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10 Things Android Does Better Than iPhone OS

When Android first debuted on the HTC Dream (also known as the G1) back in October of 2008, it was deemed an “iPhone Killer.” While it didn’t quite slay Apple’s handset, it was the first step in a revolution against the tyrannous iPhone. The initial Android platform bested the iPhone OS on several levels, but lacked some key functionalities that the iPhone could provide. Since then, Android has grown – not only meeting all of the functionalities of the iPhone, but besting it in nearly all aspects from an extensive list of devices to a growing Android Marketplace. Here is our list of the top 10 things Android does better than the iPhone.

1: Android can Run Multiple Apps at the Same Time
Starting with version 1.0, Android has been able to run multiple applications at the same time regardless of whether they are system apps or apps from the Android Marketplace. The current version of iPhone OS does offer limited multitasking, but only allows native applications such as Mail, iPod and Phone to run in the background. Android users benefit greatly from this discrepancy, as they can receive notifications, listen to music, or even record GPS data without keeping the application open. Apple will try to level the playing field with iPhone OS 4, granting developers access to a small and limiting list of APIs that can run certain services in the background, but it’s a long way from the true multitasking that Android has.

2: Android Keeps Information Visible on Your Home Screen
One of the key features Android has is a customizable home screen keeps active widgets right at your fingertips, always accesible and always visible – without having to launch an application first. There are widgets for just about every app in the Android Marketplace from playing music to checking the weather and keeping up to date on Facebook. Meanwhile iPhone users are force to flip through their app list to locate and launch each app. If you wanted to check the forecast, for example, you would have to find the app, launch it, and then wait for it to load. With Android, all of that information can be displayed directly on your home screen, never more than a finger swipe away.

3: Android Has a Better App Market
It’s true that Apple’s App Store has over 180,000 applications, while the Android Marketplace has only just broken the 50,000 mark but Android’s rapid growth and adoption give it the potential to catch up to the iPhone App Store. Android also has another advantage: a completely open market. Apple receives around 10,000 app submissions per week, yet many apps are overlooked because they appear too simple or denied because a similar app already exists. The Android Marketplace is driven entirely by its consumers, so the best app is the one that succeeds – not the first one to reach the market. In addition, the Android Marketplace doesn’t censor its apps, so the possibilities are truly endless.

4: Android Gives You Better Notifications
The iPhone has some trouble with notifications. Because it’s restricted to pop-up notifications, it can only handle one at a time and because it lacks multitasking, applications must be open in order for them to make notifications. Android, on the other hand, has a convenient notification bar which displays an icon for every notification you have waiting. The notification bar can also be pulled downward to reveal more detail about each notification. Android also allows app developers to make notification details viewable from the lock screen, something the iPhone can only do with native applications.

5: Android Lets You Choose Your Hardware
Apple users are encouraged to “Think Different” but when it comes to the actual hardware, they don’t get much choice. You can pick the color, either black or white, and you get to choose between the 16GB or the pricier 32GB version. Other than that, you’re stuck with the 3.5-inch, 320×480 pixel display, 256MB of RAM, and 600MHz processor. Because Android is an open platform, manufacturers have the freedom to pair it with any hardware they want, like the Nexus One (with 3.7-inch, 480×800 pixel display, 512MB of RAM, and 1GHz Snapdragon processor) or the Motorola Droid which has a physical keypad.

6: Android Lets You Choose Your Carrier
AT&T truly is the iPhone’s weakest link. The iPhone’s success turned the country’s fastest 3G network into a staggering mess of dropped calls and dodgy data connections. If you lust after an iPhone and live in an area with poor AT&T coverage, you’re stuck struggling with low signal quality, slow data speeds, and missed calls. Android devices are available on every major cellular carrier (although AT&T only offers a single, somewhat underpowered, Android phone). Verizon has the Motorola Droid, Droid Eris, and Droid Incredible to start. T-Mobile has the Nexus One, MyTouch 3G, Behold II, and will soon carry the MyTouch Slide. And Sprint has the Hero, Moment, and plans for the very promising Evo 4G. No matter where you live, Android lets you pick the carrier that’s best for you.

