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Switch to iPhone: For better apps

That's just why there's never been a better time to switch to iPhone. Whether you're tempted for yourself or looking to help the Android user in your life, the all-new, all-better iPhone 6 and iPhone-6-plus make the move more compelling than ever — especially for the high quality apps.

Quality vs. quantity

Both the App Store and the Google Play Store are now home to upwards of a million apps. The sheer number is almost impossible to comprehend, let alone experience. Many of the most popular apps exist on both platforms. Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, YouTube, Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, Microsoft Office, Netflix, Evernote, etc.

Even then, iMore readers like x32589 notice a big difference when it comes to quality of those apps:

Biggest issue with Android is, and always has been, the quality of the apps. So many BIG apps are still not as well developed on Android.While MOST apps are available on both platforms, let's face it, iOS apps are available first, are far better designed, and offer new features faster (looking at you Starbucks...).

Examples of even major apps from major companies being iPhone-first include Facebook's Paper (opens in new tab) experience and Instagram's amazing Hyperlapse (opens in new tab) app.

Most of the apps I love and use every day, however, aren't just better on the iPhone, they're only on iPhone.

There's Overcast (opens in new tab), with Smart Speed that's saved me 11 hours of my life while still presenting the podcasts I want to listen to in a way that makes them a joy to listen to. There's Tweetbot (opens in new tab) and Twitterrific (opens in new tab) that takes the insanity that is Twitter's current experience and makes it both elegant and coherent again. There's Vesper (opens in new tab) that lets me collect my thoughts and find them again quickly and cleanly without getting in my way. There's Fantastical (opens in new tab) that lets me enter and find appointments so fast It's hard to hate meetings any more. There's Screens (opens in new tab) for VNC, Editorial (opens in new tab) for writing and scripting, Workflow (opens in new tab) for automation, Drafts (opens in new tab) for text time shifting, Storehouse (opens in new tab) for visual story-telling, Capo Touch (opens in new tab) for song learning, Transmit (opens in new tab) for FTP, Letterpress (opens in new tab) for wordplay, PCalc (opens in new tab) for calculations, Deliveries (opens in new tab) for package tracking, OmniFocus for task management, Launch Center Pro (opens in new tab) for fast actions, and the list goes on and on.

iMore reader Goofball Jones:

Yes yes yes, Android has the big, major apps that iOS has. But it there are a ton of apps that are iOS only that I just missed too much. Things like Downcast (and now Overcast), and Dark Sky and all the apps from Omni Group.

That's not even counting the incredible apps Apple makes, from the built-in ones like iMessage and FaceTime to App Store exclusives like GarageBand (opens in new tab) and iMovie (opens in new tab). Plenty of phones can shoot good video and record good audio. Few have tools as powerful as Apple's for turning them into finished songs, podcasts, shows, or movies.

Part of this is cultural. Many of the early iPhone developers came from Mac, where the community was habituated to putting user experience first. Developers who started afterwards saw those first iPhone demos and wanted to make apps like the original Photos and Safari — like magic.

The other part is Apple's iOS SDK and Cocoa Touch frameworks, which also provide significant advantage. Chris Liscio of SuperMegaUltraGroovy:

When Apple shipped iOS, they made the smart move of carrying their pro-quality audio and media frameworks to [mobile]. These are the same frameworks that power iTunes, Logic Pro, and Final Cut Pro. Apple has more media muscle out of the box compared with the other platforms I've researched. You can read and manipulate most media formats and have low-latency access to the hardware using the same APIs you'd use on the Mac.Don't even get me started on the Accelerate framework, which has taken most of the painstaking optimization work off of my plate! Every time a new CPU drops, Accelerate is there with the absolute fastest and most power-efficient use of the hardware. If developers tried to maintain something like this on their own, it would be an absolute nightmare.

They make easy what might otherwise be time consuming, expensive, and perhaps impossible.

Extensibility and Continuity

While many Android owners used to complain about the limitations of iOS apps, Apple has recently added one feature that makes most of those differences disappear, and another that simply can't be matched.

Extensibility allows iOS apps to integrate with the system and other iOS apps while maintaining both security and privacy. This includes everything from sharing, action, and photo extensions, to widgets, to custom keyboards including Android favorites like SwiftKey (opens in new tab) and Swype (opens in new tab)

Continuity also means that, if you also have an iPad or Mac, your apps can seamlessly handoff from one device to another. That's not just traditional data sync — with handoff you can pick up right where you left off without having to find the app and your place in it first. It's a remarkable advantage.

