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What’s with Skeuomorphic


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For the last several months now I’ve seen post about skeuomorphic design, specifically in iOS products.  If you don’t happen to know what that is, take a look at the picture.  Boils down to where something looks or acts like something in the physical world usually something recognized by most people.  Like the picture, Even if you never seen the app before or even used an iPhone/iPad I bet you know what it is used for, taking notes.

Apparently a lot of people don’t like it, I should say geeks don’t like it or it’s being used to get peoples attention.  They are saying we don’t need it because people are use to computers now.  I say they are full of it.

People are visual.  Don’t believe me, when your looking for a file on your desktop or in documents folder, do you read every single file name?  No, your looking at the icons first, because if your looking for a spread sheet you don’t need to read the name of a text file or a pdf file.  There was once when all document files looked the same.  Then they changed to show you what program they belong to like adobe reader or MS Word.  Now they show you a small version of what the file looks like along with what program they are associated to.

Some are saying it gets in the way.  Like the notepad looks like there are sheets already torn off, visible on the iPad version.  It only takes up about 10 pixels.  Think your going to get another line of text with those 10 pixels, Nope.  Also it makes it looked like a more polished app with it.  Devil’s in the details.  

Another example are iBooks.  The books are put on a book shelf.  Someone did a mockup of what it would look like without that.  It looks like crap.  The difference is one looks like someone took the time to make it look good and the other didn’t care and didn’t want to take the time.

It’s kinda like things in the real world.  There use to be time when people took time to build and make things with care and details.  Now they just stamp it out in mass production.  Most of the time you don’t even notice the details, but you do notice when they are not there.  Like rounded corners looks much nicer then square ones.  It’s called craftsmanship by an artisan.

One last thing.  Have you seen the new Microsoft’s icons for Windows 8, like for Office or Visual Studio?  OMG, did their art department quite and they used 5th graders to make them.  Actually I’m probably insulting the 5th graders, they could do better.  They are flat, 1 color and no style.  They’ve went square, but I guess, they are kinda of a square company.

Visual studio 2010 logo, nice curves and gradient color with transparency and shadows :

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Visual Studio 2012 logo, sharp corners, straight lines and one color:

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I bet the next version isn’t going to look this bad.  Maybe they did this because they were afraid their surface tablet would be to to handle all the curves, shadows, gradients and transparencies without bring it to a crawl or the nice looking icons looked bad because of the low resolution.  That’s one icon that isn’t going on my work desktop.

That’s my 2 cents worth.

Uncertainty


It’s been a while since I blogged and thought this would be a good time to make one, specially since I’m thinking about a lot of things. This one may not make sense to anyone, I’m still posting it anyway 🙂

Was going to title this Turmoil but decided that isn’t a good word to use. I am in a little turmoil but it’s more of uncertainty of where my life is going than that.

I know what I should be doing and know what needs to be done and that I have control over my actions and thoughts and no one else’s. My actions causes how things go and where it’s going, like steering a boat. There are also other factors involved as well, like a strong wind pushing against you.

Like people, you can’t control them. You can try to control them and you can influence them but it’s not the right way to handle it. There is something wrong with your thinking and dealing with the world if you try controlling people.

Uncertainty comes from fear or to make a decision or taking action or not knowing what you want. It’s can also come from not having a plan. Like being in a boat at sea, having the wind blow you which ever direction it will is nice once in a while but without a plan/picking a direct you’ll just drift around.

Fear is a big one. I generally don’t fear much of anything, I know I can handle/deal with what ever it is. Most of the time what you feared about turns out to really not be nearly as bad as we thought or no big deal at all (worrying is another form).

