10 ways Android beats the iPhone 5

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DJSTEVEZ

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Apple may have mollified the masses by adding significantly betterspecs to its smartphone offering, but when it comes to innovation, the iPhone 5 justcan’t compete with the latest Android handsets. Sure a larger screen, 4G LTEsupport and a faster CPU are welcome additions to the world’s number one phone,but Apple is a year late and $199 short, because Android has provided all thesefeatures and more for some time now. [/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]In fact,even after Apple’s johnny-come-lately improvements, Android phones have anumber of key advantages over the iPhone 5.

Screens larger than 4inches
Apple may be patting itself on the back over its move from a 3.5-inch to a4-inch display, but in the smartphone size race, the iPhone 5 trails the fieldby a wide margin. In the Android world, the 4.3-inch Droid RAZR M is considereda "compact" phone, the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III is mainstream and the5.5-inch Galaxy Note II is large.

Why would you want a phone with a larger screen? A larger display makes videosmore exciting, text easier to read, and keys on the keyboard easier to targetwith your finger. And if for some reason that doesn't appeal to you, theAndroid ecosystem also has smaller phones.[/FONT]

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NFCsupport[/FONT]
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If you own an iPhone 5, you can just forget about using mobile payment systemsthat let you touch your device to a reader in order to conduct a transaction.Instead of MasterCard's Tap and Pay, you'll be using tap and pray as yourap your fingers on a table and hope that Apple provides NFC support on theiPhone 6 in 2013.[/FONT]
[FONT=&amp]WithNFC support, the latest Android phones can not only send out payments, but alsoshare photos, contacts, videos and more, just by tapping their backs together.Since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the OS has built-in NFC sharing softwarecalled Android Beam that any third party application can use for seamlesssharing. Task management appAny.Do even lets you beam assignments to friends andfamily. I'm sure Apple will add this functionality just in time for iOS 8.[/FONT]
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Customwidgets on your home screen[/FONT]
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Congratulations iPhone 5 users! You now get an extra row of icons that youdidn't have with the iPhone 4 and 4S. That means you can see your TweetDeckicon and tap on it without scrolling over. The Times Square billboard writesitself: "iPhone 5: Now with More Icons!"[/FONT]
[FONT=&amp]However,if you use any Android phone, you get more than just a static set ofapplication icons on your 5 to 7 home screens. You have a working desktop youcan fill with interactive widgets that show everything from the weather to yourlatest social media updates. I particularly dig the circles widget that Motorola includes on its Androidphones, which shows you battery life, time, text alerts and local weather.[/FONT]
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Amicro USB port rather than a proprietary connector[/FONT]
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If you're like me, you have a drawer full of USB cables and, if you can't findone, you can always buy another on any street corner. When you upgrade from anold phone to a new one, you can still use the same old wires and chargingplugs, because micro USB is a standard. In fact, the European Union requiresphone manufacturers to use micro USB for charging, because it reduces waste asusers hold on to their old cables rather than tossing them in a landfill.[/FONT]
[FONT=&amp]Unfortunately,the iPhone 5 uses a proprietary connector it calls "Lightning"instead of standard micro USB, but gets around the EU regulation by offering anadapter.Why not just use micro USB like every other company? Then you couldn'tmake a mint selling proprietary wires and making every iPhone 4S owner thatupgrades buy new accessories, because older iPhones had an even largerproprietary dock connector.[/FONT]
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Third-partysoftware keyboards[/FONT]
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With the iPhone 5, you can have any keyboard you want as long as its the stockiOS 6 keyboard. If you're using Android and you don't love Google's defaultlayout, you're free to install a third-party keyboard that suits your needs.[/FONT]
[FONT=&amp]Someof the best Android keyboards include Swype, which lets you create words bytracing between letters on the keyboard, and SwiftKey, which predicts the nextword in your sentence to save you keystrokes. Heck, you can even buy an Androidslider like the Motorola Droid 4, which has a real physical keyboard.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]Attach any files you want to your email[/FONT][FONT=&amp]
Apple doesn't gamble on immature technologies so perhaps its understandablethat the company has yet to include this new-fangled thing called "emailattachments" on its iPhone 5. While previous versions of iOS Mail didn'teven present you with any attachment options in its message composer, the newiOS 6 mail on the iPhone 5 gives you the option to attach images or video only.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]What if you need to send yourboss a PowerPoint presentation, a Word doc or some other type of file? You willneed to have an app that opens that kind of file, go to that app and send thefile from there. In other words, there's no way to simply attach the file(s) ofyour choice when composing email in iOS mail. There are workarounds andthird-party apps that address this problem, but Apple's approach here could notbe lamer.[/FONT]
[FONT=&amp]Just like Windows or Mac OS,Android allows you to attach any files you want to any email message. Whetheryou're using the Gmail app, its stock email app or any of a dozen third partyemail clients, there's always a prominent attachment option on the compositionscreen and, when you hit it , you're able to browse your gallery, your filesystem or any other apps you've installed that organize files (Dropbox,Quickoffice, etc).[/FONT]
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Share using any service you want[/FONT]
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With Android, every relevant app from the browser to the photo gallery includesa share button. When you tap share, you're given an extensive and universallist of apps you can share with. And that list grows, depending on whatsoftware and services you have installed, from Facebook to your SMS messengerto Bluetooth transfers. So if, for example, you join Pinterest and install itsapp, you can share directly to that from any app with a search button.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]Rather than providing you withone share list to rule them all, the iPhone 5 lets each app developer createhis or her own share menu, which has a finite list of services that developerfeels like supporting. The default Safari browser and iOS photo gallery appscan only share to Facebook, Twitter, email and messaging. Google, Flickr,Pinterest, Google Talk and any of 100 other services need not apply.[/FONT]
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Visible file system[/FONT]
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Try plugging an Android phone into your PC and mounting it as a storage device.You'll have access to all the files and folders, just as you do when you browsethrough your WIndows computer's C drive. So, if you want to copy a raft of MP3sor PowerPoint presentations to your Android handset, you can just drag and dropthem.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]Say you record a memo with DroidRecord and want to grab its output files. You can navigate down to its folderand move, copy or share them directly from there. If you run a file browser onthe phone itself, you can also dive into the file system from there.[/FONT]
[FONT=&amp]So what happens when you plugthe iPhone 5 into your PC? You get access the digital camera (DCIM) folder onlyso all you can do is drag and drop pictures. Yes, you can iTunes to transfermedia files back and forth, but you still can't go directly into file systembecause Apple just doesn't trust you enough to let you see the folders on theiPhone 5 that you bought from them. Whose phone is it anyway?[/FONT]
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Hapticfeedback[/FONT]
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Most Android phones offer optional haptic feedback, which allows you to get anice tactile vibration when you type, long press on the screen or tap thenavigation buttons. While some people dislike haptics, the vibrations give youa strong acknowledgement that your touch has registered so you don't have totap twice. Unfortunately, with the iPhone 5, you don't have a choice; just aflat screen that provides no feedback.[/FONT]

