iOS vs Android – a Response to @gregmuender

@gregmuender lasted 37 days hours on Android and wrote about it here.

He makes two valid points: 1. Android is more of a mission to set up and 2. iPhones come with better charger cables. 

I agree with Greg that it would be nice to have things that “just work” out of the box. And Apple has played perfectly to the fact that the vast majority of people on the planet, when it comes to having to _learn_ anything tech, are muppets. 

But what if you’re not a muppet? What if you speak 4 languages and want a keyboard that automatically figures out, and actively learns, the language you’re texting in (I’m talking about SwiftKey)? It’s actually a feature that’s truly useful, even without dancing ninjas.

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So that when you type in “moet” (Afrikaans for “must”) it doesn’t auto-correct it to “Moët”.

Every. Single. Time. 

What if you want to be able to simply drag & drop your MP3s to a folder on your phone and they will simply be found and be played? Instead of having to first do a huge iTunes import mission. 

Same goes for videos! Why the hell must I struggle converting them to a special Apple format first?

Then there’s the “Photos” app in iOS 7. I have ~800 photos in the “Camera Roll”. Many of them are 5 pictures of the same thing – parents of kids know what I’m talking about. So I pick the best one and add it to an Album (a mission unto itself). I keep doing this until I’ve taken the 100 photos I want to keep and put them into albums. So now I Select All in Camera Roll and select Delete.

*BOOM* All the photos you had meticulously copied into Albums are now also deleted! 

Yes, you get a warning… so you get a chance to, erm, … yes… try to figure out which  100 pictures you actually put in albums! So that you can be sure NOT to select those ones. (No, my dear Android users with no exposure to iOS, I’m not kidding. That’s really how the Photos app works.) 

Is iOS “easy”? Yes, maybe. Does it make anyone more productive? 

No way.