10 ways Android still beats the new iPhone 5

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  1. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/


    Apple may have mollified the masses by adding significantly better specs to its smartphone offering, but when it comes to innovation, the iPhone 5 just can’t compete with the latest Android handsets. In fact, even after Apple’s johnny-come-lately improvements, Android phones have a number of key advantages over the iPhone 5.


    1. Apple may be patting itself on the back over its move from a 3.5-inch to a 4-inch display, but in the smartphone size race, the iPhone 5 trails the field by a wide margin. In the Android world, the 4.3-inch Droid RAZR M is considered a "compact" phone, the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III is mainstream and the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II is large.

    2. Congratulations iPhone 5 users! You now get an extra row of icons that you didn't have with the iPhone 4 and 4S. That means you can see your TweetDeck icon and tap on it without scrolling over. The Times Square billboard writes itself: "iPhone 5: Now with More Icons!"

    However, if you use any Android phone, you get more than just a static set of application icons on your 5 to 7 home screens. You have a working desktop you can fill with interactive widgets that show everything from the weather to your latest social media updates. I particularly dig the circles widget that Motorola includes on its Android phones, which shows you battery life, time, text alerts and local weather.

    3. Apple doesn't gamble on immature technologies so perhaps its understandable that the company has yet to include this new-fangled thing called "email attachments" on its iPhone 5. While previous versions of iOS Mail didn't even present you with any attachment options in its message composer, the new iOS 6 mail on the iPhone 5 gives you the option to attach images or video only.

    Just like Windows or Mac OS, Android allows you to attach any files you want to any email message. Whether you're using the Gmail app, its stock email app or any of a dozen third party email clients, there's always a prominent attachment option on the composition screen and, when you hit it , you're able to browse your gallery, your file system or any other apps you've installed that organize files (Dropbox, Quickoffice, etc).


    4. If you own an iPhone 5, you can just forget about using mobile payment systems that let you touch your device to a reader in order to conduct a transaction. Instead of MasterCard's Tap and Pay, you'll be using tap and pray as you rap your fingers on a table and hope that Apple provides NFC support on the iPhone 6 in 2013.

    With NFC support, the latest Android phones can not only send out payments, but also share photos, contacts, videos and more, just by tapping their backs together. Since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the OS has built-in NFC sharing software called Android Beam that any third party application can use for seamless sharing. Task management app Any.Do even lets you beam assignments to friends and family. I'm sure Apple will add this functionality just in time for iOS 8.


    5. Try plugging an Android phone into your PC and mounting it as a storage device. You'll have access to all the files and folders, just as you do when you browse through your WIndows computer's C drive. So, if you want to copy a raft of MP3s or PowerPoint presentations to your Android handset, you can just drag and drop them.

    Say you record a memo with Droid Record and want to grab its output files. You can navigate down to its folder and move, copy or share them directly from there. If you run a file browser on the phone itself, you can also dive into the file system from there.

    So what happens when you plug the iPhone 5 into your PC? You get access the digital camera (DCIM) folder only so all you can do is drag and drop pictures. Yes, you can iTunes to transfer media files back and forth, but you still can't go directly into file system because Apple just doesn't trust you enough to let you see the folders on the iPhone 5 that you bought from them. Whose phone is it anyway?

    6. With the iPhone 5, you can have any keyboard you want as long as its the stock iOS 6 keyboard. If you're using Android and you don't love Google's default layout, you're free to install a third-party keyboard that suits your needs.

    Some of the best Android keyboards include Swype, which lets you create words by tracing between letters on the keyboard, and SwiftKey, which predicts the next word in your sentence to save you keystrokes. Heck, you can even buy an Android slider like the Motorola Droid 4, which has a real physical keyboard.


    7. Most Android phones offer optional haptic feedback, which allows you to get a nice tactile vibration when you type, long press on the screen or tap the navigation buttons. While some people dislike haptics, the vibrations give you a strong acknowledgement that your touch has registered so you don't have to tap twice. Unfortunately, with the iPhone 5, you don't have a choice; just a flat screen that provides no feedback.


    8. If you're like me, you have a drawer full of USB cables and, if you can't find one, you can always buy another on any street corner. When you upgrade from an old phone to a new one, you can still use the same old wires and charging plugs, because micro USB is a standard. In fact, the European Union requires phone manufacturers to use micro USB for charging, because it reduces waste as users hold on to their old cables rather than tossing them in a landfill.

    Unfortunately, the iPhone 5 uses a proprietary connector it calls "lightning" instead of standard micro USB, but gets around the EU regulation by offering an adapter.Why not just use micro USB like every other company? Then you couldn't make a mint selling proprietary wires and making every iPhone 4S owner that upgrades buy new accessories, because older iPhones had an even larger proprietary dock connector.

    9. With Android, every relevant app from the browser to the photo gallery includes a share button. When you tap share, you're given an extensive and universal list of apps you can share with. And that list grows, depending on what software and services you have installed, from Facebook to your SMS messenger to Bluetooth transfers. So if, for example, you join Pinterest and install its app, you can share directly to that from any app with a search button.

    Rather than providing you with one share list to rule them all, the iPhone 5 lets each app developer create his or her own share menu, which has a finite list of services that developer feels like supporting. The default Safari browser and iOS photo gallery apps can only share to Facebook, Twitter, Email and messaging. Google, Flickr, Pinterest, Google Talk, and any of 100 other services need not apply.

