I ask again, can you imagine giving an Android phone to your mother or your child? It is not simply about the porn, though that is certainly a reason not to give it to mom, it is the nature of the interface. The droid droid is expected to know about, exploit, and, yes, compensate for the generality, flexibility, and complexity of Android. It is about the operating system, not the application. Geeks value all of this. That is one reason they hate Steve. He built a computer that compensates for people instead of the other way around.
Originally Posted by KStewart
Admit it; one reason that you like the android is that it gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you are smart enough to use it while most people are not. Geeks and droids love that. If any four year old can use it, then where is the value in all your hard won special knowledge? A computer that one does not even need to know how to read or write, much less code in C, in order to use is an affront to all that is geek.
I am sure that many people would describe me as a geek or a droid; afterall, I had a Treo and enjoyed configuring and managing it. I did not even begrudge the third of the device time and capacity that was devoted to this otherwise wasteful activity. Hell, I learned to code on a low-serial-number IBM 704 and made hardware changes to my own IBM 650.
However, that does not mean that I believe that that is the way to design a computer for the masses. I appreciate Steve's genius. I appreciate that he wants to direct the power of the computer into making it useful by mom and the kids, even at the expense of the generality and flexibility so cherished by the geeks, droids, and hackers.
Mom and the kids value the application. That is where they want to invest their learning time, the game, not installing and configuring it. Steve has always known that there are more of them than of us. He knew it when he put Visicalc on the Apple II and the GUI on the Macintosh. He does it better, he knows it, and that is why he, not you, is paid the big bucks. Look down your geeky nose at him all you like; he will just laugh all the way to the bank.