I have been accompanied by two smartphones every day for several years. The first of these is the iPhone, and the role of an alternate is an Android device. There have already been several models in this position, sometimes flagships, sometimes medium-sized smartphones. On the occasion of the next trip I realized that although both systems have changed visually over the years, they have been expanding their capabilities and allowing them to do many things much more quickly and easily, in fact … not much has changed. The differences are still the same.
Stability, reliability – winner: iOS
iPhones are not cheap, and iOS does not allow for too much personalization of the system (changing the background and choosing widgets – the end), but such an organized environment has its indisputable advantages. Very often there is a situation in which a quick response from my side is necessary – reply to an e-mail or text update. Sometimes seconds count (photos during the conference), sometimes minutes – regardless of what time window I expect, I will always put the iPhone first. Of course, it’s not that Android fails regularly, but the test period I started years ago, which continues to this day, proved that the Google platform is less reliable than iOS. And this applies to not just any devices because I’m talking about two Nexuses or at some time the flagship LG G6, so I do not deal with averages.
Notifications – winner: Android
It is surprising that after so many years since the introduction of the iOS notification center (it only happened in 2011, in the fifth version of the operating system), Apple has still not been able to improve the notification service so that it can avoid scrolling the extremely long lists of overdue notifications. Putting the phone down for 2-3 hours usually means a list of dozens of missed notifications – each e-mail, every message on Messenger, every notification from Twitter, is a separate item. Oddly enough, only SMSes / iMessages are added up. In this respect, Android is doing much better by grouping messages from Gmail or Messenger as part of one notification.
Manage calls – winner: Android
I have no idea how the Apple has not been able to improve the iOS dialer for so many years. No possibility of a quick search (entering using the alphanumeric keypad activates the search by the contact number or name) is the most serious defect, though not the only one. What can you do with an incoming call? Politely wait until someone stops calling or rejecting the call – only then will we get rid of the full-screen view, which means that sometimes it is impossible to complete the previously performed task. If the screen is active and the user uses any application, is it difficult to display the simple connection notification at the top of the screen? Unbelievable.
Camera – winner: iPhone
No, I do not mean the quality of photos or videos, nor additional functions of stupid animosities or other additions. This topic was partly taken into account in the first paragraph, but I decided that it also deserves a separate paragraph. Taking a picture in an emergency is the most obvious example of how unreliable the Android can be. Although smartphones with this system have great features that allow the camera to turn the wrist or a double press of a specific button, I have missed too many times what I wanted to capture because the “camera application has been stopped” or just needed just THIS TIME around 10 seconds to start. iOS is not perfect, it happens to him, but in comparison with the competition falls a lot better.
Ambient mode – winner: Android (selected models)
I miss this mode on the iPhone terribly. The mechanism of waking up the screen after picking up the device works phenomenally and it is very easy to get used to it, but when the smartphone rests on the tabletop, desk or any other place, I would like it to simply display the time and number of outstanding notifications (eg only from selected applications). Only the iPhone X has an OLED that will allow to do it in an energy-saving way, but since the hardware is already there, it’s time for software, expensive Apple.
Sound management – winner: iPhone
I added this point at the last minute when I had to mute the Android phone. The issue here is not as clear as in the case of iOS, because some producers make changes to the sound settings, but the general rule here is the most important. Silencing the iPhone is a matter of the switch on the housing (vibration mode). The “do not disturb” mode allows you to completely disable notifications (also vibrations), but you can choose whether they will appear on the screen when it will be unlocked. We will also decide whether to use the volume keys to manage the volume of the ringtone or only multimedia. Simple.
Unfortunately, on Android, the situation is (in most cases, I have not tested all Android smartphones) dramatic. Complete disabling sounds can happen accidentally in a pocket or bag because all you need to do is display the screen, not unlock it, so that the volume buttons are active. Unfortunate pressing the volume down button will turn off the sounds – it happened to me many times, and never on the iPhone. Do not disturb the issue of the mode – in pure Android Google is not able to decide how it should work and almost every year the update introduces fundamental changes in the operation of these settings (Android P can finally change), and on some smartphones do not disturb mode is active only when the screen is off. When I was sure that the phone would not make a sound, it started ringing as if nothing had happened, because I should also turn off the notification sounds. Changing the brand of the phone can bring a lot of surprises, as it turns out.
Entering text – winner: iPhone
I add another point to the tape, which initially did not come to my mind. If you work with the text or write a lot of emails (or other messages) on your smartphone, then you know how important the small improvements that help with this activity are. With the introduction of 3D Touchscreens to iPhones, iOS has gained a huge advantage over Android in this respect. This is another thing that is very easy to get used to and it is difficult to give up.
A more powerful finger press anywhere in the keyboard area causes that this surface turns into something like a trackpad, which allows you to move the cursor completely freely. Typo, something to be corrected, the desire to write a word in the middle of a sentence – I instantly move the cursor to that place and act on. Every time I have to grab my cursor on the Android and drag it to the desired place, trying to achieve high precision, I remember this unpopular iOS.