" @Addfwyn: The book store is US only. "Well, looks like the main thing that was keeping me interested just disappeared.
However, a spokesperson for Apple told PC Pro that “iBooks will be available in the UK, but the timing of that will not be announced until the iPad goes on sale”.
Android on the other hand, while absolutely fantastic for us nerdy people, suffers from a couple of flaws when targeted at average consumers:Isn't part of Android's mandate also partly to be a platform for other companies to build off of? Again, I'm not really buying the argument.
- No brand loyalty is established - Google allows manufacturers and carriers to customise Android to the point where it is barely recognisable as the original Google OS - they will rarely think, 'This Android phone has served me well, I must get another!'.
- Too much choice - Do you get phone A from manufacturer A rooted to Android 2.1, or do you get phone B from manufacturer B with Android 1.5? Or what about the Nexus One? How does that vary from the HTC Whatsitcalled?
" @MAGZine: Techies and engineers are not designers, which is why the entire field of HCI exists (Human-Computer Interaction). While techies and engineers are great about adding in function, they often totally miss how the average consumer thinks. You'd be amazed at how many real world designs we saw in our HCI classes that just took certain specialized knowledge absolutely for granted and were thus almost unusable to most consumers. I don't mean something needs to be highly stylized to be an example of good design (in fact that often produces the opposite result), it has to be intuitive and obvious how to use. You have to be able to show it to a random guy on the street and have them instantly grasp how to use it, that's good design. It doesn't have to look amazing, it just has to be intuitive. Android looks fine, appearance wise, but it shows that it was designed primarily for a techie audience. Which is totally okay, there's nothing wrong with that at all if that's the only audience you want, but it won't reach as widespread a market that way.I'd think that Office's old UI vs the 'ribbon' is a good indication of engineer vs. HCI. :P
True, the original iPhone didn't have an app store, and the iPad has almost matched that product in pre-order sales alone already. Of course, the iPhone store also has some crappy apps, but you won't find apps that outright don't work or damage your phone, which is just a price you pay for using a product like Android (Even though you can get those apps pulled retroactively, in some cases they are done already). There's ups and downs to both models, one allows the developers much more freedom, one allows the consumers an overall better experience in the end. I'm not saying the Android store won't get better, or that it won't provide solid competition for the iPhone, or the Ink won't provide solid competition for the iPad. I hope that they do.