Fear of making a wrong decision is probably one of the bigger ones that holds us back. Just as long as it’s not a life or death situation then go for it. A lot of times it’s a one time deal when it’s gone, it’s gone, and usually you don’t get a second chance. Life is to be grabbed ahold of, it’s not a spectator sport, well it can be but do you really want to just watch or regret not doing something later on? Can’t decide what you want then go sit in a room alone with paper and pencil with NO music, TV, books, phones, people or any other distractions and sit there until you figure it out. Don’t be in a hurry it may take some time and you might have to do it several times, keep at it until you have the answer. If you don’t know what you want or don’t go after what you want then what’s the point. I believe your heart or gut feeling to be the truth of what you want because it doesn’t over think things and it boils everything down to what you really want. Once you make a decision and act on it, right or wrong, you will feel purpose and you’ll feel like a weight is lifted off of your shoulders. If it was the wrong choice, at least you went for it and learned from it, just make some changes.

There is a storm in the direction I’m heading. I could go around it or even head in a different direction but my choice is to stay my course and weather the storm.

Why the hatred for Apple?


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?

 

Google Chromebook, are you kidding me?


Why in the world would anyone buy a Google Chrome netbook?  I could possibly think of 1 or 2 reasons but seriously.  A long time ago there use to be main frame computers and you had a dump terminal hooked up to it.  We moved away from that to PC’s and there is a reason for that, it’s better.  This Chromebook is just like a terminal and it’s even worse than a netbook.  You can’t do anything else with it except surf the web, yes you can run web apps, it’s not the same as running on your machine.

Here’s what I have a problem with.  Your spending $500, for something to surf the web with, you might as well get an iPad or Android tablet.  At least you can do a lot more with it, specially when you don’t have an internet connection.  Yes you can get it with 3G, then you’re not only paying for the netbook, your paying monthly to use it.  And since everything is online, everything you do counts towards your usage.

Which brings me to the cloud.  What are you going to do when it’s down or you can’t connect?  Nothing that’s what.  It doesn’t happen too often, want to bet your school report or work presentation, oh wait, you can’t do a presentation unless it’s web-based.  What happens when someone hacks into the cloud.  They will have access to all your stuff.  When more and more people start storing their stuff in the cloud it will be a big flashing sign come and get it, all you can eat.  It will be a huge, screaming, target for hackers, Foreign governments etc.  I’m not just talking about hacking into your account.  If they find a back way in they can have access to everyone’s account.  Look at Sony, millions of accounts compromised.  Plus it’s a one stop shop to get access to everything of and about you.  All your contacts, emails, letters, documents etc.

If all you want to do is surf the web and do web stuff only, then go ahead and get one.  I still would be better off getting something else like a netbook, notebook, Macbook Air or even a tablet (unless you do tons of typing).  Cloud computing is only good for a few things, everything else can be handled with a regular computer, hell, even a mobile phone will have enough computing power for most of your needs.

Thin clients are not the way to go, ever!  Do yourself a favor and don’t buy into the Google Chrome OS.  It will save you the time and trouble of returning it or selling it.

 

 

If I was RIM I would be embarrassed with PlayBook


First off, I don’t have and never used the RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook. I’ve followed on twitter and different news sources, from what I have seen I would be embarrassed to release this product in this condition.

One person got home and went to turn it on and nada, it needed to be charged first. Then after that had to create login and it wanted to do an update. Total time to get to use it, 2 hours. OK, maybe it’s just me, but after spending $500+ on a new toy I don’t want to wait 2 hours to get to use it. When I bought the first iPad I only made it to the car before I opened it up. That be like, here’s the keys to your new electric car, oh by the way you need to charge it up before you can drive it.

One app developer had to pull her app because it wasn’t working right until she can fix it. It worked perfectly in the simulator but not on the real device.

One person had 2 updates within 24 hours at about 250MB each.

AT&T is blocking the update. Don’t know why but I think it’s because they are tethering with the blackberry and not paying extra for it, or at 250MB, don’t want all that extra traffic at one time.

It doesn’t come with Email, Contacts or Calendar apps. You have to use the bridge app tied to your blackberry phone. Also you will find it doesn’t have very many apps. Some are loving the Flash player although some sites thinks it’s an old version. With all the security holes in Flash, I wonder how RIM is going to keep the playbook secure? It will be a while before you can run Android software.

