|10 things iOS4 does better than Android 2.2 (according to eWeek anyways)?|
|Written by Vikram Chand|
Wednesday, 03 November 2010
Okay, I just read this article on eWeek this morning about why iOS4 is better than Android 2.2 with a list of the top 10 reasons. Now, if you are an Android user, you would probably get upset and think the author is insipid. If you are and iOS user, then you would think every word of the article is accurate and believe it like these are words from Steve Jobs. In any case, to write an article about why one mobile operating system is better than another without have statistics or facts is pointless and plain stupid.
Read on to see what I mean...
Here are the 10 points from the article -- let me know what you think :
Response : Okay I somewhat agree with this point. I have used iPhone's, iPod's and iPad's and I can say that the UI is very polished and easy to use. This is one area Android has a lot of room to improve. But Android's UI is customizable. If you don't like, something -- there is probably a way to change it. I don't think you can say the same for iOS.
Response : Yes Apples understands that (loyal Apple) customers will believe anything God Steve will preach to them about any old product. A good example was pointed out by Scott Young at Android Life about the Mac Air's three year old CPU.
Response : I don't think the writer here knows that iOS did NOT have multitasking before iOS 4 whereas Android has had it from the time it was launched. It's not Google who has a long way to go here! Apple is the one who is playing catch-up with iOS 4 to deliver features that other mobile operating systems like Android OS had long before.
Response : Same thing applies here as well. Folders were introduced in iOS 4 only whereas Android and other OS's have had them forever. Again, Apple is the one playing catch-up here.
Response : I sort of agree here too. iOS is easy to use but locked down to make it so easy to use. Android on the other hand, while not so easy is extremely customizable and open to do pretty much anything you want (if device manufacturers don't mess it up by locking the device down).
Response : I somewhat agree with this one too. That does not mean that all iOS devices are extremely fast compared to Android devices. You also have to know that there are lots of very low-end devices with slower components running Android OS and that affects performance. High-end devices like the Droid series, Evo or the Galaxy series devices, are the way to go with Android. Maybe the author should have actually tested some of these devices. I have used iPhone 3G and 3Gs before and after iOS 4 upgrades and believe me, not everything was fine and dandy. Performance did degrade because the hardware was not made for iOS 4.
Response : Yes because Android is free to anyone who wishes to use it and to do anything they want with it. iOS is only available to Apple and on iPhone's, iPad's and iPod's. I am sure if iOS was licensed out to manufacturers, they would have the same issues. But in any case, it is improving and majority of the devices are running Android 2.1 or 2.2 these days.
Response : Okay I partially agree with this one. Although, the Apple App Store has more apps than the Android Market, there are more free apps on the Android Market than the Apple App Store. I believe Android has quality more quality apps. More and more developers are developing for Android because they now see the revenue potential will only get better and better as more and more people adopt Android. With Android, you have a choice if you want to download/install apps from other sources.
Response : First of all, when you buy an iOS device, you don't have an option to NOT use iTunes. You are required to plug your device in to your computer the very first time to even start using it. I agree that iTunes is very good at managing and syncing your content to your iOS device, but it shouldn't be required. For Android devices, you have the choice of just dragging and dropping things you want on your phone or use applications like Amazon Mp3 to purchase your music and Double Twist to sync them to your device. You have a choice.
Response : Yup Android 2.2 was not designed for Tablets. Android 3.0 will be. Just like older versions of iOS were not designed for Tablets. Don't understand the point here.
I hardly read eWeek, but after this article, I think I will completely stop! What do you think? I think the rating and comments on the article at eWeek speak for themselves.
Source : eWeek
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 November 2010|