Photo: Steve Kovach, Business Insider
I’ve been using the Android on a Galaxy S III for about two weeks now.Overall, I like it, but there are places where the system falls short when compared to Apple’s iOS.
One of the biggest problems with Android nowadays is that manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola alter the operating system with custom “skins” that dramatically change the look and feel from Google’s original vision.
Yes, there were times when I thought, “Wow, I don’t miss my iPhone at all!” But I think that was mainly because I was using something new. After two weeks, I’m itching for my iPhone again.
So why am I going back to the iPhone? Keep reading to find out.
The design of the iPhone is classic.
It looks amazing and feels solid in your hand.
The iPhone 4/4S design may feel dated, but I haven't seen a better-looking phone yet.
Typing is ridiculously easy on the iPhone. Sure it takes a little bit of getting used to a touchscreen-only keyboard, but that is the case with any touch screen phone.
Compared to Android, the iPhone's predictive text is much smarter and actually knows what I'm trying to say.
Even after two weeks of use, Android still guesses the wrong word causing me to have to re-type over and over.
Android's app selection is catching up to iOS, but mobile developers still prefer iOS to Android. This means that developers who work with iOS have higher revenue potential and can reach a larger audience.
In my experience, the app selection was fine and didn't have a huge impact on my daily usage. However, It was slightly annoying that Android doesn't have my favourite twitter client, Tweetbot. And I know if I continue to use Android, I won't be able to try the hottest new apps first.
I get the majority of my music from iTunes. This makes iTunes Match an extremely useful service to me.
With over 28 million songs as of June 2012, it is difficult Google's Play store to keep up. For example, Google still doesn't offer music from Warner, one of the four major labels.
Apple is simplistic in its design of the iPhone and the phone's operating system. It's easy to find what you are looking for and you won't get lost in a sea of menus and options. That kind of customisation might be good for some people, but I prefer my device to be as simple as possible.
As an added bonus, I don't have to worry about bloatware from carriers and manufacturers on my iPhone. Android phones tend to be bogged down with apps and services that I'll never need.
I love sharing music and videos directly to my TV. Airplay makes this possible and it is only on iOS devices.
The Galaxy S III has an answer to AirPlay, but it only works on TVs with DLNA or a Samsung Smart TV. Eventually, they'll release a dongle that'll work on other brands, but the dongle doesn't have all the features Apple TV does.
iMessage is awesome. Because all of my friends have iPhones I barely need a texting plan anymore.
Even when I don't have cellular service but have access to Wi-Fi, I can still contact my friends and family.
If I break my phone I can take it directly to the Apple store and they can fix it on the spot.
Depending on the carrier and manufacturer, you don't get that level of free service with Android phones.
However, it's not all gravy. Android does have a few features I wish my iPhone had. Let's take a look.
The Galaxy S III has a cool feature that can keep the display from going dark when you're looking at it. That's very handy when you're reading an article or browsing the web.
The Galaxy S III doesn't have Google Now yet, but after seeing it in action, I wish Siri had those kind of features.
As Steve Kovach wrote a few days ago, Google Now is faster, smarter, and simply better than Siri. It's search done correctly on a mobile device.
Siri is good for things like making appointments and setting reminders, but it's not so good at bringing you the answers you're looking for.
The ability to add widgets and organise the home screen however you choose is an awesome feature.
Apple has locked down the home screen, only allowing users to organise by folders and move to different screens.
The flexibility over organisation helps to make the phone more personalised and unique.
Obviously Google Maps on Android is superior to Apple's Maps app. Yes, Apple uses Google Maps data (for now), but its app is still missing key features like turn-by-turn directions.
Apple is ditching Google Maps data in iOS 6 this fall. And based on what I've seen, it's not going to be as good as Google Maps on Android.