The best of Apple... and Google

Aside from Beats Music, which they bought and now maintain, Apple doesn't make mobile apps for any other platform. You can argue whether that's good or bad and for whom, but it's the reality. That means apps like GarageBand and iMovie aren't available for Android. It also means apps that can play iTunes videos aren't available for Android. Since iTunes has one of the best international footprints in the business, that matters to a lot of people in a lot of countries.

Conversely, Google makes most of their services, and the apps that wrap them, available for the iPhone. It's long been rumored Google's services on iPhone make a lot more money for them than those same services on Android. Whether that was or is true doesn't really matter — Google values Apple's customers and wants Apple eyeballs badly.

iMore reader Mike Darratta:

At this point I finally got the bigger iPhone I have been wanting, apple pay has been awesome, the camera is superior and almost all those Google apps I use are available on iOS.

That includes YouTube (opens in new tab), Google Maps (opens in new tab), Gmail (opens in new tab), Hangouts (opens in new tab), Google+ (opens in new tab), Google Authenticator, Chrome (opens in new tab), Google Search (opens in new tab), Google Drive (opens in new tab), Google Play Music (opens in new tab), and more.

iMore reader Tracey Teague:

The 6+ runs all the google apps I love smoother and better than my android device and I can now use both multimedia environments.

Some might argue Google services are better integrated on Android than they are on iPhone, and that's certainly true. But it's also not necessarily a good thing. You can use Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, and other non-account based services on the iPhone without logging into — and sharing your private data with — Google. The company makes it annoying, but at least it's possible. With Android it's tough not to be logged into Google, even if you'd rather not link what videos you're watching or what places you're going with your account.

For me, that makes the iPhone, while not a better Google experience, certainly a better option for me.

The apps that aren't

Android, unfortunately, does lead iPhone in one major category of apps — bloatware. The iPhone did the previously unimaginable and wrested almost all control away from the carriers... until Google made Android and gave most of it back. Because Android is truly only "open" to manufacturers and carriers, those companies are free to pollute it with crap.

iMore reader GGIBS:

My S5 was also 16gb (never saw a 32 gb in the wild) and that was without the bloatware. Samsung phones on ATT come with lots of bloatware apps I can't uninstall without a jailbreak which honestly I didn't want to do

iMore reader Matt Johnson78:

I was a longtime Android user, mainly the Samsung Note 1, 2, and 3 and other Samsung phones, but as the the phones became filled with Bloatware I spent more time rooting them and installing more ROMs to get rid of the Samsung UI and all the Bloatware installed.Moving from Android to iPhone was a great decision, now I spend no time rooting and flashing ROMs and don't have to worry about Bloatware, I get to use a phone with a clean UI.

I never want to feel like I care more about the phone I'm buying than the company that makes it, and thanks to Apple's current priorities, I never do.

Time to switch!

If the lack of a high-quality apps has been frustrating you or someone you know, here's the good news: The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offer not only the best apps you can find on a phone, but almost all the Android apps you've already been using. It's just one of the benefits you get by switching to iPhone.

