Why is there lag with Android phones, and not the iphone?

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    Now I don't own an iphone, I own a droid. But what I tend to notice, is there is virtually no screen lag with the iphone, but on the android phones, there is always screen lag, no matter what the overclocking is. Any idea why?
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    apple writes their own software
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    There is absolutely zero lag whatsoever on my Mom's DX. What phone do you have?
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    I have a Droid 1. There is occasional lag, like sometimes it takes a little longer to open up text messaging, or what have you. On my phone, it's fairly infrequent. It might happen when an app is installing in the background or the gallery refreshes or something. For the most part, pretty lag free.
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    I have the TB an we have 4G and there's no lag... What phone do u have? 3G? 4G? There are lots of variables as well, and like signal strength, location etc.

    from the thunderbolt
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    Its because apple has optimized the gpu in the iphone specifically for iOS. Google wasn't able to do it for android because there's like 100+ different android devices, with various gpu's. Nevertheless, they have stated that it is on their to do list for android.

    Sent from my DROID2 using DroidForums
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    For one iPhone does less with their stock launcher (probably for this reason); it's a wall of apps.
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    Like others have said, it's simply because IOS is optimized solely for the iphone. While Android is designed for a multitude of devices. Some are just optimized more than others.
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    this is exactly. The iOS is optomized for the iPhone where as android is just a bunch of different fragments thrown together in hopes it works. This is also why the FC is so common on all android phones and you rarely if ever get an error on an iphone.

    and it doesnt matter what phone you have ALL android phones have lag even the Thunderbolt i have in my desk drawer.
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    agreed. I've yet to pick up an android phone without lag. that's not to saying they're lag filled and unusable, but there is noticeable lag on all of them, including the thunderbolt. it's not a surprise though, because as mentioned, the software is not optimized for the hardware, so you can't really expect no issues...
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    Thanks for the info on this topic.
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    Native coding vs emulated coding...


    Android runs on Dalvik VM which is a Java VM. (That sun oracle created) Emulation will ALWAYS be slower than native coding.
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    Im surprised google can do something to kill the lag in general on android phones.
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    They drop calls, instead.
    Much better.

    Android is more powerful, we ask it to do much more and it tries.
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    I used to think there was a lag on my Droid X...then I saw a forum post once about how the Droid X "screams" with Launcher Pro and Spare Parts installed (animation settings on MAX) so I installed those two things (for free) from the Android Market.

    My phone is faster now than any iOS device I've ever seen! You should try it.
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    No, AT&T drops calls, the iPhone does not. All the rest of the posts in here have been very informative and constructive, not crass. Please keep it that way.
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    What does the poor network a phone is on, have to do with the phone's capability?

    Further:

    Verizon iPhone drops fewer calls than AT&T iPhone: report - CSMonitor.com

    Dropped iPhone Calls Really Are an AT&T Thing

    AT&T Admits the Sad Truth: It Can't Handle the iPhone's Needs - HotHardware

    So again...that's a network issue, and on a better network iPhone doesn't have any problem that android doesn't have...A+ for effort though.
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    I'm amazed that anyone thinks Droids lag. I had a Blackberry Storm. 5 minutest to boots and 5 minutes to load a web page. Now that's lagging! ;)

    I've said this before, everyone should be forced to own a Blackberry Storm before moving on to a Droid. It makes you appreciate it so much more.

    I've never used an iPhone, to get back on topic, so I wouldn't know about any "lag."
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    haha i'm sure anyone coming from a bb storm would think android is God's gift to smartphones. Like I said it's not lag where you can't use the damn thing, especially not in the newer android phones, but there is a noticeable sluggishness when compared to ios devices. not anything that i would consider a dealbreaker nor is it anything that surprises me given the circumstances surrounding the hardware/software situation of android phones. just an obvious observation though.

    you have an ipad don't you hook? do you notice any more or less "smoothness" between your android and your ipad?
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    My buddy had a Droid 1 since day 1. Just bought iphone 4. He had it a few hours side by side with thunderbolt, and the TB guy saw the lag, on his TB and my buddies droid 1, next to the iphone 4. Just a face that all android devices lag. Not a bash, just a fact.
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