Debate: Android or iOS crashes less?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by mi7chy, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. mi7chy, Dec 5, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2016

    mi7chy macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2014
    There's a heated debate about whether Android or iOS crashes less that deserves its own thread.

    Best way to settle is to prove it by posting a screenshot of your device's uptime. From my experience, Android regardless of Kit Kat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, etc. runs forever unless I forget to recharge it.

    On Android, uptime counter is built-in under Settings > About phone > Status.

    On iOS, there's an app for that.

    Moto G1 running Lollipop 5.1 used primarily as WIFI VOIP phone, learning golang with Termux, internet surfing/media consumption, local media streaming, a little bit of gaming, etc. Forgot to charge it about four months ago so user error. :D I know others out there can easily beat 3097 hours.

    --- Post Merged, Dec 5, 2016 ---
    Not mine but these might be /THREAD.
  2. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2008
    I've had more apps crash on android, but I've had more system crashes on iphone. Just sit there and poof, white screen with apple logo pops up.
  3. epicrayban macrumors 603


    Nov 7, 2014
    I sincerely cannot remember the last time I had an app crash on me with my S7E. This is the most stable and reliable smartphone experience I've had in all my years with Android and iOS.
  4. Mildredop macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    My Galaxy S7 nor any of the apps have ever crashed.
  5. Wowereit macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2016
    That's exactly what I've experienced as well.
    There are noticeably more App crashes on Android, while the OS itself on a Nexus is 100% stable.
    Seriously, I can't remember a single crash since 2013.

    Apps not being as stable as on iOS is probably due to fragmentation in hard- and software.
  6. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2008
    I guess I should amend that, I've had system crashes with Samsung phones more than iPhone. But compared to any Nexus/Pixel phone I've owned, iPhone crashes more. I remember hearing the Samsung splash screen in my pocket on more occasions then I'd like.
  7. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    iOS 10 is by far the worst mobile OS I've ever experenced on Android or iOS. So for me iOS is by far worst.
  8. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    Between my Note 5 and iPhone 6S+, I have more app crashes or launch fails on the iPhone.
    For both the OS itself has been very stable. Though I have seen some "wake up and the iPhone has rebooted itself" that I do not see on the Note 5.
  9. mi7chy thread starter macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2014
    What Samsung model and was it stock OS? I've never had a Samsung Note II, Note 3, Note 5, S6, S7 Edge, etc. running stock OS reboot once. The only devices that spontaneously rebooted on me were the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 but they were running the newest Android. The only app crash that stands out since it requires jumping through hoops to restore temporary functionality is iOS native mail client that stops working with a blank white screen, requires a reset all and restore from backup to restore functionality until it does it again. Usually any misbehaving Android app can be cleared up by clearing data/cache, force stop and relaunch but it's been rare.
  10. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2008
    Note 3 and 4, didn't have the Note 5 long enough. I don't root my phones so every one is stock OS with a layer of the manufacturers crap on top (layer has varied in thickness over the years). Don't change my launcher either (can't with the Notes as you lose some functionality).
  11. Goatllama macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2015
    Mountaintop Lair
    I'm curious what the crash rate is like using the OS's completely bare-bones. Wonder if they crash at all.
  12. Klyster macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2013
    I used to have random restarts with my Note 4 but that's about it.
    Some apps will go slow on my S7 (NZ specific apps) but no crashes.
  13. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    I've had maybe a couple of app crashes over the last 10 weeks on my Android (Marshmallow) phone but zero system crashes. I definitely get more crashes of both types on iOS.
  14. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    It's kind of incredible how insecure this sub-forum is. Can't you just be happy with your Android devices without constantly trying to prove that Android is "better"?

    I've owned and used both over the years. I don't think there's any stability advantage to either OS or the apps themselves. My Nexus 7 crashed a lot, catastrophically, which I guess was the hardware because my Nexus 5 was solid on the same releases.

    I can't remember my 5s ever crashing. My 6s+ has never crashed. Safari has (white screen), and a few other apps have also been buggy in iOS 10. Apple will eventually work the kinks out, iOS 10 is still in its early versions.
  15. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    I've got a 6S+ and an Xperia XZ. No particular allegiance either way...and I haven't installed iOS10 yet either.
  16. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    How do you deal with the Android 6 month slowdown? I've had multiple and they ALL decay quickly after about 6 months of use.

    They were discussing the issue on All About Android with an hint of acceptance, as though there is nothing they can do about it
  17. Klyster macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2013
    Isn't it funny how some people do and some people don't?
    I've never noticed it and I usually keep my phones for a year, not any longer than that though...
    I have used friends and family's phones who have but it's usually due to poor housekeeping, no space left, not updating, clinging on to apps that are supposed to help but make things worse etc...

    It's not across the board in my opinion.
  18. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    I don't experience it? I have a Nexus 5 and a Sony Xperia Compact Tablet. Both run fine. But neither will get the latest Android now either. I find it a myth that all Android devices slow down anyway.
    And besides if they do unlike iOS devices at least you can roll back to previous versions.

    And today I made a call home from the car, the call dropped mid way through and the iPhone decided to drop the Bluetooth connection........

    Yeah iOS 10 is a total mess!
  19. elf69 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    I have had tons of android stuff from 2.2 right up to 5 an not seen a crash.
    I only recently move to ios and upgraded to ios 10, I have not used it long enough for fair comment yet.

    I only us my iphone as a phone an to play youtube, clah of clans and boom beach.

    So far both OS seem stable
  20. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    In my experience ...

    Apps crashes happen far more often on iOS vs Android. Nowadays an app crash on Android is basically nonexistent, unless you search for the most ad infested poorly written fart app.

    Android OS itself used to have occasionally random lag lockups. But I haven't seen that recently on any flagship devices. Budget devices might still have that issue, but rarely, as I experienced it twice on the Blu R1 HD.
  21. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    My iPhone 7+ has apps crash and freeze all the time, sometimes the entire system freezes up for a second. It also rebooted with some apps, but I haven't seen that since the initial iOS 10 release. The last Android phone I had, the Note 7, had some reboot issues as well, and intermittent lag. Honestly I'd say they were about equal in lags and crashes.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 6, 2016 ---
    I agree, there isn't any stability advantage to either OS in my experience. They are both highly technical pieces of hardware which run very complex functions, I'm actually surprised and impressed they don't crash/lag more often. Seeing just how much this forum has turned into this versus garbage, I think we could have done without yet another iOS versus Android thread.
  22. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    I have had apps crash in the background pretty frequently on Android. Not even apps I had running. I'd just get a random pop up that said some app crashed that I wasn't even using. I've even had it pop up again within a few minutes with the same app. I suppose that could happen on iOS, but iOS doesn't notify you when an app crashes like that, so I would never even know.

    But I have had SpringBoard on iOS crash several times in recent memory like @BoxerGT2.5 said while I can't remember that ever happening on one of my Android phones.
  23. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    I own both a 7 Plus and a Pixel and both have been rock solid. I'm running the latest public beta on the 7 Plus and stock firmware on the Pixel.
  24. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    Personally I find Android more reliable than iOS in this area
  25. zonazolazia macrumors member


    Jan 10, 2016
    I just switched to S7E yesterday and both my banking apps have crashed once. I also had 2/3 "... stopped working" message. My iPhone SE on iOS 10.1 probably had 1 app crashed in the last month.

    Overall, both systems are pretty reliable nowadays.

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