. Most people wanting a smartphone won't care. And those who are pushed into it by salespeople, or families probably should stick with iOS, because of its simplicity. If this is a top 5 reason to own an iOS device, I can see why the iPhone has lost the top spot in the phone world.

    • Zachary Meyer
      May 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Funny I never had the android back up work on any Motorola or Samsung device I owned.... Though the wifi passwords did.... Love that ... And yes I did click save backup in the setup BOTH TIMES. Google android back up problems and view how many complain it doesn't " just work " ... Shame too.

  30. null
    May 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I can't agree less with you!
    Since I don't have iPhone 5, for my regret (waiting for 5s to come out), I am really happy with my 4s.
    Many great, robust and reliable apps on the market, great speed and functionality!
    Apple has clearly made a great Phone with capital P!
    But I was wondering about the Apple's and Samsung's hardware specifications may be included in this article! And in addition, I have seen a Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 crash test, go to youtube and you will be surprised!

  31. Rob
    May 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Apple and Android are both solid choices. I find it funny that this article strives to point out what Android is missing yet fails because it's more like what the writer was missing while he used Android.

    The writer is correct on two points: Better apps on Apple and a more streamlined approach to OS updates.

    The apps, they are better on Apple. But this has been known for a long time. The reason is a more polished product is required to pass Apple's requirements to be published in the App Store. Also, the people who create apps for Apple plan to sell them and make money because most people with Apple products around their house tend to do better financially. If you're willing to spend $500 on a phone, then you're willing to buy my $2.99 app. Sure, there are Android phones that cost that much and apps that are paid for all the time.

    The OS roll out is more stream lined. Apple builds both the hardware and the software. Thus putting their software on their hardware should be a fairly straight forward process. The hardware used with Android is all over the place. One update for all is much harder to come by. Each manufacturer must comb through the OS update to see what can and can't work with their hardware and make adjustments accordingly.

    Where the writer is incorrect, everything else.

    Accessibility, to use Apple's line on Android... "there's an app for that." Unlike only one Siri on Apple, there are several products on Android and several phone manufactures that release their own voice to phone assistant apps. Accessibility on Android is better.

    Viruses. They can hit any piece of hardware that's on. It would be silly to believe otherwise. Saying something is safe is relative. Both phones are relatively safe. Neither are fully safe. Thus both are equal.

    Cloud services. Wow you missed the boat here. Apple has a cloud service, yay! So does Google(it's called drive, look it up), not only that, on Google you can create your own app and have your own cloud service. There are so many cloud services through so many apps that are on both devices. Both OS manufactures make a cloud service. And several manufacturers make cloud services for phones.

    Conclusion, Matt Smith needs to do more research.

    • Matt Smith
      May 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      Accessibility - I have no idea how citing that there are voice-to-phone assistants for Android makes Android better for accessibility. Even if that point somehow proved they are better, which it does not, it doesn't address anything else I talked about in the accessibility section.

      Viruses - Of course they can. But they hit some more often than others, and some not at all. I am still not aware of an in-the-wild virus for iOS devices that are not jailbroken. Even if it does exist, it will be Android: many and iOS: 1

      Cloud services - iCloud is not the same as Google's Drive. I believe a user can in theory replicate iCloud's functionality with a combination of Google and third-party apps, but why do that, when you can just buy an iPhone? Much easier.

      Hmmm...do more research? Right back at you!

      • Rob
        May 23, 2013 at 11:38 pm

        Accessibility is boring. All phones have it, all phones are able to do accessibility functions. Android and Apple both do it well. My point was to not say one was better with no actual proof that one was better.

        Viruses. With more ability comes more vulnerability. Keep that in mind when you tell everyone that your canned iPhone is able to do more, yet has less viruses. That doesn't make sense. Apple can't do more and thus Android gets more attacks against it. That's just common sense. If you own a smart phone, and you get viruses... Maybe you shouldn't own a smart phone. I've never had a virus on an Apple device or an Android device. Granted I believe I'm smart enough to own a "smart" phone.

