Everybody is talking about the new iPhones that were announced yesterday and I feel forced to talk about them as well, even though it is not the main focus of this website. So, I decided to look at things from a different perspective. Android users have been mocking the “innovations” that Apple made in the past years and how all these can already be seen on Android devices for a while. That is why I will like to take this time to look at a few of the things that the new iPhones can do that are already standard features for most Android smartphones. And yes, I know that I may be opening a door that will be hard to close.
iPhone 11 features that are already standard on Android
Night Mode for photos
The new iPhones focused a lot on photography and one aspect where Android managed to constantly surpass older models was low-light photography. Google Pixel introduced Night Sight a more than 2 years ago and since then almost all manufacturers included such software features in their phones, with more or less success. This year, Apple finally added a much-needed feature that will surely improve night shots. Good for you Apple!
Android phones have had this for years. The Huawei P20 Pro introduced it last year. The LG V40 is an even older smartphone that had three cameras on the back. There are even sub-$100 Android devices that come with three cameras, like the Umidigi A5 Pro. Now, I know that it can’t compare with the iPhone on picture quality, but that is a different story. This year we are starting to see 4 cameras becoming the standard for many manufacturers, including in mid-range devices like the Redmi Note 8. Do we truly need all those? Maybe…
Well…looks like all improvements are for the camera this year. Still, the 2x Zoom that is available on the new iPhones is cool, but a feature that has been found on Android for quite a while. High-end devices like the Huawei P30 Pro can get 10x zoom without a problem and there are other devices with similar capabilities on the market. And again, this is a feature that can be found even on mid-range Android smartphones.
Fast charging…with the charger included in the box
I know that 18W charging was available in last year’s iPhones, but you had to buy the charger separately. The one that was included only offered standard charging, something that many considered a rip-off on Apple’s side. This year, they finally included the fast charger in the box… an 18W charger. Not only Android devices had fast charging for many years, what they currently offer is far superior. Many manufacturers offer 30W, 40W or even 55W fast chargers that can really juice up your smartphone. Apple should have offered such a feature 2 or three years ago.
Android features that are not yet available on the iPhone
Under-display fingerprint reader
Let’s face it. The notch is ugly. I know that Apple is putting many sensors in there and that they need the space, but Apple had a really good and secure authentication and unlocking mechanism: the fingerprint reader. When they decided to offer bigger screen-to-body ratio for the iPhone, the company completely abandoned it in favor of face unlock. Now iPhone users are forced to use it, even if they don’t like it. Back then you could have defended Apple decision since under-display fingerprint readers weren’t that good. Now, however, they are fast, secure and something that Apple should have included
This is something new on the market and few smartphones have it, but 5G will be big in one or two years. Apple considers themselves trendsetters and an innovative company that offers the best and newest tech, but this is something that should have been included, or at least have 5G models available. The company always brags how their phones can be used with top performance 2 or three years after release, and I think that 5G should be a standard if you want to stand by that statement.
Apples again failed to offer a big battery in their iPhone. Most Android smartphones have 4000mAh batteries or even more that can easily last two days of normal to high usage. I know that the iPhone has better power management, but Android isn’t far behind and the 3500mAh battery found in the top iPhone model is easily dwarfed by most Android flagships. And this is despite the fact that the new iPhone weights more than 200gr…
Under 200gr device
Which brings me to my last point. The new iPhones are heavy, without a reason. The iPhone 11 Pro Max weights 226 grams. The heaviest Android phone I tested was the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 that had 218gr, and it has a ceramic body. Most Android devices weight less than 200gr, despite the fact that they have bigger batteries. Why does the iPhone have to be so heavy?
The discussions can go on and on. There are many features that the iPhone is lacking or just got with yesterday’s release. What is your favorite?