There was 5.11 billion unique mobile users worldwide in 2019, and 2.71 billion of them used smartphones. 100 million people have started using smartphones in the past year. 52% of the world’s population are mobile internet users. With more than 20% of global smartphone sales, Samsung tops the list of smartphone companies.
Number of Smartphone & Mobile Phone Users Worldwide (Billions)
|Number of smartphones||Number of mobile phones|
|2021||4 billions||5 billions|
Are smartphone specs actually a good representation of the smartphone? Any modern smartphone has a list of required parts: a battery, CPU (central processing unit – the brains of the computer), storage (think of it as a filing cabinet or bookshelf where information is stored, just a lot smaller), RAM (random access memory – think of this as a desk where you put books/information you pull from storage to keep handy), camera, screen, and more… There’s also the software which isn’t a physical part, but can be wildly different from one phone to another. When you buy a phone, specifications must be one of the last aspects you should worry about. Every phone has enough specs to go about our daily tasks(casual browsing, Facebook, email etc) smoothly. So unless you are a heavy gamer( a person playing Candy Crush Saga or Subway Surfers 24 hrs a day isn’t one!!!) 3gb or 2gb RAM won’t matter!
The specs of any device is a mere representation of it computational and other capabilities. It might not necessarily translate into the best possible experience for the user.
There are other factors like the OS used along with the hardware. The combination of represent the device properly.
Below are the top 13 phones with the overall best specs to date (November 2020):
- Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 Plus / S21
- iPhone 12 PRO Max
- iPhone 12
- Samsung Galaxy 20 Ultra
- iPhone 12 Pro
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- iPhone SE 2020
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition
- Samsung Galaxy Note S20 Ultra
- Google Pixel 5
- Huawei P40 Pro
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (Cheapest)
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
Best MidRange Phone by Specs:
Best mid-range phone on a budget: OnePlus 8T,
Best performance on a budget: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE,
Best camera for cheap: Google Pixel 5,
Best for cheap 5G: Moto Edge 5G,
Best for Dual Screen: LG Velvet,
Best for Apple: iPhone SE 2,
Best screen on a budget: TCL 10 Pro,
Best for megapixels on a budget: Xiaomi Mi Note 10,
Typically, a modern phone battery‘s (lithium-ion) lifespan is 2 – 3 years, which is about 300 – 500 charge cycles as rated by manufacturers. After that, the battery capacity will drop by roughly 20%.
Batteries provide power to all the different components of the phone, the biggest draws generally being the screen and the processor. Depending on the other components in the phone, they will require different amounts of power. For example, the Snapdragon 625 processor (CPU) doesn’t need much power to work, but doesn’t provide the best performance either. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 845 processor requires quite a bit more power, but it also provides a lot more performance.
Usually the standard for a flagship phone is about 4 hours screen on time, maybe 8 hours average., but today’s smartphones have gotten much more power efficient and are lasting 8–9 hours screen on time or 2 days worth of battery depending on how you use it.. but phones today should last all day on average.
With moderate use a 5000 mAh battery is expected to last typically a day and a half!
- Moto G Power: 16:10
- Moto G7 Power: 15:35
- Asus ZenFone 6: 15:01
- Samsung Galaxy A20: 13:46
- LG V60 ThinQ 5G: 12:46
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 12:35
- Moto G Fast: 12:17
- Moto G Stylus: 12:13
- Motorola Edge: 12:12
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 11:58
- iPhone 11 Pro Max: 11:54
- LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen: 11:46
- Moto Z4: 11:31
- iPhone 11: 11:16
- OnePlus 8 Pro: 11:05
Smartphones all use rechargeable batteries that are charged by plugging your phone into a wall charger.
How to make your smartphone battery last longer
It’s best for your smartphone if you charge it before the battery runs out completely. You should also unplug it once it’s fully charged, but once every now and again it’s good for your phone to let the battery run out completely.
The CPU inside your phone is responsible for running all the logic and operations required by the Android operating system as well as your apps. The CPU is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a phone. If you want to get something done on a phone, it needs to go through the CPU.
Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are by far the most common. Qualcomm is the company that makes them, and Snapdragon is their branding. Snapdragon CPUs have a number-based naming scheme, the first number indicating what family of processors it’s in (8 being high power, 6 being somewhere in the middle, and 4 being budget friendly), and the second number is which generation chip (higher numbers mean it’s newer). The last number isn’t as important. Note: this isn’t exactly true, as sometimes generation numbers are skipped or repeated, but generally this method will give you an idea of what processor you’re looking at.
So, for example the Snapdragon 855 is a high power processor (indicated from the 8 in front), 5th generation (indicated by the 5 in the middle) processor. The Snapdragon 625 is a midrange processor (indicated by the 6 in front) from the 2nd generation (indicated by the 2 in the middle). Likewise, the Snapdragon 808 was a high power processor from a few generations back.
Check out Qualcomm’s website if you’re looking for more info.
Huawei Kirin processors are made in-house by Huawei, and (as far as I know) used exclusively in their phones. While traditionally they offered weak gaming performance, these days they’re in the same ballpark as Snapdragon processors. The Kirin 980 is currently the latest and greatest.
Samsung’s Exynos processors are (as far as I know) exclusively used in Samsung phones, generally in the global versions (they tend to use Snapdragon processors for American phones because of LTE bands). They are also very high end, and comparable to the best from Qualcomm.
MediaTek processors are more budget friendly (and lower performance) from the rest mentioned above. MediaTek doesn’t always provide proper documentation for their processors, and as such sometimes it’s a limitation as to why they stop receiving Android updates or why the manufacturer’s software may be poorly optimized. Personally I tend to steer clear of MediaTek processors, but if you’re on a tight budget they can still be a viable option.
GPU vs CPU: What’s the difference? While CPUs are designed to handle a bit of everything, GPUs are built with a very specific purpose in mind – parallel data crunching for 3D graphics processing. They’re designed to be much faster and more power-efficient at this task, but as a trade-off, aren’t as flexible in their range of workloads.
To test and rank processors, Tech Centurion has developed Centurion Mark which evaluates the performance of a processor. Centurion Mark evaluates the CPU performance, Gaming Performance, and battery efficiency of a chip based on real-world usage and we combine all that data to assign a score to every SOC.
|Rank||Processor Name||Phone||Centurion Mark|
|#1||Apple A14 Bionic||Apple iPhone 12 Pro||165*|
|#2||Apple A14 Bionic||Apple iPhone 12||165|
|#3||Snapdragon 865+||Asus ROG Phone 3||150|
|#4||Snapdragon 865||OnePlus 8||149|
|#5||Dimensity 1000+||Xiaomi Redmi Note 10||146|
|#6||Apple A12 Bionic||iPhone XS Max||146|
|#7||Dimensity 1000||Xiaomi Redmi K30||146*|
|#8||Snapdragon 855+||Asus ROG Phone II||145|
|#9||Exynos 990||Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra||144|
The iPhone 12’s A14 Bionic chip wins the competition as it has the highest performing CPU (Both in Single-Core and Multi-Core tasks) and the fastest GPU. It is also the most power-efficient chip because it is the first mainstream product to be fabricated on TSMC’s 5 nm Process.
Mobile GPU Rankings
|Rank||GPU Name||SOCs||Centurion Mark|
|#1||A13 Bionic’s GPU||Apple A13 Bionic||126.1|
|#2||Adreno 650||Snapdragon 865 & 865+||122.3|
|#3||A12 Bionic’s GPU||Apple A12 Bionic||119.3|
|#4||Adreno 640||Snapdragon 855 & 855+||117.7|
|#5||Adreno 630||Snapdragon 845||114.8|
|#6||Mali G77 MP11||Exynos 990||114.7|
|#7||Mali-G77 MC9||MediaTek Dimensity 1000 and 1000+||112.2|
|#8||Mali-G76 MP16||Kirin 990||110.7|
|#9||Mali-G77 MC7||MediaTek Dimensity 1000L||109.9|
|#10||Mali-G76 MP12||Exynos 9820 & 9825||108.9|
RAM (Random Access Memory) is storage used for a place to hold data. If your mobile device or tablet has a small amount of RAM, you may find that it will start to slow down when you have opened and used lots of different applications at the same time.
RAM is basically really fast storage. Your phone pulls information from the storage (think of filing cabinets) into RAM (think of a desk). There’s only so much room in RAM (the desk) before you have to start putting things back into storage. More RAM means that you’ll have to re-load apps less (they’re already loaded in the background in a suspended state), which saves on processing power and therefore uses less battery power.
4GB has become common for most phones, with some going as high as 8 and even 10gb. 2gb has become outdated at this point.
- Xiaomi Black Shark 3 256GB. When it comes to the best smartphone, the Xiaomi Black Shark allows you to operate multiple functions simultaneously – thanks to its 12 GB RAM. …
- OnePlus 8 iN2010 256GB 12GB RAM
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G SM-N986B/DS Dual Hybrid Sim 12GB+256GB
- OPPO R17 Pro.
- Asus ROG Phone 3 5G
How do I clear the RAM on my Mobile device?
If your mobile device or tablet has a small amount of RAM, you may find that it will start to slow down when you have opened and used lots of different applications at the same time. This is one of the reasons why some devices are more costly – more expensive devices will usually have a larger amount of RAM, and will be able to run more applications at the same time without slowing down as much.
Clearing the RAM will close and reset all running applications to speed up your mobile device or tablet. You will notice improved performance on your device – until there are too many apps open and running in the background again. It is good practice to close down applications regularly.
RAM in any device, be it handheld or a PC, is a piece of hardware where the current application data is kept for instant access to the processor. This serves as the main memory for devices and is faster than HDD, SSD or Optical drives.
A device’s performance is not just dependent on the processor but also the amount of memory (RAM) it carries. If a user has opened multiple apps then their current state is logged onto the RAM, which helps the user access the app in its current state after finishing work on another app. More RAM ensures more data and multiple apps running in the memory for a seamless user experience.
There are multiple reasons for it, but the major one will be their approach towards memory management. Unlike Android, iOS doesn’t rely on Java Virtual machine to execute its codes and the app codes are directly executed on the hardware thus limiting the need for RAM to run virtual machines on iOS.
Android is built for various devices with varying hardware specifications, hence, it needs more memory to execute the right code for the right device. Also, apps on Android are allowed to use as much of RAM that is required, so, they end up collecting more data on the RAM and when it is not used the data is cleaned.
If you’re someone who uses your phone primarily to talk, text, read email and browse online, 32 GB is likely enough storage, especially if your phone has a microSD card slot, which you can use to cheaply expand your storage. For more active phone users, a 64 GB phone is a good option.
The total amount of internal storage cannot be increased or decreased by the user, so if your phone has only 16GB of internal storage and no expansion slot, this is all the storage space you will ever have. And remember, some of this will already be used up by the system software.
Storage is fairly simple: the more you have the better. 64GB is fairly standard these days, with 128GB having become the standard for higher end phones. Typically more than 128gb of storage is only found on very high end phones. If you find yourself running out of storage, there are some ways to manage (like clearing cache, uninstalling some apps, moving photos to your computer/upload them to a service like Google Photos or Facebook so you can remove them from your phone).
Micro SD cards can be found on some phones (they’re more rare now, but some are still available), and can allow you to add additional storage after you’ve already bought a phone. It’s going to be slower than the built-in storage, so movies, music, or files are best stored on SD cards (apps and especially games aren’t recommended).
- Best overall: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
- Great for one-handed use: Samsung Galaxy S20.
- Dual screens: LG G8X ThinQ.
- Best budget phone: Nokia 7.2.
If your mobile device or tablet has a small amount of RAM, you may find that it will start to slow down when you have opened and used lots of different applications at the same time. This is one of the reasons why some devices are more costly – more expensive devices will usually have a larger amount of RAM, and will be able to run more applications at the same time without slowing down as much.
Clearing the RAM will close and reset all running applications to speed up your mobile device or tablet. You will notice improved performance on your device – until there are too many apps open and running in the background again. It is good practice to close down applications regularly.
USE ANDROID’S “FREE UP SPACE” TOOL
Android has a built-in tool to help you increase the amount of useable storage on your phone. It’s easy to find:
- Go to your phone’s settings, and select “Storage.” Among other things, you’ll see information on how much space is in use, a link to a tool called “Smart Storage” (more on that later), and a list of app categories.
- Tap on the blue “Free up space” button
- You’ll be given the choice of using Google’s Files app (if it’s installed) or the built-in “Remove items” feature. The latter gives you the opportunity to clean out your photos and videos (if they’re backed up), your downloaded files, and your infrequently used apps.
When you open the camera app, you can usually swap between the cameras by tapping a face or camera icon surrounded by arrows.
The camera on the back of the phone is usually much better, so unless you’re taking a selfie, stick to the back camera. Usually tapping on the screen controls the camera, but most smartphones also allow you to use the volume button to take photos. Smartphone cameras are generally the only camera that people own these days, so they tend to be pretty important. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to directly compare them. There are benchmarks like DxOMark that try, however these aren’t always accurate and a single number can’t possibly identify all the conditions a camera can be put through (lowlight, HDR, megapixels, focal length, aperture size, pixel size, plus all the video aspects…). Generally speaking, you get what you pay for in a camera – that is more expensive phones almost always have better cameras. Don’t both looking at megapixel count – a 20MP Sony smartphone won’t take pictures as good as the 12MP Pixel 4 or iPhone 11. If you’re looking for the best of the best in terms of cameras, the modern Pixel phone is about as good as you can get.
- Sony Xperia 1 II.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Top imaging, plus an editing Pen that’s also a remote shutter.
- Google Pixel 4A. Computational photography on a budget.
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10. The camera phone with the record breaking pixel count.
Smartphone Screen, Resolution, Weight
Smartphones all use touchscreens. You may have heard the term ‘resolution’, this refers to the amount of pixels on the screen.
A pixel is, more or less, a little light that can change colors. The more of them you have in your screen, the better quality (or higher definition) it is.
A resolution of 1080p means that there are 1920×1080 pixels, which is equal to 2,073,600 pixels. This has long been the standard for full HD televisions, but its not unusual to see this resolution (or higher) on a smartphone as well.
Screens are backlit by lights. You can turn these lights up or down to make the screen brighter or dimmer.
Size Recently, screens (aka displays) have been getting bigger. 5.5-6″ isn’t uncommon for a “regular” phone, especially the ones with small-to-no bezel. “Plus” or “XL” or “Pro” models can exceed 6″ in some cases. If you have smaller hands, generally it’s a good idea to stick with a smaller phone…however that isn’t always the case. A larger screen allows you to fit more on it than a smaller phone (obviously), and oftentimes you’ll be able to get used to a bigger screen fairly easily after using it for a few weeks. It’s also important to take into account the physical size of the phone, as some devices have bezels so large that even with smaller screen sizes, the full package will be larger than a phone with a larger screen but less bezel.
Resolution isn’t something that generally needs to be considered unless you’re looking at budget phones. 1080p is pretty standard, and is the minimum I’d suggest for almost all phone buyers (720p is generally considered to be outdated). 1440p has become standard for higher end phones, but even the jump from 1080p to 1440p isn’t really that big most of the time (unless you’re looking at a pentile pixel sub-matrix…then it’ll make a difference). If you want to use your phone for VR though (note: I firmly believe Google DayDream and Samsung Gear VR are the only phone VR holders worth buying if you want to do any more than just look at things), 1440p is a must and we’ll start seeing more 4K smartphones soon too I’d imagine. 4K will be much better for VR.
Technology (OLED vs LCD) There used to be a big debate between OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) screens (including Samsung’s AMOLED (Active Matrix OLED)), but OLED seems to be winning out. OLED panels provide superior saturation and true black levels, and the burn-in issues aren’t nearly as bad as what they used to be. LCD displays (of which IPS is a division) are cheaper to manufacture, and as such are still very commonly found in modern phones. LCD (and by inclusion IPS) displays are also immune to burn-in, although can suffer from temporary ‘ghosting’ and ‘backlight bleed’. Either way you go, generally you can’t go wrong unless you manage to find a phone with a TN panel – then you should run away quickly (although I’d be surprised if you managed to find one).
For most people, the ideal weight of a phone is between 140g and 170g. We were surprised to see how many people commented on our poll that “lighter is better”. There’s a sort of stigma around light phones – the heavier handsets just feel more durable.
Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max is perhaps the heaviest phone you can buy today. Maybe ever. It weighs 7.97 ounces, or half a pound.
A contract is a service agreement between you and a carrier (ex. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint) that states that you will be a customer for a certain period of time, usually 1 or 2 years. During this time frame, you’ll be bound to that particular carrier unless you cancel your contract (at the cost of Early Termination Fees “ETFs”, usually several hundreds of dollars).
So why get a contract? It all comes down to price… I’ll use the iPhone as an example. The TRUE cost of an iPhone Pro is $999. When you buy an iPhone, regardless of how much YOU pay out-of-pocket, Apple is getting $999. Many people can’t just drop $999 on a pocket-sized device, so there’s an issue… unless you get a contract. If you get a 2-year contract on AT&T/Verizon/Sprint, you’d only pay $42/month, and be locked to that carrier for 2 years in exchange for the subsidy that the carrier paid (in this case, $999). The main benefit of phone contracts is the lower upfront cost.
But there are several disadvantages to contracts. I’ll run through the top three I find:
Monthly price: In order to recoup some of the phone subsidy, carriers will often charge more per-month on plans with a contract. For example, AT&T charges $15 more per month per line that you bought on-contract (versus off-contract). Furthermore, since unlocked phones can be used on a variety of carriers, competition tends to drive the price down.
Carrier exclusivity: When you buy a Sprint phone, it’s very unlikely that it’ll work easily on other carriers. Unlocked phones tend to work on all GSM carriers, though there are CDMA versions available on some phones. (Check out a description on CDMA vs. GSM for more information)
- Mint Mobile: Best value phone plan—$30/mo. *
- T-Mobile Essentials: Best unlimited plan plan—$60/mo. *
- Verizon Do More Unlimited: Best coverage—$90/mo. *
- Visible Wireless: Best family plan—$100/mo. *, 4 lines.
- Metro by T-Mobile $50 Unlimited Plan: Best prepaid family plan—$90/mo.
- Koodo 6GB Plan for best smartphone plan: $50/month.
- Rogers Infinite +30 Promo for best unlimited data plan: $85/month.
- Public Mobile Prepaid 1GB Talk and Text for cheap prepaid/pay-as-you-go plan: $25/month.
