Android v iOS5 – In terms and features and experience
With Apple’s latest operating system launching next week we thought we’d compare the features of the new iOS5 against the Android. We have compared Android 2.3 Gingerbread ‘out of the box’ so to speak. There is much ability to edit Android so we have compared the default version for the Android.
In terms of Unified Notifications the new Notification Centre from Apple bares a few resemblances with the Android notification system. On both operating systems you can pull down a panel of notifications from the top of the display, access notifications when the phone is locked and when your are using the phone. In this area there is no major difference between the two.
For Phone to Phone messaging the iPhone wins. iOS5 debuts Apple’s iMessage system which allows iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to send messages directly to each other over the internet. It is similar to the BlackBerry BBM system, something which Apple has obviously kept a close eye on. Android doesn’t have this feature as default, you can download apps such as WhatsApp which are also available on other platforms.
iOS5 also beats Android when it comes to their Reminder system. Both platforms can set basic reminders but iOS5 goes one step further and allows you to set location based reminders. This is quite extraordinary, you can set a reminder for when you arrive at a location, leave a location or for both. You can now sync your reminders with other Apple devices also using iCloud.
A camera is now a huge aspect of a phone, therefore quick access to the camera is a useful feature. Using iOS5 you can jump to your camera without unlocking the phone, perfect for capturing those unexpected moments. In order to access the camera on Android you need to unlock the phone first.
Editing photos on your phone is becoming more and more popular. Both platforms give you the ability to crop and rotate images on your phone. However in iOS5 you can now auto-enhance photos and get rid of red eye on your phone, this takes it one step further than Android.
Many browsers are available for Android but the default one doesn’t have tabbed browsing. iOS’s in built Safari has had this ability for some time. It is amazing that Google have done a small update to add tabbed browsing!
Gaming is another increasingly popular feature on mobile phones. Game Centre on the iOS now allows you to download and review apps without logging in and out. A similar online gaming community is not available on Android.
Synchronization over Wi-Fi is for some, an important feature. Android allows you to syn your contacts using Gmail over Wi-Fi, the iOS5 doesn’t currently offer this. However a new feature in iOS5 is the ability to sync your iTunes library over Wi-Fi, including music and videos.
Currently iOS5 does look like it will be the better operating system. However, it will be interesting to see what they are like hands on on their respected devices.