1. xMatter's Avatar
    Like many of us out there, especially us techies, we use more than 1 mobile platform. I prefer WP as my second platform to iOS.

    I like WP for its true flatness, speed, and integration for Microsoft products.

    I like iOS for its simple notification center (must have IMO), apps (even though I use very few), and the hardware it is installed on.

    Both platforms are consistent and have great battery life.

    So if you use another platform besides iOS, what do you use and how does it compare to iOS for you?

    I got to snag a Lumia 520 through Amazon for 39 bucks on Friday as another second device.
    12-22-2013 08:32 AM
  2. Speedygi's Avatar
    Like many of us out there, especially us techies, we use more than 1 mobile platform. I prefer WP as my second platform to iOS.

    I like WP for its true flatness, speed, and integration for Microsoft products.

    I like iOS for its simple notification center (must have IMO), apps (even though I use very few), and the hardware it is installed on.

    Both platforms are consistent and have great battery life.

    So if you use another platform besides iOS, what do you use and how does it compare to iOS for you?

    I got to snag a Lumia 520 through Amazon for 39 bucks on Friday as another second device.
    I still think iOS has the best apps overall, and that's what I think the strength of the platform is, the amount of functionality added by these apps are just so insurmountable in the industry right now that I think it's almost impossible to compete with iOS on the app front. In terms of interface design and notifications and things pertaining to actual telephony and some aspects of communications like instant messaging and email, I still feel Blackberry owns on those fronts, but if you are all about maximising your use through apps in an operating system, iOS is the best right now, for me.
    12-22-2013 08:42 AM
  3. xMatter's Avatar
    If we left the app selection out of the equation and talked strictly about the UI, would anyone prefer another platform?
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    12-22-2013 11:39 AM
  4. Speedygi's Avatar
    If we left the app selection out of the equation and talked strictly about the UI, would anyone prefer another platform?
    I think most would , but unfortunately with the sales of iPhones being any indication, it's not what the real world is doing...


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
    12-22-2013 11:44 AM
  5. serglb's Avatar
    If we left the app selection out of the equation and talked strictly about the UI, would anyone prefer another platform?
    I like windows phones. Androids are too prone to viruses and SPAM like crazy. Windows phones are extremely nice though. I love the build and software and it would go nicely with my windows 8 laptop.


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    12-22-2013 11:44 AM
  6. xMatter's Avatar
    I think most would , but unfortunately with the sales of iPhones being any indication, it's not what the real world is doing...


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
    It's def great marketing for the amount of apps iOS has, but when we face the facts, most are redundant or not useful in any means.
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    12-22-2013 12:51 PM
  7. acerace113's Avatar
    If we left the app selection out of the equation and talked strictly about the UI, would anyone prefer another platform?
    I would actually go with windows phone. The home screen with live tiles would be useful to me and the layout is just simple and effortless to use. As for the lock screen I love the layout + how you can place stuff where you want like the music controls.

    I have used android also and I find the the layout ok, but I find the sub menus and very confusing at times and some just don't make sense. Customization is a plus though.

    iOS is simple to use and the layout is consistent across the system but the only thing you can really change is the wallpaper.

    I haven't used blackberry so I don't know what it's like but from what I've seen once you get use to the layout you should be able to use it without much trouble and fits business people nicely.

    If I were to rank platforms based on UI alone:

    1) windows phone
    T2) iOS & android
    4) blackberry


    Sent from my Jailbroken iPhone 5S (7.0.4) or 5th gen iPod Touch (7.1b2) using Tapatalk
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    12-25-2013 08:41 AM
  8. dc9super80's Avatar
    I use a nexus 7 so android is my second platform. I use Google services a lot and I appreciate their integration with android. That said even running KitKat I see a few bugs here and there that annoy me.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
    12-25-2013 10:58 AM
  9. Algus's Avatar
    The one thing that iOS has that I really wish was in some of the other mobile OSes is the bottom action center that you drag to open with a built-in lantern and toggles for BT and some of the other stuff. Compare this to my Note 3 which as one very awkward unified panel or how it works on an Android tablet with two separate panels on the top. I suppose there's some software mod out there for Android to make it work like that but eh, it just works right on iOS out of the box.

