They say that most of the major applications are the same between Apple’s iOS on iPhone and iPad, and Google’s Android on most of the rest of the mobile device world. Some? Yes. Many? Perhaps. All? No.
They say that in the real world there are few basic differences between iOS and Android. Really? Why, then does about 98-percent of all the world’s mobile malware show up on Android but not on iOS? Yes, Android has Facebook and Instagram and Google Chrome and plenty of cheap-assed games, but it does not have Messages.
Apple thinks Calm is the #1 iPhone app for 2017. That’s a ridiculous notion thanks to an overbearing subscription model (still, more than 55,000 four and five star reviews, but remember, Apple gets a cut of the sales). The best iPhone app? Messages; Apple’s own answer to text message apps and there is nothing to compare it on Android devices. Messages is a class distinction app.
It’s blue vs. green. It’s Animoji vs. emoji. It’s cool vs. not quite so cool. Messages is free and works on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Watch, but iPhone is where it shines by creating a class distinction between iPhone users and everyone else. For the young at heart, Messages on iPhone is the platform of choice. If you’re blue you’re cool. If you’re green you’re either a nerdy geek or poor and just not with it.
Not only is Messages packed with clever emoji and Animoji (in iPhone X), but app developers have created a whole new category of emoji that extends emotive icons beyond the basics. Hey, you can even use Apple Pay Cash within Messages.
Messages lets you block specific callers and set a specific sound for each individual. No copy and pasting texts from one friend to send to another. Yes, Messages forwards text. Uh huh. Press and hold down on a text bubble in Messages, then tap the More button that appears on the bottom, the tap the Forward arrow to send that text, and that text only (or others; you’ll see the choices), to someone else. Cool.
iPhones with 3D touch have all sorts of built-in, slightly hidden, exceedingly useful little tips that make using Messages easier. Instead of opening Messages, then sorting through various messages to find the person you want to send a message to, just press and hold the Messages icon. 3D touch gives you instant options to reply to recent messages or send a new one. You don’t even need to open Messages to reply. Just 3D touch on the Notification screen and reply as needed.
Messages shows up on the Battery shaming list so you can see how much the onscreen and background usage is and mine is about 10-percent, so I text more than the average adult, but probably less than iPhone users half my age. It’s easy to see why iPhones are the smartphone of choice among teenagers and young adults because Apple has done an excellent job of creating visible class distinctions between cool and not so cool while preserving user privacy and enhancing security.
Apple’s own list of Best of 2017 Top App Charts is a list of the usual suspects which range from Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and other social media apps to Gmail, Amazon, Waze, and YouTube– all available on both iPhone and Android phones but none of those beat Messages.