I'm reading non-stop negative press on this board, in the news, media, everywhere. Not sure why. There's a narative that says the iPhone 5 is not a big update. That its finally falling behind Android competition. Yet this doesn't seem obvious to me, at least not now. I left the iPhone/iOS back when I had an iPhone 3G. I went and bought an HTC Incredible. When I left, here are the advantages that Android had over iOS. Flash. Was a big selling point to view lots of apps. Suing Apple for saying you got the whole internet. Could watch flash video which was everywhere. Turn by turn navigation. Was huge benefit. No option on iOS, not even 3rd party apps at the time. Notifications. iOS didn't have the ability to queue them up. It was only an alert. Background tasks: Back then, iOS couldn't do any user programs in the background. No Pandora, no Skype, no VOIP, nothing. Voice recognition: Anywhere you could type you could use google's voice recognition. Web browser text resizing: This is the one feature I still like in Android. Text in the browser can be made arbitrarily bigger by zooming in. It reflows the column. LTE: I bought an HTC Thunderbolt early last year. The first of many LTE phones. So here we are three years later, and NOW I hear that Apple has dropped the ball and fallen behind. Now? Flash: Adobe is no longer supporting nor shipping on new Android phones. The web is rapidly moving away from flash (thankfully). Turn by turn navigation: I love it, works well for me. Siri integration is awesome. Better than anything I could find on the phones I owned or even the S3 which I recently bought and tried. Notifications: iOS added it. Background tasks: iOS added it in a better more difficult way. Does not hurt battery life. Background tasks on Android are the reason for dismal battery life. Causes you to have to run juice defender, app killers etc. Voice recognition: Check, iOS added it. Siri I think is superior to anything I've seen in the Android world. Web browser text resize: iOS text still too small. That may be why folks don't like the iPhone 5. They don't want to admit they can't see the small text. If apple won't make a bigger screen phone, they need to allow bigger text. LTE: check, iPhone 5 adds it. So from here, it looks like iOS is a much better choice now than it was 3 years ago. Yet all of a sudden folks are claiming that NOW iOS has fallen behind Android. What am I missing? Edit: Forgot another missing feature from 3 years ago. iPhone was only available on AT&T and AT&T coverage is poor at my home, so I wanted to get Verizon.