This person here is already finding it hard to find a reason to keep it. He can’t even get it to tether to the iPhone and it took him an hour just to type up the short message. Another one found it sluggish didn’t respond quickly to gestures. Twitter client works only over wifi and not bb bridge, so no tweeting on the go. The list goes on and on.

Saw this joke. What is the difference between the playbook and a flat tire….nothing.

One of the largest electronic stores in Toronto had 2 people waiting this morning for it. They were expecting lines, they even had catering and cupcakes. People that had pre-ordered wasn’t even there to pick it up first thing in the morning. Some are selling at other stores. One went to a Best Buy to take a look at the display one and couldn’t because it was being updated. People are already saying DOA.

Like I said, if I was RIM I would be embarrassed all to hell. It’s almost worst then a beta product. You can tell that by how quickly the updates are coming and lack of main apps. They would have been much better off waiting another 2 months and got their act together. You don’t want to keep working on a product to perfection before you take it to market because it will never get there, on the other hand, too early and you’ll fall flat on your face. I’d say they are heading for a big face plant and I bet their stock is going to drop in the next couple of days. Motorola Zoom came out too early too but not nearly as bad as the playbook. I really feel sorry for the programmers at RIM, they are probably working to death trying to get everything working correctly because some Manager/VP wanted it out now.

Spring time, finally


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It’s finally warm enough to sit outside in the morning and have my cup of coffee and use my iPad. This winter seem to last forever and wasn’t letting go. I’ve been dying to get outside and enjoy my my mornings outside when it’s not raining. Just in a the short time typing this it’s already time to refill my cup :-).

Of course I’ve done is in previous years but last year is when the iPad came out and allowed me to stay outside for most of the early morning before heading to work. Hardly even remember what it was like before the iPad came out last April. I have a vague recollection of being outside for a short time then going in to use my laptop. I know, I could have used my laptop outside but it’s too much of a hassle. I would have to unplug 3 cables and tote the 7 lbs beast, then when I’m done I would have to hook it back up. I like to kick my feet up and that laptop just isn’t fun using it on my lap. Think I’ll call it notebook from now one. Remember school days when you were carting that thick heavy notebook in school and the heavy backpack? I even have a backpack for it and almost weights in at 30 lbs with all the extra stuff, just like back in school. Now school kids get an iPad, saving a lot of backs. Kids these days have it too easy lol.

Although I do now have a MacBook Air that is light and do use it on my lap, even with my feet up, most of the time and no wires connected to it. I still prefer to use the iPad outside. It is much more enjoyable to use. I have several apps that I use to get the news and social sites that’s more of a pain to do on a laptop.

I’ve forgotten how uncomfortable these chairs are, need to get a pad for the chair lol.

Time to get another cup of coffee. Enjoy spring!

Example of too many choices


While doing a little surfing, I came across an article about “How Many Apps is Too Many Apps” here, on Gizmodo.  It is a good example of what I mean about too many choices is not good, even worse than just one or two, as I mention in a earlier post.  After you read it you might even be able to associate with what this person has gone through.

Don’t even think of saying, but we need choices. OK, but just a couple.  The main reason we need choices is more to make sure a company keeps innovating and keeping price low.

 

Truth about choices, open and Dell


It has been scientifically proven that too many choices are worse than not having enough.  There is a TED talk about it if you want to know more.  Choices are good to keep companies on their toes to innovate and keep prices down.

