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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.
Image courtesy iOS.
#14 "iTunes is awesome, you just don't understand."
Oh, yes I do. I do understand. I dislike iTunes intensely. I have many gripes about it, including how it bogs down my PC, jumbles my files around, and more. My biggest complaint these days is that iTunes on my Mac OS X Server launches on its own, on a machine that has never, ever had an iOS device connected into it, and where I've turned off all the settings that would cause iTunes to launch. Plus Mountain Lion doesn't provide a clean way to just uninstall iTunes.
But I'm not alone. Go to Google and type in "iTunes sucks". Or go to YouTube and type in "iTunes sucks". There's an entire cornucopia of postings from people who seem to dislike iTunes even more than I do.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? No. You're drinkin' the Kool-Aid on this one, Bucko.
Image courtesy my always-present iTunes app on a machine that I don't want to be running iTunes.
#15 "The iPhone's lower screen resolution makes games play faster."
So this one is ... unexpected. When I posted that the Samsung S4 had 35.06% more pixels than the iPhone 5 and that it was true 1080 HD where the iPhone had a non-standard size, I got some strange replies.
The most unexpected one, though, has to be the assertion that because the iPhone has to push less pixels for gaming, it is a faster gaming device. Now, to some degree, it is true that the less pixels you push, the faster your game. But who among us is going to want to play a 640x480 video game on our PCs anymore? No, we want both speed and image quality.
I'm going to say this, though, so you know I'm fair. The screens on both the iPhone and Samsung S4 are spectacular. Their processors are lightning fast. I have no speed complaints with either one. You can have a lot of gaming fun on either device.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? No, but not because the device isn't good. The iPhone plays great games. It's just a dumb argument given everything else you need to consider.
Image courtesy Infinity Blade II from Epic Games.