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The built-in apps are just terrible
Every smartphone has the typical apps: the weather, a note-taking app, maybe even stocks, and the ever-faithful calculator. Have you ever used the calculator on Android? You can change currency, length, distance, weight and so on. Most haven't even heard of a furlong, but Android has. (Yes, you do have a scientific calculator if you switch your iPhone to landscape mode, but if I haven't noticed in the six months I've owned an iPhone, well, go figure.)
Notifications are intrusive
Whenever you get a text message or an email, a little banner appears at the top of the display. It blocks out buttons and is difficult to work around. And even when you have your phone locked, some of the message is displayed, even when there is a passcode lock enabled. Anyone can pick up your iPhone or iPad and read something they shouldn't. Notifications need to be better.
Why is it so difficult to get to Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth settings?
(Image, screenshot: ZDNet)
To access basic features, like enabling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, you have to exit your application and jump through a bunch of settings just to get to a simple switch, or connect to a network. Jailbroken devices already offer a simpler feature -- why can't Apple include something in the drag-down notification center instead?