        Again, your cloud argument makes no sense. "In Theory", wrong, not in theory, it actually just works. It's been possible, it is possible. Google Music has all my music and stores them in the cloud for all my devices to access. Someone with advanced knowledge of media servers could set one up and have access to all of their media remotely on any device.

        Pick up a real android device made in the last 5 years and really test it out. "my old ThunderBolt"... A thunderbolt is not a real android phone. Sorry, if people on here don't get to compare the Galaxy S3 or S4 or HTC One to an iPhone 1, then you don't get to use a pathetic android phone as your example of why Apple is better. I had a LG G2x... I know what owning a terrible Android phone is like. The iPhone 3GS I had always seemed to have issues too with it's hardware. Blaming Google for a bad product when it's really the hardware vendor is truly poor example.

      • jason james
        May 24, 2013 at 2:05 am

        if someone is dumb enough to download a temple run with 500 downloads because its free then they deserve the virus. don't mix idiots with normal noncheap people and because android ALLOWS you to download apps from elsewhere yes that problem of viruses will always exist even if they're zero in google play just like with windows. if a popup came on your computer and said install would you click it no? humans will always try to get things for free hence why viruses will always be a part of the internet, when they try to get paid software for free then boom its actually a virus

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        May 24, 2013 at 6:02 am

        Accessibility : I guess never heard of Google TalkBack.

        When probably 1 in 1000 device user may need accessibility feature, why force upon bloatware feature in all iOS devices. Rather have a smart addon app like Google Talkback, only for the people who who need it.

        How about that, Buddy? :P

        iCloud : Why have a cloud storage, which I cannot delete permanently, even if I do not want it. Google and other third party gives me that option.

      • Art Hackett
        May 27, 2013 at 10:16 pm

        So Matt...you seem to have a death wish. How dare you point out any perceived (I.e. obvious to the non psychotic) faults of a fundamentalist system. They will keeel you and your kind. There will be videos of your beheading complete with lunatics in knee length beards dancing on your body because sane people do that kind of thing. I'm surprised the nut jobs haven't bombed Apple stores yet because, you know, "Andriod" is willing.

        Thanks for the Make Use Of guides by the way.

  32. Kay Fritz
    May 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    First of all - I´m not an apple fan.

    Still, it´s very interesting how you hit the hornets nest, right in the bulls eye ;-)

    There´s a phone for everyone, and I would never convince anybody to buy the phone I like, so as long as you´re happy with it Matt, I´m glad for you.

    And to some of the Android Fans - please think before you write.

  33. Th3_ghost
    May 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Don't forget that Android Devices are from a lot of classes.You can buy very cheap android device and device from high class,where iPhone is very expensive and you don't have another choice. Every product of Apple is very expensive while I can get more for the money that they want for one Macbook or anything else.

    • Matt Smith
      May 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      You can get an iPhone 4 for, like, free right? And an iPhone 4S for $99 on-contract.

      • Th3_ghost
        May 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        I live in Bulgaria,where with contract to buy one iPhone without matter is it latest model it very expensive to people in my country and for me.Also I'm interesting in developing applications for smartphones but for iOS applications you need to have Mac OS that i haven't,while for android you can developing in a lot of platforms.

      • Cutler Cox
        May 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        Yes, and those are the ones with many of the above features you talked about being removed from, due to age. These will stop receiving updates soon, and then not only will they be vulnerable, but any bugs will stay there. Sorry, but the range of devices still wins for android.
        Smaller screen- Got it!!!
        Physical Keyboard- Got it!!
        More users than iOS- Definitely got it!!!

        • Matt Smith
          May 23, 2013 at 11:11 pm

          What in the world are you talking about. You're acting like the iPhone 4 is not getting further support, but I've not heard that, nor can I find any source online that suggests that. Please try to make a least a little sense.