- Fido iPhone XS for best $0 iPhone deal: $19.99/mth for 24 mths.
Guide on choosing the perfect smartphone
Features you should be looking for in general
One of the most important things in your phone is it’s longevity, and I’m not talking about battery capacity. I think most of us want our phone to perform as good as if it were new, even if it is 2-3 years old. On iOS it is pretty simple, because there is only one version of it on every device but on Android we have many third party skins. A Google Pixel looks and feels incredibly different from a Xiaomi Mi Mix or a Samsung handset, yet they might be running the same android version deep down.
The longevity depends on multiple things. First of all, how you handle it. You don’t want to install 3 antivirus and 200 apps , because it will slow it down significantly. But let’s assume you keep things pretty clean. The next thing: Stock Android (Stock = What Google makes. An OS without many modifications.). In general, the closer you are to stock, the smoother and faster your device will be. I recently installed a custom OS on my old LG G3 and the OS size was 300 MB while an OEM OS like Samsung’s UX can take up to 3-4 GB. The bigger OS size results in more unused junk, that overall makes your phone slower overtime.
Memory: You don’t need 8 GB. If you have 3-4 gigs your device should rarely reload apps. You shouldn’t pay extra for that much memory.
Processor: The rule here is to get something from Qualcomm. MediaTek processor tend to be cheaper but they are much worse. You want to look for phones with current gen processors. The Snapdragon 660 is almost as good as a SD (SD = Snapdragon) 821, which is a 2 year old flagship processor, but it is much more efficient. Mid-range chips have come a long way and they are much much better than a few years ago.
With that said, if you want nice performance you should be looking at the new SD 400 series at least and nothing less.
Screen: This is important too. If you like a phone try to look up a review where outdoor visibility is mentioned. Trust me, a bright screen worth so much more that anything in a display. And btw 1080p is still enough.
IP rating: It doesn’t really matter what IP rating it has, it will survive a splash. Don’t base your decision on this. IP 67 is basically the same as 68 and even 58 is not far behind.
Reputable brand: If you want to save yourself from a lot of trouble, pick a phone from a reputable brand with decent customer support. If you buy some janky Chinese crap, you might not be able to get a repair or a replacement. Just to name a few brands with good customer support: Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus but the best is Sony. They repaired my brother’s phone for free, out of warranty.
Most important attributes for every budget
Now that we have seen what are the most important things, take a look at each price range, and what you could expect in them. Keep in mind, I’ll be talking about new, off-the-shelf phones. You can always get used phones for crazy low prices and I would recommend picking up a 2 year old flagship new as opposed to a brand new cheap phone. Remember, that phone used to be the top end.
Low-end (0 – 200$): You shouldn’t expect anything fancy. Try to go for the basics, a decent processor, close to stock android and sufficiently bright screen. Forget about an amazing camera. Recommended phones: Nokia phones, Xiaomi Mi A1
Mid-range (200 – 400$): You have much more flexibility here. You should still be focusing on the basics but you can go and look into some extras, like a better camera or water resistance or a nice build. Recommended phones: Still Nokia, if you can find older, but still new Sony or OnePlus phones.
Upper-mid-range (400 – 600$): This is OnePlus territory. You can get almost everything in the high-end market. Processors are reaching the SD 8XX range, which means amazing performance. These phones are the sweet spot on the price to value chart. Recommended phones: , Pixel 4
The best smartphone for under $500 in 2021
High-end and Premium (600$ + ): You get the idea. The more you pay, the more wiggle room you have for you needs. These phones have the best cameras and build and will probably last the longest. Recommended phones: One Plus 8, Samsung S20, iPhone 12 (bright display)
Xiaomi Mi A2: Well this is a really basic phone, but it gets the job done. Has stock android and decent battery life, plus the modding community is pretty great for it. Recommend it as a really low end option or a secondary device.
Nokia 5, 5.1, 6, 6.1, 7.2: They are better in many aspects than the Mi A1 and offer a better overall experience. Would recommend to budget users as a solid option.
Nokia 7+: If the OnePlus 6 did not exist, this would be the perfect mid-range phone. Everything is just really solid about this phone. Recommended.
OnePlus: Yes, they copy the iPhones but they are also really good. The SD 845 is a beast and you get an amazing package. Best bang for the buck
Sony phones: They are underrated so much. They run close to stock and they have an amazing battery saver feature. They only charge the battery to 90% overnight and reach 100% by the time you wake up, and this preserves the heath of the battery. They are also fast and reliable and get fast Android updates.
Samsung: From my experience you should only get the high-end ones. The skin they have is so bloated that it will slow down on lower-end ones but the flagships are amazing. Their screens are magically beautiful and the build is amazing. The cameras are decent too.
Top tier smartphones
Smartphones on a budget
- Best mid-range phone: OnePlus 8T
- Best performance: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
- Best camera: Pixel 5
- Best for cheap 5G: Moto Edge
- Best for Dual Screen: LG Velvet
- Best for Apple: iPhone SE 2
- Best screen on a budget: TCL 10 Pro
- Best for megapixels: Xiaomi Mi Note 10
So what is a mid-range phone anyway? For us, it’s phones that are mid-priced, found neither at the premium and of the market nor in the budget ranges. Created by the sheer volume of competition between modern phone manufacturers, this appealing mid-range space offers impressive bang for your buck from established brands, with models that encompass a range of uses. Xiaomi is legendary in the budget and midrange phone space.
The small but mighty wonder is as feature-filled as the iPhone 12. Like the iPhone 12, there’s two lenses on the back— a wide and ultrawide — with the ability to capture Night Mode and Portrait Mode shots. It’s powered by the A14 Bionic chip and lets you experience iOS 14 to the fullest. All that despite being smaller than the iPhone SE, falling somewhere between the size of the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 8.
We’ve spent the last week with the iPhone 12 Mini and, quite frankly, think it’s the answer for an affordable flagship device that’s actually full-featured.
Smartphone and tablets Apps
A mobile application, also referred to as a mobile app or simply an app, is a computer program or software application designed to run on a mobile device such as a phone, tablet, or watch. Apps were originally intended for productivity assistance such as email, calendar, and contact databases, but the public demand for apps caused rapid expansion into other areas such as mobile games, factory automation, GPS and location-based services, order-tracking, and ticket purchases, so that there are now millions of apps available. Apps are generally downloaded from application distribution platforms which are operated by the owner of the mobile operating system, such as the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store. Some apps are free, and others have a price, with the profit being split between the application’s creator and the distribution platform.
- Mobile apps are expected to generate $189 billion in revenue by 2020.
- The Apple App Store has 2.2 million apps available for download.
- There are 2.8 million apps available for download on the Google Play Store.
- 21% of Millennials open an app 50+ times per day.
- 49% of people open an app 11+ times each day.
- 57% of all digital media usage comes from mobile apps.
- The average smartphone owner uses 30 apps each month.
Most popular Apps for Android:
- Facebook (social media)
- Messenger (messaging)
- Instagram (images sharing)
- Whatsapp (chat)
- Twitter (where things happen)
- Quora (knowledge sharing)
- Amazon (shopping)
- Flipkart (shopping)
- Snapdeal (shopping)
- Myntra (for fashion products)
- Swift Keyboard (best keyboard)
- Poweramp Music Player (best music player)
- VLC Media Player (audio and video player)
- Way2/Newshunt (news)
- Gmail /Inbox (emails)
- YouTube (entertainment)
- UC Browser (browser)
- Google Chrome (browser)
- Google Drive (cloud storage)
- PicsArt Photo Studio (best photo editing app)
- Ganaa /Saavn (online songs streaming)
- Dictionary from Innovative Software
- Google Play Store (for books, apps, games, movies)
- Adobe Reader (pdf viewer)
- BookMyShow ( movies, show bookings)
- Paytm (recharge, cinema, shopping..)
- Free charge (recharge)
- Google Maps (directions)
- Google Translator (language)
- Share it / Xender (to transfer files from one device to another)
- Hotstar (watching cricket, movies, serial)
- Jio TV (live TV)
- Uber /Ola (online taxi booking)
- CrickBuzz (live cricket score)
- Parallel Space (creating second account for any app)
- IRCTC (booking rail ticket)
- Skype (video call)
- Snapchat (video clip sharing)
- MakeMyTrip (flight, hotel booking)
- Amazon Prime Video (to watch movies)
- Es File Explorer (best file explorer)
- Tubemate/Vidmate/KeepVid (To download video from YouTube)
- Foodpanda/Swiggy (food delivery)
- WPS office (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
- Your Banking App
Most Popular iOS Apps
- Call of Duty
- Facebook Messenger
Honorable mentions (Cloud Education Apps):
This little plane means that you have airplane mode activated.
These icons of a clock generally indicate that an alarm has been set to go off in the future.
This shows you how much battery life you have left. When your device is charging, the battery symbol will change to show you so.
This feature enables your device to communicate with other technology nearby and is often used to connect to hands-free headsets or car stereos. Whilst not in use, it will use a lot of battery, click here to find out how to turn it off.
Do not disturb
The Do not disturb setting, when switched on, won’t notify you of any alerts, which is handy if you are in a meeting or for uninterrupted sleep. However, you can still allow calls from your favourite contacts.
These icons all indicate that GPS is currently in use, if you see these icons a lot but don’t use any apps that you believe require your location, it might be worth turning GPS off.
This phone symbol that has an arrow bouncing off it means that you have missed a call. Other variations of the phone icon may mean that a call is in progress, on hold or that call forwarding is activated.
These icons show that you are currently using internet data.
Network or signal strength
These icons show you that you are connected to a mobile network and will often appear next to the name of your carrier, the more bars or dots, the stronger your connection. When you are not connected, ‘No Service’ will typically appear in its place, meaning you will be unable to make or receive calls/texts.
Your device’s digital screen is currently set to remain in portrait mode, even if the device is rotated to landscape orientation.
Your device is currently sharing its mobile data network over wifi. You can learn more about this feature here.
Your device is currently syncing its data with another device or service, typically with your computer or the cloud.
This symbol means you are connected to wifi, and the more bars shown, the stronger your connection.
Smartphone PIN Locks
You can set up a screen lock to help secure your Android phone or tablet. Each time you turn on your device or wake up the screen, you’ll be asked to unlock your device, usually with a PIN, pattern, or password. On some devices, you can unlock with your fingerprint.
- Open Settings. You can find Settings in the app drawer or by tapping the cog icon in the upper-right corner of the notification shade.
- Select Security.
- Tap Screen Lock.
- Select None.
- After you’ve tried to unlock your phone multiple times, you’ll see “Forgot pattern.” Tap Forgot pattern.
- Enter the Google Account username and password you previously added to your phone.
- Reset your screen lock. Learn how to set a screen lock.
- Passcode. Passcodes are the most common security smartphone methods around. They range from the standard 4-digit numerical code to complex multi-character passwords.
- Pattern unlock: If you are an Android phone owner, you might be using the Pattern Lock system instead of a PIN code or password to secure it. It’s the popular system where you draw a pre-selected pattern on a grid of dots to unlock your phone. The reason this system is popular is due to its convenience and ease of use. It’s simply a quicker way to unlock your phone.
- Fingerprint: Since the introduction of Apple’s Touch ID, fingerprint scanners are considered as more secure than passcodes. Apple claims that there’s only a one in 50,000 chance that someone else’s fingerprint can fool Touch ID.
- Facial unlock: Facial recognition is now a common feature in most smartphones. This allows the user to unlock the phone by merely looking at it. The method is designed to be faster than fingerprint or iris unlocking without skimping on security.
- Face ID: Apple’s Face ID is the next level of facial recognition technology. It’s a more elaborate system and unlike Samsung’s system, Face ID senses depth and it tracks faces in 3-D.
Crammed within the small upper notch of the iPhone X’s display are multiple new sensors – an infrared camera, a dot projector and a flood illuminator used for facial depth scanning.
- Iris scan: Speaking of the Samsung’s Galaxy phones, it is recommended that S8 users rely on the iris scanner for phone security instead. Samsung said that the iris scanner is secure as ever, more secure than fingerprint scanning or 2-D facial recognition.
That’s because patterns in your irises are unique to you and are virtually impossible to replicate, meaning iris authentication is one of the safest ways to keep your phone locked.
The future of phone unlocking
Beyond the current biometric security systems in use today, we might see more unique identifiers like cardiac scans based on sensors that detect individual heart rates, heart shapes and heart motions.
Based on early prototypes of this technology, cardiac biometric systems can be used for “continuous authentication” that logs in users automatically to their devices.
Smartphone Security – CyberSecurity – Privacy
I don’t think it’s ‘without battery’ But when your cell is ‘turned off & charging’ I guess this is another case. You see something flickering on your computer while charging? These are programmes operating when the computer recognizes a connector.
All cellular phones track your location all of the time, because they connect to the closest cellular tower on a constant basis while turned on. The iPhone doesn’t use a magical alternative method for connection, and can’t defy the laws of physics.
It has been well established that the telecommunications industry cooperates with the NSA as part of the Patriot Act to monitor all telecommunications, which includes metadata like your current location, among other things.
So yes, the cellular companies and the government keeps track of every cellular phone’s location and that information is always monitored and stored by someone in the government.
But that’s likely not what you are actually asking about. You’re probably asking whether Apple secretly tracks and monitors your location or whether some stranger or even someone you know can secretly track your location without you knowing.
And the answer to that question is no.
Apple values your privacy more than most of its competitors. As a software developer and systems architect with decades of exposure to all of the above mainstream platforms I know that Apple does more to protect the privacy and security of their customers than most of their competitors. It shows in their hardware and software designs. It shows in the frameworks and APIs they make available to developers. And it shows in their public statements and policies. Unlike their competitors those aren’t just empty words.
There are viruses, and hacker attacks, written for the Mac, iPhones and iPads, they do exist but Apple is successful at deflecting them because Apple expends a huge effort in keeping their customers safe, protecting customer privacy via an effective multi layer defense system built into many layers of the operating system (which deflects viruses, hackers and other malware). There is no other OS with anywhere near the protection level that Apple provides. That is why you don’t see any active viruses or other hacks on Mac, iPhones or iPads, regardless of how many new strains are made.
Former FBI Director Comey testified before United States Congress that the FBI, with the help of the other government agencies, cannot hack into iPhones, which also means that there is no way to bypass the Activation Lock/iCloud Lock, at all. He also testified that the FBI can hack all other operating systems and products, regardless of marketing claims.
Companies like Cellebrite make false claims about being able to break into iPhones, the fact is that they cannot hack any iPhone that has the Secure Enclave chip, the same is true of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office who has a million dollar hacking lab, they also can only hack (All) Androids they cannot hack any iPhone that has the Secure Enclave chip in it.
This is why the FBI is continuously harassing Apple to install a backdoor in to iPhones, which Apple always refuses because Apple is the only high tech company that is actually dedicated to protecting your privacy.
Apple responds very quickly to new virus threats, automatically updating all Mac, iPhone and iPad users around the world immediately and invisibly. If you have Automatic Updates” turned on (which is the normal setting for all users), then you will receive updated virus protection, invisibly, the same day that Apple releases it. This is why there is no *Active* virus/malware in the Apple community, so there is nothing to worry about.
Apple protects iCloud since has been offering online services since 1986, so Apple has many decades of experience securing online accounts.
Apple also avoids hardware exploits in Intel’s CPU (which have multiple security flaws) with the implementation of Apple’s own Secure Enclave, T1, T2, etc. chips that boot completely securely, regardless of all the flaws in Intel’s CPUs.
Apple expends a great deal of effort to make its operating systems (macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, audioOS, etc.) secure, safe and private by implementing defenses in many layers of its core OS, which includes but is not limited to:
- Yara (so you can even add your own rules)
- System Integrity Protection (SIP)
- Malware Removal Tool (MRT)
- Core Suggestions
- Incompatible Kernel Extensions (KEXT Exclusions)
- Application Firewall (cannot be disabled)
- pf Firewall (BSD firewall, optional)
- FileVault (high grade encryption of all your data)
- Chinese Word List (SCIM)
- Core LSKD (kdrl)
- Flask Security Architecture for flexible mandatory access control
- File quarantine
- Deactivation of TPM (where applicable) on a hardware level
- Safari Fraudulent Sites protection
- Messages (the only text app that is actually secure)
- iCloud Lock (in addition to Passcode Lock)
- Protection against “Juice Jacking”
- T2 Onwards
- Passwords are hashed then the hash is stored in an inaccessible hardware encryption chip (T2 and Secure Enclave chip onwards)
- Cryptographic Boot
- Secure Enclave (T2, etc.) chip
- Is isolated so even if a host device is compromised the Secure Enclave remains secure
- Provides hardware control of FaceTime camera
- FIPS 140-2/-3 Conformance Validation Certificate
- 2018 onwards FIPS 140-2 Security Level 1
- 2019 onwards FIPS 140-2 Security Level 2
- FIPS 140-2/-3 Security Level 3 in newer products
- macOS Mojave onward
- Camera or microphone access requires user consent prompt (all but the oldest Macs have the webcam hard wired to the green indicator light so the camera cannot be on unless the green light is on); there is also a, physical disconnect that cuts the physical connection when the lid is lowered
- Moving or reading files in the Trash (by an app) require user consent
- Plug-in unapproved list, Safari extension unapproved list
- macOS Catalina onward
- Mandatory app code signing
- System Extensions (replacing kernel extensions)
- System files are stored in a separate read-only partition
- Endpoint Security framework
- Gatekeeper enhanced with random validation checks
- Gatekeeper now requires a User Prompt and approval for changes (anti-ransomware protection)
- Camera access, microphone access, screen recording or keyboard input monitoring requires user consent prompt (all but the oldest Macs have the webcam hard wired to the green indicator light so the ca cannot be on unless the green light is on)
- Downloads require user consent prompting for each domain
- Locked out ROOT account (not even Admin has access to ROOT)
- Security & Privacy preference panel
- Access control settings permissions for functions like Screen Recording, accessing Files and Folders, Input Monitoring, and Speech Recognition.
- Activation Lock (like on iPad and iPhone)
- T2 Security Chip-enabled Macs become nothing more than a brick until the proper credentials are verified, to unlock it
- Apple led the industry to require that Safari only accept digital certificates that are not more than 13 months old
- Address space layout randomization (ASLR)
- Apple statement on privacy/security: “Every Apple device combines hardware, software, and services designed to work together for maximum security and a transparent user experience in service of the ultimate goal of keeping personal information safe … Apple is committed to helping protect customers with leading privacy and security technologies— designed to safeguard personal information—and comprehensive methods—to help protect corporate data in an enterprise environment. Apple rewards researchers for the work they do to uncover vulnerabilities by offering the Apple Security Bounty.”
