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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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rklrkl
Member since:
2005-07-06

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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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

* Not being to rotate the homescreen.


This is a good thing. The home screen does not make sense rotated. By the way I've never used an android phone that does this. Maybe some third party home screens do?

* No tethering until a recent iOS release.


Recent? I've been doing tethering for ages. Interwebs says it was a feature of iOS 4.3, or two major versions ago. That's not recent.

* Onscreen keyboard doesn't reverse the case of letters on the keyboard when shift is pressed


This is a good thing. Large changes like that are annoying. Not once have I been confused about whether I just pressed shift a microsecond ago or not.

* Deletion of SMS messages/threads is hugely clumsy - done via the wrongly (IMHO) labelled clunky "Edit" button.


Edit-Clear All. Yes, that sure is hugely clumsy!
The "Edit mode" functionality is a standard mechanism for any list view in iOS. If you spend one minute using it you would know that.

* Rotation lock is hugely hidden - why isn't it in Settings rather than double button click then left-to-right swipe (WTF?!).


The app switcher is not a hidden part of iOS. Much less hidden there than somewhere deep in the settings.

* 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.


Complete and utter lie. Nothing on an iPhone requires iTunes anymore.

* 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


You mean just like most other Windows software include microsoft's own?

* 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.


Registration is not required. You're doing it wrong.

* 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.


You didn't install Safari so it didn't warn you. Really that one message annoyed you so much?

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Deleting text messages, downloading Chrome?

It seems more like a "WTF are you trying to do" than an iOS upgrade.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

People don't do those things on an iphone? Really? You make it sound like the guy is trying to install Visual Basic or something.

Both of these things are normal tasks that an iphone user might want to do.

Edited 2012-12-07 15:17 UTC

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