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

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  • I am not sure I completely agree with this notion. Yes most of the apps I use are better programmed and the design is much better than their Android counterparts. But hot damn I have been getting more app crashes in iOS than I ever had with any of my Android devices with exception to Gingerbread phones. Sent from the iMore App
  • No Bro, For me Lollipop is just a mess, with Lag and some serious crashing. This happens consistently on my Nexus 9 (many are having the same experience). Compared to my iPad Air 2 it's almost shameful the way my Nexus performs. The iPad Air 2 with IOS 8 is the frekin fastest, smoothest experience I have ever had on a tablet, or even a PC for that matter.
  • Well I haven't tried lollipop. And I was specifically talking about ios 8 on an iPhone not an ipad. And it has been great. But not better than my android experience. About the same both have strengths and weaknesses. Bro. Sent from the iMore App
  • Like hundreds of others, I am in the process of choosing whether to go back with iPhone or stay with Android. I had an iPhone 5 back in 2013, but have been using Windows Phone and Android for the past year and half. Anyway, I am a week into my 14-day return period with an HTC Desire Eye but am concerned about losing two features should I switch to iOS: one is a (somewhat silly) app that SHOULD have a good replacement for (but haven't found a satisfactory option), Google Keep. The other is a bigger - I don't understand attachments to emails on iOS. On my previous Android phone (and this one I assume), I was able to receive an email with a PDF attachment, review and sign the attachment, and attach/send it back. Last time I used an iPhone, this wasn't very easy to do. If that can now be done, I will just have to decide if the premium price and giving up waterproofing is worth it. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Dude Google keep. Seriously sucks not have it. Apples Notes is no where near the functionality level of Google keep. I recently switched and found an app called Paperless that is a good replacement for keep but doesn't have the desktop capabilities of keep but I can live without that. Other than the lack of desktop support it is a good replacement for keep as list app. But it is like 3 or 4 bucks for the full version. Worth it IMO. Sent from the iMore App
  • Here's what do: Get the PDF in Mail, tap to preview it, tap to open it in PDFPen or PDF Expert, sign it, tap share, tap mail, stick in the address, send it back.
  • Thanks! That will work on some, but can you RE: and reference existing emails or would I have to copy/paste into the email that the PDF app sets up? Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • No copy/past, you'll be using either the share sheet option, or the open in option, to send the now signed PDF back to your email.
  • Wow! I've been trying to figure out how to sign PDF files on my iPad. Thanks Rene! Sent from the iMore App
  • Most things that you can do on android you can do on iOS. It's just done in a different way. Sent from the iMore App
  • I have been back and forth, but will be sticking with IOS now. The developer devotion there now getting from developers is just amazing, almost unreal. EX: Android has had keyboard options for some time now, but the minute Apple opens there keyboard to developers, they start flocking to IOS. Now I'm starting to see keyboards on IOS that are even worlds better than the keyboards on Android. One of the best I've ever seen (actually the best hands down) is an IOS keyboard called NINTYPE. This is the absolute fastest, most productive keyboard that has ever existed. I'm using it to type everything now. Everything!
    You get crazy amounts of freedom on Android, but the support IOS gets is frekin unreal.
  • That one user mentioned Starbucks and that was way off point. Starbucks has a fantastic app on Android, it is really well designed. I have paid for food with it before too. And the quality of apps is a toss up. I really like how the most popular apps on Android have mostly moved towards material design. As a matter of fact the only apps that don't use material design on my phone is the mobile nations apps. It seems this is illusion that iOS apps are suddenly loads better in quality needs to be broken. Not to mention there have been numerous reports of iOS apps crashing more than Android ones. That isn't quality in my opinion. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Also, really? Two articles in 24 hours about iMore bashing Android? It seems MWC and the large Android focus is getting the iMore team down and they want to rally the troops. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • We do a "Switch to iPhone" article every Monday. And the article yesterday wasn't "bashing Android", it was articulating a point of view about Samsung's product direction. Some people value discussions about such things :)
  • Dude your article was poorly written and nothing but flame bait. Please view Pocket Now's video going over similarities and differences between the S6 and iPhone 6. They presented a calm, scholarly argument that came off as professional. Your argument was poorly written like angry troll drivel as you several times used the word "shit". You hurt what credibility you have as a tech journalist and give a poor representation of the Apple fan base.
  • This. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • He's been writing like that for years. I get that he loves his Apple products, but most articles he writes are more about bashing Android, and specifically Samsung, than they are about the products he should be highlighting on the iMore site. I think he just likes to see how many people get fired up. He's totally on an ego trip, thinking he knows it all. If you're looking for a fair commentary on iOS vs Android, or Apple vs Samsung, you won't get that from Rene. He's got tunnel vision.
