Things you can't do on Android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Puddled, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. Puddled macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2017
    In the interests of fairness.....

    Imessage obviously is one
  2. Significant1 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2014
    Copy/paste pictures across apps never worked for me on Android.

    And my experience is also that resuming apps is not as reliable as IOS and I tend to loose my work more often.
  3. timeconsumer macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2008
    I'm comparing stock Android to stock iOS here.

    Things I've noticed:

    In iOS if you have a tracking number, if you highlight it it will give you the option to track the shipment. This works in notes, messaging, email, possibly other areas as well but I've only checked from those apps. Also, I don't know if this is a US only thing.

    In iOS you can set the phone to use "nick names" within the contacts and phone app. So when a text or call, it comes in from that person it shows their nickname instead of their full name. While Android allows for the option to assign a nick name, I couldn't find a way to get this name to show up for calls/texts.

    In iOS if you "3D Touch" the keyboard while in text, you can easily move the cursor. The closest I've found to this is using the Gboard Keyboard is to swipe on the space bar which moves it side to side.

    Not sure if this one counts, it's kind of borderline, but I'll mention it anyway... Can disable a lot more permissions for apps in iOS without completing breaking the app from launching. Don't have any specific examples at the moment, but I remember this being an concern for me.
  4. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    System wide tap to scroll to top ..... Not something I miss when I use Android, but I would be nice to have.

    Encrypted Full iTunes Backup ..... Still the best and most reliable full backup and restore on any smartphone. Although very few Android manufacturers allow to do an image like backup to SD card out the box.

    3D Touch .... Mainly for previewing web links, photos in gallery, and control center. The icon menus still sucks though.

    AirDrop .... Much faster than bluetooth. But only used with other iOS devices or Mac.

    AirPower Charging Pad .... The fact that you can check the status of other devices charging on your iPhone seems nice. This is more of an accessory feature.

    Emojis .... Best compatibility. Where as on Android, the lesser used emojis show up on the other end not quite the same or just show as text.

    That's about it, there's not much else.
  5. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    For me it's the opposite. Android tends to not reload things whereas iOS does even when it has no reason to do so as my iPad Pro should have plenty of RAM etc.
  6. KingslayerG5 Suspended


    Oct 16, 2017
    Apple Maps. It's not that bad compared to Google Maps. I prefer the UI better.

    Carriers leave iPhones untouched with no branding, carrier boot animation, or bloat.

    Siri was able to recognize songs like Shazam and Soundhound when Google Assistant couldn't on Android 7. GA is still smarter though.

    App backup is better on iOS like I can continue to play on the same level of a game while on Android, it's hit or miss even with their game center app.

    Aftermarket support. I do like Pixels' 24/7 chat support. It's found under the Settings app. You can chat with someone to help you.

    Third-party accessories ecosystem.

    Ability to scroll back on top by tapping the status bar.

    Ability to sync to BOTH Windows and macOS. Some Androids like Xiaomi or Pixel won't be recognized on a Mac.

    There are trade-offs with both platforms but obviously I'm more entrenched with Google services. As Ive said, iPhones are just vessels. The gatekeepers of the Internet is Google and their services.

    I'm also not into a closed ecosystem like what Andy Rubin said. It's outdated and divisive.

    For others, it's fine. In Googleplex, I bet many use iPhones and Macs but most probably use a Pixel or Samsung. Maybe even an Essential.

  7. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    These threads are always super weird because Android can basically do whatever you want it to do but iPhone has a ton of plusses that most phones simply don't have.

    The best thing iOS has that most android don't have is Apple hardware.
  8. LovingTeddy macrumors 68000


    Oct 12, 2015
    Things I cannot do on Android? Nothing. Things I cannot do on iPhone? Tones
  9. fullygruntled macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2011
    Bella Vista
    Tons not tones.
  10. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
  11. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Maybe he meant you can't do custom ringtones?
  12. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Is there an Android phone that gets updates day of release? I know some think the Pixels do, but Google sends it out in waves and it could be weeks if you’re unlucky.

