“What are the differences between Mark Zuckerberg and me? I give private information on corporations to you for free, and I’m a villain. Zuckerberg gives your private information to corporations for money and he’s Man of the Year.”—JULIAN ASSANGE SNL Character (via thewalden)
Many Android customers recognize the lack of polish, usability, or elegance in certain features or certain aspects of the platform. The assumption, either implied or stated, is often that these issues will all get better Any Day Now, and we’re just waiting for Google to get all the way down to “attention to detail” on their Android development checklist.
I’m not holding my breath. Android will continue to exhibit what Google does best: great low-level engineering and tight integration with Google’s other services. But it’s never going to be Apple-like in user experience, polish, or design.
Attention to detail, like most facets of truly good design, can’t be (and never is) added later. It’s an entire development philosophy, methodology, and culture.
-I just got a new phone and yes I want an iPhone but here in Iceland it is ridiculous expensive so I had to choose something else. Let me tell you what I didn’t get. Android. I’ve tested a few android phones and each one leaves me wanting more. I’ve had one, the HTC Tattoo, that has a terribly unresponsive touchscreen and its UI nearly got me killed several times when I tried answering the phone while driving. Yes I know I shouldn’t talk on the phone while driving. But a phone shouldn’t be so hard to use you can’t just answer it without solving a puzzle. I also tried teaching the 7 yr old how to place an emergency call if anything were to happen. It did not go well.
I’ve also tried the LG Optimus, which has a touchscreen, two touch buttons, and two normal buttons. It’s a lot better than the Tattoo, both hardware and software are decent even if I don’t like how the Android UI is generally set up. But this phone keeps breaking down.
It’s a shit show, I think, and instead I went back to basics and got myself a Nokia X3-02. So far, I really like it. A nice, sturdy, but sleek phone, with the mostly classic Nokia UI with some adjustments for the small touchscreen. Now I just hope it’ll last.