  • Why do you feel the need to do such articles? We don't see "Switch to Android" articles on Android Central. Insecure, or just nothing to write about?
  • This. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Android central made a few posts on the day the iPhone 6/6 plus was announced too. I don't see any harm in it. People take things too seriously. Sent from the iMore App
  • There has never been a "Switch to Android" article on Android Central.
  • Since I was the user that brough up the Starbucks app, I guess I should respond :-)
    Just to be clear, I use and value both platforms - but Starbucks needs to step up their game on Android if you are objectively evaluating "design" and function as a consumer-facing coporate commodity.
    Starbucks on Android employs a spartan white background, less optimized animations, and fewer features. I.e.: Menu, integration with Google Wallet, location alerts when approaching a favorite location. Additionally, the app's overall "smoothness" (which in this highly competitive market IS a measureable value even though it is not a technical one) is considerably smoother.
    No one here is saying one platform is "better" - that argument went out the window in 2013. Platform differentiation is moving toward ecosystem integration and user connectedness. Honest tech discussions on legit tech websites (like iMore) should move in this direction or the mobile tech plateau we have been seeing (and is ironically causing this confusion) will continue.
  • So to you, the app design is subjectively worse quality than the iOS one? As an app itself the Android Starbucks is good quality. What you really want to say is that you like the design of the iOS Starbucks app. Not that the quality is worse on Android exactly. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • As a CSIS student I've learned bot Java and C++ and I have to say that C++ is far superior to Java when it comes to flexibility. Not only that but the APIs that Apple has blessed developers with are on a very different field than what Google has robe on Android. Both desig and functionality are way better on iOS. I have a Nexus 5 and so few Apps are using Material Design. The Play Store is literally two to three years behind Apples App Store. The quality is just not there not to mention iOS has so many more apps you can't fibd on android. Yes, some apps might crash but that isn't apples fault that is the developers fault most of the time. The fact that you point this out shows how little you really know about how applications work and are designed. I have far more problems with poorly coded apps that crash and have memory leaks in android then I ever did in iOS.
  • A very contrived way to say you prefer iOS apps. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Its been kind of hard to find lots of material design Apps for me, at least. Facebook, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Instagram, not even Snapchat uses material design. This is no illusion Bro. Hulu has even redesigned there Hulu Plus app for iPhone, and its gorgeous. I use both plat forms regularly, and many quality apps are still hard to come by on Android Bro.
  • Don't call me bro and Netflix does use Material Design. Not to its best ability, but Netflix has had material design elements for months now. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I do agree that there are good apps which aren't available on Android and that there are Apple made apps which are great (Calendar, iBooks, Mail and many others) but it isn't always the case, though. There are apps made by Apple and iOS specific apps which are far worse that their Android counterparts. A good example are the Apple Music app and the official YouTube app - none of them really work in landscape.
    The Music app is pretty useless in landscape since you loose most of it's functionality. Try scrubbing through the song which was playing before you entered landscape or even seeing what song is playing.
    The YouTube app is similarly irritating - apart from watching videos themselves, most of the app works only in portrait. Thus you have to constantly rotate your phone back and forth. Another example of an appalling Apple app is the phone dialler which always beeps and bleeps when dialling. There is no way to permanently disable this beeping in settings (switching the phone to silent and then back, just to dial a number is not an acceptable solution). It's like using a toy phone for children or a phone for elderly people who need a sound to be sure that they indeed have pressed a button. There is no way to manage your iCloud from iOS since there is no dedicated Apple made iCloud app at all. Newsstand titles lack any kind of unified control and design. I bought a few magazines and gave myself a promise to never ever use Newsstand again. Each magazine I bought had completely different controls, worst of which was the Top Gear magazine which had been made with iOS devices in mind. It was pretty much unreadable. You have to rotate the device in landscape to see images and the rotate back to portrait to read the articles. When in landscape and looking at images it is easy to accidentally go to a completely different article. And this is labeled as an app with iOS users in mind.
  • You do know that the YouTube app is not made by apple, right? It is 100% coded and released by Google. Apple has no affiliation with it whatsoever. How is that apples fault it doesn't work the way you want it to? Use the browser if you don't like it. I do agree that the music app could use some work, but it is by far the best music app on any platform. It is designed extremely well, has close to zero bugs, and makes large libraries very easy to manage. I can care less if I can't use it in landscape when all the rest of the app works so well I can really care less. It is far better designed than google play music app or any other third party apps as well as it should be as Apple has been the leading iPod seller for so many years. I can't argue with how you like apps designed, but I very rarely use my iPhone 6 or iPad Air 2 in landscape. I just don't feel they are designed to be used that way. I guess if I did I would complain about some features as well as like I said apple seems to design primarily with portrait especially on the iPhone's. With that said newsstand and looking at digital magazines are pretty bad if using on an iPhone anyways. It isn't so bad on an iPad, but even then I would rather not do it. I think I only have maybe two subscriptions with one being maclife.
