10 ways to make Android faster, more productive and more secure than iPhone
Some ammunition to keep bragging Apple users at bay
By Jeff Vance | Network World US | Published: 17:13, 15 May 12
iPhone users love to brag about their phones. Yet, for many users, Android is clearly the superior platform. Yes, its Achilles’ heel is a big one: security. Android’s openness and large market share mean that it’s a juicy target for attackers.
Yet, Android’s openness also provides benefits. It allows for more customisation; its apps are usually cheaper and various handset manufacturers are able to offer significantly different form factors. With a little tweaking, you can speed up and optimise Android in ways that will make iPhone users’ heads spin.
Tether your phone
So you’ve signed up for an expensive all-you-can-eat data plan, yet when you try to tether your laptop to your phone to use that 4G connection you paid a premium for, you are stymied. Carriers will try to charge you a fortune a month for tethering privileges. If you are using your laptop for business, wouldn’t it be smarter to stay on a 4G network rather than connecting to an open Wi-Fi one? On iPhone, tethering is a no-go. On Android, tethering may technically violate your user licence, but you can do it with apps like Clockworkmod’s Tether. Tether costs $4.99, but one stay in a hotel that still charges for Wi-Fi will make this app a no-brainer.