waldojim, on 26 April 2012 - 01:32 PM, said:
I wasn't going to get involved in this debate - and probably shouldn't still...
As a long tim user of smartphones (before they were the in thing), I have come to have different expectations out of them from one generation to the next. First it was "can it hit up the internet, and perform basic tasks?" That answer was yes. Then it was "can I watch movies on it?" That was answered with the Omnia - YES! Then it was FLAC audio, games and eventually Netflix. When asked if it could do more mundane tasks, like playing music, I said sure it can, and brought up the media player of the week and played back a song or two.
It wasn't until last night that I finally thought about everything it does, and doesn't do, put that in relationship to what I really use and don't, and then thought about how easy it was to do those things. I found myself with a problem. My HTC Incredible 2 makes life HARD to do simple things. Sync Music? Sure it can, into non-standard folders that seemingly have no rhyme or reason. Play music? Sure, I can select ONE SONG at a time. OR use a 3rd party application (like Winamp) to achieve a half-assed solution. Where is the media focus? Where is the iTunes killer? Then I thought about the applications I have that are easy to use: N64oid, Gamboid, robo defense, and netflix. Netflix leaves a LOT to be desired. Crackle, Slacker, and i Heart Radio are all crap. They are either a pain to use, or have so many ads throughout them that they are near useless. Shoot even the marketplace "Google Play Store" now, has gotten to be a PITA to use.
Unless something drastic changes, in December, I am buying a freaking iPhone. WHY? To get polished apps, get away from advertising, and have a true media phone.
Android has the ability. Google has the ability even to make Android kick ass here. They are choosing not to.
Sounds like you're running into what I ran into. The iPhone just works. And with iCloud, the music sync thing is an absolute no-brainer. You buy a track on your iPhone, and it downloads to iTunes and your iPad if you have those devices. Buy a song in iTunes on your computer, and put it in a particular playlist, and that echoes across your other devices in real time. Read a book on your iPhone, open your iPad and the where you left off it right there. No syncing required. It just does it. All the media under one roof. One app, which is iTunes. I travel a LOT and I always have iBooks and Audible books waiting to be read or listened to. My Podcasts are always updating. I have plenty of media to keep me interested.
And the iPad... I could go on forever about how awesome the iPad 3 is. And this coming from a guy who owns two Android tabs, both of which sit in the closet. I bought the iPad 2 just to check it out. And ended up really liking what I saw. I expected Android to win once I experienced the iPad. Polish is exactly what you get. Each app feels like someone's masterpiece. Nothing is half baked. It's rare that I see a low quality app, but they are out there.
Now that I got used to super high res screen on the iPad 3, everything else is looking dated to me.