  • I did not say that YouTube app is made by Apple. Just that it is one of apps for iOS which I feel is worse compared to it's Android counterpart. Since I do most of typing with both thumbs and in landscape (perhaps I have thick fingers) then apart from calling I mostly use the phone in landscape.
    The home screen itself, keyboard, Mail, Messages, Safari and other apps clearly show that iPhone 6 plus was designed with possible landscape use in mind. In landscape these apps have the same or even improved functionality than in portrait, e.g. copy and paste buttons in keyboard, additional pane with messages in Mail and Messages etc.
    Compared to these apps the Music app I mentioned previously feels awkward.
  • Someone's feeling a bit defensive these days. Since "best" here isn't defined or quantified in any measurable away I'll assume "best" means "what I'm used to" because it's hard to take it seriously that one would list Vesper as a "best app". It's just a note taking app, that' s it.
  • Rene is correct. The apps on iOS are better, with the exception of YouTube which is rubbish. Sent from the iMore App
  • Gmail? I find all devices that need background data storage to be superior on Android just by virtue of engineering differences. iOS apps are nice but the OS' design limitations and quirks are what keeps many off the platform.
  • Expect a lot of Android bashing over the next few days to distract from all the Android devices being announced this week. Someone is feeling a little insecure. Posted with my Sony Xperia Z3 via the iMore App for Android
  • I've been an Android user since the G1. Most recently I've owned a Nexus 5. I'll likely be getting the HTC One M9. It's sad we can't have discussions about companies and products without it being made personal.
  • Your common retort for people calling you out.
  • And yours are any better? You and a couple others are the ones on an apple blog calling out the editor for articles that are making some valid points. While you sit back and call names and don't bring any real debate to the conversation.
  • First saying that you're "butthurt" is a personal insult and now saying that you're insecure is a personal "insult"? Seriously? It's pathetic seeing a supposedly "mature" "adult" acting like a child. Grow up!
  • +1
  • You are the one that makes it personal. S for Shameless? That sounds like you are taking and making it personal. Why do we never hear about the shameless copying by Apple?
  • One of the reasons that I prefer Android is that in almost every case I can choose to ignore the default app offering and set another. Things may have changed since I used an iPhone regularly but that was not the case with iOS. If the definition of bloat is an installed application that that I do not want and cannot get rid of, then iOS has bloat as well. The difference between Android and iOS is that on Android I can install an app that I do want to use instead of the default one.
    So, sorry. No switch for me, Rene. But I may give iOS another try in a year or two. I've gone from iPhone to Windows Phone to Nexus and am now trying Samsung for a while. So many choices, and all have something to offer.
  • Not really, without Google Keep and Google Calendar, my iPad remains nothing but an entertainment device. Of the top of my head, here are some apps I can't find on iOS, Agent, Tasker, Press, Pushbullet, Muzei, 500px Wallpaper switcher, Timely, EvolveSMS, Link Bubble, FloatNote, Cover, Cabinet, Talon, Fenix, Weather Timeline, FeedlyReader, Zoe, Google Cardboard, Google Calendar, Yarn, Lifetime Alarm, f.lux, etc. I can name more, but you get the message. And then there are whole categories of apps such as launchers, game emulators, REAL widgets, customization utilities, nfc based apps, way more Chromecast apps/games and so on completely absent on iOS. Plus the Google Apps are just better, more up to date, and more seamlessly integrated on Android, sorry. The only reason to get an iPhone is if you're heavily invested in Apple's ecosystem. If you're invested in Google's/Microsoft's ecosystem, Android is the way to go, especially if you value cross-platform services that run on all platforms, not just Apple's. If you don't mind the potential of being locked into Apple's software and hardware ecosystem, then you can consider the iPhone/iPad. The quality of apps argument is BS. Both platforms have as many good apps as they have crappy ones. Both platforms have exclusive apps. iOS tends to get AAA apps, especially games, first though. The bloatware argument is valid for non-Nexus, and I think non-Motorola devices.
  • I believe Google Calendar for iOS has already leaked? I'll probably keep using Fantastical, though, as it seems faster and better for how I use calendars. What do you like about Google Keep?
  • I checked the app store again for Google Calendar, but couldn't find it. Maybe it's not yet available for the iPad. I don't know why I like Google Keep. Evernote was needlessly complicated. Other note taking apps were either not cross-platform enough or didn't have good syncing capabilities. Unlike the other note taking apps I tried, I just started using Google Keep and never abandoned it. So, I guess I like it because it's simple and it stuck. /shrugs
  • Google Calendar has leaked as in it is going to be available but isn't readily available to the public yet. I agree though Keep is simple but still highly functional.
