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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?

 

My take on Flash on iPad and Android


Originally posted on 1-23-2011

I keep reading about people bitching about Steve Jobs not allowing flash on iOS (iPad) like he is some mean dictator, mostly it’s from people who don’t have an iPad, well I have a few things say about that.  First your bitching at the wrong person/company!  You should be complaining to websites to change to non-flash and also Adobe for writing crappy software.  You complain about how they are not an open system, Flash is closed and proprietary, yet you conveniently forget that they are adopting the open HTML 5 format over the closed Flash.  I didn’t see people clamoring at Google because Android didn’t have flash at the time the iPad came out even now it’s still crap.

Apple has great visions and they are willing to stand up and take the hits for their decisions while innovating and moving the industry forward.  One of their main concerns is giving the user a great experience and making it easy for the average consumer to use it along with consistency.  How many of you miss the floppy disk?  Apple was the first one to remove it from their line of computers, big complaints when they did that, Flash will be the same way some day.

Apple gave Adobe a chance to write flash for the iPad and they could make the software run satisfactory, which isn’t surprising.  Do you want something that cuts the battery life almost in half just to view websites?

Flash was good in the early days of the web but now we have CSS and other open standards and soon HTML 5, Flash is hardly needed at all.  Flash is also design for the mouse, like mousing over something, you can’t do that on a touch screen.  So even if you have flash on your pad you still can’t deal with sites that makes use of mouse overs, so the site designers would have to redo their site anyway, so ditch flash then.

Shortly after Steve said the reasons behind not supporting flash, one of them being security, Adobe had 3 security holes in Flash and had to come out with patches.  Take a look at PDF reader, Adobe re-wrote that to use sand-boxing so it will be more secure, and they couldn’t even get that right, a hole has been already found.  I have no trust in their abilities.

As for flash being supported on Android tablets, I would be very leery.  I suspect that when there are a lot of these out there hackers will start looking at flash as a way to gain access to your information and given Adobe’s track record it probably wont be too hard.  Since Android is so open, a rouge program has access to everything.  There is even a program that will listen to your credit card number either by touch tone or even if you say your card number.

I for one don’t miss flash and I specially don’t miss those very annoying and stupid ads.  To me battery life is more important than seeing a site with flash.  If i run across a website with flash I just move on.  If it’s something I really need to see then I’ll find it some place else or use the laptop and after 9 months of using the iPad, I haven’t had to do that yet.  As for flash games, what’s the point, there are a lot of games for iOS and I don’t have to be connected to the internet to play it, saving even more power.

Apple sold over 14 Million iPads add to that all the iPhones and iPods that they have sold and probably sell over 40 million more this year, that’s a lot of users.  As a website owner you’re not going to ignore all those users and additional revenue, you’re going to think twice about using Flash.

Tell someone they can’t have something and that’s what they focus on, trust me your not going to miss it or very little and as time goes on Flash will become less important and less used.

iPhone coming to Verizon


Originally posted on 1-11-2011

Verizon Wireless announced today that the iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon.  Finally!!!!!  This gave me a big smile today 🙂  Existing Verizon customers can pre-order on Feb. 3rd and new customers on the 10th.  Two things are different from AT&T’s phone, one is the antenna around the outside also moving the mute and volume buttons a little.  The other is that you can’t browse at the same time your on a phone call.  This is because of it being on CDMA instead of GSM for both.  One thing that AT&T doesn’t have is that the Verizon one can act as a MiFi, allowing up to 5 connections.  AT&T’s only allows tethering with one computer at an extra cost.  It hasn’t been said if there is extra cost.

Unlike AT&T, if you’re not grandfathered in, will offer true unlimited data as opposed to capped unlimited, someone should explain to the carriers what unlimited means.  This phone is CDMA only, no LTE and no GSM.

When the Droid came out, 1 year and few months ago, I bought one as my first smart phone and was impressed.  When there was the ad wars between iPhone and Droid I was on the Droid’s side and dismissed the iPhone.  What can I say, I hadn’t used an iPhone.  I still haven’t but I have used the iPad and the iPod touch 4G.  I like the HD 720p video quality of the touch and I want the phones great picture quality.  So, after I’ve spent over a year with the Android OS and the Droid phone and the last 8 months with the iPad and the last 2 months with the iPod touch I can say Apple has it right.  If you haven’t used one, don’t dismiss it out of hand like I did.  Not only does Apple have it right, it does it in style and finesse providing a much better experience.

Have you seen office space and what they did to the fax machine?  Well, that’s what I would like to do to my Motorola Droid phone.  I use to like Motorola phones.  It’s not only Motorola’s fault though, it’s also Google’s Android as well.

Apple put Cherokee Language on iPhone


Originally posted 1-5-2011

Tribal officials, of Cherokee Nation, contacted Apple a little over 3 years ago about getting Cherokee on the iPhone.  It seemed like a long shot because there are thousands of languages world-wide and many of them wanting to get on the iPhone.  Apple surprised the tribe by bringing it out in fall of 2010 (iOS 4.1), they are pretty excited.

Kids now days what cell phones and if they didn’t have Cherokee they would be using English.  Having Cherokee on the iPhone is a good way to keep the kids using the language and keeping it alive.

In 2001 Tribal officials started a language immersion school in which students would be taught multiple subjects in Cherokee and now has 105 students from kindergarten to 5th grade.  They work on Apple laptops loaded with Cherokee language.  Apple has supported the language since 2003 on Mac computers.

