Why I’d Never Get An iPhone (Part I)

Posted: July 11, 2011 in Uncategorized
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You may think I’m tripping because of the title right? “OMG, CBT it’s the most revolutionary phone ever!! It’s magical!! It comes in black AND white!! You speak blasphemy!” Whatever. I’m not a part of the little iFanboy cult, neither am I some old guy trying to be cool. Android has opened my eyes so much that I can see through all of Steve Jobs’ little fantasy adjectives and laugh every time they announce a “new” product.

I’ll admit, before I knew what Android was, I thought Apple had a great product, which led me to purchase an iPod Touch. I bought it mainly because it had enough memory to carry all of my music and movies around (at the time I had a feature phone), and I figured I’d be killing two birds with one stone by testing out the phone that everyone’s talking about. The more I used it, the more I began to hate it. From its small screen size to that astonishingly never correct auto-correct. Apple had tricked me and our relationship has been rocky ever since. Then I discovered the marvelous HTC EVO 4G and freedom rang! All problems, inconveniences, and annoyances I ever had with the iPod was solved, easily and intuitively. I haven’t looked back at my iOS days at all. This is Part I of a 3-piece article explaining why I would never ever buy an iPhone.

iTunes

iTunes is by far one of the worst pieces of software known to man. If you have a Windows computer then you’re already well aware of how long it takes to start up. Even on the best computers, iTunes could take minutes to start up whereas other music players, Windows Media Player for example, boots up almost instantly.

And what’s the deal with it having to make a copy of every single song and movie you have just so iTunes can play it? Back when I had the unfortunate experience of owning an iPod Touch, I had my music neatly organized by album on an external hard drive until iTunes got to it. I was unable to load any of my music on there without first downloading iTunes, converting my entire library to a format iTunes can recognize (which took days), then syncing it to the device. Why it gets me upset is that after the conversion, I had doubles of every song and my music hard drive was no longer organized by album, but by artist – which makes my library look very sloppy when you have songs featuring other artists on the same album. For example, Lil’ Wayne’s album, The Carter III, has plenty of guest appearances, which means instead of my library being organized with the album title as the folder name, and that folder containing all of the songs from that album (The Carter III > Song titles), it’s organized like this (Lil Wayne_feat_Static_Major > The Carter III > Lollipop). This often results in a bunch of folders with only one or two songs in them, and making it nearly impossible to find a single album in one folder. Not to mention my original music folders were still there, so now I have folders of albums and folders of artists all in the same folder. It’s just a mess and a hassle all the way around.

Little scams

Who remembers Antennagate? I DO! Isn’t Apple the company that’s heralded as one which takes complete care in the design of their products? A company that allegedly does months and months of extensive testing before releasing a product?  How could this fatal problem get overlooked? It didn’t. Think about it, why put an antenna on the outside of the phone, right where your hand is guaranteed to be when talking on the phone? To increase accessory sales of course! All they had to do was cover the antenna with an extra millimeter of steel, or whatever material they used to outline the phone with, and the problem would have been solved. Or even just moved it to the top or where ever it was on previous iPhone models. But no, this was done on purpose.

Moving on to other little sneaky stunts that Apple pulls, do you remember how they were trying to label the iPhone 4 as the iPhone 4G? It was a pathetic attempt to confuse customers into thinking that the iPhone 4 has 4G connectivity, just like it’s biggest competition – the HTC EVO 4G – which also debuted around the same time as the iPhone 4.

What about this iCloud stuff? Wirelessly downloading and uploading your music and photos to “the cloud”. Have they forgotten that no carrier currently offering the iPhone has unlimited data? This is just another trap to suck more money out of its customers. You could eat up your tiered data within a week with iCloud – in addition to your other apps – and then those data overage charges will start eating at your wallet.

Or how about how Apple purposely withhold essential competitive features to ensure customers buy the next iPhone. People are so naive that they’ll buy this sad excuse for a smartphone on the promise that the next one will be better. That’s not a hard promise to keep since the iPhone is so far behind. Instead of spending $200 on a phone that will be better next year, how about using that same $200 and getting everything you want in the next iPhone today. We’ll discuss this a bit more in the next section.