7: Android Lets You Install Custom ROMs
The iPhone can be Jailbroken for some additional functionality, like installing apps that aren’t available in the App Store, but the overall experience is the same. You’re still stuck with the same exact interface. Similar to the Jailbreaking movement, Android has a small community dedicated to building custom ROMs for Android devices. Not only do Custom ROMs bring the same functionality Jailbreaking does, but they also bring an additional level of customization to your phone. There are ROMs that port custom UIs from one device to another. Other ROMs strip down bulky features and optimize for speed. With Android, nothing is out of reach.

8: Android Lets You Change Your Settings Faster
Smartphones have been gaining more and more functionality over the past few years: Wi-Fi, GPS, 4G, Bluetooth, etc. While these are all great and necessary additions, they have very adverse affects on battery life. In attempts to counter poor battery life, users have taken to toggling system settings like turning on Wi-Fi or 3G on only when they are needed. iPhone users are stuck digging around in the system settings every time they want to use the internet or a Bluetooth device. Android lets you use widgets to manage your settings directly from your home screen – and for those lesser-used settings that might not have dedicated widgets, you can also create shortcuts on your home screen to take you directly to the setting you want to change.

9: Android Does Google and Social Integration
With Smartphones giving us constant connectivity, it’s not surprising that the majority of our computerized lives are moving online. We have email for our messages, Flickr for our photos, Google Docs for our documents, and Facebook and Twitter for our social lives. Android offers the ability to integrate all of this natively. Your Gmail account can be automatically synchronized with your phone. Photos taken with your phone can be automatically uploaded to Flickr. Your phone can even be linked to your Facebook account and can sync your phone contacts with your Facebook friends – complete with profile images, email addresses, and phone numbers. The iPhone can do this only through use of third party apps, and is nowhere near as seamless to use as the Android alternative.

10: Android Gives You More Options to Fit Your Budget
If you’ve ever thought about buying an iPhone, you have probably noticed the price tag. The older iPhone 3G costs Rs. 22,000 with a two-year commitment and performs sluggishly with the latest OS updates when compared to the 3GS (which will run you a whopping Rs 30,000 with two-year agreement). Because Android is an open source platform, it is very cost effective to implement which means savings for the end user. Every major cellular carrier (except for AT&T) has at least one Android phone available free with two-year agreement. Of course these are lower end Android devices, but they are still comparable in performance to the iPhone 3GS. The most expensive Android phones (which significantly outperform the iPhone 3GS) are very lesser than iPhone with two-year contract.

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  1. August 19, 2011 at 8:55 am

    some more point –
    1) Browsing
    Browsing with Android is much faster, and it has FLASH You can view all flash websites.and yes, you can play Facebook games like city ville, farm ville

    2) Desktop
    With Iphone you will have a page full of icons. Even if you categorized your apps, it’s still going to be ICONS :sWith Android, you will be able to customize your pages with widgets that have an actual Purpose like :
    Twitter, facebook: update ur status

    3) Connectivity
    On android, there is the famous page. where you have 4 buttons
    Turn on/off bluetooth
    Turn on/off Wifi
    Turn on/off Mobile Network
    Turn on/off GPS
    One press and ur’e done. There’s even an app on Android market called Y5, which
    turns off the Wi-Fi automatically when no known wirless network is available.Now with Iphone you have to go through various options to control connections

    4) PC Connection
    With Iphone u need to have iTunes to manage your phone. But with Android it’s simple as to Mount your SD card and then just drag and drop

    5) Multi-notification
    On Iphone, to receive a notification from a specific program like twitter for example, the twitter program has to be open.

    But with Android you receive all updates in the blasting notification bar for all your social activities in oneplace. Whatever it’s an e-mail, tweet, facebook, new SMS, missed call.

