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Savor
Sep 26, 2013, 04:00 AM
What are some of your fav or best Android apps NOT found on iOS?

This thread might help Android neophytes to get started on what apps they might find useful...

Here are mines -

App Backup & Restore - Saved me so many times from apps with bad or bloated updates. I dont like the current look of this app. I have an older apk at 2.1.1. that I saved from using it.

App 2 SD Pro - Dont use this as much anymore since I have a phone with internal storage only. But I still use it to clear app cache, view my leftover storage, and even uninstall apps.

QuickPic - Best photo gallery app for me and I can include my videos on the bottom so it works as both photo/video viewer. Can "hide" folders too.

ES File Explorer - Formerly used ASTRO File Manager but it lacked Bluetooth transferring that this one has.

Notes Lite - The icon looks nearly like the iOS but it does so much more than the simple default iOS version like keeping notes private with a password, sketching, To-Do lists, etc.

TouchPal Contacts - Fav version is 4.7.1. Dont like the current update with WeChat. Very clean contacts/dialer app that I use as default for my old Nexus. I prefer when I first open my contacts app, I see a picture next to their names. I see iOS still lacks that where I have to tap on the name to see their photo. I usually put my contacts by FIRST name only so a picture next to it is much easier for me to differentiate if two of my contacts share the same name.

Holo Launcher - Fav free launcher because you can adjust the speed of the animations and resize fonts. Has many other useful features like locking desktop, hiding apps, changing or resizing icons, etc. I went from the simple Zeam Launcher to Nova to this one.

UberMusic (w/ Metro UI skin) - Stock Android music player app is horrendous and cant play songs by just the artist. It can only play songs from the folder you put it in. And many other 3rd party Android music apps are ugly. UberMusic w/ Metro UI is the closest one at looking slick ala Zune/WP phone. Apple's Music app is still better with CoverFlow. Only Sony's Walkman app looks decent from an OEM but this UberMusic app is my fav from a 3rd party. My only qualm is it sometimes downloads the wrong background picture for an obscure artist with the wrong bio info as well.

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper - Still my fav live wallpaper. Simple and looks great on just a clean black background and if the screen is AMOLED.

Notification Toggle - Very easy to use and customizable to the specific toggle switches I want to use.

Screen Off and Lock - Nomore reaching to the power button. This is already below my Notification Toggles for an easy screen off and lock. Fav screen off animation is Zoom Out & Z-shaped Swipe. Looks slick and doesnt lag on my old Nexus One.

No Lock - This is an app I use for my old Nexus as I wanted to avoid using the power button to wake it up and use volume buttons instead.

Motion Actions - This is an app I use now as No Lock doesnt seem to work on my current phone (4.1+) so I cant wake it up using volume buttons. Nowadays, I just shake it for a second. Doesnt always work if phone is in deep sleep but it still does prevent some wear and tear on the power button if you need to wake up the screen.

Du Battery Saver - I dont use this to save battery life. I dont believe in battery saving apps anymore. An app like Deep Sleep Saver caused many wakelocks. I use this more to read my "screen time usage" as my HTC One's batt info doesnt give me that. And this one is more accurate at screen time usage than WakeLock Detector. I also like the sound alert it makes after a charge or if it is at 30% that GSam Battery Monitor doesnt do. If your phone is rooted, it gives you an option to underclock the CPU.

WakeLock Detector - Name says it all. Does its job.

MoboPlayer - If I'm not using the video player from QuickPic, then I'm using this one because of the mini-player that still plays on the homescreen or in another app if I want to jot down notes or do something else.

MovieTube - Solid app to search for entire movies on YouTube.

MIUI Icons Pack - Fav among all icon packs.

Smoked Glass Digital Clock Weather (widget) - I use this along with the Nexus Revamped live wallpaper in the background and small Glass Widget (news ticker) below it. Looks great on AMOLED.This weather widget provides weather,moon cycle, alarm clock, batt temp, batt%, etc.

Glass Widgets - I use the transparent news ticker (4x1 widget) and have GSMArena Blog or PocketNow as my news feed.

Flipboard (widget) - I still prefer the look of BlinkFeed more, but I will likely use this widget onto my next phone if doesnt have BlinkFeed.

big Big BIG 2 - Basically Chinese poker (or Pusoy Dos where I'm from) but this game is actually better than the ones I played on iOS. I used to have Big Dai Di on my iPhone 4 which was very polished. But it can be slow and you have to read annoying comments from the CPU players and that shuffling sound. This game you can change the look of the cards, table, speed it up, and just a game more straight to the point. But the AI can be predictable after awhile.

On my next phone, I will probably use Dash Clock and Disable Services (needs to be rooted).