- Device management built into Intel CPUs is blocked and is completely inoperative
- Root keys for all Messages/iMessage/FaceTime communications were destroyed in front of witness, many years ago, so no backdoor can ever exist
- macOS – Security
- Apple Platform security Fall 2019 PDF https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1902/en_US/apple-platform-security-guide.pdf
- Apple App security overview App security overview
- Ability to deactivate hostile apps worldwide, immediately
- Apple A12 Bionic and onwards corrects an unexploited hardware exploit in earlier Secure Enclave chips
- Sign in with Apple
- iOS 14 forward
- Generalized location in Maps App
- Private translate App
- Recording Indicators for Mic and Camera
- Limited Photos Library Access for Selected App
- Apps forced to Request to Track
- Privacy Information in the App Store
- Safari Password Monitoring and Privacy Report
- Upgrade to Sign in with Apple capability
- Enable WiFi Private Address
- Enable Local Network Privacy Access
- Sign-in with Apple (on apps)
- Status bar indicator when app uses the microphone and camera
- App Store self-reported privacy practices
- All apps required to obtain user permission before tracking
- Password Monitor & Compromised Password Alert
- Random MAC address for each WiFi connection
- Privacy Warning if actual MAC address is visible to a WiFi hotspot
- “Weak Security” warning when Wi-Fi is using vulnerable technologies. ex: WPA or TKIP
- Apple Silicon onwards
- Write XOR execute (W^X)
- Kernel Integrity Protection
- Pointer authentication
- Device isolation
- Explore the new system architecture of Apple Silicon Macs – WWDC 2020 – Videos – Apple Developer
- Macs Only
- Selectable security level for each instance of macOS that is installed (Full Security makes the Mac just as secure as an iPhone)
- Secure Hibernation
- Full At-Rest protection
- Integrity and At-Rest protection
- Low battery protection
- APFS encrypted drive support iPhone/iPad enter password to access the content
- Safari 14; Privacy Report
- iPad Pro 2020 and newer disconnects hardware microphones when the lid of the device is physically closed
Smartphone Device Rooting
Rooting is the process of allowing users of smartphones, tablets and other devices running the Android mobile operating system to attain privileged control
Rooting your phone or tablet gives you complete control over the system, and that power can be misused if you’re not careful. The security model of Android is also compromised when you have root. Some malware specifically looks for root access, which allows it to really run amok.
- Tinker away: OnePlus 7T.
- The 5G option: OnePlus 8.
- Pixel for less: Google Pixel 4a.
- The flagship choice: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
- Power packed: POCO F2 Pro.
- Rooting can go wrong and turn your phone into a useless brick. Thoroughly research how to root your phone.
- You will void your warranty.
- Your phone is more vulnerable to malware and hacking.
- Some rooting apps are malicious.
- You might lose access to high security apps.
Smartphone Network (4G – 5G)
5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users. Higher performance and improved efficiency empower new user experiences and connects new industries.
5G up to 100 times faster than 4G
With 5G reaching 10 gigabits per second – up to 100 times faster than 4G – 5G networks can deliver the level of performance needed for an increasingly connected society. Connectivity requirements vary based on what the network is being used for.
5G is next generation wireless network technology that’s expected to change the way people live and work. It will be faster and able to handle more connected devices than the existing 4G LTE network, improvements that will enable a wave of new kinds of tech products. 5G networks began rolling out in the United States and around the world in 2018 and are still in their early days, but experts say the potential is huge.
Companies are racing to have the fastest or largest 5G networks. And countries are competing to be the first to deploy fully functional, nationwide 5G. That’s because the benefits of the new technology are expected to fuel transformative new technologies, not just for consumers but also for businesses, infrastructure and defense applications.
Benefits of 5G?
Much of the hype around 5G has to do with speed. But there are other perks, too. 5G will have greater bandwidth, meaning it can handle many more connected devices than previous networks. That means no more spotty service when you’re in a crowded area. And it will enable even more connected devices like smart toothbrushes and self-driving cars.
5G will also reduce latency — the time it takes for a cell phone (or other connected device) to make a request from a server and get a response — to virtually zero. And it will make communication with cloud platforms (think Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure) faster and easier.
How does it work?
With 5G, signals run over new radio frequencies, which requires updating radios and other equipment on cell towers. There are three different methods for building a 5G network, depending on the type of assets a wireless carrier has: low-band network (wide coverage area but only about 20% faster than 4G), high-band network (superfast speeds but signals don’t travel well and struggle to move through hard surfaces) and mid-band network (balances speed and coverage).
Carriers building superfast 5G networks must install tons of small cell sites — about the size of pizza boxes — to light poles, walls or towers, often in relatively small proximity to one another. For that reason, superfast networks are mostly being deployed city by city. Eventually, most US carriers will have a mix of the different network types that will enable both broad coverage and fast speeds.
The fastest 5G networks are expected to be at least 10 times faster than 4G LTE, according to wireless industry trade group GSMA. Some experts say they could eventually be 100 times faster. That’s fast enough to download a two hour movie in fewer than 10 seconds, versus around 7 minutes with 4G. Actual download speeds will depend on a number of factors, including location and network traffic.
How can you use it?
In order to connect to and get the benefits of a 5G network, consumers have to have 5G-enabled devices. Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, LG, OnePlus and several other device makers have released 5G phones. Apple is widely expected to release a 5G iPhone later in fall 2020. Some companies — including manufacturers and the NFL — are also working with carriers to install personal 5G networks so they can reap the benefits without waiting for the nationwide rollout.
Are there drawbacks?
Significant adoption of 5G is going to take years — industry trade group GSMA estimates that by 2025, around half of mobile connections will be 5G (the rest will be older tech, like 4G and 3G). There are also concerns among regulators and others about the security of 5G, especially since crucial technologies such as self-driving cars and healthcare systems will be built on top of the network.
How to determine if a phone is 5G-enabled
We’ve put together a few tips on how to know if your smartphone is 5G capable.
- Look for the 5G logo
One of the easiest ways to know if your phone is 5G capable is to look for a 5G logo at the back of the phone. It’s important to note that the more recently released flagships for 2020 may no longer carry the 5G logo on their backs. In that case, you can verify the model of the phone and identify the specs online to know if it is 5G capable.
- Download speed test on your device
You can also find out if your smartphone is 5G enabled by downloading the Speed Test app by Ookla on Google Play or Apple Store. After the download, disconnect the WiFi and enable mobile data. If the phone is 5G compatible, you’ll record rapid speeds.
Note that 5G is hardware and not software. Therefore, it cannot be installed through an OTA. However, Motorola does have the Motorola Moto Mods, a 5G accessory that is affixed to the back of the phone to access the 5G frequency.
5G phones are costlier
Another factor is that 5G phones are at the highest end of the smartphone market. Most 5G variants of flagship phones are significantly costlier than the standard models. A 5G Samsung S10 is more expensive than the standard version. If you are paying more than a thousand dollars, there’s a chance you’re paying for 5G capabilities.
Gadget enthusiasts do need to be wary of carriers who try to deceive people with a “5G E” logo, which isn’t 5G but an improved version of 4GLTE. Also ensure you live in a location with 5G infrastructure because you can’t test a 5G phone in an area with no 5G connectivity.
Most phones with 5G capability run on Gigabit WiFi but also support the longer-range but slower speed 2.4GHz band. A 5G phone should be able to switch between 4G and 5G.
- Check for 802.11ac Certification
If you’re still finding it difficult to know if your phone is 5G compatible, look at the wireless connectivity column and search for “WiFi 5” “WiFi 5G” or “802.11ac.”
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Pick the Best smartphone For Me:
– Best smartphone for Apple: iPhone 12
– Best smartphone for Android: Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
– Best smartphone for camera performance: Google Pixel 5
– Best smartphone for Apple on a budget: iPhone SE
– Best smartphone high-end performance on a budget: OnePlus 8
– Most powerful smartphone : Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra / iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 mini review from The Verge: “It’s not the best iPhone for most people, but it’s going to be a favorite for many”. The iPhone 12 Mini is what all small phones should be: tiny and mighty
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Other Smartphone Features
GPS, accelerometer and compass
GPS uses satellites to determine the location of your phone and is free to use.
The accelerometer is a small device inside your smartphone that can tell the angle you are holding your device. This is how it knows to rotate the screen when you hold it sideways.
There’s a small compass inside your smartphone which, combined with the previous two components, makes your smartphone a handy tool for navigation.
This is the company that manufactured your smartphone. iPhone’s are all manufactured by Apple, but Android devices come from a number of different manufacturers, such as Google, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Sony and more.
Your smartphone has a microphone at the bottom that is used when you’re talking on the phone. If you have headphones plugged into your smartphone, there is usually a microphone on them that allows you to talk hands-free on the phone.
Smartphone Operating System (OS)
This is the software on which your device operates. Apple iPhones run on ‘iOS’, of which the most recent version is iOS 9, Apple releases iOS updates simultaneously to everyone.
Android devices run on the Android OS, of which the most recent version is 6 (Marshmallow). Phone providers release Android updates independently, so your phone may be several versions behind.
Ports are where you can plug things into your smartphone. Smartphones typically have a charging/data transfer port at the bottom of the device, and a 3.5mm headphone port at the top (or bottom).
What is C port in Mobile?
Called USB Type-C, it is faster than the commonly used USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 standards that personal computers, laptops and smartphones all use this at the moment. … The two advantages that it offers are faster data transfer speeds and also quicker charging capabilities.
USB Type–C is available on Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, Z Flip, Note10, Note10+, Fold, S10e, S10, S10+, Fold, Note9, S9, S9+, Note8, S8, and S8+.
Smartphones also rely on open ports to receive certain types of information. But because of the way mobile networks are structured, phones‘ IP addresses can change as they move through the world.
Vivo has already introduced its concept smartphone under the NEX series that comes without any button and ports. Going forward more phones may adopt buttonless and portless design. With wireless charging gaining prominence, the charging/data port may slowly disappear from phones some years down the line.
The Best Smartphones That Still Have a Headphone Jack
Google killed the headphone jack in its Pixel line, only to resurrect it on its budget-friendly Pixel 3A and 3A XL models last year (9/10, WIRED Recommends). For $400, the Pixel 3A gets you almost anything you’d expect from a phone that’s twice the price: fast charging, a brilliant camera with a game-changing Night Sight mode for low-light shots, and an OLED display.
LG is one of the only manufacturers to have preserved the headphone jack in all of its flagship phones, and that hasn’t changed with the new V60 ThinQ. But the company goes above and beyond the jack.
Sony phones haven’t left a lasting impression for a long time, but the new Xperia 1 II (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is different. It excels in almost every way, with a great camera system, reliable battery life, and a sharp OLED screen. And after removing the headphone jack from its predecessor, the Xperia 1, Sony walked back and returned the 3.5-mm port to its rightful place in this update.
Phones on the more affordable end of the market are more likely to sport headphone jacks than their pricier counterparts. (Though that’s not always the case, e.g. the OnePlus 7T.) TCL’s first branded phones in the US—the TCL 10 Pro and the 10L—have headphone jacks, plenty of power to run most everyday tasks, and they cost $450 and $250, respectively. You also get a pair of modern-looking screens, a MicroSD card slot for more storage, solid battery life, and NFC for contactless payments. It helps that they look and feel nice.
Smartphones have a few different types of technology which allow for wireless communication such as:
– network or cellular data – allows you to make phone calls, send SMS messages and access the internet
– wifi – allows you to connect to the internet wirelessly
– Bluetooth – allows for short range connectivity – often used for connecting to a car audio system or wireless headphones
– Near Field Communication (NFC) – included in some recent smartphones, NFC allows for very close range data transfer and is similar to the technology used for contactless payments.
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5G goes Pro. A14 Bionic rockets past every other smartphone chip. The Pro camera system takes low-light photography to the next level — with an even bigger jump on iPhone 12 Pro Max. And Ceramic Shield delivers four times better drop performance. Let’s see what this thing can do.
128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Weight: 226 grams (7.96 ounces)
Super Retina XDR display
6.7‑inch (diagonal) all‑screen OLED display
2778‑by‑1284-pixel resolution at 458 ppi
The iPhone 12 Pro Max display has rounded corners that follow a beautiful curved design, and these corners are within a standard rectangle. When measured as a standard rectangular shape, the screen is 6.68 inches diagonally (actual viewable area is less).
Wide colour (P3)
2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
800 nits max brightness (typical); 1200 nits max brightness (HDR)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
Splash-, Water- and Dust-Resistant3: Rated IP68 (maximum depth of 6 metres up to 30 minutes) under IEC standard 60529
Chip: A14 Bionic chip, Next‑generation Neural Engine
Camera: Pro 12MP camera system: Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras
Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
Telephoto: ƒ/2.0 aperture (iPhone 12 Pro); ƒ/2.2 aperture (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 4x optical zoom range (iPhone 12 Pro)
Digital zoom up to 10x (iPhone 12 Pro)
2.5x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 5x optical zoom range (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
Digital zoom up to 12x (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
Night mode portraits enabled by LiDAR Scanner
Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High-Key Mono)
Dual optical image stabilization (Wide and Telephoto)
Sensor-shift optical image stabilization (iPhone 12 Pro Max Wide)
Five-element lens (Ultra Wide); six‑element lens (Telephoto); seven-element lens (Wide)
Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync
Panorama (up to 63MP)
Sapphire crystal lens cover
100% Focus Pixels (Wide)
Night mode (Ultra Wide, Wide)
Deep Fusion (Ultra Wide, Wide, Telephoto)
Smart HDR 3
Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos
Lens correction (Ultra Wide)
Advanced red-eye correction
Auto image stabilization
Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG
Video Recording: HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 60 fps
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
Optical image stabilization for video (Wide)
2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 4x optical zoom range (iPhone 12 Pro)
Digital zoom up to 6x (iPhone 12 Pro)
2.5x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 5x optical zoom range (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
Digital zoom up to 7x (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
Brighter True Tone flash
Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
Time‑lapse video with stabilization
Night mode Time-lapse
Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps
Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)
Continuous autofocus video
Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
TrueDepth Camera12MP camera
Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono)
Animoji and Memoji
Smart HDR 3
HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps
Time‑lapse video with stabilization
Night mode Time-lapse
Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)
Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos
Auto image stabilization
Face ID: Enabled by TrueDepth camera for facial recognition
Apple Pay: Pay with your iPhone using Face ID in stores, within apps and on the web
Complete purchases made with Apple Pay on your Mac
Learn more about Apple Pay Cellular and Wireless
Model A2406**: 5G NR (Bands n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79)
FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Model A2410**5G NR (Bands n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n77, n78, n79)
FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
All models: 5G (sub‑6 GHz)4
Gigabit LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA4
Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
Ultra Wideband chip for spatial awareness5
NFC with reader mode
Express Cards with power reserve
Location: Built‑in GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and BeiDou
Video Calling: 6FaceTime video calling over cellular or Wi‑Fi
FaceTime HD (1080p) video calling over 5G or Wi‑Fi
Audio Calling6FaceTime audio
Voice over LTE (VoLTE)4
Audio Playback: Audio formats supported: AAC‑LC, HE‑AAC, HE‑AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC‑3), Dolby Digital Plus (E‑AC‑3), Dolby Atmos and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+)
Spatial audio playback
User‑configurable maximum volume limit
Video Playback: Video formats supported: HEVC, H.264, MPEG‑4 Part 2 and Motion JPEG
HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG
Up to 4K HDR AirPlay for mirroring, photos and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later) or AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV
Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)7
Siri: Use your voice to send messages, set reminders and more
Get intelligent suggestions on your Lock Screen and in Messages, Mail, QuickType and more
Activate hands‑free with only your voice using “Hey Siri”
Use your voice to run shortcuts from your favourite apps
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1- How often does the average person check their phone? 96 times a day.
Americans now check their phones 96 times a day – that’s once every 10 minutes, according to new research by global tech care company Asurion. That’s a 20 percent daily increase from a similar survey conducted by Asurion two years ago.
The simple answer is Yes. The “How” is what will might give you some sweat. I noticed that this can be done, as some people have given successful feedback and there are a big number of services out there and a pretty good bunch of them need a payment, however I will share this among what I find to seem legit, this post at techtimes highlights 3 nice ones, but nonetheless there’s an android app (Phone Track by Number) too that does the play. However please note that some services may not give very accurate locations. Also note that this service is widely used by intelligence bodies and so it’s usage is critical, sensitive and so priced! Hope that’s helpful.
The answer is no, once someone sends a text message to someone else, it cannot be altered in anyway. Example, if someone texts me saying “I like your dog” then thats what ill be seeing on my end, why because it cannot be changed once its sent, it just doesn’t work that way.
I think Google photos automatically backs up the photos so you may be able to do it that way. And I think I will save them by things like location or it can use an AI to place simaler pictures together like.
Android widgets basically display data on your smartphone home screen of the application of which they are part of. Generally speaking, they are neither shortcut icons nor separately installed applications. They just provide a quick view of the data of the application which they are related to on your phone home screen.
Does MusicKit or any other framework allow you to copy music from user’s music library on the phone to another location? I want to copy music off my phone but iTunes doesn’t let me and I think it might be easier to write an app if it is allowed.
How do I use my back-end Java code in making an iOS app? I have written a fill-in-the-blanks game in Java, but would like it to be compatible on an iOS device. How to I take this code and make it into an app?
Why is my iPhone battery decreasing even if I’m not using it? I slept last night and it was fully charged and when i woke up it’s already 87% my phone’s battery health is at 100% and my phone is iphone 6s and is updated to the latest version
How do you stop background apps from closing when you enter another app, for example I want to use a VPN for Spotify but when I go into the VPN its still running at the top but when I open Spotify it closes down the VPN?
Is it safe to give storage permission to an app? I’ve downloaded “Girls Frontline” which Is a gacha game, but it wants storage permission to “store game assets” should I give It permission or just uninstall it?
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Where can I find a minimalist YouTube app? By that I don’t mean the looks of the UI but the UX. I’m tired of seeing recommendations and suggestions on the side. I want to see only what I subscribed to or searched for. Nothing more. Any 3rd party app?