        • jason james
          May 24, 2013 at 1:53 am

          my girlfriends iphone 4 doesn't have siri 3d maps and other new features just because apple claimed it isn't powerful enough. have they put out a video to show how slow the phone would be with these new features? my guess is not. so yes she is on ios 6 and all she got was more emoji (which are for women!) and android style notifications good thing she was updated shes really enjoying those. so if all android phones were on version 4.2.2 but didn't have photosphere or Google now or swipe away notifications quick settings then this would be a good thing? you're confusing being on ios 6.X to ACTUALLY HAVING THE NEW FEATURES of ios 6.X. go visit their website and see what features older SUPPORTED devices(your words) aren't getting then adjust point #1

        • Matt Smith
          May 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm

          Of course some new features won't work on old hardware. But you're missing the point.

          If you buy an iOS device today, you know you'll get iOS updates for three to five years. Maybe some features will not be fully enabled, but in broad terms, you'll get the updates.

          If you buy an Android device today that's not a Nexus there is no guarantee you'll receive a single update, ever, unless you root your phone. Even if you root your phone, you can't guarantee that you'll be able to find a stable ROM for your device.

        • James
          July 21, 2013 at 3:17 pm

          Are you the actor from the Hangover movies?

    • John
      May 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      And android is a fragmented os where IOS is not fragmented you forgot that.

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        May 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

        Because iOS is such a pile of s**t OS, that no other wants to touch.

        • John
          May 24, 2013 at 5:54 pm

          lol your jealousy of IOS is palpable.

        • Rajaa Chowdhury
          May 27, 2013 at 1:26 am

          Why should I be jealous, Android outsells iOS in the world. Besides I am neither an Apple employee nor a Google. So actually on hindsight, I guess who cares, which is better. This argument will remain in an infinite loop. Good to see followers of both the platforms so passionate about their choice, which shows that both platform delivers extremely well. On hindsight, does not make any sense to argue on this issue. :) Peace!!! Cheers!!! Sorry for the previous remark, probably when this comment thread was at it's high, we all got too carried away. Sanity restored. :D Apple is well known for the quality and aesthetics of it's products and Google must also be doing something correct, so as to be embraced by the masses. All the best, Mate!!! :D

        • Art Hackett
          May 27, 2013 at 10:03 pm

          Yeah. Good one. You got him there. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.................etc etc etc

        • Art Hackett
          May 27, 2013 at 10:03 pm
  34. Dave
    May 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    As far as updates Android does it over air. You do not have to hookup to iTunes to get your updates.

    As far as power any open minded users find the Widgets to be helpful and a must.

    iPhone reminds me of Fords model T you can have it anyway you want as long as it is Black. It is Apples way or no way. I want the option to personalize my phone and tablets. Want a phone with big screen - there is one. Want one that is small - there is one. Find the best features and hardware offered by various manufactures.
    As Apple behaves have it anyway you want as long as it is the way Apple gives it to you.

    We do not have iCloud but we have the power of Google apps.

    I will give iPhone one thing that is it is simple so old folks with no tech knowledge can us a smartphone. The rest of us let us have it our way!!!

    Drink the Kool-Aid as long as it is Apple flavored!

    • Matt Smith
      May 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      My iPhone is white ;)

      • Cutler Cox
        May 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm

        My Android is blue! In all seriousness, you disregarded all his points except the most obscure and useless. Way to be a fanboy!

        • Matt Smith
          May 23, 2013 at 11:08 pm

          What points? By and large I addressed his comments in the article. If a person replies to my article with comments I refute in the text of the article, I am not going to repeat myself.

    • John
      May 23, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      IDevices also get updates over the air you dont have to hook up to iTunes your just another faildroid armed with nothing but factoids and petty jealousy a typical faildroid fanboy.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 24, 2013 at 6:14 am

      Agreed, iOS are mostly meant for people who are not too tech savvy. I give to it that it is simple to use and anyone new to gadgets, would pick it up pretty fast.

      • James Bruce
        May 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm

        Nope. iOS is meant for people who have better things to do than update malware definitions, tweak their bootloader, and install 20 different weather widgets.

        Like, gardening.

