UPDATED: Jan 07, 2012. According to The Daily Beast (via Engadget) Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak prefers “many aspects of Android’s fussier-but-deeper UI to iOS’ one size fits all, simplified approach.” Citing improvements in voice command software, navigation and consistent performance, “Woz” seems to believe Apple has a lot to learn from Google’s mobile platform. See?
For the past several days I’ve seen different articles criticizing the Android platform because it is “too open,” “too messy,” and that it is “uncontrolled.”
I completely disagree. Let’s stop for a second and consider the other option: Apple’s iOS.
A few days ago, I was testing the Eye-Fi Pro X2 Wireless Card on several different Canon EOS systems (I will link the article here when it is available) to shoot remotely to an Android Tablet and an iPad.
To install the Eye-Fi App on the Android, I opened the Android Market, searched for “Eye-Fi,” downloaded the app, confirmed the download and clicked open. The entire process took less than 45 seconds.
Then I wanted to do the same for the iPad; I went to the App store, searched for “Eye-Fi,” and suddenly I get a message saying that I needed the latest iPad Firmware to download the App.
The nightmare begins: I connected the iPad to my laptop and immediately got a second message saying that I needed to download the latest version of iTunes to download the latest version of the iPad firmware (to download the Eye-Fi app.)
Since the iPad belongs to Canon and they synced it on another computer, I got a third message saying that all the purchased and downloaded content would be lost forever unless I transferred it to my laptop! To begin with, I don’t even want the latest version of iTunes!
I had to then download a huge iTunes update, something I have been purposely avoiding for months, transfer the content that I don’t want or need from the iPad to the laptop, update the iPad’s Firmware, which by itself took well over one HOUR, and only then install the Eye-Fi application.
So, my dear Android iOS critics, I’d love to hear how the “Apple way” of doing things can be seen as easier or better.