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for me as a Windows Phone 8 and Android user: "whenever I grab my iPhone for testing purposes, iOS feels pretty old, outdated and less user friendly". This will most likely be dismissed as a troll by some, but it has to be said: iOS has become stale, bordering on being outdated, and lacks several crucial pieces of functionality, neatly detailed in Rottman's article.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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RE: Comment by gan17
by Laurence on Sat 5th Jan 2013 12:35 UTC in reply to "Comment by gan17"
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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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