After a month of using Android as my daily driver, where do I stand? As I’ve let slip a few times in the earlier articles, I did put my SIM card back in my iPhone basically at the stroke of midnight when my month was over. I’m an iOS guy, and iOS simply works better for me. But I knew that going into this whole month of Android, what I really wanted to find out personally was if Android had improved on the things that had long made it not my preferred platform. After this experiment, I’m sad to say that despite it’s strides in some areas over the years, I still find Android to be a less capable, less enjoyable mobile operating system in almost every way.
We’re going to take a little detour today from major features and shift focus to all the little differences I experience every day and just felt were worth noting. Before you get grumpy about something on this list, I’ll note that this is the most opinionated piece in this series, as basically everything on this list could be taken the other way by someone else. So while I think third party apps and notifications are objectively better on iOS, and home screens are objectively better on Android, let’s talk about our feelings!
Android has a very solid notification system, and one that rivals iOS. Depending on your taste, you could easily prefer one or the other and I wouldn’t call you crazy either way. I personally think iOS has more power in their notifications, and offers a little more control over wrangling them.
Today’s post is going to be quite a bit more positive than yesterday’s, as home screens is somewhere Google definitely has Apple beat. Frankly, if I could have Android home screen with iOS’s everything else, I’d be a very happy camper. Android has a stock launcher that is better than iOS’s, and also has the ability for third party developers to create their own launchers so that if you don’t like what Google offers, you can change it up.
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.