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THE PICK OF EACH OP­ER­AT­ING SYS­TEM’S NEW FEA­TURES AND OUR VER­DICT ON WHICH IS BEST

Australian T3 - - OPINION -

iPhone 6: iOS 8

1. SWIPE GES­TURES

The larger size means hav­ing the back but­ton in the top left is no longer so con­ve­nient.

So­lu­tion: the abil­ity to swipe back through screens by drag­ging your thumb from the left-hand side. In Sa­fari, you can also go in the op­po­site di­rec­tion through pre­vi­ously nav­i­gated web pages. While not all apps have yet in­cor­po­rated the trick, it surely won’t be long be­fore most do.

2. METAL

We’ve briefly al­luded to this be­fore; what it does is re­move all the junk be­tween the hard­ware and apps.

This should mean that re­sponse time can be faster, graph­ics more im­pres­sive, but with the over­all power drain re­duced – ef­fi­ciency has been a buzz­word through­out the cre­ation of iOS 8. This could also mean older de­vices eke a lit­tle more juice out of their arthritic and creak­ing bat­ter­ies.

3. WID­GETS

With iOS 8, Ap­ple’s fi­nally in­te­grated the abil­ity to do more than just con­trol the Mu­sic app from the home screen, but with­out drop­ping its iconic grid of apps.

Ac­tu­ally, not quite the home screen – you must pull the no­ti­fi­ca­tions zone down, from whence apps can be con­trolled with­out jumping in, to quickly bid on a Fen­der Tele­caster while play­ing Gui­tar Hero, for in­stance.

4. KEY­BOARD UP­GRADES

The key­board on the iPhone 5S was cramped to say the least, but the new de­fault op­tion is much bet­ter, with clever word pre­dic­tions and more ac­cu­rate tap­ping.

The real change, how­ever, is the op­tion of red-hot, new QW­ERTY ac­tion from the App Store, with the ex­cel­lent Swiftkey and Fleksy no longer bound to the An­droid plat­forms. Damn You Au­to­Cor­rect will be even less funny as a re­sult.

The ver­dict

iPhone

An­droid’s great, even if Sam­sung’s Touch­wiz over­lay doesn’t add much of use. It’s also more cus­tomis­able and ver­sa­tile than iOS… But it still just can’t quite match it for seam­less smooth­ery.

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