WARNING: This post reeks of geekery. Read at your own risk.
Ask any geek what operating system they use and you’ll get one three answers: Windows, MacOS, or Linux-based. I’ve used Windows for over 20 years. Before that I used DOS. I’ve used Microsoft operating systems my entire life with the exception of a couple of classes in grade school. I’ve used Windows 2.9, 3.1, 98, XP, Vista, 7, and 8. I even had a Windows phone for a couple of years. Microsoft damn near had a monopoly on operating systems for a while. It may not be the best OS available, but it’s the one I know and I can fix it when it breaks.
Since the launch of the iPod, Apple has made a huge impact on our lives. The iPhone, iPad, OSX, Macbooks, and more have made Apple the richest company on the planet.
Good for them, right?
Except…I don’t like Apple. It has nothing to do with their products, but everything to do with their fanboys. There is a hardcore group of diehard Apple fanboys who will tell you without end how fantastic Apple products are while decrying every competitor’s product as sub-par, inept, and/or downright shitty. They openly mock people who aren’t one of them.
Because of tools like that I refused to ever own a Mac product, which I guess makes me as bad as them, in a way. Oh, well. I use Windows for my PC gaming. I recently began learning Linux systems for professional purposes and to satiate my geeky curiosities. My smart phones and tablets run Android. I never once considered buying an Apple product because I didn’t want to be seen as one of those arrogant MacBoys whom I despise.
Recently, I started a new job. Specifically, that job is to provide IT support for a small school district in southeast Indiana. One of the reasons I took this job is to learn new technologies. The school district uses iPads in their elementary and middle schools, which means I’m going to have to learn how to use an iPad.
And so it is that I’m writing this post on an iPad provided by the school so I can learn how to use it.
Sigh. I feel so dirty.
To be honest, I’m not going to say that this is an awful product. I’d be surprised if it were. Apple didn’t become the richest company on the planet by selling shitty devices. Maybe it’s because I’m used to them, but I still prefer my Android devices as of this moment. One of the biggest differences, to me at any rate, is navigating through the operating system. iPads (and iPhones for that matter) only have one button. That button takes you back to the home screen from wherever you are. That, as far as I can tell, is all that button does. On Android devices, there is always a window management, home, and back button available whether it’s a physical button on the device or buttons on the touchscreen. Those buttons making navigating Android so much easier. The back button especially.
I’ll continue stumbling my way through this device and learn it thoroughly, as it’s now my job to do. Who knows? Maybe I’ll come to like it. Then the next thing I’ll be bitching about is wanting an iPad but not being able to afford one. Why are those things so damned expensive?
PS. The WordPress app on iPad is even worse than the Android one. WTF? I had to finish this post in Safari…