Earlier this month I made the switch from Android to iPhone. If you have been following my postings over the years you will know that I have been an ardent Android enthusiast (see: here, here, here). However, over the last year I have grown increasingly disillusioned with the Android experience.
So, why did I make the switch? What brought me to the point of doing the unthinkable? Here is why:
- Android fragmentation is bad and getting worse. By one count there are as many as 18,769 distinct Android devices currently in use. This makes designing Android apps difficult. To develop apps that work on as many devices as possible, developers may need to make compromises. To be fair fragmentation is an issue for iOS and Windows Phone devices—but to a much smaller degree.
- My most frustrating experience as an Android owner was whenever Google released a new version of Android. Before a new Android version is released phone manufacturers and carriers must adapt the new OS version for all of their devices. I never knew when, or even IF, my device would ever receive the latest and greatest Android version.
- Most hardware makers overlay stock Android with their own ‘skins.’ Manufactures do this to differentiate their devices from their competitors. Nice idea in theory, but in my expectance this ruined the pure Android experience.
- Because there are so many device makers pumping out endless devices one never really knows if they are purchasing a quality device. My first Android, Motorola’s Droid X, worked great; however my second Android phone, the HTC DNA, was a tremendous disappointment. Because of an design issue involving the SIM card the device was unreliable.
- Crudware* – Both of my Android phones came preloaded with a dozen or more third party apps that could not be uninstalled! Some of the preloaded third party apps could not even be permanently disabled. *note: crudware is a family friendly version of the term more frequently used.
- Screen size – One of the features that initially attracted me to Android was the ability to purchase devices with a large screen. The iPhone’s screen was simply too small. With Apple’s release of the iPhone 6 plus I’m finally able to have an iPhone with a large screen.
- Apple’s unparalleled quality – When I upgraded my laptop last year I purchased a MacBook Pro (this is a topic for another post, but lets just say I switched from PC to Mac because of being burned with the disastrous Windows Vista and Windows 8 operating systems). Apple’s cross platform, tightly knit ecosystem works very well—much better than my previous HP/Windows/Android hybrid ecosystems. Apple exercises rigid control of BOTH the hardware and operating system in their devices. This allows Apple to design an optimal user experience.
- Affordability – I now what you’re thinking—this is a joke. Everyone knows that Apple’s products are the most expensive in the industry! Well, this is not a joke. Nothing could be more expensive than an unreliable device. My HTC DNC was simply unreliable—for two years I was stuck with a phone that constantly had problems. I switched from PC to Mac for similar reasons: Windows Vista simply did not work, and Windows 8 was unintuitive—even for a geek like me! Reliability and simplicity are priceless.
What do you think? How loyal are you to your current brand of phone? Have you or are you thinking about switching? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
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