10
Jun
Apple iOS 3 & 4 VS Android 2.1

In This Corner!

For better or worse Apple has dropped their latest update regarding the groundbreaking iPhone this week along with the official release date for their next version of the phone’s operating system, which has now been dubbed ‘iOS’.

Apple iOS 3 & 4 VS Android 2.1 "Eclair" & 2.2 "Froyo": Fight!

A big thanks to Ian Douglas for all the work he did putting the chart together, and to my fiancee for the image

The announcement comes on the heels of last Friday’s uber-successful launch of the Sprint EVO 4G, which shares many of the same features with the new iPhone. This puts consumers in an interesting spot – as the hardware and software offerings from both the Apple and Android camps begin to share more and more of the same features, it becomes increasingly difficult for a consumer with no allegiance to either side to choose the phone that best suits their needs.

Shortly after Apple’s announcement, several other sites began running comparisons of the iPhone 4 to some of Androids stronger offerings such as the EVO 4G and Droid Incredible, but I haven’t been able to find a comprehensive comparison of the software features that each side has to offer.

So, to fill that gap, we’ve decided to risk angering fanboys on both sides of the fence, and have put together a head-to-head comparison.

Ready, FIGHT!

Note: Features indicated as ‘Y’ are available natively on the device unless otherwise indicated

Feature Apple iOS3 Apple iOS4 Android 2.1 Android 2.2 Notes
3rd Party App Multitasking N Y¹ Y Y ¹It's not quite 'true' multi-tasking as Android does it. Read here for more details.
Home screen folders N Y Y Y
Video calls N Y – WiFi 3rd Party – WiFI/3G 3rd Party – WiFi/3G
WiFi tethering N N N Y¹ ¹Carriers may charge for this feature - unclear at this point
USB tethering Y¹ Y¹ 3rd Party Y ¹With additional carrier charge
On-device Photo editing Y Y 3rd Party 3rd Party
Unified Inbox N Y Y¹ Y ¹Can't be done with accounts in the official Gmail app
SMS threads Y Y Y Y
Custom wallpapers on lock screen Y Y Y Y
Custom wallpapers on Home screen N Y Y Y
“Live” wallpapers N N Y Y
MS Exchange Support Y Y Y¹ Y ¹In 2.1, Exchange support is pretty much limited to inbox only
Multiple Exchange Accounts N Y Y¹ Y ¹In 2.1, Exchange support is pretty much limited to inbox only
Exchange Security Restrictions Y Y N Y
"Update All" apps Y Y N Y
Automatic individual app updates N N N Y
Voice dialing via Bluetooth Y Y N Y
International Keyboards/Localization Y Y 3rd Party Y
Adobe Flash support N N N Y
Install apps to removable memory N N N Y
USB Sync to PC/Mac Y Y 3rd Party 3rd Party
Copy/Paste to/from Browser Y Y Y Y
Install apps from 3rd party sources Y Y ¹It’s possible to do this, but either requires a jailbroken phone, or for the developer to provide you with a special copy of the app
System-wide Orientation lock Y ¹Can be done on a per-app basis if developer built it in
Custom dictionary N Y Y Y
Number of Home screen panels 11 11 ¹Customizable with 3rd party home screens
Playlist creation on device Y Y Y Y
Feature Apple iOS3 Apple iOS4 Android 2.1 Android 2.2 Notes

Now, obviously a 100% in-depth feature-by-feature comparison of all four operating system’s would be too massive a feat to undertake, so we chose some of the more buzzed about items while trying to remain fair to both platforms. In each case, the next generation operating systems offer many welcome changes, and are both a step in the right direction.

FINISH HIM!

Now, the sticky part: being that we’re an Android-centric blog, there’s an obvious bias. However, I’d like to make it clear that we tried to pick the features used in the comparison as objectively as possible so as not to tip the scales in either direction.

That said, looking solely at the numbers, it’s clear who the winner is: Froyo.

Due to the somewhat controversial nature of comparisons like these, I’ll refrain from adding my own opinion to the result. Objectively speaking, iOS 4 definitely has made strides in the right direction, however it still fails to provide a solution to some of the more frequently levied complaints against the operating system:

  • Lack of native WiFi tethering/AKA hotspot capabilities (though USB tethering is allowed)
  • Adobe Flash support
  • Ability to install apps to removable memory (or the lack of the option to have removable memory), though with large internal storage, the absence of such an ability is not a serious concern
  • Ability to easily install apps from 3rd party sources, ie circumventing Apple’s “walled garden”

At the end of the day, when you’re browsing the phone section of your local big box store and trying to decide between the two platforms, the biggest factor shouldn’t be which OS wins in a comparison chart, but rather which one offers the features that you require.