Dell your opinions are full of crap.  iPad will not make it in the Enterprise space because it’s not open, doesn’t give you choices and is expensive.  That’s generally what they have said, lets look at this.  Expensive, the iPad is cost less than most tablets.  Choices, there are many choices for amount of memory, wi-fi only or 3G and 2 different 3G carriers.  Open, most Enterprises use Microsoft and that’s not open.  I’m not sure if the iPad will make it in the Enterprise space but they are currently doing pretty good.  Now lets translate this.  Dell is upset because they can’t make and sell iPads, it’s not open to them to make it so customers can’t choose Dell iPads.  They were trying to say how expensive it was, something like $1600, WTF.  I could buy almost 3 iPads for that price, I wonder if they do their accounting the same way.

Dell also mention they will be coming out with another Android tablet (see the Dell Streak, didn’t do so well) and a windows 7 tablet.  Oh, yes please, give me a windows tablet where I have to spend another $200+ to add office, oh and don’t forget to install anti-virus program and make sure you keep up with your adobe reader and flash updates because of all the security issues.  Lets bring an OS to tablet that has tens of thousands of viruses and spyware and malware out there for it.  And after a while where I have to spend hours reinstalling the OS because of it slowing to a crawl and other crap.  Windows 7 wasn’t even designed for tablets.

Microsoft has made tablets for about 10 years and it hasn’t caught on.  Apple comes along with one and sells more iPads in the first 9 months then 10 years of all tablets combined.

Open.  Enough with this open crap.  MS Windows isn’t open, Windows phone 7 isn’t open, black berry isn’t open.  Android really isn’t truly open, might be open for the carriers but that’s about it.  So why is it that the only company they complain about not being open is Apple?  Because they don’t have a product that can compete decently and they use it to create fear in people.  Oh, it’s not open, you can’t do what you want with it, better not buy it.  They use the fear and the mob mentality to sway people away.  If you don’t have a product that can stand on its own then all you can do is attack the competitor.

Android Honeycomb is not open and might not be, also Google now wants to keep it from fragmenting and is saying that any changes that a company or carrier makes needs to get approval.  Something that Apple doesn’t have to worry or deal with.  I like writing programs and then spending my time making adjustments to it to make it work on all the different phones and tablets instead of adding features or writing other programs.  I’ve had first hand experience of this fragmenting, it sucks and is a pain in the ass!  Something is not a joy to use if you want to smash it most of the time.  Open is not all that it’s cracked up to be.  How come open office hasn’t won over MS office?

iPad 2 Grrrrr


I’ve been trying now for over a week to obtain the new iPad 2 without success.  I need the AT&T version and it seems to be hard to get even more than the Wi-Fi only version.  I live in Chicagoland and there are many people that wants the iPad.  I was at an Apple store, in the suburbs, at 7Am on Saturday morning and there was already about 60 people in front of me.  Then about 7:30 an employee came out and said they only had 15 units, none of them AT&T.

I read someone’s post that they are upset because the store refused to sell them more iPads and was warned ahead of time that he reached his limit.  He wouldn’t say how many he has bought already but I suspect at least 4.  I’m trying to buy my first one and he’s upset that he can’t buy more when he has several already.  Anyway, it’s people like him and ones that are buying to sell overseas that piss me off making less available for everyone else to buy.  I also wonder how many first time tablet and Apple owners are put off because they are unable to buy one and end up getting some other product.

I was enthusiastic about the iPad 2, now after several failed attempts to obtain one I’m a little frustrated and disappointed.  This is not a good sign and wonder how many others feel that way.  I probably would still be enthusiastic about if I didn’t already own an original iPad.  I didn’t order mine online because my Birthday was a few days after the launch date and it wouldn’t arrive until after that.  So I thought I could get inline on Friday to get one and have it in time.  My mistake.  Trips and calls to all other stores that was selling them were sold out, and still continues to this day.  Best Buy changed their auto attendant message to say they are sold out, mostly because they have taken so many orders that they can’t even fill those.

I’m usually fairly patient but when it comes to this, I have a weakness for it and makes it frustrating.  If you don’t have the fever, then you don’t understand.

iOS vs Android


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I’m concerned for the average user.  Since I’ve been using both Android and iOS devices and watching how it’s all unfolding, a lot of people are going to lose out on hard-earned money by buy Android devices.

