Android has often been called the mobile OS to beat, and there is a lot of evidence to prove that. In fact, some people have described Google as having the ability to deliver exactly what the consumers want; and such is the case with Android Lollipop. If you want to experience this completely new quality of software, you can find some devices compatible with it at a very affordable price on Overstock. However, as with anything else under the sun, this great OS has its own flaws here and there.

Android Lollipop Pros:

1. Enhanced Overall Look

The new Lollipop is a perfect mix of bright beautiful UI, super-flashy animations, flat design and colorful presentation of content to the user. The new aesthetic look, dubbed “Material Design” by Google, gives this version a much more welcoming appeal. With less and less of skeuomorphic design, there is less clutter and more eye-catching appearance.

2. Project Volta

Google has undertaken the task of tackling the perennial problem – and arguably smartphone’s Achilles Heel – of short battery life using Project Volta. Working in the background to tinker apps running on Android Lollipop, Google tries to make sure that they are using as little power as possible. The ART runtime is also much more power-efficient than Dalvik.

3. The “Pinning Apps” Feature, Plus User Accounts

Pinning apps is probably the best thing since sliced bread, especially if you have kids! You can now use a PIN to lock your smartphone’s screen to a single app if you are sharing your phone with somebody that you do not want to access anything else. The introduction of user accounts also enables you to create a safe environment for other users of your phone or tablet, away from things like personal email that are, well, personal!

4. Better Non-Interruptive Notifications Presentation

With lock-screen notifications, you can now view events like emails, SMS and appointments without having to unlock your phone screen. Additionally, if an email or a text message comes in while you are playing a game or watching a movie, it briefly pops in at the top of your screen to allow you to either ignore or respond to it without having to totally cease your ongoing activity. And the Priority Mode allows you to silence notifications altogether if you wish to.

Android Lollipop Cons:

1. Flat Design “Too Flat” in Some Areas

Some might say the Lollipop has taken the flat design a bit too far for some features. While the lock screen has virtually no clear visual indicator of what to do next, tapping its unlock icon responds with a small swipe-to-unlock message that is unclear and a bit user-unfriendly.

2. Confusing App Switcher

This is a software design oddity that affects the new recent apps switcher – it jumps between various tasks within a single app rather than between entire apps. This makes different Chrome tabs, for example, show up as distinct entries – quite odd!

3. Half-Done Tap & Go

Most people expected much more from the great Tap & Go feature. Although it enables you to migrate your old mobile or tablet setup to the new model much faster, it does not support the restoration of 3rd-party app settings such as iOS. For instance, although you will have your podcast app in your new ‘Media’ folder and in its right place, you still have to redo the setup of your preferences in order to subscribe to your podcasts.

4. Ludicrous Approach to Silent Mode and Alarms

Lollipop handles the silent mode feature and alarms in a rather absurd way. In fact, it is just complicating a simple feature for no good reason at all. It is even more confusing than the old setup. For instance, if you want your phone to remain silent for a while, you have lots of unnecessary work to do: turn the phone volume to vibrate, check “None” for interruptions, and tell Lollipop that you do not want to be disturbed until the next alarm.


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