        • Rajaa Chowdhury
          May 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm

          Android users use WIDGETS, because we have that feature, unfortunately iOS does not, so do not be jealous and a sore looser. Talking about gardening and similar stupid apps, I can list down thousand such apps available in iTunes store. You want it, tell me, I will provide you the list. Stupid developers developing useless apps are available in both platforms, depends on users on what he choose to install, isn't it. Don't try to save Matt's back, what probably antagonised people, where the aggressive positioning of this article, where is was all hunky dory and was showing android in bad light. Probably he could have just said 5 advantages of iOS or something like that, am sure he would not have received so much flak. I appreciate you supporting him as a colleague, and you know I respect your technical acumen, so probably let us both not get dragged into this anymore, and enjoy the fight from the sidelines as spectators. :)

        • muotechguy
          May 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm

          I have an HTC One X too, so I'm not really a sore loser as such - more like a balanced opinion of someone who has both.

          Heh, anyway, I was talking about *actual gardening*, not apps for gardening. But since we're on the topic - find me board games on Android. And I mean real boardgames, not just random strategy games made by amateurs or tacky 3-in-a-row clones; every app store is full of them. I mean real ports of actually good board games. I'll give you a hint: there aren't any. Last time I looked, Android had a Catan clone, and thats about it. Instead, you need only check the sidebar of my site http://ipadboardgames.org to see a huge list of popular boardgames ported to iOS.

          Anyway, this article was a response to the "5 things Android users take for granted" posted by Danny a while back, to balance things out. I'm sure you weren't there heckling him to not be unfair to iOS, were you?

        • Rajaa Chowdhury
          May 25, 2013 at 2:14 am

          Never been a gamer in my life, so probably cannot contribute too much. When we were kids in India, computer was not not a household gadget. So we mostly played outdoor games like cricket, football, badminton, basketball, volleyball, etc. :) When gadgets caught on, I was too past my prime to catch on to the revolution of these games. :( However, checkout is this search is any worth, out of a pile of junk, you may still discover a jewel. https://play.google.com/store/search?q=best+boardgames&c=apps

    • tbrookes
      May 29, 2013 at 12:09 am

      You don't have to connect to iTunes to update an iPhone, it's been this way since iOS 5. All updates are now over the air, and even download in the background.

      Widgets are an interesting concept, but not one I actually care about. Maybe its the implementation, but widgetized homescreens just look messy to me (and also offer little functionality, you still need to launch an app to perform most functions).

      Apple makes a single, high quality product. They do not dress it up as an affordable run around, nor do they make a lower-spec model for less money. If you don't like their approach, don't complain about it. Buy something else. Would you stand outside of a high end car dealership complaining that they don't make the car that's right for you? Would you stand in a supermarket judging anyone who picks up non-organic apples because you don't like them? So how is this any different?

      iCloud and Google Apps are two very different things. iCloud lets you find, delete, backup and share files on your device. Google Apps integration is handy but it's not quite an automated, set and forget backup solution out of the box. Google should totally work on this though, rather than relying on third parties.

      And yes, "old folks with no tech knowledge" can do just about anything on an iPhone. This is a bad thing? Should UI and UX be so complicated that it puts off non-techies? I don't understand this logic.

      Keep judging people based on their purchases, as long as they're purchases you don't agree with!

  35. Bhavuk Jain
    May 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    The guys who are hating this article are android fanboys.

    • dragonmouth
      May 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      There's nothing like repeating yourself, repeating yourself, repeating yourself, repeating....................................

      • Ksavai
        May 24, 2013 at 5:51 am

        That just iOS browser giving problem submitting comments :P and blog writer don't mind it as thats the only support he got from this stupid article.

        • Rajaa Chowdhury
          May 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

          Good One!!! Much appreciated. Hahaha.

  36. Bhavuk Jain
    May 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    The guys who are hating this article are android fanboys.

  37. Bhavuk Jain
    May 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    The guys who are hating this article are android fanboys.

  38. Josh Dressel
    May 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I believe the famous line should actually be, "There's a price for that!"

