First off, I’m going on record saying that I use Android, I love Android, and I believe it is far superior to iOS in many ways. However, I try not to let that introduce bias when I’m looking at a new iOS release. I will openly admit that there are things that iOS does better than Android. However, Apple has introduced iOS5 announcing a variety of features that it should not be congratulated on, as none are “revolutionary” in the slightest.
According to Apple’s iOS5 feature video, the Notification Center is a whole new way of handling notifications. Anyone who has ever stepped outside Apple’s veil of “magic” will know that it is a blatant rip-off of Android’s notification system with a new coat of paint. In addition, I’m worried about the way in which the Notification Center is invoked. In order to access the Notification Center, the user must swipe down on the screen. However, what if you’re playing a full-screen game that also makes use of a similar gesture?
This is a feature? Really? It’s just another app Apple uses to make some money with (via subscriptions). I’ll stick with Google News.
Again, just a new app bundled with the OS. I can get by with Google Calendar and, if necessary, a whole slew of task apps available on the Market.
Android has Twitter integration too. In fact, I say Android does it better by designing an API that lets the Twitter app take care of everything, rather than cluttering up the OS with a feature some people may not want.
So, now you can setup your iOS device wirelessly and get OTA updates rather than syncing with a Mac or PC. Glad Apple has finally adopted the idea Android has used since day one.
Another step in the right direction for Apple. Keep things on the cloud just like Android (again, which it has done practically from the first version).
Now that the list is done, I beg you to take a second look at iOS5. Don’t believe Apple’s smoke and mirrors and instead urge them to do something truly revolutionary.