Lion of the Blogosphere

iOS v. Android

I don’t think I said anything about this in the previous smartphone posts, but I definitely prefer iOS, with the caveat that the last Android phone I used was a Samsung Galaxy S3, but I found the Android just a lot more confusing to use than iOS, plus there’s the fact that every Android manufacturer puts its own interface layer on top of the generic Android making Android even more confusing. I recently had the displeasure of fiddling with a new LG Android phone and I didn’t particularly find it intuitive to use.

As far as which environment you should learn how to program for, definitely iOS, because Androids have to be programmed in Java which is the worst possible language to use. Meanwhile, Apple has been working to improve Xcode even more. Two years ago they came out with a new programming language, Swift, which is said to be a lot easier to use than Objective C, the old programming language for iOS and OSX.

That’s why applications first come out for iPhone, because the creative white guys program for iOS and then they hire a bunch of Indian H-1B types to do the Java/Android conversion, or maybe just outsource the whole thing to India. That’s my impression anyway, I could be wrong about that.

But it’s a fact that iPhone apps are more profitable because iPhone owners have more disposable income so they buy more stuff. When I had access to the web analytics of the company I used to work for, I could verify that two thirds of our mobile sales came from iOS and only one third from Android. The result is that you get better apps for iOS because companies put more effort into the more profitable platform.

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It’s kind of surprising that Trump uses an Android instead of an iPhone.

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There was once a time when Apple products really rubbed me the wrong way. It’s something about the obnoxious glowing Apple logo combined with the smugness of people who use them.

I now have come around to appreciating the quality of Macbooks, but believe it or not, I still prefer Windows over OS X. OS X has a lot of weird annoyances, like the mouse movement just not working the right way and with no way to adjust it, plus the OS X interface often seems sluggish compared to Windows even though my Macbook Air has a Pentium i5 in it which is a pretty powerful chip. Plus you can’t really use a Mac to play games, at least not games with 3D graphics, because there’s no affordable Mac where you can add a graphics card. You have to spend at least $1800 on a Mac in order to get a discrete (but non-upgradeable) graphics processor instead of the GPU built into the Intel CPU. You can add a $110 NVidia GTX 1050 to any cheap PC that has a PCIe x16 expansion slot and it will outperform a $2000 iMac. Consequently, many game companies don’t even bother to port their games to Mac, because there are so few Macs out there with the ability to run modern games with 3D graphics.

Although good news for World of Warcraft fans, it has modest graphics requirements and will run on all of the current-model Macs! Nevertheless, you have a whole class of applications, games, that are available and run well on Windows but not on Mac, and there aren’t any programs I know of that you need a Mac for, with the exception of developing iOS and OS X applications using Xcode. Mac is often associated with creative software, but Photoshop runs just fine on Windows, as well as all other Adobe programs.

Of course, some might see the inability to play addictive time-wasting games as a benefit of Mac.

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I’d say that the key reason why Mac became so popular during the last 10 years is because they came out with Macbook laptop computers that just blew away all Windows laptops as far as the perceived and actual quality. A Dell laptop feels like a cheap yet massively heavy hunk of plastic compared to the sleek, lightweight and all-metal-clad Macbook. And Apple was way ahead of all of the Windows laptop manufacturers as far as adding the latest technologies like high-res displays, SSD drives, and obtaining the longest battery life.

Mac desktops, on the other hand, have always been and remain extremely overpriced and non-upgradeable compared to Windows computers. And since you just keep a desktop in some out of the way place on your desk, or even beneath your desk, they aren’t useful status symbols the way laptop computers are. A big heavy tower of cheap plastic is perfectly acceptable for a desktop computer.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 7, 2017 at 6:06 pm

Posted in Technology

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  1. ios – easy to use, consistent. ie easy to give to you kids/parents/grandparents and teach them to use it, or to control via family controls.

    onepercgrl

    March 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm

  2. It’s kind of surprising that Trump uses an Android instead of an iPhone.

    Doesn’t it fit in perfectly with your theory about his rejection of the values of other members of his class?

