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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OMRebel Member since:

Cool, I am curious as to the difference in the quality of apps. The ones I used on my iPhone (when I had it) and the ones on my Android phone (Galaxy S II) are:
1. Netflix - quality seems to be the same.
2. Kindle - quality seems to be the same.
3. Yelp - quality seems to be the same.
4. Facebook - Facebook sucks on both. ;)
5. Pandora - quality seems to be the same.
6. Google+ - a coworker has Google+ on his iPhone, and comparing the two, we didn't notice any difference in quality.
7. Google Maps - better on Android due to the voice guided, turn by turn directions (although, may be unfair to compare since that part is really "Navigation" on the Android devices).
8. Urbanspoon - quality seems to be the same.
9. Amazon - quality seems to be the same.
10. eBay - quality seems to be the same.
11. Dropbox - quality seems to be the same if memory serves.

Those are really the only apps that I used on both. I'm not a gamer, so I can't really comment on that. Did enjoy playing Great Little War Game on my Galaxy Tab 10.1, and it looks the same as my friend's iPhone.

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kholinar Member since:

The problem that the article identifies is specifically with iPad apps vs. Android apps on tablets (whether designed for tablets or not). So keep in mind that comparisons on the iPhone vs. Android phones will be less relevant.

Yelp is a great example. Not much difference from the iPhone on either Android phones or tablets. But that's problematic on a tablet. It means that, instead of clicking on a small list of restaurants and seeing the info right beside it, you're switching screens. Then you'll need to go back to that giant list in order to see more info. It's just poor workmanship and disinterest in the platform, which is particularly sad for a business like Yelp that doesn't benefit from normal app monetization.

In other categories it's more glaring. While you only need one twitter app, iPad twitter apps are an embarrassment of riches (Tweetbot and Twitteriffic, for example). Then there are developers that repeatedly make great apps on the iOS platform, like Tapbots (who developed Tweetbot) and Omnigroup (OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, Omnifocus, OmniPlan), Sophiestication (Articles and Magical Weather), and Marco Arment (Instapaper). Some of these apps are expensive, even for iOS users, but in any one of them you can tell that every detail is considered and designed with care.

Android needs more developers like the one that developed Papermill, who will hopefully extend that amount of care to the tablet version of their apps.

As for the Google-developed apps on Android, they seem great. Though I'm not a fan of G+ on the iPhone. Simple things like failing to save my login make me less likely to stay engaged. The Google Search app for the iPad is easily the best app for the device, the rest are absolutely terrible.

Edited 2012-03-28 21:33 UTC

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