I'm the owner of two Galaxy S2 and one iPad 2 3G with 64 gig that costs a whoppy 800 €, no less.
I've just upgraded to iOS 5, "The best OS in the world" according to the welcome message (TBOSITW for brevity from now on)
Well, first of all, I started as a programmer and then system engineer more than 20 years ago, and have seen so many OSes, including Apple Lisa's and ven Apple I and Apple ]['s, and I won't subscribe to that, simply because the best thing in every field is the one that tops the bill, so it is just old plain marketing hype - that came unwelcome straight into my tablet. Shame on you, Apple!
But I have another set of questions:
1. Is it normal that TBOSITW still does not allow email attachments? Yeah, I know that I can share files from within the file's application, whatever it is, but what if I want to send more than just a single file, and maybe even of different types? For example, a spreadsheet and a zip file? Email attachmentsnhave been around for quite a few days already, maybe it's a too-aggressive concept for Apple? Or it just implies that they do not whant to include a file browser in the little beast?
2. is it normal that TBOSITW still can't transfer data from one application to another (e.g. Two different office suites) without using some external aid? I mean - cloud, PC, web service - you name it. Almost any othe device on the planet can be connected an browsed freely with an USB connection, becoming just like an external hard disk. Once again, file browsing forbidden?
3. Is it normal that TBOSITW does not support recharging the little beast from an USB 3.0 port, that can provide a higher voltage/amperage than USB 2.0? What does Apple want? Kryptonite-equipped USB, b-rays from Thannoiser Gate or what?
4. Is it serious that the TBOSITW offers iCloud backupping a 64 gigs device?!? I want to backup my data BEFORE retirement age. Yes, I can use iTunes, but my PC uses Linux and I have to use Windows just for the sake of iTunes. So it seems that plain backup (drag'n'drop or copy) is too an advanced concept for the geniuses at work in Apple
5. Is it normal that TBOSITW needs iTunes to remember "him" which application I purchased? On the android marked thay are permanently associated with my ID, so I don't even need a PC to reinstall all apps OTA - oh, and to keep multiple devices in sync, for that matter. Maybe it's still too much of rocket science?
6. I have 81 apps installed on my iPad: is it normal that iTunes does not have a "select all" checkboks when it comes to syncing the apps? Which, BTW, has to be done manually, since iTunes does not do it automatically. On the companion of TBOSITW I had tomselect one by one 81 checkboxes. Actually, I had plenty of time to stare in awe at the wonderful interface, but what if I was a bit short of time? Probably Apple users have to wait for another update before a "select all" checkbox appears
7. Is it normal that TBOSITW on a 3G device does not support SMS in the WOW!-new message application? Ok, I'm free to talk with any other Apple user on the planet, unfortunately for Apple, 90% or so of mobile user do not have a smartphone or, if they do, there's more than 50% probability that it's not an Apple. This is a small detail probably overlooked by Apple marketing guys
8. Is it normal that TBOSITW still does not support Flash? And no, HTML5 does not work on more than half on the videos, nor do the other browsers offer an acceptable performance. Yes, I know, someOne told that it's possible to live even without Flash. For that matter, it's possible to live even without Apple, Windows, even a PC or a TV, but why should I? Flash is there and looks like it's going to stay for long time yet, why Apple does not come to terms with reality?
9. Is it normal that TBOSITW does not support DLNA, which is endorsed by more than 200 companies? Why should I buy an Apple TV? I can stream live media from my mobiles with no hussle, but not from an 800 € beast. Something has gone awry somewhere?
10. Is it normal that TBOSITW comes with almost no useful software preinstalled? I had plenty of SW on my mobiles, including a powerful office suite and a plethora of other apps. On the iPad what I got? Photoboot?!?!? Funny guys at Apple, ain't they?
11. Is it normal that TBOSITW does not support C&P from Skype? Or is it a Skype limitation? Can't tell for sure, but I do can C&P on my mobiles' Skype to sms app or to translator app, so I can't help but being a little suspicious....
12. Is it normal that TBOSITW takes AGES to sync my Google Mail contacts? And not natively, but with an ad-hoc app written for iPhone that works in iPhone mode (half res, portrait only) mode. On other devices it's a breeze, here it's more of a brick
13. Is it normal that amongst the 81 apps I have, the best ones (I mean, well written SW) only seem to be games?
14. Is it normal that the keyboard of TBOSITW does not allow access to symbols by shifting or long pressing keys? Only a few keys have a long-pressing feature, mainly for accent purposes. If I want numbers, time to swap KB layout, and if I want more symbols yet,mtime for another swap with a different key. Well, apparently, ergonomy did non yet made it's way into Apple's design dept. Oh, and no numeric keypad too - well, I guess that after all it's possible to,live without a numeric keyboard as well as without Flash support
You may wonder why I purchased the little beast if I see so many limitations in it... Well, for anyone used to work on a computer or even a Windows Mobile (even with WM 6.1!!!!) smartphone, all the above is given more or less for granted.
Oh well, maybe I just made the wrong purchase after all - but I expected more of a business companion from a device that costs much more than an Intel i7-equipped notebook. And instead I ended up envying what my friend can do with a much cheaper, non-Apple tablet that also has an optional keyboard. Maybe I took an expensive toy too seriously.
Time to move forward, but for real this time.
PS: I apology for any error or typo, but I'm not anglophon and typing on the little beast's keyboardh