Top 10 ways Apple’s iOS beats Google’s Android (and vice versa)

Lifehacker’s Adam Dachis takes a look at the top 10 ways Apple’s iOS beats Google’s Android.

Following that, Whitson Gordon attempts to come up with the top 10 ways Google’s Android beats Apple’s iOS.

We offer both lists, so you can easily compare exactly what’s being claimed to be “better” about each platform.

Which list has more things of actual importance to the typical end-user?

Top 10 ways Apple’s iOS beats Google’s Android:
10. The iTunes Media Store
9. AirPlay
8. Find My iPhone
7. A Better Support System
6. Better Battery Life and Management
5. iTunes and Tethered Syncing
4. No Crapware
3. A Bigger and Better Variety of Apps
2. A Well-Designed, Intuitive User Interface
1. Consistency

Top 10 ways Google’s Android beats Apple’s iOS:
10. Alternate Keyboards
9. Automation
8. Custom Home Screens (spawning this sort of abject fugliness – MDN Ed.)
7. Widgets
6. Removable Storage and Battery (hardware features available on some devices)
5. Wireless App Installation
4. Custom ROMs
3. Controlling Your Phone From Your Computer
2. Flash
1. True App Integration (Set phone’s dialer to use Google Voice all the time; in iOS you have to tap Google Voice to use it.)

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, most of Android’s so-called advantages consist of absurd geek tweaks and minor niche hacks which very few, if any, regular users will utilize at all, much less to any real advantage. Some of the things on Android’s list, like Adobe Flash support and Custom ROMs, are downright disadvantageous – leading to meaningful end-user advantages for iOS in better battery life (helping push the Web forward instead of anchoring it in the past by killing Flash is also a nice feeling iOS users should have) and consistency (iOS’ lack of fragmentation is, as Dachis states, of important value: “Knowing what you’re getting and that you’ll be receiving updates for at least the next two generations of devices increases the value of an iDevice long past the date of purchase.”

For some reason, security goes unmentioned. It shouldn’t; it’s a very real, very big advantage.

In the end, simply comparing these two lists, not to mention reading the full articles (links in the first sentence above), makes it plainly obvious that Apple’s iOS is the superior choice over Google’s flawed clone for anyone except the most delusional “Apple Haterz,” ignorant consumers, or those unfortunate souls who find themselves with carriers who are not yet authorized to carry Apple products.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe Architect” for the heads up.]


  1. Both lists had a few things that either I do not care about or had me wondering.

    On the iPhone list was tethered syncing with iTunes. Sorry the one thing I absolutely do NOT miss about my iphone is plugging in and firing up iTunes – for anything. I only *had* to plug my droid into my computer one time, and that was to root the thing. Tethering just sounds so 1990s to me. Might as well get yourself a black berry baaby lol.

    On the Android list for me was Flash – WTF ? FLASH? You know to me its not that Flash is bad, its that Adobe has done a 110% piss poor job of actually making Flash usable and stable on mobile devices. Flash being available for Android is no BONUS. I am an avid Android user and I do not run flash. Its power hungry, buggy and it is the only app that made my Droid incredible actually feel *warm* when holding it in my hand.

    A few solid things on both lists, and a lot of very subjective stuff that is really going to vary person by person.

    1. @ Dude: Nice post. While I don’t have either an iPhone or an android device, there were some head-scratchers. You sum mend them up nicely. And I agree 100% with your last paragraph. The key word for any such list is [i]subjective[/i].

  2. Authors missed a serious point that makes waves with users.

    Apple iPhone: iPhone users who have to buy another iPhone is due to dropping it in water or getting stolen.

    Google Android: Droid users replace phones because they stop working. One friend is on his sixth replacement & just waiting for the iPhone 5 @ Verizon. Meanwhile all 6 of his phones are used in the tallys to show the great Android volume.

    Gross numbers don’t tell the family secrets.

    1. More than one manufacturer make Android phones though.

      If your friend is on his 6th one its time to either try another manufacturer (unless #6 lasts long enough to get him to the iPhone)

      Maybe the guy is just so hard on his equipment that you’ll hear him complaining in a year how his iPhone is a POS cause it can’t handle him taking it in the bath tub or dropping it from the 4th story window of his apartment.

      Seriously this guy either has the worst luck in the world with phones or he flat out destroys the stuff himself.

        1. lol. Dude I can’t do that because that would be a lie.

          I actually moved from the iPhone to Android.

          Is Android perfect? F*CK NO! Then again neither is the iPhone.

          Android just works better for me and delivers the things that I value in a mobile platform better than the iPhone did, again for me, not for everyone.

          I’m not an Apple Hater, I’m not some misinformed idiot like MDN likes to ignorantly assume everyone without an iPhone is.

          I actually drank the Koolaid and then I tried the other flavor… and it was good.

  3. About “3. Controlling Your Phone From Your Computer”

    Considering how many Windows viruses are out there, this would seem to make it possible for the phone to be remote controlled by a virus.

  4. Most of that list is crap
    flash!?! really! most people are scrambling to get that off there computer.
    three more things that ios has over android:
    11 ACTUAL on hardware execution (ie no jvm)
    12 hardware accelerated gui (as apposed to all the frame buffer constant cpu based repainting on android, which causes ALLOT of choppiness (like windows) and makes it hard (or nearly imposable) to do good display effects)
    13 PRIVACY (no tracking (except by the government(in the us)), no worries about app store apps tracking you etc)

    another problem with this list is the “automation” advantage android “has”
    I really wish ios had this, applescript is (mostly) what convinced me to get a mac.
    android /doesn’t/ have this though,
    firstly, to install it, you have to hunt it down on google android developer site,
    secondly google has DISABLED user interface automation (mostly for the same “reasons” they nerffed the pasteboard in chrome))

  5. Android Security:
    Besides the continuing parade of Trojan horse apps for Android due to lack of any app vetting, there’s Flash.

    Why anyone would consider Flash to be a platform asset is beyond my comprehension. Two weeks ago yet-another zero day Flash exploit was discovered in the wild. This entire past year has proven that Adobe can’t keep up with Flash security exploits.

    And need I point out the fact that Flash runs like a one-legged dog on Android while devouring battery life, despite Adobe’s best efforts. 😛

  6. with so much of google’s app infrastructure in the cloud, why do they want Flash, the browser killer / cloud app killer running? flash is counter to google’s core mission.

  7. “Removable storage and battery”

    Not Android features, because it’s dependent on the phone manufacturer’s hardware.

    Does making your phone thicker so that you can be cheap and not put in storage so you add an SD card slot and removable battery really count as a “feature”?

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