I think Desktop Icons needs rework in Ubuntu. I know It's an extension and you can disable it & replace it but honestly for new-users that don't want to install 3-rd party software / or want to mess around with extensions it's awfully bad.
Desktop Icons in Ubuntu are very bad. There are lack of indications when you're dragging folders/icons, there are missing drag 'n drop features and overall the experience is terrible. I've had my entire desktop lock previously cuz I've dragged something from f.e the File Manager to the Desktop or the other way around. Only solution was to reboot and lose my unsaved data. And sometimes you can't even drag the file... Dragging from one place to another does nothing.
I'm curently using Desktop Icons NG (DING) extension and It works 100% better. It had never locked my PC randomly cause of dragging an item, when you're moving a folder there's a clear outline where the foldeitem an fit and It's overall much much more smooth experience, drag 'n drop works a lot better too.
My suggestion is to either fix the current Desktop Icons and improve the usability or fork Deskop Icons NG (DING)) for the next releases, there's 0 benefits of using the current implementation of Desktop Icons. It's just awfully bad. No user friendliness, lack of basic features & just glitches/bugs.
submitted by l34um1c
Android user of 10 years, switched to an iPhone. Just some thoughts.
So I've been using Android phones since about 10 years now. I've seen the progression from 2.3 all the way up to 11.
Most recently, I had a Pixel 2XL, which I wanted to upgrade from. Google completely destroyed my dreams of having another Pixel because of 2 reasons.
- They didn't launch the latest Pixel 5 in my region at all.
- They were making budget phones. No flagship stuff.
I was thinking of OnePlus but the UI has started moving away from the clean stock android it used to be. I never wanted to use a Samsung because I absolutely abhor the One UI.
So I was "naturally" left with only one option. Turn over to the other side. Think Apple.
The biggest thing that has stopped me from getting an iPhone in the past was that
- Complete lack of homescreen customisation. It would have driven me up walls if I had to use a phone where every single installed app is just lying on the homescreen with no way to clean it up. No widgets either. iOS 14 changed that. Finally you can run a clean home screen, and have an app drawer that's arguably better than Android.
- Up until iPhone 11, the camera was just not at par with the Pixels overall. It had its redeeming points, but until 11, night sight was a complete miss. That changed too.
Thanks to these 2 changes, I even considered an iPhone. I timed it right, browsed the web a lot, and managed to get an iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB for about 15% cheaper than the general market price.
It's been a month now, and here are a few thoughts:
- The battery life is absolutely insane. I can go through about a day and more in a single charge, and that too without even charging past 90%. My average screentime is like 4-5 hours a day. I'm especially impressed by how little battery it consumes in traditionally power hungry tasks like photos, long videos, audio recordings. On standby it barely sips battery. This is the power of complete custom integration, and Google, I hope you learn this.
- The cameras are fantastic. The images are usually a bit less contrast-y than I used to get on my Pixel, but that's something I'm getting used. What I noticed is that the iPhone captures far better dynamic range when there's enough light. The natural DoF on the cameras is so good. I'm enjoying having an ultra-wide and a proper 2x telephoto. I especially love the camera UI showing the areas just outside the current frame. Again, only possible through custom SoC integration power.
- The videos are absolutely sublime. The stabilisation, the seamless switching between the lenses, I love it.
- The UI. I have finally found the perfect UI. The left pane with some basic widgets, a single completely empty homescreen with 4 icons at the bottom (Thought I wish they were 5), and an app drawer that organises apps by category. Perfection. On Android I used to create folders on the home screen manually and categorise apps in them :| Yikes.
- Almost every single app that I used on Android is way better on iOS. Biggest betrayal being how much more usable Chrome is on iOS than Android! WTF Google? The apps are well designed, the long press actions are ahmazing.
- Wireless charging! I used to be very skeptical of it before. But now I got an Aukey charging dock thingy, and I'm loving the convenience.
- Face ID: The speed is fantastic, and it's pretty seamless. I only wish you could just half swipe on the lock screen to unlock it. It's annoying having to swipe from the very bottom on a 6.5" screen. Also, the way the wireless dock is placed on my work desk, I can simply glance to the phone when I have a notification, and Face ID will instantly show me the notification content! That is pretty cool.
- Though now in the mask era, Face ID is a bit annoying. I know that there are ways to enroll with the mask, but apart from that, I miss the finger print for its ease in such situations.
- My only biggest gripe with the whole thing is that for some reason no app can differentiate between "folders" of sorts. I hate that downloaded media, media that I send through whatsapp, all get pooled with my camera photos, and if I enable backup, it will stupidly backup everything. I don't want that. The Apple "Photos" app does have different "albums", but there's no option to backup only the camera photos because there is no Camera "album". I have not found any workaround/solution for this yet. (I am aware that Whatsapp has a setting to disable saving to camera roll. But that only applies to incoming media. Media that I click in whatsapp and then send still gets saved to camera roll.)
Overall, I'm pretty damn happy I made the switch.
EDIT1: A couple of folks asked for how my homescreen setup currently looks like: https://gfycat.com/directfrighteninghuia
submitted by CrispyCouchPotato1