I see around the web all the debates apple vs xxx. Debating is good but when it comes to Apple people starts getting emotional, i.e. angry, when that happens others don’t listen or don’t hear. What I see is people jumping on the bandwagon or the mob mentality. The biggest one, when dealing with iOS like iPhone or iPad, is Choice. This one is big especially when people think their choices are being taken away, limited or made for them and they have the right to be. What bothers me is they really don’t understand and I’m not talking just about Apple, I’m talking about their misconception about choices. I’m for choices, we need choices. But, first off, with too many choices makes the probability is that you will make the wrong choice and this has been proven in scientific studies. The second one is a big one and that is you have choices taken away from you or made for you all the time. What happened to the shampoo you bought all the time and you can’t get it, or a store that stopped stocking a brand you like. Those were choices made by someone else and not you. How about the car you just bought, did you have a choice to get a stick or automatic? Why not? A choice has been taken away from you. I don’t hear the hordes complaining about that.
Lets take the iPad and Android tablets. No SD slot for use as extra storage, another choice gone. Here’s the problem with Android’s tablet and using SD slot for extra storage. First and for most, you’re not extending your main storage area of the tablet, its external and has to be treated as another drive. What does this mean, if a program isn’t designed to be located on external drive and keep its data there then it has to be kept in the internal storage. If you ran out of space on the internal storage it doesn’t matter how big the SD card is it isn’t going to help. Second, SD’s are way slower than the internal storage, like 5 to 10 times slower! Here’s a kicker for you, lets say you stored a program on the SD and needed to use it for something else, guess what, all those programs and data is not available anymore to the tablet until you plug it back in and there is a possibility that you didn’t unmount, or tell the OS to eject it, you could end up with missing or corrupted data. Think about those that aren’t technical, they don’t know to unmount the drive. Also I wouldn’t trust my valuable data on a SD card. I’ve seen too many of them crap out, one day working fine and the next, nothing, totally useless, then what? Do you have your data backed up, what programs do you have to re-install that was on the card, how much time is it going to take you to put everything back? Lets see the benefits of the iPad not having SD slot. Everything is in one place so you don’t have to worry about not having data or programs because you removed a card. The card going bad or getting corrupted because it was removed improperly and yes, I trust SSD way more than SD cards. Program and data will run/accessed way faster. I think Apple’s choice is a far better one. Faster, easier and more reliable and Apple does give you choices of storage size.
Now if your still with me and didn’t get made and went on or hit the comment button, I’ll tell you more and let you calm down 😉 Apple’s iPad is all about the experience. Example, I have a friend at work that is all Android and been using it for a while. He tried the iPad and he was like wow. It was responsiveness and the smooth scrolling that got his attention and get this, it was a 1st Generation iPad a single core processor. Apple doesn’t just through things to gather and sell it like most of the other companies. They pay attention to details and if it doesn’t work right or add to the user positive experience it doesn’t get done. Other companies are happy to toss together some hardware and put Android on it and maybe do a little tweaking and sell it to the suckers. I had an Android phone for a while, and I wanted to smash the thing and still do but someone needed a phone and they saved it from that fate, for now. It was frustrating to use, I’m very tolerant but this thing pushed me over the edge and that’s very hard to do. Find a program you want only to find out it doesn’t run on your particular Android phone. I’ve seen and used several Android tablets, they are heavy, fat , the displays look crappy or faded, don’t last very long, slow or sluggish and not very responsive. This is were Apples attention to details pays off and making the experience the number one concern. So yes, Apple makes some choices for you but they don’t make them lightly and take it very seriously. Other companies are making choices for you too but they are more concerned about their bottom line then your experience.
Here’s an example for you. Apple doesn’t go out of their way to say it’s a dual core processor just that it’s faster than before or just fast, while other companies are it’s 1.2Ghz dual core or quad core. Actually they need the speed just to make it half way decent in the responsiveness department. Besides what good is the latest wiz bang hardware if it’s still not that responsive or apps keeps crashing. Oh, I can run into the wall twice as fast as before.
