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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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#13 "You never need to close all your apps."
I can't begin to tell you why this seems like such a big deal to the iOS faithful, especially since I never made much of a fuss about being able to close Android apps. But eventually, somewhere in almost all email discussions I've had about iOS and Android, an iOS fan will act as though he's pulling out a trump card and then throw down "You never need to close all your apps."
Well, first, you do. I can't count the number of times I've had to hard-restart my iPad or iPhone because something got wonky inside. And, second, you can close apps on the iPhone with the little minus-sign. You just can't clear them all at once without restarting. And the why is simple: because a fresh system often runs better, especially when some piece of code or another decided to go off the reservation.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? No. This one is just silly.
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