World's most advanced mobile OS? For real?

Posted by

World's most advanced mobile OS?

Here is the official intro on the Apple website:

The world’s most advanced mobile operating system

With its easy-to-use interface, amazing features, and rock-solid stability, iOS is the foundation of iPhone. And even as others try to catch up, the technologies and features built into iOS keep iPhone years ahead.

  1. Easy-to-use interface: Check. But then Windows Phone has an equally simple, if not simpler, interface.
  2. Amazing features: Duh. Where? Yes; iOS has one or one-and-half features that others lack, but then other platforms have tons of features that the iOS only dreams of.
  3. Rock-solid stability: Not so sure about this either. Windows Phone is pretty stable too. Probably more stable.

My point? I get miffed every time I see the tag, “The world’s most advanced mobile operating system.” What Apple has done is market the world’s most limited operating system as the world’s most advanced.

It isn’t advancement that I can’t send a file via Bluetooth from my iPhone to another device. That’s limited functionality.

It isn’t advancement that I cannot plug my iPhone to a PC and simply copy and paste files like other devices are capable of. That’s limited functionality.

It isn’t advancement that I cannot attach a file directly from an email compose screen, but have to open the file first and then attach it from there. That’s limited functionality.

Let’s cut this short (as that list can grow pretty long fast): iOS cannot be the world’s most advanced mobile operating system when it lacks so many features and capabilities that other platforms take for granted. As such, the statement that “…even as others try to catch up, the technologies and features built into iOS keep iPhone years ahead,” cannot be true, because it is iOS that lacks the most features and needs to catch up with the rest of the world.

iOS is good. It meets the needs of a certain category of people, and I have nothing against that. But the claim of being the most advanced is just hype and nothing more.

If Apple claimed that iOS is the most easy-to-use mobile operating system, they would have a point. But even that is no longer sacrosanct. Windows Phone OS has arrived on the scene and is extremely easy to use too, so there is competition on that front. Plus, let’s face it, the iOS user interface (UI) is one of the oldest and most dated out there today. And, yes; I find it extremely boring.

Is iOS the world’s most easy-to-use mobile operating system? Maybe. Does it have the largest number of apps? Yes. Is it the most advanced? A definite “No.” That’s where I stand, and I think that it is pretty easy to see if one keeps the blinders off.

15 comments

  1. Duh. Where? Yes; iOS has one or one-and-half features that others lack, but then other platforms have tons of features that the iOS only dreams of.

    Well I wouldn’t put it exactly like that. I will rather say other platforms have tons of features most of the knowledgeable users of iOS devices dream of. Because most users of iOS devices, had their first taste of smartphone with iOS, they do not know all these limitations nor do they seem to have the power to look beyond iOS. People didn’t know how ugly, convoluted and quirky Symbian was in achieving simple tasks until iOS came to the scene, though they at least could look beyond Symbian, albeit with some nostalgia. At least, that was the best there is in offer in those days.

    iOS limitations are driven by lucre. The limitations were intentionally and wisely crafted to keep a close control over the iOS users, software developers and the media industry.

    My point? I get miffed every time I see the tag, “The world’s most advanced mobile operating system.” What Apple has done is market the world’s most limited operating system as the world’s most advanced.

    I’m equally miffed at such statements. I will rather tag it: The world’s most regressive mobile operating system. It simply feels like living in Russia in the era of communism or Italy in the dark age when the fear of inquisition was the beginning of wisdom.

    That’s where I stand, and I think that it is pretty easy to see if one keeps the blinders off.

    That is just the problem. The bunch of the iSheep do not seem to have the capacity or the will to look beyond iOS. I think it is as bad as being meshed in drugs. Even some of the knowledgeable users keep hoping that Apple will someday give them back their freedom. They don’t seem to know Apple’s history nor do they seem to know that the excessive profit Apple keeps making is tightly knitted with their freedom. You don’t keep voting a corrupt leader into power and keep hoping for good governance.

    For the iSheep, Apple knows what is best for them and whatever Apple thinks is good enough or at least better than any other thing out there. They only wait on Apple to pronounce it and they can carry on from there.

  2. What Apple has done is
    market the world’s
    most limited operating
    system as the world’s
    most advanced.

    Like a client told me last week, marketing is about make_believe.

    Apple has succeeded in MAKING the iFollowers BELIEVE their hype.

    And that is all that is important to their bottom line.

    the mesmerized iFans are deliriously happyy, Apple is even happier, laughing their smart heads to the bank. Win_Win situation!

    personally, I. have found that the best products, services, or individuals do not necessarily always win. It is all about marketing and positioning.

    As a platitude has it, if you do not blow your trumpet, nobody is going to blow it for you.

