Now that the new iOS 7 has been unveiled, it is expected that the two mobile operating systems will compete head-to-head once again. Apple has iOS 7 and Android is proud to have Jelly Bean 4.2; these two are out to fight for the top spot. If you are torn between iOS 7 and Android Jelly Bean 4.2, here is a direct comparison between the two top mobile operating systems. Then you can decide whether or not iOS 7 is defeated when going one-on-one with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.
- UI Design – iOS 7 offers cleaner and flatter icons compared to Jelly Bean 4.2; Apple gave primary importance to translucency. Thus the overall design of iOS 7 is revitalizing to the eyes. It was a difficult task, but somehow Apple managed to pull off an impressive design. On the other hand, Jelly Bean 4.2 has a darker UI design and black is definitely the prevailing color on its background. It still has the Roboto white font and a little blue accent, too. The design of Android is more modern compared to iOS.
- Multitasking – every smartphone user wants something that will allow them to do multiple tasks. When it comes to multitasking, Android was surely ahead of the game before iOS 7 came out. Apple has redesigned this feature to make the iPhones more efficient. If there is one area where Apple defeats Android, it is definitely the multitasking feature of their smartphones. If you open several apps regularly, your iOS device knows this and will refresh the application during the time when you use these apps. The Android Jelly Bean 4.2 also has a trustworthy multitasking feature; users would need to press the multitasking button to have a preview on the recently used applications.
- iTunes Radio vs Play Music All Access – iOS device users have been waiting for iRadio so that they can listen to their favorite songs online. For US customers, they only need to wait until Fall before they can enjoy this iOS feature. It is a little bit pricey compared to Play Music All Access because an iOS device user would need to pay $24.99 per year in order to have an ad-free iTunes Radio. Android device users would only need to pay $9.99 per year to avail themselves of Play Music All Access. iTunes Radio does not allow users to search songs based on the artists, and users can save the songs to listen to them offline.
- Siri vs Google Now – when Apple unveiled iOS 7, it didn’t give much weight to changes or improvements on Siri, except for the new voices and additional functionality, like increasing the brightness of the iOS device. It would have been much better if Apple has improved its voice recognition rather than add functionalities. Google Now provides more contextual information compared to “ask and tell” Siri. Google now is surely more proactive, because it offers information like the weather, current update on the scores of your favorite game/team, and a lot more. In fact, too much information provided without being asked can become a little creepy, but it is definitely more useful compare to Siri.
- Web Brower – if you take a closer look at the design of the Safari app in your iOS device, you will notice that some ideas were actually taken from Google Chrome. The Safari browser has integrated Reading List and iCloud keychain that allows iOS device users to keep the passwords in one protected place in case you don’t remember them. Chrome has definitely improved a lot in Jelly Bean 4.2, but it does not offer storage space for the articles that you want to save. However, Pocket, a third party application, will surely help the Android device users to get the job done.