Linked by Adam S on Thu 12th Jun 2014 23:36 UTC

I am taking the plunge and moving from an iPhone to an Android device. I've been waiting a long time for Android to get to the point that it was fast and responsive enough, with a big enough application warehouse, wide enough support, and a smooth enough experience, to support me. Android is maturing with a consistent, system-wide look-and-feel, almost every major service now has an Android app as the counterpart to its iOS-first experience, and has a bright future with wearables, home automation, and more.

I certainly won't be the first person to change ecosystems entirely. Several have done it before, some looking for change or claim freedom, some aiming to save money, some because someone prompted them, some think they may be conforming by going with the ever-stylish Apple. I am doing it for this reason: for me, Android is now a better platform than iOS.

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Honestly, I like my Android phone in some ways, but it's a PITA sometimes. Music applications - playback and creation - are nowhere near close what is on the iPhone, and they won't be anytime soon because Android does not manage its latencies nearly as well. Where's the like of AniMoog? Loopy? Thumbjam? There's a reason for that.

The other thing is that I have fits syncing real playback and rating information between my computer and phone. Yes, iTunes is a beast, but its integration is a strength too. What music player do you want? Spotify? PowerAmp? Must you choose good quality playback and equalizing over integration? Are there smart playlists? Ratings being synced both ways? Per-song equalization? I'm sad to say that while iTunes is bloated, the Android/Linux counterparts still miss the things I care about most.

Of course, you probably should go for a Nexus or a custom ROM, just to avoid those battery-guzzling bloatware applications most Android phones are loaded down with.

That said, smart actions and Velis auto-brightness have made battery life far more manageable than I've had on any previous phone. It's a shame about the other stuff.

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