    10. "If you see a stylus, they blew it," Steve jobs famously said of pen-enabled computing and, like its predecessors, the iPhone 5 does not support pen input. Yes, you can get third-party capacitive styluses that will work on the iPhone 5, but these little sticks do nothing more than give you a thinner finger.

    Want to scribble down some notes like you do on paper? On Android, you can. Samsung's Galaxy Note and LG's Intuition both offer large screens, active styluses and deep pen integration into the operating system.
    On the upcoming Galaxy Note II, you can hand write notes on your calendar, on the backs of JPGs and in half a dozen other places throughout the OS. You can even get previews of emails, photos and videos by hovering the Galaxy Note II's stylus slightly above the screen.
  2. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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  3. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Couple of these are kind of silly.

    I'm pretty sure you can already attach videos and pictures. In fact, I'm positive. You just go through the camera and share the file. I've also emailed all sorts of files from Dropbox.

    This is one I was hoping for. Kind of disappointed it wasn't put in.

    Having it act as a mountable hard drive would be useless to me and probably 90% of the rest of cell phone users.

    Memos are transferred to iTunes or can be sent from the phone itself if they aren't too large. I recorded an hour long lecture that wouldn't send one time.

    Not sure this is a real awesome point. Then again, I use Dropbox and any file I open on the web can be saved straight to Dropbox, putting it on my computer before I get home. I wouldn't have any use for it.

    I'm not sure I would ever change it permanently, I've jailbroken the 3G and the 4 and never changed the keypad for more than a few seconds to check it out. Novelty, I suppose.

    The phone is fast enough in response and my eyes do all the "input checking" that is needed to type something on a phone.

    Maybe it's just me but I turned off all the click noises when inputting texts. I had some lagging when inputting things into the 3G but the 4 doesn't skip a beat. Push to vibrate would be nice. Maybe then I could just hold it over my genitals and tap the same key a few thousand times.

    Luckily I was blessed with the ability to remember that my cable usually just stays plugged into the same spot and how fortunate, the phone will come with one.

    Yeah, just what I want. A toothpick to carry around at all times so I can ignore the fact that my phone will record my voice and jot down notes. Maybe if it had MS Paint I'd be intrigued.

    Article should be re-titled, "9 Niche Features Not On iPhone".
  4. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    The first point also falls flat because polling has found that most people want a 4"-4.5" screen. The screen size race is irrelevant for most people because there's a point where increased size means decreased usability.
  5. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    They all fall flat because it's about what works best for the individual, not which phone can do what.

    The bottom line is everyone should get what they like best. The whole Android vs iOS debate is asinine. There is no "Versus". It's about having choices, and that's why it's great that Windows, Android, iOS and even RIM exist.
  6. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Gotta disagree with you Hoof. The ability to mount the phone as a USB drive is awesome. It's probably the fact that you can't is the reason why you don't think it's useful.
  7. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    This maybe true (I haven't seen any numbers), though it's always good to have options. If someone wants a bigger screen they should have that option.

    That said. I finally saw a Galaxy Note. Dear lord that thing is big! I was a little worried when the Galaxy Nexus came out that it would be too large and was quite positively surprised. I'm extremely happy with it's size. That said, I'm not sure I would feel the same way about the Galaxy Note. It's the size of a Star Trek Tricorder just thinner! :laugh2:
  8. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    That's one of my favorite things about Android phones. I don't have to use itunes to copy music to my phone.
  9. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    I agree!


    which is why I'm sticking with my Blackberry... :eek::
  10. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Hunka Hunka Burning BP Staff Member

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    Blackberry should hire you to be an ambassador for them. ;)
  11. Duane

    Duane Well-Known Member

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    And Blackberry is thankful for having you as their (only) customer.
  12. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Microsoft as their Internet Explorer ambassador too! :laugh2:
  13. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Nah, it's not that serious.. lol

    I have the Torch, so I have the touch screen and the keyboard. It's a great phone to use to transition to a full touch screen.

    Until I do transition, or until the phone dies, I'm keeping my keypad. I get all the apps that matter to me and I don't have any problems with the phone performance. I generally stay out of the phone wars convos, because I don't really see the big deal.
  14. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    :laugh2:

    I'm sure I'm not the sole survivor... I have crackberry.com to prove it.
  15. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Hunka Hunka Burning BP Staff Member

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    There is a girl at work that still has one. Although she only went back to it after she lost her other phone.:laugh2:

    But some people like that feeling of the keypad.

    I imagine if I had started out with the keypad I would rather keep it as well. I know I do not care for the on screen keypads...but to be fair I also don't care for the keyboards on laptops either so there you go. :laugh2:
  16. juck

    juck Well-Known Member

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    I like both products. However i recently added a Samsung Galaxy 3 to my arsenal and its a beast. The new iphone does NOT compare.
  17. 03EBZ06

    03EBZ06 Need2Speed

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    My work cell phone is blackberry, its pretty antiquated phone compared to my EVO4 LTE.
  18. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    Totally disagree w/ Hoof also.. Good lord. All I have to do is plug my phone into my PC via USB and in 2 seconds I can copy w/e I want to it from it?

    People don't want that? 90% he says? :lmao2: :lmao2: :lmao2:


    Shyea.....riiiiiiight.
  19. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Reads like Johnson envy.
  20. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    I have the Torch as well, I like the keyboard but I know BB is dead so when my contract is up, probably will go to Android.

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