Phil A.
Sep 26, 2013, 04:11 AM
1) Google Play Music - IMO, the best music player available on any platform and possibly the number one must have app for me now

2) ES File Explorer

3) Mediahouse Pro - a great DNLA browser / player / controller application

4) Google Now (I know it's available on iOS, but not in the same deeply integrated way)

macrem
Sep 26, 2013, 04:51 AM
Hmm, I can name "found on iOS" equivalents of virtually all of these. For example, "App Backup & Restore" works beautifully with built-in iOS functionality.

A few Android app descriptions here remind me of Louis CK describing how his ex-wife told stories. Why would I want a clock/weather app that shows battery%? I have a very functional clock app with time-related features, a weather app which is all about weather, etc.

ChazUK
Sep 26, 2013, 04:56 AM
There are plenty of good RSS readers on iOS but I do love Press on Android ans wouldn't mind seeing it on my iPhone or iPad.

http://twentyfivesquares.com/press/

macrem
Sep 26, 2013, 05:17 AM
1) Google Play Music - IMO, the best music player available on any platform and possibly the number one must have app for me now
iOS Music apps (https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios-music/id6011?mt=8)

2) ES File Explorer
iOS File Managers (http://appadvice.com/appguides/show/best-iPad-file-managers)

3) Mediahouse Pro - a great DNLA browser / player / controller application
iOS DLNA Streaming Apps (http://appadvice.com/appguides/show/dlna-streaming)

4) Google Now (I know it's available on iOS, but not in the same deeply integrated way)
"it's available on iOS"

macrem
Sep 26, 2013, 05:25 AM
Hmm, I can name "found on iOS" equivalents of virtually all of these. For example, "App Backup & Restore" works beautifully with built-in iOS functionality.

A few Android app descriptions here remind me of Louis CK describing how his ex-wife told stories. Why would I want a clock/weather app that shows battery%? I have a very functional clock app with time-related features, a weather app which is all about weather, etc.

m00min
Sep 26, 2013, 05:32 AM
There are plenty of good RSS readers on iOS but I do love Press on Android ans wouldn't mind seeing it on my iPhone or iPad.

http://twentyfivesquares.com/press/

That app looks really nice, I've added that to my "Android replacements of iOS apps" for the day when I might want to switch across.

Dave.UK
Sep 26, 2013, 05:42 AM
iOS Music apps (https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios-music/id6011?mt=8)

But Google Play Music isnt available.

iOS File Managers (http://appadvice.com/appguides/show/best-iPad-file-managers)

But ES File Explorer isnt available

iOS DLNA Streaming Apps (http://appadvice.com/appguides/show/dlna-streaming)

But Mediahouse Pro isnt available

"it's available on iOS"

But ios Google Now isnt as deeply integrated into ios as it is in Android.

Did you even bother to read the post! This is about favourite apps on Android that are not available on ios. Please see my bold red above in response to your quotes.

TG1
Sep 26, 2013, 06:21 AM
SwiftKey, baby! Probably what I miss most when I go back to using an iPhone.

mattopotamus
Sep 26, 2013, 06:45 AM
SwiftKey, baby! Probably what I miss most when I go back to using an iPhone.

agreed. I also really love nova prime, google now (integration with android is a lot different than IOS), and Hue Pro.

paulbennett95
Sep 26, 2013, 07:02 AM
There's no official google play music app on iOS but some of the ones on the App Store are arguably better than the stock one on Android (atrocious interface IMO)

And my favorite apps on Android that aren't available on iOS?

Emulators ;)

samcraig
Sep 26, 2013, 07:09 AM
AirDroid is great.

Andmade Share is also great.

SwiftKey Flow - amazing

Phil A.
Sep 26, 2013, 07:23 AM
There's no official google play music app on iOS but some of the ones on the App Store are arguably better than the stock one on Android (atrocious interface IMO)

And my favorite apps on Android that aren't available on iOS?

Emulators ;)

I really like the interface for Google Music and think it's one of its strongest features :)

Ddyracer
Sep 26, 2013, 07:40 AM
Timely

Nova

Viral

Floating toucher/Toucher pro

App uninstaller

Live interactive wallpaper and parallax 3rd party

onthecouchagain
Sep 26, 2013, 08:19 AM
-Swipe home!

My HTC one is almost fully gesture based now. It's groovy. I love that I can gesture up and down whilst in any app to put the device to sleep.

-Kii keyboard.

You could literally customize everything about this keyboard.

macrem
Sep 26, 2013, 08:53 AM
Did you even bother to read the post! This is about favourite apps on Android that are not available on ios. Please see my bold red above in response to your quotes.
Oops, the point that it had to be the same app brand slipped by me during the first read. Time for me to do less multitasking.

Edit: Hmm something strange happened with this thread. Now it seems to be combined into one thread but earlier it looks like it was cloned from another area and later combined here. Before it was combined I saw APhillyApple's reply below in the other thread and thought I saw a reply from OP to APhillyApple's statement "there are lots of equivalents to 95% of what you listed." that confirmed that the OP's original intent was to compare apps of similar functionality, not necessarily the same brand. Could OP/anyone confirm?

