For some reason, it has always been believed that Android has a wider range of features than iOS. Ten years ago, it was really difficult to disagree with this. However, now that both iOS and Android have changed a lot and have ceased to look like themselves from the end of the 2000s and the beginning of the 10s, it has become quite difficult to assert anything unequivocally. Even your humble servant, who has chosen as the main platform Android, cannot make a final choice in his favor. Another thing is that making a choice means limiting yourself, especially since iOS has such functions that are not on Android.
I cannot say that iOS is better than Android. It's just that some of the functions iPhone are exclusive
Apps iOS that are not on Android
This is a pretty commonplace reason to love iOS, but I want to start with it, because many of the applications that I use are still missing from Google Play. It just so happened that many developers do not like Android at all, preferring to release their programs only under iOS. Why? Everyone has their own reasons. Some believe that piracy, widespread on Android, will nullify all efforts, others are not sure that the audience will be interested in their brainchild, and still others simply do not see the point due to the peculiarities of the operating system implementation.
The App Store has more useful apps than Google Play
One of the apps I am missing on Android is Scanner Pro. The fact is that I regularly have to scan some documents for reporting on business activities and Scanner Pro is really the best thing that could ever be thought of for these purposes. User-friendly interface, automatic document detection and scanning, instant cloud sharing, built-in converter and mega-friendly grouping. On Android I have to use the Tiny Scanner app, which is not half as good as Scanner Pro.
Actually this is not the only app I am missing on Android. I come across them at regular intervals, noting for myself that I need a program in the App Store, but it does not exist on Google Play and never was. Until recently, I was in dire need of a Spark mail app that didn't exist under Android. Despite the fact that it came out last year, several years before that I suffered and had to look for substitutes for it on Google Play.
Safari extensions at iOS
Safari, unlike mobile Chrome, supports extensions, which is really useful
Despite the fact that the desktop version of Chrome supports extensions, they never made it to the mobile version. Understandably, Google does not want to overload a stable browser for smartphones that cannot boast the same processing power as computers. But how, then, did it manage to do it Apple, which added support for extensions in Safari that the desktop version of Chrome, let alone the mobile version, never dreamed of?
It's strange, but many people really did not know about the existence of extensions for Safari. Perhaps, the implementation is not quite obvious. It's just that developers add browser functions to their applications, as a result of which it became possible to use Yandex.Translate in Safari, save web pages or certain files from sites to Dropbox, or block ads with Adguard. On Android there are real problems with this. After all, if the OS still allows you to block ads, then you can use 'Yandex.Translate' only in 'Yandex.Browser'.
Why you need Universal Access on iOS
Accessibility improves user experience iOS
I am not a person with disabilities, but I don’t have a cup of tea in Universal Access at iOS. This is a separate section of the system settings, which contains a lot of functions that make it easier to use for those who cannot interact with the system in the classic way. For example, on all my iOS devices I activated the virtual 'Home' key, which I miss so much on Android when using control gestures, and the function of limiting clicks that work better than any parent control.
But there are also voice control functions, the ability to customize Haptic Touch gestures for more convenient interaction with the context menu of applications and other system elements, and even a baby monitor function that works in tandem with wireless headphones, allowing you to leave your smartphone in a room with a sleeping child and hear everything what's going on there through AirPods. In short, a bomb. Unfortunately, Google developers were unable to implement either one or the other, or the third.
What are Quick Commands
Quick Commands empower iOS more than any application
This is generally my favorite feature iOS, which I value more than anyone else, and then saved it for sweets. Quick commands are a script of several sequential actions that are executed by pressing one button. However, their value lies not only and not so much in automation, but in expanding capabilities iOS to a truly unprecedented level. With quick commands, I can open YouTube videos in picture-in-picture mode, download music and photos from social networks, and even search for proxy servers for Telegram.
Undoubtedly, quick commands are not their own invention Apple. The company bought this app from third-party developers and then made a standard feature out of it iOS. Nevertheless, the output turned out to be such a cool innovation that expanded the capabilities iOS so much that even the old iPhone 6s learned to perform much more tasks than the most sophisticated flagship under control Android.
Why Apple Pay is better than Google Pay
Apple Pay is really the best payment service
Yes, oddly enough, but for Android I really miss Apple Pay with its thoughtfulness, logic and reliability. Even if we forget that Google Pay is triggered every other time on some terminals (I have no idea what the matter is, but in Magnet near my house, I have never been able to pay for a purchase through Google Pay, although with Apple Pay never had problems), there is still intuitiveness and security.
Well, see for yourself: Apple Pay allows you to select a payment card just before the transaction on the lock screen, while Google Pay requires you to open the app and reassign the default card. Apple Pay requires fingerprint confirmation of all payments, while Google Pay allows three purchases without biometrics verification. Apple Pay adequately works not only with cards, but also with boarding passes, passes and travel tickets, allowing you to confirm the right to free travel even with a discharged battery, and Google Pay does not even allow you to save these documents normally, let alone already about using with the turned off smartphone.