  39. Eric
    May 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    You sir, are an idiot. Besides, most Android users who had the Thunderbolt would agree that was one of the worst devices ever (even an HTC employee apologized for it). There's so much more to Android than tweaking the icons and changing wallpapers. What a fanboy.

    • mob
      May 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      That's your phone's problrm ( and manufacturer). That doesn't mean that other android devices don't have these functionalities... Hypocrit!

    • Matt Smith
      May 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      So I guess you're not going to actually get into the "so much more" you can do? Effort.

      • Cutler Cox
        May 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm

        You do know the best articles are those from a unbiased viewpoint. You never really said anything good about Android, only dissing it. The article had good points, nut no one likes a flaming fanboy. I'm usually anti-apple, but I can see why so many people like it. It's idiots like you that make me remember why I usually hate fanboys.

        • Matt Smith
          May 23, 2013 at 11:08 pm

          Oh, yes, I'm the one that sounds like a fanboy right now. That's how the conversation is going. Sureeeeee.

        • Cutler Cox
          May 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm

          Having an attitude with your readers sure isn't going to get you any new ones!

        • Matt Smith
          May 23, 2013 at 11:36 pm

          You called me an idiot, but now you're getting sore and righteous over my sarcasm. Those who live in glass houses, no?

        • tbrookes
          May 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm

          Actually this article is a rebuttal to an Android post which followed a similar formula, you can read it here: //www.makeuseof.com/tag/icant-5-things-android-users-take-for-granted-and-iphone-users-just-cant-do-si/

          We decided to do an iOS post after this went live merely to redress the balance.

          Notice how most of the added Android functionality comes in the form of customisation rather than actual, usable features like malware protection, regular updates and proper accessibility features.

          To each their own.

  40. mob
    May 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    The writer is an apple fanboy ...

    • SeattleDude
      May 24, 2013 at 12:27 am

      Is becoming a convert -- after having first chosen Android -- being "an Apple Fanboy"?
      I kinda doubt it.
      I'm absolutely certain Android has at least *some* advantages, the writer's point is:
      "Are those "advantages" something the average user actually cares about, or a non-issue?"

      And I quote...

      "There was a time when I thought that iOS users were probably fooling themselves about security. Coincidentally, this was around the time I bought an Android phone. I loaded it up with one of the better anti-virus apps for Android and thought myself in far better shape than any iPhone user.

      Yet as I researched the issue more (primarily while writing articles for MakeUseOf) I began to realize that the iPhone’s security isn’t phony. The locked-down operating system actually is effective against malware."


  41. Erwin Van de Velde
    May 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Let's walk through these features...
    - OS updates: one of my biggest grievances with Android, although somewhat lessened lately now most system apps are updated through the Play store as well. It remains an issue though
    - Malware protection: while there is a lot of malware for Android, I have never had any problems with it. In my opinion it is also a small price to pay for freedom and it just means that the user has to take more responsibility. Locking everything down and calling it safe just does not cut it I think.
    - I never feel the need for something like iCloud and many apps do exist on Android to sync data in any way you like.
    - Apps do not always come to iPhone first anymore. Though this is still somewhat true, the balance is shifting.
    - Accessibility features... I do not know and luckily do not need them myself, perhaps a user needing those is better placed to answer this one.

    As I see it, only the OS updates are a real 'feature' that iPhone has over Android and potentially also the accessibility. Locking down a system can hardly be called a feature in my opinion and features like syncing are easily achieved through apps on Android as well. Since Android gains popularity, the 'iPhone first' argument does not hold that much anymore either.

    Just my 2 cents :)

    • Hari
      May 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      The only advantage you are talking about also doesn't matter much because, Apple has to update the os so that the updates for the bundled Apple apps can reach the users, but as you already said, Android updates them via play store, so the os version matters much less.

  42. bob
    May 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I hate the smugness of Apple

    • John
      May 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      I love faildroids petty jealousy and factoids.

      • Don
        May 26, 2013 at 4:23 am

        I hate the way nobody knows what a factoid is these days.