  • I've tried several note taking type apps. While I like Evernote the most, the price tag for full offline functionality is a huge turnoff. Keep does mostly everything I'd want out of Evernote and it's free.
  • I will provide an answer about Google Keep because I also use it a lot. The big advantage for me is it can be created on a desktop browser, shared / co-edited with others (my wife, particularly with grocery or shopping lists), and then is automatically synced with my phone. Very handy. I know there are likely several other options, but Keep is so easy to use and anyone who has a Google Account already has it. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • A good iOS alternative for Google Keep me and my wife use for e.g. Groceries and actionlists is the free AnyList app. It has a very good sync feature. You can do in-app purchase but we didn't do it. I haven't seen limitations for our use without it.
  • I use Google Keep daily, it's replaced every other note taking app for me, and primarily for three reasons. 1. Desktop/Web support. There are times I just don't want to type on my phone/tablet, or I'm on my computer and want to copy paste info into a note. Anything without desktop support is useless to me. 2. Archiving. When I'm done with a note in Keep, I swipe it away like in Gmail, but instead of deleting, it goes into an archive that is easily accessible in the app and on the web. I can't tell you how many times I've deleted a note only to find a really needed it later. 3. Location based reminders. This is the biggie. I can create a shopping list in Keep and set it to remind me when I'm at a Walmart or Whole Foods or any store and then forget about it. The next time I arrive at that location, Keep will pop up my shopping list in the notification shade and on the lock screen automatically. I can even set the location reminders from the web interface. Also, if I go to the store and don't have time to buy that list, I can just hit "next time" from the actionable notification and it will go away until the next time I'm at that store. It's an indespensible feature to me and something I have not found a alternative for.
  • Wow, I need to use the location based reminders more especially for shopping lists. Completely forgot about that. I usually use Google Now for location based reminders.
  • Oh yeah, it's fantastic. I still use Google Now if I need to quickly remind myself of something using a voice action, but for everything important, I use Google Keep. Lately I've been using it to remind myself to do stuff at work on Mondays. Comes in very handy.
  • Keep Integrates with Google Now on Android. It also does Location based Reminders there and has a bit better organization than the Apple Notes app. It supports more media types as well and you can share from to easily like any other app. Apple really needs to beef up their PIM apps. They do come across as a bit... Juvenile... Compared to Google and Microsoft and a decent in built calendar or Notes client is simply not something any user should be budgeting for when switching to a "better platform." I use Microsoft services on my 6 Plus. iCloudis not portable enough and apps like Fantasical are also way too platform limited. Wanderlust is a good example of a PIM app that goes about it the right way (from a consumer perspective), and I'm sure Microsoft will flesh out Outlook moving forwards. It already does mail better than Gmail and Mail.app on iOS.
  • Press is a mess if connecting with Feedly since it hasn't been updated in over a year.
  • man, I really miss Fenix since moving to the iPhone 6+ from my G3. The iOS twitter apps are not very good. I'm using Echofon Pro and it's pretty meh. I used twitterific for a couple days and did not like it.
  • Use Tweetbot, it's pretty much the best one on iOS. Used it back when I still used my 5s. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Fiber in Nashville? Save me based Google.
  • I'll check it out. It kinda sucks that I've already bought a couple twitter apps and I don't like either one that much. Hey, what's another $5, right? HA!
  • $5 for something you would use on a regular basis Vs $5 for a samich. I do get that apps seem expensive, but when you think of how Koch we use them it's quite cheap. Hope you like it. I wish there was a trial for all paid apps like this. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Fiber in Nashville? Save me based Google.
  • Fenix is the best man! If I get the iPhone 6s in the fall, Fenix is definitely one of the top 5 apps I'm going to miss
  • I am a android user, iphone user, and a windows phone user. I love all three platforms. I can't complain. Getting my iPhone 5c tomorrow because i just couldn't afford the iPhone 6 plus. ^_^ Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • iPhone 5c is terrific. My mom got one last year because she said it looked like pop art.
  • What's terrific about it?
  • It's an iPhone, obviously.
    I call it a waste of cash, though.
  • Windows has some beautiful apps... I'm close to doing a full migration if they'd get the Connected by TCP lighting app... Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • All the best apps pretty much now come out for both at the same time. Again you write another flame bait article based on YOUR OPINION. It is at least getting you the page clicks you desire.
  • VAVA Mk2 you seem to have a lot of interest in aggressively arguing Rene's post and comments. It would probably be healthier for you to simply choose to consume someone else's written words... I think you will find plenty of journalists and bloggers that have a rhetoric that rub your neurones in the right way.
  • I am not concerned with rub the right way. He writes articles specifically targeted at the Android, BB, and Windows fan bases that are supposed to read "hey you might like iOS for these reasons" but instead come off as "here is why my OS choice is better than your crappy choice." Flame bait articles to get page clicks.
