Five Reasons iPhone is better than Android

I will illustrate the following five points to show why iPhone is better than Android phone: Industrial design, operating system, screen, development environment, and user experience.

iPhone vs Android Phone: Industrial design

Effectiveness of industrial design itself is not as most people think, that it only has a “good looks” feature. iPhone’s industrial design is exquisite, just as Steve Jobs said, “It’s beautiful like an old Leica camera.” Its stainless steel ring around the body, is not only the antenna, but also reduces the internal space.

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I think a person who has a normal love for aesthetics will have to admit that iPhone is one of the most beautiful industrial designs in human history. It is designed to be just right and phone functions are closely related. This is the role of industrial design. It is not just beautiful, it must also be functional. iPhone accomplishes this in a much more streamlined fashion, with seamless integration between hardware and software.

iPhone vs Android Phone: Operating System

iOS allows you to manually manage memory, the user will not feel stalled by running many apps at the same time, unlike Android’s OS. In daily use these stutters can be tolerated, but in the course of a game it can not be tolerated. For example imagine an angry bird in the air pauses a few tenths of a second, then continues flying. Android needs to increase the core of the application layer to have the strength to compete with iOS. iOS has been accumulating this technology for over fifteen years through Mac OS X, Android has just started and has a long way to go to compete with iOS.

iPhone vs Android Phone: Screen Display

Listing the current mainstream Android manufacturers, HTC and Motorola use only TFT / SLCD which are very cheap screens, Samsung has its own Super AMOLED. LG uses similar providers of Apple’s screens and has several high-end models which use the IPS, the Sony is its own: the Bravia. Of all the available Android screens, the screen quality and resolution is far inferior to the iPhone Retina display.

iPhone vs Android Phone: Development Environment

Entertainment applications in iOS are far better than Android, both in quantity and quality. The reasons are: First, users are more willing to spend money; Second: developers are more passionate about developing for the iOS platform; Third: the development is a lot easier for iOS, no need to consider hundreds of models with hundreds of different screen resolutions and sizes, not to mention all the various processors being used. In fact the world’s most serious games are developed in C + +, and Objective-C and the characteristics of those programming environments has attracted many game developers. Whether it is the attitude of developers, software quality and ease of development, iOS is better than Android. I should also point out that iOS has a much larger developer community and gets far superior support from Apple than Android.

iPhone vs Android Phone: User Experience

Apple is not just a technology company, but a company with a focus on the interaction between technology and users. In such times people talk about the speed, memory, storage, not paying attention to what people really need. Android does not pay attention to what their products can bring to people – they just keep producing new models, new OS versions in a crazed attempt to beat Apple. However, combination of technology and culture is deeply rooted in Apple’s user experience, rooted in Apple’s industrial design, and rooted in the Apple’s pursuit of perfection.

So in summary, iPhone and iOS beat Android hands down. Because Android doesn’t look for perfection, merely the pursuit to beat the iPhone. This is what Microsoft did back in the 1980’s to try and compete with Apple’s operating system. As we enter into the second decade of the 21st century, Apple sales are soaring. Microsoft is a much different company that continues to fall short in innovation.

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Buh-bye Sparrow, Hello Postbox

For several months now I have been using an awesome e-mail app called Sparrow, as opposed to Apple Mail that comes with Mac OS X. I loved Sparrow because of its minimalistic design, it’s clean interface and awesome features. Well, that is until the spam started showing up in my mailboxes. Being a former user of Apple Mail, I never had to deal much with spam – it did the filtering and removal of spam automatically and I was left with the task of reading mail that was important to me. Sparrow came along and I loved the features it had and decided to give this fledgling app a chance. All was well and good until the spam showed up and kept coming. So, like any good user, I turned to the company who made Sparrow and asked politely for some smart spam control like Apple Mail has. Their response was that they use Google’s spam filtering and therefore it’s not needed in the application.

Well…

I don’t use GMail as my primary e-mail account. What about those of us on .mac or .me accounts? That really turned me off big time! But I kept using their product in the hopes enough people would raise hell that they’d add some awesome spam filtering capability. Apparently I am the only person using Sparrow who gets spam. *sigh* I made several more attempts to request this feature but kept being blown off.

Then along comes a really nice app called Postbox. I downloaded the demo, tried it out for a few days and well, just liked Sparrow better. Postbox was a lot like Apple Mail, it didn’t have the beautiful minimal design that Sparrow had. But it did have smart spam filtering which you could train just like in Apple Mail. That appealed to me, but Sparrow called me back and I resumed using it. That is until today.

I woke up this morning and 85% of my e-mail was spam. I got so frustrated I quit Sparrow and purchased Postbox. All day today it has been peaceful and quiet in my e-mail app, spam is being re-routed into the spam folder and every once and a while something slips by and I simply say – hey, this is spam. Then it has learned it and I don’t have to worry about it.

As much as I love Sparrow, I have to say I hate the fact it has no spam filtering for non-GMail users. That outweighs anything good about the application. So sorrowfully yet happily I say bye-bye Sparrow. Maybe if your company gets some brains and realizes the world doesn’t revolve around GMail, I might come back. For now I am a Postbox user.


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