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Pen support[/FONT]
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"If you see a stylus, they blew it," Steve jobs famously said ofpen-enabled computing and, like its predecessors, the iPhone 5 does not supportpen input. Yes, you can get third-party capacitive styluses that will work onthe iPhone 5, but these little sticks do nothing more than give you a thinnerfinger.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]Want to scribble down some noteslike you do on paper? On Android, you can. Samsung's Galaxy Note and LG'sIntuition both offer large screens, active styluses and deep pen integrationinto the operating system.[/FONT]
[FONT=&amp]On the upcoming Galaxy Note II,you can hand write notes on your calendar, on the backs of JPGs and in half adozen other places throughout the OS. You can even get previews of emails,photos and videos by hovering the Galaxy Note II's stylus slightly above thescreen.[/FONT]
 

Mark Evans

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I don't know. Maybe the author should proofread his article before blasting the company that launched the smartphone and tablet revolution. 1 reason while I'll never go back to Android, The iPhone works.

Ill back off my remarks about spelling and typos and blame it on the cut and paste. Original article looks good.
 
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DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
I don't know. Maybe the author should proofread his article before blasting the company that launched the smartphone and tablet revolution. 1 reason while I'll never go back to Android, The iPhone works. Ill back off my remarks about spelling and typos and blame it on the cut and paste. Original article looks good.

