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#8 "There's an app for that.
This "feel better" statement comes as a retort whenever I mention that the iPhone can't do something my S4 can. And, in many cases, my correspondents are right. However, the general concept that the Apple App store beats the Android market is now faulty.
Here are two stats. Wikipedia claims a million-plus Google Play apps vs. 900,000 iOS apps. More to the point, Google Apps have now surpassed iOS apps in terms of the number downloaded.
And, as my article, 25 things my new Android phone does that makes my iPhone feel like it comes from the 1990s, showed, there are a lot more things (like replacing the launcher completely) that you can do in Android (without rooting) than you can in iOS.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Not anymore.
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#9 "You just don't know...[fill in the blank]."
This is one of the paradoxically odd, self-referential arguments that fandom seems to hold dear. Take, for example, an assertion like iOS settings are often buried beneath layers of options. The response: "You just don't know how to use your iPhone." Then try this one: the iPhone seems a little old and complex. Some things are rather difficult to do on the iPhone. The response: "You just don't know how easy the iPhone is to use."
See how those kind of chase each others' tails? I've gotten, "You just don't know what's available for iOS." Possibly true, but doesn't that mean app discovery needs improvement? I've been told, "Well, you just don't know how to use it right?" Also possibly true, but with 30 years of technology experience, a degree in computer architecture, and years spent at Apple with the title "Godfather," if I can't use it "right," then perhaps some work needs to be done somewhere to make things easier for civilians.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Sure. But doing so defeats the argument that Apple products are intuitive and friction free.
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#10 "Why would you want to tweak your phone?"
The general intent of this comment is to imply that the iPhone is just perfect as it is. Of course, if it's so perfect, why is Apple changing the interface so radically in iOS 7? To be fair, Zack Whittaker spent a month with iOS 7 and reports it's a pretty solid OS that's reasonably pleasant to use.
But here's the thing. What if you liked the way something worked in iOS 6 and don't want to change it? Let's say you liked swiping the home page in from the left to get the search box. Once you upgrade to iOS 7, that's gone forever. In Android, if that's what you want, there really is an app for that. The system isn't so locked down that you can't add and use utilities.
Here's one that's annoyed me since the first day of iOS: folders. I dislike the mini-icons. I want my folders to each have an icon that clearly indicates what they do. You can easily do that in Android, but there's no way ever to do it on the iPhone or iPad.
It's not that you have to tweak your device. But since it's just about the most personal technology we have, it's nice to make it fit our needs rather than force ourselves into a mold someone in Cupertino thought would be a good idea.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Nope. This is merely a failure of imagination.
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