  3. Mr. Mobility, it appears that you have so much beef against iOS in your article. I don’t see anything bad in Apple advertising it’s mobile OS as the best in the world. Any manufacturer can do same thing. You don’t expect them to call their OS the worst, do you? I don’t think it right that you pick their advertising lines on their web page as a source of criticism here.

    @Harry “Because most users of iOS devices, had their first taste of smartphone with iOS, they do not know all these limitations nor do they seem to have the power to look beyond iOS”

    I think you are myopic in this your view or you deliberately want to oversimplify things by making assumption on why some of us have adopted iOS.

    Let the facts be know; iOS is not one severely impaired or “regressive” mobile operating system that some would have us believe. And it is sad that this forum have denigrated again to platform bashing. Like it or not, there is a holy war of the OS platforms in action now. The victors so far has been Android and iOS. And they didn’t get there by being pretentious. Labelling anyone ifollower or iShip appears to be a short sighted disparaging view.

    Myself, prefer the suave interface of iOS to all the tweakability of Android. That simple. I prefer liing in a walled garden than a haphazard ghetto. That’s me compare the two Oses. But that shall not stop me from adopting Android next month, like I did Belle for the past one year. That’s just the Geek in me. It is great to allow everyone their point of view!

  4. Let the facts be know; iOS is not one severely impaired or “regressive” mobile operating system that some would have us believe. And it is sad that this forum have denigrated again to platform bashing.

    Probably not severely impaired, but certainly deliberately impaired alright. There are facts, impairment facts that were pointed out. Maybe you can address them directly.

    It is even sadder that someone who ought to know better would choose the iSheep path. The Apple/iOS worshipping. I’ve seen a site that also indulges in mongering faults found on Android that also exists on every other platform and of course iOS, making it appear as though such faults are peculiar to Android, but then, that shouldn’t amount to platform bashing because it is not against iOS/Apple.

    Funnily, if this had been written against Android, you would have aptly labelled it an eye opener and would think that it couldn’t have been said better. Lol.

  5. @Afewgoodmen:

    I prefer liing in a walled garden than a haphazard ghetto. That’s me compare the two Oses . But that shall not stop me from adopting Android next month, like I did Belle for the past one year. That’s just the Geek in me. It is great to allow everyone their point of view!

    That’s a wonderful combination of personalities you have dwelling inside of you. The geek in you wouldn’t my spending some interesting time in the ghetto and after that, it can go to sleep while the iSheep in takes over, doing the iSheep thing, docile iworshipping etc.

    No! I’m not going to be any company’s puppet. Not when there is still a choice out there. And to the docile iSheep lot, long live Apple and iOS.

  6. the moment I saw this post, I knew a “fight” would ensue.

    l almost said, “Abracadabra, AfewGoodmen, APPEAR!”

    just like a negative comment would get Harry and now, Moi, spitting fire and firing from all cylinders!

    It is just not worth fighting over.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If I see something I consider beautiful, all the logic of Plato (“facts”) will not convince me otherwise. just human nature..lol

  7. @Afewgoodmen, I hate to say Harry has a point. Most people whose experience of smartphones began with iOS only know that and don’t look beyond that. I know people on their 4th iPhone who have never used any other smartphone and have no intention to. It works for them, they’re happy and won’t be making any changes in the near future.

    Windows Phone on the other hand simply does a lot of things better, but unless you try it you wouldn’t know. Anyone who is debating switching from iOS and aren’t feeling Android, I always recommend they take a look at Windows Phone, and most are not disappointed. I know Android users who have made the change to iPhone and, despite despising the “locked garden syndrome”, are willing to live with the shortcomings (I use the word loosely).

    And has been said before, if Apple doesn’t blow their own trumpet, who will?

  8. I have an iPad,it’s gathering dust, I sold my iPhone 3GS and my iPod. After using these devices, it simply doesn’t work for me. No mobile OS can wholly claim to be the best but it is very deceptive of apple to claim iOS is the most advanced. For an OS that claims to be advanced and can’t handle the simplest of tasks can’t be taken serious.

    Most advanced OS my foot!!!

  9. I think afewgoodmen is taking this article too far. Every company has the right to call their product the best in the world. What is being said here is simple. Does the product really meet that proclamation? May be yes to some people. But, by and large, you can pick out OSs and compare, you will notice that iOS come short in several features. Got my wife the iphone4s recently. The initial set up was even done with lots of assistance from afewgoodmen. The phone is pretty smooth but lacking in several areas for an Android user like me. However, the owner loves it and that is all that count.

  10. I use the iPhone 4 and I have the iPad 2. I love them both. When other fail me in terms of connectivity the iOS always come to my rescue. Rock solid. Having said that, I must be honest and say the OS is the most restricted. That’s why I look for freedom in androids and (don’t laugh) Nokia Asha. Has anyone tried the Nokia Asha 305? That’s a phone that is almost a smartphone for just N14,500 price tag in Nigeria. I have a review of it coming up.