Back to choices. Here’s what Android and the manufactures have done, giving you ton of choices. Which one do choose, it’s hard isn’t it? How much time are you spending comparing specifications, wow all the internal turmoil that creates trying to compromise your choices, hey you wanted the choices. Now you bought one, was it the right one, the best one or meet your needs? Oh look 2 months later and someone else came out with one you like better. Google just released the latest Android software with cool new features, damn it’s not available for my tablet/phone and it may never be. You don’t have those problems with Apple, again it’s the experience. When Apple releases the latest iOS it’s available right then and there for you, no waiting on a manufacture to maybe release the update. And it will usually be available for older hardware. Motorola Xoom doesn’t even have the SD card slot working yet, wtf?
Now you have trouble with your phone/tablet, it’s not working or something is going wrong with it, now what? Take it back to the store and watch them scratch their heads? Oh, you’ll have to send it back to the manufacturer, how long is that going to take, are you going to get a replacement now or have to wait? How about if you just have a question about how to do something? With Apple, just go to the store and a Genius will help you out, answer questions, fix it or replace it, Done and a pleasant experience to boot.
Off topic, Apple Stores. It is a real pleasure shopping/browsing at an Apple store, like no other I’ve been too. They don’t hassle you, they don’t even ask if they can help you unless you look like you are looking for someone to help you, or you go up and ask for it. If you need help they are right there to answer any questions you have or help you in any way they can and no sales pressure to buy anything. You can try out any Apple product and just be left alone. iJustine even records video of her dancing in a store, try that in another store. You want to buy something, stay right where you’re at and keep playing with the display until they bring it to you and ring you up right there, no standing in line (except launch day of a product). Again, it’s the experience. Have you ever been to a Radio Shack? Ambushed before you finish walking through the door, OMG let me look around first before you do that at the very least. I hate shopping there.
Not having choices isn’t what you should be getting mad about when it comes to Apple stuff. It’s about having smart choices and the right choices available. With the iPad, it’s how much storage do I need and if I need 3G or not, oh and what color the smart cover should be 🙂 Smart Covers is great. Not having to figure out of the 20 different ones out there will fit my needs and trying to find who has the best price, or if it will be discontinued and not support soon or or or. Not to include the hours and hours I would spending do the research about the specs and the opinions, time I could be spending enjoying the park with my dogs and not regretting my choice 2 months down the road. I think you get the idea.
Oh, I’m not buying any Apple product because Apple makes the choices for me or Steve Jobs determines what Apps I can have. Give me a break. First off, they are not telling you what Apps you can and can’t install! They deny apps on the app store because they didn’t follow the guide lines and rules or doesn’t do what it says it’s suppose to. There are hundreds of thousand of Apps to choose from and it’s the attention to detail and being a stickler that makes the great experience you have using the product. It’s consistency in the way they look and feel. I know tapping the top bar of a list will take me to the top of the list. What do you get when you don’t make rules for people to follow? Take a look at Android apps and the market place.
Did you know Google didn’t create Android OS? They bought the company that created it. I also don’t trust Google’s motives, they are in the advertising business, they want all the information on you as possible. They also don’t have focus, they are all over the place with what they are interested in. They just came out with an app called PhotoVine and they killed it off in a couple of weeks, how many other projects have been killed off? How about some focus Google, he who chases 2 rabbits catches none. Do you think a company in the Ads business is conceded about your experience with their product or just sell you something so they can collect more data on you? Sure Apple wants to make a profit and charges a good price for it but they are concerned about you and your experience with their product, they have focus, vision and attention to details. Apple isn’t in the advertising business, so they don’t need to collect data on or about you, even if they did it would be to increase your experience not to sell you more stuff or sell/use the information. I see Apple being way more honorable and moral than Google.
Go try an Apple product before you bash it or jump on the bandwagon. I don’t know about you but it’s time to demand stuff that just works. I’m tired of having to put up with half-baked ideas, software and hardware and giving them money to keep doing it. You would put up with a car that just stalls because it was rushed to market or they just don’t care about the buyer?