Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jan 2013 21:28 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Ralf Rottmann is CTO and co-founder of the largest mobile application developer in Germany, Grandcentrix. He has more Apple devices than an Apple Store and thinks he's a fanboy - yet, he's switched to the Nexus 4 completely, stating that "the latest version of Android outshines the latest version of iOS in almost every single aspect". This line in particular rings true for me as a Windows Phone 8 and Android user: "whenever I grab my iPhone for testing purposes, iOS feels pretty old, outdated and less user friendly". This will most likely be dismissed as a troll by some, but it has to be said: iOS has become stale, bordering on being outdated, and lacks several crucial pieces of functionality, neatly detailed in Rottman's article. Apple has a lot of catching up to do, or it will be Mac OS all over again.
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Not impressed with iOS
by rklrkl on Sat 5th Jan 2013 01:55 UTC
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I actually decided to have a delve into a work iPhone 4 that needed upgrading to iOS 6 and it was a fascinating insight (I started from a clean wipe because it was an old phone from someone who had left).

I was shocked how much personal information you have to give to Apple just to set the thing up. On Android, it's basically your country, wi-fi settings and your Gmail username/password - on iOS, it's a lot more. Plus the amount of e-mail Apple send to your account as you go through the process is appalling.

The upgrade process was very painful - I ended up with a PC running Windows and the godawful iTunes software (Apple are *disgraceful* with their interface on Windows iTunes - totally non-intuitive and not enough feedback on what's going on). After many blank screens, lack of progress, multiple reboots etc., I finally got iOS 6 on the phone. I have never, ever seen a mobile phone with a worse upgrade procedure.

Booted into it and to be honest, it seemed a very limited UI with an awful lot of non-obvious gestures etc. that apparently you're supposed to learn by ESP or something. Staggeringly, the home screen doesn't rotate (something Google also got wrong in the first Jelly Bean release, but later fixed).

I actually had to Google how to lock/unlock the screen rotation because it is so ludicrously undiscoverable (and, no, after a rotation unlock, the home screen *still* wouldn't go to landscape - 100% pathetic from Apple there). It's apparently: press the hardware button at the bottom then swipe left-to-right and then click on the non-obvious left-most icon (no text label folks). It's *not* in the Settings section of iOS at all!

I'd pooh-poohed iOS having played with it for a few minutes at a time, but having setup and used it for a few hours, I'm actually even more astonished that people think it's any good. Yes, it's "pretty", but its customisation is virtually non-existent, it's lacking several important features (widgets anyone? And it took them 5-odd major releases to add notifications pull down to the status bar - WTF?!) and too much is obscurely tucked away, IMHO.

The iTunes store is frankly rubbish for its banning of certain apps - no non-Webkit browsers (Firefox anyone? Currently the best mobile browser, IMHO), no emulators (Beebdroid, MAMEdroid and other such wonderful projects are a no-show on iTunes) and nothing "root-style" (equivs of superuser, adblock plus, etc.).

My conclusion is that both ICS and Jelly Bean have technically overtaken iOS 6 by some considerable distance. Strangely, I've used Android 2 as well and never had all this "non-buttery" issues that people kept claiming for any pre-JB version of Android.

My suspicion is that people were using Android 2 on really low-end phones/tablets (like less than half the speed of mid-ranges ones) and somehow the IT media perpetuated this myth that all Android devices prior to JB were uselessly stuttery!

Edited 2013-01-05 01:56 UTC

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