    Magnavox

    March 7, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    • Yes, indeed it does.

      Yet the extra money it costs to buy iPhone is meaningless to him.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 7, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      • iOS is for SWPLs and old people. Android is the choice of frugal proles, African-Americans and anti-Apple contrarians. Trump’s too prole for an iPhone.

        Jurajda

        March 7, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      • Trump said in one of his tweets that he hated how Apple’s screen sizes were so small. My guess is that he bought a Samsung Galaxy (which are about as expensive as iPhones are) sometime before the iPhone 6 came out and got used to Android’s software.

        Once you start using Android or iOS, it’s hard to switch to the other.

        Sid

        March 7, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      • Yep, that’s probably what happened.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      • There are pictures of Trump thumping on a MacBook. I guess he doesn’t like the iPhone, because the screen is small.

        JS

        March 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      • Here it is:

        https://m.facebook.com/DonaldTrump/posts/10152775849615725

        Granted, in late 2014 the iPhone 6 was released with an enlarged screen, but by then it was too late. Once you get used to Android or iOS, switching to the other is inconvenient, and it’s a lot easier to transfer and retain old files when you get a new phone if you stick with the same operating system.

        Sid

        March 7, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      • Trump doesn’t actually have short fingers, but he does have fat fingers, so he has trouble with small phones and so on.

        snorlaxwp

        March 7, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      • Pipe down, snorlax. The Donald’s hand sizing is perfect.

        driveallnight

        March 9, 2017 at 10:11 am

      • What Iphone do you have? I like the SE because it is smaller and fits in your pocket better.

        I wish Samsung would make one about 4.6 by 2.30 and ,30, which is a little smaller than the SE. If they put the same specs as they have in the SKY and charges 100.00, I think it would sell well. They could even give it away just like I got my Sky. Many people like the smaller ones, especially those who only occasionally use it for video or search the net.

        ttgy

        March 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      • I have an iPhone 6. When I bought it, it was Apple’s most advanced iPhone and no SE was available.

      • How many gigs did you get on your I-6? Do you use I-cloud at all?

        Do you think it is a drawback that I-phones don’t have an sd card slot?

        What if you took a ton of video and didn’t have room? Can you easily upload it to I-cloud and then start videoing again?

        I would guess if you had 32gb you would only run into storage problems if you took a ton of pictures or video.

        I read the I-phone 8 might have a screen that covers the entire face.

        If that is so, i would like a phone that is 3.5 by 2.5 which would still allow about a 4 inch screen. I don’t want high-end specs in camera or storage. If they could make it for 100.00-150.00 or even less, they would sell a ton of them. Many people don’t need the storage, video gaming or high-end camera and they don’t want to spend 600.00 to 700.00 on a phone, or even 400.00 on an SE.

        It could be marketed as a weekender for those with a flagship phone who don’t need the power when they go out to dinner or for a walk. They could just switch the sim when they want to use it or have 2 sims for the same package,

        ttgy

        March 11, 2017 at 12:15 am

      • Not having a microSD is admittedly an Apple value transference trick to require you to pay extra money for Apple flash storage if you need more than the base storage.

        I don’t use iCloud except to write notes on the web browser on my desktop (icloud.com) and they automatically appear on the iPhone Notes app.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 11, 2017 at 12:26 am

  3. Speaking of iOS vs. Android, I think the brand fanboyism (MacOS vs. Windows, Nvidia vs. AMD, Intel vs. AMD, etc.) are all analogous to sports allegiances. I think all humans, at a deep level, have a desire to belong to a certain tribe. It’s one thing to prefer the functionality of one over the other, but the often emotional outbursts from guys and gals on forums is a sign of something deeper.

