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Android 2.2 vs. iOS 4.2: Froyo Features Lacking

The gains that Google Android has made in the mobile OS is astonishing, and just shows that the company is now much more than a search engine. The OS still has a way to catch its rivals, but at least they have started to look behind now and again. The latest version is Android 2.2 Froyo, and there are a number of updates that make it much better than 2.1, but it seems that the features still do not compare to iOS 4.2 for the Apple iPhone.

Don Reisinger from eWeek has listed 10 reasons why he thinks that iOS 4.2 has the edge over Froyo. However, let us not forget that Google is already hard at work on the next version, 2.3 Gingerbread.

One reason why Android 2.2 does not perform as well as iOS 4.2 is because Google never had the plan to move into software — they have come a long way, but there is still a long road ahead of them.

Another reason — one that I am not too sure on — is that Apple understands their customers. They know what they want and most of the time they deliver; well we want the White iPhone 4 — look how that has gone?

One of the biggest issues with Android is too many variations. Knowing what Android handset to get is like a minefield, something that you do not get with Apple and the iPhone. This is a valid point, but having choice is great as consumers have certain budgets, so are able to decide which handsets best fits into that.

Visit eWeek and read all ten reasons why iOS 4.2 is said to be better than Android 2.2.

Do you agree with these findings?

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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Jah
Jah

Apple fans after being robbed by jobs will have no option but defend their lost money not the beuty of the product

pragatichaplotjain
pragatichaplotjain

Everyone keeps saying that Android does not have this and that.. but they keep ignoring the fact that Android is really catching up. Nielsens report strongly communicate that the sales have increased and Android is showing strong competition to Iphone and Blackberry. The 2.2 version of Froyo may not be designed for tablets but it has certainly ramped up the performance of the Android. It supports Microsoft Exchange Server and is also more secure. Come on Peter, you cannot ignore tha fact that Android has aldready created a hige and loyal fan following .The 2.2 Froyo has aldready convinced many… Read more »

Cecil
Cecil

Man he has no Idea what is he talking about. I guess he never even touched one before. I’ll buy him a free android phone, I’m sure he will resign the next day and turn into an Android lover.

Matthew John Lien

I can't see how this can be a far comparison. I'm pretty sure iOS 4.2 hasn't been released yet. Should we compared Android 2.3 to iOS 4.2 to even the field?

Tom
Tom

What a load of BS!

Guest
Guest

I can connect my Android to ANY computer, set it in USB Mount mode and access my SD memory card with the standard USB Micro cable. From this point I can download/upload pictures, music, videos, documents, among other things that I own. iPhones have no SD card slot, and only connect to iTunes on one computer with the Apple cable. That isn't the worst but it's the typical limiting of Apple and why I pick the openness of Android.

Mike
Mike

Apple Blows. Steve Jobs is a loser and as health continues to deteriorate the company will fall into bankruptcy because their company doesnt allow any freedom for the OS.

Nostradamus Prediction: Andriod squashes the entire iPhone market by 2012

JtownATX
JtownATX

Wow, just wow. No multitasking? No folders? Since launch Android has had this. No iTunes? Thank god, as the EVO and other Android phones act as an external hard drive without any additional software. You don’t ever need to sink your phone, as you can drop and drag the entire harddrive to a pc. What about Apple not offering the full internet, or the iPhone’s lack of removable storage/battery (especially if you must bring up the iPad when discussing phone software)? Apple has become Microsoft in so many ways.

Anonymous
Anonymous

hahaha there's too many Android choices. "I love Steve Jobs. I love my iPhone. I love being told what to buy." –Peter Chubb

Tony
Tony

Android 2.2 Froyo is great. Obviously. If you've seen what it can do, you'd agree. The version that verizon or tmobile might put on your phone is limited, sure. The two are somewhat equally capable though. The difference is the CONTROL! Apple gives you no control, and it's illegal to do anything with the OS other than what they proscribe. The Android OS is open source, and that means you can pretty much do what you want with it. Therefore it's way more capable. Every different device can have a custom tailored version of the OS to fit the specific… Read more »

Goonie
Goonie

Apple fans have choices, and they choose macs. They chose to buy an iPhone that syncs seamlessly with their Mac they chose to buy which streams seamlessly to their apple tv they chose to buy.

They chose not to buy a samsung or lg or htc android that will eventually sync to their Dell pc after installing crapware that will eventually stream to their lg google tv after installing crapware.

