What's still wrong with Android (and right with iOS)

What's still wrong with Android (and right with iOS)

Summary: While the Apple community awaits the reported release of a new version of iOS and new i-devices to run it, one Android power user lists what turns him off about Android and has turned him into a switcher to the iPad.

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There's plenty of chatter over perceived problems with Apple innovation and leadership, missed sales expectations, along with glowing reports about the Android competition. According to reports, Apple will roll out new mobile hardware in the first half of September and iOS 7, the new version of its mobile operating system. For some, the expectation is that instead of a celebration, the announcements will become a whimper because the tidal wave of Google Android has overtaken Apple.

However, one Android power user says he is over Android — someone who knows what he's doing and has plenty of experience around Linux. He's decided to go with the reliable alternative: iOS.

The post in question is on EE Times by Caleb Kraft, its chief community editor. He has a long history building and using Linux desktop and server systems.

Kraft bought a used, first-generation iPad for his kids, but he decided first to run a rooted Nook Color and recently a Nexus7 v2. He hoped he could "figuratively give the finger to the big evil corporation of Apple." But no.

In the post, Kraft then runs down the reasons he is dumping Android and buying an iPad: Broken Bluetooth support with peripherals; hardware fragmentation; bugs in the OS and in applications; and problematic hardware. It's great reading.

[Bugginess in both the OS and the applications] is the biggest annoyance. The touchscreen has decided to become unresponsive at least once a day since I bought it. It will be working fine, but then suddenly finger touches don't count. I have to hold my finger in place for a second for it to register, then sometimes it will register it as multiple touches. A quick reboot fixes the problem, but that is a pain in the butt when you're trying to carry out a task.

Still, Kraft admires the Nexus hardware ID. He says that Android is close to being something he would "hand to my grandmother with confidence." But close isn't good enough. He's not in the market for a fixer-upper.

If I were one of those guys who had to write a review after an hour of hands-on time, I'd be gushing over this thing. However, I'm faced with the following issues right now:

I can't work on it (I'm not writing a 1,000 word article with the admittedly nice on screen keyboard).

I can't count on it to work correctly when I pick it up.

Of course, most everything that's wrong with Android is mostly right with Apple's hardware and software. iPads and iPhones all work well and in an understandable way to users. Apple's peripherals mostly play well and there are plenty of them. There are hundreds of thousands of great applications that are reliable and crash less often. As Kraft points out, iOS users spend their time doing work and not taking time getting their devices to work.

Then there's the results from Forrester Research's Forrsights Developer Survey(Q1 2013) that show that still more software developers are choosing to release their apps on iOS first with Android coming in second, despite the numbers.

As I've pointed out before, there are many other problems with the Android market when it comes to developers. Sheer market base numbers don't necessarily mean much if customers aren't buying apps or using them.

For example, while reports such as the Forrsights Survey show that there are more developers coding for Android, a different survey by App Promo points out that some 40 percent aren't earning a dime from the work compared to their iOS counterparts.

As Kraft says, "No single issue has led me to this point [of buying an iPad], but rather, a collection of small annoyances has outweighed my desire to have an Android device." Certainly, he's not alone.

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  • Second-Hand Ipad?

    I wonder why it was sold?

    So the seller could buy an Android tablet, perhaps...

    There's two sides to every anecdote, isn't there?
    ldo17
    • I wonder why anyone would buy any limited iPad or iPhone

      I wonder why anyone would buy any limited iPad or iPhone = the person must has a very limited view, just see how iOS is inferior in compare to any expensive or cheap android:

      http://goo.gl/JS5hX7
      anywherehome
      • Limited iPad

        iPad is not limited for what most people use a tablet for. I use a tablet for surfing the internet , watching Youtube , and email . I Never use a tablet for much of anything else. No music downloads ( got other device for music), no movie downloads (Got my big computer monitor for movie watching ) and no photos ( got my camera and smartphone for photos ) So iPad fits the majority of peoples iPhone is another matter. Don't want one.
        Jillxz
        • Re: Limited iPad

          I have used my Asus Nexus 7 as a wi-fi analyzer, and you can't get IOS apps for that (or Windows Phone/RT, for that matter). I can run the same app on a phone, but the tablet seems to be more sensitive, perhaps because it has room for a bigger antenna.
          ldo17
        • Limited customization

