Android Ice Cream Sandwich vs iOS 5
Android Ice Cream Sandwich vs iOS 5 – tools
Ice Cream Sandwich: Android offers more data control by charting and even curbing usage. Bumped up Gmail previews and offline mail search are a bonus, as is 16-tab browsing with live previews and Google Chrome bookmark sync.
A whole host of improvements have been baked into the photo-taking department, too. We’re talking about reduced shutter lag, panorama mode, time-lapse functionality and a basic image editor. Unlocking your phone with your face and its NFC-equipped Beam feature for sharing stuff are pretty nifty additions, too.
There may be no Siri onboard, but Android's improved voice command system is on hand awaiting instructions. It's certainly not as clever as Apple's "virtual assistant," but Siri might encourage Google to raise its game for the next installment.
iOS 5: Siri is undoubtedly the star of the show and has taken voice recognition to the next level. iOS 5 also debuts iCloud – so it's playing catch up with Android, much like its over-the-air system updates – automatically pushing all multimedia, documents, calendars and mail to your iOS devices.
Apple also chucks in grid lines, face detection and image stabilisation to its camera capabilities, alongside viewfinder pinch to zoom functionality and (finally) the ability to use the volume + key as a shutter button.
Apple's also added a Reading List feature to Safari, allowing users to view pages offline. Much like Android 4.0, iCloud keeps this reading list synced across Apple devices, while the free iMessage service, Wi-Fi syncing and PC-free setup are the icing atop this Apple shaped cake.