We're lovers, not fighters. But when Apple claims that Android is a stolen product, and wants to ban the Galaxy S3 for "slavishly copying" the iPhone, we just have to speak up. Enough is enough. We're not trying to feed the trolls here, but there are a number of features where Android clearly wins over the iPhone. These features may not be the best known to those outside the Android cult, but they should be, because they're really, really great. Here are the top five features that will make your iPhone owning friends red with jealousy.
5. Alternative Keyboards
From text-predictive software like Swiftkey to downright zany keyboard apps like Siine, Android owners are spoiled for choice when it comes to their keyboards (which is nice, because typing on a screen tends to suck). Sure, iPhone owners can download keyboard apps but they don't allow you to replace the system's keyboard and are thus far less practicle.
Need to know the latest sports scores, weather information and e-mails from your coworkers? You can see them all without leaving your homescreen. While the only thing iPhone owners can see are rows of apps, Android owners have space to experiment with various widgets that bring a whole new level of functionality to their devices. I can see how much data I've used over the past month, all the recent items on my to-do list and more – without opening a single app.
3. Computer Control Over Your Android
Using software like AirDroid, you can send text messages, take screenshots, manage apps and wirelessly transfer files from your computer to your Android. There's simply nothing like it available for the iPhone. Previously, remote droid did the same thing, although AirDroid is even more extensive. You can also text straight from your Chrome browser using a plugin like MightyText. Sure you can use Veency for the iPhone, but the service is much more limited and only works on jailbroken iPhones.
2. Custom ROMs
Android owners can tweak the entire OS, creating unique homescreens that are as busy or minimalist as they'd like. There's the Paranoid ROM, MIUI, Cyanogen Mod and endless other variations, offering a level of personalization unavailable to iPhone owners. Some of these tweaks allow owners to speed up their processor or even install newer versions of the Android OS.
1. Sharing Skillz
Almost everything you do on an Android can be shared with almost any app you'd like to share it with. Want to send a report via Google Docs, or export a photo to Dropbox or Instagram a photo? You don't have to dig around in any menus to be able to do so, as the sharing buttons are everywhere. Even stories you find on the web can be easily shared with reader apps like Pocket, without having to install any browser extensions. Apps are truly integrated into the Android OS.
(Top photo: Android Authority)