Ultimately, if this chart helped you reach a decision, regardless of the platform, we’re happy. Let us know if you felt there were any features we left out, or if we might have missed something, or something needs correcting. We’ll be sure to keep the chart updated and as accurate as possible.

Comments are open. Who wins?

Chris Dehghanpoor
Chris is an Android devotee based out of Houston, TX. He enjoys indie rock, general geekery and long walks on the beach. If you can't find him online, he's probably playing Plants VS Zombies.
  • lolobabes

    Very obvious android froyo! Ftw, ahihihi

    • Kalyan

      system wide orientation lock on android:
      2.1 - widgets available
      2.2 - built in option

      Number of Home screen panels:
      Anywhere between 1 to 7, could add more with different home apps.

  • ace

    obviously Froyo FTW!!

  • boriqua2000

    2.1 has no Adobe Flash support? i'm pretty sure i see lots of flash on my EVO4G.

    • Chris Dehghanpoor

      That's Flash Lite, and not the full featured Flash you get on 2.2

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, that's crap flash that we won't even consider calling flash.

  • Bud

    IOS is much more fluid and less glitchy than android os. I'm going with IOS 4 on the phone with the best build quality compared to any other phone!

    • Chris Dehghanpoor

      RE: build quality, I haven't had a chance to use an iPhone 4 yet, but there's this: http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/06/10/iphone-4-display/

      • Bud

        That iPhone 4 is not a finished apple product. Watch the iPhone 4 video on apple's website and see how they construct the phone. The way they build their products (including: Macbook pros, iMacs, etc.) is unlike any other company. You know you're getting a very well made device that's built to last.

        • Chris Dehghanpoor

          While I don't disagree that they make *very* high quality products (arguably more so than any other manufacturer at the moment), I still have my reservations about a device with glass on both the front and the back -- but I'm just a paranoid gadget owner.

          If it makes you feel any better, I'd feel the same way if the iPhone 4 stayed the same hardware wise, but ran Android.

        • Chimera

          Hm, I beg to differ.
          I'v seen lots of people with broken iPhone screens (iPhones < iPhone 4). Maybe they solved it with there "40 (?) times stronger than plastic" screen on the iPhone 4, we'll have to wait and see. But the picture Chris Dehghanpoor has shown proves them wrong for now (it may or may not be the finished product).

          Anyhow, i'm in favor of Android cos of the ability to mod the OS so we dont need to buy a new phone every time Android releases another updated OS.
          Although i like the simplicity of Apple and the way all there products work together.

        • BobbyPhoenix

          Same goes with the Nexus One. The have videos up from concept to manufacturing. No other phone comes close to the time and effort they put into it. 100% top quality.

        • iDontCare

          yes because it is made in a cheap place where the workers don't even get paid. If Apple products were made in the US, i bet they will go bankrupt in a day. People like you and others are selfish people who only cares about themselves, not caring where it is made. What is the difference between you and a terrorist? Nothing. You BOTH kill people.

    • Brett

      the iphone os is a very smooth os however the iphone 4, not so durable, i no many people who have complaints about the build quality of that phone, that being said if you are an extremist with keeping your phone unscaved go for it! the only realy noticable difference (in my oppinion) is that android os's are way more customizable than ios4. froyo 2.2 is a VERY smooth os aswell just thought i would point that out!

  • Bud

    That's understandable about the glass on both sides, but you have to trust apple on this one. If they didn't think the new design was a better design (more durable) than the previous iPhone models, they would not have used it. As far as software, I believe the iOS4 is far superior to that of andriod os because it targets a wider market with its simplicity and functionality. Android comes across as too complicated for most cell phone users who do not have the skill of figuring out new technology. I'm sure that you are perfectly capable of doing so though. Additionally, a significant amount of people already know how to use iOS because many people have iPod touches, previous iPhones, and now iPads. I think apple is expecting the number of iOS devices to be breaching 100 million by the end of this year.

