Two Months w/ Android
Awhile (2 months ago) back I bought an Android phone. The decision was made for two reasons: I wanted to have a first person point-of-view when I wrote about Android, and, I really wanted a phone with a keyboard. I settled on the Sony Xperia Pro, with the knowledge that if I didn’t like it, I’d only have to wait a few months for the new iPhone.
So far the experience has been terrible; I’ll be in line, come September.
On the rare occasion that I can use an app without it freezing up or crashing, it’s only to be greeted by an experience and UI that’s subpar. I swear: there’s not a single good Twitter client on this god-forsaken platform.
I could excuse the shitty experience by reasoning that it’s only because the phone has older hardware, but let’s be honest; it’s specs are on par with the iPhone 4 with an experience that isn’t even in the same league, to put it lightly.
I’m no developer, but what does it say about the design of your mobile OS, if it requires a quad-core device to even compete with the fluidity of a single-core iPhone?
Now, aside from the overall laggy performance, I’ve been struck by just how bad the apps are. Most are functional, but marred by half baked designs, filled with ugliest of ads. What Steve Jobs said about Windows seems eerily applicable here: Android is a platform void of taste and without culture. Most developers really don’t care about the little things, and that adds up in the long-run.
The same issues which plagued the Blackberry are present here. That seems fitting, as Android originally copied RIM, not Apple. However, Android’s iOS emulation is only skin-deep.
Apps are written in Java, instead of native code. There’s no Android equivalent to Xcode. User interface tools and guidelines are half-baked, at best. The list goes on and on. How can I expect Android developers to care about the nuances in their apps when they have to deal with all that?
Android’s terrible user experience is the result of an equally terrible development experience. It’s just easier to make great things on iOS.
Google needs to pull a Microsoft, and scrap the entire platform.
When I bought this phone, I was truly optimistic about switching to Android, I wanted to love it.
So lets have a serious, reasonable discussion.