It all boils down to how long can you use your device and how functional is or will be.  I see Android as being in Beta and the users are the testers the only difference is I don’t see it coming out of beta any time soon.  Android is playing catch up to Apple’s iOS and the users are suffering for it if they know it or not.  Google has version 2.2 and 2.3 out and it still feels like beta.  Now they are coming out with version 3.0 that is for tablets and then maybe put it on the phones.  They needed to do this to catch up to iPads because manufacturers want to come out with tablets to sell, so it will be like version 1 instead of 3.  Just a couple of weeks ago, when Motorola showed their new tablet that is coming out, they couldn’t even demo the OS just videos showing what it will be like.  That sounds like beta to me!  This close to manufacturing a product and they couldn’t even show the actual OS running on it, that is not a good sign.  That’s like RIM and the playbook they thought they could have it out in short order but the release date keeps getting pushed back.  I have to at least acknowledge RIM for not just releasing the product before it’s ready unlike Google.

You’re at the mercy of the manufacturer of the device.  If you bought a galaxy tab, will it get updated to V3.0?  Maybe or maybe not.  V3.0 is for a dual core (mainly) processor that the tab doesn’t have.  If it gets the update how will it run, probably not very well.  The manufacturer doesn’t really care too much they would rather have you buy the next version of their product.  For the phones the service provider has to pay manufacturer’s for the update so that’s 2 companies standing in the way.  Google has no say in it.  They told them version 2.x wasn’t for tablets and they came out with it anyway.  Apple on the other hand doesn’t rely on the manufacturer, because they are the manufacturer and the service providers don’t have a say in it.  When they come out with an update they still are supporting over 2 year old equipment, your definitely not going to see that on Android.  Expect to be shelling out money every year for each device.  It will take a while for people to wake up, will that be too late?  By buying Android stuff your showing that you don’t care how you and your money is treated.

What about the market place?  How will you find an app specifically made for a tablet.  Do you know what a headache it is to have an app to run on all these different hardware and different Android version?  You don’t care you just want it to work on what you have well that just doesn’t happen all the time.  On Apple that isn’t the case.  Apps will run on a 3G or iPod or iPhone and even the iPad and it’s easy finding Apps specifically written to take advantage of the larger screen.

You keep hearing from people who Apple is a closed system blah blah blah.  Most of them are just repeating what they heard without thinking about it or even understanding what it means or means to them.  You can always jailbreak the phone if you really need to.  What is it that you want to do with a phone that Apple doesn’t allow?  Apple is concerned about the user and the user’s experience and having control allows them to give you that awesome experience.  With Android there is too many chefs in the kitchen and Google can’t do anything about it.

Google doesn’t pay attention to the details they even seem distracted.  You do know that Google doesn’t sell Android that they give it away?  As a matter of fact it costs them a lot of money.  What?  That’s right, Google is an ad company period.  Everything they do, they do to learn more about you and selling directed ads.  Everything they offer is to gain more information about you.  If you’re using something and didn’t pay for it, then YOU are the Product!!  Here’s a good blog about Google and Android http://pocketnow.com/android/how-does-google-make-money-with-android .

Apple isn’t an ad company the two are very different and it shows in their products.  Even taking out all the tracking and information gathering that Google does of the equation, I’d still pick Apple for quality, experience and satisfaction.  Lets talk dollars since that is what it’s all about and look at it this way.  Apple wants you to have a great experience with their products so you will buy more of their products now and in the future.  Google wants to sell you, or as you know it, sell targeted ads at you, getting you to use their stuff is just a by-product.  Apple has a great eco system to give you more for your money and better experience; their stuff just works.  Android not even close and their eco system, that is just thrown together, and it’s just another piece of data to collect on you.

People are going to realize too late all the information that is collected on them and what it means.  I’ll leave you with this video link on how bad google is/can be, people like free stuff but at what cost:

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