IOS vs. Android

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  1. russell1256 macrumors regular

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    I have a 4S and I'm deciding between iPhone 6 or HTC One. Without starting a war, can you guys give me pluses and minus for both enviroments? NOT the phones, but IOS vs. Android
     
  2. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Really? This topic has been beaten to death. Google it you will get more reading than you have time for.
     
  3. spazma7ik macrumors 6502a

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    Hell no, and I encourage everyone to ignore your requests as well. There's countless amounts of comparisons and discussions on exactly this everywhere you could possibly imagine they'd be.
     
  4. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    iOS gives you a much better integrated experience if you have multiple devices. My MBA, iPad and iPhone work in harmony using iCloud.

    Android is still fragmented.

    Android gives you more flexibility if you are a techie. Allows for more customization, file system access, and works better with Google services.

    If you have other Apple devices, the integration provides real benefits. If not, then Android devices have better specs and more variety.

    Which is better?

    No such thing. Different for sure. Pick your poison.
     
  5. edlex macrumors 68000

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    So your coming to an apple centric site and asking for an objective comparison?

    Good luck bub
     
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    'Better' is subjective to usage and user preference. OP, use the devices and make up your own mind.
     
  8. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    Android works too, otherwise they wouldn't manage to sell any.
     
  9. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000

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    Your gonna get a war. lol If anyone tells you the M8 lags they've never used it. Basically with android you have the ability to set up the device how you like. Don't like the keyboard, camera app, launcher, you have the ability to choose what works best for you. If you're willing to do such things and it doesn't scare you, then you'd do fine. HTC has one of the lighter skins over stock Android so it really doesn't get in the way unlike a heavier skin like touchwiz. The iPhone will have the better camera, HTC has the best speakers in the industry with boom sound.

    With iPhone you get a more controlled environment. Updates are quicker because they don't have to pass carrier approval. The quality of the apps when you compare the same app is a tad nicer on apples side vs. Android but it's becoming less and less of an issue.

    Both phones have top notch build quality.
     
  10. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    Agreed. The M8 flies, it's the fastest phone I've ever used and the signal strength is awesome. Only let down by a mediocre camera, but even that's ok if you just like taking snaps.
     
  11. OneMike macrumors 603

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    Need more info. What phone do you currently use? Do you use Mac or PC? For services do you use iCloud or Gmail?

    IMO a device is only as good as it integrates with my other devices.
     
  12. accountforit macrumors 6502a

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    If I were to leave the iPhone, I would look at the Moto X.
     
  13. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    I've never seen the issue with this integration thing. If I want something on my pc I'll email or bluetooth it, and if I want something on my phone I'll email it over or connect via USB. Or I'll access the Cloud from either device and bingo.
    Having things update automatically can be as much a hindrance as a boon.
     
  14. OneMike macrumors 603

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    I don't like auto even when using all ios. However, music for example. If you use iTunes. With USB it's more a hassle to transfer music and keep a simple structure.

    On the flip. If I don't use iTunes and want to go to an iPhone. My media format may not be compatible with ios.
     
  15. AverageBob macrumors member

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    iPhone 6

    I actually have the HTC One M7. Between that and iPhone 6 it's not even a question, go for the iphone 6 if cost is not a factor. The camera of the htc one is pure garbage don't listen to the ultra pixels c@@$p. I was taking a picture at dusk and my friend was like why the f is your camera purple? She was so right and I looked into it and htc one camera does have that problem.
     
  16. cynics macrumors G4

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    The native Apple apps are what people are usually referring too.

    Like Safari. I can see my tabs open on my OSX devices that are open on my iOS devices. So I can easily and quickly switch between devices.

    Notes, reminders, calendar (Googles works fine too), photostream, contacts, iMessages, are all seamless updating across all my devices. If I take a picture on my phone it's on my Mac and iPad. Update a contact on my Mac and it updates my phone instantly.

    And now with iOS 8 and Yosemite SMS messages are sent to all devices (mac's and iPads) you also can take a phone call on your iPad and Mac when someone calls your iPhone. And with handoff if you are typing an email or whatever on your phone you can just goto your Mac and everything you've already typed in the draft is there and you can complete it on your Mac and other apps as well.

