Android vs. iOS: Why I’m sticking with my iPad

So, I have an Android phone, a Galaxy S. I love it, more than my iPhone. I also have an iPad. You’d expect that I would want to get one of the Android tablets that are about to hit the street. Not so.

Why? Easy. The iPad is phenomenal with iOS. It is the screen size and form factor that iOS belongs on. Instead of swiping wi one teeny finger, for a few centimeters, I swipe with whatever I want, ad it really feels like flinging the pages of apps around. The UI and guestures are spot on, with typical Apple polish. I haven’t used any Android tablets yet, of course, but i can imagine them being as good. Android isn’t as polished or as smooth as iOS on a phone, so i don’t expect it to be on a tablet.

What about the whole app store thing, and Apple’s “we know what’s best so STFU”? I find that i don’t care. If it ever be beimes a big deal for me, I’ll jailbreak. I probably will anyways, because i like the freedom I get. It’s not as big a deal on my iPad though. I don’t use it as much as my phone and it’s not my primary connection to the world when I’m out and about.

Sure, the hardware could use a bump, and it apparently is going to get one soon. But it’s awesome, and perfect for what i want it to do. Web, email, social media, games. If only there wa a Rails IDE for it, I wouldn’t even need a laptop when I travel for work. Maybe somebody will write one.

So there you go. Phone? Android. Tablet? iPad.

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Soundtrack of the Deploy, Northeast Mix