    ASF

    March 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm

  4. Developing for iOS first doesn’t have anything to do with Swift/Obj-C vs. Java; on non-jailbroken iOS you can only install apps from the Apple app store, while Android can run arbitrary binaries — the effect of which is piracy is ubiquitous on Android, so you basically can’t charge for an Android app. Also, even for free apps you will still usually get more downloads on iOS, probably because iPhone-owners tend to be tech-savvy while Android owners are often old people who bought it because it was the cheapest.

    Android is also something of a pain to develop for because it uses a weird non-standard dialect of Java, and the APIs are often poorly thought-out and difficult to use. Also you need to test on a much wider range of devices.

    snorlax

    March 7, 2017 at 6:53 pm

  5. Why anyone would agree to be fingerprinted by Apple, so that they can be extra sure that it is you looking at that specific webpage, going somewhere, etc., is beyond me; even if you aren’t a shady character.

    Dave

    March 7, 2017 at 7:18 pm

  6. But it’s a fact that iPhone apps are more profitable because iPhone owners have more disposable income so they buy more stuff.

    And they have more money to spend on apps, hence the best developers spend less effort on quality Android apps.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    March 7, 2017 at 7:40 pm

  7. I recently had the displeasure of fiddling with a new LG Android phone and I didn’t particularly find it intuitive to use.

    Because iOS is built around the needs of a single manufacturer iOS and the device it is installed on run seamlessly together.

    Android functionality is not bad but it feels like cheap garbage because it is not specialized for a limited set of devices. Especially if you are used to an iPhone or iPad.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    March 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm

  8. Lion, what exactly is the issue with the mouse movement on Macs you are describing? I never noticed anything weird.

    Jose Habib

    March 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm

  9. You should watch fauda, Stephen king said it was all killer, no filler; I concur

    Biff

    March 7, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    • Good show.

      snorlaxwp

      March 7, 2017 at 11:28 pm

  10. iphone apps are not profitable. That gold rush is long over. The average app price is $1 and earns close to nothing.

    Learning a mobile development platform is a waste of time unless you have a specific immediate need because the skills are obsolete every four years. This is also true of modern web development, and whatever crap Microsoft or Oracle or Amazon happen to be pushing for the enterprise.

    If you want to learn how to write software, learn desktop development with C++ using proven and mature open source tools like, for example, Qt. Whatever you write will still work in a decade on multiple platforms. If you ever need to write mobile stuff it won’t be hard to use your skills to figure out how to do whatever nonsense is in vogue at the moment.

    bobbybobbob

    March 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm

  11. “There was once a time when Apple products really rubbed me the wrong way. It’s something about the obnoxious glowing Apple logo combined with the smugness of people who use them.”

    This is horribly morbid, but the demeanor of Mac users has improved dramatically since Steve Jobs died. He did a masterful job of taking the Mac brand and turning it into an identity its consumers would adopt.

    Tim Cook is a talented businessman, but he’s nowhere near as charismatic as Steve Jobs. Apple, under Tim Cook, has become a premium electronics company, instead of a status symbol which shows how smart, unique, creative, and SWPL you are.

    I’m sorry Steve Jobs died when he did, but the trend has been unmistakable.

    Another trend I’ve noticed is that MacBook users are putting stickers over the glowing Mac logo. I can’t imagine anyone doing that when Steve Jobs was introducing new products while wearing his turtle neck.

    Sid

    March 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    • I have the overpriced and underperforming 2016 MacBook (price was no object; I’m also a person who hasn’t the least objection to paying taxes). It has a highly reflective Apple logo with no glow, the better to save power. (Also fanless just like the Cube and ultra-portable for business use.)

      Anthony

      March 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    • “Tim Cook is a talented businessman, but he’s nowhere near as charismatic as Steve Jobs. Apple, under Tim Cook, has become a premium electronics company, instead of a status symbol which shows how smart, unique, creative, and SWPL you are…. Another trend I’ve noticed is that MacBook users are putting stickers over the glowing Mac logo.”

