An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list

An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list

Summary: A survey revealed the features that are most wanted on the iPhone. Interestingly enough, most of the items on that list are already available on some of Google's Android devices.

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What do iPhone users want most? According to the results of a survey released today, the top four things that U.S. iPhone users want most are already available from Google's Android.

The survey, conducted by interactive research firm Vision Critical, lists a choice of wireless network (39 percent) as the number one thing that smartphone buyers in the U.S. would most like to have in the Apple iPhone. Android devices, of course, are available across multiple wireless carriers while the iPhone can only be used (without jailbreaking) on AT&T in the U.S.

Also on the list:

  • A 4G Network (38 percent): HTC's Evo 4G for Sprint has hit the market, even if 4G service by Sprint isn't widespread yet.
  • An 8-megapixel camera (33 percent): HTC's Evo 4G and Droid Incredible both have 8-megapixel cameras.
  • FM Radio Tuner (30 percent): Yup, Android has one already.

Interestingly enough, the headline on this survey was centered around the desire for an FM tuner, especially in Canada, where that was the number one item on the iPhone wishlist. Royalty agreements have kept Pandora and Spotify, streaming music services that are big in the U.S. and U.K., off of the devices of Canadian customers.

There have been rumors of Apple enabling a dormant FM Tuner on the iPhone and iPod Touch, but it still hasn't been turned on. When and if Apple ever does announce an FM tuner for the device, the company is sure to get cheers for offering something that others have already been offering - just as iPhone enthusiasts have cheered for things like tethering, MMS support and cut-and-paste in the past.

Those things weren't new when Apple announced them. They were just new for the iPhone. Here's the full wishlist from Vision Critical:

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, iPhone, Smartphones, Wi-Fi

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  • Go Android.

    Go Android.
    mybunkaccount
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      itkonlyyou145
  • RE: An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list

    I love my Droid Incredible....I wanted an iPhone but I will never go toAT$T and now I think I might just stay with Android.BIG MISTAKE STEVIE!!!
    terryzx
    • iPhone 4G is two year old news for Android users

      We've had what iPhone 4G offers, two years ago. Their feature list will appear on two years latter from now.. and then Android users will have something else.

      Clearly shows who is leading who. Android leads Apple in terms of innovation.

      Multitasking on iPhone would not exist if it wasn't for the fact that apple is loosing market share. And its half baked at that.
      Uralbas
      • The Android wish list is like the iPhone feature list ...

        - Accurate touch screen technology
        - Smooth and responsive interface
        - Beautiful design and thoughtful detail
        - Consistent look and feel across applications
        - Excellent predictive text
        - Tight integration with Macinstosh applications
        - Clock doesn't senselessly take up half the screen and stupidly mimic the look of an old flip-dial clock radio.

        FM radio tuner? Why not ask for an 8-track tape deck, too, while you're at it.
        RationalGuy
      • RE: An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list

        @RationalGuy

        I have a Moto Droid...

        1, I haven't had any accuracy issues.
        2. Seems pretty smooth and responsive to me.
        3. It's a phone, not a piece of art...who really cares?
        4. For the most part it does, but as with any open source development, there is going to be some variation. We all don;t goosestep to whatever Steve Jobs tells you should look good.
        5. THe predictive text is pretty good on the droid too.
        6. WHy would you want to do that? Macs suck...
        7. That is just HTC...get an education dude..

        FM Radio? Those crazy cannucks...though if they could figure out how to do 8-tracks on a phone, I would be impressed.
        owner4
      • iFantoids are Far from DROIDS, Locked Up in Momma Stevie Garden Walled Womb

        @ iRRationalGuy Keep your call dropping, blotched yellow screen, switched switches, task switching instead of Mulitasking, FLASHLESS, iChat-less Video conferencing WiFi only, child proof battery, fixed memory w/o SD addon, etc.... et al device to yourself!