  43. likefunbutnot
    May 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    1. Malware has been found in Apple's app store.
    2. Apple abandons older devices as surely as Android device manufacturers do, as anyone who owns an older idevice can attest.
    3. Access to Apple applications is really only remotely valuable if you're already using them. It's vastly more important to have some way out of Apple's walled garden, but iOS's access to Google, Amazon and Microsoft's version of "the cloud" is fundamentally broken in some way or other by Apple restrictions. Amazon Music purchases for example can't be downloaded through the iOS app; they can only be streamed. This is, frankly, bullshit.

    4. I question the validity of the premise that iOS apps "work better", since among other things iOS is missing core functionality like access to a universal Share menu to put data where you need it; "how-to" manuals for dealing with iOS shortcomings frequently read like a commercial for Dropbox. Likewise, I find iOS UI standards to be messy due to the extreme limitations of the single Home button on iThings.

    • Matt Smith
      May 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      1) Citation needed

      2) What devices? The original iPhone? You've got to be kidding right now.

      3) Apps aren't valuable if you don't use them. Thanks for that incredible observation. And I don't know what that has to do with why it's important to get out of Apple's walled garden.

      4) The Share button is one thing I wish iOS did have. Otherwise, yes, it obviously works better. How do I know this? Because people say it does; check customer satisfaction ratings.

      • likefunbutnot
        May 23, 2013 at 11:59 pm

        1. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=ios+malware&l=1

        Personally, I just used "I'm feeling lucky" but you can go ahead and pretend it's never happened if that makes you feel better. iOS is also widely known to have more overall security vulnerabilities while simultaneously having a user base that believe itself immune to security threats. These are not two great tastes that taste great together.

        2. iOS 6 only runs on iphone 3GS and newer, 4th generation and new ipod touch and 2nd generation or later ipads. Because, you know, no one has any of those other things or would dream of still using them.

        Granted that it's a PITA, but given sufficient motivation someone can get modern versions of Android to run on just about anything with an ARM CPU and a couple hundred megabytes of RAM.

        3. I agree that many of Apple's applications are utterly without value. It is good that we see eye to eye on this matter. :)

        The self-evident importance of escaping Apple's walled garden comes from the near total lock-in of digital media and online services in favor of Apple's internal offering. Non-Apple services have only been inconsistently available (try to get an iOS app for Google Music. I'll wait.) and are often less than fully functional for iOS users. This is particularly problematic when non-Apple sources have exclusive or much less expensive access to content and doubly so for users who ONLY have an iOS device and no other way to access content.

        Apple's own goods, services and software are very often less than fully functional for users on non-Apple Platforms, something that's abundantly, hilariously clear if you've ever been faced with the task of configuring an Airport armed only with an Android device or even just dealt with the hassle of running itunes on an older Windows computer. Those sorts of experiences illustrate and amplify the reasoning for avoiding Apple as a single provider.

        4. How does customer satisfaction have any actual bearing on an argument regarding application functionality? You're making a deflection and an appeal to an extremely dubious authority. I suggest re-framing your argument with something factual and related to the topic at hand.

        • John
          May 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

          1. Android is the most mailware/virus ridden mobile os there is check out F-Secure report here is just one example http://www.t3.com/news/google-attacked-over-android-malware-again

          2.IOS cant be expected to support every iphone model do you expexy a PC that came with Windows 98 to be able to run Window 7 or 8 NO of course not.Fact is Android suffers from fragmentation where IOS doesn't.

          You want Google music on IOS here you are http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gmusic-a-native-google-music/id472342018?mt=8

          You didnt have to wait long did you.

          Googles has the worst record for privacy of any mobile os. Google have the record for paying the highest fine for breaches of privacy, there is no way would i support such a shody company as google i value my privacy android users just pretend its not happening.
          Those reasons are why Google and android are to be avoided as a provider.

        • James Bruce
          May 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

          That malware never actually achieved anything, and wouldn't have been able to unless the phone was jailbroken. It's called an app sandbox - you should look it up.

