Well, let me clarify, as you seem to be speed reading my statements and melding them into one long i-device rage.
I actually love the apple ecosystem. If it was even remotely sustainable (from my wallets perspective) i'd be all over it. They do PLENTY of things correctly. I dont like the lack of flac support on itouch/iphone but that has been fixed with apps. I dont like the high cost. Thats REALLY about the only thing i dont like. Design-wise its a glorious device. engineering-wise it is a pretty nice device. business-wise it is a fantastic device because people keep buying the tiny little revisions for massive prices. Consumer-wise i'm not a fan, simply because i cannot afford it. Hence my lighthearted jabs.
Android (at least on my nexus one and stock SGS3 and galaxy note and nexus S) doesnt have native flac support. Cyanogenmod hacks that into the system. And that ability to code for it brings its own little bugs (which ios doesnt have because its such a closed off system, comparitively).
As for my foam at the mouth comment, refer to me pointing out the obvious flaws with ui navigation, followed by people immediately tearing in to me because i pointed out a shortcoming that has been an issue since the first few pages of this thread.
And i have not mentioned it as much of a problem to those who have asked since Fiio's latest update (on facebook). I have informed people that 1) its not going to get fixed, and 2) here's how you deal with it so taht you can hardly notice.
Pardon me for not being "a ray of sunshine", but i call it like i see it. There are problems with the Fiio UI in which some things are fixed or planned to be fixed, other things "cant be fixed" because its "too hard". I would love an engineer-oriented response as to WHY its too hard, but james has better things to do with his time than translate it, especially because it wont help the dev process at all (im sure the engineers have tried whatever they could, and they certainly know more than me and can thus provide much better solutions than i could for any shortcomings, and already HAVE provided those solutions and found them infeasible).
There are times i've questioned why people bought the X3 if they will simply bypass everything in its internals except the (buggy) navigation and use a different dac/amp. this is for curiosity/use case scenarios for my own benefit. not to call them out for wasting money.
There was one thing with burn in that i commented on. As an engineer, im sharing my opionion on burning in a completely solid state device with no moving parts. If you dont like it, go elsewhere. and as i saw the discussion going nowhere (as no one will post pre/post "burn in" measurements) I stopped commenting about that.
I was skeptical when the coax cable quality was brought in. A cable is a cable, right? No. Literally within 24h people posted that they were also having problems with specific cables and still otheres posted tests and specs for what constitutes a working cable. I'm glad i stayed shut up for that, and it was a valuable learning experience.
Dont mistake my business-like tone for anger. I'm not angry or irritated or anything. From my late entry into the thread, people assumed i hate everything about this product, and that is wrong. I'm happy browse mode works well enough that i havent even clicked the category button since FW1.31. I'm still waiting on a 64gig SD card but im fairly close to pulling the trigger because it seems that a 32K allocation size is the magical dust that makes everything peachy and swell.
And once the USB DAC functionality is implemented, regardless of all the other bugs (that affect me, like gapless) i'll go right back to recommending this dap to any who are looking.
hell, i'm even happy to get coax and proper line-level output. i've used the line-out so much and so happily in my time of owning this that by itself taht feature pretty much makes up for the other shortcomings.
Also, small internal storage size was an issue for me, but thats been solved by using a player that converts on the fly while transfering. now the only problem thats actually irritating to me is in Musicbee itself doing something weird to the FLAC tags in one specific album, so it ends up transfering with completely blank tags for everything.
Again, browse mode comes to the rescue, as all of my music is meticulously organized.
I apologize for sounding like an irritated little brat, that is not my intention.