So I'm back on the Android wagon...again. Every time I get on it I am amazed at how cool and customizable it is, then reality sinks in and I realize that the core features are not quite great, the things that make a phone a phone. Yeah it's a rant, but I'm also hoping some of these things can be solved and are just my lack of experience with Android. My journey has been first thru a iphone 3g/s to a Samsung captivate, then back to the iphone for a couple of iterations. Last year I had a brief stint with the Note 2, but besides being too large I also found Android was not quite ready for business prime time so I figured I would wait a bit and went to an iphone 5. Well this year rolls around and Apple releases the ip5s with the same freakin screen size, and the atrocity that is iOS7. At that point I decided it was time to ditch iOS, at least until they released a larger screen and maybe fixed some of the ugly white on off white crap that was iOS7. I picked up a LG G2 off craigslist for SUPER cheap and off I went. So what's my rant? It's just that certain things on iOS that worked right out of the box, things you didn't have to think about, things you didn't have to fiddle with, tweak, adjust, or even be aware of. These things don't seem to work well, are not integrated well, need questionable tweaks to approach usability, etc on Android. Here is a short list of things which are annoying currently, please let me know if there are fixes or what I am doing wrong: Google Now. This is the biggest culprit, but it has improved a lot since last year. My biggest gripe is that it's basically an internet search, and treats commands as such. So if I ask it to "call Mario" half the time it does an internet search for super mario bros., why half the time it does this, and the other half it actually pulls up my contact I have no idea. If I do this with Siri I never would get anything other than my contact, straight and business forward. I also can't seem to search for apps. If I search for calculator, it comes up with an internet calculator. Functional yes, but not what I was looking for. The app drawer is just basically icons sprawled everywhere, I wish we could do folders there to organize it. Other issues are bluetooth integration. I can't listen to my google voice voicemails over bluetooth for some reason. It's probably an app issue, but it's the same company that makes the OS and the app. I don't even see an option to use my BT headset. On iOS it automatically routes everything to my bluetooth headset, even GV. I don't have to think about it, and there is a nice big button in case I want to change that to speaker phone or earpiece. And the big one... WHY CAN'T I FREAKIN MAKE GOOGLE NOW TURN ON WHEN I HIT MY BT BUTTON? Maybe this is LG's fault, but I seem to remember the same issue with Samsung. I don't want S-voice, I don't want LG's voice mate, I just freakin want Google Now. Can we at least have a baked in option for this from Google? How about voicemail integration? Why doesn't Android have visual voicemail? No not that AT&T crap, but real visual voicemail as a tab right in the dialer application? I currently use google voice and it's voicemail service, but it just seems like an add on. Voicemail notifications are goofy, and sometimes put me in the phone app, which then sends me to GV, sometimes it just goes to the GV app. It's quite jarring. Ok that's my wall of text, I have more gripes but they all boil down to the same thing. Android can be a bit unintuitive to use. Yeah it's probably ok if I'm sitting at my desk with free time, but careening down the highway at 80 and trying to get things to work isn't good. I was hoping Google would be working to change and improve these things. I'm also astounded that my LG has lag in it occasionally, but that's another thread I'm sure. Yeah ok my flame suit is on, but I would hope some of the more civilized members might open up an interesting discussion. If iOS had a larger phone I'd probably go back. But I cannot for the life of me stand that tiny screen anymore and prefer my LG. I'm going to weather the storm and try to make Android work, if only for a year until hopefully Apple does something larger, or maybe Google will tighten up its ship.