      So basically Apple was a cult of personality built around Steve Jobs worship and now, without Him, it’s devolved into just another supplier of overpriced iCrap. That’s beyond gay. I’m proud to say I’ve never owned anything by the Apple cargo cult of personality.

      hard9bf

      March 8, 2017 at 9:38 am

  12. There are a lot of people who have tried iOS and Android, and like Android better. Also, Android is more suited to power users who want to do things their own way, and not how Apple dictates. And Android is better for little kids.

    Roger

    March 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm

  13. I play Vanilla WoW (the original incarnation of the game sans expansion packs) on a free private server run by a group called Elysium, and it works great on my 2015 Macbook Air.

    Vanilla was always my favorite version of WoW, and I played from release in 2004 thru Cataclysm in 2010. If you’re interested, check it out, the scripting is pretty much blizzlike, and they’re rolling out content at the same speed as blizzard did from ’04-’06:

    https://elysium-project.org/
    https://www.reddit.com/r/ElysiumProject/

    Raekwon

    March 7, 2017 at 9:52 pm

  14. Now that Steve Jobs is dead, Apple will probably crash and burn like it did the last time. Although this time he’s not coming back. Apple is an extension of Jobs and his KISS philosophy. No not the demon rock band, Keep It Simple Stupid. Steve Jobs was a nerd, but he had the brilliant insight to make tech for people who don’t know shit about technology. However, Apple has some bad corporate habits that always held it back. They don’t like anyone making peripherals for their stuff. This killed the Insanely Great Mac when Microsoft Windered up all the competitors because Apple sat on its better OS and GUI while Gates and his gang of blue screen terrorists sucked up the whole of cyberspace with glitchy crappy software. IOS and Iphone has been held back that way too. Apple is the only one who makes this shit while just about everyone else is Droid. Eventually that will kill it, but now that Steve Jobs is dead, there’s no more brilliant new stuff coming out. This idiot Tim Cook hasn’t shown anything new yet. That’s the Death of Apple right there. Without new innovations Apple will simply be swarmed by all the competitors who aren’t able to run anything that’s compatible to Apple products.

    Joshua Sinistar

    March 7, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    • The decline will be very slow because of Apple’s overwhelming monopoly status (basically it is a fusion reactor that his hit critical mass). It’s the same as Microsoft. Redmond hasn’t come out with anything useful/new in decades. Windows XP is still the best operating system for the masses there ever was (Linux doesn’t count here). MacOSX is a close second.

      The reason people switched to macbook laptops was originally because the battery life blew everybody else at the time out of the water. It was double or more and with a thinner computer. So 3-4 hours on PC at best versus 7-10 hours on mac. Also no ugly charging cords, but a nice sleek futuristic one. How nice a product looks is just as important as the tech specs. The only reason nerds don’t get this is because nerds usually have zero aesthetic taste. It reminds me of a post by Sailor about Jewish architects. Aesthetics are an important part of people’s mental well being and as such a nice looking computer will inspire the creative juices more than some ugly assymetrical piece of plastic.

      MacOSX has also always done colors better. This combined with their higher quality displays led to market dominance. It is the reason why Photoshop is best used on a Mac, unless you want to fiddle around doing color tuning on a PC.

      The iPod really helped relaunch the brand though. Especially with the iconic wheel. The wheel was great and should be brought back. Not only is it retro chic it was also extremely functional making thumb control extremely superfluous.

      Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

      March 8, 2017 at 12:38 am

      • Apple has a consumer base like a cult, but without new shiny stuff from Jobs you have to wonder what will happen. Iphone is a status symbol, but only because it had an edge against the Droids. The Droids are catching up now. Tim Cook is all social justice but no techno. His brand of enviro-friendly and diverse is old hat now. All the leftie corps like Starbucks does it. Steve Jobs always had surprises for his fans. Don’t expect to see any of that with Cook. That Tim Cook is the same lame Wall Street that all the other CEOs are now. Computer sales are flat, and Ipads are being edged out by Microsoft. That recovery by Jobs was spectacular, but only because he kept introducing new and exciting stuff. The Apple cult will dissolve when it becomes the same lame corporate crap as everyone else its turning into. The latest Iphone had nothing new. NOTHING.

