l. I do, however, care about their OS, the stability and performance of which has been degrading steadily since the loss of Jobs.
That's just false. OSX stability and performance in 10,10 is far far better than say 10.4-6. Take for example the complexity of the video subsystems required to overlay 3 different screens for retina displays. The video subsystem handling of high performance video cards wasn't finished until 10.4 And wasn't stable or usable then. 10.7 is when what 10.7 does became possible. The memory handling for battery life requires a tremendously complex kernel. 10.10 is advanced over 10.9 over 10.8 and really before that you don't have anything remotely as complex.
So I'm going to throw it out this way. What subsystem is less stable or lower performance today and say 5 years ago? Let's hit your list:
Issues like the keyboard and trackpad freezing
That's a bug that gets fixed soon. Apple had bugs in 10.2, 10.3, 10.4...
Messages (which is now part of the OS) using over 2GB of RAM for its own process while making use of another kernel-level process that manages to eat 5GB (watching kernel_task go from over 6GB of RAM to 1.1GB just by closing Messages is freaking silly),
That is. You are loading something else. Run a diagnostic like etrecheck.
I experienced none of these issues in any version of OS X released while Jobs was active within the company.
There were many more bugs in Job’s day. You sound like you have a worm or something, that isn’t OSX.
Care to give any examples of what was un-balanced about Apple's machines under Jobs
The G4 had terrible throughput for memory and hard drives relative to CPU speed. The result was that the machine pulled a lot of no-ops. It was a bad CPU in a period when Intel CPUs were cheap and much more powerful. The G5 was excellent but then Jobs wouldn’t commit to a laptop version so just as his CPU problems were fixed he migrated away.
Another area where Jobs made sacrifices was on his memory sourcing. Apple customers often had to pay 5x or more street price for memory.
2nd or 3rd in every category isn't beating Android. The players are iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry
By 2nd or 3rd I meant compared to individual phones. i.e. HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC Desire Eye, Motorola Moto X, Lumia 1520
and major apps that exist on both platforms (like Adobe's suite) are routinely found to perform better on Windows.
While the opposite is true on Android vs. iOS. If this were about Tim Cook that shouldn’t be happening.
In the end we disagree that there has been slippage in the software to any great degree. I don’t disagree with your point philosophically: were OSX’s all around experience worse than Windows the hardware wouldn’t make up for that. What I disagree with you on is a matter of fact, that OSX’s experience is worse.