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6 features where Android beats iPhone

Last updated on: August 29, 2011 14:06 IST

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Madhumita Thakur

Get Ahead reader Madhumita Thakur lists out six features where Android-based smart phones steal a march over iPhone.

Steve Jobs is to the world of smart phones what Aishwarya Rai is to the world of Hollywood films -- not the first, not the best but still the most popular. iPhone emerged on the horizon of smart phone technologies and mustered huge fan following in no time. Its easy to use features, wide display screen and multi touch capabilities soon saw it eating into the market share of mobile giants like Nokia.

Then came Android-based phones in 2008 and prepared the war field in the mobile technology battle.

Both iPhones and Android phones are creating waves and have completely enhanced the user experience with mobile communication. In this mad race of smart phones it would be interesting to find out some features where iPhone takes beating from Android-based smart phones:

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When not at work Madhumita loves to talk about Indian Politics, Cricket and Movies at her blog A Pinch of Salt (http://attitudespeaks.blogspot.com/).

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Multiple notifications

Android phones have capabilities to display multiple notifications on top of the phone screen unlike iPhone which can display only one notification at a time.

For instance on an Android phone you can see notifications about your new emails, tweets, app updates, Facebook updates and others in a single glance while in iPhone you have to tap on each app to see if there is any new email, tweet and wall post.

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Easy access of frequently used applications

Android phones allow you to create widgets of your favourite and the most used applications on your phone's home screen. This means every time you access the most frequented application you do not have to scroll through dozens and dozens of applications installed on the phone just like what iPhone users do.

Widgets are very handy and save time and effort each time you have to use your pet apps. If you feel you aren't using a particular app as frequently you can just dump its widget into the trash.

The main programme would still be available on your phone.

Widgets are like short cuts of phone apps, just like how you have short cuts of programmes on your computer's desktop.

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Quick connectivity options

In iPhone you have to get into the settings app to make any modifications to connectivity tools like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS etc. but Android phones have quick buttons on one of their home screen from where you turn ON/OFF these connectivity options with just one touch.

This is a very useful feature which defines connectivity in true sense for its users.

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Instant search

Not only is there a Google search tool on the Android phone home screen but it is also voice enabled. This means you can just speak the content of your search and Google will do the rest.

Apart from this there are two separate apps for Google search and voice search inbuilt into the Android phones. Of course the fact that Android is Google's creation helps in understating such magic.

On the other hand iPhone has no dedicated tool for search except a feature which allows you to search within your iPhone. Any search which needs web takes you to its browser Safari.

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Seamless integration of data

Android skilfully integrates information from various aspects of our lives like Facebook, emails, twitter, Flickr and much more and puts them together in your phone.

Additionally you can also choose to sync contacts from your Facebook and Google together into your contact book where all the pre-saved information like name, birthday, email address etc get automatically populated.

This feature is totally absent in iPhone unless you use some third party apps.

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Flash player

Though the iPhone browser, Safari, is fast and smooth it lacks the capabilities to play any content which needs Flash player. Android phones however support flash players on their browser and have the flexibility to play everything from videos to plain text in no time.

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