On the surface, it doesn't look that much different than the current version of iOS. For those of you hoping for a radical new look or suite of features, you're out of luck.
A lot of wish lists for iOS 6, including ours, called for Apple to adopt some of the best features from Android.
While we still think iOS is the best overall mobile operating system, there are a few key areas where Android stands out.
Android is much better at managing multiple apps than iOS. In the latest version of Android, you get a nifty overlay of running apps when you press the multitasking key. You can tap to reopen the app, or swipe to close it.
It's not so easy in iOS. Apple makes you go through several steps to manage your running apps. First you have to double tap the home button. From there you have to swipe around to find the app you want to open. If you want to close an app, you have to tap and hold it for a second, then tap the red dot to close it.
What a pain.
Live updates with widgets
The iOS home screen is pretty static. Tap an icon, and it launches an app. Notifications badges can tell you how many unread emails, Facebook messages, or Tweets you have, but that's about it.
Android has a much better system for getting live updates on your home screen. Developers can make widgets, mini apps that display real-time information, for your phone. There's no need to launch an app if you have a widget. All you need to do is glance at your phone.
Apple's Notifications Center is a huge improvement over the annoying pop-up badges from the iPhone's early days. But Android still tends to do notifications better than iOS. We prefer our notifications to scroll across the status bar the top of our screen instead of appear in the flip-down notification like they do on iOS.
It's even more annoying that iOS displays each notification as a separate flip-down banner. So if you have a lot of new emails, tweets, messages, etc. if you've been away from your phone for awhile, you're going to get bombarded.