Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Sep 2013 17:42 UTC
Apple As most of you using iOS already know, iOS 7 has been released today. While you're all busy updating, I dove into some reviews of Apple's latest, and I think I like this conclusion by The Verge best.

Today, as it rolls out to users everywhere, iOS 7 is still on most levels the same operating system it's been for six years. Meanwhile Android has become a fun, efficient, flowing operating system that makes it easy to move data between apps, easy to share things, and easy to see only the information you need at the moment. Where iOS 7 still feels like jumping in and out of a series of apps, the best moments of using Android make it feel like a cohesive, unified platform. There's no question iOS 7 has the foundational strength to match that experience, but Apple has to throw open the doors and let its huge ecosystem build on that potential.

iOS has always been an excellent operating system, and iOS 7 remains an excellent operating system. But if Apple's goal was to match the power and flexibility of its rivals, iOS 7 feels very much like the beginning of a project rather than its conclusion.

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by ezraz on Wed 18th Sep 2013 20:17 UTC
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millions of android users lose data - confused users, no standards, and buggy apps will do that.

just the other day -- after bragging about his huge screen and awesome features -- my guitarist recorded 2 songs worth of video during rehearsal from his android, only to have no idea if it recorded and if so, where it was stored.

so his girlfriend pulled out her even bigger android tablet/phone thing to re-record the video. she also had amazing camera features, according to her. except the feature to quickly record & save the video somewhere she could find it.

so after a few seconds of "umm... huh..." and thinking she was recording, she wasn't, and we stopped, waited, then started again. once complete, she couldn't figure out how to share the video, how to put it on youtube or email it, whatever, and generally just gave up on the whole process. i never saw the video, not sure if she ever got it.

stupid users? perhaps. but clueless user is ultimately the fault of the software design. this type of story is not rare, i see things like this all the time, and rarely from an iOS product.

btw i design software for a living.

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