    • Chris Dehghanpoor

      "I believe the iOS4 is far superior to that of andriod os because it targets a wider market with its simplicity and functionality. Android comes across as too complicated for most cell phone users who do not have the skill of figuring out new technology. "

      I don't know if that fact makes iOS more superior necessarily, but I do agree that it is easier to pick up initially than Android. My fiancee has been in the market for a new phone, and after hearing the reports about the EVO's battery life, and seeing as how she's already using an iPhone, I recommended that she just grab the iPhone 4 when it comes out.

      Personally though, I'll be sticking to my Nexus One :)

      • Bud

        Well, to each his own. That's what it really comes down to in the end right? haha

        • Chris Dehghanpoor

          Exactly. Glad to have a civil debate -- these things can often spiral into flame wars pretty quickly :)

        • Bud

          yes they certainly can haha. It's nice to discuss the two without causing annoyance and chaos.

      • jackson

        I'm not trying to persuade your phone purchase (not a big enough fan of either to care), but those reports on Evo's battery life are bogus.

        I've had one for a few days now. Even with every unnecessary bell & whistle enabled (e.g., live wallpaper, full animations, 5 different widgets that periodically use my 3G to update) I get a full day's worth of battery life.

        Honestly, the only article I've read that knocks Evo's battery life is from Techcruch -- I don't even want to get started on their obvious bias.

        • conchanddutch

          Using mine all day with all the apps I use and keeping up with 3 e-mail accts I get 8 hours running till I get the 15% message. It does just as well as any other phone that is graphic intensive.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          8 hours is pretty bad. My EVO lasts me more than that, and it's just as good/bad as the Hero used to be.

    • Brett

      very true on people are generally educated on how to use IOS, i have the HTC desire (its treated me very good so far) and my friend has the iphone 4 ocasionally we look at each others phones to compare and see which we like and why, i have had ipod touch before so the ios is not hard to understand, but when i give him my phone the first time he was like what??? :D

  • Rick

    Great article. I could be wrong here, but there are couple of features where included or need a note:

    *3rd Party App Multitasking (Note iOS3) - iOS3 has support only if you jailbreak it
    *MS Exchange Support - that was support in android 2.0/2.0.1
    *USB Sync to PC/Mac (Note for 2.1/2.2)- HTC has this built in to their Sense UI
    *Number of Home screen panels (Note for 2.1) - Droid Milestone has up to 9 by default
    *On-device Photo editin (Note for iOS3) – the iPhone 3GS should be noted that he has built in.
    *Voice dialing via Bluetooth (Note for 2.1) – If you buy a Blue Ant Q1 headset it has software for voice dialing.
    *Adobe Flash support (Note for 2.1/2.2) – HTC has flash lite.
    *Install apps to removable memory (Note for 2.1) – 3rd party - ¹Can be done on a per-app basis if developer built it in “apps2sd”

    • Chris Dehghanpoor

      Hi Rick,

      Thanks for the notes, I'll address them accordingly:

      *3rd Party App Multitasking (Note iOS3) – iOS3 has support only if you jailbreak it

      >While that's true, this comparison is mainly for the 'stock' versions of each operating system. On both the Android and Apple side, we've tried to keep the features to those that can be done without rooting or jailbreaking your device.

      *MS Exchange Support – that was support in android 2.0/2.0.1

      >Right you are, corrected. Thanks!

      *USB Sync to PC/Mac (Note for 2.1/2.2)- HTC has this built in to their Sense UI

      >Again, I'd like to keep this comparison to a stock version (no sense or carrier/hardware customization) to remain fair to both sides.

      *Number of Home screen panels (Note for 2.1) – Droid Milestone has up to 9 by default

      >(see above)

      *On-device Photo editin (Note for iOS3) – the iPhone 3GS should be noted that he has built in.

      >I'll test this out when I get home unless you can link me to information otherwise (not being a jerk, just want to verify :) )

      *Voice dialing via Bluetooth (Note for 2.1) – If you buy a Blue Ant Q1 headset it has software for voice dialing.

      >(see previous note about stock)

      *Adobe Flash support (Note for 2.1/2.2) – HTC has flash lite.

      >(see previous note about stock)

      *Install apps to removable memory (Note for 2.1) – 3rd party – ¹Can be done on a per-app basis if developer built it in “apps2sd”

      >For this to work, you have to have your phone rooted. 2.1 doesn't provide an official, non-root version of doing this. Developers have found ways of installing data(maps, images, sounds, etc) to the SD card, but I'm not counting that as officially moving over apps.