APhillyApple
Sep 26, 2013, 08:57 AM
Man ole man, there are lots of equivalents to 95% of what you listed. And I am not sure anyone, even Android users care that much about widgets. Really, widgets?

chagla
Sep 26, 2013, 09:21 AM
Man ole man, there are lots of equivalents to 95% of what you listed. And I am not sure anyone, even Android users care that much about widgets. Really, widgets?

yes, widgets! they are pretty useful if you use the right ones. i can see all calls, latest messages and emails, and weather info. all on one screen without opening any apps. just a quick glance at my screen...

so which file manager do you use on ios? OP mentioned a launcher, which launcher do you use on ios?

Hmm, I can name "found on iOS" equivalents of virtually all of these. For example, "App Backup & Restore" works beautifully with built-in iOS functionality.

A few Android app descriptions here remind me of Louis CK describing how his ex-wife told stories. Why would I want a clock/weather app that shows battery%? I have a very functional clock app with time-related features, a weather app which is all about weather, etc.

what's bad about app/widget providing you useful information? also same questions for you as above.

and please find me equivalents to these apps:
- gesture search
- airdroid
- mysms
- unified remote
- *any file manager*
- *any alternative keyboard*

onthecouchagain
Sep 26, 2013, 09:41 AM
yes, widgets! they are pretty useful if you use the right ones. i can see all calls, latest messages and emails, and weather info. all on one screen without opening any apps. just a quick glance at my screen...

It's not only quick information at a glance, which is great in itself, but it's also about the functionality of widgets.

For example, I have one of my home screens set up with direct-dials of my most frequently contacted people. So with one touch, I can place a call. No need to search through a scrolling contact list nor type a person's name into a search bar.

Likewise, with toggles (and more importantly, customizable toggles), I can also toggle settings with one touch. Any setting I want or deem important for me to have instant access to. And the special thing is: I can also customize said toggles to third party apps, allowing me to have one of my Power Toggle buttons be a discrete "screen off." One little tap, and my device goes to sleep.

Widgets are a lovely thing, indeed.

http://i.imgur.com/R0na4L6.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/lIEUzqV.jpg

Technarchy
Sep 26, 2013, 10:30 AM
Swype

Google play music

Apollo 13
Sep 26, 2013, 10:46 AM
lolz good luck with that. All the apps you can pick out are utility apps and just not needed on ios.

KentuckyHouse
Sep 26, 2013, 10:55 AM
It's not only quick information at a glance, which is great in itself, but it's also about the functionality of widgets.

For example, I have one of my home screens set up with direct-dials of my most frequently contacted people. So with one touch, I can place a call. No need to search through a scrolling contact list nor type a person's name into a search bar.

Likewise, with toggles (and more importantly, customizable toggles), I can also toggle settings with one touch. Any setting I want or deem important for me to have instant access to. And the special thing is: I can also customize said toggles to third party apps, allowing me to have one of my Power Toggle buttons be a discrete "screen off." One little tap, and my device goes to sleep.

Widgets are a lovely thing, indeed.

http://i.imgur.com/R0na4L6.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/lIEUzqV.jpg

Save your breath, couch. Some people just won't ever get it. Well, until Apple implements customizable toggles or widgets. Then it'll be "true innovation at work!" :rolleyes:

Oohara
Sep 26, 2013, 10:56 AM
lolz good luck with that. All the apps you can pick out are utility apps and just not needed on ios.

Right, where are the swipe typing apps on iOS though? The absence of that functionality is one of the main things keeping me from getting iOS devices at the moment.

Another app I've used a lot is Streamie. It lets you watch streams that have been blocked for your region or mobile devices, by emulating a webpage using java. It works like a charm and has let me view tournaments perfectly well on my Note 2 while the forums have been filled with iPad users crying that they've been cut off from the action.

Assault
Sep 26, 2013, 11:52 AM
lolz good luck with that. All the apps you can pick out are utility apps and just not needed on ios.

Let me translate this: All these apps and utility features can't be done on iDevices and are therefore not needed... until Apple allows them, and then they are awesome. (But prior to Apple allowing these features/apps, they suck, cause we can't use them on our Apple devices.)

I remember when widgets were exclaimed as evil-Android features. Then Apple copied Android's notification center in iOS5 and gave iOS users Weather, Stocks, etc widgets built in. Then widgets were great.

That said, the only differing feature sets between iOS and Android is in access to customization and file manipulation. There are just so many apps between the two systems, that you can always find something similar (regarding non-utility or those few 'exclusive' apps, that is).

But, I do know of one app that appears to be Android specific and is unique and beautiful. "Timely" is probably one of the most elegantly designed apps on any market and is designed to be an alarm clock. Beyond the asthetics though, there are some really awesome features like cloud syncing (I set or create an alarm on one Android device and every Android device on my account is automatically updated instantly. I believe Google is planning to integrate this alarm clock into Google Apps as well, so it may end up on iOS too.)