Behind the times

For a company that’s often described as “revolutionary” and “game-changing”, Apple has seriously lost its competitive edge, and it shows with each new iPhone or OS upgrade. Android phones, the phones that everybody is purchasing nowadays, are employing cutting-edge technology – from nice, large screens, 4G connectivity, NFC chips, and glasses-free 3D. Why someone would pay $200+ for an iPhone that has so many limitations, when they can have a phone that has the latest and greatest, the freedom to use (and hold) their phone however you please, at the same price is beyond me. Which is exactly why Apple’s smartphone market share has been steadily declining as Android continues to dominate.

Aside from poor hardware increments, each new iOS update for the past two years have been sad attempts to play catch up with Android. Take a look at what iOS 4 brought: the ability to change your wallpaper, to have folders for your apps, and to multitask. Most of these features have been available on dumbphones since the beginning of time and Apple’s version of multitasking is far from seamless andnowhere near as fluid as it is on Android. Not to mention before that, iPhone users didn’t even have the ability to change their own ringtones (and still can’t even change their text message ringtones).

Fast forward to June of this year, where iOS 5 has been unveiled. Every single feature that iOS5 has, Android already has, and it’s implemented much better.

  • Slide-down notifications – Android had since its inception
  • OTA updates – Android had since its inception
  • Lockscreen apps  – introduced with HTC Sense 3.0, already on a number of devices, including the EVO 3D and the Sensation
  • Widgets – Android had since its inception
  • Twitter integration – If you have a Twitter app on your phone, you already have this. In fact with Android, you’re not just limited to sharing with just Twitter. You can share photos and any other data between pretty much any application on your phone, including Facebook, YouTube, Email, etc. And it’s all just as easy as scrolling through a list and choosing which application you want to share with.
  • Picture editing – Been on Android, especially HTC devices
  • Wireless video mirroring to an Apple TV – Android had this since Google TV came to the market months ago
  • iCloud (Music) – Google, Amazon, and Best Buy already offer these services, for free, and they’re better. Why? Because if I wanted to I could upload all of my music to Amazon (or Google Music, or which ever service I choose) and proceed to erase all of the songs from my memory card. If I wanted to play them from the cloud, I can just use their respective app to stream it to my phone (or computer, or any internet connected device). With iCloud, you have to download them to your device before it can be played. It completely defeats the purpose of cloud storage. It’s actually more like email.
  • iCloud (Photos) – This too has already been available on Android devices for some time through Picasa, and more recently with the Google+ mobile app.
  • Custom text message ringtones – Really? It took four years to implement this? No further comments.

There is absolutely nothing new being brought to the table with iOS 5, just another attempt to play catch up with Android. It may be new and revolutionary to iPhone who have been stuck in the dark ages for so long, but not to anybody with an Android device. Eddie Murphy described the scenario best in a skit from Eddie Murphy Raw (0:22 – 0:56/NSFW) – If you’re starving and someone throws you a cracker, you’re going to think that cracker is the best thing ever. It’s not the best thing ever, it just feels good to finally have it because you’ve been deprived of it for so long. So no, iOS 5 is no game-changer, it’s just regular old stale crackers. The next Android update will be steak and lobster – or maybe another sweet dessert.

to be continued…

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Comments
  1. Kathie says:

    iTunes is by far one of the worst pieces of software known to man.

    I agree 8000%! I can’t stand that P.O.S. And even if you don’t use iTunes, you cannot set up an iPad without installing it.

    In addition to your excellent points, I can add to this discussion that because of Apple’s petty rivalries with its competitors (Google, HTC, etc.), Google Docs won’t work on the stock browser for iPad (Safari?). Whereas that’s a total dealbreaker for me (because I don’t want OFFICE on my frickin’ tablet), Apple fans have no problem bending over and buying an app like Documents to Go or Quick Office. Yay for them…you have so many options, why buy overpriced technology with the fewest choices?

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