Originally Posted by hill60
...and comparing Apple products to the Swiss watch industry, both are besieged by a sea of cheap knock offs.
Who cares if Chinese companies buy up bankrupt Swiss watch companies solely so they can use the name on cheap junk.
I equate Android to this.
Corum wasn't bankrupt, quite the contrary, Hon Kwak Lung paid a fortune for the company and will continue the tradition of fine watches, nothing cheap will come off of their assembly line, if they do produce crap watches they will fail miserably as we have an abundance of fine watch makers. Corum is also one of the smallest and newest watch makers in Switzerland and isn't considered one of our top watch producers. Hon's plans is to increase production and manufacturing facilities to compete worldwide and will keep producing in Switzerland, that's why he was able to acquire the company in the first place, the government would have never aloud the sale otherwise. There was also an agreement that if he produces the watches in China he will have to forgo the made in Switzerland stamp or any other marker with Swiss on it. We are also one of the wealthiest countries in the world with one of the lowest unemployment rates, if one of our prized watch manufactures was on the verge of bankruptcy the government would have stepped in to bale them out in a heart beat. An example of how Switzerland protects our people is they pay farmers not to sale their land and buys any food that doesn't sale just so we don't become dependent on foreign food and to protect the landscape. Antonio Calce, CEO of Corum wants to become a world player in the watch business as well and he couldn't have done that on in his own so he pushed for the merger, he will continue working as the CEO and no one will loose their jobs over this purchase. This is partly due to our laws that any foreign company must have at least a 70% Swiss work force, that and there is only 130 employees currently working at Corum. It really is a tiny Ma & Pa type setup, they craft all watches by hand.
Not all Android devices are crap. There have been some pretty fantastically built, quality products over the years. For example a Motorola Xoom II, Sony Tablet Z, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, Asus Eee Pad Slider, Toshiba AT200, ect., easily match the hardware quality of any iPad. There are plenty of people who enjoy using Android and all of it's benefits. Yes I said benefits, working with remote servers, streaming video from a computer, playing almost every codec there is, file-manager, apps that talk to each other, customization, widgets, multiple users, ect. I also enjoy my iPad very, very much, the music creation apps alone for instance are bar none the coolest I have ever played with but Apple controls way to much of what I can and cannot due and that just sucks. Why can't I have a filemanager, it's Unix, when an iPad is Jail-broken I can see the complete HD tree. Why can't I change the default web-browser, MS was sued and lost because of that a few years back. I don't want to see all of my apps, why can't I have a custom home screen where I can populate with what I want like; widgets, notes, or just a big clock because I like a clean look. Every OS has it's upside and downside, saying that you dislike Android is absolutely fine but calling it a cheap knockoff isn't. Everything that Apple has done in iOS has been done before, granted not as visually stunning but none the less nothing we haven't seen before, icons in a grid, heck icons, notifications, what, please tell me what is so revolutionary that it can't be used on another platform because it is so sacred to Apple. Do you really think that Android 4.3 looks exactly like iOS 6 or even 7 because I see very little similarities anymore. If no one copied ideas off of each other the computer industry would still be using ASCII for everything. When is copying a good thing and not a bad thing or visa versa. Remember it was cheap IBM clones that put computers to where we are at now. If IBM went after everyone the way Apple does the computer landscape would be a lot different now and a lot more expensive. What would have happened if Xerox gave Apple the finger all those years back and just sat on the GUI. How long would it have taken for Apple or MS to come up with a GUI derived OS, 5, 8 years.
I honestly like, iOS, Android, Windows X, Unix, Linux, Symbian, Plan 9, OSX, Risc OS, BeOS, OS, OS2 or eComStation, Amiga, MeegOS, ect. I understand your passion for Apple's OS's, their wonderful to use, intuitive, fast, unique but they've come to light because of other peoples ideas. Nothing was made by just one person or one company, it's an accumulation of technological ideas past down over the years. If you condemn one OS, you'll have to condemn them all because they all come from similar backgrounds.
Please be nice when you tear me a new one and you will it's inevitable, I don't mean to belittle Apple's achievements in any way, they have done great things but so has the competition. Remember, people design these things, not corporations.Edited by Relic - 7/31/13 at 4:27pm