Still, if you consider the fact that GS3 has a 1.4Ghz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM (the ones that I tried), the inefficiency of Android just amazes me. bq.
Mate I don’t know what you are on about. Granted Android isn’t the most efficient mobile OS, but it’s in no way as laggy as you’ve described it to be. I’ve had my international version of the GS3, running stock Touchwiz 4.1.2 for the past 6 months and it’s performance is snappy.
As for your argument that iOS “gets rid of all the shit”, I agree that iOS’ memory optimisation is better – only because it gives you less features, not more. For the average user, the main background processes will be email exchange (POP3/IMAP) and Facebook & Twitter notifications. Android allows for a much more integrated user experience by running background services for apps like Yelp/Google Places, Google Now and location services as well as email & social site notifications.
I guess that’s the divide we have between mobile users these days:
The Average Joe – who wants to take photos, use a simple UI and pay a premium for a highly marked up slab of aluminum
The Techy Power User – who want all of the above, with the freedom of customisation and an open source platform, all for a fraction of the price.
Being an ex-iPhone user, I find the following design features a huge leap forward:
Holo – a welcome change from the skeuomorphic designs Apple employs.
Quick settings – embedded within the notifications shade.
Google Now – if you’re willing to share you life with Google by granting them access to your Gmail etc, Google Now is an amazing companion/personal assistant.
Platform flexibility – the standout for me is the split screen view on my GS3. Only Android platform afaik has this level of flexibility.
Multimedia interfaces – I’ve used the Nexus 4 (running JB 4.2) and the Pie interface in the camera application is nothing short of genius. Same goes for the video player app – sliding your finger vertically changes the volume – again, a minor feature, but one that shines in daily usage.
Your examples might be “Apple-centric”, but they’re spot on mate. I completely agree with your point that some of the (overly) enthusiastic tech geeks on forums speculate on blue sky ideas to such an extent that they start believing the features they have devised will actually be released. A Google related example of this is the now almost debunked rumour of the fantasy X-Phone sporting customisable hardware.