Originally Posted by Newtron
Easy is irrelevant. Basic and necessary are the correct criteria.
If this stuff was easy, everybody would have great devices. If putting basic functionality into a device is not easy for Apple, then they should get better friggin engineers; don't just leave out basic functionality!Easy is irrelevant
. Necessary is much more important as a decision factor.
Why does the entire Micrsoft Geek world act like sheep running before the wolfpack?
Apple is but a mere fraction of the MS universe, but the MS apologists (like Newtron, or better still columnist/blogger/Windows experts like Paul Thurrott) go out of their way to condemn each new or updated device Apple offers to the public. What breeds that fear and loathing other than an underlying paranoia and knowledge that your mantra may be inferior to that of the other guy.
I've been (and still am) a MS slave since DOS 2.1 and Windows 386, so I won't take any more lectures like those being dished out here. I only own two Apple devices - an iPhone and iPad, and both are better than any similar MS device - period. Let's look at just two of your comments above:"...don't just leave out basic functionality."
- Then why have your idols at Microsoft left cut/copy/past OUT of the Windows Phone 7 first release?"Easy is irrelevant."
If so, why has over ten years of MS development of Tablet PC functionality been an abysmal failure compared to four months of iPad?
The answer to these, and almost EVERY question/criticism you have raised in this series of comments , is that Microsoft's shotgun approach to creating operating systems and software that can do everything from baiting the hook to delivering the can of tuna to the store shelf is outdated, outmoded, and IRRELEVANT (to appropriate your term of art). Both iOS and Android are pointing the way towards smaller, more precise Apps that can be assembled to accomplish what you want from your device (in other words, leave it to the user and developer).
Hardware producers, like Apple, are offering up limited feature first run devices not to keep the Newtrons of the world from having every possible feature their hearts desire, but to fit a specific design profile they have in mind. No USB or standard video out (including lack of HDMI) I'm sure help contribute to a < 1/2" thick, 10 hour running device. The iPad is routinely given "faint praise" by the MS universe of reviewers as a "content consumption device" when these same folks have never added less than $25 worth of software to expand it to netbook class quality (DocToGo; GoodReader; Dropbox; FileBrowser).
Newtron - I realize I am speaking to a brick wall here, but try expanding your horizon just a little bit and seeing that the Swiss Army knife approach is no longer relevant to computer use. In fact, where we are headed is to a user experience where you don't have to think about "using a computer" but just "computing" as a way of life. Sure, it will take the power out of our hands as geeks and part of the LCG (local computer god) community, but for the vast majority of folks they won't have to think about how to use a computer, but how to communicate or get their job done, as the computer becomes another tool in their kit and not a separate device. I'm sure you're not old enough to have experienced the days when a single color TV in a home was a neighborhood event and everyone had to come together to watch Bonanza of Disney in color. Now a TV is ubiquitous...and that's what iOS and Android are leading the way to for the majority of users.