The Boy Genius reviews Google Android: Half-baked, fragmented, poorly executed, lacking, a mess

“I have issues with Android and Google’s approach to it. I think it’s an amazing concept — people holding hands, skipping down sugar-encrusted roads with pink ponies and colorful rainbows — but the execution falls flat in many ways if you’re a hardcore phone user, and Google has constantly missed the mark in almost every area,” The Boy Genius writes, appropriately enough, for The Boy Genius Report.

“Part of my main issue with Android, and this applies slightly less to HTC Sense UI handsets, is that there’s practically no human emotion with Google when it comes to technology. Everything is statistical and analytical. While you could argue that being this way is way superior to ‘feeling’ and ’emotion’ — it might be 95% of the time — you still will almost always lose that charm and that amazing feeling of connecting to something. People would die for their iPhones… [but] Android continues to feel systematic and clinical,” Boy Genius writes.

“Android still feels half-baked even after two years. And you can’t prance around smiling without raising the bar. You can take your non-multi-touch device and shove it — it’s inexcusable,” Boy Genius writes. “There are so many fundamental issues with Android’s OS that still haven’t been addressed and it really makes my head spin. Uniformity is not a word you’ll find in Android’s dictionary… How do I copy text from non-editable field like an email, webpage, or SMS, or even a 3rd party application? Oh, I can’t. Say what you want about the iPhone not having copy and paste for two years — a joke — it’s the single best implementation on the planet for a smartphone and Google’s approach is almost as bad as RIM’s with the Storm-series.”

Boy Genius writes, “Android doesn’t make sense as a whole. It’s fragmented, poorly executed, the Android Market for apps is a mess, and developers still don’t care about it… For a company that’s so smart, and makes so much sense, it’s unbelievable how little sense Android makes in most places. I just can’t see why you’d want to run Android over the iPhone OS?”

“I apologize for comparing this to the iPhone so much, I really didn’t set out to. But I’ve used an iPhone every day of my life since it first came out in addition to every BlackBerry ever available simultaneously, and I actually had an open mind about the Nexus One possibly replacing my iPhone,” Boy Genius writes. “But in the end, I found that the lack of any meaningful applications for Android really made it a no go from the beginning. I’m talking about quality — re-read the word quality — applications, here. The best VNC and RDP applications on Android are a joke. There’s not a single enjoyable Twitter application, and any application that’s on Android that is available on the iPhone pales in comparison. If you can find an application on the Android platform that’s better than the iPhone counterpart, I’ll send you a BGR Ninja hat.”

Boy Genius writes, “Here’s another issue on why for the foreseeable future Android won’t be anything like what Apple or another company can offer: Coders aren’t designers. It’s really as simple as that and anyone in the business will know exactly what I’m talking about. That’s why Apple’s entire developer ecosystem is different, because believe it or not, Apple’s developers are amazing designers that make beautiful things, and they happen to know how to code. That’s entirely different from someone who’s the best coder in the world and trying to create something that looks, works, and feels great. And so, this is my issue with Android and why you won’t see applications of iPhone-quality on Android aside from any SDK and programming hurdles.”

Oh, yes, there’s even more! Read the full article — very highly recommended if only to witness the rarity of unvarnished truth on full display — here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Islandgirl for the heads up.]

38 Comments

  1. That last paragraph is fantastic, a great explanation of the difference between Apple and most other companies that most geeks and pundits just don’t get…

    Boy Genius writes, “Here’s another issue on why for the foreseeable future Android won’t be anything like what Apple or another company can offer: Coders aren’t designers. It’s really as simple as that and anyone in the business will know exactly what I’m talking about. That’s why Apple’s entire developer ecosystem is different, because believe it or not, Apple’s developers are amazing designers that make beautiful things, and they happen to know how to code. That’s entirely different from someone who’s the best coder in the world and trying to create something that looks, works, and feels great. And so, this is my issue with Android and why you won’t see applications of iPhone-quality on Android aside from any SDK and programming hurdles.”

  2. If you take Google’s Picasa as an example of how well Google can design an application or an OS for that matter and compare that to iPhoto or OS X, you quickly realize how badly Google is lacking in the user interface department.

    Picasa is great, if you’ve never used iPhoto or a Mac. Like Windows, it’s fine, until you use another OS for a while.

  3. Man, what a bunch of tools commenting over there.

    Let me summarize:

    -They want wallpaper behind their icons.
    -They want “cooler” ring-tones
    -They want Multi-tasking, yet most do not know why other than it was fed to them as a talking point
    -They like to point out that iPhone didn’t have copy and paste for two years.
    -They have serious control issues
    -They cannot spell
    -They dismiss the fact that Not ALl droid apps run on each phone, yet complain that Apple doesn’t just let anyone put any craptacular apps in the app story.

    In short, they are all paranoid, dellusional, tin-foil hat wearing kooks!!

    Good Riddance, I don’t want to share any common ground with them. Idiots…
    All in

  4. Google designing user applications is like a land developer being allowed to design buildings. Yes, you can have an engineer and a developer design a building and have an architect stamp the drawings. But will anybody be happy with the product?

    Apple designers seem to be the only “architects” in the industry. Everyone else is just trying to make money.

    By the way, to be called an “architect” one should be required to go thru design school. Not just a programmer with a fancy name.

  5. Not being able to spell reasonably well does not make you a “paranoid, dellusional, tin-foil hat wearing kook”. It just makes you appear to be either illiterate or ESL. Sometimes you can tell which is which, not always.
    Need I point out that more than a few denizens of this ‘Blog (or whatever it is) are willing to make similar demands of various products, only to fall silent when Apple does something similar? The world is full of folk spouting the party line – whatever that may be. Don’t be TOO hard on them, it might come back at you.

  6. Google made a great search engine…PERIOD !!!
    Everything else is like Honda making furniture. Stay at what your good at.

    From now I, I think we should call boy genius, Big boy genius.
    He has made us geniuses so proud

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