Although I'm an Android guy, I've no hate for Apple...they're beyond amazing. I was just trying to annoy Drax & Lynch by posting this. -Z-
 

Mark Evans

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I'm sure they will chime in :). I had 2 years and 3 phones that were androids and they were terrible. Of course with each update they looked a little better but I could not do the updates. Stupid marketing. I have a feeling though that Apple will not be the leader they once were. With the last 2 product releases the were so many leaks that there we're no surprises. I still think that when Jobs died so did Apple's innovations
 

dobby10

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My take...
1. Apple is out to make as much as they can with their stupid proprietary crap and lack of Gorilla Glass.
2. iPhone is ONLY good, because of all the apps for it. The phone sucks, the usability sucks, their tech is always a year old when it comes out. The Apps, ROCK.
3. The Android phones are great phones, with a very young OS, Also Android doesn't really have spec requirements for manufacturers, so some crappy Androids have been put out giving them a bad name. Incompatible apps with your Android OS version, and frequent crashing is common (remember windows 95?).
4. Windows Mobile is a great operating system that just works. It doesn't crash, it doesn't hog resources like iOS and Android. It just works. It has less than 1/4 of the apps though :-(.
 

ssu

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The funny thing about the iPhone/Android debate is that who really gives a $*%. It is like mac/pc, ford/chevy. I am a MAC user and we have 3 iphones, 2 iPads, an MBP's and imacs in my household. And yes we even have a droid user. And we still feed him every day and let him live under our roof. I personally love the ease of the iPhone/icloud calendar sync etc. I am sure android offers something similar. And yes, I am the proud owner of 2 iphone 5's I also traded in my 4s and got a $250 gift card that I will put to good use in the future.. My iphone works amazing on VZW. I never drop calls or suffer crashes. So like everything is life to each their own...
 

unlimitedsounds

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I owned an ANDROID (EVO 4g) and my wife still owns an android (EVO SHIFT). I have had a 4S for about 1 1/2 months but have used them before I purchased one. I would NEVER go back to android.. While I love android and how you can customize it, Android just was not stable, would crash, have slow response etc. My wife's phone is currently that was .. it sometimes works great and other times its slow to no response... Both of our android phones were no good without ROOTING them and removing the BLOAT that comes on the phone...

My 4S is JAILBROKEN.. I have it customized the way I want and it is blazing fast, and just works.. never crashes... I can use AIRPLAY in my house to connect to my AV system in the basement to play music..... it just seems to work a whole lot better... Now, told that the new ANDROID OS solves a lot of the issues 2.3.x has so I dont know if the new android systems are better.....

One think that people complain about is having to use ITUNES and not being able to use the phone like a USB drive to store files etc like you can on android. if you use IFUNBOX, you can do just that.... you can see your phone in windows just like ANDROID..
 

Scott Hanna

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In my area, verizon is a much better service, so the Iphone was really not an option until about 2 years ago. I've had 3 android phones, my wife has 2 and now has an iphone 4s. I just ordered the Iphone 5.

While you have more choices with the android, in terms of price, phone size, and options, the reality is IOS works better than android. I believe the apps in android can conflict with each other and cause slow responses and crashes. IOS and Apple are in no way perfect, but between the 2, IOS is better.

On tablets, the difference between IOS and android is even more distinct.

The other issue with Android is the large amount of super cheap phones out there using android. Those are garbage. At least the high end android phones will work for a while. If you look at the $200+ phones, Iphone is outselling Android phones by a mile. It's only when you add all the junky low end phones in (that salesmen make MUCH more money on vs what they make selling an iphone, btw. That's why they'll try to talk you out of iphones in some stores.) that Android takes the lead.

Believe me, I would love nothing more than to have Apple to have some great competition. But it ain't there yet. I don't like a lot of the stuff that they do, and more competition will make them create more choices.
 

Ken Heath

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Android here...

Had the LG Thrill... way less than thrilling! Many things just simply didn't work!

Have the Samsung Galaxy SIII, and so far, it's excellent!
 

robertbenda

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Radio DJ this morning is complaining about ios6. When it did the update on his iPhone, it automatically added all the birthdays from his Facebook friends to his calendar and setup reminders. He has a few thousand Facebook friends because of his job.
 

Scott Hanna

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Android here...

Had the LG Thrill... way less than thrilling! Many things just simply didn't work!

Have the Samsung Galaxy SIII, and so far, it's excellent!


This is a perfect example of something I've seen over and over with people.

I have not personally tried the Galaxy SIII, but I've heard good things about it. My experience with Samsung phones and tablets is that they are just not good. But that can always change....and may have.

Yes, I'm not going to be happy that the 20 micro USB chargers I have around the house are now going to be useless. Not going to be happy that the several apple chargers we have for the ipads and my wife's phone that isn't going to work on the iphone5. Not going to be happy that I can't download the keyboard I want(swiftkey)

But I am totally tired of my phone not working properly. I don't care how many cool things it can do, a phone has to be able to do the basic things really well. I've had to hard reset my phone about a dozen times because some app makes my dialer not work properly, or some app makes my camera not open, or my phone crashes when dialing or talking on the phone. I'm tired of my phone pocket dialing people, tired of it taking a text I sent and sending it randomly to someone in my contacts(well at least that hasn't happened in a while).