Everything else I could mention is either "gaming" based or a utility feature, that Apple simply won't allow (yet). And regardless of your OS, wouldn't it be nice if you could delete the crapware Apple forces us to use, like Newstand (god I hate that icon staring at me!) or allow me to change/delete the default browser and keyboard. I hate both of those built-in apps. Give me Swiftkey or Google's keyboard (and personal dictionary capability) and let me use Chrome or Firefox or any other browser, please!

Southernboyj
Sep 26, 2013, 01:03 PM
It's not only quick information at a glance, which is great in itself, but it's also about the functionality of widgets.

For example, I have one of my home screens set up with direct-dials of my most frequently contacted people. So with one touch, I can place a call. No need to search through a scrolling contact list nor type a person's name into a search bar.

Likewise, with toggles (and more importantly, customizable toggles), I can also toggle settings with one touch. Any setting I want or deem important for me to have instant access to. And the special thing is: I can also customize said toggles to third party apps, allowing me to have one of my Power Toggle buttons be a discrete "screen off." One little tap, and my device goes to sleep.

Widgets are a lovely thing, indeed.

http://i.imgur.com/R0na4L6.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/lIEUzqV.jpg

Can I get that wallpaper? :o

If it's 1080x1920 :C

onthecouchagain
Sep 26, 2013, 01:13 PM
lolz good luck with that. All the apps you can pick out are utility apps and just not needed on ios.

Classic response. Pure gold.

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Can I get that wallpaper? :o

If it's 1080x1920 :C

I'm afraid it's not that big.

http://i.imgur.com/wWKqrQ6.jpg

chagla
Sep 26, 2013, 02:08 PM
iOS File Managers (http://appadvice.com/appguides/show/best-iPad-file-managers)
"it's available on iOS"
i hate to burst your bubbles but you do realize that all of these are sandboxed apps on ios right? ES Explorer (and other typical file managers) on Android on the other hand is a full featured file manager.

basically these ios managers can only see the content of that folder it resides in. it has no idea what is outside. essentially these apps you mentioned are just ONE single folder manager. in IOS, you put files INSIDE an app, so if you delete the app, your files are gone.

on android, your files are separated from apps. so you can delete/replace your apps but your files will remain intact. also you can manage every file/folder on Android.

skratch77
Sep 26, 2013, 02:27 PM
Man ole man, there are lots of equivalents to 95% of what you listed. And I am not sure anyone, even Android users care that much about widgets. Really, widgets?

Bit torrent
Mp3 music downloaded
Snes /n64 emulator

Just a few I use that have no iOS apps that come close to being the same.

Google and swiftkey keyboards are also my favorite keyboards

jamojamo
Sep 26, 2013, 02:31 PM
It's not only quick information at a glance, which is great in itself, but it's also about the functionality of widgets.

For example, I have one of my home screens set up with direct-dials of my most frequently contacted people. So with one touch, I can place a call. No need to search through a scrolling contact list nor type a person's name into a search bar.

...snip...



You never heard of Favorites in iOS Phone "app"? You dont have to scroll or search, come on.

I know you love trying to make it seem like iOS makes you jump through hoops but this example really makes you look like some of the bottom dwellers of <Insert any brand here> haters.

samcraig
Sep 26, 2013, 02:34 PM
You never heard of Favorites in iOS Phone "app"? You dont have to scroll or search, come on.

I know you love trying to make it seem like iOS makes you jump through hoops but this example really makes you look like some of the bottom dwellers of <Insert any brand here> haters.

Or maybe an innocent mistake because he didn't know that was possible on iOS. Not everything is a conspiracy theory.

onthecouchagain
Sep 26, 2013, 02:36 PM
You never heard of Favorites in iOS Phone "app"? You dont have to scroll or search, come on.

I know you love trying to make it seem like iOS makes you jump through hoops but this example really makes you look like some of the bottom dwellers of <Insert any brand here> haters.

I have heard of favorites. It's a feature pretty universal to all modern phones and I used it when I had my 5. I admittedly forgot about that for my example above, but...

That still requires going into your contacts app, clicking on the "Favorites" tab on the bottom if it's not already on it (I actually don't remember if iOS "remembers" the last tab it was in or not), then possibly scrolling depending on how long it is, then finally reaching the last step (the same one/final step that a direct-dial on the home screen of an Android device would do) to place the call.

Multiple steps versus one.

samcraig
Sep 26, 2013, 02:41 PM
This isn't an app - but something I favor in Android over iOS

And excuse my ignorance if this has been changed in iOS7

When I attach photos to an email - they don't all get renamed "photo 1, 2, 3" or worse -

They retain their file names. Even better - it's easy to change a file name of a photo to whatever I want before sending. I don't remember being able to do that in iOS and it's very handy. That way if I sent a friend or a colleague a photo - the can see from the filename what it is.

