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.
Pick your own keyboard
Siri has been getting all kinds of press lately, and, sure, it can be amusing to try to get Siri to say off-colour things. Yet, when I’m using data on my phone, I prefer text-based input. Unlike the iPhone, on Android, you have the ability to choose your own keyboard, such as Swype. Many Android phones come with Swype pre-loaded, but it’s not usually the default keyboard. Just press any text entry area for a few seconds and a menu will pop up. Select “Input method” and then choose “Swype.” That’s it.