Its the first time I have used Android and felt that Google has stepped anywhere near that truly fine balance between power, flexibility, usability, and good old fashion beauty. Android has always been somewhat powerful it just never really looked all that good doing it. Ice Cream Sandwich looks good. Really good. And it's sharp, thanks to Roboto.
I am pointing out some of the features of ICS which are not present in iOS 5.
The re-sizable widgets where Gmail widget can be scaled to show just two recent e-mails at a time is the important advantage. Considering the huge screen size of these phones, one plus point of Android Browser in ICS is that now with one tap, we can request the non-mobile version of any website.
The speech-to-text engine is remarkably fast. You speak naturally, and the streaming speech-to-text conversion should only lag behind your words by a few syllables. Youve gotta see it to believe it. Now about the Face Recognition Lock, what I think is that it's welcome feature but I don't think that many people are going to use it. But it's a good one for marketing.
Although there are tons of new features like NFC based Android Beam but finally we come to my favorite of all: The data usage monitor. With the quick drag of a few sliders across a graph, you can quickly peruse a timeline of your data usage, and narrow down which apps are the data-gobbling culprits. You can also set up warning when certain amount of data is used.
Ice Cream Sandwich is pretty. Its polished. Its animated, and shiny, and some of these features can really put iOS 5 to shame. This is the first time in a while Ive been genuinely excited about Android from a software standpoint. Google has to make ICS flawless by fixing up few bugs. By running in both smartphone & tablet form factors, Ice Cream Sandwich has the ability to outplay iOS 5 as world's most advanced mobile operating system.