Admittedly - that's a personal preference of mine.

onthecouchagain
Sep 26, 2013, 02:42 PM
I know you love trying to make it seem like iOS makes you jump through hoops but this example really makes you look like some of the bottom dwellers of <Insert any brand here> haters.



Try to believe that I'm not "hating" just for the sake of "hating."

If iOS offered widgets (or some more clever way) of doing the same things faster, easier, and more intelligently, I'd say iOS was better at doing those things. It just isn't the case. At this point in time, the flexibility of Android allows users to cater their phone to their specific preferences and needs so that you can accomplish most of the same tasks faster and more conveniently.

Direct-dials are just one example. Having a dedicated back button or a dedicated menu button also goes an incredibly long way in making things easier/faster to access and change.

Control Center is a great step for iOS users, yet it's not customizable. I could think of a few things to replace the stopwatch in Control Center that would be far more useful.

This is not about Apple versus Google just for the sake of supporting one team or the other. I'm happy to say iOS is better than Android the day it becomes better than Android. Heck, I did it for a number of years when Android was in its hay days.

jamojamo
Sep 26, 2013, 02:48 PM
I have heard of favorites. It's a feature pretty universal to all modern phones and I used it when I had my 5. I admittedly forgot about that for my example above, but...

That still requires going into your contacts app, clicking on the "Favorites" tab on the bottom if it's not already on it (I actually don't remember if iOS "remembers" the last tab it was in or not), then possibly scrolling depending on how long it is, then finally reaching the last step (the same one/final step that a direct-dial on the home screen of an Android device would do) to place the call.

Multiple steps versus one.

Based on this response, I am going to assume you just aren't informed of the various ways to add to - or make calls to favorites, all from the Phone app. It's not as complicated as you are making out in your posts. Is it clicking on one number on a home screen? No, it isn't.

It's all good anyway, I know you have no desire to switch to iPhone so it's not something I'd expect you to care about.

I have no desire to engage in a drawn out conversation about which is better or worse, because in the end it doesn't matter. My post was just trying to correct something you refrained from referencing.

Carry on....

onthecouchagain
Sep 26, 2013, 02:52 PM
Based on this response, I am going to assume you just aren't informed of the various ways to add to - or make calls to favorites, all from the Phone app. It's not as complicated as you are making out in your posts. Is it clicking on one number on a home screen? No, it isn't.

It's all good anyway, I know you have no desire to switch to iPhone so it's not something I'd expect you to care about.

I have no desire to engage in a drawn out conversation about which is better or worse, because in the end it doesn't matter. My post was just trying to correct something you refrained from referencing.

Carry on....

That's fair. I'm aware you can just hit Phone app and you can just redial the last person or the last few people on the list. That's an even faster way than Favorites. I mean, I know how to use a smart phone.

I'm not trying to say any of this is complicated, per se, but there's no denying the flexibility of Android allowing one to accomplish some/most of these same tasks faster.

Anyway, fair conversation.

NuggetSauce
Sep 26, 2013, 02:54 PM
Virus scanning apps!

just kiddin'

C64, NES and SNES Emulators, definitely.

onthecouchagain
Sep 26, 2013, 03:08 PM
C64, NES and SNES Emulators, definitely.

And PSX!

Love playing me some classic Final Fantasy VII or Xenogears on my Nexus 7. I own the games, too, but it's just easier to load it up on my tablet.

Cnasty
Sep 26, 2013, 03:09 PM
You caught my attention!

Which apps and how?!?:eek:

Mxbzz
Sep 26, 2013, 03:59 PM
Llama - I love being able to create schedules based off cell tower location. I have Llama configured to put my phone on silent while at work, and switch to Normal anywhere else. I also have it set a prompt to unlock my front door after setting various conditions are met (must be connected to tower near home, with WiFi connected, battery not charging, etc). Really neat stuff :)

macrem
Sep 27, 2013, 02:03 AM
what's bad about app/widget providing you useful information? also same questions for you as above.
As widgets are not apps, I'd say that's an off-topic discussion.

and please find me equivalents to these apps:
- gesture search
Gesture search is an app that allows you to search contacts, applications, settings, music and bookmarks.

On iOS there are apps which search with voice, keyboard, gestures too. I like the built in search functionality in iOS the best. iOS search will find results in more places (i.e., calendar events) than gesture search.

The unique feature of gesture search is that it allows searching using gestures. Gesture search is a Google app. I can see why it is not bundled by default. It is kind of gimmicky. You can type faster than you can gesture and it searches less places that built in Android search. That said, the developers did a nice job on gesture search!

- airdroid
iCloud/Messages. iCloud allows, for instance, locating any of the owner's Apple devices (including Macs) on a map, to remotely lock or wipe the iOS device remotely from any other Apple device via an app or via any device or computer with a browser. With Activation Lock, on iOS the owner's password is required to turn off "Find My X", to erase, reactivate or use the device.

The SMS functionality of Airdroid can be found in iOS Messages, which seems like a more logical place for such functionality.

