Phones What can an iPhone do that a android phone can't? [EDIT: and vice-versa]

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by utl768, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. utl768, Sep 25, 2011
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    macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2009
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2008
    Last a full day on a single battery charge. Comes with a search function too.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006

    Yeah, work properly and as expected.

    Every Android phone I have ever been handed can't even get scrolling right. When I see an Android phone scroll as smooth and fluid as an iPhone, then we'll talk.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    An iPhone gets much better support and software updates than android. The warranty service is superior. IPhone has way more apps. And in my eyes iphone has a much superior UI and OS.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2010
    San Francisco, Ca
    This. It doesn't mean Android phones suck, they're just different. They're more customizable than the stock iPhone OS. Android also offers the ability to choose your phone with dozens of different options.
  6. macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010

    Well that's a given for now. There are so many alternatives and I do hope FaceTime is offered by Apple for other systems.

    Anyway, I honestly can't thing of something that is serious that an iPhone can do that an Android phone can't.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006

    More options doesn't make a product any better.

    A automobile manufacturer can offer a dozen different horn sounds for a particular car but does it mean that the car itself will perform better?
  8. macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2010
    software software software.

    Every software that's written and available on iOS is expected to work flawlessly because apple controls hardware and os.
    Because of this reason, (along w/ the fact that people actually spend money on apps) there are more and better software being written for iOS.

    That's all you have to know.
    THis is indisputable truth.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2009
    Don't ever compare phones by Apps. That is not even a factor anymore. Almost anything I've ever wanted is in the market.
    The customization for me is a big plus. The bigger screen for games and media too.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 17, 2011
    Honestly there is nothing but there is a lot of things an Android can do that an iphone can't or won't.

    That is the reason a day doesn't go by that an Android thread doesn't get created here. If it was really a piece of junk there wouldn't be these debates.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    A weird bunch around here...this is voted up for what reason?

    The post itself mentions there are "so many alternatives" to FaceTime. And FaceTime is inferior to those other options. FT can only be used while connected to wifi and can only be used iPhone 4 to iPhone 4.

    To the OP...the question is really invalid. You'd have to be more specific. Android isn't a single phone. Both platforms have their pros and cons.

    Vikingjunior nails it. Android OS allows the users to do so much more.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2010
    South Florida
    I would mostly agree with this statement. I am a fan of tech in general and have used android, webos, blackberry and iOS phones and without a doubt, imho, the iphone's software is the smoothest and most intuitive of all that I've used. That includes native and 3rd party apps. I've briefly used a few android phones during my 3GS and IP4 days and within 1 week I miss my iPhone. Apple fanboyism ftw

    In all fairness tho, I will say that there are things that I feel are sorely missing from iOS that Android supports mainly a file storage system (hate not being able to reply to an email and add an attachment like word doc or excel doc or something). Android is def a cool OS but the intuitiveness of iOS is just not there
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    Not really, depends on the user. The only app I missed from my iPhone when I used an Android device was iTunes Remote. They now have decent options for that, but I'm sure they don't work quite as well as the one for the iPhone...and that's to be expected. Just like Google Voice app works better on Android than it does on my iPhone.

    Also, widgets would be part of the software...and they are non-existent on iOS. Something I miss very much from my Atrix.
  14. macrumors regular


    Aug 24, 2011
    NJ, USA
    The iPhone has airplay, iTunes, iMessage, Facetime.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    It can shatter into 1000 pieces if you drop it.

    Seriously the apps are pretty comparable between the two platforms but most things are easier and more intuitive on iPhone. There's no back or menu buttons. Also iPhone has a convenient silent/ringer switch. Android phones always seem to be ahead in screen technology and processing speed.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2010
    This. I'm curious to see how the purchase of Motorola by Google is going to work out though in regards to this.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2011

    I don't think the lack of a back button is an advantage for the iPhone. Maybe if I started with the iPhone I would feel different, but I find a back button helpful in many instances.

