The war between iPhone and Android is not yet over. In fact it has hardly yet begun, and it only takes a quick look around the internet to see how fiercely proponents of each defend their respective points of view with almost religious fervour.
I personally own an Android and I have done for some time. Currently I am the proud owner of a Galaxy Samsung Note, and prior to that I was the owner of a Dell Streak (I like big phones). I love Android for its openness and I wouldn’t turn back.
However I have also owned an iPhone, and if I’m completely honest there are things I miss about those devices and there are things I can admit are better. If you’re an iPhone user who is tired of being berated by Android fan-boys, I’m going to be the bigger man for a moment here and tell you that they all feel the same. While they might not admit it, here are some of the things that even Android fans recognize are superior about the iPhone.
The iOS is quite simply smoother than Android and there’s no arguing with that fact. This might be to do with all the widgets that you have on the average Android screen, but it seems that even without these features loaded up the transitions between pages is smoother and faster on iPhone.
Okay I admit it, I’m jealous of the new retina display. Who wouldn’t be? It looks absolutely gorgeous. While I enjoy having a big screen on my Note, I do wish that it could be as high def as the new iPhone and iPad.
There are still lots of apps on iPhone that haven’t yet come to Android, and I also have to admit that the overall quality is better for iPhone apps than it is for Android apps. The reason for this is that Apple are more stringent about who they allow to develop for their platform, and because they’ve been around slightly longer. The result is things like iComposer and various platform games that leave me a little jealous.
We’re not quite as jealous of iCloud as you probably think we are. I mean after all you still need iTunes which IMHO is just an ugly piece of software, and we do have DropBox to tide us over. That said though iCloud is very cool, and slightly better than DropBox, so I have to admit I’m still a little jealous.
With iPhone you never have to worry about compatibility issues. If you can download it from the iTunes store then it works, simple as. With Android the wealth of different devices all running the same apps means that what looks great on one phone might be too small or too large or not even run on another. It’s a little irritating.
And this is the big one. I miss the fact that my iPhone never crashed. To be honest having had a Windows PC for the last fifteen years I’m used to my computers crashing so I’m not too upset that my Android sometimes does. But still, it was nice for a while to live in a world without error messages or frozen screens.
While I crave to buy an iPhone next (or maybe I won’t). My friend Robbie Crowe wrote about how to jailbreak iphone 4 5.1 on his site. iPhone users can also have some fun after jailbreaking.