June 16, 2013

Apps availble on Apple’s iOS but not on Android

For someone switching from an Android to an iPhone/iPad, they may be interested in exploring what the Apple app ecosystem has to offer that’s missing on Android. A lot of companies and developers still release their new titles to iOS first. Also iOS apps tends to feature more experimentation with design and other creative aspects of the user experience. Here are some such titles:

(Also check out the List of Essential Apps for iOS)

Apps: Not only do apps try to experiment with new designs, but the best ones react playfully to the user touches and gestures

  • Clear – gesture-based to-do list 
  • Paper by FiftyThree – drawing app
  • Tweetbot – twitter client
  • Solar : Weather – gesture-based weather
  • Star Walk – augmented reality star charts and constellations
  • Yahoo Weather
  • Summly – news app
  • Sparrow – mail client

Games: I find that there is not only a wider selection of games on iOS, but also ones with distinct artwork and controls. Here are some stand-out examples:

  • Badlands
  • Tengami – not out yet, but here’s a trailer
  • Clash of Clans
  • Ms. Splosion
  • Mittens

There are continuously new amazing games coming out. I would recommend getting the TouchArcade app to keep on top of them.

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