  • Hans Zimmer – Hoist the Colours
  • Hans Zimmer – Singapore
  • Hans Zimmer – At Wit’s End
  • Hans Zimmer – Multiple Jacks
  • Hans Zimmer – Up Is Down
  • Hans Zimmer – I See Dead People In Boats
  • Hans Zimmer – The Brethren Court
  • Hans Zimmer – Parlay
  • Hans Zimmer – Calypso
  • Hans Zimmer – What Shall We Die For
  • Hans Zimmer – I Don’t Think Now Is The Best Time
  • Hans Zimmer – One Day
  • Hans Zimmer – Drink Up Me Hearties
  • Hans Zimmer – Jack Sparrow
  • Hans Zimmer – The Kraken
  • Hans Zimmer – Davy Jones
  • Hans Zimmer – I’ve Got My Eye On You
  • Hans Zimmer – Dinner Is Served
  • Hans Zimmer – Tia Dalma
  • Hans Zimmer – Two Hornpipes (Tortuga)
  • Hans Zimmer – A Family Affair
  • Hans Zimmer – Wheel Of Fortune
  • Hans Zimmer – You Look Good Jack
  • Hans Zimmer – Hello Beastie
  • Hans Zimmer – He’s A Pirate (Testo Remix) (Bonus Track)
  • Kato Kahra – Kafute
  • Kato Kahra – Duduk Ornament
  • Kato Kahra – Gloomy
  • Kato Kahra – Bollywood
  • Kato Kahra – Tohra
  • Kato Kahra – Shaku
  • Kato Kahra – Dreamin
  • Kato Kahra – Ney
  • Kato Kahra – Journey
  • Kato Kahra – Jasmin Spirit
  • Kato Kahra – Afrika Mwen
  • Kato Kahra – Kotodama (Japan)
  • Kato Kahra – Calcutta
  • Kato Kahra – See Ma Melody
  • Kato Kahra – Insalave
  • Kato Kahra – Flute Ornament
  • Kato Kahra – Dark and Sweet
  • Kato Kahra – Dreamin
  • Kato Kahra – Chill and Believe
  • Kato Kahra – Pop Poet
  • Kato Kahra – Tabla
  • Kato Kahra – Your Face (Hong Kong)
  • Kato Kahra – Still Alive
  • Lothlorien – Dans en Dro
  • Lothlorien – She Moved Through The Fair
  • Lothlorien – Foggy Banks
  • Lothlorien – Ghostwood
  • Lothlorien – Siuil a Ruin
  • Lothlorien – The Cruel Mother
  • Lothlorien – Schottische Fran Havero
  • Lothlorien – The Black Cat
  • Maiysha – Over My Head
  • t.A.T.u. – Dangerous And Moving (Intro)
  • t.A.T.u. – All About Us
  • t.A.T.u. – Cosmos (Outer Space)
  • t.A.T.u. – Loves Me Not
  • t.A.T.u. – Friend or Foe
  • t.A.T.u. – Craving (I Only Want What I Can’t Have)
  • t.A.T.u. – Sacrifice
  • t.A.T.u. – We Shout
  • t.A.T.u. – Perfect Enemy
  • t.A.T.u. – Obezyanka Nol
  • t.A.T.u. – Dangerous And Moving
  • t.A.T.u. – Одна
  • t.A.T.u. – Простые движения
  • t.A.T.u. – Крик
  • t.A.T.u. – Клоуны
  • t.A.T.u. – Лишь тебя
  • t.A.T.u. – Весь мир в твоих руках
  • t.A.T.u. – Заведи
  • t.A.T.u. – Не глотать
  • t.A.T.u. – Мальчик гей (feat. Линда)
  • t.A.T.u. – Нас не догонят (ClubZone remix)
  • t.A.T.u. – Полчаса (Flighdream mix)
  • t.A.T.u. – Скажи зачем (Short Trip remix)
  • t.A.T.u. – Робот (HarDrum Remix)
  • t.A.T.u. – Скажи зачем (Beat remix)
  • t.A.T.u. – Полчаса (Extended Version)
  • t.A.T.u. – Простые движенья
  • t.A.T.u. – Я сошла с ума
  • t.A.T.u. – Заведи
  • t.A.T.u. – Клоуны
  • t.A.T.u. – Нас не догонят
  • t.A.T.u. – Досчитай до ста
  • t.A.T.u. – 30 минут
  • t.A.T.u. – Я твой враг
  • t.A.T.u. – Я твоя не первая
  • t.A.T.u. – Робот
  • t.A.T.u. – Мальчик-гей
  • t.A.T.u. – Зачем я
  • t.A.T.u. – Нас не догонят (HarDrum remix)
  • t.A.T.u. – 30 минут (HarDrum remix)
  • t.A.T.u. – Я сошла с ума (dj ram remix)
  • t.A.T.u. – All The Things She Said
  • t.A.T.u. – Я не глотаю
  • t.A.T.u. – Not Gonna Get Us
  • t.A.T.u. – All The Things She Said
  • t.A.T.u. – Show Me Love
  • t.A.T.u. – 30 Minutes
  • t.A.T.u. – How Soon Is Now?
  • t.A.T.u. – Clowns (Can You See Me Now?)
  • t.A.T.u. – Malchik Gay
  • t.A.T.u. – Stars
  • t.A.T.u. – Я СОШЛА С УМА (Ya Shosla S Uma)
  • t.A.T.u. – НАС НЕ ДОГОНЯТ (Nas Ne Dagoniat)
  • t.A.T.u. – Show Me Love [Extended Version]
  • Amethystium – Ilona
  • Amethystium – Arcane Voices
  • Amethystium – Calantha
  • Amethystium – Autumn Interlude
  • Amethystium – Arcus
  • Amethystium – Into the Twilight
  • Amethystium – Shadowlands
  • Amethystium – Break of Dawn
  • Amethystium – Innocence
  • Amethystium – Satori
  • Amethystium – Barefoot
  • Amethystium – Reverie
  • Amethystium – Lost
  • Amethystium – Fable
  • Amethystium – Imaginatio
  • Amethystium – Enchantment
  • Amethystium – Dreamdance
  • Amethystium – Tinuviel
  • Amethystium – Avalon
  • Amethystium – Odyssey
  • Amethystium – Fairyland
  • Amethystium – Paean
  • Amethystium – Ascension
  • Amethystium – Ethereal
  • Amethystium – Lhasa
  • Amethystium – Meadowland
  • Amethystium – Shibumi
  • Falling You – A Warning to Giants
  • Skillet – Hero
  • Skillet – Monster
  • Skillet – Don’t Wake Me
  • Skillet – Awake and Alive
  • Skillet – One Day Too Late
  • Skillet – It’s Not Me It’s You
  • Skillet – Should’ve When You Could’ve
  • Skillet – Believe
  • Skillet – Forgiven
  • Skillet – Sometimes
  • Skillet – Never Surrender
  • Skillet – Lucy
  • Skillet – Dead Inside (Bonus Track)
  • Skillet – Would It Matter (Bonus Track)
  • Skillet – Monster (Alternate Radio Version)
  • Skillet – Forsaken
  • Skillet – Savior
  • Skillet – Open Wounds
  • Skillet – A Little More
  • Skillet – My Obsession
  • Skillet – Collide
  • Skillet – Fingernails
  • Skillet – Imperfection
  • Skillet – Under My Skin
  • Skillet – Energy
  • Skillet – Cycle Down
  • Skillet – Rebirthing
  • Skillet – The Last Night
  • Skillet – Yours to Hold
  • Skillet – Better Than Drugs

