We’ll get into some specific Android system features in later pieces, but I had to start with the quality of software available for each platform. I want to talk about what you can actually do with your phone on the two platforms. Your phone is likely the computer you spend the most time with, and it’s an incredibly important tool in our day to day lives. If you told me I had to give up my iPhone or my MacBook, I wouldn’t have to think about it, the MacBook would get the boot. So let’s take a look at the software I use on my iPhone and see how it stacks up to what can be done on Android.
This will be a 5 part series aimed primarily at iOS users who are not familiar with Android first hand. Part 1 will be up tomorrow, and will cover the gap in quality of third party apps on iOS and Android. The following pieces will dive deep into home screens, notifications, assistants, and more.
Everyone reading this site likely knows I’m an iOS guy, but I’ve been spending the last week with Android 100% of the time. I have a Moto G4, which is a near stock Android phone with respectable specs and is running Android Marshmallow. Here are some of the little things I’ve noticed over the past week that make Android distinct from iOS in both good and bad ways.
It seems like I do this every year like clockwork. The weather starts to get colder, we start buying presents for each other, and I start using Android again. Last year it was the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and before that was the HTC One M8 and Moto X, and before that it was the original Galaxy phone, the T-Mobile Vibrant.
Oftentimes we get stuck in the past with preconceived notions of how the world works. For many years we lived in the world where it was safe to say that all Android phones had inferior cameras to the iPhone. M.G. Siegler made this popular quip the day Intagram launched for Android.