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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Back button inconsistency
by enlighter on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:20 UTC
enlighter
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2011-12-20

"No matter where I am, no matter what application I'm using, the menu button always brings up access to settings, and the back button always takes me back one screen."

I cannot really agree with this. Open the "Market" and your at the market home screen, select some app and then e.g. select one of the suggested apps from there. if you press the back button you'll get back to the first app. However, if you press the back button again you're not going to see the main screen of the market again but instead the market will be closed.

I'm using a HTC Desire HD (with MIUI Android but it has been like this also with the original HRC firmware).

In my opinion Android really lacks consistency in look and feel. Even the google apps do not have a consistent look and feel, which is what I do not understand at all (e.g. google docs vs. google mail). I think google should really focus on that and also "enforce" a interface design standard on apps (e.g. by marking apps as gold/silver/bronze android compliant or something like that).

I once owned a iPhone 3G which - at least in my memories - was a lot more consistent than Android is now. Besides all that criticism I prefer Android over iOS because of its more open nature (though I'm mourning the death of MeeGo)

I just remembered another thing that bothers me about Android vs. iOS. I don't like having to mount my sd-card as a usb mass storage device, copy music to a certain location (which I always forget, because there are several directories named *music*, probably created by different music player apps that I tried) and having to unmount it afterwards. Instead I'd prefer a MTP interface or something similar.

Regards,
Michael

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RE: Back button inconsistency
by ichi on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:54 in reply to "Back button inconsistency"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

I cannot really agree with this. Open the "Market" and your at the market home screen, select some app and then e.g. select one of the suggested apps from there. if you press the back button you'll get back to the first app. However, if you press the back button again you're not going to see the main screen of the market again but instead the market will be closed.


Pressing the back button again takes me back to the main Market screen. I even tried going through subsections and then following several suggested apps, but the back button always takes me back to the previous screen, eventually going all the way back to the front page.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

"I cannot really agree with this. Open the "Market" and your at the market home screen, select some app and then e.g. select one of the suggested apps from there. if you press the back button you'll get back to the first app. However, if you press the back button again you're not going to see the main screen of the market again but instead the market will be closed.


Pressing the back button again takes me back to the main Market screen. I even tried going through subsections and then following several suggested apps, but the back button always takes me back to the previous screen, eventually going all the way back to the front page.
"

Same here.

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RE: Back button inconsistency
by JAlexoid on Wed 21st Dec 2011 00:30 in reply to "Back button inconsistency"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

For what it's worth - the back button does not do always what you would expect it to do, however it is very consistent.
Some apps do screw it up, but those are not in the majority.

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