Cherokee is currently the only American Indian language supported.  Another indigenous language supported is Hawaiian.

I have to give Apple a big pat on the back for doing this!!!!!

If you would like to read more go here:

report on NPR

Bye 2010 Hello 2011


Originally posted on 12-31-2010

Good bye 2010, hello 2011.  This will be an interesting year for slates (they really shouldn’t have been called tablets, those are the old bulky ones and slate sounds modern too), smart phones and TV appliances.

I can say one thing for sure, I’m glad to be back to Apple and I think I might have went a little overboard …. nah lol.  I love my iPad and my MacBook Air.  So which do I use more?  I would have to say iPad.  Even though the Air is light it’s still more enjoyable using the iPad.

Some of the things we have coming in 2011.  We’ll start off the new year with CES showing us what is coming or might be coming. App store for Mac, iPhone coming to Verizon (about time), iPad 2, iPhone 5 and who knows what else for Apple.

When iPhone comes to Verizon it will be interesting to see how Android phones really do when it’s on the same carrier, other than AT&T.  Both Apple and Verizon needs this.  One of the main reasons Android has been doing so well is it being on many different carriers, this is going to change.  You can see, on my regular blog, what I think of the Droid.

On the slate front.  We will probably have a slew more of Android tables and then there is RIMs playbook.  I think they are finding it is harder than they thought.  There was a report that it only lasted a couple of hours on a charge, then there was a statement that it didn’t have power management yet, even so they are not going to get 3x more even with aggressive power management.  I can see it now, your ready a page and 10 seconds later it goes dim to save power.  Or they will have to turn down the processing speed.  Looks like it will not be out till May and the iPad 2 will already be out.

I would like to be there when Balmer announces their new tablet.  I would yell like last years hp tablet you showed.  Microsoft is way behind and it’s going to be a year or 2 to catch up.  I believe they are even going to start to use ARM processors.

Android shows promise but even Google said it’s not ready for tablets yet, that’s coming.  It’s still not very polished.  I also like it how people keep saying that it’s got a SD card slot to expand memory (which is wrong) / storage space.  That’s not totally true.  You can’t expand the main storage area by adding a card, it treats it like another drive.  When you run out of storage space, your out.  You can move Some programs to card, to free up main storage, but if you remove it then you can’t run it.  You know how much slower SD cards are over SSD, magnitudes.  I also don’t trust SD cards, how many times you had one where it had errors and needed correcting, possibly loosing pictures etc.  I’ve also seen a lot of them stop working.  For me an SD slot would only be good for moving pictures from the camera over.  I think we should start demanding that camera makers start putting in wifi and/or bluetooth and do wireless transferring instead of a card.

Even if you hate Apple you have to thank them for pushing technology forward.  I wonder how long it would have been before we would have seen a slate if it wasn’t for the iPad?  Microsoft has been trying for 10 years.

Go out and enjoy New Years Eve, see you next year 🙂

Infinity Blade for Apple iOS


Originally posted on 12-9-2010

Infinity Blade is out for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch!  I’m pretty impressed with this game, to sum it up in a word…..wow.  You might have seen Epic Citadel which gave you an idea of the Unreal graphics engine can do and this one takes it to sword battles. This is an RPG game and not FPS, I wonder if it will stay that way if/when it goes multiplayer?

I’ve have only played it for a short time on my iPad but I can see already that it will take some time to master some of the moves.  I did really well with the regular enemies but didn’t fair well against the God Killer although he is level 50 as I was under level 15.  The controls are great and your sword deals cuts in the direction you swipe.  I’ve played a lot of FPS games and the keyboard was my main choice of control but what you can do in this game there is no way you could do it with a mouse, keyboard or both.  I suppose it could be done with a magic trackpad but I don’t think I would want to.

Take a sample video, I think the graphics looks better on the iPad then the HD video of this

So head over to iTunes and get Infinity Blade

Music on Apple iOS


Originally posted on 12-8-2010

iPhones and iPads are getting used to create music.  This is just a small sample of what you can find on YouTube.  Doesn’t it just make you want to download an app and play music 🙂  I really need to learn to play an instrument.  Take a look at what some other people can do.

This band had their instruments stolen, so they used their iPhones on the subway.

A group doing a Taylor Swift song.

Applegirl doing Lady Gaga song.  She does some explaining so give it a minute.

Lang Lang do flight of the bumble bee and having fun.

Using the iPad, iPad band.

How about using your iPad, or 2, to DJ with.

Update 3-5-2011
Garageband is coming out for iPad 2 and you should see what you can do with it 🙂

iPod touch and iPhone 4 video


Originally posted on 12-8-2010

Shooting video on the iPhone or iPod touch 4G.  It has 720p video capturing ability.  I’ve been surprised on the video quality and clarity even.  I’ve taken a few short videos and plan to do a movie trailer at some point.  I just need to learn not to shake the camera so much so it doesn’t end up looking like Blair Witch lol.

Here are some more YouTube videos that use iPhone to record video.  I’ll start off with one that also has the iPad in it.

Solace video

 

Here’s a good one called “Apple of my eye” with behind the scenes.  All editing was done on the iPhone as well.  This one went viral.

 

Garosougil by Wonsuk Chin & Yang (behind the scenes during credits)

 

Music video shot and edited on a iPhone

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