I disabled Google play services and all Google apps to enhance privacy. Problem is, about half of the apps in my phone won’t work without it. Even apps downloaded from other APK sites like apkmirror, apkpure, etc require it. Is there an alternative?
*Help* Can IG randomly hide/show my name on posts? Because my girlfriend think I remove like from photo (because my name wasnt there) bud it was there. When she looks again it was there, and she thinks I lied to her about removing likes. Please help?
Is the Kajimoto app safe? It makes me seem real lonely but we’re in quarantine ok! I’m looking at it and wanna know whether its malware/ a virus? Does anybody have it or have any knowledge on it? Thanks
How can I default the end to end encryption on my watsap.. It’s disturbing me I can’t recurve calls, videos and now I’m even close on changing my number but what about the people I chat with business?
How can I default the end to end encryption on my watsap.. It’s disturbing me I can’t recurve calls, videos and now I’m even close on changing my number but what about the people I chat with business?
I’m worried about being hacked. what’s the best protection for my android?
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Well, it’s always advisable, all the misunderstandings in a love relationship will be solved if we speak to our partner about it. When it seems everything is slipping out of your hands, it’s time to monitor him/her and save your married life. Spyw3412 is one of the leading spy software that provides you with everything you need in times of suspicions.
It offers you the most impeccable and feasible app for spouse monitoring.This monitoring software runs in incognito mode and provides you with comprehensive logging features. You can remotely keep tabs on all the activities taking place on the target’s smartphone.
It is very effective as it is able to Monitor calls, Send and receive SMS, Read e-mails, Track GPS locations, Monitor internet use and browsing history, Calendar activities and Calendar, Read Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Line, and more.
It also has an amazing Keyloggers feature. This helps in discovering the keyboard inputs of the targeted user which means, it captures all the textual inputs that includes the login names and passwords entered by the target user. It works in stealth mode. And is a cross platform spy software that lets you monitor all the activities on the target’s iPhone, android devices. This software allows you to listen to phone surroundings. This is a very handy feature to turn on when your kid is not answering your calls.
This software helps you listen the live calls and plausibly you can chip in between the call conversation, which might leave your two-timer partner aghast! Just grab the cellphone of your partner for few minutes and quickly install the software on it. Don’t worry! the software is invisible to the target user and he or she will never come to know they are being monitored. This software once installed in the smartphone, runs silently and flawlessly by gathering all the necessary evidences for you to ensure that your partner is really cheating on you. With this Mobile Spyware application, you can keep yourself updated with your spouse horseplay. It does it all from SMS tracking to discovering GPS locations.
With this feature program, you install on the target’s smartphone which lets you read all the text messages which are sent and received on his/her smartphone. All the activities gets recorded in the online account from spyw3412 atgmailcom dashboard where you can check the call logs and also listen to calls and view the multimedia remotely from anywhere and at anytime.
In the end, I would want you to know that this third party monitoring application is reliable and efficient. It offers you the unlimited capabilities of spying on multiple activities on both the iPhone and android smartphone. Hope this helps you with your decision making!
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As of today: TOP Android Smartphone of the month: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Contour Cut Camera Design
Introducing a bold new camera design in a category of its own. Its ultra-sized with a contour-cut camera that seamlessly houses cutting-edge lenses.
The 108-megapixel camera captures so much detail, you can pinch in and reveal even more shots within.2 This camera quality expresses rich colour data for true-to-life details and hues — that don’t get washed out in the sun.
The breakthrough Dual Zoom system now zooms in faster, smoother and sharper than any zoom in the Galaxy series.3 And when paired with the all-new Zoom Lock, shots are now more stable.
8K Video is the highest resolution video available in a Galaxy smartphone — that’s four times as many pixels as 4K. Record in 8K 24fps and get crisp footage that looks better than the cinema, then upload and watch right on YouTube.4
Galaxy’s first 5nm processor packs epic power and speed. This outstanding upgrade means faster learning and more intelligence in every aspect of Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.5
Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G’s Intelligent Battery outlasts the day — even on 5G. Maxing out at a massive 5000mAh (typical), it combines with the new power-efficient display and processor to live on beyond the 24-hour mark.6,7
Our smoothest scrolling screen that keeps up with all your feeds. Incredibly responsive, this display delivers seamless transitions with every touch and optimizes the refresh rate based on what you view — saving battery for more of what you love.
It’s the most vivid and brightest display in a Galaxy smartphone. Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G delivers our most stunning experience at 1500 nits, with 100% colour volume for accurate and realistic colour — even in sunlight.8
- Pro Grade Camera: Zoom in close, take photos and videos like a pro, and capture incredible share-ready moments with our easy-to-use, multi lens camera
- Sharp 8K Video: Capture your life’s best moments in head-turning, super-smooth 8K video that gives your movies that cinema-style quality
- Multiple Ways to Record: Create share-ready videos and GIFs on the spot with multi-cam recording and automatic professional-style effects
- 100x Zoom: Get amazing clarity with a dual lens combo of 3x and 10x optical zoom, or go even further with our revolutionary 100x Space Zoom
- Highest Smartphone Resolution: Crystal clear 108MP allows you to pinch, crop and zoom in on your photos to see tiny, unexpected details, while lightning-fast Laser Focus keeps your focal point clear
- All Day Intelligent Battery: Intuitively manages your cellphone’s usage to conserve energy, so you can go all day without charging (based on average battery life under typical usage conditions)
- Power of 5G: Get next-level power for everything you love to do with Galaxy 5G; More sharing, more gaming, more experiences and never miss a beat
Screen is brighter on 21+ according to specs/reviews, but the same resolution as what I’m running the S20+ while using 120 hz, which is a huge disappointment that the higher resolution is exclusive to the Ultra. I also prefer the flat screen, I’ve never really liked the curved screen of the S20+.
New faster processor on s21+ obviously a good thing, supposedly about 20-25% faster performance and more graphics performance. I watch a lot of media and games on my phone so this sounds nice but I’m doubting if it will actually be noticeable, particularly with less ram on the system.
12 GB downgrading to 8 GB, seems like a deal breaker since I like to have multiple Chrome tabs up and run lots of processes at same time, but supposedly I’ve heard conflicting reports that the 8GB in the S21+ might be faster RAM . Also think I’ve heard something about how the new Snapdragon processor can use RAM more efficiently and doesn’t need as much, but I’m highly skeptical of that claim also. Seems like a downgrade overall to me.
SD Card slot
I don’t currently use a SD Card, so this is a non-factor for me. I like the idea of having it but it’s not a deal breaker like I know it is for others.
Camera seems fundamentally about the same hardware. I’ve read there are some software changes, but those will likely be updated on S20+ in future downloads. Doesn’t seem like an upgrade, that’s more a selling point for the Ultra obviously.
Slightly bigger battery on S21+. Better processor and adaptive refresh supposedly will get better battery life also. S20+ is a battery hog, especially since I like to keep performance settings at maximum.
Even after trade-in it will cost me about $300. Sure I’ll get about $260+ in accessories credit, but I already have Galaxy Buds+ from last year, already have a Galaxy Watch Active 2, I don’t use or want a Samsung case; so I’m struggling to even figure out what I’d use the credit to purchase.
It seems like I’d be paying for a minor update to most features and not really a upgrade, and a downgrade on the RAM.
1- iPhone 12 Pro Max 2020
The battery. Feels absolutely insane. I have about 2h screen on-time since charging today, and the battery is at 79% at the moment. Downloaded loads of apps and thousands of spotify songs yesterday, battery was at 60% ish when plugging it into the charger. Such a MASSIVE upgrade from my X which never lasted an entire day for me in the end.
The size. It’s pretty much perfect I would say. I have average-sized hands and haven’t noticed any problems with one-handed usage. It fits pretty good in my pocket, nothing more to say there really. Also the new design just feels sooo good in my hands.
The RAM. My old X couldn’t handle more than 3-4 apps sometimes before killing a background process. It happened waaay too many times that I browsed youtube, opened up snapchat and reddit, then when going back to youtube it reloaded the app. Haven’t happened yet on my PM, despite opening way more apps.
The cameras. I am not a photographer and I did not buy this phone for the cameras. Most of my camera roll is just saved memes from Reddit. However, after comparing photos from both my X and my 12 PM, the differences are noticeable, but not major in any way. It feels better in low-light, though. Will probably do some more testing when the weather is not 1000% rain.
The price. Let’s be real, most people buying this phone is not on a budget. You buy this if you want the best. Phones these days are expensive. I think the argument “how can a phone cost 1k that’s insane” is ridiculous. It’s not for you then. Just get a cheaper one.
I have to say the weight. This is expected from such a big phone obviously, however, especially when lying in bed and watching youtube or whatever, my hand gets really tired after a while. I find it hard to use the phone one-handed for longer periods.
3D touch. I have to add this. It was such a nice feature on my X to just press hard anywhere on the keyboard to move the cursor. Now I have to press long on the spacebar, takes some time getting used to.
My LG V20 finally pissed me off so much that I couldn’t live with it any more, so I got myself a phone that has caused some discussion here recently – the Mi 10T Pro.
I’ve had it for 4 days now, so these are my first impressions so far:
The screen is really good. There’s been quite a lot of discussion about it and some people accused XDA of being impartial, but the truth is that it’s a bloody good LCD. 144hz is really something, coming from 60hz, though probably I would be happy also with 120hz. The screen itself is bright, the colors are strong and vibrant and the viewing angles are also superb. AMOLED would have had some advantages (always-on display, better blacks), but in reality the screen is really good and I can’t say that I’m missing out on something.
The variable refresh rate is also working spot-on. I was a bit worried about this, but in reality you can’t really notice the refresh rate changing. Thumbs up for that.
The battery life is great. I’ve only had it for a couple of days, so I’m still tinkering with it more than I normally would, but I’m getting 8h SOT, which is not bad. The 33w charger fills the 5000mAh battery up in roughly an hour.
The main reason I preferred this to the S20 FE is the CPU, as in Europe the S20 is sold with the Exynos CPU. The SD865 in the 10T Pro is, like you would expect, a good combination with the 144hz screen and I haven’t seen any slowdowns yet.
I haven’t had the opportunity to test the cameras a lot yet, but so far they seem pretty good, especially considering the price. The 108mp main camera makes great pictures and combined with OIS and EIS, it’s very usable also in dark settings. The ultra-wide angle makes good photos in daylight, but when it gets dark, it doesn’t hold up as well as the main camera. I would say it’s on level with my old V20 wide-angle. There’s also a 5MP macro lens, but I haven’t tested it enough yet.
Build quality is great, it feels very solid in hand. It’s a large phone, keep that in mind, and with the 5000mAh battery, it’s also quite heavy, but at least the weight is balances so that it doesn’t feel like it’s falling out of your hand all the time.
MIUI – was expecting a lot of ads, a lot of bloatware, but so far I haven’t seen a single ad and there was hardly any bloatware. Maybe it’s due to the fact that they don’t add all that crap to phones sold in Europe. In fact, it came with Google Dialer and Google Contacts pre-installed, so they have swapped most of their own apps with Google ones.
So far I’m really happy with it! Even though I was worried that I would miss some of the features of the V20, other things such as a great screen, great battery life and solid performance make up for it. Read more and follow discussion here
3- Xperia 5 II
Xperia 5 II thoughts from a 10+ years iPhone user
A little background first. My first smartphone was an iPhone 3G, and I’ve owned the majority of the iPhones released since then. My main reasons for switching were wanting a fingerprint reader over FaceID, which even before masks I’ve always hated, and the lack of a headphone jack, which despite me mostly using wireless headphones I’ve really missed being able to connect to my Hi-Fi and the latency free audio of wired ones.
I’ve been using the 5 II for a little over a month now. I actually received it a week before it’s official launch day. Since it’s what I think most are interested in I’ll start with the main negative.
Yes, despite what reviewers say, in real-world usage I’ve found the camera to be by far the worst part of the phone. My usage mostly encompasses indoor photos of pets, and as you’ll see in the example photos it fails at that. The first problem is that autofocus is terrible. Often times I’ll have to tap on the subject multiple times to get it to focus, and even then it sometimes still appears fuzzy. Sometimes it will say the object is too close to focus when it isn’t, and then a few seconds later forget that was a problem at all. But the worst part is the amount of time it takes to take photos. On my iPhone XS I would always take two in a second in case one was blurry, with this that is impossible. It takes at least two seconds, and sometimes longer between shots when indoors. This means that a lot of my shots I’ve started moving the phone as I thought it was done already, and then the photo is ruined. Or my dog has completely moved positions, resulting in a blurry mess. This is worst on the tele-photo lens, but true on all of them. I don’t feel like reviewers spent enough time using the camera indoors, or in anything but perfect lighting to see how bad it is in this situation.
I’ve included some good and some bad photos. Bare in mind that for the good ones I often had to take multiple photos to get it right. My main problem is how inconsistent and slow it is: Album.
The front camera, as many have noted, is even worse. When a face is in frame the words “Soft snap” appear, and a beautification effect that even when turned off in settings is applied. I’ve tested this by quickly moving the frame away and back to my face, and for the split-second before it realises it’s a face there is much more detail. I hope in a future update this is fixed.
Aside from that it annoys me that when the battery is low the camera app will not open, simply saying I need to charge. I’d rather at least get the chance to take a photo before it dies. I haven’t used it much for video but it seems very good. The stabilisation is fine and focus is actually faster than when using the camera. colours also look great. I do like having the camera button, but the force needed to press it sometimes blurs images.
The phone feels solid. Even though it is aluminium (perhaps 7000 series as I think either the 1 or 1 II was quoted as being it) it feels no less strong than my XS’ stainless steel. I don’t find the glass too slippery, but I think when people say this about new phones they forget just how much more slippy a fresh oleophobic coating is to one that has worn off. I don’t feel the need to use a case and with the phone completely bare there aren’t any scratches to the frame or either side of glass. When pocketed the height of the phone is annoying when kneeling to put on shoes, but the narrow frame means it isn’t as bad as some other large phones.
I appreciate the higher refresh-rate screen, although it doesn’t make as much impact as on my iPad Pro. One thing people have complained about is brightness. Unfortunately, the area in Britain I live in has not seen a day of sunshine since I got it, so so far at least I haven’t been able to see if it’s a problem. One thing that annoys me is that text smoothing seems to be pretty bad. It is a lot easier to see individual pixels in text than on my XS, despite the PPI being almost identical. I enjoy the overall height of the screen, and how narrow it is. I have small hands and could only just reach my thumb to the side of my XS when holding it securely. With this that is easy.
Everything elseBattery life has been great. I get one and a half to two days from it.
The front-firing speakers are a revelation. I love how I can hold the phone properly without blocking the bottom one.
The notification light is surprisingly useful. I feel like all phones should have one.
You don’t need to press the fingerprint reader to unlock the screen, meaning sometimes when I pocket it my thumb brushes against and unlocks it. Sometimes it unlocks with a finger I haven’t registered, which is… concerning. These are annoying but not dealbreakers for me. Apart from that it’s perfect and far better than FaceID.
If you live in the UK this thing is extremely cheap on contract. My 24 month plan has 54GB of 5G data per month, and after selling the preorder bonus headphones actually costs the same overall as if I’d bought it outright.
Forget it if you want to use the flash as a torch. It’s the weakest I’ve ever had in a phone.
The Google Assistant button is useless and can’t be customised, although hopefully in the future button reassinging apps will be able to change it.
Overall I’m not sure if I’d recommend the phone if you intend to take many photos indoors or in imperfect lighting. Outdoors photos are great, but for those situations I have a mirrorless camera. I don’t miss iOS too much and I don’t regret buying the phone. The ability to have multiple apps open at once and Facebook chat bubbles is amazing. Apple Music also works just as well as on iOS.
If you have any questions feel free.
TLDR: Cameras bad. Basically everything else good.
TL;DR: won’t miss much. Not even 90 Hz, wide angle or tele photo lenses. Great battery, build, screen, haptics, size, camera and speakers.
So after 1,5 years enjoying a OnePlus 7 Pro, I switched to a Google Pixel 4a primarily because of the smaller size. 1,5 years is the longest I’ve ever had a phone. Was really enjoying the OnePlus experience.
Here is my review after a week of usage of the Google Pixel 4a.
My use case is phone, teams, messenger, sms, camera, YouTube and browsing.
Size: obviously the difference in size is a primary objective. The 4a for surfing and reading news in one hand usage is a joy. Also the weight of the 4a makes it a fantastic daily tool. It’s so comfortable small that a thin cover doesn’t ruin the overall size. Also it’s not so small that two finger writing is cramped like on my wife’s 2020 iPhone SE.
Build quality: at first glance I was surprised, that it’s made of plastic. It’s so well made, that it feels like an aluminium phone covered in a soft touch material. It’s also sturdy, it seems, now that Sack gave it some love. The in hand feel is what I have been paying Dbrand for, when mounting skins on my multitude of glass sandwich phones in the past like S6, S7 Edge, S8, S9, S10e, OP7pro etc. The power button and volume same is placed exactly where my right thumb easily reaches.
Screen: a very well made AMOLED supporting HDR. I’m so happy to get a flat screen again, after so many year’s of edge type displays.. the punch hole camera cutout is what it is. Fast brightness adaptation for once. Good brightness in sunlight and sufficiently low brightness in darkness. Good support for cheap screen protectors.
The performance of the screen is so good, that after a few hours of usage, I don’t notice the downgrade in refresh rate. I’m serious. When tapping on the screen the feedback does not feel like a hollow phone feeling.
Haptics: great vibration motor that feels somewhat like a linear actuator, rather than the circular motor it actually is. I don’t feel a difference from an iPhone to be honest. But it’s so strong that even setting the keyboard vibration in Gboard to 1 ms is too much. Turned it off.
Speakers: this is one important subject to me. And I’m happy to report that they are great. Greater than on an iPhone SE with better balance and stereo separation, although the 4a amplification could be better. I’ve modified the max loudness via the Wavelet app, so that the lows and highs and a little boost in the mid ranges easily compensates. Comparing to a iPhone Xr speakers the 4a speakers with my mods, sounds even more bassy and with great highs in direct comparison. It’s that good.
Battery: writing this at 9 PM after unplugging 6.30 AM (16 hours) off charger and 4 hours of screen on time, I have 46% battery left. A true all day phone with lots to spare.
Performance: this is funny. Until now I didn’t think of any difference in daily tasks. Only the Google Camera HDR process takes a few seconds to complete. But only noticeable when takin pictures in sequence going to check the results directly. Again my use case doesn’t demand much CPU.
