Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Jason Hiner writes at Cnet that it's hard to argue that Android is more usable than iOS overall and the truth is that iOS is a more limited, simplified experience that makes it easy for most users to pick up and start using right away but there's still one key feature that Apple isn't likely to improve enough to catch up with Android: The alerts system on the Android is just flat out more useful and more usable than iPhone's giving the user timely updates of important information, quickly letting you know about things that need your attention, and giving you an at-a-glance look at your latest messages from various sources. "What I'm really talking about when I say "immediate glance-ability" is that when you turn on the display on your Android phone you see a bunch of little badges in the top left corner of the screen that let you know you've got new messages or that a calendar appointment is about to happen or someone is talking about you on social media or there's a severe weather alert in your area," writes Hiner. Apple made big strides with its alerts system in iOS 5 — taking obvious inspiration from Android — but even the vastly-improved alerts system still didn't match the power and efficiency of what Android offers. "Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of other things that Android does better than iPhone — for example, turn-by-turn GPS navigation and Google Voice integration," concludes Hiner. "[But] alerts represent the one area where Android is a lot more friendly and usable than iOS, and that's unlikely to change any time soon unless Apple does a more drastic redesign on the user interface of its home screen.""