When you download any app from Google’s catalog (now, with 65,000 apps, about a third the size of Apple’s), you get an alarming security warning. For example: “This application has access to the following: Your location. Your personal information. Phone calls.” Yikes! What does that mean? Should you never download an app, then? How are you supposed to make that decision?

The screen rotates 90 degrees when you turn the phone — but only counterclockwise, and not in all apps. Frustrating.

Inexplicably, there are two separate e-mail programs to learn: one for Gmail, one for other types. Each works differently. Why?

Skype comes preinstalled on the phone — but it doesn’t work over Wi-Fi. In fact, you have to turn off Wi-Fi completely. Bizarre.

There is no way, in Gmail, to change the type size for e-mail. Evidently nobody who works at Google is over 40.

On an iPhone, the free iTunes software is the loading dock for videos, photos and music from your computer. There is no standard equivalent for Android phones. The free DoubleTwist app does an admirable job, but it’s another app from another company, and nobody tells you about it. You think your mom is going to figure that one out?

David Pogue, in his review of the Droid X.

The reason people buy Apple products is because they never ship with these kinds of ridiculous problems. Two different email programs? Really?