Fingerprint sensor: really fast, precise and doesn’t even need to cover the whole sensor. The tip of a finger is enough to unlock the phone.
Charging: I think the first charge took 1,5 hours with a USB-PD 18 watt charger. I charge overnight with an old 1 amp charger. I wish it had wireless charging, as my phone holder in our car supports it. Other than that, I don’t really miss it, because of the great battery life without the need of topping up when not using the phone.
Network: good WiFi strength and good LTE signal. I was surprised and happy to see, that my local network TDC in Denmark supports VoLTE and VoWiFi, even without it being officially on their list of phones, as the Pixel is not officially sold in Denmark. Also eSIM works like a charm. Running with my private number as eSIM and company number as traditional SIM. Bluetooth connectivity without issues.
Camera: it’s a Pixel.. As good as Gcam on the OnePlus 7 Pro in comparison.
Software: it’s a Pixel.
This is my first time writing a review, so feel free to add a comment or question, supporting me in perspectives I might have overlooked in the process.
Please also accept that English is not my primary language.
Thanks for reading. And be safe everybody. Read more and join the discussion here…
Depending on what you want from a device and which one you are using currently. You will be opting for a new phone. The Note 20 Ultra is a very powerful phone without any doubt, however the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 price is high. But, considering the Samsung galaxy Note 20 Ultra specifications, the prices seem justified.
What sets the phone apart?
The thing that makes the phone different from all others is the S-Pen. So, anyone who sees value in that, the phone is definitely for them. Other than that, anyone who already has the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, they may consider keeping their old phones because the upgrades aren’t a lot comparatively.
The size of the phone is massive, which is a good thing for those who prefer using phones instead of a laptop or tablet for their work. But once again, preference counts in this as well. Bigger is a lot better when it comes to playing games and watching videos. The only drawback is that it doesn’t fit into your pocket very easily, which is really not that big of a problem. You can always carry the phone in your hands.
So, if the size isn’t an issue for you and you love the S-Pen. This is definitely the right phone for you. Moreover, anyone who prefers a smaller phone can opt for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.
What do experts have to say about the phone?
Experts had a lot of good things to say about the phone and the performance as well.
· The S-Pen was also given a thumbs up for doing all the tricks without any problem.
· The solid display, the camera and the casting of your screen to a TV monitor are also commendable upgrades.
· In addition to that, there are three major android updates, guaranteed.
I recently switched from the Moto G6 to the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, after the former device started to slow down a lot and drop cell signal, resulting in missed calls. Here in the US, we don’t have much in the way of midrange devices, and real-world reviews of the A52 5G are rare. So I thought I’d share how I’ve found it after a few weeks.
Note: only the A52 5G is available in the US. Elsewhere, there is a 5G and 4G variant. Please note that whenever I talk about the “A52” without specifying, I am talking about the 5G model.
Why I chose the A52 5G:
I wanted a phone with a long software support timeline, a good battery, and water resistance, but I didn’t care about wireless charging or the greatest cameras. This meant the A52 5G took priority for me over comparable devices like the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G, Motorola’s lineup, and the iPhone SE. I also got a good sale on it, paying ~$390 on Samsung’s website, or $110 off the usual price of $500.
Verizon info that I couldn’t find elsewhere online:
Verizon, one of the biggest carriers in the US and the one I use, does not sell the A52 5G. It does sell the A42 5G, a slightly downgraded model that has mmWave 5G (the A52 only has sub-6 Ghz 5G), but lacks water resistance, a high refresh rate screen, worse cameras, and only gets 2 years of OS updates to the A52’s 3 years (both get 4 years of security updates). It normally retails at $400, so actually more than I paid for the A52 5G with that sale.
You can buy an A52 unlocked and switch your SIM card to it, which is what I did. One thing I worried about was that, when doing research beforehand, I was warned that the A52 lacked support for Verizon’s band 13, their main LTE band. However, I am pretty clearly getting band 13 support; I have downloaded multiple signal tracking apps that show I am connected to band 13 at times. Samsung’s website doesn’t show band 13 for the A52 but does show it for the A42 5G. However, Sprint says their variant supports band 13, as does info for the US model on PhoneScoop. If I had to guess, Samsung didn’t put it up on their website because they didn’t expect Verizon customers to buy the A52 and not the A42.
I’m going to divide this into the good, the not-so-good (things I don’t care for, but didn’t mind all that much), and the ugly.
- Performance: I’m able to play a mobile game while Youtube is running Picture-in-picture and I’m scrolling Reddit in a pop-up view window (One UI is cool like that) without a hiccup. For my use case, this is as demanding as it gets, so I’m fine with the 750G chipset and 6 gigs of RAM.
- Cameras: Of the quad camera setup, the 64 megapixel OIS main sensor is amazing, and the ultrawide is great for landscapes. The depth camera might be useful for portrait shots, and I’m sure I’ll never find a case for the macro camera where getting in close with the main camera doesn’t produce a better shot, so the smaller two are all but useless, but still nice to have. Supersteady stabilization on video is a neat trick, too. It’s not a Pixel, but still pretty nice.
- One UI: Aside from some cool gestures that were genuinely useful and the ability to swipe on the front fingerprint sensor, Motorola had all the downsides of Stock Android (less customizability) and none of the benefits (fast updates, Pixel-like AI experience). As a result, I’m loving OneUI, from the vast array of settings to Good Lock (One Handed Operation+ is amazing). Heck, you can even customize your call background! In addition, it’ll get OS updates up to Android 14 and security updates a year thereafter.
- 5G: Varies from 30 to 100 Mbps, so not nearly as fast as some of the claims for sub-6 5G (let alone mmwave) but still plenty fast.
- Fingerprint sensor: I’ve heard complaints it’s not as fast or as accurate as flagship devices, but monkey brain still thinks in-screen sensors are cool. It’s faster than the Moto G6 reader, that’s for sure.
- Battery life: Pretty good, even with 120 hertz enabled. 7 to 10 hours SOT depending on how hard I push it.
- Headphone jack and microSD card: need I say more? I occasionally used the jack on my Moto G6, though I’ve mostly switched to wireless, and I never used that microSD slot, even with a paltry 32 GB on the Moto, so I doubt I’ll need it for the 128 GB A52, but good to have just in case.
- Speakers: They’re stereo, with a bottom firing speaker and an amplified under-screen earpiece. They’re plenty loud, but you can easily muffle the bottom one if you hold it the wrong way. This is probably a side effect of me coming from the G6, which used only its earpiece as a front-firing speaker; I don’t think most people will be bothered by this. I mainly use headphones anyway.
- Grip: Using it without a case is harder than with the G6. This is mainly because it’s wider, but also because it’s boxier. Though only slightly thicker, it feels a lot more so because the edges of the Moto G6 are curved, while the A52’s are basically straight lines. Even with both of them in a Spigen case, this is somewhat noticeable.
- RCS: I switched to Google Messages over Samsung Messages because chat features never showed up on the Samsung messages app. I prefer Google’s in most ways anyways, but I did like how the Samsung app blended with the aesthetic of One UI.
- Accidental Touch Protection: Way too many false positives when I used my phone in low light conditions, had to turn it off.
- Charging: The included 15 watt charger takes a long time to get to 100 (1:40 according to GSMArena, though longer if you use it while charging). In addition, if you do use it while charging on the 15 watt charger, it gets uncomfortably hot on one spot on the back. I’ve also used a USB-C laptop charger from HP (a first party one with USB-PD support, maybe don’t try this with crappy Amazon ones that can’t tell the difference between a phone and a laptop) and it seemed to charge at the same speed. The A52 does support 25 watt charging, and I plan to buy one.
- Bluetooth bug: Occasionally my earbuds will randomly lose connection. This may be the fault of the frankly crappy earbuds (cheap Amazon seller earbuds, these are actually my second pair the company sent to me under warranty after my originals physically broke), and it doesn’t happen a lot (once or twice a day), but it’s still super annoying.
Overall, I think the A52 5G is a great phone for the value in the US, and a worthy update to my G6 that should last 4 years or more. It is, in some ways, a flagship killer, with high end features like a 120 hertz screen, OIS on the main camera, and an underscreen fingerprint reader, but for far less. Depending on your priorities, do look at the other phones I mentioned earlier, as well as the upcoming Pixel 5a and S21 FE, if you’re looking for something roughly around the $500 mark. And be on the lookout for sales!
Outside of the US, I know you have a lot more options in the midrange, including from brands not as common here like Xiaomi and Nokia, so it might not be the best value, but also keep the 4G variant in mind. It costs ~$100 less, though it lacks 5G (duh), has a 90 hertz screen instead of 120 hertz, and a 720G chipset. Source
iPhone 12 Pro vs. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Speed Test
Iphone 12 pro vs Xiaomi mi10 ultra thermal throttling test
I bought Pixel 4 XL on release date last year and have been happy with the phone since.
Note – I have hard hearing so I heavily use the Live Transcribe and Live Captions daily.
My work phone needed an upgrade and Pixel 5 happened to release at perfect timing so I pre-ordered one and it arrived 2 days ago.
GAP? Yes the Pixel 5 has a gap, however, the gap is less than 1mm and uniform around the entire phone. Defect or not, on the unit I received it is not an issue. Some specks of dust does get in though.
SCREEN? Ok the screen is 6 inches vs 6.3 inches, small difference right? Not exactly. The difference is bigger than I expected, mainly because of the top of the Pixel 5 screen is unusable due to hole punch camera(which is a big circle, much bigger than Galaxy S10 hole punch). When I use apps or anything, the entire area the camera hole covers is not useable! On Pixel 4 XL the digital time on top left would appear and disappear and you can use the full screen. On Pixel 5 it’s just a blank if you want the clock gone.
BUILD QUALITY? Pixel 4 XL is better. This isn’t hard to compare as the phone was priced more premium as well. In actual in hand feel, Pixel 4 XL feels much more ‘solid’. A weird comparison of this is, have you ever tapped or slapped a hard plastic container of hair gel? Well I have, it has a slight tingle when you do… Pixel 5 has such tingle as well when I tap or slap the phone. Pixel 4 XL in comparison feels like a marble slab, much more solid. I’m sure you all already know how the texture of Pixel 4 XL feels in hand by now. Pixel 5 feels different, it can be good or bad. It’s a preference thing. Curious? Go to the kitchen and touch your Anodized frying pan. Feels like that but instead of metal surface… It feels more like textured adhesive wrap applied to plastic. I dropped my Pixel 5 onto wooden floors yesterday, not a scratch or mark on it. Maybe plasticky isn’t so bad. Phone most certainly doesn’t feel like a $700 device and I doubt I’ll put a case on it. It’s not glass or pretty metal.
HAPTIC FEEDBACK? It’s good enough but not amazing. I think it has something to do with how light and tingly the Pixel 5 is. Remember I compared is to a container of hair gel. Haptics not such a big deal to me though, long as it’s there then that’s good enough. Phone just feels hollow.
PERFORMANCE? Not much difference as far as I can tell. Sorry, I can’t really test the speakers anyway.
BATTERY LIFE? Pixel 5 battery is nothing short of phenomenal. There’s no comparison compared to Pixel 4 XL. If you’re having battery issues on Pixel 4 XL then switching to Pixel 5 would be more than worth it.
Ok I think so far, I kept making the Pixel 5 sound bad but it’s really not! People keep comparing the Pixel 5 to Pixel 4 XL but that’s not a fair comparison. Pixel 4 XL cost $200 more in US at release.
So if you have a Pixel 4 XL and wondering if you should upgrade, consider 3 things: battery life, physical size of the phone and Fingerprint sensor. Battery is amazing, not much to say about that. Physical size of Pixel 5 is really good, very easily one handed, similar size to iPhone 8 with a slim case. I mention this because Pixel 4 XL with a case is a gigantic monster of a phone. Fingerprint sensor doesn’t need much of an explanation with this pandemic. Read more and join the discussion here…
Initially, the P40 Pro looks and feels whimsical with a first-class design and curvilinear screen carrying an authentic touch of elegance! This quad-curve “Overflow Display” bends graciously around the boundaries of the case meaning you get an outstanding finish but likewise a device that’s unbelievably comfortable to grip. Whirl the P40 around, you’ll find a huge quad Leica-branded back camera. It comes in a sleek black color which means you get a prominent gleaming finish. If you love a tad of shine this reflected look has quite the charm! Notwithstanding its large 6.5-inch screen, the P40 Pro doesn’t really feel that gigantic in your hands though it’s an entire glass design.
The Huawei p40 pro camera result can merely be labeled as extraordinary. With four rear lenses and some ingenious software, you’ll get a classic shot of nearly anything you shoot. Huawei has crammed a giant 50-megapixel sensor in conjunction with a wide-angle and depth-sensing camera into its modern device and above there’s also a remarkable 12-megapixel telephoto camera which presents 5X optical and 50X digital zoom. Utilizing this lens permits you to get much nearby to what you are photographing without dropping any sorts of fine detail.
According to Huawei p40 pro reviews, camera and screen are totally topnotch, but there’s heaps of additional bonus aspects tucked inside the P40 Pro counting the super quick Kirin 990 processor and 5G technology denoting that you’ll have fiber-like broadband speeds even when you’re not at home. A bigger entrenched fingerprint scanner increases the rapidity and accurateness when attempting to unlock the phone and the rapid charging 4,200mAh battery delivers more than sufficient power to last throughout the day.
The Huawei p40 pro price in UAE and Huawei p40 pro price in Dubai would be around AED 3499 but it’s worth every penny because of its huge array of amazing features.
The Motorola Edge is a lot of things. It’s a handsome phone, one that looks good enough to pass for something much more expensive. It’s the more modest sibling of Motorola’s first flagship device in years. And for now, at least, it’s a very good deal in the US — Motorola will sell the Edge for $500 instead of the usual $700 for a “limited time.”
Maybe more than anything, though, the Edge is one of Motorola’s first attempts at making a new kind of device: An affordable 5G smartphone. It’s not alone, either. We’re already starting to see a glut of 5G-friendly phones that cost far less than the flagships that first embraced these next-gen networks. There’s the LG Velvet, for one, along with Samsung’s Galaxy A71 5G, the OnePlus Nord, the TCL 10 5G, and plenty more that aren’t being sold in the US. Point is, smartphone makers are already competing hard to win this new slice of the market, and Motorola is in the thick of this fight. So, how does the Edge stack up? Read more here…
Which phone is better, the Samsung A21 or the A80? I’m looking for high processing power and especially memory.
The more expensive A80 has the better chipset with the Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 and more internal memory at 128GB 8GB RAM but with no SD card slot. The A21,s 32GB 3GB RAM can be expanded but not the RAM. The A80 has the better display but being released May last year I personally would not buy it just for that reason alone as you get the 3 years software and security support for 3 years from when the phone was released not from when you buy it so the A80 will only get 18 months of support.
For less money, there is the Asus Zenfone 6 with Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 a more powerful processer, internal memory options are 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM and it has an SD card slot and a headphone jack something the A80 lacks. The rotating camera wins hands down over the one of the Galaxy A80 – it can do automated panoramas, can be used at any angle, and doesn’t impose any limitations in selfie mode not that the camera was one of your wants but worth mentioning. Read more here…
Really, the benefits depend. The camera and battery life are going to be the biggest, most obvious benefits as both are significantly better, especially with features like Night Mode, Ultrawide lens, and better chips for handling photos. Battery life is hugely better, seeing results of more than 50% better (i.e. the iPhone X gets 2/3 of the battery life of the iPhone 11). Just how much better it is depends on which iPhone 11 you get, but you’re going to see a jump of 3–5 hours no matter what. Check out this following graph:
The other jump you’ll see is in the processors, with two years of improvements between the two and that’s pretty huge in performance. This is just one of the many graphs that show this but the results are pretty consistent across multiple tests:
As an interesting side note, the two year old iPhone X is still worlds ahead of the competition. As AnandTech states, and I quote:
Overall, in terms of performance, the A13 and the Lightning cores are extremely fast. In the mobile space, there’s really no competition as the A13 posts almost double the performance of the next best non-Apple SoC. The difference is a little bit less in the floating-point suite, but again we’re not expecting any proper competition for at least another 2-3 years, and Apple isn’t standing still either.
The same is true for the GPU, which AnandTech calls “best in class”. So you’re going to see better graphics performance and speed. Apple’s machine learning, which handles a lot of backend processes that you don’t see, also improve. The iPhone 11 also has next generation wifi included.
Still this is all very technical and beyond the obvious like the camera and battery life, where does one get the obvious benefits. The answer is outside of those two (and a faster Face ID), you probably won’t today. However, if you’re one of those people who keeps their iPhone for 3+ years, that’s when you’ll really notice it. Apple is working on projects that will tap into the hardware of the iPhone 11 that are likely a year or so out, like AR glasses possibly, and other features. In two years, when you’re running iOS 15 on your still good iPhone X or an iPhone 11, you’re going to notice a difference in how those new features work. Because Apple needs mass market appeal for their new, groundbreaking features, they need to have a hardware base out there for it, so putting out hardware that can support a feature that they’re planning on releasing in two years or so means that they’ll have literally hundreds of millions of devices that can support it. That’s when you’ll notice.
If you want to see more differences and get into a deep (and very technical) dive of the iPhone 11, I highly suggest reading the AnandTech review (source of the graphs above) for more details. Whenever someone claims that Apple isn’t innovative anymore are isn’t far ahead of the competition in terms of hardware, I point them at this review.
Choose your new Android phone
Turn off iMessage
Turn off iMessage on your iPhone or deregister it on Apple’s website. The website also demonstrates how to turn iMessage off.
Set up your new Android phone
This will depend on your manufacturer and the skin but all phones with Google Services will have the option of transferring data from your iPhone to your new Android phone. You can also check the Android website and follow the instructions there. A few manufacturer specific links have also been provided below.
Google Pixel phones come with an adapter to transfer data from your iPhone to your new Pixel. They also have a website that will help you make the switch.
Samsung have a tool called Smart Switch.
LG have a guide on their website.
Sony’s Xperia Transfer Mobile app.
OnePlus have instructions on their website for their tool called OnePlus Switch that seems to be working for iOS.
Huawei and Honor have an app called PhoneClone.
Oppo have a guide on their website
Most apps on iOS can also be found on the Google Play Store.
Get to know Android
Here’s a couple of links that showcase what Android 11 can do and provide a list of features.
