Apple Vs Android

I have been reading a lot of posts lately around Apple vs Android and it strikes me as odd that there is so much anger out there.  Why can’t people like both for what they are.  I may like one over the other but I don’t really feel the need to bash one for copying the other.  Who really cares if Apple used others companies ideas, improved them and changed the market forever.  They were still the ones that did it,  and before anyone else.

My first smartphone was a HP ipaq that ran some terrible form of Windows, then I moved to the iPhone 3g.  Since then I have focused on Android, starting with the Nexus S,  then the Asus Transformer 101 tablet and now the HTC one phone…  I loved them all.

At the Cisco partner summit last week Cisco was generous enough give everyone a gift,  and we had a choice between the Samsung galaxy tab 10.1 or the Apple Ipad mini.  Since I had a 10 inch tablet already I thought I’d try the Ipad…

Smooth, easy to use, and very comfortable. I must say I like it and I use it quite often…

After my long trip home that included cancelled flights and long taxi rides,  I got home and wanted to  watch the hockey game.  I was so tired and could barely keep my eyes open so I decided to stream the game over the Internet and watch it on the Ipad in bed …

But alas, the CBC steams the game using Flash so the Ipad was useless. I booted up the old Asus TF101 and watched the hockey game until I fell asleep.

Apple have done some great things,  as has Google and Microsoft.  Long may this continue as I think it helps breed innovation, but what needs to happen next is the collaboration between all of these operating systems to take some of the incompatibilities out of it…  I call it kludgy, a word I use to describe many things in the emerging technology industry.

Kludgy

1. A system, especially a computer system, that is constituted of poorly matched elements or of elements originally intended for other applications.

2. A clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem.

I thought I’d see if I could get the Hockey updates on my HTC One and was surprised to discover that the HTC One does not support flash either.

The moral of my story…  They are all good,  but none are perfect.. In fact I think my next purchase may be a Windows Tablet..

A good argument on the merits of one technology other another is always healthy, and I welcome a good argument, but please people, stop hating the competition. iOS is a good OS and for the less technical out there it is probably the right choice. Android has many features and lots of customization, but needs a more savvy user, and Windows looks good and fits into many

peoples comfort zone. So let’s all embrace these Operating systems and find ways to make them all work together as opposed to crushing the other until they don’t exist. Now I didn’t mention RIM/Blackberry and that is not because I’m a hater or anything, it just didn’t cross my mind until now. What RIM did was rest on their laurels, instead of innovating or even copy catting. So they are not really top of mind for me or anyone. I guess nobody hates them because nobody cares….

In conclusion lets stop bashing the competition and support all the technologies that will help make us more efficient and bring us closer together…

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