Multiple Advantages of iOS 4 Hard to Overcome

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-11-02 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

5. Ease of use must come into play 

In any evaluation between two operating systems, ease of use must play a role. After all, if a particular operating system is easier to use for the average consumer than is another, it should get the nod. In this case, iOS 4 easily gets the nod-Apple's operating system is simply easier to use. What's more, it doesn't suffer from the strange quirks that arise on Android due to vendors trying to tailor the user experience to their own products. 

6. Responsiveness 

One of the main issues with Android 2.2 is that the software doesn't respond as effectively as it should when compared with iOS. Does that mean there is a responsiveness issue with Android 2.2? Absolutely not. In fact, compared with other operating systems, it holds up quite well. But Apple's platform is different. It's just that iOS simply provides more responsiveness when users interact with it. It could be extremely difficult for Google match that any time soon. 

7. Too many variations 

Because Android is an open platform, vendors that get their hands on the operating system can change it however they see fit. That openness creates an environment across the Android ecosystem that loses uniformity and provides variations of the Android operating system on different phones. The result is sometimes spotty performance that must be taken into account when evaluating differences between iOS and Android. 

8. Apple's App Store 

Apple's App Store is integral to the success of iOS 4. With hundreds of thousands of applications, Apple's marketplace is the best place to find programs that appeal to both consumers and enterprise customers. Admittedly, Google's Android Market has been growing at a rapid rate, but it has a long way to go to match Apple's store. 

9. iTunes integration 

Whenever users pick up an iOS-based device, they can access iTunes from the product. That's extremely important. It provides them with an end-to-end entertainment experience that isn't so readily available on Android. After all, iTunes is the world's top music store. If only Apple's products have direct access to it, few could make the case that Google's offering can best Apple's. 

10. The tablet issue 

Google has said that Android 2.2 is not designed for tablets. Apple doesn't have that issue with iOS 4. Currently, iOS 3 is running on the iPad. But this month, Apple plans to offer iOS 4 integration with its tablet. When that happens, the company will prove that its operating system is the best choice for just about anyone trying to go mobile. Then the onus will be on Google to respond.




 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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