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What's the difference between Android and iOS?

What are the main differences between Android and iOS?

Most Useful Answer spruceyb  Jun. 23, 2014 at 21:28

If I were to sum up the main difference, I'd say it's "Closed" vs "Open".

Apple Hardware is only a couple of devices sharing similar components, Android is almost anything, it has to run on various ARM CPUs, Intel CPUs, different display setups etc.
This means iOS can be tailored to their devices and Android isn't as streamlined or focused because it's open to be used on almost anything.

In the thread JanSt you can find more of my opinions, especially as to why I prefer Android

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 23, 2014 at 18:17

I think you will find this thread answers your question.
Or not...

There are many answers - depending on where you're coming from, what you want, need or try to avoid.
For a while I thought Android was way better than iOS. But these days I find Android just, well, messy. Settings, settings and more settings. Background services for apps that shouldn't need any. Devices ship with bloat - I recently had 3 Android phones that had 4 flavours of cloud storage and back-up apps pre-installed. The HTC M8 I currently use came with 3 music players, 3 cloud "solutions", 2 back-up apps, 3 newsreaders, and then some...

I also find the UI frequently illogical: e.g. in some apps the back button takes you back a page within that app, then, suddenly, it kicks you out of the app, because suddenly on that particular screen of that app there's a second back button...
Dito, that, while Google solved the old jittery scroll issue quite well, some things are still jittery... or fiddly. I find NO Android keyboard as satisfying as the iPhone's or WP or, even, latecomer blackberry 10.
And oddly enough, a big one was that in the olden days Android phones had mass storage mode - making file transfers between PC/Mac and an Android device very easy.
Now that they killed that feature, some Android devices are as awkwardly to sync as an iPhone on a Linux computer....

Anyhoo.... someone else will tell you why I'm wrong in a few minutes. I'm sure.

spruceyb  Jun. 23, 2014 at 21:28

If I were to sum up the main difference, I'd say it's "Closed" vs "Open".

Apple Hardware is only a couple of devices sharing similar components, Android is almost anything, it has to run on various ARM CPUs, Intel CPUs, different display setups etc.
This means iOS can be tailored to their devices and Android isn't as streamlined or focused because it's open to be used on almost anything.

In the thread JanSt you can find more of my opinions, especially as to why I prefer Android

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