Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Sep 2013 17:42 UTC
Apple As most of you using iOS already know, iOS 7 has been released today. While you're all busy updating, I dove into some reviews of Apple's latest, and I think I like this conclusion by The Verge best.

Today, as it rolls out to users everywhere, iOS 7 is still on most levels the same operating system it's been for six years. Meanwhile Android has become a fun, efficient, flowing operating system that makes it easy to move data between apps, easy to share things, and easy to see only the information you need at the moment. Where iOS 7 still feels like jumping in and out of a series of apps, the best moments of using Android make it feel like a cohesive, unified platform. There's no question iOS 7 has the foundational strength to match that experience, but Apple has to throw open the doors and let its huge ecosystem build on that potential.

iOS has always been an excellent operating system, and iOS 7 remains an excellent operating system. But if Apple's goal was to match the power and flexibility of its rivals, iOS 7 feels very much like the beginning of a project rather than its conclusion.

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Android vs. iOS
by biffuz on Thu 19th Sep 2013 10:11 UTC
biffuz
Member since:
2006-03-27

Where iOS 7 still feels like jumping in and out of a series of apps, the best moments of using Android make it feel like a cohesive, unified platform.

Am I the only one so un-addicted to smartphones to not notice so much difference?

Edited 2013-09-19 10:11 UTC

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RE: Android vs. iOS
by MOS6510 on Thu 19th Sep 2013 11:50 in reply to "Android vs. iOS"
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2011-05-12

I did notice Thom claiming "I have no way of testing iOS 7 myself" in one article and in this one "Where iOS 7 still feels like jumping in and out of a series of apps".

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RE[2]: Android vs. iOS
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 19th Sep 2013 13:45 in reply to "RE: Android vs. iOS"
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2005-06-29

You do understand the difference between quoting someone else and actually saying something yourself?

I made no such claim, and you're smart enough to know that.

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RE: Android vs. iOS
by leos on Thu 19th Sep 2013 14:51 in reply to "Android vs. iOS"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

"Where iOS 7 still feels like jumping in and out of a series of apps, the best moments of using Android make it feel like a cohesive, unified platform.

Am I the only one so un-addicted to smartphones to not notice so much difference?
"

Well I'm fairly addicted and can't think of anything that isn't also in an app on Android. Maybe they're talking about widgets?

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RE: Android vs. iOS
by jello on Thu 19th Sep 2013 21:14 in reply to "Android vs. iOS"
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2006-08-08

Being used to a flip phone with cumbersome menus I thought I would enjoy a smart phone. (yeah was still stuck in the 90')
So this year I tried an Android phone for 2 weeks and it didn't fly with me.

When people talk about how well Android is put together and that every thing seems to be where it should be... I can only laugh.

It was the worst experience I had in a long time.
(...this coming from a dude that enjoys digging into different operating systems)
Maybe my expectations were just to high.

Not only had to decide which phone hardware (brand) to get, but with the hardware also the Android experience changed. Some menus look different, some phones have options not available on others even if the OS version is the same.
After not being able to do what seemed should be possible to accomplish on a smartphone (and I really needed the phone to do it) - I gave up.

This experience reminded me of Barry Schwartz TED-Talk:
"The Paradox of Choice".

Instead looking into new Android hardware (with my newly gained knowledge in this matter it should have been an easy thing to do) I ended up buying an iPhone5 and could not be happier.

Updated to iOS7 today and still satisfied with my choice.

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RE: Android vs. iOS
by ilovebeer on Fri 20th Sep 2013 06:08 in reply to "Android vs. iOS"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Am I the only one so un-addicted to smartphones to not notice so much difference?

No, you're not the only one. Becoming addicted to cell phones, .... sorry, smartphones .... is like choosing to devolve. I know people who literally can't handle it when something happens to their phone that renders it temporarily unusable (dead battery, no signal, etc). It's beyond sad. I have no problem ignoring texts, not using the internet on my cell phone, not jumping to see who is calling me the second my phone rings, and so on. I could turn my phone off for a few days and feel perfectly fine whereas such an action would send someone else into a frenzy. For those types, the thought of being phone-less is terrifying and it's absolutely pathetic.

Edited 2013-09-20 06:08 UTC

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