The nature of our job keeps us in constant contact with various mobile devices. When a shiny new or device rolls out, our team immediately begins debating and discussing which is better or worse. I’m convinced that these disagreements occur everywhere, especially when there’s some experience with using one and the other.

When it comes to visual syntax, most prefer iPhones, and Apple has driven the design trend from the start. But can we really say for sure that the most familiar interface is the best that today’s market offers?

Let’s look at a custom case of searching for a contact to call or message, and how that happens in iOS and Android. It’s a daily function which, surprising or not, is much more convenient in Android.

Imagine that you need to call your friend via iPhone and his number’s not in recent tab. The steps we need to take:

  1. Open the app
  2. Go from Recent to Contacts
  3. Tap the search bar
  4. Type in your friend’s name
  5. Tap the found Contact name
  6. Call

In this article, let’s look at some on the money suggestions to iOS from Android:

Searching for a contact. Recent calls and contacts show up in iOS under different tabs. How convenient is this, really? We don’t pay attention because we’re used to it, but saying goodbye to 5 superfluous tabs is a great streamlining opportunity.

List of calls and contacts. These can be integrated into one list and the T9 screen keyboard added to the same screen for a quick and easy search through contacts using both letters and numbers.

Native swipes. iOS native swipes can be used to initiate a call (swipe right) or send a message (swipe left: opens a list of messengers which include the contact).

Based on these suggestions, the calling process will look like this:

  1. Open the app
  2. Type in your friend’s name or number, depending on how good your memory is 😊
  3. Initiate a call by swiping right or start a message by swiping left (messaging can also be replaced by Whatsapp or any other messenger)
  4. Profit!
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Obviously, some solutions can be adapted to both Android and iOS. This article is just a reminder that the sky’s the limit and this everyday case is just one which Android intuits much better. What challenges do you run into when using your devices and how can they be improved?

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