Originally Posted by graxspoo
Android is a great phone OS. I was an iPhone user for years, but I jumped to the Android side of things because I'm a cheapskate (saved over 2k over 2 years switching to Android on Virgin Mobile). I can do everything on my Android phone I could do on my iPhone. In some ways its more capable. I like being able to download stuff from the internet, for example. It's nice having a small file system on my phone that you can actually access. I like the way Google Voice integrates into the phone (Someone stalking you? Block their calls. Permanently.) I prefer Google services over Apple services, and mobile is a lot about the service back-bone rather than the actual device or OS. I think it's absolutely crazy that Apple is trying to do all this stuff (map service, cloud service etc etc) on their own. It leaves their customers with less choice, and it means that Apple has to devote significant resources to maintaining aspects of their operations which are not profit centers (how exactly are they going to monetize their map service?)
Apple makes fantastic hardware (though the glass on the back of the iPhone 4 and 5 is plain stupid) and their OS is solid (though I hate the games they play with developers and the app store) so it's a nice solution for a lot of people.
On the other hand, Android, while less reliable and more "tweaky", gets the job done as well, and is actually a better choice for people that want maximum flexibility, the best access to Google services, and are maybe even a little cheap. Plus, Widgets!
I wouldn't know about saving money with Android, but I am pretty much sure you don't understand the Apple offering so it makes sense your are using Google's.
There are 2 opposite contexts, 2 opposite mentalities and therefore approaches. Let me show you how I feel about things you pointed out:
- free downloading of files without control from app scares a hell out of me, I wouldn't want it for security and hygienic reasons (I have to clean up disk drive from my Mac every now and then, for example...) and I really see not case, where this could be useful to me also on mobile device...concept is different, phone and tablets are not squeezed notebooks..
- access file system from outside? read my points above and beside, I expect my files to be accessible from cloud everywhere, not from my mobile device as some twisted idea of portable disk drive...
- blocking the calls? it is no issue for me, if it was, i can activate app or it can be new feature in iOS7 (old for you, you will most probably say, Apple is waaaaayyy behind Android and stuff like that...) but I really se no value in this feature, it is a gadget-like feature. Can be there, but I don't miss it at all...
- Apple could stay with Google maps, however Google was the one that started omitting features for iOS in spite of the fact that vast majority of Google's revenue comes from iOS. Apple simple realized that Google are the bastards and that they have to get rid dependency on the, Similarly to Samsung. I think Apple has done a great job with maps in only one year and content will improve substantially very soon, they still haven't learned the process of quality assurance in this area. But they will.
- Cloud services? Apple has opposite idea to others. Apple sees Cloud as way for application to communicate to each other and not just sharing and storing files. Apps that support iCloud are waaaaaay more efficient in it that anything from Google I have seen and used. However, it is not opened as Google's. I would like to have document share in iCloud, but not in a way that Google has, where a stupid colleague can do a lot of damage. Still, above all I would like to have Xcode projects in iCloud, hope to see that soon...
- do you honestly believe Apple cannot and won't monetize on Maps service? How long after introduction has monetizing of Google's Maps started?
- "...though I hate the games they play with developers and the app store..." I like those games they play with us on app store. I am much better developer since I started to develop on iOS that I was ever before on any platform. I also like idea my software is not being pirated by stupid geek who think stealing a piece for dollar is an achievement to show of in front of girls in school...
- "... the best access to Google services..." see, you answered to yourself: Google are thieves and disloyal, dishonest "partners", Apple must go away from them.
- "...Plus, Widgets!..." that is actually hilarious :))
So, summarized, you just wrote your perception without any real argument, except "open and flexible" which is already well knowing blablabla and serves nothing. I develop in team of iOS and Android and I know what the problems of Android and iOS are. Apple has really different approach to problems: if the cannot solve them, they don't show them. That's why Apple works for people.