- mysms
mysms Messenger (https://itunes.apple.com/nl/app/mysms-messenger/id533406258?mt=8)

- unified remote
5 Best iOS Apps to Use iPhone as a PC or Mac Remote Control (http://www.guidingtech.com/16187/best-ios-apps-use-iphone-pc-mac-remote-control/)

- *any file manager*
I posted links to iOS file manager apps above.

- *any alternative keyboard*
AFAIK Apple has not allowed any alternative keyboards in the iOS App Store. You could jailbreak your iOS device to get custom keyboard apps. I don't see the point though. I personally do like it better on Android that lower case letters display as lower case on the keyboard but not enough to bother trying to tweak it.

macrem
Sep 27, 2013, 04:19 AM
Right, where are the swipe typing apps on iOS though? The absence of that functionality is one of the main things keeping me from getting iOS devices at the moment.
Swype for iPhone (http://www.redmondpie.com/swype-for-iphone-ipad-now-available-unofficially-lets-you-type-without-lifting-your-finger-jailbreak-tweak/)

Another app I've used a lot is Streamie. It lets you watch streams that have been blocked for your region or mobile devices, by emulating a webpage using java. It works like a charm and has let me view tournaments perfectly well on my Note 2 while the forums have been filled with iPad users crying that they've been cut off from the action.
Top 3 Streaming Apps for iOS (http://www.airplayit.com/blog/tutorials/best-video-streaming-apps-for-ipad-iphone.htm)

On iOS I use built in VPN functionality for "blocked for your region" content. Switch it on and it enables ALL apps to have access to ALL content (as well as creating an encrypted tunnel between you and the content). You're just talking with tech-unsaavy iPad users as if they represent all iOS users.

Savor
Sep 27, 2013, 05:01 AM
I apologize if I created a duplicated thread last night. Opera Mini, slow Wi-Fi, and a mobile version of this site got me confused if the first thread was created.

Another useful app I have on my primary phone is called 4G Toggle. Since for some reason I cant turn off 4G automatically in Sense 5, 4G Toggle let's me turn off and switch to 2G only to save battery and LTE is still new to my country. I noticed my signal bars stay consistent with GSM only than at auto-mode when the bar goes up and down and stays at 2-3 bars.

My most used apps or features I use on a daily basis is quite simple -

BlinkFeed/weather widget update
Messages
Phone/People
Stock Browser/Opera Mini
GMail
Viber
Note Lite (much better than the default one)
Notification Toggle
Screen Off and Lock
Motion Action
QuickPic
Du Battery Saver

Then on certain days during the week if I update or download new content or for whatever reason -

App Backup & Restore
ES File Explorer
MusicManiac Search & Download
UberMusic w/ Metro UI skin
Yahoo! Sports (formerally Sportacular)
Camera
Calendar

Then on rare occasions -

Talkatone (iOS version sucks now!)
Google Voice
GMaps
ConvertPad
Calculator
TV (for IR blaster)
FM Radio
Vevo
YouTube
MovieTube
MoboPlayer
SoundHound
Pandora
IMDB
Flixster
ClickTheCity (Philippines app)
EN-TL Dictionary (English-Tagalog)
Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Most games unless Candy Crush or PvZ2 (Chinese version)

Formerally used -

Deep Sleep Battery Saver
Zedge (ringtones, wallpapers)
Talking Tom
Tweedle (clean Twitter app)
TuneInRadio (dont have WiFi in my condo)
TuneWiki

Dont use Facebook anymore.

I generally use ALOT of my apps unlike when I was with iOS, I'd use abt 20-25 apps of the 100+ including the default ones. The rest I would never use again as many were games I beat, online store apps, news apps, or entertainment apps where the novelty and fun wears off eventually.

And apps I dont use or might use again on Android, I hide it in the drawer, disable it, or use App Backup and Restore to have a stored apk in case I want the app again.

chagla
Sep 27, 2013, 07:39 AM
thanks. informative post.

however, i would like to point out some differences that are substantial.

airdroid vs icloud/message - although icloud/message offer some functionalities of Airdroid, they dont' offer most important functions such as file management (transfer any file on any computer without wires). (see below explanation), backup/restore, etc. if you have access to any android device, i'd highly urge you to try airdroid.

mysms (ios) - only send messages to other mysms users.
mysms (android) - send messages to ANYBODY, from a web interface without touching your phone as long it has internet access, also backup and sync messages when you switch devices.

so even though made by same developer, they work very differently.

gesture search on android vs ios search - i have a test iphone 4 and i have used the search feature on ios. its kind of like spotlight feature on os x. i agree ios search is quite good. i also think gesture is quite good. like ios search, gesture also indexes your phones content. its just different way of searching but gesture actually learns what you are searching for. if you have access to android device or you are in a store, id ask you to try it. for example - if you write A, it will first display everything (songs, contacts, apps that begin with A), ok. assume thats not what you're looking for so you write the next letter "N". are you looking for "Anna"? are you looking for "angry birds"? lets say now you see a list of "AN..." items and one of them is Anna, a contact and you choose to make a call or text. the next time when you search for A, this previous result will show at the top making it faster to search and it thinks you will call Anna again.

