As an iPhone owner, I am perfectly happy with my phone, but we all know it has his limits, and to get it to go that extra mile, you’re going to have to jailbreak it. This honestly isn’t a big deal, I’ve done this, so now m phone can do things like WiFi tethering, and customization. It’s all well and good, but even with these capabilities, they could easily be gone the next day if there still hasn’t been at least an un-teathered jailbreak for the current firmware, and you had to restore your phone. This is one of the places that android shines — it’s open. Problem is though, even it lacks some of the capabilities that I need in a phone, that a jailbroken iPhone can accomplish.
The functionality mostly lies within the hands of the app developers for now to make up for Android’s shortcomings. Google is working hard at maturing their operating system, but the core apps are where Apple still has them beat, but I have five apps that would make me want to boot iOS, and boot up Android.
1. A more integrated music experience
The iPhone is of course, an iPod at heart, and is arguably the best music player on the market. The seamless experience you get with that alone makes the iPhone a hard one to beat. If Google wants to give Apple a run for its money, then they should really be concentrating on what Apple’s big selling points are like the impression that they have in the music industry.
2. A social media/news aggregator
This is a pretty basic app that the iPhone has an over abundance of, but is not on Android at all from what I have seen. The app concept is pretty simple: see what your friends share over their social media profiles like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, and categorize them. This way you’ll be sure to see the important things those you follow are sharing.
3. More games
This is a major thing that the Android marketplace is lacking. The iPhone’s app store is fill with loads upon loads of great games, but Android is really falling behind. I’d really like to see some good RPG games since those work great with a touch screen, but since Android is open to hardware developers too, then maybe someone will make a phone almost dedicated to gaming as well.
4. Apps for drawing, and creating
This may not sound like too big of a deal to you, but I use my iPhone for sketching quick ideas with various drawing apps. I saw a couple of these on Android, but none that seemed to catch my eye. An app that could use layers, and maybe even give me the ability to export as a PSD would be great.
5. Mobile Chrome
That’s right, mobile Chrome. If there’s one thing that Google has done better than anyone else, it’s their browser. Unfortunately, the browser built into Android, albeit based on Webkit, is not Chrome, and is surprisingly lacking. Imagine if you could take everything that was synced to Chrome with you on the go, and if plugin developers could port their capabilities over to the mobile browser as well. I think that this would dominate Safari in the mobile browser department.
And there you have it, 5 Android apps, and capabilities that the devs need to jump right on. If all of this would happen tomorrow, and the right phone came along, I’d ditch the iPhone in a heartbeat.