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(Beatweek Magazine)   Apple-envy keeps companies like Google from achieving greatness   (beatweek.com) divider line 12
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2013-01-07 09:14:19 AM  
4 votes:
He refers to Apple competitors like Google and Microsoft as "villains" and he wonders why people don't take him seriously.
2013-01-07 09:28:48 AM  
3 votes:

HotWingConspiracy: Also:

But the truth is you only think you're happy with Android because you've never used a legitimate smartphone like the iPhone and you don't know what the experience is supposed to be, and if I'm going to be of any value to you then it's going to be through telling you the truth about tech whether it's what you want to hear in the moment or not. The odds are you'll thank me in the end, after you've ultimately figured out what I've already spent years learning the hard way, and it's okay if you're mad at me in the mean time.

I ditched iphone and the entire Apple suite for Android, and I couldn't be happier.

But he laid out at the beginning of the article that he isn't an Apple propagandist, so I guess this is legit.


I like how he makes the headline claim that the only products worth recommending in 2013 are Apple's... Which is interesting, seeing as how Apple hasn't announced any products for 2013.
2013-01-07 09:26:20 AM  
2 votes:
Electronic brand association has replaced for many the touchstone of identity that was once provided by nationality, race, or religion.

It's a whacky prediction, but it isn't impossible that in the future there will be hate crimes perpetrated not on the basis of sexuality, race, or religion - but instead on loyalty to a particular brand.
2013-01-07 03:27:19 PM  
1 votes:

GameSprocket: 3. Sharing files between apps. Not really sure what to tell you. Depending on the file type, I can send it to pretty much any app that handles that type. PDFs give me the following choices: iBooks, Mail, Print, Quick Look, Ignition, Kindle, GoToMeeting, Dropbox, Evernote, Box (dropbox), and Google Drive. What am I missing?


The first thing you're missing is that there are fixed, objective goal posts that do not move. Yours keep moving. Just because you are not using some functionality does not mean that no one else wants or needs it.

But let's start with this one: I see a picture I like while I'm browsing the web. I can choose to Share it, which brings up a ridiculously long list of different places that my device can send it. Happily, this list is also uniform across all my applications, not limited to what the developer chose to allow. So I can share through Bluetooth or SMS or an open IM session or Picasa or Facebook or whatever the hell else is on that menu. Because I'm using Android, I can also REPLACE the OS component used to handle data sharing with a different one that allows me to fully edit that list (the app is called Andmade, if anyone is interested), so if I know that I'm never, ever going to share with Facebook, I can take it off the list.

GameSprocket: All my movies and songs are in iTunes.


I don't even allow itunes on my OS X machine. It's a ridiculous and arbitrary limitation of Apple's architecture. I won't even get in to how shiatty Apple's media formatting requirements are.

One of my tablets has 128GB of disk space (64GB + 64GB card). A few weeks ago I saved a 50GB Windows system image on it because it was handy and had the disk space for it. I just used the tablet as a big disk drive. It worked fine. iOS won't even let users store files unless they're associated with an application on the device, and even then you're more or less stuck doing the data transfer through itunes or some cloud storage service.

GameSprocket: That is what a consumer device should do.


It seems to me that you're allowing Apple to dictate your understanding of what a device should do.
2013-01-07 01:47:11 PM  
1 votes:

s2s2s2: likefunbutnot: The standard line is more like "Android applications are not as mature as the iOS versions." The people who say things like that invariably cannot explain what it means.

All I ever get from the complaints about iOS is lack of customizability. Many people don't care. Works is works, no matter if it is "stuck in 2007".

"But I can change my font!"

:I


You can change your font, your entire UI, use SD Cards, use Flash, use Emulators and ROMs, pretty much any video format, you can download a PDF easily, you can download any file you want easily, and many other things Apple prevents you from doing so you don't accidentally hurt yourself. I agree that most people don't care, and for them an iPhone is fine but for the rest of us who know how to use a computer we'd rather not feel like we're constrained by parental controls from father Jobs.
2013-01-07 12:33:19 PM  
1 votes:

GameSprocket: Care to list some functions that can be performed on an Android phone that cannot be performed on an iPhone


Direct access of a shared directory of an arbitrary file server.

Game over. I win.
2013-01-07 11:35:26 AM  
1 votes:

s2s2s2: likefunbutnot: The standard line is more like "Android applications are not as mature as the iOS versions." The people who say things like that invariably cannot explain what it means.

All I ever get from the complaints about iOS is lack of customizability. Many people don't care. Works is works, no matter if it is "stuck in 2007".

"But I can change my font!"

:I


Simplification, but it it is to be expected from an Apple user.
2013-01-07 10:18:28 AM  
1 votes:
Most geeks hate Apple, you see. They actually like the wild west nature of Android where random software runs incorrectly on mismatched hardware, because they're tinkerers at heart and they want the challenge of getting in there and reprogramming the whole thing to their heart's content. What we call practical usability, they call "closed" and "evil."

Those who would trade freedom for usability deserve to be abused by Apple.
2013-01-07 10:08:52 AM  
1 votes:

s2s2s2: All I ever get from the complaints about iOS is lack of customizability.


No file system access. Application sandboxing. No widget support. Static icons. Lack of customizable input options. Single application vendor with strongly paternalistic tendencies. shiatty development process. Extremely limited interaction with proper personal computers. Development and end user culture that discourages giving away software in favor of nickle-and-dime costs for extremely simple functionality.

Do I need to go on?
2013-01-07 10:00:27 AM  
1 votes:

Linux_Yes: i could not care less about Apple because Linux and Open Source software is available. without Open Source, then and only then would i be interested in Apple.

Apple is alot better than Windblows, but not as good as Linux/Open Source.


Windows is better than MacOS, which is better than Linux.

Look, I like Linux, I use Linux, but there are just too many stupid oversights in Linux for me to want to use it for anything besides an Apache server (which is is great at).

And MacOS is fine, but Apple refuses to follow some pretty obvious interface conventions, and that drives me nuts. And the software selections sucks, in my opinion.

Windows has it's problems, but it does everything, and does it pretty well. It's the "jack of all trades" operating system.
2013-01-07 09:26:25 AM  
1 votes:
Also:

But the truth is you only think you're happy with Android because you've never used a legitimate smartphone like the iPhone and you don't know what the experience is supposed to be, and if I'm going to be of any value to you then it's going to be through telling you the truth about tech whether it's what you want to hear in the moment or not. The odds are you'll thank me in the end, after you've ultimately figured out what I've already spent years learning the hard way, and it's okay if you're mad at me in the mean time.

I ditched iphone and the entire Apple suite for Android, and I couldn't be happier.

But he laid out at the beginning of the article that he isn't an Apple propagandist, so I guess this is legit.
2013-01-07 09:23:11 AM  
1 votes:
Of course Amazon wanted to win as well, so it stuffed a fragment of the Android software onto cheap hardware which can't run it right, and the resulting "Kindle Fire" is quite possibly the worst major tech product ever made.

Yeah, people simply loathe their Kindle Fires.
 
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