When comparing AnkiDroid Flashcards vs F-Droid, the Slant community recommends F-Droid for most people. In the question“What are the best open-source Android apps?” F-Droid is ranked 1st while AnkiDroid Flashcards is ranked 4th.
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Pro Sync with other computers and devices
Synchronize data with Windows/Mac/Linux/iOS and other Android devices.
Pro Displays flash cards based on need
Each time a card is remembered, the user rates how well they remembered it on a scale of 1-3. Tougher words will be shown more frequently, and easier words will be showed less frequently.
Pro Huge selection
AnkiDroid offers more than 6000 topics to learn from (not all are languages).
Pro Unmatched customizability
You can design your own cards and adjust the spaced repetition algorithm to match your learning preferences.
Pro Access to dialogues
Each language offers access to more than 150 dialogues between native speakers. These can help build a more natural understanding for the learner.
Pro All titles are free and open source
All apps and games on F-Droid are open source (FOSS), making for a complete store resource for users who want to use only open source software on their device.
Pro All apps have no ads nor tracking
This alone can be a great reason to use the apps available on F-Droid, but there is also the fact that this can increase battery life due to tracking and ads never requiring a data connection, since they are not present.
Pro F-Droid compiles all packages
F-Droid compiles all the packages themselves ensuring a high level of security. Other stores just allow the developer to upload the app already compiled, meaning anything malicious could be in the app.
Pro File sizes are shown
For those running out of room, the size of the APK is always shown.
Pro Multiple repository sources
You have more than one source of apps and updates and local repository too
Pro Previous versions of apps remain available after updates
If you don't like to an app after an update, you can download the previous version again. This is not possible on GooglePlay.
Con User-generated decks vary widely in quality and accuracy
Con Dated interface
Con Syncing style takes getting used to
Con Wonky audio performance
With certain decks, the audio feature in this app won't work.
Con Small selection
F-Droid has a small selection of apps when compared to other major Android markets. This is due to every app being open source and given away for free, something not many people are willing to do with their time and creations.
Con No ratings/comments/number of downloads
All apps are presented equally. It is difficult to judge an app's quality/popularity before trying it. On the upside, descriptions are fair (written by the F-Droid maintainers, not by the app authors).
Con Not all apps have screenshots
It can be difficult to tell what an app is like without installing it.
Con It doesn't have all the open source apps
There are many open source apps that aren't available on F-Droid due to their authors not making it available on that particular app store. One example is Omni Noted, which is on the Play Store but not F-Droid.
Con Updates are not automatic for non root users
You have to click the updates one-by-one in order to make them happen. If user has rooted their device automatic updates are possible, the app needs to be converted to a system app.
Con Descriptions are only available in English
Though the store app is multilingual, the app descriptions are only in English, meaning you must know English to find an app, even if the app is supposed to be multilingual.
Con A lot of apps lack polish
Since every app on F-Droid is FOSS and released for free, many of them aren't as polished compared to other markets and their paid app selections.