What are something's you can do with Android that you can't with iOS?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by wesk702, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    With iOS8 and all the new features, just curious what advantage Android would have.
  2. baconroll macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Having just come from Android for the past few years to an iPhone 6 here are some things which I would like to see but DON'T necessarily miss on an iPhone:

    *Notification light for missed events, calls, messages etc.
    *Memory card - so convenient to slip in extra memory at a low cost although negated with my 64gb iPhone
    *Widgets - although can be a battery drain, was nice to see the weather and news on the main screen without having to open an app
    *Drag & drop - one of the main, if not main things I miss. Plugging in your phone and having the file folder open up and move anything onto the phone without having to do it through iTunes

    Even with the above items, I still think IOS is slicker and I've experienced no crashes on my iPhone so far. Everything is smooth and fast - so far very happy with my choice.
  3. MushroomJesus macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
  4. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    USB Hosting was something I used a lot. With tablets and phones you can connected a mouse and a mouse cursor pops up on the screen. Useful for tablets imo. Game controllers work too which was nice.

    A more laxed app store when it comes to functionality. Wifi sweepers are allowed and emulators (albeit there are some legality issues playing certain roms).

    Downloads not limited to the app store.

    More freedom with files regardless of the file types and being able to email them directly.

    I still prefer iOS for other reasons though hence the reason I still use it. Those are just some of the things I miss from Android.
  5. its Dale, Oct 14, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2014

    its Dale macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2013
    LA California
    Memory card and Notification light are Branding features (Samsung/HTC/Motorla etc). Not all "Android" powered phones have those two features.

    OP- Basically you can change the ROM of the phone. You can use different texting apps.. You can pretty much customize EVERYTHING except hardware. You can change the animations of the app icons when scrolling from page to page. You can scroll up and down instead of left to right. You can move the apps to any part of the screen in any pattern. They dont need to be left to right and top to bottom. Endless things you can change.

    Android is like a jailbroken iOS device w/ more features. Way too many to try and list.
  6. wesk702 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    This is pretty cool. Just wish iTunes was faster. My new nMP is the only thing that makes iTunes speed tolerable. Using my wife's 2010 iMac and opening iTunes is aggravating.
  7. masands macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2010
    Install apps like Green Power that automatically switch off Wifi and Data. Saves a lot of battery in standby. iPhone a great with standby battery life but not as great compared to my Xperia Z3c with Green Power.
  8. jayf macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2014
    This for sure. I'm not a big fan of iTunes.
  9. shook187 macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2014
    Put it this way, Android has a app that mimics iOS.
  10. Dmunjal macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
    After 8 major releases of iOS, I still can't believe you can't reply to an email with an attachment. I need this for work and was the reason I switched to Android 3 years ago.

    Apple should be embarrassed to leave out something so basic in 2014.
  11. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011

    I agree. I was expecting iCloud Drive to be integrated with mail (even mailbox supports attaching files from Dropbox) but that feature is conspicuously missing, and it doesn't seem like it will be included in the later patches.

    No idea if Apple simply ran out of time and pushed it back to ios9 or something.
  12. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009

    Whats the point if a smartphone then?
  13. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Inserting photos and videos is easy. Anything else and you are out of luck I'm afriad.
  14. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Set your default browser, email client, etc...

    Set a data cap limit so you dont go over.

    wifi analyze apps
  15. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    If you want to know what the ambient temperature is in your pocket, Samsung's got ya covered. :cool:
  16. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    Best way to describe the two, I always felt Android is Jailbroken iOS without needing a jailbreak or root.

    I have used jailbroken iOS 4-6, I have used android ice-cream sandwich to Kit-Kat.

    Un-jailbroken iOS8.

    I was on blackberry for a few years but they don't really count especially in this thread.

    For the few times you curse at apple for not allowing something that is allowed on android in the end its not worth worrying about because IMO iOS is the better of them
  17. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Of features that I actually think are useful, I'd just say the dedicated file storage system. It's surprising that Apple still refuses to add this. Especially with a 128GB iPhone option now being available.
  18. CoyoteRidge macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2014
  19. bassett700 macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2009
    Dingus, VA
    Tell that to my old Samsung S3. She would have to disagree.
  20. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    All I need is just a JB to be released and everything mentioned and plus much more will be available to my 6 Plus:)
  21. CoyoteRidge macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2014
    Sure your S3 bent. Sure it did.
  22. sycamore22 macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2010
    Though once ios is jailbroken it will be possible!
  23. DillonCawthon macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2014
    I really enjoyed playing my Nintendo DS emilator on my note 3. Ran flawlessly but they won't even make a good running one for iPhones
  24. wesk702 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    Seriously. Apple and iCloud could have destroyed Dropbox and everyone else in one move but they had to try and make iCloud so invisible and "easy" that it was confusing for most needs. Simple airdrop to a dedicated "iCloud folder" just like Dropbox folder to sync with your iCloud would have been awesome.
  25. vgamedude macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2013
    File storage
    Ringtones without iTunes
    Moving music around without iTunes
    More app cross communication
    Customizing UI and the OS
    Widgets (I know notification widgets, not the same)
    Apps that wouldn't be allowed on iphone (emulators, and my favorite torrent clients. VPNs are also available)
    Different default apps

    I dunno I don't have an android phone but those are some things I think id really like. Especially the different apps that are banned in the appstore.

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