WHY I HATE iOS
Why do I has iOS? If you know me in real life, you’ll know that I truly do not like iPhones at all. Why?
Well, for one, the arrogance of Apple with their UI design. Having the same UI since 2007 is great, allows for newcomers to easily familiarize themselves with the operation system rather quickly. But, it does get stale. That’s why every GUI you see out there will eventually update its look every few years or so. Look at the Xbox 360 dashboard: a prime example. Beginning with the impressive Blade UI, which incorporated various “blades” that basically were tabs that grouped similar functions together. However, a few years down the road, Microsoft introduced the NXE, which introduced a radical redesign of the Xbox 360 dashboard, in preparation for the inclusion of such new services such as the Avatar, new Avatar Marketplace, apps such as Facebook, Twitter, and last.fm. And now, we get the Metro dashboard. Point is, it does get stale. And with each new iPhone, I feel like I’m merely getting a carbon copy of what last year’s release was, since they look so similar, aside from physical form factor, in which case, they all still look fairly similar (aside from the iPhone 4/4S).
Second, the walled garden that is iOS. Deep down, everybody’s a rebel. You refuse to do what’s told. And when you’re told what to do, you’ll do the exact opposite. Why? It’s just human nature. And when the whole philosophy behind iOS is that you do what you’re told to do, it feels sickening after a while. Why do you think there was the whole jailbreaking craze going on? To break out of the walled garden. When the only things you truly can customize is the order in which apps/folders/web links/contacts are viewed and the wallpaper behind them, you begin to feel a little constrained. And it can’t be alleviated like Windows Phone where the various items you add, no matter how insignificant or random, define who you are, because you are limited to having a few items show up on the home screen.
And due to the walled garden of iOS, the walled garden also extends out into the device itself. It has always remained a 3.5” display, and ever since iPhone 4, boasts the “revolutionary” Retina display with a resolution of 960x540 pixels. Sure, its slimmed down, adopted a boxy form factor (in retrospect with its curvy past), and added a new 8 MP camera (with the 4S), but its been the same. Apple fails to realize that the mobile market is advancing at an alarming rate, and what used to be comfortable in the hands now just feels cramped. The norm for smartphones these days is to have a 4” screen or higher, with Super AMOLED Plus, sLCD, or something along those lines. The iPhone features neither.
Until Apple can begin realizing that there’s more than one way to live life, I’m not buying into this so-called fad. Didn’t buy into it back in 2007, not gonna start now. Come back Friday to explore WHY I HATE ANDROID. Oooh, and will that be juicy.