Congratulations iPhone 5 users! You now get an extra row of icons
that you didn’t have with the iPhone 4 and 4S. That means you can see
your TweetDeck icon and tap on it without scrolling over. The Times
Square billboard writes itself: “iPhone 5: Now with More Icons!”
However, if you use any Android phone, you get more than just a
static set of application icons on your 5 to 7 home screens. You have a
working desktop you can fill with interactive widgets that show
everything from the weather to your latest social media updates. I
particularly dig the circles widget that Motorola includes on its
Android phones, which shows you battery life, time, text alerts and
Apple doesn’t gamble on immature technologies so perhaps its
understandable that the company has yet to include this new-fangled
thing called “email attachments” on its iPhone 5. While previous
versions of iOS Mail didn’t even present you with any attachment options
in its message composer, the new iOS 6 mail on the iPhone 5 gives you
the option to attach images or video only.
Just like Windows or Mac OS, Android allows you to attach any files
you want to any email message. Whether you’re using the Gmail app, its
stock email app or any of a dozen third party email clients, there’s
always a prominent attachment option on the composition screen and, when
you hit it , you’re able to browse your gallery, your file system or
any other apps you’ve installed that organize files (Dropbox,
Try plugging an Android phone into your PC and mounting it as a
storage device. You’ll have access to all the files and folders, just as
you do when you browse through your WIndows computer’s C drive. So, if
you want to copy a raft of MP3s or PowerPoint presentations to your
Android handset, you can just drag and drop them.
Say you record a memo with Droid Record and want to grab its output
files. You can navigate down to its folder and move, copy or share them
directly from there. If you run a file browser on the phone itself, you
can also dive into the file system from there.
So what happens when you plug the iPhone 5 into your PC? You get
access the digital camera (DCIM) folder only so all you can do is drag
and drop pictures. Yes, you can iTunes to transfer media files back and
forth, but you still can’t go directly into file system because Apple
just doesn’t trust you enough to let you see the folders on the iPhone 5
that you bought from them. Whose phone is it anyway?
With the iPhone 5, you can have any keyboard you want as long as its the
stock iOS 6 keyboard. If you’re using Android and you don’t love
Google’s default layout, you’re free to install a third-party keyboard
that suits your needs.
Most Android phones offer optional haptic feedback, which allows you to
get a nice tactile vibration when you type, long press on the screen or
tap the navigation buttons. While some people dislike haptics, the
vibrations give you a strong acknowledgement that your touch has
registered so you don’t have to tap twice. Unfortunately, with the
iPhone 5, you don’t have a choice; just a flat screen that provides no
Unfortunately, the iPhone 5 uses a proprietary connector it calls
“lightning” instead of standard micro USB, but gets around the EU
regulation by offering an adapter.Why not just use micro USB like every
other company? Then you couldn’t make a mint selling proprietary wires
and making every iPhone 4S owner that upgrades buy new accessories,
because older iPhones had an even larger proprietary dock connector.
With Android, every relevant app from the browser to the photo
gallery includes a share button. When you tap share, you’re given an
extensive and universal list of apps you can share with. And that list
grows, depending on what software and services you have installed, from
Facebook to your SMS messenger to Bluetooth transfers. So if, for
example, you join Pinterest and install its app, you can share directly
to that from any app with a search button.
Rather than providing you with one share list to rule them all, the
iPhone 5 lets each app developer create his or her own share menu, which
has a finite list of services that developer feels like supporting. The
default Safari browser and iOS photo gallery apps can only share to
Facebook, Twitter, Email and messaging. Google, Flickr, Pinterest,
Google Talk, and any of 100 other services need not apply.