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Apple iOS 6.1 VS Android Jelly Bean 4.2

Now days, a hot topic in the technology world is which is better? Whether Android Jelly Bean 4.2 or iOS 6.1? You’ll see this debate everywhere around you. The supporters from both sides have full confidence on their firmware, and they do not want to give up the debate until the other person is convinced too. You may not want to discuss it while hanging out with friends, as if you end up fighting. You should not loose temper in such debates, but try to make it a constructive one. Here we are going to compare Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and iOS 6.1 for you.

Android Jelly Bean 4.2 VS Apple iOS 6.1

Apple has recently updated its operating system to iOS 6.1. This update is released with a number of fixes and enhanced features. Here we go:

Let us start with the interface. If we talk about navigation, in Android there are virtual buttons that can change position with landscape or portrait position whereas in iOS 6.1, virtual buttons are dependent on the app. There is a main physical button present on the navigation bar of the iOS devices that can be used for many purposes.

The lock screen of both OS is simple. Time, date, day, and the lock icon is present on both screens. If you are using Android, you have to slide the lock icon to the unlock icon or outside the ring. In case of iOS 6.1, you have to simply slide the unlock slider.

You can also use camera, Siri, Google now, apps notifications from the lock screen. A mini music player can also be controlled from here. A unique feature of iOS 6.1 lock screen is an icon of Picture Frame that allows you to view a slideshow of your photos. This feature is not built in Android Jelly bean 4.2.

Now comes the home screen. Home screen is the space where you have all your apps. You can choose a background of your choice and also access the device’s features from here. In both firmwares there is a search bar at the top of the screen, and an app tray at the bottom. Widgets can be added on home screen of Android. In iOS, you cannot add any widgets, but all the things you need are accessible from the home screen.

Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and iOS 6.1 has a notification system. It is called Notification shade in Android, and Notification Center in iOS. Both these systems group all the notifications at one place. Of course managing the notifications is different in both. iOS allows you more options for personalizing your Notification Center. You can set a number of notifications displayed in case of iOS. Unlike the home screen, here you can also add widgets, like the weather widget, Stock Exchange, Facebook, and Twitter. These options are not built in Android Jelly Bean.

Text input is very easy and simple in both firmwares. Both support voice to text input, auto correction, word prediction, and multilingual typing. The contact list in iOS 6.1 is simple and contacts are arranged in alphabetic order. In Jelly Bean, it appears like a magazine with a picture on one side. In iOS 6.1, you can also add your Facebook contacts to your contact list.

The call screen of both the OS functions similarly. In both case, you can make a call, view your call logs, and view your contacts. If you are an iOS 6.1 user, you can use Face Time to call other Face Time users using internet.

In both operating systems, messages are displayed as conversation threads. iMessage allow you to send a text, image, or video to iPads, Macs, or iPod touch. Videos and images can also be sent through MMS in iOS. Jelly Bean can auto delete your old and unlocked SMS and MMS. Stock Email App is available in both OS, but Android has an additional dedicated Gmail app.

Apps are the most important part of the smartphones. Android and iOS 6.1 both have some unique apps that make you love your OS. Apple has removed Google Maps and YouTube from iOS 6.1, and added its own Map app. Most of the apps in Jelly Bean remain the same. Both OS have their own App Store. You can download any app of your choice from iTune App Store, if you are using iOS. Otherwise, Google Play Store is for you.

You can capture photos and videos with both OS in a same way. In both, your photos are saved in albums. To view an image, you have to tap that photo. In iOS photo app, you can create an album, whereas, no such feature is available in Android. Basic photo editing features are offered by both, but Android has some more advanced editing features, like image color and value adjustments, and photo transformation options.

Both the operating systems has improved security feature for your devices. In Android Jelly Bean 4.2, you have options to set different patterns, pin or passwords to unlock your screen. It offers a built-in app verifier, and much more. If you are using iOS 6.1, you can protect your device with the help of a password. If you are failed to enter the correct password, it would delete all the data from the device, restrict access to some features, and would not allow you to download apps from iTunes. With a new feature of Lost Mode in Find My iPhone App, you can lock your iPhone and delete all the data from it remotely.

Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and iOS 6.1, both are good in one way or other. They have some unique and interesting features. If you want more customization in your device, you would surely go for Android, but if you are looking for all the necessary features in a device, with high security, you should opt for an iOS device. The decision is yours.

Author Bio:- Faixan is blogger and technology writer at iPhonBuzz, who loves to write articles regarding tech and blogging.

{ 1 comment… add one }
  • Prajith

    February 21, 2013, 10:52 pm

    “but if you are looking for all the necessary features in a device, with high security, you should opt for an iOS device.”

    Android has all the necessary features as well, and many of them long before iOS.


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