    Outside of that, I'm definitely an Android guy. I like it's flexibility and customization options compared to iOS and I like the wider range of devices available overall. That said, if Apple released a stylus-integrated "phablet" style phone, it'd make me give a real hard look versus my Note 3.
    12-25-2013 12:25 PM
  10. xMatter's Avatar
    The one thing that iOS has that I really wish was in some of the other mobile OSes is the bottom action center that you drag to open with a built-in lantern and toggles for BT and some of the other stuff. Compare this to my Note 3 which as one very awkward unified panel or how it works on an Android tablet with two separate panels on the top. I suppose there's some software mod out there for Android to make it work like that but eh, it just works right on iOS out of the box.

    Outside of that, I'm definitely an Android guy. I like it's flexibility and customization options compared to iOS and I like the wider range of devices available overall. That said, if Apple released a stylus-integrated "phablet" style phone, it'd make me give a real hard look versus my Note 3.
    I could do without control center, but with rumors circulating about WP notification, I would probably be sold immediately.
    12-25-2013 07:29 PM
  11. xMatter's Avatar
    I would actually go with windows phone. The home screen with live tiles would be useful to me and the layout is just simple and effortless to use. As for the lock screen I love the layout + how you can place stuff where you want like the music controls.

    I have used android also and I find the the layout ok, but I find the sub menus and very confusing at times and some just don't make sense. Customization is a plus though.

    iOS is simple to use and the layout is consistent across the system but the only thing you can really change is the wallpaper.

    I haven't used blackberry so I don't know what it's like but from what I've seen once you get use to the layout you should be able to use it without much trouble and fits business people nicely.

    If I were to rank platforms based on UI alone:

    1) windows phone
    T2) iOS & android
    4) blackberry


    Sent from my Jailbroken iPhone 5S (7.0.4) or 5th gen iPod Touch (7.1b2) using Tapatalk
    Android is surprisingly confusing with all the press and holds and sub menus which differ for each item.

    iOS definitely has a win there, but you are right about WP being effortless.
    12-25-2013 07:31 PM
  12. BlackBerry Guy's Avatar
    iOS (iPad mini retina, iPod touch 5th gen) - Likes: The hardware build, cameras, simple elegance of the OS, iCloud, integration with my MacBook Air and Apple TV, and app and content catalog that's second to none with tablet optimized apps. Dislikes: The lack of real customization, limitations within the OS (ie. sharing between apps), no LED.

    Android (Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013) - Likes: Cutting edge hardware specs, customizability, visual notification system (LED, icons and pull down shade at the top), Google services. Dislikes: Inconsistent and inelegant design elements in some areas of the OS, stock PIM and email clients feel...basic, lack of tablet optimized apps (makes the Nexus 7 feel like using a big phone sometimes).

    BlackBerry (Z10) - Likes: BB10 gesture based user interface, messaging/communications-centric OS, granular control over notifications and alerts. Dislikes: App catalog selection is slim, hardware while not bad is mid-range and not reflective of the price of the devices.
    01-02-2014 01:22 AM
  13. AmandaKess22's Avatar
    Outside of that, I'm definitely an Android guy. I like it's flexibility and customization options compared to iOS and I like the wider range of devices available overall. That said, if Apple released a stylus-integrated "phablet" style phone, it'd make me give a real hard look versus my Note 3.
    I agree. I like the openness that comes with Android. It's cool to really be able to customize your device to your needs without having to jailbreak. That's really iOS' only major drawback IMO.
    01-10-2014 02:56 PM
  14. xMatter's Avatar
    I like to customize and tinker with everything, but for some reason I also like to stick with all default apps on iOS, not because they are the best option, but because that is how I like it.

    I might buy the Moto G or X to just play with android without signing a 2 year deal. I had an Atrix in the past, but Moto Blur really ruined my first experience with Android.
    01-10-2014 03:23 PM
  15. kataran's Avatar
    I use to enjoy the custom work I use to be able to do on my webOS devices and still do with my tablet but when it comes to stable daily use you can't beat iOS and the iPhone


    Sent from my iPhone 5s Gold 64GB
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    01-10-2014 04:36 PM
  16. xMatter's Avatar
    I use to enjoy the custom work I use to be able to do on my webOS devices and still do with my tablet but when it comes to stable daily use you can't beat iOS and the iPhone


    Sent from my iPhone 5s Gold 64GB
    I loved my Pre and customizing it, to bad I jumped ship when HP dismantled the company, thanks Leo!
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    01-10-2014 08:15 PM
  17. Speedygi's Avatar
    Windows phone is special for me, in that I can do pretty much I can do on other phones right now, but there just isn't any real reason to switch and stay on it other than wanting something new to use. It has a good metro user interface and that's about it...