        • Matt Smith
          May 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm

          1) Even the article you linked says that Android users are more vulnerable. So thanks for making my point, I guess?

          2) The iPhone 3GS came out in 2008. How dare Apple drop support for a device that's five years old! Android users with five year old systems can updat...oh, wait. They can't.

          I will say it kinda sucks the iPad original can't run iOS 6 but again, that's a three year old device. Android devices almost always stop getting updates much sooner; if you're unlucky, you'll never receive the next versions of Android, ever.

          3) I must admit I don't quite follow. The apps that come on the iPhone work well, and often provide functionality not found stock on Android, which means you have to round up third-party apps for services that really should be bundled. Some apps on iOS are more expensive, but that's to be expected. Things that work really well usually aren't free.

          4) Functionality is always going to be subjective to an extent. I believe iOS is actually more functional than Android because it is more reliable, offers a wider and better selection of apps, offers better malware protection, and is updated consistently. I bring up satisfaction because it relates to how people feel about functionality; if satisfaction is higher, it suggests more people feel better about how the device functions.

        • Alberto Lerma
          May 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm

          1,2,3,4.) Maybe I'm wrong but I think that likefunbutnot isn't saying: Android > iPhone.
          More like: Matt Smith's article = Bulshit.

          But hey! that's just like my opinion.

      • Louis W
        May 24, 2013 at 4:43 am

        2) They've stopped supporting the 3gs and earlier. Also, most of the new gimmicks like Siri aren't supported by iPhone 4.

      • fred
        May 24, 2013 at 6:20 am

        mauvaise foi inside.

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        May 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm

        Customer satisfaction rating of USA customers or worldwide? :P

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        May 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm

        The Android platform is widely used in China, Mexico, Russia, across South America, the Middle East, and most of Eastern Europe. Usage of Apple's mobile operating system is popular in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States.

        • Mike H
          June 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm

          Basically Android's worldwide majority are demographics in which lower income is most prominent. I remember reading up that even RIM was losing market share in its biggest markets (India and China) because the z10 and Q10 were still too expensive.

          There are plenty of inexpensive android phones, but people should always remember Android is the OS, not the phone. I sold my S3 recently (just wasn't for me, no matter how many new custom ROMs and kernels I tried) so I swapped back to an Iphone5, although, to say that Android phone built quality is lower, I would say is false. I would of bought the HTC one, that's a beautifully built phone, so it's got no removable battery or store, that's fine, still the number one droid this year.

          I look at iOS and Android like this

          Android - innovative new features and interface
          iOS - innovative methods of refining new features to seamlessly integrate into the OS

          I also disagree with Matt's whole "iOS apps are superior" argument . That really depends on which apps your comparing. From what I can see, both android and ios are plagued with freemium games out the ass, and crap apps that only made it on to inflate the others "we have x amount of apps" ego.

          And if I may rant here for a moment, I hate the whole thinnest phone thing, on ANY PHONE, pretty soon I'm going to be texting on something the thickness of a piece of paper and my thumbs are going to want to fall off :(

      • HuitZiloP
        May 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

        Citation needed for item 1, but for item 4 you just know "because people says it does". Way to be a Macfag. Note to self, never read anything signed Matt Smith.

        • tbrookes
          May 28, 2013 at 11:48 pm

          So what you're saying is "satisfied userbase has nothing to do with quality of product".

          Which, I think we're all aware, is a laughable statement.

        • Zachary Winberg
          May 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

          I worked for a cellphone provider as a retail sales consultant for nearly a year and a half. The majority of Apple users would swear by their Iphones regardless of the argument..and I would bet a couple bills that 90% of my customers would not know where these features were located in their iphone, so customer satisfaction ratings do seem kind of irrelevant if a lot of the users aren't aware of the features they're rating..

          Likefunbutnot was completely right FYI, this article's headline is BOGUS. (Not to say some points weren't correct, the features are easily replicated on Android devices though)

          *I know that many Apple users get their products online, and I considered that, but so do Android users. It's a landslide for mobile OS knowledge, android vs apple, a landslide.