    Truth be told, iOS is the most deliberately restricted phone in the universe. While Samsung is a phone “made for humans” iOS is a phone made for “iSheeps” Apologies to Afewgoodmen.

  11. Well well well, it appears Harry is gearing up for “battle” in this very arena. And many people always indulge in the benefit ot calling me an iSheep. Surprise! surprise!!, I’m not!

    My primary device today is Symbian. My iPad is just for for more heavy computing.

    “Funnily, if this had been written against Android, you would have aptly labelled it an eye opener and would think that it couldn’t have been said better. Lol.”

    Not true. Lol. You see, Harry, I critique Android when it calls for it. I do same for iOS too. Simple.

    But that doesn’t stop MTN from calling itself “your preferred network”. Or Nokia for saying; “Connecting People”. If you look at it closely, Nokia does not actually connect people. They just provide the hardware. Connection is done by the carriers. Or any other company whatever they want to say, just let them be. This is just advert for chissakes! But we know better.

    Let Apple advertise whatever they wish in their homepage. And let you know that they have a right to call themselves whatever they want. In their own eyes, they’re the best. And in Harry’s eyes they are regressive and restrictive. And in my eyes, they are just one damn helluva elegant mobile OS known to man. And they’re good at what they do. Just like a few others.

  12. @Noni

    @Afewgoodmen, I hate to say Harry has a point. Most people whose experience of smartphones began with iOS only know that and don’t look beyond that. I know people on their 4th iPhone who have never used any other smartphone and have no intention to. It works for them, they’re happy and won’t be making any changes in the near future.

    Great statement there, mate. I can’t fault the premise or conclusion. However, I’d like to point that there’s a little bit of generalisation there.

    Because, for me, iOS was not my first mobile OS. I used Symbian before that. And I’ve used Android too afterwards. The OS I’m yet to play with is Windows phone, and all because the Lumia was not supported in this region. I’d have that corrected in no time though.

    After some time of using Symbian, iOS, Android, Blackberry and then Belle, I have naturally come to gravitate on the one I love most. that still wouldn’t stop me from still exploring others.

    @Belushi

    I think afewgoodmen is taking this article too far. Every company has the right to call their product the best in the world. What is being said here is simple. Does the product really meet that proclamation?

    Not that simple, Bro. An advert on your website is what it says, an advert on your website. It is no claim in a conference or on social media or on tv. Apple, Samsung, Nokia and indeed any other company has a right to advertise their product whichever way they deem fit!

    From years of ios usage, I think it’s a great OS.

  13. Well well well , it appears Harry is gearing up for “battle ” in this very arena. And many people always indulge in the benefit ot calling me an iSheep . Surprise! surprise!!, I’m not!

    The iSheep are not iSheep because they were born iSheep, it simply stemmed from their actions. No, I didn’t call you iSheep, you simply identified yourself as one subtly and then tried to deny at the same time.

    How can you begin to deny this when you keep defending iOS in things that are obvious shortcomings. A couple of things where mentioned on this article that showed that iOS is deliberately locked up and as an iSheep, you were not seeing those or you simply let Apple do the thinking for you and pass it along to you.

    If I may help, the following shortcomings were mentioned:
    1. Half-baked Bluetooth feature,
    2. No real file system visible to the user that causes,
    3. Inability to attach files from the email app and by extension inability to attach multiple files to an email,
    4. No SDCard support and
    5. No mass storage feature.

    And that’s just making the list short and you want us the non-iSheep to agree with Apple that iOS is great mobile OS. Probably great by being locked up while the iSheep keep liking it. Can you now see the difference between the iSheep and the others? Lol.

  14. Was anyone expecting objective from Afewgoodmen when it comes to discussing Apple?

    I own an iPhone 3GS that I have found difficult to use except when I need a phone without any bells and whistles. I mean just phone calls, SMS and the occasional internet use.

    Let me put it this way: I am only able to use the iPhone as my primary phone whenever I have a more capable backup smartphone or tablet to work side-by-side it.

    Without another device that makes up for its grave shortcomings, it is a very limited mobile computing device. That’s why its called the iPhone, I guess.

    It works for people with a different set of need than mine, no doubt, those whose needs are more limited. The word is “limited”.

    World’s most advanced mobile operating system? My left foot.

  15. Hell No, not even close.

    The only person close is Android but they will not get the title until Symbian dies finally and Nokia refuses to take all the powers of Symbian to WP8.

    Its totally unbelievable for me to accept that iOS is the most advanced when Android and even Symbian are performing wonders.

    What keeps most people glued to Apple is the amount they have invested in the Eco System and the Apps. I sure love the apps and will give Apple the price for best apps.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *