25 things my new Android phone does that makes my iPhone feel like it comes from the 1990s

25 things my new Android phone does that makes my iPhone feel like it comes from the 1990s

Summary: My new Android phone makes my old iPhone feel like a dinosaur. I did not root my phone. Every app you see here is a standard product, available from the Google Play store. This is what you can do right out of the box.

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  • #21 It can show two apps on-screen at once

    My new Android phone supports multi-window mode, which allows it to display two apps on-screen at once. While I'd certainly find this far more useful in a tablet, it's still a modern wonder that my old iPhone can't duplicate (neither can the iPad).

    Image courtesy pressing the home and power buttons at the very same time and holding for a few seconds.

     

  • #22 You can automate almost everything

    There are a bunch of app automation tools for Android. The one I tried was Tasker, an app that costs all of three bucks. With Tasker, you can automate everything. For example, since I have other phone handsets at home, I have Tasker set up to determine when I've connected to my home WiFi connection and when connected, turn off the ringer on my Android phone so we don't get a bunch of handsets ringing at once when someone calls. When I get into my car (and Tasker senses the Bluetooth in my car), it increases volume and launches Maps.

    You can do a lot more with Tasker, including a lot more sensing options and a lot more action options, but I'm just getting to know the program. While there are things you can do with Tasker if you root your phone (which I do not recommend), everything I've done has been with a plain, vanilla, factory-fresh phone using apps only downloaded from the Google Play store.

    If any one thing makes this phone feel modern and my old iPhone feel like it comes from the 1990s, it's Tasker.

    Image courtesy Craft Apps EU, the makers of Tasker.

  • #23 When you buy something on the Google Play store, you get an email receipt within minutes, not weeks

    I can't begin to explain why Apple takes so long, but when you buy something from iTunes (whether from the infernal desktop application or on an iPhone or iPad), it can take weeks to get a receipt from Apple via email. By the time the receipt arrives in your email inbox, you've forgotten what it is you ordered, and why.

    I could understand it if this was the 1990s and the receipt was sent through the physical snail mail system. Then, allowing two weeks for a confirmation message would make sense. But this is the land of the Internet and it makes no sense why Apple should take so long to email a simple receipt.

    By contrast, the Google Play store sends receipts within minutes. It seems so... modern.

    Image courtesy my inbox.

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Topics: Mobility, Android, iOS, The Year's Best Tech for Work and Play

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • and no Imessage

    When you send an SMS, you actually send an SMS. And when I want to message someone, I can use Skype or Google Chat (Hangouts?) or whatever I want.
    Oliverzip
    • Your point?

      You can turn iMessage off. You can use Google Talk and Skype on the iPhone…

      I actually like iMessage as many of my friends and family insist on using text messaging as if it was another instant messenger… so I just reply back to them at my desktop using messages on osx. I know you can do that with any of the others, but this works when they "text" my phone number as well (without having to get a service like google voice)
      tk_77
      • imessage has many problems

        When I upgraded from my iphone 4 to a Nokia Lumia 920 (what a fantastic upgrade that was) anyone who had ever "texted" me from their iphone couldn't anymore since it kept going to imessage. apple quite literally hijacked my phone number.
        toddbottom3
        • iMessage

          iMessage does have issues, I can't argue that. Never seen this issue as I don't know anyone that went from an iphone to another brand…

          Did you unregister your phone number from any and all ios devices you might have had it enabled on? Did those trying to text you have "send as sms" enabled for when imessage fails? (not that that always works though, admittedly).

          I've had issue with iMessage occasionally… for me, simply turning it off and reverting to SMS then always worked fine (as long as I had signal).
          tk_77
          • I tried to troubleshoot for a bit

            It appeared that nothing I did would get apple to tell their devices not to use imessage when texting me. Yes, they could manually force it to use text when contacting me but it always reverted back to imessage as the default the next time. Besides, it was terribly unintuitive and difficult to use.

            Do a search on apple forums and you'll see a ton of complaints. This is a big problem. At least it was when I switched at the end of last year.
            toddbottom3
          • Not sure...

            why this would be a 'big problem'....on my iphone 5 under Messages, just enable one radio button (Send as SMS), and when my recipient, whether on IOS or anything else, receives my texts via SMA whenever iMessage is not available. It's a no brainer, in my experience....YMMV.
            Brich
          • No logic please.

            Logic and facts send @toddbottom3 into a frenzy...well...sometimes he goes catatonic, but mostly a frenzy.
            JScottA44
          • It is a special brand of apple logic

            Yes, the suggestion that I contact everyone and ask them to change their iphone settings because I've switched away from iphone requires a special type of apple branded logic.
            toddbottom3
          • Oh, that's a simple solution

            So all I need to do is go to all of my contacts that have iphones and ask them to tweak their settings so they can contact me?

            I shouldn't be surprised. Inefficiency is the apple way.
            toddbottom3
          • They need change your contact info...

            In their iPhone they have your number setup as iPhone... they need to move it to Mobile. Then it will stop thinking they are connecting to another iPhone and use SMS by default.
            condelirios
          • wait what? it doesn't just work?

            you have to **TWEAK** iOS to tell it the recipient isn't using iOS?
            that's like 90's tech!
            warboat
          • Oh, that's a simple solution 2

            So all I need to do is go to all of my contacts that have iphones and ask them to tweak their settings so they can contact me?

            I shouldn't be surprised. Inefficiency is the apple way.
            toddbottom3
          • I can't imagine...

            Why anybody would want to send you a message. You're far too busy trolling these posts to ever read them anyway...
            mattmuir
          • Pot

            meet kettle.
            hmmm,
          • amazing.

            no, you need to disassociate your phone number from imessage. It's 3 clicks. But it's easier to bitch then google something, right?

            Seriously, amazing.
            jessedegenerate
          • LOL!!!

            Most of us would call that Karma bottom dude. Even the universe thinks you're a tool... LOL!!!
            i8thecat4
          • iMessage errors

            Yeah... it hasn't been fixed in the time since you had issues with it (surprise, everyone! :P). Many users switching from iPhones to B10 had the same issue. Shame on you Apple.
            Sam14.8
          • Someone switched to B10?? Wow!!
            msandersen
          • sigh

            it's 3 buttons to press.


            But yeah, iOS is really hard, so i guess you're in trouble.
            jessedegenerate
        • toddbottom3 has even more problems

          Actualy, the truth is YOU didn't go into your iPhone's settings and turn off iMessage.

          User errors being blamed on Apple...why do they exist?

          I work alongside people like this. They misplace a file on their desktop and blame Windows/Dell/Hp/etc, etc... only to be shown how to find it. lolz
          tw1975