iOS can do things, as many things as Android

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The discussion above on Twitter is symptomatic of how many people view iOS and the constraints of the iPhone. Constraints that almost always are not present unless you are looking at using an iOS device with no third party apps installed.

It’s an age-old argument and one that Kevin summed up in his tweet-

The comment was it can’t be done. Even if using Dropbox it quite clearly can. If someone said that about Android you would correct them.

If Apple allows third party apps to do something that is not natively present on one of its devices, then it can be done. This applies to much more than file management and if you spent the time to see what Android can do that iOS can’t, the eventual list would be very small indeed.

I’m not talking about making the home screen look nice and that, but real things that a user may want to do. They might not know that it cannot be done, but if they have a need to do it then they should quickly be able to discover what they need to do.

File management is a classic example because even though a file manager is usually present on an Android device, the process to use it is sometimes needlessly complicated and then fraught with inconsistency and errors. That is not a generalisation, just an opinion based on my experience. I have photos, music, videos and every file I need ‘on’ my iPhone and the process of getting them there was very easy without the need to even connect to my Mac.

So, my challenge to you is to comment on this article and tell me what Android can do that iOS can’t.

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6 replies

  1. I can’t comment on what Android does or doesn’t do because I haven’t used it that much. I wonder how many android fan-boys and girls have used iOS extensively. And vice versa to be fair. Many Android-centric comparisons will use iOS with no 3rd party apps. And vice versa I’d expect. But the only people who don’t use 3rd party apps likely would not use those supposedly extra features of Android. And I’ll bet it’s the same way for iOS. I’ve seen this for years with PCs and Macs, and a variety of other operating systems.

    As for the Android file system, which I did play with for about 15 minutes in a store, it’s a file system. The thing is, how often do you need to move things around. With Open In on iOS, you can do most of what you’d need. I don’t count iTunes because while you can drag and drop from the desktop to a degree, you can’t get a folder contents and it really is very limited.

    It depends what your needs are. If you want and need an open OS that can be file oriented then look at Android. If you want an OS that is app oriented, then go iOS. For me, even with the larger screens available, I can;t see doing my general computing on a smartphone or tablet. But I certainly don’t want the complexity of MacOS (or Windows for that matter) on my smartphone. I just want it to work.

  2. Isn’t that a bit like saying “What can Windows do that a Mac can’t?”

  3. For me, it’s just about price. Android supports a much lower price point with the same functionality. My Lenovo P2 does everything an iPhone can do with far better battery life and all for £199.

    • It also does as much as an S8, which is also expensive. That particular point isn’t really related to iOS but is more about the quality of budget phones these days. If anything it’s harder to justify an S8 over a P2 than an iPhone 7 over a P2 because the P2 can’t claim to support iOS and the varying ecosystem perks that Apple offers users of multiple devices. A Mac user who is used to iPhones for example would find it harder to move to a P2 than a Samsung user.

      • Different argument here. The article is about what each platform does. For most of comes down to ‘how well’ things are done.


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