Is Texting on an iPhone Like the Android?

by Ed Oswald

Text messaging is a quick way to send messages to your friends. A modern cell phone comes with the capability to send and receive texts, making it a worthwhile alternative to the phone call. Both iPhones and Android smartphones operate similarly for texting, although there are a few key differences.

Keyboard

The iPhone and a majority of Android devices use a virtual onscreen keyboard. These keyboards respond to taps on the touchscreen, and includes an autocorrect feature to help minimize spelling errors and issues from incorrectly placed taps. It should not feel much different for Android users to text on an iPhone, although some may find the iPhone more responsive (see link in Resources).

iMessage

Android phones only have the capability for standard texts and picture messages, but Apple has added an extra layer of functionality over its texting app on the iPhone called iMessage. It will send out standard text, but when communicating with other Apple devices -- whether it be a iPhone, iPad, or even a Mac computer -- extra features are available. Messages are sent over Apple’s network, which doesn’t use texts on your plan (but it will use data). Additionally, you will be alerted when the person you’re talking to is texting, and when they have read a message.

Notifications

When you receive a message on an Android phone, the phone will sound a tone and/or vibrate and display a notification on the screen. An LED light on the front of the device also blinks to let you know there is a message waiting. The iPhone does not have this LED feature to alert of waiting texts, but will also alert you by sound and vibration and display a notification on the screen.

Group Texts

Group texting is easier on the iPhone with iMessage. When sending a message to multiple recipients everyone can see the conversation and all texts. This makes group conversations much easier to manage. The system is not perfect. For example, non-iPhone users receive everyone’s texts individually, making conversations harder to follow. Additionally, when a non-iPhone user responds to a text, it is sent to that individual person and not the entire group.

About the Author

Ed Oswald is a freelance writer whose work appears on several technology sites as well as on Demand Studios. He has been writing since 2004 and graduated with a degree in Journalism from Temple University.

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