I totally agree with you on this !
To be honest, I dont understand the concept. The only benefit I can see is that I dont need a cable to sync my camera pictures with my Mac.
The whole iCloud concept is also strange: They are plugging the fact that your mail will be on your phone and your Mac. Wasnt it already doing that ? I am sure my Mobile Me email and iPhone email was replicated by Push.
So whats the iCloud doing that we didnt already have ? Apart from pushing some photos...which means y9ou end up with double pics - on your phone and your Mac.
Anyone tell me if I am missing something here ?
I think this is a design flaw, Camera Roll should include the Photostream functionality... storing pictures in two places is not minimal at all and it's consuming unnecessary storage space.
That's why i just disabled Photostream, it drove me crazy that i had to delete pictures twice to get rid of them. When i need a picture from my iPhone elsewhere i just upload it to my Mac using Dropbox.
(I like Apple's OS X but the rest of Apple's software is not that great in my opinion.)
I second that! The term design flaw also came up in my mind.
Why in earth would you store one photo 1,2,3,4 times! 1=when in camera roll, 2=an automated copy in the photo stream, 3=in e.g. the Mac in Aperture, 4=in the e.g. a Time Machine backup. What a waste of memory when you are dealing with many photos! I am always suffering from a memory shortage on the iPhone, so bye bye Photo Stream for me.
Also it is to much hassle to clear the Photo Stream all the time, unfortunately also a manual process if you do not want to use Aperture of iPhoto on the Mac, applications that I am not using anyway. I am on Adobe products.
Photo Stream could be a great feature if it was part of the Finder/Explorer. Then 2 folders, one for local photo's on the iDevice, and one for transferred foto's on the Mac/PC. You can watch them straight in the local folder as well, or delete them as files, or drag them to the transferred folder. Full control. And everyone can understand it. No need for the camera roll any more, that one becomes redundant. And MUCH more popularity among the pro users. How about it, Apple?