Apple’s iOS definitely has design down.
Mobile OS Battle: Apple iOS vs Google Android
For all the time I’ve spent with my Nexus 4, I’ve never found the desktop widgets to be much more than an awkward distraction.
I can never seem to get them to look quite right, and the prettiest implementations I’ve seen are just not very practical in terms of UI.
Ultimately I gave up and ended up with what so many decry on iOS: a rectangular grid of squarish icons.
I also like iOS better for background management.
Whatever it does, there’s no getting around that the battery life on iOS devices is extraordinary compared with equally-sized batteries from competitors.
Sometimes this even holds true for much larger batteries.
Apps are a biggie. GarageBand for iPad may be the best app I’ve ever used on any platforrm. Its power reminds me a lot of how the Canon 5DII stumbled into a whole new realm of cinematography.
And that’s just one app.
The home button was a stroke of brilliance at the start.
It does exactly what’s needed, and it has an incredible feel to it. I can’t for the life of me understand the move on Android away from physical buttons.
The satisfying “click” is irreplaceable in my view, even with vibration-based faux haptics.
It also highlights for me the mistake Google made in putting in Android’s universal back button, which after a year of daily use is still sometimes difficult to predict.
It’s easy to point out theoretical reasons why it makes sense, but in practice it’s never enabled anything on Android that I miss when I return to iOS.
WRITTEN BY CMASONTAYLOR