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A primer.
Android is awesome and powerful, but it has, shall we say, a learning curve. That scares some people away. After all, iOS is so intuitive that babies can use it.
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I love a HTC Incredible 1, now running CM7 on it. My wife is using a Samsung Fascinate and hates it. It's buggy, it locks up, it misses calls and notifications...overall a horrible experience. Sometimes she'll pull up the call log and click to call someone. The phone will dial a completely different person (it's done the same thing to me). Sure, I could put CM7 on it, but this phone has pretty much ruined her idea of the Android experience. I don't think it would do any good at this point. Gonna get her an iPhone this weekend. Then I'm gonna take the Fascinate, put CM7 on it, and use it myself, see if that clears it up.
+Krewe Maynard did you look for a custom rom that was made just for fascinate? Usually these builds are much more solid than CM, if there are any.
Can someone explain to me what element(s), other than plain icons on a screen, makes iOS easier to use than Android. If a carrier sells a phone where they've taken every app icon and filled up all of the home screens, isn't that the exact same thing as far as this "ease of use" goes?

Yes, there is a learning curve to widgets, but you don't have to use widgets, and anyway that "curve" is very mild. Hell, I just spent a few weeks with an older gal who had an iPhone and she was constantly asking folks how to do stuff on it.

Apple just does a better job of indoctrination when you walk in the store, and supporting you when you have problems. I think easier to use has come and gone.
+Bora Aymete , if it was my phone, I would. But this is my wife's phone. Honestly, I'd rather the problems be Samsung/Verizon's fault than mine. ;-)

+Gerald Hines , the biggest advantage I see to the iPhone is that the interface is consistent across devices. You're getting iOS. With Android, you get different skins from different manufacturers, not to mention the differences between 2.x and ICS. You're not as likely to sit next to someone who has the same model as you do. For some folks (me), that's fine. But for others, not so much.
+Krewe Maynard that's the fragmentation argument which is really only a problem when one person owns several devices, or I suppose it's also the fact that you can buy a crappy Android device while you can't buy a crappy iPhone, but that's not what I'm talking about here. It's this belief that somehow iOS is just more intuitive than Android and I just don't see any real evidence of it. It's just one of those accepted things that people repeat without producing any real evidence that it's actually the truth.
Ios is more intuitive because it's a golden prison. You see, you click and it's done... The way Apple decided it.
Androïd is complicated because it askes you how you want things to be done, where you want to save things, etc.

So, in fait Ios is like going to buy a car and buy one which. Is exposed and accepter it's. Specs and. Leave with it the same day
Androïd is like choosing every aspects of your future car and wait for it before you can take any advantage. Of it. Oh, and you sillage able to change things after! Freely!
You re free to chose before and after!
Oh sorry for this weird writing, my keyboard main correction is for french and I missed some of them.
Sillage should have been "still" and sorry for several "wrong" dots
Apple toys are for low intelectual people
Just don't see in what ways ios is simpler than Android to use. back in the bad old days of 1.6, maybe, but since then, no.
iOS has improved somewhat from the beginning in terms of customisability, taking several pages out of Android's book such as being able to set custom MP3 notification tones and disable popup notifications for text messages. And it should also be said that Android's interface has become cleaner and more intuitive. We should be thankful that developers can learn from each other's strengths and weaknesses in this way.

Personally, while I am a hardline Android user, I don't really have a problem with iOS. The interface is not for me, but then neither was the stock Android interface - mine's been customised to bits, and that's just what I like about Android. And now that everyone's mother-in-law and her dog has a smartphone, it certainly can be good thing to have an out-of-the-box, very little setup required, standard across all devices interface such as Apple products have. There are pros and cons to both.
Android does NOT have a learning curve. You start using it and can do all that IOS offers within minutes. Then you realize theres more out there and the walled garden doesnt exist and you can do MORE than what you were ALLOWED to do on IOS. The learning curve is called 'Freedom and choice' welcome to it. You're welcome
I started slow but before i knew it i was rooting my phone, flashing roms, and being able to do things i never even dreamed of like wireless tethering without using verizon's service.
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