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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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#11 "Why would you want to use a Back button?"
The Back button didn't even make it into my list of 25 things my new Android phone does that makes my iPhone feel like it comes from the 1990s. But the fact is, the Back button is integrated quite elegantly into the Android experience.
Now that I'm using Android regularly, I find myself trying to press Back on my iPhone (which I now use like an iPod touch). Sure, I could always tap the Home button and go back to what I was doing, or remember some weird Boy Scout three-finger-salute to rub across the screen, but the little Back icon is there, it works in everything and it just works.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? No. The Back button is a simple and obvious user interface innovation.
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#12 "Why would you ever want to do... [fill in the blank]?"
I've already highlighted a few "why would you ever" questions I've been asked, but the interesting thing about my correspondents is "why would you ever" seems to be applicable to virtually everything.
"Why would you ever use a spare battery?" Because some days are long days. "Why would you ever need a Micro SD card when you have the cloud?" Because the cloud isn't everywhere. "Why would you want to copy files straight to your device's USB port?" Because it's convenient and can even be scripted.
Oddly, enough, whenever there's some neat feature or useful function that another system has but Apple lacks, the fanbois tend to feign bafflement and ask, "Why would you ever want to do that?" as if "that" were jumping off a bridge or putting your hand on a hot stove, rather than simply having a spare battery.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? No. This is just a lame excuse for not having some feature or another.
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