So we’re in week three of my experiment in how the other half live and this is starting to feel like a new normal for me. It’s been really interesting (depending on which camp you sit in) some of the analogies I’ve been given for Android Vs iOS. The two I feel fit best are both related to cars with the first being:
- Android is like driving your own car to the airport: It’s your car, set up for you, you like it, you’re happy with it and have full control over how you get to your destination.
- iOS is like grabbing an Uber: It might be a really nice car, you might have a really nice driver and you might be really happy at the end of it. But along the way, you’re not in complete control because you’re not driving. The aircon might be too cold, the route might not be what you’d have chosen or it might just be a beaten up, 15 year old Toyota Corolla. But that doesn’t matter, because regardless of the option you’re dealt, you’ll get to your destination.
The second one I particularly like is a genuine Luxury Car (Android) vs Tesla (iOS). Where for Android you can choose from hundreds of optional extras to tweak every little thing to your liking, or the Tesla where you have 3 models and 5 colours to choose from.
This leads me into the fact that after a bit more time on the iOS platform and being somewhat more familiar generally with the OS, it’s time for a deeper dive into iOS.
Setup, Settings and Software integration
From a very simplistic perspective, the basics of setup are very much parallel to each other across the iOS and Android platforms. The general connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile data) is all there, as is the ability to turn your phone into a hotspot with one difference. If you’re invested in the Apple ecosystem, you just need to turn your hotspot on for all of your Apple gear (provided they’re on the same Apple account) to connect.
Siri and I – The relationship is a bit rocky
I’ve tried, I really have… I just can’t get my head around changing the default “Hey Google” that comes out of my mouth to “Hey Siri”. I’m also somewhat baffled at times as to how simple things like the weather can be fairly significantly different between the two, in most cases it’s one or two degrees. One day, for some reason, Siri told me it was going to rain when both Google and Alexa clearly told me otherwise.
Ultimately I’ve found this particular change just a bit too much to deal with for a reasonably short term review. If I were starting fresh (ie without 9 Google Assistant driven devices in my home) in terms of smart devices, while I’d be highly unlikely to spend over $2,500.00 on Home Pods to get smart connectivity through my home, I may well consider a different pathway.
Google on iOS
Yeah, you heard me… Google on iOS, it’s a thing! There are a lot of iOS users who use Gmail as their primary email provider and use other services like Google Drive. Honestly, in some respects, the Google apps that are on iOS actually give a better user experience that those on the Android platform. There really isn’t much in it but they just look a touch more polished, they respond a bit quicker and they’re a little easier or “more intuitive” to navigate.
Keychain Vs Google Smart Lock
Both options are quite viable, both options do the job. The difference is — perhaps unsurprisingly — for users who are invested in Apple, Keychain just works. Google Smart Lock is also somewhat cross platform but relies on you using Google’s software eg. Google Chrome for web access.
Some readers may be starting to see a theme in some of my comments; that, which of the options you choose is going to be best chosen to align to your mobile platform.
The App Store
Apps are the core of any mobile device experience; a good range of good quality apps can make the experience. Lacking range or quality will break the experience. So with Apple having such a strong marketplace in the app store and a huge developer network — even coming from the Android Platform — this is a highlight of the iOS experience.
As a closing point for this weeks dive into iOS is the, frankly outstanding job that Apple has done of integrating other functions into the operating system. Apple Music is just there (although, in my case unused), Apple TV is there, Books and Podcasts are there. The reality is that this isn’t just a mobile OS, iOS is a well-integrated and thought through communication and entertainment platform.