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  18. macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    Couple of others:

    -iPhones play well with Macs much better than Android devices do with other computers. Apple's system is designed to integrate Apple products. Android products are standalones.

    -iPhones can play iTunes DRM'd content. Androids can't.

    -Apps makers usually offer iOS versions before Android versions.

    -iPhones and Blackberry's are more accepted by business clients Than Androids because of their enhanced security features.

    -Many more brands make Made for iPhone specific accessories.

    Etc., Etc., Etc.,
  19. macrumors 68030


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Not all of these apply to everyone's situation, but here's a few things that I personally find most useful and that keep me on iPhone vs. considering an Android phone:
    • The App Store - WAY more apps than Android. Yes, you can usually find "an" app for Android that will do what you want, but many, many more developers release on iOS than on Android - and the quality of apps available shows it.
    • Integration with iTunes - if you keep your music and/or videos on iTunes, syncing is painless (and soon wireless, with iOS 5). iPhone was my first Apple product - I now also have two Apple TV's and an iPad, and I love the fact that I can get at my media from any device.
    • Battery life - no Android phone comes close
    • iCloud synchronization - this is going to be a MAJOR game-changer in iOS 5 (due for release next month
    iMessage and FaceTime are great, but not critical to me. YMMV. I love the fact that most of my iPhone apps also run on my iPad (without buying them again), but I suppose that could be true of Android apps if you also had an Android tablet so you could consider that a wash.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2008
    The iOS user experience is much smoother in my experience (iPod Touch vs. Android phone, single-core A4 chip vs. single-core 1ghz Snapdragon). Everything from basic things (e.g. web browsing) to third-party apps is usually nicer on my Touch (e.g. try playing with the Pulse app on iOS and then compare to Android).
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    Apple themselves disagree that having the phone a "standalone" device is inferior, as they are moving towards that with iOS 5.

    Not to mention, my Atrix played just fine with my PC. It also could wirelessly sync with it giving me control of text messaging and other functions right on my PC


    Integration with iTunes was a concern of mine before (BB) my iPhone and when moving to Android. BB desktop software had the ability to sync your iTunes content to your phone, and there's an app called DoubleTwist that smoothly syncs your iTunes content with Android. There are probably other solutions as well.

    It's not the same as having iTunes on the phone, but it works well.
  22. macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    There's nothing iPhone can do that Android can't, the only difference is the way the OS goes about performing the tasks given. It's a matter of what suits your needs better. Can I also suggest that you check out WP7, with Mango it's pretty much on par with other platforms, and has been said to be smoother than iOS.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2010
    Hello apple team,
    About 4 months ago I switched to an Android phone. I didn’t want to switch, but with work supplying me a phone I didn’t want to pay for extra service. There are the differences in both phones, but I’m not here to debate which phone is better. You all know which one is……Your phone is better. I will however, tell you the one single part of the iPhone 4 I miss. I miss the screen. I’ve turned in three phones because of dust underneath the glass. My old iPhone 4 screen never had a spec of dust underneath the glass at all. I found out that apple adheres the screen to the glass. Now that my business switched providers, Verizon, I’m holding out for the iP5. I hope the iPhone 5 will have the same production as the 4.
  24. macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    About the only think iOS has that Android does not have is being able to play the DRM stuff from the iTunes store. That would be movies and old music files from the iTMS. Other wise no not really.

    There are several apps that can do something like Facetime and of those I believe several are cross platform and work with iOS.
    Several Apps work like iMessager. Go Devs have one that work with any other Go Dev SMS client and will switch between SMS and Go Chat (a feature I turned off)

    As for Apps well while the iOS has more it really does not matter the good Apps are on both platforms.
    As for Keyboards I am going to say Android wins out big time in that department.

    Simple answer not much.
  25. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    It runs software that is made by people with a sense of design and culture.

    Android is made by and for the geeks. Nothing wrong with that, just not my cup of tea.

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