Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Sep 2013 17:42 UTC
Apple As most of you using iOS already know, iOS 7 has been released today. While you're all busy updating, I dove into some reviews of Apple's latest, and I think I like this conclusion by The Verge best.

Today, as it rolls out to users everywhere, iOS 7 is still on most levels the same operating system it's been for six years. Meanwhile Android has become a fun, efficient, flowing operating system that makes it easy to move data between apps, easy to share things, and easy to see only the information you need at the moment. Where iOS 7 still feels like jumping in and out of a series of apps, the best moments of using Android make it feel like a cohesive, unified platform. There's no question iOS 7 has the foundational strength to match that experience, but Apple has to throw open the doors and let its huge ecosystem build on that potential.

iOS has always been an excellent operating system, and iOS 7 remains an excellent operating system. But if Apple's goal was to match the power and flexibility of its rivals, iOS 7 feels very much like the beginning of a project rather than its conclusion.

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meanwhile...
by ezraz on Wed 18th Sep 2013 20:17 UTC
ezraz
Member since:
2012-06-20

millions of android users lose data - confused users, no standards, and buggy apps will do that.

just the other day -- after bragging about his huge screen and awesome features -- my guitarist recorded 2 songs worth of video during rehearsal from his android, only to have no idea if it recorded and if so, where it was stored.

so his girlfriend pulled out her even bigger android tablet/phone thing to re-record the video. she also had amazing camera features, according to her. except the feature to quickly record & save the video somewhere she could find it.

so after a few seconds of "umm... huh..." and thinking she was recording, she wasn't, and we stopped, waited, then started again. once complete, she couldn't figure out how to share the video, how to put it on youtube or email it, whatever, and generally just gave up on the whole process. i never saw the video, not sure if she ever got it.

stupid users? perhaps. but clueless user is ultimately the fault of the software design. this type of story is not rare, i see things like this all the time, and rarely from an iOS product.

btw i design software for a living.

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RE: meanwhile...
by btrimby on Wed 18th Sep 2013 20:42 in reply to "meanwhile..."
btrimby Member since:
2009-09-30

I've never done that with my phone, so I figured I'd try it out, for posterity.

Nexus 4:

1. Tap Camera to launch camera.

2. Tap "still camera" icon, choose "old timey video recorder" icon (funny these skeuomorphic icons still work)

3. Tap big red record button to start recording.

4. Tap big red record button with square in the middle to stop.

5. Notice the little thumbnail that moves away to the corner. I know from using my camera that I can swipe from the right to get to my previously taken photos. If not, I guess I could launch the "gallery" app

6. Tap the share icon (maybe a bit cryptic... it's a tree with 3 nodes).

7. Choose the app I want to share from or "see all"

8. Choose from all the apps that are registered to ingest a video

Now, there might be a step or two in there that you'd argue isn't intuitive, but I *have* shared photos, and it works pretty much the same way, so I assumed sharing video would be the same, and it is!

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RE: meanwhile...
by tkeith on Wed 18th Sep 2013 21:31 in reply to "meanwhile..."
tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

I'm not saying that your story is not true. But how can the OS that actually allows you to see file structure, and has a built in sharing feature(apps can share data, any capable app can be chosen to share to) be harder to share or find a video file?

Any video recorded by any program is visible in the gallery by default. My guess is your friend just didn't hit the record button. I'm sure any of us can report stories about computer users that can't do basic tasks, doesn't mean the computer is at fault.

Edited 2013-09-18 21:41 UTC

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RE[2]: meanwhile...
by darknexus on Wed 18th Sep 2013 22:11 in reply to "RE: meanwhile..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I'm not saying that your story is not true. But how can the OS that actually allows you to see file structure, and has a built in sharing feature(apps can share data, any capable app can be chosen to share to) be harder to share or find a video file?

Because most users don't know how the hell to tell a video file from a document, and don't give a shit about their phone's file structure?

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