        But here's some add on's that weren't mentioned. How about connecting and serving Android's DLNA content direct to your HDTV or Router or Sony PS3 to TV? Yeah.... that's right and that's on a Samsung Galaxy S that's running their Hummingbird A8 SoC that they contracted with Intrinsity to design their Domino Logic and chip Tape Out for. Before Apple asked if they could please..... please... use it as their A4 SoC... pretty please? Since Samsung supplies the screens, memory, gyro (from their subsidiary), and various other chips for iPad and iPhone 4, they should have called it Samsung iPhone 4 made for Apple! :D

        Oh and.... after awhile when you get tired of squinting at your made by Samsung screen, think about the fact you may just get a new Super AMOLED Screen when they complete the largest OLED Fabrication Plant in the World next year if your lucky enough to beat military's F-35 aircraft needs or Samsung's F-1 Racing Team's foil backed OLED display requirements. Afterall.... iPhones & iPads are just a toy for Samsung to play with, before they launch Samsung Tape iPad killers with 12mp camera, 1.2gHz dual processor, 1gig memory, DLNA, FM-Radio, 4G, WiFi Syncing, removable 4,400mAh battery with removable upgradeable memory!!!

        Oh..... I forgot full voice control and Swype technology. The fastest text input on any device on the planet! Now go back to school little boy! .....you bother us!!! xD :D
        i2fun
      • RE: An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list

        @RationalGuy

        I know you're taking a swipe at Android and I couldn't care less about that but I just wanted to say, my Nexus One has everything you list except possibly the Mac integration (don't have one so I can't comment on that).

        And just so you know, with Andriod, you can have any kind of clock you want and a lot of people like the flip clock look... Not me, but others do.

        And some people do like to listen to local radio stations as opposed to stored music. Just because you don't appreciate something doesn't mean that all others feel the same as you. And most smart phones built in the last few years have had FM radio tuners built-in so it is a fair question to ask why Apple doesn't.

        Regards...
        kb5ynf
      • RE: An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list

        @RationalGuy Beautiful design? Maybe but every iPhone I've seen people use, they're all in ugly casings.
        Yax_to_the_Max
      • RE: An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list

        @RationalGuy you didn't name any features. You're just talking about the look and feel of the phone. My EVO is repsonsive and smooth and does all of the things you're saying the iphone does. Except for the Mac sync, but I don't use mac stuff. As a matter of fact 90% of the world doesn't use mac stuff. Who wants an FM tuner? um let's see.....I guess anyone that listens to the radio? which are way more people than have iphones. As far as the clock that takes up half the screen. You do realize that's a widget? oh you don't know what a widget is because the iphone doesn't have those? Android devices come stock with multiple clocks so you can pic the one you like most or you can download a new one. they have small clocks, big clocks etc...You seem like a smart guy. How did you not know you can change the clock? Android has a prettier UI than iphone which has been stated by the industry. The iphone's UI is boring. You can't do anything with it. Home screens full of icons and now folders of icons. There's nothing exciting about it.
        Guyver21
      • RE: An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list

        @Uralbas - The iPhone continues gaining market share.
        @RationalGuy - Don't forget an app store free of malware.
        brian.gillespie
      • I don't see Apple losing market share to Android

        @Uralbas : In fact, with 1.7 million iPhones sold in just three days, I don't see it losing market share to anybody. Android is eating up RIM and Nokia more than Apple, while the iPhone is still growing in popularity. I'm almost willing to wager that this next quarter is going to see both platforms growing while the other smart phone platforms slip even farther.
        Vulpinemac
      • RE: An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list

        I do agree with you; I have a Samsung Moment and on my 4th phone that locks due to "market applications that corrupt the phone"; the look and feel is different and no TWO droid phones work the same way....
        arodriguez2
      • You all THINK Android is smooth and responsive ...

        I've tried Droid, Nexus One and Droid Incredible. They all lag in response to gestures by what feels like at least a quarter of a second. iPhone responds without lag. iPhone has the most accurate touch screen. This is tested and well known.

        Having user interface guidelines for developers to follow is actually very good. Computer programmers are typically very odd people who don't understand how people really want to interface with their devices. Apple just gives common sense information so that things work best for the customer, not easiest for the socially-retarded programmers.

