Friday, July 1, 2011

iPhone iOS (Operating System)

iOS is iPhone's operating system. It's the software that runs behind all their phones. iPhone has changed the game as far as what we ever thought necessary possible with a phone. Now, we can't live without our "smartphones." What they've done for smartphones is what the bun did for hot dogs: made them less messy and worth your time. So has Apple's innovation that opened up the smartphone market to normal consumers kept up with all the modern advancements? Or have they become a one-hit-wonder only to eventually fade under the green flag of the Android army? Find out by reading the full review.
The first thing you may have noticed about this review is that the picture at the top says iOS 5. Although iOS 5 has not been released at the time of this article, it has been officially announced and will be released in the upcoming months. The big thing to know about this operating system is that it is specific to the iPhone. Unlike Android where any phone manufacturer can buy the Android operating system and use it on their phones, Apple is the sole owner/manufacturer of iPhones and their operating system. As a result of this, there is usually one iPhone released per year, compared to the countless releases of Android phones per year. One downside that I've seen with Android phones is that it seems as though companies are literally just trying to get something out to say they have a new Android phone rather than taking the time to release something that has solid hardware/software. We see this evidenced by the Samsung Captivate, HTC Thunderbolt, Motorola Bravo, Motorola Flipside, Motorola Flipout, Motorola Backflip... and the list keeps going.

This operating system is for everybody. iPhone and Windows 7 Phones are by far the easiest to use and the easiest for me to teach people how to use. I can teach (and have taught) a 90-year-old women to use an iPhone in under 15 minutes whereas some people even 25 and older have problems handling the numerous menus of an Android phone. And don't even get me started on the "Simple" flip phones. The Razr was cool, but there's so many menus to get through that phone it makes your head spin. iPhones are way easier to use than a flip-style phone with "No bells and whistles." Sometimes "more" is less and "less" is really freaking confusing. Bottom line is: iPhone is the smartphone for dummies! So if you're afraid of technology, I'd highly recommend this phone for you.

The downside and upside of iOS is that every single thing you do goes through Apple's App Store and through iTunes. If you want to get a ringtone on your phone, you need to buy it from Apple. If you want an application, you need to buy it from Apple. If you want to download a song straight on your phone, Apple is your guy. This limits the customization ability as far as sounds like ringtones go. With Android, you can just set any old soundbite as your ringtone. You can record your voice and make it your ringtone, cut a current mP3 song down and use that as your ringtone... you can do a lot more without paying a whole lot. And as far as the Apps go, you can download applications from Apple's App Store to the phone and yes, they tend to cost money whereas the Android phones tend to be free and have in-application advertisements to help make-up for lost money on the front-end.  Angry Birds, for example, costs 99 cents per application whereas on Android's market they are free with in-game advertisements.

As with all smartphones, iPhones have software upgrades released periodically. This improves the performance of the phone (most of the time) and adds new features. Software upgrades are done by plugging the phone directly into the computer and opening up iTunes. iTunes is, of course, the application on your computer that backs up your data from your phone to your computer and helps you load music, applications, videos, and photos to your smartphone as well as backing up everything from your phone to the computer. This is nice and easy to do. Compare that to the way you sync an Android phone - plug the phone in, select USB Drive and click and drag everything you want to have on your phone, over to your phone.

iOS is plain and simple, straight-up, easy-to-use smartphone bliss. It's the smartphone for dummies. It works well every time. With solid hardware and solid software, it's a force to be reckoned with and with constant updates soon to be received over the air instead of through plugging the computer in, it's going to stay relevant for many-a-years to come.

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