    I think in terms of screen sizes and cameras, the Lumia series definitely holds an edge, but iOS does everything else much better because of its more mature ecosystem and operating system.

    Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
    01-10-2014 09:58 PM
  18. eyecrispy's Avatar
    I have used iOS, BB10 and Android extensively and of all of them, I think BB10 is the best, especially for it being so young. Unfortunately, I think BlackBerry waited too long to get in the game and there's no telling what will happen with them. iOS has become stale and boring to me. It's solid and always works but I find it to just be more of the same. The features they roll out (ie, control center) has been available on other platforms for awhile. So I think the iOS UI could stand a major overhaul. Even with all that, I am still using and iPhone because that's what my work supports and it integrates with everything like my smartwatch and fitness band.

    I think if BB can continue to improve and start actually aggressive marketing, they may have a shot. Would be nice to have more competition in this space.
    01-15-2014 09:57 AM
  19. Algus's Avatar
    There's a lot of crap phones running Android. My first Android phone was a Samsung Stratosphere and I thought Android was junk because of it! You'll never see iOS on a terribad device and that right there probably brings in plenty of customer loyalty for them. Android is definitely silky smooth on higher end Android devices. Spending more time gaming on my iPod has really made me appreciate the look and feel of iOS though. There are things it does (like weather forecast/stock quotes) where you can see that Apple said, "What kind of info would people WANT to see here" as opposed to Android just pushing out tedious status updates which don't mean much to most people. iOS also has AMAZING apps out of the box (same is true for OS X. Why install anything else when you get your device preloaded with tons of good software?)

    But I wouldn't just buy an extra phone to have something to play around on Android with. The Nexus 7 (2012) or some of the N7 clones that were released this year still runs Android like a champ. No need to invest hundreds of dollars in an extra device. There are good Android machines for under $200 that can still run most new apps.
    01-15-2014 10:06 AM
  20. heyjohnnybravo's Avatar
    Android 4.3/4.4 are tied with BB10 for me as personal favorites for me at the moment.

    iOS is a close third but noticeably farther away than the other two.

    Posted via the Android iMore App!
    01-21-2014 08:44 PM
  21. Septembersrain's Avatar
    Android 4.3/4.4 are tied with BB10 for me as personal favorites for me at the moment.

    iOS is a close third but noticeably farther away than the other two.

    Posted via the Android iMore App!
    I had so many problems with my Z10. I can't even begin to start explaining... LOL

    I love Android as it was my first smartphone. I'll always have an Android.

    Windows mobile is fun, albeit a little clustered. It can be entertaining once you jump the learning curve hurdle.

    I got my first iPhone about 3 weeks ago. Jailbroken it's actually pretty amazing. It's stable in a lot of ways. It makes a nice work addition to my personal line which carries an Android.
    01-21-2014 09:40 PM
  22. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Android 4.3/4.4 are tied with BB10 for me as personal favorites for me at the moment.

    iOS is a close third but noticeably farther away than the other two.

    Posted via the Android iMore App!
    That's the beauty of having choices - There's something for everybody...
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    01-21-2014 09:48 PM
  23. FFR's Avatar
    I had so many problems with my Z10. I can't even begin to start explaining... LOL

    I love Android as it was my first smartphone. I'll always have an Android.

    Windows mobile is fun, albeit a little clustered. It can be entertaining once you jump the learning curve hurdle.

    I got my first iPhone about 3 weeks ago. Jailbroken it's actually pretty amazing. It's stable in a lot of ways. It makes a nice work addition to my personal line which carries an Android.
    I wouldn't be surprised, bb10 is an incomplete OS.

    Good luck with your iPhone .
    01-22-2014 10:40 AM
  24. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I decided to keep my Blackberry Z10 because of the keypad, BBM and hub (and other little things). I gave up my Android (SG3) in lieu of my iPhone 5s which has become my "go to" device. ALL cell/smartphones have pros and cons and everyone uses them differently. I no longer get into the discussion which is better, because whats good for one might not be good for another, I just buy what I like. I'm just glad I have a choice....SMILE
    01-22-2014 11:12 AM
  25. xMatter's Avatar
    I have decided to hold out on an upgrade to see what BB offers this year since they plan on delivering 2 devices. I liked BB OS 5 on my Tour when I had it years ago. I could also do without a touchscreen, but that's just me.
    01-22-2014 01:35 PM
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