  • But why are you patronizing his articles and comments like a shadow? Maybe you could just let it go... I wouldn’t want you to have ulcers or anything ;¬)
  • It's OK I have some Tums to help prevent that kinda thing LOL ;)
  • You mention some apps on iPhone that aren't on Android. Which is true. But then you mention two Twitter apps and but what you fail to realize is that there are several strong Twitter apps for Android that aren't available on iOS (along with other types of apps). I am constantly switching between three really good twitter apps on my Android because I just can't figure out which one I like the most.
  • The reverse is also pretty true.. There are many android specific apps which are not on iPhone .. One example is the Google keep like many others mentioned ... Many others like pushbullet , airdroid etc... One particular app which I enjoy is superbeam.. Although this app is there on iOS its not fully functional.. On android it can create a wifi direct connection without a source and transfer happens at around 50mbps which me n my friends use a lot ..on iPhone it needs to source WiFi and has lesser speed.. Also many music player apps exist on android with a great equilizer which I enjoy a lot.. See it goes both ways..after you use certain platform for sometime you are bound to find some unique apps on both which you will get used to.. So this article equally applies for switch to android too.. Nice try though.. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Shhh facts might make him upset
  • I used Google Keep on my Androids. It's a well made notes app. Right now I'm using One Note for my note taking. It also works really well. Notes sync between my devices and I can access them from a web browser as well.
  • All the apps I actually use on my OnePlus One work, look and perform exactly the same or even better than the iOS equivalents. My OPO also has no bloatware. If people would actually do research before buying an Android phone, they would be able to choose the best phone for them, whether that be the bloat-free Nexus, Moto or OnePlus phones, the productivity-focused Galaxy series or the entertainment-focused Xperia series. Sharing on Android destroys Extensibility, you cannot deny that.
  • What app is on the phone that Georgia is holding in the first photo?
  • I too am curious. It looks similar to Pulse though.
  • I figured it out. It's Storehouse
  • He has valid points, but this also works both ways.
    For instance, Pushbullet on Android has more functionality and is better designed than Pushbullet on iOS. (Starbucks)
    There are Google Apps you can't get on iOS and integration is deeper (Apple apps)
    There are android exclusive apps. Too many to name, and I don't use many anyways so that's not an issue for me. There are alternatives to Apple exclusive apps that work as well or better. FL Studio Vs Garageband But point being, regardless of weather you choose IOS or Android, you will be able to find an app that does what you want it to. One really shouldn't switch for apps alone. If this was directed at Windows phone users maybe. But Android? Not so much. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Fiber in Nashville? Save me based Google.
  • Not all android phones have bloatware and some would maintain some of the iOS apps that cannot be removed are bloatware of their own.
    That's something nice about android too, there are ways to get rid of any bloatware that may be on your phone if you choose one that comes with it. With Apples apps, you're just stuck with them.
  • Just switched back to iOS after being with Android for almost 5 years. To me, it seems like most of the apps are "prettier" and updated more frequently. I still have and use my personal Android devices (and my work phone is Android), but I like the look & feel of the iOS stuff better.
  • With regards to the whole quality vs quantity thing; Personally, I think both Apple and Google need to perform some spring cleaning on their respective application stores. I'm sure both Android and iOS users agree that there's a funkton of crap on both - apps that haven't been updated in years, apps that do absolutely zilch after taking your money, apps that are just plain stupid in general.
  • I wanted to add was that I LOVE the way iOS handles app permissions compared to Android. With Android you agree to all permissions the app wants before installing, but with iOS, you grant permissions individually when the app tries to do certain things. I like the iOS way better because you know what's going on. If the app wants to access your contacts, you can decide to allow it or not. With Android, you don't know when the app is doing something because you already gave it permission, and it won't ask again.
  • +1 . The all-or-nothing app permissions thing is my biggest gripe with Android. Google actually had some sort of function in version 4.3 (called App Ops iirc, possibly only on vanilla Android builds) that allowed you to selectively disable/restrice app permissions, but it was hidden, and (afaik) they removed it in later versions.
  • Really appreciate articles like this. I just got a 64GB 5s and am loving it. I also have a Nexus 6, and while both OSes have their strong points, I gotta hand it to Apple. They really know what they are doing and they just continue to get better. The quality of the hardware, the simplicity and smoothness of the OS, the battery sipping performance... I'm blown away. Android seems to take the brute force attitude to it's hardware and throws beefy processors, oodles of RAM, giant batteries, and ridiculous resolution screens at the problem. Apple just optimizes and refines. I'm not a fan boy of either in particular, but using both, side by side, the difference is clear as crystal.
