Android and iOS work constantly in parallel, copying (and expanding) their respective features. But the comparison is not always on a par. In this article we will analyze a series of features that Android is able to offer and that the iPhone user will not find on his phone, even after the upgrade to iOS 12 last fall. Before entering into some functions, however, we first clarify one thing: it is not a war and we do not want to establish if IOS is better or worse than Android. Both operating systems are exceptional and each has its own distinctive characteristics.
Multiple Users and Guest Access
You can hand to another person any Android device running Lollipop (Android 5.x) or newer: they can sign in and access to their apps, info, and the like all without messing with the primary account on the phone.
In case you want to allow someone to use your phone and be sure that none of your personal information can be seen, you can use Guest Mode. Through this function is activated an Android mode that does not require the need to access, so anyone can use your phone but without having access to your privacy. Considering that phones are primarily single-user devices, it could be argued that there is no real need for a guest mode or multi-user access. This is true but for the tablets the story is different indeed it could be very useful on the iPad allowing access to multiple users / guests.
Direct USB Access and a Real File System
If you plug an Android device up to a computer, you can have direct access to all the folders and to all the files in the local memory in the same way that you would any other drive connected to your computer. If you do the same thing with an iOS device, you basically just get access to camera contents.
This also applies to the file managers that are installed on the device. iOS comes with one out of the box, but it’s extremely limited, only showing “recent” files and providing no true file system access. But if you decide to install one of the many file managers for Android that you find in the Play Store, you will have access to the entire storage partition. You can cut, copy, move, and delete files as you will, just like you can on a computer.
This is especially useful forexternal drives. To use it on Android, simply connect it to your phone; but on iOS, each drive requires its own app for any sort of file management. It’s convoluted and far more confusing than it should be.
Meaningful Home Screen Customization
On iOS, you can move icons around and group them into folders. That’s useful, but not as useful as it could be. On Android, for example, you can not only group icons together in folders, but it adds widgets with important information if you need it, in this way it is completely revised the operation of the Home screens work.
But if you want something more for you, there are many other features available in the Play Store that let you control the layout of your home screen layout. You can change icon size, grid size, and so much more. The possibilities here are pretty endless, if you can think it up, you can do it on Android.
Default App Choices
If you download a new browser on Android, you can set it as your default choice for opening links. This also applies to the keyboard, home screen, app by phone, digital messaging app assistant, and more with the ability to change it as you see fit.
On iOS, you basically get what you’re given. You can use other browsers, but you can not set them as defaults and this also applies to the keyboard. It is strange that although there are more options it is not possible to specify which one is preferred to use as your primary.
Always-on Display for At-A-Glance Info
There’s something absolutely satisfying about check on the phone now, date, notifications and more all without having to even touch it. This is a relatively new feature for Android, but it’s one that becomes invaluable once you get used to it.
The new generation of Android phones, such as Galaxy S9 and Pixel 2 allow you to quickly acquire information thanks to the always active displays. You can, of course, turn it off if you don’t like it, and Samsung even lets you customize it or set it to be automatically disabled at a certain time (like overnight).
The closest function offered on iOS is the awakening on awakening, with which the display is activated when you pick up the phone. That’s useful, but just glancing down at your phone is nicer.
Multi-Window Support for True Multitasking
Google offers the ability to run two side-by-side apps on the screen starting with Android Nougat (7.x). The first time it will seem strange to run two apps on the small screen of your phone but you will appreciate the usefulness of this function when you need it. For example, how many times would you have liked to check the shopping list keeping an eye on prices with the calculator? Now you can do it! And if you want to improve the experience try to use it on a tablet.
Now, this feature is available on iOS—but only on the iPad. As we said the best use is on a big screen like that of a tablet but do not think that this is essential: it’s one that makes a lot of sense on phones too, especially if you use something like a Plus model.