ever wonder why you can't email anything other than pictures on ios? read on....

file manager and keyboard - alternative keyboards are non existent in ios. yes there are some "file managers" on ios except they are actually a folder manager. i think i made another post detailing sandboxed ios app environment. the so called ios file managers can only manage files inside them. these files can't be used or shared by another app. basically you copy your files INSIDE an app. IMO thats a terrible idea mainly because if you delete the app by accident, all of your files are deleted also. in addition you could end up with same file multiple times. example book.pdf file could be inside Adobe Reader, same file inside ibooks, and same file again in some other folder manager that you may have. on Android, you plug in to any computer, copy the file and then on your phone, you can use compatible app to access and use the file. files and apps are separated on Android. so it doesn't matter whether you keep or delete your apps, your files remain intact. and because users are given access to file system, you have fully fledged file managers that are able to view your file system. just like it is on a PC or Os x.


As widgets are not apps, I'd say that's an off-topic discussion.


Gesture search is an app that allows you to search contacts, applications, settings, music and bookmarks.

On iOS there are apps which search with voice, keyboard, gestures too. I like the built in search functionality in iOS the best. iOS search will find results in more places (i.e., calendar events) than gesture search.

The unique feature of gesture search is that it allows searching using gestures. Gesture search is a Google app. I can see why it is not bundled by default. It is kind of gimmicky. You can type faster than you can gesture and it searches less places that built in Android search. That said, the developers did a nice job on gesture search!


iCloud/Messages. iCloud allows, for instance, locating any of the owner's Apple devices (including Macs) on a map, to remotely lock or wipe the iOS device remotely from any other Apple device via an app or via any device or computer with a browser. With Activation Lock, on iOS the owner's password is required to turn off "Find My X", to erase, reactivate or use the device.

The SMS functionality of Airdroid can be found in iOS Messages, which seems like a more logical place for such functionality.


mysms Messenger (https://itunes.apple.com/nl/app/mysms-messenger/id533406258?mt=8)


5 Best iOS Apps to Use iPhone as a PC or Mac Remote Control (http://www.guidingtech.com/16187/best-ios-apps-use-iphone-pc-mac-remote-control/)


I posted links to iOS file manager apps above.


AFAIK Apple has not allowed any alternative keyboards in the iOS App Store. You could jailbreak your iOS device to get custom keyboard apps. I don't see the point though. I personally do like it better on Android that lower case letters display as lower case on the keyboard but not enough to bother trying to tweak it.

Oohara
Sep 27, 2013, 07:54 AM
Swype for iPhone (http://www.redmondpie.com/swype-for-iphone-ipad-now-available-unofficially-lets-you-type-without-lifting-your-finger-jailbreak-tweak/)

Sorry, but I wouldn't bring jailbreak apps into this comparison, just as I wouldn't bring up root-only apps on the Android side. Additionally, that's the only swipe app on iOS afaik, and a buggy beta version at that (according to the article you linked to). Compared to the several apps available on Android, all very well developed towards their various specialities, and available with a simple official Play Store download.


Top 3 Streaming Apps for iOS (http://www.airplayit.com/blog/tutorials/best-video-streaming-apps-for-ipad-iphone.htm)

On iOS I use built in VPN functionality for "blocked for your region" content. Switch it on and it enables ALL apps to have access to ALL content (as well as creating an encrypted tunnel between you and the content). You're just talking with tech-unsaavy iPad users as if they represent all iOS users.

Looks like those apps are only for streaming content from your computer. Streamie is for live streaming from the web, to access region/device blocked content from sites like Twitch and Ustream.

Dontazemebro
Sep 27, 2013, 12:19 PM
Aldiko - but that's just because I've been using it since Cupcake days

Edit .... as we speak I just noticed an update to the card style ui. Way to go Aldiko

coldjeanzzz
Sep 27, 2013, 05:07 PM
Some great apps in this thread! I love Swipe Home, I always hated having to double tap the home button on my HTC One.

^ Also that Aldiko app is great. I am a total sucker for pretty apps and even if I thought I wasn't going to use something initially I will if the app looks good :D

mattbaar26
Sep 27, 2013, 05:21 PM
Definitely google play music, it is what is keeping me from switching to an iOS phone

macrem
Sep 28, 2013, 03:26 AM
Thanks for your informative post as well.

airdroid vs icloud/message - although icloud/message offer some functionalities of Airdroid, they dont' offer most important functions such as file management (transfer any file on any computer without wires). (see below explanation), backup/restore, etc. if you have access to any android device, i'd highly urge you to try airdroid.
I have tried Airdroid. It's a Swiss Army knife app remix of unrelated features using a potpourri of functions from the API.