          The iPad is limited in a number of ways compared to an Android tablet. The first one is choice of tablet and price point. That alone makes Android platform more user friendly.
          laequis
      • Limits

        ALL hardware and software is 'limited'. So your message has no semantic content. Be what measure do you judge 'inferior'? Inferior to what, and just how?
        rphunter1242
        • iPad = very very not smart device

          as you can see, iPad is very a very limited and not a real smart device:

          http://bit.ly/17CPlOn
          anywherehome
      • Because

        "Limited" is much preferable to buggy, flaky, and unresponsive. And BTW the person who wrote the original article - the one you refer to as having a limited view - is a massive Linux fan. Perhaps what is limited here is your comprehension of what is really going on here.
        athynz
        • So what if he is a Linux fan. Who cares?

          That doesn't give the writer some kind of special status regarding his myopic assessment of the Android ecosystem. That's ridiculous.

          BTW, his 1st gen iPad is NOT compatible with the latest version of iOS or the next version either. How's that for fragmentation?
          laequis
          • Everything

            To answer your question Android (though Google tries to deny) IS LINUX. It shares a Kernal with Ubuntu Linux. Android is a Unix system that is SUPER Limited when you think of how little power Linux requires to run!!
            c0ldbr3w
          • nothing

            Linux is underneath lots of stuff. As a linux desktop user, I'm kind of sad that it doesn't show through. And since key device-driver source isn't made available, the benefits of open source are limited.

            BSD is under iOS. It doesn't show through either.

            QNX is underneath BBOS10. It doesn't show through.
            HughRed
        • you just lie

          you just lie without facts

          have you tried SGS4, HTC One, Nexus 7, 10?

          enjoy your limitations and dumb devices:

          http://bit.ly/17CPlOn

          you need someone to make the decisions for you; we know it, thats why you use the iToys...
          anywherehome
          • Really?

            Keep reading dude... If you haven't figured how how ridiculous your posts are by now in the light of real facts as opposed to your made up crap then there is no hope you you son. Go and join Linux Geek at the fryer.
            athynz
      • Not Really Limited

        With 300,000+ tablet-formatted apps, it's a big stretch to call the iPad limited. Many so-called limitations are wrong, such as viewing Flash videos and other Flash applications. The Puffin browser shows Flash videos flawlessly, for example.

        I'm an expert user, and I depend on my iPad every day because I'm disabled. It's not perfect for sure, but it is amazing what I can do with it. I remember reading an Issak Asimov short story decades ago where one character pulled out his or her "pocket computer" that was very portable and very powerful. When I got my third gen iPad, I felt like I'd finally made it to that vision of the future. I've even written a very long form document on my iPad: 43000 words+ so far.

        It's much better than my laptops in at least a couple ways: the super hires screen and the book-like portability and usability.

        I'm sure there are some fine Android tablets, but saying that the iPad is so limited is wishful thinking.
        Doug Bott
        • iPad = very limited, facts

          iPad = very limited, facts:

          http://bit.ly/17CPlOn

          for Android tablet = 1 000 000 apps ;)

          and you have freedom.....with iPad you have just fascism
          anywherehome
          • iPad = very limited, facts:

            now just suppose you are out camping in the country, no signal, no wifi, etc...

            you have just taken a pic of your mate on your galaxy, and he wants a copy on his brand new ipad/ iphone just out of the box... how do you do it???
            :D
            comnut2k
        • you are nicely limited by marketing

          you are nicely limited by marketing

          just try freedom with an Android phone and you will see how Android is superior and cheaper than the limited iPads
          anywherehome
          • Sure

            Instead let's all deal with a buggy OS, random freezes, random shutdowns, lack of support after 6 months... right.

            I love it when a zealot shows their true colors - they are like liberals in that they love to fling insults when they do not have a leg to stand on.
            athynz
      • Because Music

        I use my iPad to create music. There are a multitude of apps you can use on iOS. Everything from synths to drum machines to guitar modelers. None of which exist on the BUSTED HOT MESS that is Android because of the well known latency issues.
        boone51
    • Inlikely

      Given that over 90% of iPad users replace their iPad with more recent iPads, its unlikely that it was to buy an Android tablet.

      But enjoy your fantasy.
      Henry 3 Dogg