    And there will be even further integration with the Apple Watch but that requires an iPhone anyway so that kind of requires integration between devices.

    Transferring data off or onto devices isn't really an issue. You can do that with anything although it still not as integrated as it just being there without you having to do anything to make it happen.
     
  17. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    I know, I lost an important note once because I accidentally deleted it on my Mac and lost it on my phone seconds later. That's why I called it a hindrance.
    I don't need to be able to have everything appear on different devices, it seems like a gimmick to me and I can't understand why not having it is a dealbreaker for some. Ah well :-D
     
  18. cynics macrumors G4

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    That is an issue. However I find Apple did a pretty good job making it so it kind of difficult to accidentally delete something. Right click, delete, Are you sure?, Yes. Its never been an issue for me.

    I find it very useful because I can instantly do stuff. On my mac I can take a note or set a reminder I know I'm going to be using my phone for. This is very helpful for reminders when making shopping list or any of those things that I just know I will forget.

    As far as taking calls and receiving SMS on my iPad and Mac. That will be invaluable for my usage. I'll pretty much be able to plug my phone in at night and not touch it but have complete access to everything it offers from other devices.

    I can see why some people wouldn't have a use for it. I was that way until I started using it. I could live without it but at the same time it made my life a little bit easier and more streamlined.
     
  19. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

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    You are on an Apple forum... I'm sure you are aware if it doesn't have an Apple on the back, it's just a phone.
     
  20. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    I was deleting a lot of notes and accidentally deleted one too many. I thought 'not to worry, it'll be on my phone'.... :-/
    As for iMessage, only around 10% of my friends have an iPhone so it's pointless having access only to iMessages on my notebook. I use my phone for messages.
     
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    This is actually a very good explanation OP.
     
  22. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Gee, thanks. Sometimes I post useful stuff. :D
     
  23. Traverse macrumors 603

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    Oh, heh, I just realized you're the same person I quoted before. :D
     
  24. MH01 macrumors G4

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    If you asking that question, either one is fine for you.

    Ask yourself what services / devices you already have.

    If your not bought into Apple already, it will cost you quite a bit to get the benefits, and you will need to get something running OSX.

    Apples strength is its intergration with its ecosystem. Thier weakest point would be their services.

    Google does not require you to have additional hardware, they offer services. Thought you will have to jump on the Google services bandwagon.

    I bought a Windows nokia 930 to evaluate recently, and that has impressed me the most. I think it has the best OS for a phone, the integration is excellent, though chances are if you are into apps, there will be a number that do not exist on Windows.

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    Thats the 2007 OSX slogan....... Keep living the dream bud!
     
  25. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Integration is one of the big ones of why I'll never go back to Android (among other things but that would be a pretty long post so I won't get into the other issues I have with that OS here).

    - I take a pic on my iPhone, it's almost instantly available on my Mac and iPad. No worries about connecting to your PC or downloading a third party storage app to upload to. It's just done automatically for you
    - I can iMessage and FaceTime friends/family from either of these 3 devices with just the push of a button. FaceTime audio as well. I find the iMessage particularly useful, sending messages via iPad or Macbook is pretty nice. All without any third party apps or extra phone numbers to give out to people.
    - 80% of my contacts are using iPhones so the few who made the wrong choice of phone don't bother me too much but even that will be solved once Yosemite and iOS 8 come out to allow SMS to non Apple devices.
    - Same for calendars, notes, mail, iBooks, Safari. It's really convenient to be browsing on your Macbook and then be able to continue where you left off on your iPhone instantly from wherever you are
    - It also applies to music if you have iTunes Match. I add music to my library or update any of my playlists from any device and it updates across all 3 devices.
    - With Yosemite, iOS 8, and continuity, things are only looking to get better

    It's in the area of integration where Android is behind and can probably never catch up since there are so many different types of devices and vendors.

    Can these things be done on Android? Probably. Can they be done natively out of the box without jumping through hoops of downloading third party apps from several different vendors? No. But that's to be expected when one company makes your OS and another one makes your hardware.
     
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