Galaxy S vs. i(Phone/Pad/P*): Headphones

Apple’s earbuds suck.  We all know this.  Even if you’re a raging Apple fanboy, you know, deep down, that they suck.

Sound quality, poor.  Ear fit, also poor, and “one size fits none.”

The only good thing about them is the integrated remote.

My Galaxy came with ear buds too.  Build quality, they’re about the same as apples.  No remote though.  Built-in mic, so it’s a headset too.

I’d have tossed them, but you know what?  THEY FIT IN MY EARS AND STAY THERE!  Apparently Samsung has discovered a brand new magical way to make them fit.  They have interchangable rubber plugs.  They come in three sizes.  I know, wild, right?

Too bad Apple’s never heard of that technology.

Android is the Linux of the smart phone world

I’ve decided the Android is the Linux of the smart phone world.  Metaphorically, as well as literally, I mean.  Think back to when Linux first started being semi-known.  Who was it for?  Not Mr. and Mrs. “I just want my computer to work.”  No, Linux was (and still is, for the most part) for hackers.  (Not black-hat, computer destroying “hackers”, traditional hackers).  People who wanted to be able to see what was going on, in the smallest detail, and change it.  Change anything.  Change everything.  

Android is like that.  It’s built on Linux, of course, so technically it’s exactly like that.  More importantly, it’s * philosophically* like that too.  Don’t like the keyboard? Install a new one (the gingerbread one rocks, btw).  Don’t like the font? Change it.  Manufacturer not providing an upgrade to the next version?  Find a different ROM and upgrade it yourself.  All supported by the OS.  (Yes, carriers and vendors try to lock it down.  That’s *not* part of the Android philosophy.)

The downside is, of course, that’s it’s harder to guarantee stability and compatibility.  You start to get device specific apps (not many) and ROMs (lots are just for a few devices, such as Cognition, which is Captivate *only*).  People are calling this “fragmentation” and it affects developers daily.  Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds, had a bunch of issues after the Android release, mainly due to fragmentation.

On the other side of the coin in iOS.  iOS works.  It just does.  The install provided by Apple (non-jailbroken, of course), works, and it works the same on all their devices.  It almost never crashes, or does something unexpected.  Apps can still crash, of course, although it’s not very common.  It. Just. Works.  Which is a fantastic achievement, and what most people want.

As always, there’s a downside, and it’s less customizability.  A lot less.  Want a new keyboard, like Swype? Tough.  Different font? Also, tough.  But for the average person, they don’t care.  They will adjust to the phone, rather than wishing the phone will adjust to them.

And that’s just fine.  Just like Linux isn’t (for the most part) for everyone, neither is Android.  If you want your tech to just do what it’s supposed to do, and don’t care if you can change the parts you don’t like, iOS is your baby.  If you, like a good deal of us, want your tech to conform to your way, sign onto the Android boat.  It’s for hackers, and we love it.

