On September 19th I made the switch to iPhone after years of being an Android user – and Blackberry before that. This is my first iPhone, and after having such a long and well-documented love affair with Android and all things Google it raised a few eyebrows when I posted a photo of my new iPhone 6 on social media
I think sometimes there’s this belief that when it comes to smartphones, wanting an Android or wanting an iPhone are mutually exclusive. There’s a lot of talk of going over to the “dark side” or “the light side” or “the right side”. When I told Nick that I had pre-ordered an iPhone 6, even he said “What?! You hate Android now?” Or I get the flip side of that same statement – “I thought you hated Apple?”
Not even kind of!
We’re a family of tech/gadget lovers and I’ve never been anti-Apple. I just down own any. I don’t own a dog, either, but I still love dogs. I replace my phone every two years and the search for my next! awesome! phone! starts months before my upgrade date arrives. For the past few years my phone of choice has been an Android, this time it wound up being the iPhone 6 – and I thought I’d share a couple of reasons why I made the switch.
Androids keep getting bigger and bigger, and I’m not becoming any less of a klutz. The Galaxy S3 I’ve had for the past two years has a 4.8” display and I love the phone, but the new Galaxy S5 (which was my frontrunner in the Android category) is a whopping 5.1”. I already fumble to use my S3 with one hand, and as a result I’ve dropped it a lot. Once you add the top and bottom bezels to the 4.7” iPhone 6 it winds up being almost exactly the same size as my S3. It’s a little longer, a little narrower, but otherwise the same. I actually would have been fine with it being a bit smaller, and I was a bit disheartened when I saw that Apple had made the move towards bigger displays right when I decided I might want a smaller phone. But the narrower design of the iPhone 6 means it’s easier for me to use one-handed.
I’m a little sad to say that this was as big of a determining factor as it was – because I’ve had a lot of really great apps on my Androids over the years – but the reality is that apps in our industry, especially, don’t trickle over to Android. The big services and corporations all develop apps on both platforms but most of the smaller, more independent brands really only have plans to develop their apps on iPhone. I like to toy with new things, and it was sort of getting old to see my iPhone using friends playing with fun new photography and social media apps that probably wouldn’t appear on Android for a long time – if at all. After a while you start to feel like the kid with their face pressed up against the glass, watching all the other kids play outside.
This is one of the things I’m testing out by switching. I don’t play much on my phone, but I work A LOT on my phone. If it weren’t for smartphones my family might never see me, which probably sounds odd considering there are a lot of people who say they’re trying to go more “hands-free” and not spend so much time on their phones. But if I don’t have my phone and am not able to read/do/solve things wherever I am, then I’ll just always be at my desk. And because of all the fragmentation in the Android arena I typically only got about 18 months of problem-free Android usage and then it was 6 months of trying to survive until I could upgrade my phone. That 18 month mark was usually the point where the next two versions of my particular phone model had come out, which meant they weren’t supporting mine anymore with OS updates. A lot of times this meant my apps crashed more, my phone locked up and/or rebooted more, and everything else was just plain slow or glitchy. Yet I know people who claim to still be chugging along (albeit slowly) on their iPhone 4 even after the 4S, the 5, and the 5S have come and gone.
I know … I know … but it’s just sooooooo pretty.
Seriously. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I’ve always said I have no opinions one way or the other on the iPhone because I’ve never had one, so now I can have an opinion.
I’ve only been a iPhone user for a little over a week, so I’m still adjusting to a new way of doing things. There are things I think that Android really has figured out, and there are things I think the iPhone excels at. All in all they’re very different, I feel like they both have their strong and weak points – but they’re also both constantly evolving and any frustrations I have with one or the other may be a distant memory a year from now. And two years from now I’ll likely be in the market for my next phone and I’ll be back at square one again, like a kid in a candy store … open to the idea of both again.