Times without number, I have defended my dear OS of choice – Android – with Spartan-like enthusiasm. I once went as far as boldly declaring that I was never, ever going to use devices from other operating systems such as iOS and BlackBerry. That however hasn’t been the case as events have seen me rip up my “Great Wall of China”-like disgust for other mobile operating systems that I considered less sophisticated than Android.
For example, sometime last year I got a Blackberry device. I was primarily enticed by the unlimited data bundles that Blackberry devices were blessed with back then. Prior to getting the Blackberry, I had badmouthed it, ridiculed the aging Blackberry OS, and now that I think about it stigmatized my friends who used Blackberries as dinosaurs who were going to go extinct soon. Alas, I was proven wrong in several ways. Apart from the annoyance of the all too familiar spinning clock, my BlackBerry handled all tasks that I threw at it. Examples of such tasks include social media and messaging, emails and even of course, phone calls.
Agreed, my Blackberry OS 7 device wasn’t as sophisticated as Ice Cream Sandwich, the Android version that was available as of then. But the Blackberry smartphone took the tasks I listed above in it’s stride and handled them efficiently. At that stage my mindset had moved from a Marxist-like standpoint to a more accommodating one. Yet, there was still one position which I always held true to myself – I disliked iOS
Recently, I got an opportunity to swap my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with an iPad 3 and I was suddenly thrown into the dilemma of making a decision that was going to shape the kind of geek that I am. I went to the Geeks group, a group consisting of people in varied walks of life, most of them regulars of Moblilty.ng and I asked for their opinion about taking a plunge and switching or not.
I got much feedback, but the general theme was that If I could overlook the limitations and closed architecture of the Apple ecosystem that I go ahead and swap my beloved SPen-totting tablet for the popular Apple iPad. After drawing up with a virtual table of what I liked and disliked about the iPad, I decided against switching and I chose to remain with my beloved Galaxy Note 10.1. However, last week another opportunity arose for me to swap with an iPad and I just decided to go ahead and swap barring my known prejudice for iOS on which the iPad runs.
First Impressions with the iPad 3
Today is the third day that I have had the iPad 3. My first impressions have been fairly good. The iPad with the retina display resolution that has the 4:3 aspect ratio has been perfect for reading both books and magazines. I have installed about 36 applications from the App Store and with the recent announcement of iOS 7, the latest iteration of iOS, I can only look forward to a slicker looking interface.
What I Dislike about the iPad
First on the list of my dislikes of the iPad is the fact that I cannot set which applications open by default like on Android. Another issue is the fact that I cannot access files directly but have to use iTunes to do anything remotely concerned with the management of the device.
The lack of a file manager and the well known fact that I cannot share or receive anything via Bluetooth is a headache. Talking about sharing I should also point out that unlike Android I cannot share information between apps, which is a big downer.
Do I hate iOS less after spending three days with the iPad? Well, maybe a little less. But I am still pissed off at the mantra of absolute simplicity implemented in iOS leaving geeks like me out in the cold. Oh well, I’ve made the switch and I might as well have an open mind and try to enjoy the ride. On a final note though, the display of the iPad is absolutely amazing and I now wonder how I coped with such a low resolution on my former Galaxy Note 10.1.