        Joshua Sinistar

        March 8, 2017 at 4:07 am

    • Cook is a logistics and business operations guy, not a product or marketing guy. That’s why his leadership has been uninspired. It’s odd that Jobs, a product and marketing guy, handpicked Cook as his successor. Maybe Jobs’s ego was so big that he didn’t want a product or marketing guy potentially rivalling him after he passed.

      Tom

      March 8, 2017 at 1:17 am

    • The genius behind Steve Jobs is realizing an important marketing mantra: 90% of all consumer decisions are made by women. Products must be geared toward women to succeed. Ergo, a computer has to be so easy to use and so bug-free, that any woman can use it. Make it pretty and a status symbol and…poof…women will flock to it.

      Androids are built with men in mind, so they allow for tinkering, bugs, and dozens of ways for doing the same thing.

      The funny thing about all of the nerds at Apple is that they designed a product guaranteed to make sure women will never need to talk to them.

      map

      March 8, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      • Great comment.

        And on the topic of women with Lion’s tweet:

        “A day without women: offices throughout the country report improvement in productivity, fewer meetings, more work gets done”.

        And their male co-workers suddenly stop thinking about getting into their pants.

        JS

        March 8, 2017 at 10:36 pm

  15. I thought the reason apps came out for iPhone first is that there’s only one iOS, so if you develop and test your app on iOS, it works on any iPhone or iPad, and bam, you’ve covered 50% of the market. Whereas each phone manufacturer implements Android slightly differently, so to cover the Android market, you have to test and tweak your app on a bunch of different devices.

    Hermes

    March 7, 2017 at 10:13 pm

  16. A smartphone only serves 2 purposes for me. It provides web access as a wifi router to my laptop and outgoing calls.

    JS

    March 7, 2017 at 10:23 pm

  17. A smartphone can be purchased for less than $20 and will do the important functions like phone calls, texts, GPS navigation, limited internet browsing, calling uber, etc. It won’t be an iPhone or Galaxy, but unless you really play a lot of games on your phone most of that is unnecessary. I have gotten these inexpensive smartphones for older family members and had no problems. The biggest caveat is you will often have a hard time getting a good, cheap plan. Asking people in other countries, it seems like we get soaked on our prices for phones too.

    Panther of the Blogocube

    March 8, 2017 at 3:47 am

    • I got a Samsung Sky (J3) for 105.00 with 1 year of service and 1350 min, texts and data from Tracfone on QVC.

      Tracfone has very good, cheap plans.

      In reality I got the phone for free. it’s a very good phone and does everything I need.

      You can add minutes, data as you go if you need more.

      Here’s a review:

      ttgy

      March 8, 2017 at 6:33 pm

  18. While I use the MacOS/iOS ecosystem, I also have a Moto G4 ($200 unlocked). What’s fascinating about the phone, which works well enough, is that the Android OS completely integrates with Google. Enabling all of the features means completely giving up on privacy. Any thoughts on internet privacy and what’s worth caring about?

    R P

    March 8, 2017 at 7:34 am

  19. It isn’t surprising Trump uses Android when you consider he rarely ever even emails, has web articles printed for him to read, and literally only uses his smartphone to call and Tweet.

    I attribute Apples dominance in laptops to that period about a decade ago when PC manufacturers really started cheaping out on screens. You’d go in to a Best Buy and the Apples are bright and clear with pretty purple nebula or green grass background which made it look even nicer. PC section, on the other hand, is full of washed out, low res screens with that butt ugly blue windows background. Build quality and design mattered too of course, but those screens really jumped out at you.

