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Five critical apps for Android that you want to find on iOS

Sep 07, 2010, 12:35 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jack Deslippe for this link. ]

"It seems like nearly every 6 months, Apple redefines just how closed their closed platform can be. Instead of just completely restricting the source and distribution of their own software, they now also limit the kind of third-party applications and content their users can enjoy. This sounds pretty menacing, but what does it really mean in practice? Many iPhone/iPad users will tell you that their device does everything they could ever want.

"So, I thought to myself – what would I have to give up to switch from Android to an iOS device? Steve Job's personal crusade against porn, while silly and arbitrary, wouldn't affect my cell-phone usage much (well, at all). I'd definitely miss all my desktop widgets and notifications in the switch to the boring iOS GUI, but that isn't something most people consider a killer feature. Voice commands and speech-to-text integration everywhere in Android is a killer feature, but it can be approximately replicated in iOS through apps. Here, though, are the 5 apps whose presence I have gotten so used to on Android that I could not accept the iOS experience, where they are noticeably absent:"

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