iOS vs Android

As Google and Apple continue to grow in the mobile market, Android and iOS are quickly becoming the predominant operating systems for phones and tablets. There are many statistics to look at and comparisons to be made. Here, we present a visualization tackling the debate.

Thanks to our friends at Hunch, we now know that Android users are 10% more likely to be men. We know that iOS users are 50% more likely to have been on the internet before 1992. We know who is more likely to prefer General Tso’s Chicken over Pad Thai. It may not be the most important demographic data, but it’s definitely interesting.

Voice Commands

Voice Control isn't new to smart phones, but Apple's Siri implementation takes the feature to a new level. You can use the "intelligent personal assistant" to look up information, calculate tips, launch a handful of compatible apps, and other useful activities simple by speaking a question or command; it will even ask you follow up questions in order to correctly cull information. It's not perfect—it sometimes doesn't recognize words or phrases—but it's pushing voice control in a way that its competitors can't match.
The Best Smartphone OS?

Let's be frank: This article is measures everyone else by iOS 5's standards—after all, we're comparing its features (many of them unique) to what other operating systems have to offer. That doesn't mean that iOS is the right mobile OS for everyone. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is tweaker-friendly; BlackBerry 7 OS has a strong enterprise focus with its data security and built-in Microsoft Office editors; and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is great for social networkers with its smart, intuitive Groups feature. Still, Apple iOS 5 does push the envelope, features-wise, and is one that continues to innovate in the mobile operating system space. But the release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich could be only days away; once we've had a good look at it, we'll update this article from the point of view of Google's smartphone OS, and that might be a different story.