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for me as a Windows Phone 8 and Android user: "whenever I grab my iPhone for testing purposes, iOS feels pretty old, outdated and less user friendly". This will most likely be dismissed as a troll by some, but it has to be said: iOS has become stale, bordering on being outdated, and lacks several crucial pieces of functionality, neatly detailed in Rottman's article.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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Comment by gan17
by gan17 on Sat 5th Jan 2013 12:01 UTC
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2008-06-03

My 2 cents as a current owner of an iPhone5 and a Nexus 7;

What the author describes as Android's biggest strength - the ability for apps to communicate with each other - is also it's biggest weakness from a security perspective. The reverse could just as well be applied to iOS (not that Apple is perfect on the security front either). Android's model might win out in the long run, but the way Google curates its Play Store makes it very difficult for many developers to take the platform seriously.

Both platforms are fundamentally flawed, imho. Google needs to re-write Android's UI-prioritization from the ground-up (currently they're just depending on overpowered hardware to mask the deficiencies), just like Apple needs to re-write multitasking and inter-app communication. How they're going to achieve this without causing major disruption to their ecosystems, I don't know.

iOS is just plain dull to interact with. All the OS menus are just uninspired, the gummy embossed gradients are so "last decade", and a lot of the aesthetic choices are just plain naff (that fabric notification background). Thing is, iOS users seldom perform any actual interaction with the OS. They seem to concentrate on using the apps. In that sense - making the OS almost transparent - Apple have done a better job. It feels like an appliance more than a computing device, which might not appeal to OSnews people, but it's what the average Joe/Jane is more comfortable with.

Android as an OS feels better to interact with (though it does have it's own set of annoyances), plus it's just more customizable. There's a better sense of consistency between the OS and core (Google/Holo) applications. Problem is that people seem to give the OS priority over the applications. Visit an Android forum and everyone is talking about rooting, flashing custom ROMS, customizing, etc, but there are so few threads/discussions dedicated to using apps to get actual stuff done. Makes you wonder what the "power" users are actually doing with their devices in real world scenarios.

TL;DR - Both suck balls.

Edited 2013-01-05 12:07 UTC

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RE: Comment by gan17
by Laurence on Sat 5th Jan 2013 12:35 in reply to "Comment by gan17"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Problem is that people seem to give the OS priority over the applications. Visit an Android forum and everyone is talking about rooting, flashing custom ROMS, customizing, etc, but there are so few threads/discussions dedicated to using apps to get actual stuff done. Makes you wonder what the "power" users are actually doing with their devices in real world scenarios.

Firstly, Apple effectively silence any forums from advocate jailbreaking. Which massively skews the figures for iOS hacking vs app chit-chat. So you lose the ability to form any balanced comparisons between Android and iOS in that regard to begin with.

However you do raise an interesting point in regards to Android. But even there, I think you're observations are biased (not deliberately, but due to the nature of such discussions and the forums people like us frequent). Let me explain why better:

You can't so heavily customise apps, so discussions on apps are usually briefer (eg how many pages will a "what music player do you use?" thread generate? A: much less than "can anyone talk me through installing Debian on my phone").

However step away from Android specialist forums and onto more general purpose forums (music forums with a slightly nerdy visitor base, or some less hacker-orientated technology sites like consumer sites or gamer sites) and there's definitely a more even balance between rooting and general app recommendations / chit-chat.

Edited 2013-01-05 12:41 UTC

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RE: Comment by gan17
by zima on Thu 10th Jan 2013 20:35 in reply to "Comment by gan17"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Both platforms are fundamentally flawed, imho. Google needs to re-write Android's UI-prioritization from the ground-up (currently they're just depending on overpowered hardware to mask the deficiencies)

The hardware will likely only get more "overpowered"...

Android [...] Problem is that people seem to give the OS priority over the applications. [...] there are so few threads/discussions dedicated to using apps to get actual stuff done. Makes you wonder what the "power" users are actually doing with their devices in real world scenarios.

Hm, maybe people are happy mostly with core functions provided by the OS, Google apps, and web pages? (how many iOS apps are glorified RSS readers?)

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