Thursday, February 4, 2016

iOS vs Android №15. Customize “under itself» – Mobile-review

February 4, 2016

Eugene Vildyaev

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I periodically switch between the iPhone and a variety of smartphones on Android and it is always interesting to catch myself any thoughts or feelings to such a change operating systems. On one of them and we’ll talk today.


The traditional advantage of Android before iOS is always the expanded functionality in the first OS. What just not get up people on Android, from the banal replacement of built-in dialers and applications for SMS-messages and to obtaining the Root and complete customization of the device. I know about this plus Android, but at some point realized that iOS opportunities I have enough for the eyes, and the synchronization between OS X and iOS becomes more important than the functionality of the phone. However, occasionally I see some opportunities for some Android-smartphone, which hardly sometime will have the same iPhone.

Just yesterday, to my test came Lenovo ZUK Z1, which will now be sold and here in Russia. The model is very interesting, and we must come for her full review, but today I would like to draw your attention to the firmware in ZUK Z1, namely CyanogenMod. I myself rarely use “cyanogen” because this shell is more suitable to users, it does not alter smartphones for years. They are as comfortable as possible to equip the gadget down to the last detail, and it is worth taking the time to get Root-rights and re-flash gadget. When you test devices for a limited time, you mess with all of this is simply no time, and information about how stably CM on a particular device will be interesting to a very limited audience.


Another thing, when the firmware is already pre-installed and is a direct part of the smartphone. Then it is already possible to thoroughly dig deeper into the settings, and subscribers on Twitter always prompt, if any item was not able to go to find.

I’m used to the known benefits of any of Android-smartphone as such before the iPhone, so as an open file system, replacing any application, support for memory cards, full-time job Bluetooth and NFC, and more. But I have some very specific questions that even the traditional means of the OS can not be solved. For example, after the emergence of LTE smartphones in Russia are supporting this standard, the house began to be connected in this mode. This caused some problems as for incoming calls could switch phones or 2G stable, or at least a stable 3G, eventually had to come to the window, so I had better hear. Of course, it was possible to include 2G Only mode, but do it every time it was not that tiring, rather trite lazy. And I have long thought it would be good if, after returning home, the unit automatically switches to in 2G mode, an indicator of such behavior may well serve to connect to a specific Wi-Fi network. Several times I asked on Twitter about a similar niche use cases, but the answer was no. And now our dear subscribers told that CyanogenMod has a similar setting, it is included in the profile. The “Profile” option, which is wider than the scenario described by me. You can set various parameters for all wireless interfaces, sound level, wireless synchronization, and much more under certain conditions. It’s amazing how much it’s convenient and how quickly you get used to it! Can we expect something similar to iOS? I doubt very much in this.


I understand that this option is someone seems sheer trifle, but it seems to me that it demonstrates the key difference between Android and of iOS, the very difference between a finished apartment and lovingly renovated by yourself from scratch (I talked about this the metaphor of the “mobile media” issue). When you use your smartphone for a long time, I want to make it as convenient as possible for everyday use, but some people are meticulous other, and on Android for them such an opportunity, and on iOS is not.


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