12 Things Android Can Do That the iPhone Can’t…And How to Do Them

A lot of people think Android phones are outselling the iPhone because there are just more companies making them. That’s true, but Google’s OS also actually does some neat and compelling stuff that Apple’s iOS doesn’t. Make that a lot of stuff. Here’s a list of the top 12 things Android can do that the iPhone can’t.

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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. Manual Tesla Says:

    For every imagined thing Android does Apple has many thousand that Android doesn’t, just start with the App Store.

    The single area where any Android wins hands down is it’s infestation of malware. Any Android is simply insecure at every turn and there is no solution to this except Apple’s secure universe.

    Over eighty percent of the media like video is consumed by iOS, all the while Android dreamer try to tell you that they have the majority of the market.

    Apple owns the high end of the smartphone market and the next tier down as well, that’s why Apple makes 55% of all cellphone profits world wide. The lower mid and low end feature like smart phones are where Android sells. These people don’t actually want or use real smart phone features and are ignorant of what a real smartphone is.

  2. Leif Andersen Says:

    @Manual Tesla Ouch, trying to start a flame war are we. :) Although I guess some of the more subjective points like “Google Voice Done Right”, could qualify as flame bait. (Forgive me for wanting seamless google voice integration in my phone).

  3. tomoguisuru Says:

    @Manual Tesla Thank you for trolling LAPTOP and the rest of the internet. You make our life more enjoyable with your pointless rants…

  4. BiLLy Says:

    Oh yes the App Store..Can we please use our heads and compare comparable sizes?? For example the growth of the two app stores??? (sorry by “app stores” i mean application stores…you know…the english words…the ones that got stolen for the purpose of a company…)

    Well Windows have malware for many years now but we can manage :-) most of us use them and don’t uninstall them to use linux or macOS… Because we like the other things they offer…

    Can you please explain why you call a smartphone only the iphone??? I can as easily say that the iphone is not a smartphone without any argument whatsoever…Can’t I?? Well if i were an apple fanboy i would..But i like common sense so I will not do so…

    Please people Apple could easily change its services to a marketing and advertising giant!! That’s probably the only thing she does extraordinarily well!! It sells products that are worth 6-7/10 for 11/10.. And the poor customers of hers actually can’t see beyond this deception!! :-)

  5. MDean Says:

    Just one thing…IPSec VPN…iPhone can, Android (across all itterations since 2.0) can’t

  6. BiLLy Says:

    Exactly..”Just one thing” One, for which not a lot of everyday end-users care for actually!!

  7. Trojan Says:

    I run a company of around 40 permanent employees with company iPhones.

    We distribute a few in house apps and use VPN and IPSec a lot.

    Find me half that number who use Google Voice.

  8. xoadorb Says:

    Just want to point out that as of iOS 5 and iPhone 4S, 8 out of 12 of these things are done by apple.

  9. Bob the Guy Says:

    And Android OS ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) does even more now. as well lol.

  10. jb54 Says:

    Not gonna lie, none of these features would want me to give up my iPhone for an Android. The reason i stick with iPhone is the nice design, quick user interface, organized user interface, and safety. None of which are easily attainable on Android.

  11. Nudo Says:

    iPhone users have no idea what they’re missing, Jelly Bean is absolutely stunning. However, the average user doesn’t care about vast level of customization allowed with Android, they prefer “magical” things.

  12. Jim Says:

    If you haven’t got an iphone, you havn’t got an iphone. Wow, apple really has suckered it’s users into beleiveing rubbish about Android security. Heavy adndroid user for past 3 years, never had or heard of malware or viruses, nor other users I know. The reason for apples continued success is clever marketing and sueing the competition, for an idea it has patented, that has been around for ages. Despite the rubbish upgrade from iphone 4 to the stunningly similar iphone 4s, that is what the sheep buy, despite far more powerful alternatives. When Iphone 5 comes out, the i people will queue for it, refgrdless of spec and without trying or even knowing about the competition. When I bought my HTC, a freind asked why i hadn’t bought an iphone. I told her I had done research and said the more relevant question was why HAD she bought one. The answer” because that’s what everyone has” She had no idea about Android and what it can do. To all you clones in Apples walled garden, I’d rather choose for myself than have the latest one size fits all.

  13. Andrew Says:

    I just googled “Things the iPhone can do that Android can’t.” The results included a yahoo answers page without any answers, a few nifty sites selling the iPhone for a debatably “low price” and multiple pages explaining all the benefits Android has over the iPhone, including this one. Initially having decided to give an unbiased opinion about these platforms, I find it’s becoming increasingly difficult given the obvious benefits Android incorporates into their devices. Overall, if you’re tech savy, enjoy controlling and customizing every aspect of the product you own and pushing said product to its full potential, Android is a good choice. If you’re happy with the controled functionality in iOS and you crave popcorn when your friends talk about “flashing a kernal,” you may be better off with the iPhone.

  14. Just a boy Says:

    Android is laggy after considerable use, glitchy after a large number of downloads, and crashes on a regular basis. I own the galaxy s3 for personal and the iPhone 5 for business along with an old iPhone 4S (which I had before my s3). I’ve probably spent a total of 12 hours rebooting, and redownloading data on the s3 yet the iPhone remains stable. Now for all you people who say oh I can do more things on my android then you can on your iPhone I beg to differ. Looking at them both stock, you can customize your interface more, and you have more free options? Ok you have more ads and fewer apps. That’s about it for android, now let me go ahead and open iPhone beyond what you purchased. Now it’s jailbroken. I have more customization on the iOS interface then jellybean, even more free apps, tweaks, widgets etc. oh wait it also operates as a stock iPhone so now I’m open to both sides of the world. I hate it when people say oh apple sucks or Samsung sucks, it really is all customer preference, but if you really want to break it down apple products can do more and do it with a respected level of reliability.

  15. Jacob Finer Says:

    ^”now that its jail broken”
    You do realize that jail breaking an iPhone changes its OS, and effectively proves that if you have to jailbreak to beat android, then its not really better, now is it. BTW, Motorola holds the patent for the internal antenna, and could destroy apple in a heartbeat, but the heads of Motorola aren’t stuck up ass holes, so they don’t. Android ftw. I have a 2 year old android, and its still not outdated. Amazing how cutting edge android is. Enjoy your tiny screens, iPeople.

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