        Yes, I know what a widget is. And I know how unnecessary and useless and ridiculous they look on smart phones ... You know what? I constantly need to know the weather. I better take up the other half of my phone screen that isn't the fake flip-dial clock with that! That God I have widgets!
        RationalGuy
      • Multi-tasking half baked?

        @Uralbas
        Had fun yesterday with the 70's tech Android on the Moto Droid. Had a simple competition. Use your phone to listen to Pandora all day at work.

        Moto Droid with 70's tech multi-tasking: 5% battery left at end of day. Screen turned all the way down.

        iPhone 4: 78% battery left. Screen on normal brightness.

        The Android multi-tasking model is based off of what I would expect from a freshman in CS to come up with.
        Bruizer
    • iPhone 4G is two year old news for Android users

      We've had what iPhone 4G offers, two years ago. Their feature list will appear on two years latter from now.. and then Android users will have something else.

      Clearly shows who is leading who. Android leads Apple in terms of innovation.

      Multitasking on iPhone would not exist if it wasn't for the fact that apple is loosing market share. And its half baked at that.
      Uralbas
      • Two years ago Android didn't exist

        Apparently your sense of time is so bad, you have to pick a date out of your rear end that is beyond the life span of the product.

        I sincerely doubt you know what you are talking about, much less ever had an Android or iPhone on your hands.
        wackoae
      • ROFL wackoae

        Seems you don't know a lot of anything even seeing an iPhone.

        Google bought Android on July 2005 and the 5th of November of 2007 the open handset alliance was formed. No commercial phone had it prior to Oct 2008 yeah, but it did exist as an OS

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)

        And I've actually do own a 3GS and compared the usefulness of both.

        The 3GS looks nice, it does, is it useful. not one bit.

        Same goes for the 4G

        Android has had since the G1 (Oct 2008) things Apple users wished for and only got half this year:

        -- Real multitasking
        -- HotSpot (when rooted)
        -- Tether
        -- Limited Flash

        This last year and in Jan and since May Android has had:

        -- FM Player
        -- Gesture Control (control your phone with your eyes)
        -- Swype
        -- Faster JIT
        -- Full Flash
        -- Google Navigation

        Features Apple may get within two years, maybe, or next year, but you would only get it if Apple keeps loosing market share. In the US Apple last year held 75% of the market share, and World wide it was about the same. Currenlty Apple barely clings on to 36% or so of the smartphone market share in the US and WW its loosing traction.

        Android sales keep on a steady increase and will soon surpass 250000 activations daily currently at 160000. Apple will sell 4 million iphones one day of the year.

        In other words, if the current activation trend does not increase Android will have over 58 400 000 users within a year. Thats more users than what Apple currently has.

        Now if you see that 75% of all 4G sales where from previous iPhone users 3% of one 1.5 million users where former Android users: 45000 users Worlwide went from Android to iPhone. That's like 0.45% of all Android users which shows that most are extremely satisfied.

        Unfortunately I dont have hard facts about conversions the other way iPhone to Android, but from a personal experience I can say about half of the people I knew that used iPhones today carry an Android and none have gone back to iPhone.

        You're right don't know a lot my self. ROFL
        Uralbas
      • RE: An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list

        @Uralbas's post below.... Nice try...I love how you try to buy credibility by saying you also have a 3GS...
        What you are comparing is every single android OS phone out there from every manufacturer to ONE phone from ONE manufacturer. Not exactly a fair fight. Also, 3% of 1.5 million is a large number...ON THE FIRST DAY! The fact that no one ever even attempt to quantify how many people go from IOS to Android says something in itself. Maybe that's because it is so insignificant that it doesn't matter. Just like your overspinned opinion.
        alwin3413
      • RE: An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list

        @alwin3413 said "comparing is every single android OS phone out there from every manufacturer to ONE phone from ONE manufacturer. Not exactly a fair fight."

        But it is, That is the beauty of openness. Real competition based on merit (Even though the networks really like closeness and love locking devices down).
        rarsa