Jun 22, 2012
This is going to be a two-part article. This first part will talk about the 10 things I like about Apple’s iOS. The second part will talk about 10 things that I dislike
about Apple’s iOS. I have to say one thing before I start this article proper and that is thank you. I loved reading your comments on five reasons why I won’t buy a Microsoft Surface. Most of you made good points and good arguments both for and against the Surface. Others need to learn that I am giving my opinion and that I’ve not got my hands around their neck forcing them to buy or not to buy a product. Now, here are 10 reasons why I like iOS.
I don’t mean neat in some urban form of cool. I mean that it’s neat and tidy. You can’t add widgets to the screens or anything that would make my Obsessive Compulsive Tendencies go wild. I really do think that iOS is a great OS if you have OCD or OCT.
I know that other OSes have had this feature for a lot longer than iOS, but it’s still great to have the feature on iOS. I can keep my screen tidy or organise my apps in a way that I can easily understand. I like that Apple has decided to keep the whole OS fairly simple to understand — or at least that’s how it feels to me.
Visual Voice Mail
When the iPhone and the iPhone OS was brand new, this was one of its main features and it’s a feature that has slowly died out and isn’t advertised a lot — if, indeed, at all — now. I still love Visual Voice Mail because I can see who’s called me and I can usually ignore telemarketers.
Music Creation Apps
I have many friends who use, and love, their Android phones. As such, I have used many of their music creation apps. I am extremely picky about the sound quality and how the sound is played, if that makes sense. The Android apps just don’t function as nicely as some of the iOS apps like Ocarina and others that I’ve already named. I haven’t tried Windows Phone 7, so I can’t comment on that, but I love the iOS apps at time of writing.
I Can Get the Latest Update
I know that this may rub some of you up the wrong way. However, I love that I don’t have to wait for O2 or whoever to decide to upgrade my phone’s OS. I’ve had some of my friends on Android who have moved to iOS because their carrier or manufacturer refused to update their phone to the latest flavour of Android. I have seen and played with Android and I would think about moving to Android if Google would find a way to force manufacturers and carriers to upgrade to the latest and greatest.
I use reminders on an almost daily basis. When I leave the house I can remind myself of article ideas or to record some stuff for my YouTube channel and have iOS remind me when I enter a 500 meter area around my house. I have used a myriad of different apps to accomplish this, but they usually require you to remember that you made the reminder. It could just be me being lazy and wanting apps to make my life even easier, or it could be because I have an exceptionally bad memory is some areas and an exceptionally good memory in others.
This is a great feature for me. I can take pictures on my iPhone and have access to them on my iPad. I could upload them to my computer and then download them onto my iPad using iTunes, but iCloud makes things just so simple. I can also edit and do stuff on my iPad or take a screenshot and my iPhone will have it in Photo Stream. This may not make any sense to you, but let me clear the smoke. My iPad is downstairs on a stand and I use it as my PC downstairs. In fact, I’m currently typing this on my iPad whilst I watch Formula 1 Free Practice One on the TV.
This gives me peace of mind that, if anything should happen to my iPhone or iPad, I have a backup — with settings and all that other good stuff. This way, when I get a replacement unit, nothing will have changed and I can get back to business. This happened recently with my iPad and it has given me even more peace of mind because I know that it does actually work.
I would like this feature better if it weren’t just free messaging to other iOS devices and there was a way to do BBM/iMessage to all phones. This is a great feature — don’t get me wrong — because I can keep up with other iOS users, but I know users on Android and Windows Phone 7, too, and it seems unfair (even though there are other apps that allow this to happen). I want something that’s built into every message app on every phone and handy for sending a message to fellow LockerGnome staff — except that I’d usually get told off because they’re asleep. (Sorry, lads!)
I don’t care about how many apps are in the App Store; I care about the kind and quality of the apps. While some will complain of Apple’s famous “walled garden” approach to application presentation, it does weed out a lot of potential garbage and makes finding something worthwhile all the easier.