  • The better apps argument was true in 2011...in 2015, not so much. There are very few big name apps with big name developers that aren't high quality on Android. Sure, there are some instances where its true, but its getting more rare as time goes on. You have to remember, when developers make apps for Android, those apps have to be compatible on a plethora of devices, whether its a high end Galaxy device, or something on the lower end like a Moto E. iOS apps only have to work on iPhones and iPads.
  • I would agree with this article. As an Android user of 5 years I never had a desire to move to iPhone mainly because of the small screen size. On the release of the 6 I decided to give it a try just for something different and I haven't regretted it once. There is definitely something to be said for the app quality on iPhone and while I do sometimes miss the customization options of Android the overall experience and daily usability on iPhone is noticeably better IMO. Sent from the iMore App
  • Now only if apple could actually make iTunes less of a complete disaster. Gets more and more frustrating to use each and everyday on my macbook pro. What a mess.
  • For my personal experience, your article is only half right. From 2007-2010, yes, absolutely, iOS apps blew their Android counterparts away in UI and polish. Android apps of the period were generally terrible. They were often more functional than the iOS apps, just due to the openness of the OS, but they looked hideous. When Android 4.0 came out, though, the Holo design language pushed Android apps far above iOS apps. iOS apps looked old and dated in comparison. That held true until iOS 7. Apple's iOS 7 design language pushed their apps ahead again in terms of design and iOS 8 has even added the missing functionality they were lacking in comparison to Android. Fast forward to now, though, and the Android apps that are updated to Material Design, I feel have pushed the Android UI past iOS once again and Android now has better designed apps in my opinion. Yes, iOS does still have some exclusives that I miss, but on the other side of that coin, I have quite a few exclusive Android apps that don't exist on iOS I would have trouble living without. Using a blanket statement that iOS has better apps and that's the end of it, is a bit shortsighted. For the record, I've used Android and iOS both simultaneously since 2008. I have used every version of both platforms except for iPhone OS 1.0 in 2007.
  • Been using iPhone 5s since last year and I am satisfied with it. I am planning to upgrade to iPhone 6s plus this fall. Sent from the iMore App
  • What Rene didn't mention was that those apps also crash more than the Android apps. Better apps that crash more on iOS? Oh, Rene. You just love trolling Android. Is that your full time job?
  • I am ios user and those apps never crash in my experience. I am not apple fanboy but nexus phones are my choice for smooth and best android experience. I hate oem skins like touch wiz or others I prefer pure android. Sent from the iMore App
  • I have used android, iOS and Windows... Have been planning on getting iPhone 6 Plus this time around but I must say these kinds of articles make me feel like not switching. These articles are so immature and one sided. Any mature person would understand that nothing is perfect... Android is not perfect but it is much better than it's early days. Unfortunately these articles keep rehashing old comparisons. And iOS is definitely not perfect. Simple tasks on Android are difficult or impossible to do on iOS, apps keep crashing etc. I doubt the author uses a Nexus as he claims to do and I seriously doubt his motives when he showers praises on iPhone. I come here to get latest news and updates on iOS but all this blind following is doing is making me not want to switch. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • This entire article is lie after lie. The iPhone 6 and 6+ along with iOS come no where near the functionality Android offers. "my Android device"... Why don't you tell us what they android device was? Biggest lie... You will have access to all the Android apps on iPhone... No... No you absolutely will not. iOS does NOT have the capabilities to do such things. Within two days I have read two articles that have confirmed my decision to remove iMore from my rss feel. Lost all respect... Absolutely all respect. - Software engineer, mobile developer who respects truth with ones opinion, not lies.
  • The quality of the app's was one of the reason's I beat a hasty retreat back to the Apple 'walled in garden' and wrapped my little security blanket iPhone 6+ (should have been a 6.5 inch screen.....lol, size matters). The 'same' app's on Android did not work the same, in fact some that I relied on that I had been assured by those that used Android as "being there or having a close equivalent that was as good or better" were either not there and there was no equivalent or the equivalent just didn't have the same features that I relied on. Now being old fashioned I still like to buy my music and I did transfer my itunes library to the Android phones but I found that it was not a case of connecting it to the USB connector on the Sound system in the truck and have both charging and playback take place and be able to control from the the touch screen in the truck. Instead I had to use a separate charger, then connect through the auxiliary jack and the headphone jack on the phone. A tangled mess of wires and inconvenience. There was some app's that were on Android that I liked that equally are not on iOS but far less and many were ones that I wouldn't lose sleep over. I didn't lose sleep when an App I used on the Nexus 5 wouldn't work on the LG G2 or a Samsung Galaxy S4 and similarly some on those wouldn't work on the Nexus 5. I'm sure the same could be said about the iPhone App's these days as well.
  • Is it wierd that RENE writes article like this just when big Android announcements are made.
    I'm not syaing he is wrong in article but he seems so desperate....
  • I thought I was reading an article from the verge :p
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