Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "I just gave the new iPad an Editors' Choice award for large tablets, but frankly it was a foregone conclusion. The iPad doesn't get the award because of its hardware, lovely as the hardware is. It gets the award because its apps are generally better than the apps available for Android tablets." The laptop gap may have been closed, but the tablet gap sure hasn't.
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For the first claim, Android identifies all access that an app has to the phone. If you download a game and it wants access to the contacts, then don't install it. You are forewarned immediately of the entire access an app has.

One of the issues is that both the benign and the more serious ones are all grouped together, their meanings aren't explained anywhere, they are presented poorly, and the system doesn't even try to warn users if e.g. a wallpaper asks for permission to send SMS-messages and alter carrier-settings. Of course Joe Blow then just goes ahead and clicks on "Install" when there's nothing to tell him not to.

Granted, it's been years since I owned an iPhone - but is that information identified when installing an app on an iPhone?

I don't know, I have never used an iPhone.

Fortunately, people with common sense read reviews on items before purchasing them. That goes with both Android and iOS users alike.

Atleast on Android Market the thing is way too easy to game, and it's not possible to comment on something without first installing/buying it, meaning that I can't for example warn people against buying a crap app that has very strong smell of malware in it unless I actually buy it myself, first.

That basically means that only gullible people leave comments on those and don't notice the things the app does behind their backs and thus the app still gets positive comments.

but can you identify apps that you believe are worse on Android than on Apple products? Specific examples that you have seen - not just biased hearsay.

I have seen plenty of comparisons, and I've seen plenty of quality applications and games that aren't available at all on Android, but I can't remember the names anymore. As I said, I haven't ever used an iPhone so I haven't bothered to memorize the names. I will come back and post some examples though if I can remember them, ok?

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