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Out of respect for both of these quality operating systems and for the lack of fair comparisons out on the internet today, I’m offering a quick table for those who want the facts and unbiased information for BOTH platforms.

This is the COMPLETE list of features (that I could find documented) for both platforms, not wattered down to show the strengths of one over the other. If you have more to add, please let me know by adding it in the comments.

Keep in mind the hardware is NOT included. The only variable here is that some of Apple’s OS decisions were based on giving better performance to the hardware (speed/battery-life)

  Android 2.2 (Froyo) iOS 4
Devices
  • NexusOne
  • Droid
  • Droid X
  • Droid Incredible
  • EVO 4G
  • HTC Desire
  • MyTouch Slide
  • HTC Legend
  • Most 2010 HTC Phones
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G *
  • iPod Touch 3G *
  • iPod Touch 2G *
  • iPad (coming Fall 2010) *
  • *Not all features

    Network
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Sprint
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile
  • AT&T
  • Apps 65,000-80,000 200,000
    Flash Support Yes. Flash Player 10.1 available on Android 2.2. No
    Tethering Yes, additional fees vary. Yes, $20 for 2GB/month (AT&T, also must have the limited 2GB/month DataPro, no option to tether with Unlimited plan)
    Multi-tasking Yes Limited, only a limited set of features are allowed in API to run in background
    Widgets Yes No
    Hot-Spot Capability Yes. Wi-Fi can be shared with up to 8 devices. No
    Folders Yes Yes
    Copy & Paste Yes Yes
    Video Chat Available through free add-on apps. (Wifi/3G) Native suport via FaceTime, front facing camera (Wifi Only)
    Books Available through free add-on apps. Support for iBooks to download and read digital books.
    Email Unified mailbox, setup online, threading Unified mailbox, setup on phone, threading
    Digital Zoom 4x 5x
    Sharing Email,Twitter,Facebook,Messaging,Picasa,Bluetooth Email,MMS,MobileMe,YouTube
    Notifications Notification bar, multiple types of notifications shown in bar at top of screen, Pop-up notifications for messaging, viewable from lock screen. Pop-Up notifications, only native apps viewable from lock screen
    Social-Integration
  • Contacts sync with Facebook & Google
  • Gallery sync with Picasaweb
  • Pictures upload to Flickr, Picasaweb, Twitter, Facebook
  • Available through add-on apps.
    Full-text search of Mail messages Yes No, headers only
    Voice-recognition Yes Voice commands
    Push to Phone Messaging, Links & Maps (Apps coming soon) Notifications
    Music Purchasing Amazon MP3 iTunes
    Music Sync Available through free add-on apps. iTunes
    Music Streaming Available through free add-on apps. Available through add-on apps.
    Automatic Updating OTA updates to OS, Automatic updating of apps. OTA minor updates, physical connection required for apps & major OS updates
    Search Web, Apps, Contacts, Mail, Phone Web, Apps, Contacts, Mail (headers only), Phone
    Spell Check No Yes
    Search Suggestions Yes Yes
    Customize Wallpaper Yes, includes Live Wallpaper Yes, includes seperate wallpaper for lock screen
    Voice Recording Yes Yes
    Calendar Sharing Yes Yes
    Maps & Compass Yes, Compass available through add-on apps Yes
    Parental Controls Limited through policy manager Yes

    Enterprise Support

      Android 2.2 (Froyo) iOS 4
    Encryption Yes Yes, Hardware encryption, email & attachment encryption
    Device Policy Manager Yes Yes
    Remote Wipe Yes Yes
    Password Policy Yes Yes
    Exchange calendar sync Yes Yes
    Global Address Lists Yes Yes
    SSL VPN Available through add-on apps Yes
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    2 Comments

    1. Both iOS4 and Android 2.2 are pretty even, with some characteristics better than others. Some are minute, like who needs an 8 megapixel camera on their phone? Other things like having flash are more important. Overall, iOS4 rules!

      • Opinion: I’d say iOS4 coupled with the iPhone 4 is what makes it so good. There are a lot of features missing in iOS4, but they weren’t included because of the hardware limitations.

        Personally, I like Android, but it’s based on the fact that I love to customize my phone, I am not going to leave Verizon, and I think Android has all the features I’m looking for in a phone.


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