A hard reset seems to fix these problems for a while, but most of them come back as you start adding apps. Phone seems to work great if you don't download any apps. I've seen it with just about every android user I know. If they use a number of apps, the phone just doesn't work very well. Not everyone, but most people.

I do hope Google can fix it. I love the concept of an open source operating system. But I'm going to the dark side:)
 

DJSTEVEZ

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Radio DJ this morning is complaining about ios6. When it did the update on his iPhone, it automatically added all the birthdays from his Facebook friends to his calendar and setup reminders. He has a few thousand Facebook friends because of his job.

That right there is hilarious, I don't care who you are...unless of course it's happened to you...then by all means not funny.
 

Steve Lynch

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I don't watch movies on my phone, It's not a substitute for my laptop, or ipad, and I don't care about customization.

What I wanted was unlimited, un throttled, un-jail broken or un-rooted tethering with speeds as high as 60mbps download, and 14mBPs upload.

The iphone uses it's own OS and the hardware works perfectly. I used a galaxy II for a couple weeks, and aside from anemic battery life, it's a friggin' slow phone when you come from even an iphone 4s.

I think it's funny that you never see people writing posts to bash android phones.

It's always someone bashing the iphone.

invent several whole technology genres, then talk to me. Android rides on the coat tails of the iphone. I can have any phone I want, but after dicking with every top end android phone out there, I always return to the warm comfortable, familiar iphone.

there's nothing like it.

It's not an XBox, It's not a 60" LED TV, it's a phone, and I've not seen anything better.

hell, i've powered my iphone down maybe 5 times in 4 years. I had to do my android 3 times a day.

Don't be jealous of the iphone. I know it sucks to have a phone that no one desires, but that's no need to direct your anger at the apple community stevie.. If you need to talk to someone, I'm happy to help you work through this.. lol :)
 

Scott Hanna

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I don't watch movies on my phone, It's not a substitute for my laptop, or ipad, and I don't care about customization.

What I wanted was unlimited, un throttled, un-jail broken or un-rooted tethering with speeds as high as 60mbps download, and 14mBPs upload.

The iphone uses it's own OS and the hardware works perfectly. I used a galaxy II for a couple weeks, and aside from anemic battery life, it's a friggin' slow phone when you come from even an iphone 4s.

I think it's funny that you never see people writing posts to bash android phones.

It's always someone bashing the iphone.

invent several whole technology genres, then talk to me. Android rides on the coat tails of the iphone. I can have any phone I want, but after dicking with every top end android phone out there, I always return to the warm comfortable, familiar iphone.

there's nothing like it.

It's not an XBox, It's not a 60" LED TV, it's a phone, and I've not seen anything better.

hell, i've powered my iphone down maybe 5 times in 4 years. I had to do my android 3 times a day.

Don't be jealous of the iphone. I know it sucks to have a phone that no one desires, but that's no need to direct your anger at the apple community stevie.. If you need to talk to someone, I'm happy to help you work through this.. lol :)


Lately, I've had to power down my droid x about 4 times a day. Usually, the camera stops working or I won't be able to hear anything when I call someone. Rebooting it, which takes a few minutes, fixes it. But it's irritating.
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Don't be jealous of the iphone. I know it sucks to have a phone that no one desires, but that's no need to direct your anger at the apple community stevie.. If you need to talk to someone, I'm happy to help you work through this.. lol :)
Mr. Lynch, I did not endorse what is written in the initial post, I was only sharing it. Allow me, kind sir, to refer you to my previously posted disclaimer ;)... That being said, I am most appreciative of your offer of "Therapeutic-Tech-Support" in efforts of overcoming my erroneously alleged Apple-phobia, LOL!


Although I'm an Android guy, I've no hate for Apple...they're beyond amazing. I was just trying to annoy Drax & Lynch by posting this. -Z-
And while you did not say it, although I suspect you may have been thinking it, I will agree that this may well in deed be a case of Checkers selling more than Chess.

hell, i've powered my iphone down maybe 5 times in 4 years. I had to do my android 3 times a day...
Friggin' A you're spot on here. If I don't reboot my Droid at least once a day it get more temperamental than an adolescent male deprived of being able to...well I think you know where I was going with this. What's all that about? -Z-
 
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Steve Lynch

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you know i love ya' bud... just have to poke at ya' once in a while so you know I'm still here... I'd call, but well that phone of yours....... lol
 
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