About File Management: I get it, I have an Android device. I have never needed a file manager on iOS (nor Android) and prefer apps that do one thing very well than jack of all trades, master of none apps. I have used the file manager on Android, I understand some users think it's the only way to go. A mobile device is not a PC for the vast majority of people.

Backup/restore, etc. are handled by iCloud and iTunes. Just pick up a new iOS device, log in and restore.

The point about apps I linked is "Android Apps NOT Found On iOS" is not true in most cases here. Qualitative comparisons go beyond the scope of this thread. Both OSes have apps that do better jobs.

its just different way of searching but gesture actually learns what you are searching for.
iOS does learn the users previous selection as you described, in fact I think iOS may have been doing this before Android existed. I have Gesture search.

ever wonder why you can't email anything other than pictures on ios? read on....
This is not true. You can email, share, etc. various (references to) documents from various apps. For instance, online video: copy link, send link via email, SMS, various social media websites, stream it to Apple TV. Doc files (stored on server, shared with other devices): email, print, open in another app, etc. I don't need to manage files on my mobile devices.

file manager and keyboard - alternative keyboards are non existent in ios. yes there are some "file managers" on ios except they are actually a folder manager.
This file manager description can actually be applied to Android too, you don't really have full access to the filesystem unless you root it. Android uses the file manager more deeply, like a PC but with access to less data. Both have advantages and disadvantages. iOS emphasizes simplicity, cloud storage and sharing the same files rather than having different versions stored locally on different devices.

Dr McKay
Sep 28, 2013, 03:38 AM
Most of my apps are available on iOS so it boils down to 2 apps I use that aren't on iOS.

File Manager - The one bundled with Cyanogenmod. I love being able to download any files from the internet and regularly use it to move files around and place them in the relevant folder, e.g downloading mp3's inside Chrome and moving them from the downloads folder to my 'Ringtones' or 'Notifications' folder.

Google Play Music - I use that for my music service now, I left Spotify because I was fed up with a lack of basic features and problems it had. iTunes Radio is not available in the UK either.

It's not the apps that are keeping me away from iOS though, but I won't get into them because it isn't the Thread subject.

strausd
Sep 28, 2013, 03:55 AM
Google Play Music - I use that for my music service now, I left Spotify because I was fed up with a lack of basic features and problems it had. iTunes Radio is not available in the UK either.


When I was on iOS I used gMusic for that and it worked pretty well.

Considering Google puts so many of their own apps on iOS, I'm surprised they haven't made an official Google Music app for iOS. But gMusic got the job done just fine when I used it.

Dr McKay
Sep 28, 2013, 04:11 AM
When I was on iOS I used gMusic for that and it worked pretty well.

Considering Google puts so many of their own apps on iOS, I'm surprised they haven't made an official Google Music app for iOS. But gMusic got the job done just fine when I used it.

Does it allow you to download music locally to your device for offline listening? And search for new songs from Google? It wasn't the apps that drove me from iOS to Android though even if they released an app for iOS I wouldn't switch. I'm betting it has something to do with Apple taking a 30% cut of Google Music subscriptions.

Eddie Bombay
Sep 28, 2013, 04:14 AM
SwiftKey or Swype or even basic word prediction. iOS needs to hurry up and get swype. Would be great for my iPad Mini

macrem
Sep 28, 2013, 04:27 AM
Sorry, but I wouldn't bring jailbreak apps into this comparison...
Agreed, I was just showing the possibility exists. Apparently Path Input enables swiping without jailbreaking. I don't use swipe on Android either so I'm not the best person to answer this question. I have not tried those streaming apps. There are others like the TwitchTV (https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/twitchtv/id460177396?l=en&mt=8) app.

macrem
Sep 28, 2013, 04:43 AM
[duplicate post removed]

strausd
Sep 28, 2013, 11:34 AM
Does it allow you to download music locally to your device for offline listening? And search for new songs from Google? It wasn't the apps that drove me from iOS to Android though even if they released an app for iOS I wouldn't switch. I'm betting it has something to do with Apple taking a 30% cut of Google Music subscriptions.

I do think it had both search and offline listening, but its been a while and I don't have anymore iOS devices so you would have to double check.

Ya, the 30% might be a factor, but I don't do Google Music All Access and I think it would still be great if they just added a Google Music app where the only thing is you would have to get on your computer to subscribe.

tbayrgs
Sep 28, 2013, 12:50 PM
Does it allow you to download music locally to your device for offline listening? And search for new songs from Google? It wasn't the apps that drove me from iOS to Android though even if they released an app for iOS I wouldn't switch. I'm betting it has something to do with Apple taking a 30% cut of Google Music subscriptions.

Wouldn't it only apply though to purchases/subscriptions made in the app? They could implement the same model as Amazon and allow access but require you to make purchases/subscriptions outside the iOS app.

I do use Music All Access and this would be a big obstacle to me every returning to iOS.