    That’s something Google still needs to work on.
  13. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    That can also be a blessing in disguise because if something goes wrong you can pull the update without affecting the entire customer base. The MacOS root fiasco as well as the consequent file sharing issue wouldn't have happened mass scale if updates were in waves. Current iOS releases haven't been very high quality so this especially applies.
  14. jamezr macrumors G5


    Aug 7, 2011
    one thing i have yet to find on any Android phone is a keyboard as good as the one on my iphones. I can type like a madman on my iphone and the keyboard is not perfect but really close. I have tried multiple keyboards on my Android phones and nothing compares yet. The spell correction and predictive words are top notch.... i make fewer mistakes somehow.
  15. Tig Bitties macrumors 68040

    Tig Bitties

    Sep 6, 2012
    First thing I do when I had an iPhone, I'd install the Gboard from Google. I just love Google's stock keyboard, and find the iPhone keyboard still stuck in 2008.
  16. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    This drove me nuts on Pixel 2 XL

    I had to force the upgrade via some weird App Data trick.
  17. widgeteer Suspended

    Jun 12, 2016
    I actually think Gboard is the best keyboard on the planet. iOS keyboard used to be my favorite but the autocorrect the last couple of years has gotten way too ferocious.

    However, something iOS handles better than Android is sending pics or video through text (I'm talking carrier text messaging - SMS). With iOS, all the compression is handled by the phone and you don't have to worry about it. It just goes. With Android, depending on the device, you get all sorts of limitations. Samsung's native messaging app has gotten really good about this, but stock Android Messages still runs into hiccups. I'll get error messages that either a file is too big or there are too many files attached to a given thread, etc.
  18. chambone macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2011
    What I would like to be able to do is read out the battery chip for cycle count and design/remaining capacity. Easy to do on iOS but I don't think Android allows it. Not a biggie, but it would be nice.
  19. M5RahuL macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2009
    If I block a contact/number on iOS, it also puts their VMs in the ‘blocked’ section under VM and there is no notification.. However, when doing the same in Android, I still get their VM notifications (until I manually delete that VM or listen to it ) and drives me crazy!
  20. mi7chy, Dec 6, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017

    mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Are you sure the battery cycle count iOS apps still exist or work? A lot of those were either removed from app store or no longer work as of iOS 10 since Apple made the API calls private. You now have to tether to a computer and run CoconutBattery to get the data.

    Similar situation on Android since it depends on whether the phone exposes the data to end users. Could be as easy as a dialer code without app, a free app such as Charge Cycle Battery Stats or via command line with Termux app:

    more /sys/class/power_supply/battery/battery_cycle
    more /sys/devices/battery/power_supply/battery/battery_cycle

    --- Post Merged, Dec 6, 2017 ---
    This is more service dependent rather than OS dependent. The best implementation so far is Google Voice with Hangouts since a blocked # will get "this number is no longer in service" when they attempt to call so no ring, no VM and no notification. Should be the same on Google Fi service since the underlying technology is Google Voice.
  21. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    You are still typing on a glass screen? Swype bro! :p
    --- Post Merged, Dec 6, 2017 ---
    I'm on 11.2 and I get calls come through on occasion that I have blocked. It is weird. It happens rarely, but it does happen. Maybe its a beta thing?
  22. Tig Bitties macrumors 68040

    Tig Bitties

    Sep 6, 2012
    I use the mic for voice to text most time nowadays
  23. ctrlzone macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2017
    and Software!
  24. M5RahuL macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2009
    It has to be OS dependent because when I swap the sim from the Note 8 to the 8+, I do n’t get VM notifications from blocked numbers, but on the Note 8 I do..
  25. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    amazing in store support
    consistant updates
    true icloud syncing
    notifications coming through waking screen up

    just some things i think are important for me

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