    6) Personalization
    Using Iphone, you have to stick with what apple says when it comes to personalizing your Iphone looks and settings.But with Android, you can customize your phone look and setting to match your lifestyle.
    If you’re a social network power user, you can have a screen for Facebook, one for Twitter, one for texting, and one for Flickr. Or if you are a business user, you can have a screen for contacts, for your calendar, for GMail, for email, for RSS, and more.

    7) Market
    With Iphone, its the Apple app store. But so does android. The Android Market, one of the most active markets. you can find apps for everything. very easy to install though. and if ur’e interested to pay for an app you like to get all features, you enter your information on the Google Market one time and you’re done. I assure you there are Billions of free apps that’s gonna be useful depending on how you can make use of it. Keep Checking in as i will publish a post for the best apps you can have and it’s features.

    8) Google Integration
    We’re talking about Google, Do you have a gmail account? You will get surprised when you see how Android and Google are so close and easy to communicate with all its services.

    9) Open Source
    There are lot of developers working every minute on Android’s software and upgrading, tweaking to best performance. So when there is weakness it is fixed. iPhone Open? u’re kidding me.

    10) Android Lets You Choose Your Hardware
    This is my best Option. Apple keeps saying “think different” but when it comes to hardware, they don’t give much choce. Either black or white, 16 GB or 32 GB, u’re also stuck with 3.5 inch, 320×480 pixel display with 256M RAM and 600MHz processor. Now with Android they fit it to any hardware they want like the Nexus One (with 3.7-inch, 480×800 pixel display, 512MB of RAM and 1GHz Snapdragon processor) or the Motorola Droid which has a physical keypad.

  2. August 19, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I’ve already pointed out to you that one of the founders of Apple has an Android phone and has identified that “Android has more features.” I wanted the iPhone but I didn’t want to have to move to AT&T to get it.
    When i get droid, as soon found out that Android phones can do everything that the iPhone does and more. If I can purchase a phone that is as sleek or has a better resolution why not choose Android. So what are the more points?

    # Desktop widgets
    # Battery removal
    # External SD card storage up to 32GB
    # Phone can be used as a flash drive
    # Multitasking just like your computer (MAC or PC)
    # Notification system (emails, texts, voicemail, Facebook, calendar and more)
    # Personalization – Stocks, Hello Kitty, Superman, Bowling, Gucci or whatever.
    # More free apps. (Essential apps that you pay for on iPhone are free on Android)
    # Voice everything – text, search and navigation
    # Carrier choice (basically all carriers carry Android phones)
    # Video Chat on phones or computers via Gtalk, Skype, Yahoo or almost anything (not just iPhone users with FaceTime – that’s’ just dumb).
    # Video Chat on 3G, 4G, or WiFi
    # Phone prices (there are phones that are significantly cheaper than the iPhone.
    # Manufacturer choices (ex. if you want your Samsung TV to work with Samsung phone, it can).
    # Size choices (if you like a huge phone or small phone you can choose).
    # Keyboard or Virtual Keyboard
    # Talking GPS based on Google Maps with Satellite and 3D views.
    # Standard cheap easy micro USB charging, use your old Blackberry charger.
    # Editable dictionary
    # Fantastic Google Voice integration
    # Download all types of music (from iTunes or anywhere else)
    # Portable WiFi Hotspot
    # Tethering without jail breaking or rooting the Phone
    # Sync calendar and contact information for free over the air
    # Develop your own customized apps for free.
    # Better rear and front camera choices
    # Over the air music syncing and streaming
    # Seeing all websites even ones with Flash
    # Install any app you want even competitor apps
    # Constant updates so the need to get a new phone is almost obsolete

    Lastly Android will sell more phones. It’s just going to be the standard. With all the manufacturers, carriers and choices it’s going to be what everyone uses. My hand is getting tired so I’ll stop there

    By Alain Joseph

  3. August 19, 2011 at 9:09 am

    develop for Android has less costs that for the Iphone

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