In that regard we’re sometimes lazy creatures. Why do network and local TV stations devote so much time to the goings on in government? They’re lazy. It’s easier to cover government than it is to seek out and report real news.
Why do tech pundits compare device hardware specifications when it’s the software that we use?
Water Runs Downhill
Let me look first at the Mac vs. traditional Windows PCs. Both, for the most part, use Intel CPUs, and have similar specifications for RAM, SSD storage, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, screen resolution.
What differentiates, besides price, a Mac from a PC? It’s OS X vs. Windows. And the applications that run on both devices.
By allowing Windows to run on a Mac or within OS X as an app, Apple effectively marginalized or neutralized any advantage software may have had.
All tech critics and reviewers have left to talk about is hardware and price, yet, computer users devote their time to using applications on the hardware.
Hardware specifications are like TV news about the goings on in government; local, state, or national. It’s easy pickings.
More Is Better
A similar issue exits when tech writers compare smartphones and tablets. Hardware specifications lead the way. A 41-pixel camera must be better than an 8-megapixel camera because, well, you know– more pixels.
It’s more difficult and time consuming for a critic to delve into what’s beyond the pixels. More RAM is better. A faster CPU is better. Because, well, you know– more and faster is better.
Except when it’s not. Apple manages to cram in higher photo quality on fewer pixels in an iPhone’s camera, but most critics (and advertising) ignore that differentiation, yet that’s what’s most important to a photographer, right?
Apple’s 64-bit A7 iPhone and iPad CPU may not have the number of cores or the same clock speed as some Android smartphones, so why does the iPhone perform better (scrolling, graphics, navigating, etc.)?
Actual real-world performance of technology devices is somewhat subjective while hardware specifications usually are not. In other words, it’s easier to compare and contrast hardware specifications than it is to analyze and detail differences in usability.
Yet, with today’s smartphones and tablets usability is what it’s all about, right?