re: Why Android's Dominance Is Bad
I used to be an Apple fanboy. Why? Their product quality, design, and support was (and still is) amazing. Their OS on their computers and mobile phones was amazing, and in the days of XP and Vista, dramatically ahead of the times with better performance and stability. Windows 7 evened that up for the most part and surpassed it in some ways.
But, everything else about the company sucks. Their software services are all about lock in. You cannot use your Apple services with any other mobile platform. Itunes, no. iCloud, no. Facetime, no. iMessage, no. So, once you are in the Apple world, you are stuck with club Apple. And if you want to video call anyone who is not a member of club Apple, then you have to have more software on your device to enable you to do that. Or if you want no cost messaging, same story.
Next, their cloud services: Their idea is to make cloud services a complete no brainer to use. This is good on the surface. But if you need any more capability than all of your devices magically being in sync, you are screwed. It is easy, and it is absolutely inflexible (and will trap you with Apple devices forever). Google, Microsoft, Dropbox, Amazon: They all offer cloud services that you can use anywhere...even if you choose to use an iPhone for a year or two. Apple: Welcome to club Apple.
So, I really like Apple, their hardware, and their software, but I do not like their services because I hate lock in.