Before you begin
- On your Android device, make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on.
- Plug your new iOS device and your Android device into power.
- Make sure that the content you’re moving, including what’s on your external Micro SD card, will fit on your new iOS device
- If you want to transfer your Chrome bookmarks, update to the latest version of Chrome on your Android device.
Tap Move Data from Android
While you set up your new iOS device, look for the Apps & Data screen. Then tap Move Data from Android. (If you already finished setup, you need to erase your iOS device and start over. If you don’t want to erase, just transfer your content manually.)
Open the Move to iOS app
On your Android device, open the Move to iOS app and tap Continue. Read the terms and conditions that appear. To continue, tap Agree, then tap Next in the top-right corner of the Find Your Code screen.
Wait for a code
On your iOS device, tap Continue on the screen called Move from Android. Then wait for a ten-digit or six-digit code to appear. If your Android device shows an alert that you have a weak Internet connection, you can ignore the alert.
Use the code
Enter the code on your Android device. Then wait for the Transfer Data screen to appear.
Choose your content and wait
On your Android device, select the content that you want to transfer and tap Next. Then — even if your Android indicates that the process is complete — leave both devices alone until the loading bar that appears on your iOS device finishes. The whole transfer can take a while, depending on how much content you’re moving.
Here’s what gets transferred: contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, and calendars. If they’re available on both Google Play and the App Store, some of your free apps will also transfer. After the transfer completes, you can download any free apps that were matched from the App Store.
Set up your iOS device
After the loading bar finishes on your iOS device, tap Done on your Android device. Then tap Continue on your iOS device and follow the onscreen steps to finish setup for your iOS device.
Make sure that all of your content transferred. Music, Books, and PDFs need to be moved over manually.
Need to get the apps that were on your Android device? Go to the App Store on your iOS device to download them.
If you need help with the transfer
If you have issues moving your content, there are a couple of things that you can check:
- Make sure that you leave both devices alone until the transfer finishes. For example, on your Android device, the Move to iOS app should stay onscreen the whole time. If you use another app or get a phone call on your Android before the transfer finishes, your content won’t transfer.
- On your Android device, turn off apps or settings that might affect your Wi-Fi connection, like the Sprint Connections Optimizer or the Smart Network Switch. Then find Wi-Fi in Settings, touch and hold each known network, and forget the network. Then try the transfer again.
- Restart both of your devices and try again.
- On your Android device, turn off your cellular data connection. Then try the transfer again.
If you need help after the transfer
- If Messages doesn’t work as expected after you transfer your content, get help.
- If you don’t see apps from your Android device on your new iOS device, find and download them in the App Store on your new device.
- You might find that only some content transferred and your iOS device ran out of space, or your iOS device might appear full even though the transfer didn’t finish. If so, erase your iOS device and start the transfer again. Make sure that your Android content doesn’t exceed the available space on your iOS device.
It seems like everyday you see some cool new feature that’s only available for rooted users.
For those new to the world of rooting, acquiring root access essentially grants you elevated permissions. With root access, you are able to access and modify files that would normally be inaccessible, such as files stored on the /data and /system partitions. Having root access also allows you to run an entirely different class of third-party applications and apply deep, system-level modifications. And by proxy, you may also be able to access certain device features that would otherwise be inaccessible or use existing features in new ways.
Having root access isn’t the end all-be all of device modification–that title is usually reserved for fully unlocked bootloaders and S-Off. That said, root access is generally the first step on your journey to device modification. As such, root access is often used to install custom recoveries, which then can be used to flash custom ROMs, kernels, and other device modifications. Root access also enables users to install the powerful and versatile Xposed Framework, which itself acts as a gateway to easy, non-destructive device modification.
Due to its inherent power, having root access is often dangerous. Thankfully, there are root brokering applications such as SuperSU that only grant root access to applications of your choosing. There are also various root-enabled utilities available to help you restore in the event that something goes wrong. For starters, you can use any number of root-enabled application backup tools to backup your applications and their data to your local storage, your PC, and even online cloud storage. And in conjunction with a custom recovery, rooted users are able to perform a full, system-wide android backup that essentially takes a snapshot of your current smartphone or tablet at any particular time.
PLEASE NOTE: Rooting a device may void the warranty on the device. It may also make the device unstable or if not done properly, may completely brick the device. Some methods may install additional apps/software on your device.
Please don’t use random root customization apps from the app store (Play Store), most of them are dodgy, work only for specific apps or device or just plain don’t work. In general, for installing apps on Android, always always check the last updated date – avoid anything which hasn’t been updated in over an year, as it will most likely not work as expected – and in terms of root apps this can be very dangerous as Android changes a LOT behind the scenes between each new version. So old root apps which used to work perfectly two years ago, could potentially brick your phone if the dev hasn’t updated it. Unfortunately Google does nothing about old apps and just lets them remain on the Play Store… The Play Store in general is trash. If you want to know which apps you can trust, check out androidpolice.com (for general apps) and xda-developers.com (for root apps) for reviews and recommendations
Notable Android features not present on iPhones
Macroddroid, Sideloading, Split screen, Vanced, Tachiyomi, and Samsung GoodLock apps, VoD, Blockada (Blocks ads system wide. Does it more securely than the DNS route others mentioned by setting up a local VPN to route all traffic to the app to do filtering.), Newpipe – ad-free lightweight YouTube client, Ability to use a system-wide EQ. There is no turning back from using auto EQ with wavelet, truecaller, Youtube pip etc..
Use macrodroid to reject calls that aren’t in your contacts
- Freedom. I can do almost anything I want with an android device, talking about functions and customization. Let alone a rooted device… The potential is unlimited.
- iPhone doesn’t have: Text message scheduling, the ability to choose a default navigation app, split screen, ability to change dialer or custom messaging app, a comprehensive file browser, ability to download music straight into a music player from a browser, ability to change default photo app. The ability to change dictation software/text to speech without a loophole. No solid integration with any other Assistant like Google Assistant.
- On Samsung you can set volume separately for all apps and play sound from two apps simultaneously.
- I use Tasker for automation, but I use the Youmail app for call filtering. It has a setting that will only let calls from your contacts through, like you mentioned, but it will also transcribe any voicemail that someone who was blocked leaves. I then get that transcript on my watch. That way I don’t have the phone ring, but I can see with a glance whether it’s someone that I need to call back or not.
- I use a Samsung S21+ and an iPhone 11 so my experience is based on these two devices
- Things I love about my S21+ :-
- CALL RECORDING: In my S21+, Call recording is natively supported and it’s a feature that I can’t live without
- YOUTUBE VANCED: I absolutely love vanced
- I can place apps anywhere on the home screen
- I can put PDF’s as widget on my home screen
- I can download any mp3 from the internet and set it as my ringtone
- I can have two instances of the same app on my phone for example two WhatsApp accounts, two telegram accounts on 1 phone, each with different phone number
- I can sideload apps
- Google apps work better on Android
- Ability to copy on my S21+ and paste on my Samsung Tablet
- Ability to copy and paste images system wide
- Ability to insert two physical SIM cards
- My phone supports playing MKV format videos natively which the iPhone doesn’t
- Ability to go the website from where a screenshot was taken directly from the screenshot
- An actual FILE MANAGER
- Ability to plug my phone into my Windows PC and use it as a regular USB device
- Vastly superior Notifications
- Vastly superior Samsung Keyboard which has YouTube and Spotify built- in so that I can send YouTube videos link or Spotify music track directly from the keyboard without opening up their apps
- Samsung phones come in built with McAfee Security
- These are SOME of the reasons I love android and can never switch fully to iOS
- Ps2 emulation
- Android can customize Lock Screen while iPhone can’t.
- Android can move app icons to anywhere on home screen while iPhone can’t.
- Android can select custom ringtone for various apps from your own folder while iPhone can’t.
- Android has universal back button while iPhone’s back swipe/button isn’t consistent everywhere.
- Long scrolling screenshot on any screen as an image file (Android) versus long screenshot only on Safari app and screenshot in PDF format only (iPhone, iOS/iPadOS)
- Physical programmable buttons
- Always on display
- Android recognize who u wanna call by typing the person name on the dial pad. Ios can’t.
- Easter Egg
- iPhones don’t have third party browser support like android. Also only safari supports extensions on iOS.
- Multi apps in pop up size like in windows pc. Opens calculator, gallery, notes, email etc. at once
- Android has separate volume sliders for media, phone, and alarm
- Calculator app on iPhone lacks a cursor and a backspace key (it looks like the functionality hasn’t changed at all since the original iOS)
- Iphone doesn’t have ability to prevent notifications from waking the display up without completely disabling Lock Screen notifications for each individual app
- Dialer on iphone is not good: The contacts app separately has no point in existence, all of it is a tab in the phone app (maybe on an ipod touch? but even on that you have skype / discord etc calls) Tapping on contacts doesn’t show all the calls I had with them in the past (see next item). The call history seems to be limited to only X elements, instead of forever (both on android and windows phone I could scroll back years). The call history has no search / filter besides “missed”
- Play store has a far better range of smaller apps that are free
- Always on display isn’t on iPhone Easy ways to use NFC aren’t on iPhone Customization isn’t there on iPhone Gaming if you like emulators is missing on iPhones
- One last gripe I have with iPhones is notifications. I still can’t add YouTube videos to watch later from my notifications and things like that. Android does notifications much better.
- Custom Launchers on Android
- CALL RECORDING: In S21+, Call recording is natively supported
- Place apps anywhere on the home screen
- Put PDF’s as widget on Home screen
- Download any mp3 from the internet and set it as my ringtone
- You can have two instances of the same app on my phone for example two WhatsApp accounts, two telegram accounts on 1 phone, each with different phone number
- 3 Finger screenshot
- Ability to copy and paste images system wide
- Ability to insert two physical SIM cards
- Samsung Galaxy supports playing MKV format videos natively which the iPhone doesn’t
- Wide range of Audio Codec support (aptX, LDAC, aptX HD)
- An actual FILE MANAGER
- Samsung Internet Browser is amazing. It supports extensions and Iyou can have extensions installed. (Example: Translator, Ad-blocker, Safe search, Amazon shopping tool, Image search)
- Ability to plug android phone into my Windows PC and use it as a regular USB device
- Vastly superior Notifications
- Vastly superior Samsung Keyboard which has YouTube and Spotify built- in so that you can send YouTube videos link or Spotify music track directly from the keyboard without opening up their apps
- T9 Dialing on Samsung Notes
- Android has much more choices and customization, there is so much more you can do in android like torrent, multitasking, use it as mass storage, etc. Iphone does less things but does them better.
- Keyboards. You can install Gboard, Swiftkey etc with loads of functionalities in Android.
- Android has a much better keyboard, assistant, and home screen management
- On my android I can easily play music files; on iPhone, I have to have apple music and an Internet connection to play my own files.
- The first one is a system wide back gesture like on Android. With phones getting bigger the fact that on many apps the only way to go back is to reach to the top left of the screen is really annoying especially on Max models.
- In the same vein the ability to bring down the notification center/control center without having to reach all the way up on the screen is really at odds with Apple’s easy to use philosophy.
- There’s also apple’s stubbornness on using lightning. I guess I do understand that one but it’s still annoying as hell.
- Texting from any computer:
Texting from your computer. But not just from a Macbook or other apple device, ANY computer.
I want a web-based equivalent of messages.google.com. Then I’d switch back.
It’s been about 4 years since I owned an iPhone. I loved iMessage for the desktop. But when my Macbook broke down and couldn’t afford a new one I switched to a Chromebook… then switched to a Pixel… then messages.google.com came out and it was game over. I’ve thought about how it would be fun to own an iPhone again, but as someone who works from a computer all day, I’m not sure I want to pick my phone up to text people back each time. Hands-on keyboard, texting screenshots from my computer, etc. This ONE feature is holding me back from switching.
I wonder if it’s ever going to happen. I wonder if any other iPhone users who use Chrome OS or Windows hurt the same.
Notable iPhones features not present on android phones
- Native screen recording (Galaxy Note 20 ultra has it though)
- Local CSAM scanning
- Copy/paste media into apps
- (Browser) Reading Mode
- Chat bubbles
- Ringer switch
clean OS (some Android manufacturers have some heavy skins applied out of the box)
stability (we’ve all experienced irregularities and weird behaviors while using an Android handheld)
consistency (when you buy an iPhone you know exactly what you’re gonna get, while when buying an Android smartphone, from Samsung, to OnePlus, to Xiaomi, to Pixels, the experience is never quite the same)
THE ECOSYSTEM (iMessage, airdrop, continuity, AirPlay, while one might argue that you could emulate the same features on Android, it’s never as seamless and you’ll always encounter hiccups and glitches when using third party solutions)
- Android doesn’t lower or mute your audio just to make notification sounds. Very annoying when listening to music.
- What I miss from IPhone– when you’re at the bottom of a page and want to scroll to the top, just tap the top of the screen. Can’t do that on Android.
- One of the best things about iPhones is the trade in/resale value. Most android phones are nearly worthless after a year or two, but iPhones have a substantial value as trades or in selling price. Some of this is tied to the availability of software updates for years after manufacture, but the quality of construction is probably the major factor.
- Privacy & Security: Android phones can be hacked but iPhone is Unhackable
- Family integration and screen time monitoring on IOS
- Accessibility. Apple’s screen zoom is SO much more robust than android’s. Like they’re superficially the same but the android one feels clunky when you actually hardcore use it like i do, and apple’s onscreen controller has come a long way to feeling incredibly natural intuitive and fast, which makes looking at things almost as easy for me as it is for people with normal eyes
- I love how with Apple stuff in general all their products just work flawlessly together. I can cast my screen from phone or macbook to my tv, use my tv as a second computer monitor wirelessly, and although I’m going to stop using it very soon, iCloud was pretty cool for saving pictures and messages from one device from another. I’ll probably still use it for files though.
- Security is a wee bit lacking on Android Ecosystems unless you use pixel devices
- Better security & privacy, iMessage & Hassle free file sharing these are the features android phones don’t have
- Widget Stacking: in iPhone Yes, in Android No
- iphone can use exposure and focus lock during pano shots.
|Always On Display (AOD)||Yes||No|
|Copy/Paste text into other apps²||Yes||Yes|
|Different OEM software skins(One UI, MiUi, Oxygen OS, EMUi etc)||Yes||No|
|A charger included for some devices⁴||Yes||No|
|No of Years of software support⁶||2-3||5+|
|An advanced file manger||Yes||No|
|Sharing features⁷||Nearby Share||Airdrop|
|Default Navigation App||Yes||No|
|Default Mall App||Yes||Yes|
|Default Assistant App||Yes||No|
|Default Music App||Yes||No|
|Default Browser App||Yes||Yes|
|All apps are optimized for devices||No||Yes|
|Download music straight to device storage||Yes||No|
|An excellent Music App||No||Yes(Apple Music App is pretty good)|
|An excellent file transfer app||No||Yes(iTunes)|
|Google RCS Messaging⁹||Yes||No|
Some features have a superscript number, below points clarifies it
- ¹Android 12 Beta 3 offers screen recording natively
- ²A Google Pixel exclusive feature
- ³Android devices running 7.0 or higher
- ⁴Mid rangers/Entry level and some flagship devices come with a charger (Example Xiaomi’s flagships have a charger)
- ⁵Can be done on Android without a computer, whereas Apple devices need Cydia Impactor or Sideloady to sideload apps
- ⁶Android software support can be extended by the installation of Custom roms [Custom rom distributors]
- ⁷Nearby Share needs Android 4.0 or higher, offered with Google Play Services
- ⁸Unnecessary features added by the OEM
- ⁹Requires latest version of Google Messages App
26 iOS Features that Many Android Users Want that Only iPhone Users Get [Source]
1. Integrated ecosystem
The integrated ecosystem across phones, tablets, computers, and watches is better on iOS. This is a very big advantage of iOS. It’s much easier to use the different devices inside the walled garden. Apple is the only company that offers a complete device ecosystem. While you can accomplish most of the same tasks with Android and Windows, it’s a lot more trouble to do so. The selection of Android tablets is limited and the higher end Android tablets with 5G can only be purchased directly from a cellular carrier.
2. Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is far superior to any Android watches and you can only use the Apple Watch with an iPhone. Android watches have a long way to go to catch up with the Apple Watch, both in hardware and software. It’s now possible to get cellular service on your Apple Watch even if your MVNO doesn’t support the Apple Watch. See Apple Watch Cellular Plans for Your Family, however according to Apple the following watch features will not be available: “irregular heart rhythm notifications, ECG, Cycle Tracking, Sleep, Blood Oxygen, Podcasts, Remote, News, Home, and Shortcuts.”
3. Longer OS Updates
Longer support of operating system upgrades for older devices. On flagship Android devices you’ll probably get two years of Android operating system upgrades (Google Pixel promises three OS upgrades), after that you’ll only get security updates. With the iPhone you’re likely to get five years of operating system upgrades.
4. Battery replacement
Battery replacement on iPhones is priced well ($49-$69) and is easily available at Apple Stores. This is not the case for Android devices. Also, since iPhones sell in such huge quantities, Apple is able to order fresh batteries for battery replacements so you’re not getting a battery that has sat around for a few years losing capacity. See iPhone Battery Replacement – Official Apple Support.
5. Walled Garden prevents malware
Rogue apps are not possible since all apps must be installed from the Apple app store; side-loading of apps is not possible except on jailbroken iPhones. While this limits the available apps, it helps to prevent malware.
If your friends and relatives are really into Facetime then you must use an iOS device. Facetime works in China, while WhatsApp won’t work without a VPN that can get around the Great Firewall (in China most people use WeChat).
Note: Beginning with iOS 15 (tentatively scheduled for September 2021) Android and Windows users will be able to use Facetime, at least if they’re invited to a Facetime call, via the web; see With iOS 15, FaceTime between Android and iPhone is easier. Here’s how to do it now. This is a significant concession by Apple and was done to stem the tide of users moving to multi-platform providers like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and Facebook Messenger Rooms.
iMessage is only available on iOS devices. iMessage is not banned in China. There may be a workaround to this issue for Android and Windows users if the Beeper platform is successful, but it won’t be a free service (https://www.beeper.com/). Some iOS users don’t like seeing blue messages, which indicates that they are from a non-iOS user.
8. Microphone and camera indicator¹
Indicator for when microphone and camera are being used by an app (there’s an Android app that does this but it’s not part of the operating system yet). The orange dot indicates that the microphone is active and the green dot indicates that the camera is active.
