Originally Posted by dcg
Thank you for the heads up. I appreciate the info, and the following is directed at Apple, not at you
This is what I fucking cannot stand about Apple. Seems like every time I want to do something, Apple won't let me do it the way I WANT to do it; I have to do it the "Apple way". I like having my text messages in gmail. I keep everything in gmail. I have gmail open on all my laptop/phone/etc at all times. I like the search options available in gmail. I don't want to use iCloud, whatever that is, because even if it works as well as gmail, that's still one more place I have to go to get information that was previously available to me in one spot.
The day I got my Android phone, I entered my gmail account info (one time), and everything worked. My email worked, my calendar worked, my contacts were imported, all my picasa galleries showed up as additional albums when I clicked the "gallery" app.
This is not to say there aren't things I dislike about Android (I am, after all, sitting here with a new iPhone). It's just that every time I have to interact with Apple I want to kill myself.
Please don't take offense to this or think I am being combative, but I don't understand the logic you are using here. Android is a Google product. All those things you listed that "just worked" were also Google products. GMail, Google Cal, Google Contacts and Picasa are all owned by Google. The fact that you entered in your PW one time and it all worked on your Android handset was a product of you doing it the "Google Way." You wouldn't have the same seamless experience, out of the box, if you wanted to use all the same products from MS or Yahoo. How is this any different then an Apple mobile OS providing a seamless experience to someone with Apple's own products. The "Apple way" is equivalent to the "Google way" in your example above.
Also, it's fairly easy to use and sync GMail, Google Cal and Google Contacts to an iPhone. It might involve a few more steps, but it works. You won't get the Picasa experience out of the box, but as they say "there is an app for that." I'm fairly certain the Google Voice app for IOS will let you manage your text's too.
Now if we want to bring up the separate, but related topic of allowing 3rd party apps to be the default in your mobile OS I agree that it's something that Android has over iOS hands down. I have hope one day that Apple will open this function up. I won't hold my breath.
EDIT: The lackluster GMail iOS app is Google's own fault. If they fixed that, many a user would be overjoyed.