New user, finds iOS the strangest use model on the planet

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Liam O'Connor, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. I've had this iPad for about a month or so now, and, my first impressions
    are that it's the strangest operating system I've ever used.

    I must say, some things are actually easier on the iPad than they are on
    other operating systems, which I had expected. For example, doubleclicking
    on the home button and then sweeping apps off the screen in order to remove
    them from the task manager, turns out to be easy once you know the trick.

    But other things turn out to be way more difficult than they should be, for
    example, sending email to someone not in your address book, or, get this,
    just attaching a picture to the (blue) "Mail" program. (I had to google
    just to figure out that you do it backward.) It was almost as if I was
    writing assembly language code all over again, with its endian memory

    What is most surprising is the huge lack of capabilities, that, well,
    people just seem to accept, meekly and without complaint. For example, you
    can't add Gmail to your list of apps to send things to, and, worse yet, you
    can't remove twitter (which I'll never use in my life). You're stuck
    finding some other way (like, um, the old ancient method of cut and paste).

    So, in summary, this iOS is a strange beast indeed. In many ways, it's
    modern, and in just as many ways, it's as backward as when I was using DOS
    DEBUG to write assembly language programs.
    Liam O'Connor, Apr 10, 2014
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    Ed Cryer Guest

    I started as a COBOL programmer, but we had to get by in the previous
    generation's PLAN assembler language.

    And I actually used to be able to amend ZX Spectrum programs in ZX
    assembler. Now that really was a task and a half; finding work space at
    the top of the 64KB chip.

    Ed Cryer, Apr 10, 2014
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  3. All you have to do is type in the address; what is so strange about
    "Backwards"? Are you saying that other email programs don't let you
    choose the picture first?
    Huh? You can send mail through Gmail without any difficulty.
    Oh, wow! I have Twitter in that list, but I just never tap on it.
    That doesn't cause me any problems at all, let alone there being one
    that can be labeled as "worse yet".
    Michelle Steiner, Apr 10, 2014
  4. I wonder what you mean. I click on the "compose email" icon, type the
    address in, write the email, and send it.

    What else would happen to make things easier?
    I guess I don't see this as difficult, but it is something you have to
    learn. If you want to email an attachment, you have to start from the
    software that manages that attachment (this isn't just true for
    photos, it is true generally).

    Of course this flows logically from the design decision that each app
    has its own "space" at least logically if not physically.
    I don't know what "sending things to Gmail" means, but I have no
    problem whatsoever sending photos via my Gmail account.
    ? I can.
    It is hard to figure out what you are complaining about exactly. It
    sort of seems like you are confusing "I don't know how to do X" with
    "The operating system doesn't allow one to do X."

    Or are you confused about the date? April 1 was 9 days ago.
    Doug Anderson, Apr 10, 2014
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    Carl Heinz Guest

    Since I come from a PC/IBM Midrange background, I found that there was a bit
    of a learning curve for dealing with Apple/IOS. This manual might help.
    Carl Heinz, Apr 10, 2014
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    Pat Wilson Guest

    I would say it differently.
    You just have to think different.
    On iOS, mail can't send photos but photos can send mail.

    Once you start to think different than you would naturally,
    the whole process becomes much easier to accept.

    You can't do it any other way anyway, so, you might as
    well just accept it. That's how most iOS users survive.
    Pat Wilson, Apr 10, 2014
  7. "Pat Wilson" wrote
    The latter, just like in Windows.
    Howard Lester, Apr 10, 2014
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I've written plenty of machine language and assembler on a multitude of
    systems from room sized to stamp sized and it would ever occur to me to
    compare _using_ iOS to programming in any language. (Never mind the
    factual errors of your post).
    Alan Browne, Apr 10, 2014
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    Erilar Guest

    I keep finding neat things the new iPad Air can do that my laptop can't,
    even if I do keep complaining about the maps apps. It's also small enough
    to carry in a pocket(yes, I have some large pockets) as well as having a
    small fraction of the laptop's weight. I do try to use my fingers on the
    laptop screen from time to time, though.:cool:
    Erilar, Apr 11, 2014
  10. Of course Mail can send photos - just tap and hold in the message body
    as if you were selecting text and then choose "Insert Photo or Video"
    Matthew Sylvester, Apr 12, 2014
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    Erilar Guest

    I'm so used to just typing my message and sending the message from the
    photo section on the old iPad that I just discovered this on the Air with
    iOS 7 :cool:
    Erilar, Apr 13, 2014
  12. Remember COBOL's cumbersome "definition" sections?
    They were written that way, I guess, because COBOL
    programmers couldn't be expected to abbreviate anything.

    Apple iOS seems just as cumbersome in many ways.

    For example, you can't even attach a video to your email
    using the (red) Google Gmail app. What's with that?

    Or, if you switch to the (blue) Mail app, you can't
    attach a picture or a video from the app itself? What's
    with that?

    If you then switch to the (green) Messages app, you can
    attach a photo or video. Huh?

    It's so very unintuitive and restrictive in so many
    ways that it's frustrating, especially if you had
    been lead to believe that iOS made things (somehow)
    Liam O'Connor, Apr 20, 2014
  13. Ask Google.
    Sure you can.
    Sure, if you fight it and try to make it behave like Windows, it can be
    frustrating, but that's of your own doing.
    Michelle Steiner, Apr 20, 2014
  14. Here's my summary of the responses:

    a. There is an easy way to do most things.
    b. It's impossible to do many things.
    c. There's the Apple way, or the highway.

    The users' responses spam a different spectrum;
    A. Once you know how, it's very easy to do some things.
    B. If you don't like it, write your own applications.
    C. The Apple way is the safe way.
    Liam O'Connor, Apr 23, 2014
  15. span!
    Liam O'Connor, Apr 23, 2014
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