      Thanks for all your input!!!

      • Rick

        Chris,

        You're welcome. No worries. My couple remarks about jailbreaking, went along with you adding an note for Install apps from 3rd party sources.

        *On-device Photo editin (Note for iOS3) – the iPhone 3GS should be noted that he has built in.
        >I’ll test this out when I get home unless you can link me to information otherwise (not being a jerk, just want to verify ) - very understandable. I am the same way. Did a google search and found where Apple had it on their site, but if you click on their link you get error 404, but if you click on the cached link, you this: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:csUeQTRMcXcJ:www.apple.com/iphone/iphone-3gs/video-recording.html+iphone+3gs+video+editing&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a or this link: http://news.softpedia.com/news/iPhone-3G-S-Video-Recording-Editing-Detailed-114257.shtml

        *Voice dialing via Bluetooth (Note for 2.1) – If you buy a Blue Ant Q1 headset it has software for voice dialing.
        >(see previous note about stock) - True, but it can be done via 3rd party app. There are serveral of them in the market.

      • Thomas

        >>MS Exchange Support – that was support in android 2.0/2.0.1

        >Right you are, corrected. Thanks!

        It's not until 2.2 Android got full Exchange support. Exchange in earlier versions can't for example, sync calendars. I would not call that Exchange support without a note about the missing features.

        • Chris Dehghanpoor

          Yeah, you're right. I added a note for 2.1 that it's pretty much just exchange inbox support.

        • Eric

          Buy Touchdown application and you have full exchange support. When the application launched, it was only 9 bucks. It's always improving and now 19.95. Again, you said you were comparing only stock. To some extent I'm having flashbacks to the days when home computers were shipped with crap software bundles and those crappy systems were winning in comparisons like this one. Clearly the business computers you customized were better systems with a longer usefull life and stability. I'd like to compare howmany Android G1's are still in use vs purchased and compare to how many Original iPhones are in use. Any iPhones running the newest iOS? I know of many G1's with FoYo.

  • Douglas

    Re: Orientation Lock, "Can be done on a per-app basis if developer built it in" -- iPhone OS 3 could do this too, if the developer built it into their App - see Instapaper.

    • Chris Dehghanpoor

      Yeah, I thought about this. I'll add the subscript for OS 3.

  • Tyches

    * "Lack of native WiFi tethering/AKA hotspot capabilities (though USB tethering is allowed)"

    iPhone has trivially set-up bluetooth tethering with Macs, which makes "tethering" wireless. Not a hotspot though.

    "Adobe Flash support" is, as of today, a lie on any mobile platform. Even if it runs on Android 2.2, no Flash applet is geared towards touch-based interaction and many use hover features. Besides, it is a feature for me not to have Flash, or to be able to block it.

    • Chris Dehghanpoor

      "iPhone has trivially set-up bluetooth tethering with Macs, which makes “tethering” wireless. Not a hotspot though."

      Do you have to be jailbroken for this, or is it just an app?

      "“Adobe Flash support” is, as of today, a lie on any mobile platform. Even if it runs on Android 2.2, no Flash applet is geared towards touch-based interaction and many use hover features. "

      Yes and no - I've used it on my Nexus One, and even sites that weren't geared towards mobile use worked. You simply long press for anything that requires hovering. I was even able to get the video/volume controls to work in Hulu.

    • http://blog.iangclifton.com Ian G. Clifton

      Flash support is an optional download for Froyo. Even after downloading it, you can set Flash content to activate only after you tap on it (avoiding Flash ads or other content you don't care about). That puts the choice in the users' hands which is much more of a feature than a flat out "X phone can't do this."

    • http://google.com/profiles/petepatron Pete

      The biggest issue I find with using Flash 10.1 on my Nexus One (Android 2.2) is more the resolution. Flash works fine on it. It is more that some Flash apps are bigger than 800 x 480 so the usability of the app drops for mobile use.

      This is not a problem with Android per se as a problem with sites just not being built for lower resolution. No worries, next Android hardware platforms I'm seeing support higher resolutions, so we are moving in the right direction.

  • Sam

    Was Multiple Exchange Accounts available in iOS3?? I think thats a mistake there.

    • Chris Dehghanpoor

      Yup, corrected. Thanks!

  • Sam

    Also, I feel if on device photo-editing was included in the comparison, so should on device video editing. IMO iOS does this wonderfully even without iMovie

  • http://blog.iangclifton.com Ian G. Clifton

    Some corrections/suggestions:

    Android 2.1 and 2.2 have limited photo "editing" ability built in to the default gallery (crop, rotate).
    iOS 3 (tested on original iPhone running 3.1.2) does not have photo editing built in (when viewing a photo you can delete or share only). Rick's links were related editing videos not photos. You could probably add a row for video editing to clarify.
    Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Android 2.1 had international keyboards/localization, but you simply couldn't switch keyboards on the fly like you can in 2.2.
    Widgets seems like a pretty huge missing row.
    Perhaps you should also list the ability to replace "system" apps/functionality?

    Overall, interesting chart. Looks like the one full "No" for Froyo is the system-wide orientation lock, which would be a nice feature, particularly as more tablets start coming out.

  • molnarm

    Android has system-wide orientation lock too. Settings/Display/Auto-rotate screen.

    • http://blog.iangclifton.com Ian G. Clifton

      You're right. Thanks for pointing that out!

  • Mike

    Android 2.1 does not have 5 home screens, but 7. Not sure what 2.2 will have, but 2.1 is wrong.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      7 is in Sense. N1 which is running stock Android has 5. Droid, which is also stock Android has 3. Go figure what "Android 2.1" really means.

    • http://google.com/profiles/petepatron Pete

      Stock Android 2.2 still has 5 home screens

    • Kasey

      MyTouch Slide has 5 homescreens with ability for 7 with stock home. But requires factory reset to go back to 5.

      Also using BOTH Astro File Manager AND Androzip you can open 3rd party apps on ANY android (including G1) without Root.

  • Dave

    WiFi tethering on 2.1 is possible through a 3rd-party app. I'm currently using it on my rooted Cliq with a custom ROM.

    • Kasey

      Easy Tether is one of the best USB Tethering Apps I've tried so far and even the free one will allow https access in Internet Explorer (Not Firefox/Safari/Chrome/etc.)

  • Gogol

    Where is "Widget" ???

    Also, how about browser TEXT REFLOW ??? Only Android browser can do it.

    How about file manager ???

    Those are part of the OS.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Text reflow is actually really cool. Makes most pages readable at any zoom level.

      The file manager though? I don't think Android has one by default, does it?

      • Kasey

        Not on 2.1 But both Astro and Androzip are free and work very well allowing for multiple backups to SD and such. If you open Androzip and go to your SD card you will find a ASTRO folder. If you then move ANY 3rd party app to it you can trick your android into opening it and installing before unusable software without actually having to root your phone.

  • Chen

    Also don't forget the following:
    Google navigation - free turn by turn maps
    Custom home panels - which i think is a good thing
    Battery life:
    - talk time 3g,2g, wifi usage, etc
    type of video file support
    type of audio file support
    - including DRM

    How about enterprise features? Some people are security-conscious like wifi security standard WPA2, WPA with their enterprise server.

  • L3o

    Hmm, this is they way I see it:
    Its true, out of the box yes android does give the most functionality, but then again it is quite complex to navigate and use, you need to be quite technical to be able to. iPhone on the other hand is good to go for anyone out of the box, it's idiot proof. And iPhone also supports all techies, that is why they never really barred jailbreaking. My jailbreaked iPhone 2G (1st Gen) till to-date still can compete with most phones on the market. And that is a 3-4 yrs old phone. And I have never paid for a single applications, I get free apps from the apps store and I get free apps from Cydia or Rock, and many more apps that host free apps and games. Bottom line is: Non-techie will choose iPhone because it is easy to use but they won't see or experience the maximum power of the iPhone. But on the other hand all techies out there can jailbreak their iPhones and have all the functionalities they want. When I say all, I mean all. :)

  • Mike

    Exchange Security Restrictions.....

    This is still NOT fully supported in 2.2. I still get a message saying "Your exchange server requires security features not supported on this device"... So, still need to use Touch Down. 2.2 is getting closer, but I don't think you can say it fully supports Exchange security... yet

  • chris a

    While true everyone here are make excellent arguments I'd have to say we have look at the fenerarion who are using these phones. Most kids, teenagers, and young adults have the ability to pick up a device and figure it out very quickly. I purchased two evos, one for my 13 yr old and myself he already figured it out and its first android phone. The OS isn't difficult to use, its just a lot of people feel the iPhone is better. Again it depends what youre looking for. All I can say is I'm very happy with my evo and wouls recommend if to anyone.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      fenerarion = generation?

