In 2007, when Apple first released iOS, it was a revolutionary software. People were still trying to digest the idea of a smartphone.
With the arrival of iOS along with the mighty iPhone, all their doubts were cleared. Apple’s sales boomed. With their regular updates and equally good hardware, no company stood a chance to counter Apple’s growth.
But in 2008, Google released its own mobile operating system. It offered things iOS didn’t. Customizability, user control and compatibility for a wide range of devices.Suddenly majority of the users realised that this is what they expected from a mobile. Android slowly conquered the market.
As far as the app store is concerned, iOS dominates this department. The app store continues to grow at the same pace.
The third party apps that are available on the App Store are integrated nicely with the iOS, something Android cannot guarantee.
iOS has tablet only apps while most of the Android apps for tablet are scaled up versions. No bloatware. Samsung users, are you listening to this?
Battery backup and Performance
I dont need to bother about slowing down of my device, iOS wonderfully manages its available resources. There is no lag whatsoever.
Another thing iOS does well is battery backup. I don’t need to worry about my battery even on extensive usage.
iOS does notifications differently. All your calendar events, tasks are displayed in the notification drawer. I personally don’t see the point in this. Android, on the other hand displays all these on the lock screen itself.
If you swipe to the right, you can see your regular app notifications. Nothing different here.
I personally liked the pop up notifications. Notifications appear as pop ups when you’re using other apps. You can reply to a message or dismiss it without leaving your current app.
Where is the fault then?
iOS tries to keep itself secure, virus-free. In the process, it goes overboard. Its frustrating enough that I have to connect my device to the PC and sync with iTunes for every file transfer. I cant download files from the internet. There are apps that can do this, but why provide security that the user is not comfortable with?
iOS got it right when it was launched. Sadly it never continued its momentum. There has been no innovation. There is lesser development when compared to Android. Android is capable of running on any hardware, on any device. iOS is restricted to the hand held devices.
Siri was an exceptional software but Apple didn’t make use of the head start it got. Google Now, which was launched two years after Siri, put it to shame. Voice recognition still remains a dream to Siri leave alone its answers.
What if the user wants to change the icons? iOS says no. iOS doesn’t offer the control a user has in an Android device. Installing custom roms is far fetched, at least let the user change his theme.
CUSTOMISATION LEVEL = AMATEUR
- Apps and their integration into the iOS ecosystem
- Excellent management of hardware resources.
- Privacy control
- No bloatware
- Battery management
- Features like Continuity take task synchronisation to a whole new level if one has other Apple devices
- Lack of customizability
- Unnecessary security features
- Poor development when compared to Android.
- No true multitasking, Apps in background are suspended and start over again.
- More ‘Paid’ Apps compared to Android
- Completely dependent on iTunes for any sort of file transfer (except to other iDevices which support AirDrop)