Say what you want about apple, some of it might even be true. But nothing beats their convenience across the platform.

Jim
Jim

It is Ok the article was written by the Republicans. It is OK to lie

Michael John Morris

"Do you agree with these findings?" No, and neither does anyone who commented on his moronic article. I always thought that if you're going to write something about a gadget or event or whatever you should at least have a working knowledge of it. All the man did was make it all up. He’s clearly never really used or taken the time to learn anything about an Android device. He doesn’t have to be a fanboy for it, but he could at least have actual working knowledge.

Jerf
Jerf

The articled linked lists 10 things that are not true about google torn strait from an apple perspective. Non of the facts actually revolve around truths.

According to that article, Google, the company amassing more user information then any company in the world including Facebook, does not understand consumers. Also, apparently my android multitasking doesn’t really exist. I went from a 3GS to a Droid X, and couldn’t be happier. Sorry, but this was a waste of google news click.

Jay
Jay

I just lost confidence in this site. I read that eweek article and couldn't believe something so ridiculously thoughtless could land on google news. It was like an article written by a 10-year old with no knowledge of anything trying to come up with a 10-point list. Total crap. And now you decide to reference it like it is worth anything??? Gimme a break. If you are trying to be reputable, do your due diligence before culling something so terrible.

Apple Enthusiest
Apple Enthusiest

All the junior high schoolers are posting anti Apple hatred to all the good news stories when it relates to Apple. Let the chips fall where they may. I love my iPhone and wouldn’t trade it for any other smartphone. This stuff is great fun to read.

kippaxingloom
kippaxingloom

As an Iphone user and software developer I was interested in what the differences were. The reviewer has obviously not used an android phone for longer than 30 seconds. 1. Google isn’t so big on software Bullshit – how many API's have apple created? 2. Apple understands consumers Bullshit – Iphone 4 signal loss debacle – "your holding it wrong!" 3. Multitasking Bullshit – Android had this since version 1 – apple version 4 – after lots of moaning by consumers – see 2 4. Folders make it all OK Bullshit – folders are one of the most simple concepts… Read more »

Dandapani
Dandapani

Did you even read the article? The writer is smokin' Apple Dope and knows nothing about Android.

HTC Evo 4G
HTC Evo 4G

Wow…total failure, @ Apple enthusiest; Im glad that you love your iPhone, good for you. Have you ever had your hands on an Android device running 2.2? Probably not, it leaves the iPhone in the dust.People DO want choices wether its budget or form factor, and Apple doesnt want to give you this, they offer 2 choices right now and theres not alot of difference between those 2. This is really sad a review about a review to get users to click on their website..sad..sad…sad..

guest
guest

Is this waht apple fanbois have stooped to? lies! and pls dont counter-argue by touting some (false) allegations against google, which are all unverifiable, activation numbers, patent litigations etc

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One should retain dignity even in failure

Vyis
Vyis

For such article allow to be posted in this site and eWeek, i seriously doubt the credibility of others article here as well as site editor.

anon
anon

The eweek article is drivel, as usual. They should stop employing fanboys and get a real tech writer.

Vyis
Vyis

i wonder if these article written by Steve Jobs. Doesn't give any real fact to support. Speaking apple, didn't apple well know for their arrogant and ignoring defect in their product?

Anonymous
Anonymous

It'd be really cool if you could show us exactly what features iOS 4.2 has that both Android 2.2 does not already have and Android 2.3 is not planned to have.

Bradley James

That guys a fool! Case and point, reason #3: Multitasking. Android has featured multitasking since inception, and in fact was one of the consistent knocks on iPhone, where the initial knocks on Android was multi-touch…. both have come around to relative parity in this regard. That's the most glaring point but pretty much all of his points are inaccurate or flat out false.

Does eWeek employ Jr. High Schoolers trying to get extra credit?

android_user
android_user

why do you allow junk like that e-week posting to get on your site? is this a review of a review?
garbage about garbage?

Mat
Mat

Hello,
have you read the review of Don Reisinger?
it's full of errors. i.e. Multitasking. he states iOS is a multitasking OS and Android is not, which is clearly wrong.
It's probably a philosopical discussion if Apple understands customers. from my point of view giving the customer a choice is the key and Apple provides only a very limited choice.
I think it's not worth it quoting this article.

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