It’s no secret… in a world of several OS choices, all of which tickle my fancy, Android tickles it the most. Customization, administrative privileges and the second best ecosystem in all of mobility are easy to fall in love with. I am quite comfortable using any of the major four, and to be fair, when it’s all said and done, I still believe it’s the ecosystem that makes or breaks the OS.
With regards to Apple’s iOS, my initial derision has mostly shifted to grudging respect and onto straight admiration. A lot of the gripes I have had in the past continue to get sidelined with every update to the OS, and the inherent smoothness of the OS matches the beauty of the hardware. Even iTunes doesn’t annoy as much as it used to.
And the ecosystem… swoon
As I have shifted career and begun to depend more on writing as a form of income, I sorta backed into more of a focus on iOS. This past Christmas, my wife (who had knew I was going to take more writing jobs pertaining to iOS) surprised me with an iOS Mini 2. Perfect: relatively cheap, current enough to receive the latest build of iOS, and infinitely portable. It allowed me to retire the old iPhone 4 I used to play around with.
I promptly loaded all my Google Apps on it.
So, it’s been interestingly busy. More writing opportunities is a blessing. And how do I feel about iOS now, after being somewhat submerged?
- The retina thing is pretty accurate. Yes, y’all, the screen is magnificent.
- An app gap still exists. Android does get some apps sooner, and simultaneous iOS-Android launches are commonplace, but make no mistake: iOS is still the go-to place for most developers.
- What iTunes? I don’t like iTunes, and haven’t had to use it since getting my new device. YES!
- There’s an accessory for that. Think about an accessory. Any accessory. Bet your bottom dollar it’s available for iOS devices.
- The “closed” ecosystem thingie is true, but not completely. Apple works fairly well with other peripherals (if one is patient to figure out how), and this is because everybody bends over backwards to be iOS-compatible.
If there are some things that drive me batty, there are these:
- Yo, customization? C’mon. I am tired of icons. Don’t tell me to jailbreak, either. I love the concept, but would like more stock options.
- Lightning what? I am all for standing out; really, I am. I even love the design of the lightning connectors. The deviation from what has mostly become the industry standard (micro-USB) is infuriating.
- Internal memory. Where on earth did it go? Seriously?! Dare I say “bloatware?”
- Multiple accounts on one device is painful. Mine is a work tool, so signing out of my personal login and signing back in with work (and vice versa) is rough on my gentle fingers.
In a nutshell, I like iOS. A lot. Not enough to switch my daily driver platform, but enough to readily suggest it as an option to someone considering options.
Viva la choice!
What’s your experience been like?
[Image courtesy of Tsahi Levent-Levi]