Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Dec 2011 20:11 UTC
Google Once upon a time, in a land, far, far away, there were two mobile operating systems. One of them was designed for mobile from the ground up; the other was trying really hard to copy its older, desktop brother. One was limited in functionality, inflexible and lacked multitasking, but was very efficient, fast, and easy to use. The other had everything and the kitchen sink, was very flexible and could multitask, but had a steep learning curve, was inconsistent, and not particularly pretty.
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by d3vi1 on Mon 19th Dec 2011 21:21 UTC
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You missed one thing: you compared the 3GS with a brand new Android.

Try comparing an iPhone 4 running iOS 5 with a new Android. iTunes is mostly out:
* You don't need it anymore for OS upgrades (you connect to iTunes only for restores).
* You don't need it anymore for the first time usage.
* You never needed it for installing and updating applications.
* You don't need it to buy music. You do however need it for transferring music to the iPhone if it's not bought from Apple. You can avoid some of that by using iTunes Match, but you still need to add the music to the iTunes library.

My iOS devices (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 1) haven't been sync-ed with iTunes in a long time and they still get all the apps, music and stuff. I backup to iCloud so if I need to restore or replace the device I don't restore with iTunes.

What really bothers me about the iTunes Store is:

1) Content in some EU countries is not available in others
2) If I move to another EU country and change the iTunes store, the apps don't show up anymore in the purchased list of apps.

Honest to God, we have the 4 fundamental freedoms in the EU which clearly imply that my account from one EU country should work in all of them. But I guess that it's better than with the Sony PlayStation Store that isn't even available in all EU countries. I had to forge a US account with Sony to be able to use my $600 PS3, ultimately to get screwed over with the Linux support and a few others.

I guess it's the price for the better device, to get screwed over by the online store experience. The PS3 is, for me, 10 times better than the XBox360 or the Wii, so I'm putting up with this. Same with the iPhone.

A few months ago a friend from the States came to visit for a few weeks and gave me his Android (don't remember the brand/model) to install a local Prepaid sim card. It took me 30 minutes to figure out where to change the APN settings from in order to give her internet. I was always able to configure any Nokia, Apple, Microsoft device before that and it puzzled me how complicated it was.

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