9. No bloatware
Android manufacturers often add their own proprietary, non-removable apps, that are of little use. For example, Samsung includes their Bixby personal assistant. While it’s possible to remove bloatware from Android phones, it’s beyond the capability of most users to do so, see Samsung Bloatware List (2020) | Remove Samsung Bloatware Safely.
10. Easier backup and restore
iCloud makes it easier to do backup and restore.
Apple’s business model is not dependent on selling your personal information to other companies. They don’t read your email! Apple has taken a stand against apps using your personal information without consent. This is probably the number one reason to choose an iPhone over an Android phone. However Android 12 actually has some better privacy features than iOS, see Android 12 privacy features catch up to iOS, except for ad tracking.
12. Support and help from Apple Stores
If you need help with your iPhone you can head to the Genius Bar at an Apple Store. The Apple Store can also do repairs like battery replacement. If you need help with an Android phone you’re not likely to get that kind of assistance. While Samsung operates a small network of stores, it’s nothing like what Apple has done with the Apple Stores. Most Android phones will have to be shipped back to the manufacturer for most repairs.
13. Ease of Use
The look and feel of iOS has changed very little over the years. iOS has a more intuitive user interface. The lack of some capabilities that are available on Android actually make the iPhone easier to use.
14. Faster processors in non-flagship models¹
The Apple Bionic processors, while not quite as fast as the latest Qualcomm processors, are nearly as high performance and new iPhones, even non-flagship new phones like the SE2020, get the latest processor. With Android there are many different processors, from many different companies, and lower-cost phones typically get low-performance, less costly processors.
AirDrop is a seamless way of transferring files between iOS devices and Macs. While there are similar apps for Android, and cross-platform apps like Instashare and Send Anywhere, AirDrop is built into iOS devices and is very convenient. Android’s version of AirDrop is called “Nearby Share” and works only on Android devices and Chromebooks.
16. Family Sharing
Purchases of apps, music, and books can be shared between up to six family (or non-family) members
17. Apple News
When Apple purchased Texture, and turned it into Apple News+, they dropped support for Android and iOS (Apple leaves Android users with few alternatives as Texture is earmarked for May 28 shutdown). Apple News+ is a very good deal for electronic subscriptions to a large number of magazines and newspapers (Apple News+ – All Publications). Since Apple News+ is a paid subscription it’s a little odd why Apple would not want to continue to sell the service to Android and Windows users as well, like they do with Apple Music and iTunes, especially since Texture was willing to sell the service to users of all platforms.
There is no equivalent service like Apple News+ for Android or Windows that provides access to the large number of publications like Apple News+ does. Hopefully it will be available on other platforms in the future.
18. Accessory Selection
While technically not an iOS feature, one advantage of the iPhone is that there are a lot more phone-specific accessories available. As Tom’s Guide stated “The selection and availability of iPhone cases, screen protectors, car mounts and other goodies is simply far greater than you’ll find for any other phone, and that’s more important than most people realize.”
While Android phones as a whole far outsell the iPhone, no one Android phone model has anywhere near the volume of sales of any iPhone model. Accessory manufacturers tool up for iPhone accessories before they do for Android accessories. Some iPhone-specific accessories never have an equivalent accessory made available for Android phones, especially custom-fit cases. For example, my iPhone 6s Plus lacks built-in wireless charging, but I bought a custom-fit case for it that adds wireless charging capability while retaining wired-charging capability. I could not buy a similar case for my old Android phones. There are thin Qi receivers with a USB plug that you can stick inside an Android phone case, but you loose the wired charging capability.
All current iPhone models support one physical SIM and one eSIM. Only a few Android phones have eSIM support, though many Android phones sold in Europe and Asia offer dual physical SIM clots.
In the United States having a phone with dual SIM capability, whether an eSIM plus a physical SIM or two physical SIMs, is especially useful if your main carrier has poor rural coverage. You can sign up for a prepaid provider that uses AT&T or Verizon and only use the prepaid service when you’re in areas where your main carrier has no coverage.
Some prepaid global SIM cards are now moving to eSIMs, and charging a lot less for calling plans when you use their eSIM.
Apple sells iPhones with two physical SIM slots only in China, Using Dual SIM with two nano-SIM cards.
20. Friend Bar, 24 Hour Friend Line, and Personal iStore X
Building on the success of the Apple Store Genius Bar, Apple rolled out Friend Bars inside Apple Stores. The Friend Bar is available for Apple aficionados, without any technical questions, to speak with Apple employees about Apple or non-Apple related topics. For when the Apple Store is closed, Apple has also rolled out a 24 Hour Friend Line. Finally, they are also rolling out personal Apple Stores for your home. See https://youtu.be/q9ZnwvyAk8k. Note, this video is a joke.
21. iPhones have greater resale value
If you sell your old iPhone, rather than trade it in, a used iPhone sells for a higher percentage of the original street price than an Android phone. See here
22. Face Recognition
The iPhone’s face recognition system is much better than what is available on Android phones. While face recognition is less secure than 3D ultrasonic fingerprint readers it has some advantages. Face recognition isn’t affected by someone wearing gloves (though it doesn’t work when someone is wearing a face mask which has become a big issue during Covid).
23. Compatibility with Visible by Verizon
Nearly all iPhones, back to the iPhone 6, are compatible with Visible by Verizon prepaid service (the versions of old iPhones that didn’t support Verizon are the exception). On Android, only a very limited subset of phones work on Visible. Visible is a very good deal for service on the Verizon network, as low as $25/month for unlimited everything, see https://www.visible.com.
24. Integrated reminder app with location based reminders
The Reminders app in iOS allows you to set reminders based on leaving or arriving at a specific location. Google’s reminder app, Google Keep, doesn’t have this capability so you need to use an app like Tick Tick, TickTick: ToDo List Planner, Reminder & Calendar – Apps on Google Play (also available for iOS TickTick:To-Do List & Calendar on the App Store).
25. Apple Credit Card with 3% discount and 0% financing on purchases direct from Apple
The Apple credit card offers a 3% cash rebate and 0% financing on purchases from Apple stores and Apple’s e-commerce site. It’s not a great credit card in other respects, with no extended warranty protection, no car rental CDW, and no mobile phone protection coverage. See https://tinyurl.com/applecardfacts for details.
26. Native hearing aid support
iPhones have native support for hearing aids. On Android, hearing aids require a separate app (see Using Your Hearing Aids with a Smartphone)
1. Expected on future Android phones or future version of Android OS
101 Android Features that Many iPhone Users Want that Only (some) Android Users Get
(Note: Some of these features are available on Jailbroken iPhones and are noted in the list)
1. MST and Samsung Pay
Samsung Pay with Samsung’s MST (Magnetic Secure Technology) can be used in a lot more retail locations than Apple Pay. This is a Samsung-only feature and is patented, so even if Apple, or other Android phone makers wanted to use it they’d have to license it. It’s a big plus if your credit card gives higher cash-back for mobile-wallet purchases.
Unfortunately, Samsung removed MST from their S21 line, but it is still available in their newer mid-range phones. MST is really only useful in the United States and a few other countries where NFC has not yet been fully deployed by merchants, and in a few more years MST will no longer be needed.
2. Active styli²
Android phones with active styluses are available. This is likely coming on a future iPhone in the form of a smaller Apple Pencil. Note that there are after-market active styli that do work with both Android phones and iPhones, but they aren’t stored and charged in the phone
3. Headphone jacks
Android phones with 3.5mm (⅛”) headphone jacks are available (The best phones with a headphone jack: Samsung, OnePlus, Google…). Unlikely to ever return to iPhone, Apple decommissioned the standard headphone jack beginning with the iPhone 7. Many Android phones have also decommissioned the headphone jack, but many still have it. Ironically, it’s the mid-range models, not the flagship models, of Android phones that have retained the headphone jack. The removal of the headphone jack was done in an effort to sell Bluetooth earbuds, and it worked.
4. MicroSD Card Slots available on many Android phones
Android phones with MicroSD Card slots are available (Phones with expandable memory — what are your best options?). A memory card slit is unlikely to ever be included on an iPhone. Many Android phones have decontented the MicroSD card slot and as internal memory sizes have increased so the benefit of a MicroSD card is diminished, though it’s still very useful in other ways. For example, if you’re using a real camera instead of the phone’s camera, and want to send photos using e-mail or Facebook, or other programs, you can stick the memory card from the camera into your phone to transfer photos. If you’re using an offline mapping program the maps can take vast amounts of storage space and can be stored on the MicroSD card.
5. Apps (or “There’s an App for That”)
There are many extremely useful Android apps for which there is no iOS equivalent, either because Apple won’t allow the equivalent app, the hardware needed for the app isn’t present, or because the hardware to support the app is present but isn’t accessible to the developer. This is odd. It would only require adding drivers and allowing developers access to existing hardware. For example, iOS does not allow developers to access the raw NMEA GPS data so apps that require this information are not possible on iOS devices. iOS doesn’t support the Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP) so many devices, both consumer and industrial, cannot be used with iOS devices. This would be an easy fix if they chose to do it. See 7 Awesome Apps Available Only on Android. Available on Jailbroken iPhones
6. App stores
There are a huge number of app stores distributing Android apps, you’re not limited to the Google Play store (The Ultimate List of Mobile App Stores (2021)). With Apple, you must get all your apps from Apple; this increases security but it means that more esoteric apps are only available on Android (which is why Android does so well in China even though the Google Play Store is banned). It’s unlikely that Apple would ever allow other App stores because of both revenue and security issues.Available on Jailbroken iPhones.
An Android phone without access to the Google Play Store still has access to nearly every app in existence, though it’s a bit of a chore to download the apks of the Google Play Store apps and side-load them, and you have to be careful about the source of the apks. The reality is that an android phone without a Google account can still install huge numbers of apps so the phone is not crippled by losing access to Google Play. In fact in China the Google Play store is banned yet Android is the dominant OS. And were not talking about just sketchy providers of apks, but reputable companies distributing apps that have been vetted for malware.
7. 3D Fingerprint sensors² [predicted for iPhone 14]
Flagship Android phones with 3D ultrasonic fingerprint sensors are available. This is likely coming on a future iPhone. This has been a big deal during the pandemic since Apple’s FaceID doesn’t work if the user is wearing a mask, but it was an issue even pre-pandemic in countries where face-mask wearing is common for other reasons. Most of us have been in stores where an iPhone user is struggling to unlock their iPhone in order to use Apple Pay.
Another benefit of 3D ultrasonic fingerprint sensors is that all the security experts agree that they are far more secure than face recognition. Apple has a patent for their own under-screen optical 3D fingerprint reader or they can use one of the existing underscreen fingerprint sensors, or they can integrate the fingerprint reader into the power button like they did on some of the iPad models.
Note that Apple is fond of comparing the security of FaceID to TouchID; TouchID is a 2D capacitive sensor which is indeed less secure than FaceID, though in some cases FaceID can be fooled by siblings or children that look alike. Remember, Apple only claimed that FaceID was more secure than the 2D TouchID fingerprint sensor that they used up until the iPhone 8 (and the new SE). This was at least a partially, though not totally, accurate statement, and included some weasel words, see:
Nearly 80% of iPhone users want TouchID back, see Almost 80% Of iPhone Users Want Touch ID To Come Back and Report: 79% of iPhone users want Touch ID to make a comeback in the future iPhones.
74% said that they have had trouble with Face ID in a public setting.
84% were frustrated with FaceID not working with masks.
33% admitted removing their mask to get FaceID to work.
39% were not buying the iPhone 12 because of the lack of a fingerprint scanner.
79% want Touch ID to come back.
56% said that the most desired new security feature was “in-display fingerprint reader.”
23% said that they would switch to an Android phone with a fingerprint scanner the next time they upgrade. ✓
8. Reverse wireless charging² (now partially enabled on iPhone 12)
This has been available on many Android phones for years. It’s taken on new importance due to smart watches and wireless Bluetooth earbuds. The iPhone 12 has the hardware for reverse-wireless charging built into the phone but you cannot charge AirPods or an Apple Watch, it is not enabled except to charge the Apple MagSafe battery, see: Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack Unlocks Long Rumored Reverse Charging Feature and (Hidden iPhone 12 Hardware Feature Could Still be Unlocked.
USB-C has multiple advantages over Lightning (USB-C vs. Lightning: Which is the Future?). This may be coming on a future iPhone, since they already did this upgrade on iPad, but recent predictions from an industry expert said that Apple will not move to USB-C because they would lose Mfi (Made for iPhone) royalties that they get on Lightning and MagSafe devices. Apple is reportedly planning to add a MagSafe Charging Port for iPhone to a future iPhone based on a patent disclosed on March 2nd 2020. As ZDNet stated: “USB-C is the future, while Lightning represents an increasingly awkward past.” Interestingly enough, Apple even touts USB-C in their “Beats Highlights,” stating “USB-C universal charging.” One big advantage of USB-C is that it supports much higher wattage charging.
10. USB 3.0 Speed²
Most new Android phones support USB 3.0 which has speeds up to 5 Gb/s, and USB 3.2 goes up to 20Gb/s. The iPhone 12 only runs at USB 2.0 speeds, up to 480 Mb/s. This is an issue when transferring large amounts of data or tethering a computer to a 5G phone’s hotspot. The iPhone 12 has a maximum Wi-Fi speed of 1.2Gb/s which is sufficient for 4G LTE hotspots but not for mmWave 5G. Hopefully the next iPhone will address this issue. If Apple can find a way to make the Lightning port compatible with USB 3.0 it will address this issue. See 5 Reasons Why USB-C is Better than Lightning –.
11. Separate audio volume controls for different functions (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
On Android phones you can set different volumes for ringtone, notifications, media, system sounds, and on Samsung phones for Bixby (Samsung’s personal assistant). This is an odd omission from iOS since it’s a heavily requested feature that would not cost anything (in terms of hardware) to implement; it’s possible that it is a patented Android feature.
Hopefully Apple will add it to iOS soon. It’s especially amusing to see inquiries from users that switched from Android to iPhone on how to set different volumes since they often refuse to believe that such basic functionality is missing (separate ringer and notification volumes – Apple Community). Genius Bar employees have stated that this is one of the most-asked questions asked by iPhone users that have switched from Android. It may be the case that Google or Samsung has a patent on this functionality and that Apple is not able to add it to iOS. However if you Jailbreak your iPhone there are apps you can install that will allow separate volume settings. Available on Jailbroken iPhones, see https://ioshacker.com/cydia/smartvolumemixer2-tweak-supercharges-volume-controls-on-your-iphon or http://apt.thebigboss.org/onepackage.php?bundleid=com.brend0n.volumemixer.
12. Better Security²
Security is better on flagship Android devices than on iOS devices. According to Cellebrite, the Israeli company whose Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) is a favorite of police departments and the FBI, the higher-end Android phones were not hackable but they could hack into every iPhone model, see Forensics detective says Android phones are now harder to crack than iPhones and , and Android Phones Might Be More Secure Than iPhones Now and FROM FORBES: No, Your iPhone Is Not More Secure Than Android, Warns Cyber BillionaireBy.
Android users do have the ability to make their phones less secure by installing apps from “Unknown Sources” and by rooting, but that’s not something you can do without expressly ignoring the security risks. Older Android phones, using older versions of the operating system, are less secure.
13. Split screen²
Split Screen². Not yet available on iOS except on iPad. This is an extremely useful feature on large-screen phones. Apple has already added to iOS for the iPad and hopefully it will make it to the iPhone soon. There is an iPhone App that at least provides some limited split screen functionality (Split Screen Multitasking View on the App Store), but not like Android.
14. Content transfer to a PC (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
Transferring content between a computer and a phone is much easier on an Android phone. Unlike with an iPhone, iTunes is not required to be installed. This is especially an issue when transferring photos or videos between an iPhone and a Windows machine and the dreaded “Device is unreachable” error occurs during large transfers (this problem can be solved with the non-free CopyTrans software, see A device attached to the system is not functioning error. ), also see Top 6 Ways to Fix Device Is Unreachable Error for iPhone on Windows 10. Available on Jailbroken iPhones, see Copying · Cydia.
15. Choice of app launchers (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
A very nice feature of Android that Apple is highly unlikely to copy, Best Android launchers 2021. Available on Jailbroken iPhones, see [Question] What are your favorite app launchers?: jailbreak .
16. FM radio
Most Android phones with headphone jacks also have an FM radio. This is not a heavily used feature because data is now cheap enough that most people stream music or stream radio stations, but some Android users do appreciate having this capability, especially if they are in an area with no cellular coverage. See The list of 2021 best Smartphones that have FM Radio – Technology.
17. Better cameras²
While the award for best camera goes back and forth, for now, several of the flagship Android phones have better camera systems than the flagship iPhones, especially when it comes to two key features: night mode and optical zoom, see https://www.techradar.com/news/best-camerapho. What’s especially disappointing about the latest iPhones is that Apple dropped the telephoto lens on all iPhone 12 models except the most expensive iPhone 12 Pro.
18. Better displays² [confirmed for iPhone 13]
Flagship Android phones now offer Samsung LTPO 120 Hz displays. This was expected on the iPhone 12 but has now been pushed out to the iPhone 13 (iPhone 13 Pro 120Hz display now looks like a lock — thanks to Samsung) .
19. Better hardware² [confirmed for iPhone 13]
While Apple’s Bionic processors win in terms of raw CPU performance, Apple can’t yet duplicate what Qualcomm has done in terms of integrating the modem into the processor like they did on their flagship Snapdragon 888 chip set (and on the mid-range Snapdragon 765 and 775 chipsets). The advantages of an integrated modem include, lower power, less heat, longer battery life, and higher data rates. Apple is reportedly designing their own 5G modem to integrate into a future Bionic SOC (System On a Chip), but it’s much more difficult to design a modem than a CPU. It’s likely that Apple will have an integrated modem not later than the iPhone 15 in 2023. See Apple’s (AAPL) Greatest Chip Challenge Yet: Replacing Qualcomm (QCOM) Modems.
However it is true that there are many low-to mid-range, inexpensive, Android phones available, with low-performance processors, very small amounts of RAM and ROM, and with low-end screens. Those low to mid-range phones have hardware not nearly as good as iPhone flagship phones.
While all the iPhone 12 models are 5G, and use a Qualcomm X55 modem, and a 4×4 MIMO antenna configuration, that isn’t the case on Apple’s iPhone SE 2020 which uses an Intel modem and a 2×2 MIMO antenna. There have been numerous complaints about the cellular reception of the iPhone 2020SE.
