re: 5 iOS 7 Headaches
Wow, to imagine that I have been using IOS 7 all this time and never noticed how "painful" the phone icon is. To think I would use objective criteria to judge such devices and software. I never thought to use arbitrary opinion instead. Reading this, I hope the writer did not have this OS for more than a day.
I am a smartphone developer and own many different devices. The Android devices are very customizable. A tablet without an OS and industry standard parts would be even more "customizable." Good luck with that. Customization leads away from usability. I have no problem proving my Chinese mother-in-law with an iPad for communications. She keeps accidentally "customizing" the Android devices out of usability. She represents the major body of smartphone users as well, not tech writers.
Socially, try as I might I don't see any support for Weibo in Android, can you point it out (all the world is the US syndrome)? My Chinese wife could not find it. I also could not find the Facebook panel in the settings on my Nexus 7 running the 4.3 version of Android. Where is that, Eric? You mean the Facebook status updates that come through my notification center aren't real? The Twitter notifications as well? That Facebook pictures that populate my Contacts on my iPad and iPhone are imaginary? Where are the Flickr settings, Eric?
Here is what I see, the usability of these two OSes are miles apart and Adroid is not in the same ballpark. All of my execs are furnished with the Smartphone they desire by our company. We have yet to give a single Android based smartphone even though we are a tech company. My Nexus 7 has a nifty facial recognition feature. Too bad that it works so poorly I have to shut it off. And one can only imagine the lack of any real analysis to put in a pattern recognizer that NEONs one's pattern so everyone in the room has your password. Too bad that I have to scan the Android devices regularly for malware (Or thatI could write malware for Android in a day and get it into the Google Play store.
If these are the "headaches" one sees in IOS, the problems in Android 4.3 are better described as "Extinction events."