Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Dec 2012 22:21 UTC
Apple Patrick Gibson (via Daring Fireball): "My friend and co-worker Tom has a thesis about Apple's biggest problem: Google is getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at web services." Apt.
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This week, I borrowed an unused iPhone 4 from work to upgrade it from iOS 4.2.1 to iOS 6.0.1, no thanks to most apps ignoring the corporate wi-fi proxy that was configured on the phone. I was pretty appalled at the non-obviousness of many functions, how some functionality was either poorly implemented or not at all.

Examples include:

* Not being to rotate the homescreen.
* No tethering until a recent iOS release.
* Onscreen keyboard doesn't reverse the case of letters on the keyboard when shift is pressed
* Deletion of SMS messages/threads is hugely clumsy - done via the wrongly (IMHO) labelled clunky "Edit" button.
* Rotation lock is hugely hidden - why isn't it in Settings rather than double button click then left-to-right swipe (WTF?!).
* A full factory reset wipe actually incredibly bricks the phone enough that it can only make emergency calls. *Only* if you hook it up to the dreadful iTunes prog on Windows or Mac (er, I have Linux!) can you unbrick it.
* iTunes on Windows is a rancid piece of garbage - totally against all Windows GUI standards: menu bar, hello? Buttons nothing like any normal Windows app, multiple reboots of the phone when updating iOS, blank screen on phone for minutes with no progress indicator.
* Registering your iPhone is hugely painful - lots of e-mails sent your account, prompted many times for username and password. Plus a disgraceful amount of personal info is needed to use the App Store/iCloud stuff.
* Trying to download Chrome from the awful App Store app warned me it contained "age-restricted content" - so does Safari, but I never got a warning when I ran that! The content warning is for "the Web" of course...silly me.

And that was what I found so far just doing an iOS update - if I looked further, I'm sure I'd find a lot more stupidities by Apple in there. Sorry, but functionally and technically, Android is clearly superior now. It's only the shiny images and transitions that Apple leads in and Android is gradually better at those, so the prettiness gap isn't that far apart.

What galls is me that Apple seem to think their hardware+software combo is the best out there - it might have been 3-4 years ago, but now *all* Apple hardware+software is beaten by the top-end Android devices and those Android devices are cheaper than Apple kit too!

Edited 2012-12-06 23:56 UTC

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