20. Ability to set a default music app (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
There was speculation that iOS 14.5 had this capability, but Apple has clarified that this is not the case. However Apple has been allowing some default apps to be set to non-Apple apps (browser and email) so iOS users may eventually get this capability. On Android, one of the music player apps I like is Music Folder Play (Music Folder Player Free – Apps on Google Play). For iPadOS you can use Documents (How to play mp3 on iPhone | The best iPhone music player) in a similar manner, but it isn’t available for iOS, where you’re stuck with iTunes. Available on Jailbroken iPhones
21. Faster charging² [confirmed for iPhone 13]
While Apple has made some positive strides in terms of charging, there are Android devices available with much faster charging, both wired and wireless. There are Android phones with 65 watt wireless, and 125 watt wired, charging, The problem that Apple has is that the Lightning port is not capable of such high charge rates but they have not yet made the move to USB-C What Is Fast Charging?.
While Apple is predicted to eventually come out with their own foldable design they are at a disadvantage compared to Samsung because they don’t manufacture their own screens. Without a foldable, larger screens are impractical, but a larger iPhone screen could cannibalize iPad sales. See The best foldable phones you can buy right now. A foldable iPhone is predicted to launch in 2023, see iPhone Flip: Everything we know about Apple’s foldable phone plans
23. LTPO (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) displays² [confirmed for iPhone 13]
LTPO screens allow the refuresh rate to be changed on-the-fly which reduces power consumption. The latest Android phones have these power-saving displays. LTPO will probably be available on the iPhone 13, see iPhone 13 rumored to use LPTO displays from Samsung with 120Hz support.
24. Faster data speeds on both 4G and 5G² [confirmed for iPhone 13]
Android phones have much higher 5G speeds than iPhones. Even mid-range Android phones beat flagship iPhones. Part of the problem is that the iPhone 12 uses the Qualcomm X55 modem, which was the latest 5G modem when the iPhone 12 was designed, but is no longer the fastest 5G modem offered by Qualcomm. The iPhone 13 will use Qualcomm’s X60 modem which is the same modem that is integrated into the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor the 888. But the lack of integration into the chipset means that the iPhone is still not likely to be as fast (unless Apple has licensed the X60 modem cell and will integrate it into the A15 Bionic). See iPhone 12 Series 5G/4G Speed Is Slower Than Samsung, OnePlus, Google, LG in US: Opensignal | Technology News.
25. ANT+ available on some Android phones. This was surprising, I just assumed that the iPhone would support ANT+. ANT+ is widely used in the cycling world for sensors (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ANT_(network)). There is a list of ANT+ compatible devices at https://www.thisisant.com/consumer/ant-101/ant-in-phones/. There is a very kludgy workaround to get ANT+ on an iPhone: 1) buy an Mfi certified Lightning to 30 Pin old iPhone connector, then 2) buy the Wahoo ANT+ key (which works with a limited number of ANT+ devices and applications. You can also buy a Viiiiva heart rate monitor that can act as a ANT+-to-Bluetooth bridge
26. Contact groups (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
Ability to create groups in Contacts and use that group name as an address, much like email (Android: How to Create Contact Groups). There may be third-party apps (Contact Groups – Text & Email on the App Store) for iPhone that allow this, but it is not part of the operating system. This is an odd omission from iOS since it’s a heavily requested feature that would not cost anything (in terms of hardware) to implement; it’s possible that it is a patented Android feature. May be available on Jailbroken iPhones
27. GPS location spoofing (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
This is buried in Developer Options on Android. It’s useful if you want to view content in a location other than the one you’re currently at. For example, if you have a U.S. Hulu account but are in another country, U.S. only content would not be available, even with a VPN, because Hulu looks at your physical location using the GPS location. By spoofing the GPS location you’re able to view the content that you’re paying for. See How to spoof your Android phone’s location to get around media blackouts. Available on Jailbroken iPhones, see Location Faker makes it easy to spoof your location on iOS 13.
28. Better ad blocking (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
This is because on Android you can edit the hosts file in the device, see How to modify the hosts file on your Android device. You cannot modify the hosts file on a non-jail broken iOS device. Available on Jailbroken iPhones
29. USB OTG
USB-OTG (on the go) turns your Android phone into a USB host. Not only can you connect many USB peripherals to the USB-C port (or Micro USB port on older phones) you can also power those USB peripherals up to 500mA (or higher). While there are adapters available to connect USB devices to iPhones, the types of devices you can connect are very limited. See What Is USB OTG and What Does It Do?.
30. iTunes not required for wired hotspot
Sometimes you want to connect a computer to your phone to use your phone as a hotspot; this is done with a USB cable (to USB-C, Micro USB, or Lightning). To accomplish this with an iPhone you must first install iTunes on the computer. With Android you simply plug in the cable and turn on USB Tethering. Actually, there is apparently a way to download iTunes but not install it and then only install the iOS USB tethering driver, see Next Post Getting iPhone USB tethering on Windows without iTunes.
31. No false warnings when using after-market chargers
Beginning with iOS 14, iPhone users have been getting warnings of “Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector” when using non-Apple chargers and cables, even when there is no liquid present. It’s not clear why this false positive is occurring, but one theory is that the iPhone looks at the impedance between the pins on the Lightning connector and extrapolates that a lower than expected impedance is being caused by moisture when in fact it’s just differences in the charger or cable that are the cause. See Liquid Detected In Lightning Connector Bug (iPhone Not Wet).
32. Hole Punch cameras instead of a large notch2 [predicted for iPhone 14]
As BGR wrote here: “Every noteworthy Android phone company has now moved past the notch that Apple made famous on the iPhone X, and they have developed numerous exciting new all-screen designs that are much better. Apple’s iPhones, however, still look exactly the same thanks to the company’s new three-year design cycle.” Hopefully the iPhone 13, will combine more advanced displays with a hole punch instead of a notch. The large notch on the iPhone negatively affects the screen to body ratio.
33. Removable Batteries
While the number of Android phones with removable batteries has greatly decreased, there are still a few available. See The best phones with a removable battery and alternative solutions!.
34. Parental Control Apps²
Android has superior parental control apps to iOS. See The best parental control apps for Android and iPhone 2021. There is a case pending in court by Kaspersky, against Apple, because Apple forced Kaspersky to remove features from its SafeKids app. Depending on the outcome of this case, iOS may get better parental control apps. Apple was fined $12 million in Russia, but of course this will likely drag on with appeals, and the final outcome remains to be seen, see Apple fined $12M by Russian regulator over App Store monopoly abuse and Apple Fined £8.7m By Russian Competition Authority
35. Wide Selection of Devices
Because Android devices are manufactured and marketed by a large number of companies there are phones and tablets available at many different price points and with many different features; you can buy a basic unlocked 4G LTE Android phone for under $40 or you can opt for the Sony Xperia Pro 5G phone at nearly $2500.
36. Better Biometric Authentication²
With the current iPhones, you can choose between a 2D capacitive fingerprint sensor (TouchID) or facial recognition (FaceID) depending on the model. With flagship Android phones you often get three choices of biometrics on the same phone: 3D ultrasonic fingerprint, facial recognition, or iris scanning.
37. File System (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
Plug your Android phone into your PC and the phone looks like a drive in the Windows file system. You can copy files over in both directions, delete files from your phone, and use the phone as a USB disk drive. While Apple did finally add the “Files” app to iOS, it has much less functionality than what you can do on Android. Available on Jailbroken iPhones
38. Rooting is Easy, when Necessary
With Android devices, it’s usually not necessary to root the device (rooting an Android device is the equivalent of jailbreaking an iOS device). However most Android device manufacturers provide a way to root their devices, with caveats that doing so will void the warranty.
39. SMS Forwarding (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
This is a useful feature if you’re traveling and using a prepaid foreign SIM card. Due to security concerns, native SMS forwarding on Google Voice is being discontinued by Google in July 2022. See Forward text messages or voicemail – Android – Google Voice Help. However SMS forwarding apps are still available on the Play store. The security concern is that someone could gain access to your device and set up SMS forwarding for nefarious purposes. There are apps on the Play Store that offer SMS forwarding, i.e. SMS Forwarder: Auto forward SMS to PC or Phone – Apps on Google Play.
One workaround that I use is that I ported my main mobile number to Google Voice. I can now receive SMS in my email, which is very useful, not only when traveling, but in general.
Available on Jailbroken iPhones, see SmartVolumeMixer2 Tweak Supercharges Volume Controls On Your iPhone.
40. Browser Extensions²
Android allows browser extensions. iOS does not allow browser extensions. In iOS 15, coming out in the third or fourth quarter of 2021, there will be a limited number of extensions only on Safari Safari’s getting mobile browser extensions before Chrome, and that’s a big deal . Note that even on Jailbroken iPhones there is no browser that allows extensions.
41. eBook Readers
The best eBook reading app is Prestigio eReader Prestigio: Book Reader – Apps on Google Play. Prestigio supports epub, epub3, fb2, fb2.zip, mobi, pdf, html, doc, rtf, txt, and Adobe DRM. The eBook readers available for iOS all have limitations in terms of the formats they can read when used on iOS, however for iPadOS the situation is much better. Some people might insist that you would never want to read a book on an iPhone anyway, because the screen is too small. It’s true that you might not want to read a novel on an iPhone, but for books like travel guides they are useful to have on your phone. Kobo (Kobo Books on the App Store) seems to be the best option for iPhone, and supports epub, epub3, pdf, FlePub and mobi.
42. NMEA Data
Android allows applications to use raw GPS NMEA data .For whatever reason, iOS does not. This enables many useful applications for Android that are not available on iOS without the use of an external GPS and jailbreaking. See Reading NMEA data from iPhone GPS receiver and iPad and GPS.
43. Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP)
iOS doesn’t support one of the most common Bluetooth profiles, the Serial Port Profile (SPP) (see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204387). The issue with this is that the low-cost OBD-II dongles (ELM-327) all use SPP to communicate with the host. You can buy higher-priced OBD-II dongles that use either Wi-Fi or BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy). The best app for OBD-II is TorquePro which only works with SPP and is only available for Android.
44. Always on Display² [confirmed for iPhone 13, some models]
On Android devices with OLED screens the “Always On” display can display things like the time, battery status, and notifications. The iPhone 13 and iOS 15 is predicted to add this feature, see here
45. Multiple Users²
Both Android phones and Android tablets can have multiple users. No such feature exists on iOS or iPadOS except for some educational models of the iPad. Obviously Apple wants everyone to buy their own devices and not share! Even for phones, it sometimes is useful to have multiple users on the same phone. Reportedly, Apple is working on bringing multi-user support to iPhone, and presumably to iPad, see Apple is apparently working on bringing multiple user support to iPhones.
46. Ability to close all open apps at once
With Android you can close all of your open apps with single action. With iOS you have to close each open app individually, see here. This is an odd omission from iOS since it’s a heavily requested feature that would not cost anything (in terms of hardware) to implement; it’s possible that it is a patented Android feature.
47. Ability to set default apps
On Android you can choose the default app for things like SMS, calls, and web browsing. See How to change default apps in Android. This is not possible on iOS. This is an odd omission from iOS since it’s a heavily requested feature that would not cost anything (in terms of hardware) to implement; it’s possible that it is a patented Android feature.
On Android nearly everything is customizable without any need to root the device.
49. File exchange via Bluetooth
This is limited to Android devices, see How to share files via Bluetooth on Android 9 or 10.Still, Airdrop on iOS is much better and one of the advantages of iOS.
50. Getting to settings
On Android, swipe down from the top of the screen. No such swipe action is available on iPhone. See How to go to Settings on Android: 19 Methods.
51. Create icons that give direct access to specific websites, documents, or photos
Are you about to get on a plane and are frantically searching for your boarding pass that is either in some pdf file, a JPG,l or is in some e-mail? On Android you can create an icon that links directly to that document and place that icon on your home screen. See How to Create a Shortcut File on Android Home Screen — Max Dalton Tutorials. This is an odd omission from iOS since it’s a heavily requested feature that would not cost anything (in terms of hardware) to implement; it’s possible that it is a patented Android feature.
52. Clipboard History
A very nice Android feature is that it includes clipboard history. On iOS this feature requires a separate app. From The 8 things I want to see in iOS 15 : “With iOS, you can’t view your clipboard history without some kind of third-party app. Apple could add better clipboard management in iOS 15 to make life easier for everyone.”
53. Android Earthquake Alert System
What’s a better new feature for an operating system than 200+ new emojis? How about an Android based earthquake alert system that turns every Android phone into a seismometer? First launched in California, Google is now expanding the system to other countries. See Android Earthquake Alerts to widely launch next year. Earthquake alerts is not an app, it’s part of the Android operating system.
54. Android Auto is Better than Apple CarPlay
Part of the reason for this is that Google Assistant is more capable than Siri, but thre are other advantages as well. See The Things Android Auto Does Better than Apple’s CarPlay.
55. Android ELS (Emergency Locator Service)
Launched in 2016, Android ELS provides accurate location information to emergency service providers and also now shares your phone’s language setting and some emergency personnel can route your call to a responder that speaks your language, or can have a translator available. See How it works | Android Emergency Location Service | Google.
56. Superior Computational Photography2
The iPhone used to be the leader in the field of computational photography but has let Android, for some phone models, surpass the it. The incredible computational photography of Google’s own Pixel brand of phones has become a major selling point. See Apple finally stole my heart from the Google Pixel with this iPhone camera feature and Google roasts Apple on computational photography: ‘It’s not mad science’.
The Fuji mirrorless X-Pro series has added computational photography to “real” cameras with its “HDR” function, see next post: Fujifilm X-Pro3: First Step into Fuji’s 3 Year Computational Photography Masterplan.
57. Battery Percentage Indicator
Android has an indicator on the lock screen that shows the percentage of battery remaining. Inexplicably, this was present on the iPhone home screen until the iPhone X; you didn’t have to swipe to find it. The suggested workaround on the iPhone’s that lack this feature is to create a widget with the battery percentage and place it on the home screen, but you still need to unlock your phone to see it. Why Apple removed this essential feature is unknown and perhaps it will return in a future version of iOS. The only somewhat plausible reason anyone has come up with is that the iPhone 12 is the first 5G phone and the 5G modem drains the battery faster and displaying the battery percentage would highlight how fast the battery was draining. See How to show battery percentage on iPhone 12 series models.
Android devices can do true multitasking. iPhones can only do task switching except for a few specific apps, music, location, AirPlay, VoIP (Voice Over IP), push notifications, Apple News, Bluetooth, and background updates. See What are the differences between Android and iOS in multitasking? Conventional wisdom says Android has ‘real’ multitasking and iOS does not. What does that mean? What are the pros and cons of Android vs. iOS multitasking? and How to Use Multitasking on the iPhone. Note that true multitasking is available in iPadOS.
59. Installing old versions of Apps
Sometimes an app will be removed from the Google Play Store completely, or there will be a new version that changes the app for the worse. When you get a new phone you may want to get the old version of the app, not the one currently available. If you plan ahead, and save the apk file of the app, you can reinstall the old app on a new device. Sometimes you can find old versions of the app elsewhere and sideload the app using the apk file, though you need to be cautious since sideloading can also load malware onto the phone. With iOS, if an old version of an app is no longer hosted on the App Store then you can’t get the old version unless your iPhone is jailbroken and the old version of the app is still hosted on the App Store. Read How to Download an APK File from the Google Play Store to learn how to download and save apks from the Play store.
60. App development infrastructure and cost
One reason that Android has so many more apps than iOS is that it’s much easier and less costly to develop an Android app than an iOS app. The Android development environment is free and can be run on any computer, no Mac required. That said, it’s probably worth paying for a development environment that generates code for both Android and iOS apps simultaneously. On iOS you’re also more likely to be able to sell an app rather than rely on advertising to make money.
61. USB-C PD and Wired Charging Wattage
Since USB-C can handle up to 100 watts via wired charging Apple has chosen USB-C for the charging port on the iPad Pro and on some MacBooks. Lightning is limited to about 12 watts. The big difference is that Lightning operates only at 5 volts so the maximum wattage is very limited because wattage is limited by the maximum current that a Lightning cable and connector can handle. USB-C PD operates at up to 20 volts so the maximum wattage is much higher. Interestingly enough, Apple even touts USB-C in their “Beats Highlights,” stating “USB-C universal charging.”✓
62. Choice of file managers
While iOS finally has a file manager, after years of iPhone users asking for one, Android gives you a choice of many different file managers, with different feature levels depending on your needs. See 10 best Android file explorer apps, file browsers, and file managers!.
63. Less censoring of content
Google doesn’t censor content as much as Apple. The big problem with this censorship is that you aren’t provided with a detailed reason as to what content was unacceptable so you can surgically remove only the content that has been deemed unacceptable. See 1 and 2 and 3 and 4.
64. Phone cost
Android phone models with comparable cost and features to iPhone phone models have lower street prices, even when the MSRPs are comparable. Android phone makers, especially Samsung, heavily discount even their latest flagship models; Apple rarely discounts their current models.
65. Cloud integration and Storage Pricing
66. Dual Physical SIM slots
67. Professional-level phones
68. Language support (Internationalization)
69. High-refresh rate phones²
70. Higher screen to body ratio²
71. Built-in IR Blaster (Consumer Infrared)
72. Place icons anywhere on the screen
73. Sideloading of Apps
74. Innovation comes to Android first
75. Faster mobile wallet payments
76. No throttling
77. Android emulation on Windows
78. Custom ROMs
79. Home screen rotation (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
80. Backup and restore apps using APK (Android Package Kit) (Available on Jailbroken iPhones)
81. On Android Netflix now lets you start watching unfinished downloads.²
82. Digital COVID-19 vaccination cards
83. Front LED flashes for front camera
84. Front camera with optical image stabilization
85. Better battery life
86. Signal information
87. Better Field test mode
88. Home Screen Shortcuts
89. Repairability by third-party repair shops
90. Alternate Android-based operating systems
91. Google Play Protect
92. Better thermal design
93. Custom keyboards
94. 5G available even on non-flagship phones
95. Market share
96. Phones with secondary rear displays
97. Phones with very large displays
98. New features come to Android first
99. Rugged phones
100. RCS (Rich Communication Services) support
101. No on-device scanning of photos
2. Expected on a future iPhone or future version of iOS