    PerezHBD

    March 8, 2017 at 12:40 pm

  20. The apps that make money are those game apps where you have to continue putting up money to play or enhance your capabilities. A sucker’s game. I’ve never paid more than $5 for an IOS app. Some excellent Apps – like WhatsApp – are given away for free. Don’t get that, but I’m happy to indulge.

    In my experience the Mac desktop is far superior to any Windows PC. The last Dell I owned had two noisy, rickety fans that constantly annoyed me. Finally a piece of errant software broke it. That’s right the software destroyed the computer. Not supposed to do that but I swear that the software broke the computer. Went out and bought a iMac as a replacement and I couldn’t be more satisfied.

    Only thing I don’t like about the Mac is that I had internalized all the keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Excel. I can’t get the hang of running a spreadsheet efficiently on the Mac. I have gotten so frustrated that I went out and bought a used notebook (with Excel already installed) for $150, just so that I could run Excel.

    Daniel

    March 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm

  21. You can use Kotlin to program an Android – a new cool language.

    Five Daarstens

    March 8, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    • I still like Scala better.

      snorlaxwp

      March 9, 2017 at 1:02 am

    • I’m sick of these bullshit new languages. Everybody should just use Ruby and JavaScript for everything.

      Otis the Sweaty

      March 9, 2017 at 1:33 am

  22. Lion: can you do a post about Trump’s new travel ban? Why isn’t the Left flipping out about it like they did over the last one?

    Otis the Sweaty

    March 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    • Flip-out fatigue?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 8, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      • Given the mixed polling response to the last flip-out, they probably want to focus their fire on the healthcare bill.

        snorlaxwp

        March 8, 2017 at 9:58 pm

  23. Mac book Smack book.

    Surface Pro master race.

    Rosenmops

    March 11, 2017 at 12:28 am

  24. Apple products are too flimsy. The Iphone actually needs a case to keep from breaking. The really light Mac laptops are fragile beyond belief. Its a good thing these things are status symbols because they’re not made to last. Since Cook got in, they’ve been doing some crazy shit. That new Mac laptop only has ONE PLUG, and its not standard for ANYTHING. I’m not even sure what they were doing there. And why they removed the DVDs is still a mystery. The whole everything is compatible seems cool, until you realize its only compatible with Apple products. They are literally competing with ALL the other companies. The Droids are simply swamping the Iphones. Samsung is doing some amazing upgrades and other companies are making them a whole lot cheaper. Sure all of you can talk about quality, but BETAMAX was MUCH BETTER than VHS. However, VHS got the license for pre-recorded Hollywood movies and the BETAMA died. BETAMAX has better resolution and smaller and lighter tapes, but SONY got screwed when they couldn’t license the pre-recorded market. Apple better wise up and start getting some competitors on board. Trying to outcompete the entire market by yourself is not going to work. Steve Jobs kept bringing out killer apps and new amazing Insanely Great products. Those days appear to be gone.

    Joshua Sinistar

    March 12, 2017 at 9:01 am

    • I don’t keep my iProducts in cases and they have never broken on me.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 12, 2017 at 10:55 am

      • Have your dropped your Iphone on a hard surface? Do you have a screen protector?

        ttgy

        March 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm

  25. From working for a mobile phone carrier. I see people buying Android devices and then replacing them in 3 to 6 months because they are dissatisfied with the product. Paying $100/$150 each, an android isn’t cheaper considering you replace it 5 to 6 times in the 2 years you would have an iPhone. iPhones aren’t sold as often because they are 1) More expensive with an OS and Hardware paired to work together 2) Changes are more gradual, no instant “I must have that” every year. Android unit sales are always going to be higher. 1.) Many consider them “burner phones” IE: disposable. 2.) Hardware often just supports the current Android version and a major update means the hardware struggles to complete the simplest tasks. 3.) If a user buys one of the flagship devices IE: Top of the Line Samsung users are always looking at the features of the competing Android brands “grass is always greener” envy.

    wizbang_fl

    March 19, 2017 at 10:02 am


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