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

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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Android is more than enough
by Mr. Dee on Fri 13th Jun 2014 02:14 UTC
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In 2013 I was saving enough to go all out Apple, from iPhone to iPad to a 27 inch iMac, I wanted the entire ecosystem. Approaching Fall 2013, my desire kinda waned and I ultimately postponed my purchases. In early 2014 my brother got a first gen Galaxy Note as a gift, he liked it but wasn't ready to use it, considered it to be too big. He preferred his Blackberry or the iPhone 4S he had prior to selling it. So he decided to let me keep it and use it until he was ready to take it back or sell it. I decided to go for it and installed my SIM.

Its ironic, because it looks like Android is now the Windows of Smartphone OSs.
Since then, I have honestly asked myself what I have been missing on iOS? Nothing pretty much. I own an iPod Touch 3rd gen I was using since 2009 for my mobile needs. To be honest, Android just feels more powerful in your hands. Its like a desktop OS done right on a mobile OS. I was just amazed, downloading music, videos with apps that I am regularly accustomed to using on my Windows PC. I could easily find them on the device use the different apps to view and listen the media I download using Chrome for Android.

Another thing I like is the centralized notifications, quick access to Wi-Fi, no digging through menus. What I don't like is the keyboard in Android 4.1. iOS has a way more intelligent keyboard, I am thinking about installing Swift to see if it will change the experience. Apart from this, the Notification Center is a big plus. Settings on the device can be intimidating and confusing at times, I prefer a lot of the Settings options on iOS.

As with Samsung, there two of the same type of apps on the device and that's a minor problem. Overall, Android has certainly caught up, just as Windows caught up with the Mac OS at 3.0 and surpassed it at Windows 95.

With all the essential mobile apps available: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Microsoft apps, I use Outlook.com, BBM, honestly, why do I need iOS again? Yes, the iPhone is a beautiful device, but at the end of the day, its about using the device and much of that is software. Making a post FB using an iPhone vs a Android device is no different. Which ultimately comes down to cost.

Money talks, the local cellular carrier in my country is selling cheap Alcatel Android phones for what would be $69 US with 3 months free 4G Internet. You would be shocked the amount teachers and students I see everyday with one. They are doing their FB, Tweeting, Instagram, Yahoo Mail just fine on it. Its not about the OS for them, its about the apps and as far as that is concerned, the majority of what persons need are on Android.

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