I was wrong about the media controls controls in other apps – it didn’t work when I tested it, but after further testing I’m willing to blame that on the bulky case mandated by work than on the OS itself. But I’ll point out that 1) those controls are still up to 3 swipes away rather than always 1, and 2) it’s a bespoke solution for the specific use case of playing audio, and does nothing for the general case of wanting to take an action directly from a notification without fully going into the app (preemptively dismissing an upcoming alarm, adding a recent call to a to-do list, etc.)
And yes, @Ephraim, I’m aware that I’m permitted to position four whole apps where I want them. I’d just rather have it for more than that. MRU is great for what it is, but I like the muscle-memory of being able to hit the home button and then tap a specific spot without needing to take time to look at which app is where in the MRU list.
And I do in fact use Gboard on both platforms, and the iOS version is a pale shadow of the Android version, missing a ton of customization features, like the number row and the symbols overloaded onto every key as a long-press option. Not to mention that at random intervals the keyboard randomly reverts to the stock Apple one, and I waste time trying to gesture-type a few words before realizing what happened and change it back. As I mentioned, I did care enough to look for one that did what I wanted, but came up empty. Not sure how much of that is that it’s a new feature or if there are certain customizations that just aren’t permitted for keyboard apps, but I suspect the latter given that Gboard has nothing close to feature parity across its versions.
But again, focusing on whether you share the specific niggles that have annoyed me is missing the point. I don’t hate iOS – it’s a perfectly capable OS for the most part, and there are a few things I think it does better than Android (fast security updates, quick camera in Hangouts rather than having to hand back and forth with the full camera app, and yes, processor speed). I’m sure I’d be mostly satisfied with it if there weren’t a better option available. The things I mentioned are irritating nitpicks rather than awful dealbreakers. My point is that the processor performance delta is ALSO just an irritating nitpick in real-world usage. The actual time savings is small enough that almost ANY point of friction or annoyance that you happen to encounter wipes out the time saved by the faster processor, so it’s perfectly rational to weight those friction points just as heavily as the processor speed in the decision.