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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Sabon
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2005-07-06

I used to support a couple hundred Palm devices. I know a lot of people that had problems syncing them but we had very few issues with the people we supported.

Palms were great for keeping track of contacts and doing small programs. Big programs or remoting into computers wasn't what they were designed for. The interface was very good for what it did.

The interface for Windows Mobile was as stupid and ugly as any device I've ever seen. Yes it could do mostly everything but it was like a whole team of people picked ugly bats and whacked away at it, for a LONG time. It was like everything that might not have been ugly they worked at until it was ugly and stupid. Dependability was also poor. But then I think having to reboot a device more than a couple times a years = poor design.

I'm a geek. I spent years working with 8 different OSs on "PCs" every week. I loved doing that. I loved programming for all of them. I even use to program for mainframes and mini-frames. I know how to operate and program for devices. I was the go to person for anything that was new up to the middle aughts (2000-2010). Then I got burned out from working too many 60+ hour weeks.

Android reminds me a lot of Windows mobile. Sure it can do a lot but it has MANY problems that I'm just not willing to put up with. I don't enjoy debugging/fixing devices anymore. Maybe it is my artistic side which has been put on hold for all these years but I just get tired of half assed devices.

Imagine Microsoft or Google designing a half assed toilet. Pick your half that they leave off. No matter what half is left out it is going to be really ugly. That is what Windows mobile was and Android is.

Don't get me wrong. iPhones are not perfect. There is a lot I would change. The difference is that there are only a couple hundred things I would change instead of in the tens of thousands.

I can't believe that companies with over 40.000 employes can come out with such beta crap and put it out on the market. If it is beta, admit it.

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