If Smartphones are So Smart Why Do I Have to Force Quit Applications

Day 12 of 30 of Writing Challenge

This is more of a rant on Android than it is about all smart phones in general. I know people are normally pretty entrenched in either the iPhone camp or the Android camp. As a user of both iPhone (iPhone 3GS) and Android (MyTouch 4G Рmy current phone) I can say that iPhone is heads and shoulders a above Android in terms of a  better phone experience.

The iPhone not only looks good as a phone, but it’s intuitive to use. Apple made it easy to setup mail, text a friend, add a contact, etc… The user interface is top notch. Android on the other hand is a clusterfuck of icons and “widgets” which vary depending on what flavor of Android you have and what carrier you are on. When I first got my MyTouch 4g I started seeing these cryptic icons along the top tray of the phone’s screen. I understood the battery icon, cell phone signal icon, etc… but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out what the other random icons were and more importantly I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of them. At one point i got so frustrated I started just rubbing my fingers all over the screen until on accident I figured out you can drag that top part down to see the most recent apps and also “clear notifications.” Just not intuitive at all. I don’t like having to use the Rosetta Stone to translate how to use my phone.

The other thing that was annoying was how to copy and paste phone numbers too dial. Let’s say I found a phone number through the Yelp app or from a web page page. I can copy the phone number, but then when I go to paste the number to dial I find that there’s no way to paste it in. Retarded.

My biggest gripe about the phone is the fact that every so often I have to reboot the phone because it’s slows down. The phone does a poor job at managing memory. Unlike the iPhone which manages which apps are opened and what happens when you switch to other apps Android keeps everything opened. Over time things get bogged down and really slow. Often times I’ll have to force quit these applications or dig through a task manager to stop different services which are taking up resources. Some might say that’s not a big deal, but the bigger issue I have is WHY DO I EVEN HAVE TO FORCE QUIT APPS? It’s a frickin’ phone. I’m not looking to carry a full functioning PC in my pocket. Do I have to run defrag as well?

Don’t get me wrong. There are certain things I like about the phone and Android:

  • Google Maps / Google Navigation
  • Google Voice Integration
  • Wifi HotSpot
I think that’s it…In the end if T-Mobile ever carried the iPhone (that worked with their data network) I probably would switch to it. Until then I get to enjoy my portable navi device.

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