Quick review: Griffin Standle

Got an iPad for Christmas, like a lot of people I’m sure. Had to get a case for it, and went with the Griffin Standle. I’ve had a bunch of their products before, and I’ve always been pleased with them. The case leaves me full of meh.

It’s a decent case, and feels like it would do a decent job of protecting my iPad in a short fall, but I have a couple issues with it. The first is fit. It’s *tight*, which is great, but mine won’t snap closed all the way. Almost, but not quite. My wife’s does, so it’s not all of them. Still, 50/50 isn’t so hot.

The second is the handle. One of the props, the one for landscape, swings out as a carrying handle as well (hence the product name). Great idea, but it doesn’t feel nearly sturdy enough for me to trust. It’s decent, again, but I’m paranoid. Additionally, the stand for portrait mode feels like it’s going to flap all the way open and drop iPad flat on the table.

The cutouts for the buttons and ports are good, however, and I *do* love the fact that I can put in the dock without taking the case off. The portrait stand flaps right out if the way. Of course, I bet it’s going to put wear marks in th bottom part of the case.

Overall, it’s only an OK case, and I’ll probably replace it in the next few weeks.

When did America get so stupid??

Here in the United States, it’s winter. Parts of the US gets *lots* of snow this time of year. For example, the middle of the east coast just got pounded with several feet of snow. Earlier this year, the northeast got the same. Now, for those of you that don’t know, sometimes snow is really heavy. It will pile up in trees, and sometimes even knocks them over onto power lines. For real!!

When this happens, some will break out their generators, to keep the heat and lights on. Which is a smart thing, and demonstrates the capability for planning. This *usually* indicates intelligence. Appearances, as they say, can be deceiving.

I saw the first one, I think, several weeks ago. I thought it was a fluke, or a “just in case” gesture. As time has past, however, I’ve started to see them more and more. What are they, you ask? Tweets, ladies and gentlemen, tweets about not running your generator inside, or near an open window.

I couldn’t believe this was a necessity, and i still can’t. No, i haven’t done any research too see how many people have died or been hospitalized because of this, but i bet it’s a bunch. How stupid can you be?? A generator is a motor, and we *all* know (or should) that they don’t play well with the indoors.

I had no idea America was quite *that* stupid today. I say, stop tweeting, let the idiots die, and maybe I can stop seeing tweets and messages that make me want to move to Libya, or tell people I’m Canadian.

Android vs. iOS: default app replacement

So, both Android and iOS come with a bunch of apps for default phone stuff. You know, calls and SMS and calendar and junk. And they both get the job done. With my iPhone I can call. With my Galaxy, I can call. With my iPhone I can text. Again, with my Galaxy I can text.

Big deal, you say. They’re cell phones, you should be able to do that sort of thing. So….what’s the big deal?? Let me ask you a question in return. Do you like the iOS SMS app? You do? Good. But what if you didn’t? Apple says like it, or GTFO. You can get third party SMS apps from the app store, but none of them (as far as I know) can send and receive texts from your mobile number. You know, the one you’ve had for years that all your friends have? Yeah, have fun saying “Call me at this number, but text me at this one.”

On my Galaxy? Oh, I just downloaded a new app (Handcent’s, if you’re curious), and changed two settings, and its now my default SMS app. From my same number. For free.

The coolness of Android’s SMS app versus Apple’s isn’t the point here, it’s the philosophy that is demonstrated here. Apple says that there is some core functionality that they provide, that third party app developers are not allowed to duplicate. Ever. (Although that *may* be changing a little, see the recently approved Google Voice app as an example.). The Android philosophy is, basically, change what you want. It’s *your* phone, after all. And I like that. For all the love that I have for Apple (I’m guiltily writing this on my iPad), I have some real issues with their iron fisted control over their end products, at least from a “what the end user can do with it” perspective. They seem to think that they know best, and you know what? They don’t.