These 10 things may or may not be available to iOS alone, but they are the 10 things that I like about iOS. I like having the freedom to choose the platform that I like the best. I also like the option to “vote with my wallet” should the platform that I’ve chosen fail my expectations. I don’t care for the whole slanderous and flatulent world of “you’re a fan boy because I say so” nonsense. I have the right to choose and use what I want and how I want to and I give no one the right to judge me on it because I don’t care!
Jun 22, 2012
This article is a counterpoint to my 10 things I like about iOS. I have used iOS since iPhone OS 1.1 and as much as I have — for the most part — enjoyed the updates that Apple has brought to the OS, there are things that I’ve not liked. No OS is completely perfect, and that is something that I’m sure most reasonable people would agree with.
Although I did say that I like the neat and tidy OCD/OCT friendly iOS home screen, I would like to have the ability to add widgets. I’d love to be able to do what Android users can and see the weather at a glance. I’d even love to have the dynamic tiles that Windows Phone 7 users have.
[CENTER]No Dynamic Background
I do like having a static background, but a dynamic background image like Windows 7 would be an awesome feature. I know that it may reduce battery life or some other reason that Apple has for not bringing this to iOS, but I’d still love to have it. It would be great to have a background that would change with the time of day. A view of the ocean that changes to suit the time of day would be something that I would certainly be interested in, but I doubt I’ll see it any time soon.
This app annoys me no end! I don’t use it and I don’t want to use it. I want to put it into a folder because of the next reason. However, Apple has closed that loophole. I don’t mind it so much on my iPad, but I really dislike it on my iPhone because I don’t want to use that screen for reading — although I can and do use it for reading certain things.
Inability to Delete Standard Apps
Is it just so hard for Apple to allow us the choice to delete apps that we don’t want to use like Compass, Stocks, or Contacts? Contacts, especially, because they are already housed within the Phone app; why is a second app required? I don’t want to jailbreak my device to get the ability to delete things that I don’t need!
No True Multi-tasking
I don’t think the multi-tasking that iOS has is true multi-tasking. In my opinion, true multi-tasking is not stopping the app when you leave it. Although, by that definition, the Music app is clearly able to multi-task — you are stopping the app but still allowing music to play. I understand why Apple has built this the way it has, but I’d like to have more control over it.
I just don’t like notification centre. I like that it’s a step up from the original push notifications, but other than that I hate it. I’ve only gotten notifications for the apps that I need to get notifications from, but they still annoy me. There are also some apps — now removed from my iPhone and iPad — that will disregard notification centre’s settings when you don’t want notifications from them.
The Camera app is good, but extremely basic. I would like to see the ability to take three or more shots at once, a way to make it easier to take shots without blur, or even a way to intentionally add motion blur to a shot. I don’t want the app to turn into Instagram, but it would be nice to have some more features.
As much as I like iCloud and having that backup as peace of mind, I dislike how long it takes for photos in the photo stream to get from one device to another. It’s supposed to be done, by my understanding, over Wi-Fi and shouldn’t take too long, but I’ve had pictures on my iPad that my iPhone never gets a hold of. It’s not a big deal, but it is mildly annoying.
I want a better way to securely lock my iPhone and iPad apart from using a pin number. I like the Android ***-to-*** style security, although I’m not sure if it is entirely secure. However, it would make getting into my iPhone and iPad a lot less of a fuss and bother. I have to — on average — unlock one of my iDevices every hour or so and it really does get annoying.
I hate iTunes with a passion that cannot be described — as this is a family website. As much as iTunes is an optional way to sync your iDevice, you do still have to use it if you want to keep iTunes as a second backup. You also need to use it if you’re going to jailbreak your device. I find the program extremely infuriating and I would like if iOS didn’t have to use it in any form. However, I doubt that will ever happen.
I do think that iOS is a pretty decent platform, but I’m under no illusion that it’s perfect. No platform is perfect: fact. There are many things that many people hate about iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, OS X, Windows, and Linux. The point is that, when you find a platform that you are happy with — in my case Windows 7 and iOS — then that’s all that matters. It’s a bit like friendships in that aspect. If you can like a person despite their faults, then that’s all that matters.
Which operating systems are you “friends” with?
What is everyone's opinion on the 2 articles above? I am going to be posting more articles & updates from the smartphone & tablet world soon.