  • Geoffrey

    Actually wifi tethering is 3rd party ive used 1 1/2 gbs in the last 3 days in 12 C:

  • Alvin

    Well. Froyo does support WiFi tethering but it still doesn't support PC wifi adhoc connection so that LAN internet can be shared to the phone. I m on WinXP and hence connectify doesn't work as well. Since google is taking longer time to release the OTA, hope there will be adhoc pc connection fix and true full exchange support.

  • SirSteven

    I was reading this in the hope of being persuaded to switch to Android, but - as far as I see it' and according to my needs - it looks like iPhone iOS4 is the winner, with Froyo (whenever it actually gets fully released; we still don't know yet) involving too many compromises.

    Perhaps I'll change my mind when I finally get to play with a HTC phone with 2.2, whenever those arrive...

  • Riddla

    In your graph, you state that Android 2.1 doesn't provide automatic app updates. I'm running Android 2.1_update1 on a Nexus One (non-rooted) and the Market provides notifications about app updates. I don't know if that's what you meant or whether you meant that they actually update automatically and you're notified next time you launch it, but 2.1 definately does automatically check for app updates. Personally I prefer to just be notified, then I can install right there (if it's small) or wait till I'm on the wifi (if it's big). Either way, good to see an objective comparison of the spread of smartphone OS's these days, I'm fed up of "OMG ANDROID FTW IPHONE POO POO WALLED GARDEN YADDA YADDA" or "OMG STEVE JOBS JUST JIZZED IN MY FACE WITH THIS IPHONE!"-type "comparisons". :)

  • Nathan

    i'm a bit confused why you say that Android 2.1 and 2.2 don't have a system wide orientation lock.

    I run cyanogen which has an option in the settings to disable all orientation, but it may not be in the stock system, however, if you download an app like mysettings or useful switchers. or one of a good 50+ other setting toggle apps or widgets you can easily have a system wide orientation lock.

    So Android DOES have an orientation lock

    • N

      Read above, as the author is specifically comparing /stock/ versions of the software.

  • ardiantoro

    okay, so now what android phone has a front facing camera for video calling?
    EVO 4G has it.
    But what about the GSM Network.
    No wonder iPhone 4 says it "introducing video calling to the world"...
    I love android tough, waiting for the next Android Phone that has front facing camera and flash...
    I don't understand why android phone missed that perticular thing...

  • andy

    I have neither phone / system and I am looking to upgrade. I have 'played' with the Desire and it was great, quick and fluid and I thought easy to understand an use. My confusion is that there seem to be many phones that will not / can not use the latest and greatest Froyo! TYhis is a big worry. If I choose the wrong Andriod phone I might be stuck without an upgrade iover the future of the contract as things develop and improve - especially as some contracts are now 24 mths!

    I have also spent a long time looking at the iphone and the latest 4 specs seem great and with the functionality and flexibility that the app store adds (via loads of apps) seem to give the most flexible and comprehensive solution (all be it tied in tight to Apple - which I dislike).

    I must have 15 hours good use from any phone I choose, as well as multiple exchange accounts and a decent camera. As a non techie type I feel any decision between the two would give a good result - but how do I decide which is best ?!?

    • BobbyPhoenix

      Well if you go with Android go with the Nexus One which is Google's flagship phone, so it will always get the latest and greatest updates first. Also it is way more open than the iphone, so you will get much better devs making better apps soon. Also the network is a big one (at least for me) and AT&T is much worse than T-Mobile, but of course you can get an AT&T Nexus if you really like them. I have used both phones, and to me Android clearly wins, but that is just me.

  • John

    App-Brain provides a mass-update option on Android, and on my HTC Hero there's an option under Display Settings called Orientation - unticking it disables the orientation sensor (I guess this is what you mean by orientation lock).

    One issue with comparisons like these is that Android phones may get certain apps and features provided by the manufacturers, so in a sense they're native features (you don't have to go and install them yourself). I think Motorola's Blur interface might qualify for providing a unified inbox (obviously if you have a Motorola phone), for example.

    Personally I like not having everything in one box.

  • http://www.humidorsandmore.com J Kane

    From a completely subjective point of view, I find iOS is plain boring.

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