Someone on reddit mentioned that I’m on a bit of a honeymoon perioid with Firefox OS and at first I thought that it’s not true, I was trying to be as fair and non partial as possible but after looking back a bit there is some truth to that statement. I did not mention some of the problems I had with FFOS because I didn’t consider some of them important since some of them have been fixed or at least improved in later versions. But reading some of the comments made me realize that for a lot of you those problems are a much bigger deal. So today I present you with my reasons why Firefox OS sucks.
The FFOS 1.0 lock screen sucks. In order to unlock the phone you have to press a physical button, swipe up and then tap, there is definitely one step too much here. When the phone is locked you also have to swipe up and then tap to answer or drop the call, and after a moment if you don’t tap anything the controls hide again. It never happened to me but some people lost calls because of that.
The keyboard is awful. At first I thought that it’s just me since I was using Minuum for the past few months on Android but after 10 days with Firefox OS I know for sure that that keyboard is the worst I have ever used and probably will ever use. It was improved significantly in 1.3 but I still would not call it good.
The app selection sucks. There are quite a few applications being added to the Marketplace but a few of them could be described with words “high quality”. A lot of applications that should be packaged or at least should store some images locally just link everything to a website which makes them run rather poorly.
You can’t sync the browser with other devices. I expected much more from a browser on something called Firefox OS.
The version numbers are somewhat deceiving. It might be just how I perceive things but numbers 1.0 imply a certain level of functionality, stability and quality. While in my experience the stability is there the quality and functionality are not. Most applications in Gaia just lack polish and should have obviously been worked on more. As far as functionality goes just have a look at the B2G Roadmap. Music controls in notification tray and lock screen? Not until 1.3. Selecting text? You have to wait until 1.4. And if you expect that since selecting text comes in 1.4 you will also be able to copy and paste you are wrong, that’s not coming until 1.5