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Why iOS Is The iPhone’s Best Feature (Opinion)

Posted in iOS on 17/09/2012 by Henry Taylor-Gill

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I said it in another post earlier today, but if you ignore the operating system, the iOS isn’t the best phone on the market hardware wise. It’s about the fifth or sixth best. If iOS was installed on a Galaxy SIII, it would trump the iPhone, if iOS was installed on a Lumia 920, it would beat the iPhone too.

In 2007, the iPhone was groundbreaking. It was just so far ahead of anything, it wasn’t even worth quantifying it, both for hardware and software. But from then on, as people started ‘inspiring’ themselves from it, the gap closed, and I think as of the iPhone 5, hardware wise, there are a handful of other phones that are superior.

But for those select phones, there is one huge problem: the OS. While the hardware has caught up and overtaken, the OS, whether it be Windows or Android, hasn’t. In fact, it hasn’t improved dramatically, if at all many would argue. It’s still, certainly in terms of functionality and user experience inferior to iOS by a long way.

And this is why I continue to use the iPhone. Its best feature is iOS. That’s the USP. I’ll admit I have considered switching to a Blackberry, only because it is, I think, the next best OS.

The iPad differs from the iPhone in that hardware wise, it is also the best tablet. Not only in terms of OS, but the hardware is also better to any other tablet out there.

Why do I say iOS is the best? Things like Siri. Its far from perfect, but when you consider what voice functionality exists on Android or Windows, it’s heaven. Maps. iOS 6 changes the game as far as Maps is concerned, and gives what seems to be a much better app than Google Maps or the Windows Phone version. And of course how could you forget all the other apps. The way they look, feel and act just seems more natural.

What I’ve just said is textbook Apple fanboy. And as far as some things, like iOS, there’s no denying that I am one. But it really is true. There’s no other way of putting it. It’s all about the user experience, and with iOS, Apple nails it.

iOS carries the iPhone above the competition, but at the same time it’s a shame. It would be great to see an iPhone that’s as good as a Lumia 920 from a hardware perspective (in terms of new and exciting features), as that would really seal the deal. Complete domination, both hardware and software, like Apple had in 2007. And it is not by slow and steady upgrades that this is done. It’s by every once in a while releasing one groundbreaking product.



  • http://www.svapo.it/ Tinny

    What about iCloud, iTunes match, auto wifi backup, find my phone and remote wipe…

    • http://MacTrast.com J. Glenn Kunzler

      Those are all great features of iOS. I agree.

  • Tumtum

    In my opinion the power of iOS are in fact the “slow and steady upgrades”, rather than major breakthroughs. Apple worked on the iPhone for four full years before releasing it to the public, and implements important features at their own (slow) pace in every major update. Multitasking, multiple carriers / networks, notification center, AirPlay and a lot of other features all arrived relatively late, but they all blend in the OS so well it feels like they were part of it from the very first build. It didn’t take Android very long to outrun the iPhone when it comes to features, but it just feels like Apple keeps their focus. And that hasn’t harmed them in any way. iOS offers a ton of great features, everything basically anyone needs, while the OS still doesn’t feel like a feature hog. In terms of robustness, stability and structure, iOS is years ahead of the competition. I like how Apple updates their devices and software every year mostly to polish and finetune their masterpiece(s), while adding some exciting (but proven!) new technologies once in a while. I’ll just sit back and watch the Android folks cheer over experimental new features, which had to be released too early just to keep these devices competitive.

  • http://twitter.com/RoninM MRonin

    Umm ok. So you go on about the Lumia and I was curious so I checked it out. It’s got what may be a better camera, near field, and built in wireless charging. Yeah that’s about the sum and total of it’s “revolutionary” hardware features. Sorry bubba but I’m just not seeing how it’s that spectacular a piece of kit. Granted there are hardware changes I’d like to see in the iPhone that I think would make it stand out even more, but to say the iPhone is shit without iOS is rather disingenuous. Yes the Lumia has a few nice hardware features but much like the argument that Googles initial phone was “superior” to the iPhone simply by virtue of it’s hardware keyboard, that argument of the Lumia’s hardware superiority is speculative at best. For SOME the hardware will be or at least seem like it’s worlds away better. At the end of the day though I’ve yet to see any of this uber bleeding edge “superior” hardware deliver on the claims made by manufacturers or punters.

    Yes someone has to be first to release it to market, but just being first to market with a turd doesn’t make that turd any less of a turd. Take near field for instance, it’s adoption rate is abysmal and the number of apps that can actually utilize it is even more abysmal. So while it’s neat to have it in there, in my opinion it’s really just taking up space in the case and being a drain on the battery for no reason other than to have it in there.

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Henry Taylor-Gill

Henry is a student who is a huge Apple fan, and has used their products since day one. He can remember how happy he was when he received the first iPod back in 2001 as a birthday present. He has an international background, having spent most of his life in France but he now lives in the UK. He is also a native French speaker and can also speak Spanish at a decent level. In addition to tech, Henry is an avid sports fan and has his own sports blog.