The best of Android that’s missing from iOS →

August 20th, 2012

This list of stuff iOS users are missing out on is pretty good. But there’s also some really odd comments, especially since he’s using a Mac.

I didn’t know about Locale and that’s made me jealous.

I use it to change phone settings like 3G data, volume, and ringtone, based on conditions like location, time, Wi-Fi, plugging in headphones, and more. It’s fantastic.

This sentence made me laugh:

Swype feels just “magical” when the correct word pops up on the screen.

I realise he didn’t mean that Swype hardly ever gets the word right, but I couldn’t help reading it that way.

Android apps can register themselves for “sharing” and then they appear in the list of options to share a URL from the browser.

Inter-app communication is definitely something I’d like to see on iOS one day.


I cringe every time I open iTunes on my MacBook to copy a song or movie onto my iPad.

It’s so much simpler on Android. I just connect my phone via Micro-USB cable and drag-and-drop files directly onto my phone in the Finder.

‘Drag-and-drop’ as an advantage of Android over iOS is amusing. I think iTunes sync is way superior to manually managing what music I have on my phone. I have a set of playlists that make sure I always have the stuff I want when I’m out and about, and also a selection of stuff I might like (e.g. new, or old). The times the iPhone is worst for syncing, is when it relies on drag-and-drop, e.g. for document management.

The same goes for photos. It’s a ton better for me to drag-and-drop photos onto my computer versus opening up iPhoto and “importing them.”

Photo stream is awesome. No thinking required.

I really love being able to spin up a hotspot on my phone when I’m out and about. I’m not a heavy user, but when I need it I’m really psyched to have it.

With iOS, I’ll end up using Tether or one of the other paid options for iPhone.

Wi-fi hotspot is a built-in feature on iOS.

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