Linked by Kroc Camen on Sun 6th Mar 2011 11:13 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes It's not the return of the OSNews comic, but it was too good to let pass. Our coverage of the Apple event was minimal this week, so I decided to round the key points up in an illustration...
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Interesting Graphic
by wocowboy on Mon 7th Mar 2011 12:13 UTC
wocowboy
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2006-06-01

A chance to take a snipe at Apple is not to be lost on OS News, but the graphic you post actually illustrates one of the best parts of the iOS ecosystem. Every time I plug my iPhone or iPad into my computer, it creates a backup of the iPhone and iPad as well as syncs the apps, videos, music, etc that is on my computer. There has been much moaning and groaning here about having to do this connection, but to me it is just about the best feature. If my iDevice should die, or should I buy a new one, I simply connect to my computer and it recreates everything like it was before. There is NO way that I know of to do that on an Android device without performing a major operation, something an OS News reader would probably find simple but to the average user would be an exercise in futility. One can use Doubletwist, but it only works with media files, not apps, settings, game saves, etc. Some people don't like syncing to a computer and that is just fine. Personally, I find it reassuring and one of the best parts of being an Apple user. Lest anyone call me an Apple Fanboy, I do have a NexusOne, unlocked version that I use on the CellularOne system.

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RE: Interesting Graphic
by mrstep on Mon 7th Mar 2011 15:23 in reply to "Interesting Graphic"
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2009-07-18

It would still be nicer if it could also do an incremental sync wirelessly in the background (like Time Machine), and maybe just tag it when a backup set is complete so you can roll back to it if needed. A wired 'backup now can still be supported, but in general a rolling, behind the scenes method would be fine. I could always show the last time in completed a sync in Settings or something. And think, then you'd only have to read complaints about missing SD slots and no Flash! ;)

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RE: Interesting Graphic
by aldo on Mon 7th Mar 2011 21:23 in reply to "Interesting Graphic"
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2010-02-17

I replaced my Android phone recently. When I set the new phone up with my Google account, all the Market software from the old phone was automatically downloaded on to the new phone, while all my data was already on the SD card. No computer involved and a win for Android over iOS, I'd say.

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