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Let’s get real.

[Whips off sunglasses to reveal other, smaller pair of sunglasses.]

There are good reasons to use iOS and good reasons to use Android. The Macalope honestly doesn’t care which platform you choose, he just asks that you be honest about and recognize the differences.

In a transcript of a video over at the 12 toy circus poodles jumping through hoops that is Business Insider, Antonio Villas-Boas goes into “Everything wrong with the iPhone.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick.)

Finally, we can get to the bottom of this.

I have an iPhone and out of the box, I cannot plug it into the new MacBook Pros.

This does seem dumb, but how many people physically connect their iPhones to their Macs these days? The cable provided is really for charging.

Okay, this is an old one by now. The iPhones do not have a headphone jack.

Really? Hadn’t heard.

Funny story, The Macalope’s iPhone does have a headphone jack. Which he never uses because he has AirPods.

Villas-Boas provides a laundry list of complaints about the iPhone because, well, this is one of those “laundry list of complaints” pieces. Many of them are valid, such as the inability to change default apps. Some of them, however…

Android is just more efficient with the way you use it. It's just smarter, it's just like a better design.


“Android sucks 10x more data than iPhone.”


And what is all that traffic for?

Google has the ability to associate anonymous data collected through passive means with the personal information of the user. Google makes this association largely through advertising technologies, many of which Google controls. Advertising identifiers—which are purportedly "user anonymous" and collect activity data on apps and third-party webpage visits—can get associated with a user's real Google identity through passing of device-level identification information to Google servers by an Android device.

That certainly does sound like a better design. For Google. Maybe that’s what Villas-Boas meant.

Villas-Boas’s example of Android’s superior efficiency is about how it’s harder to get to Bluetooth settings on an iPhone than on an Android phone.

Say I wanna go into the Bluetooth settings, change something, switch to a new device, pair with a new device, I have to go into the Settings app. I've gotta find Bluetooth here, and finally, eventually get to Bluetooth. But with Android, you know, it's a quick swipe down and hard tap on the Bluetooth icon and you're there.

That’s true, but you can also just say to Siri “Open Bluetooth”. (Added: Tip o' the antlers to Vinay for pointing out that, on an iPhone with 3D Touch, you can also hard press on the Settings app icon and choose Bluetooth from the pop-up menu.)

Despite Villas-Boas' protestations, more people switching to iOS cite a better user experience (another tip o’ the antlers to Nick) than people switching the other way. Most people stick with the platform they have.

There's no such thing as a perfect device.

That’s true. Which is why The Macalope hates these laundry list-type pieces that only detail the supposed problems with one platform.

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