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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RE[5]: poor choice
by Morgan on Fri 13th Jun 2014 03:42 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: poor choice"
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I've never had an app-centric mindset, so I guess that's one reason WP appeals to me so much. For me it's all about the workflow, and for what I do with a phone, WP is about as intuitive and fluid as it can get. Android is a close second, but even on modern flagship phones it still feels just a little too unfinished for my taste. iOS is right out; it's great on the iPad, just as Android is great on a good tablet, but as a phone it's just too much like a Fisher Price toy for my taste.

There are some downsides to WP, as there are with any platform; it's not just a lack of apps but also a lack of polish on some of them. Even first tier apps like Facebook and Pandora are half-finished, slow, buggy nightmares on WP, in stark contrast to the OS itself. Pandora in particular is annoying, as my JVC car stereo supports Pandora's Accessory function over Bluetooth, but only in the iOS and Android versions of the app. On my HTC 8XT I have to switch the stereo to standard Bluetooth Audio mode, and I lose the custom Pandora controls (thumbs up/down, skip track, change station).

Speaking of that car stereo, it also brings out some of the highlights and pleasures of using a WP device. The voice control on this phone is nearly flawless; it will read the text of SMS messages and allow me to dictate a response, all without touching a thing or taking my eyes off the road, and its voice recognition rivals Google Now. Turn-by-turn navigation is likewise nearly flawless in execution. For some reason I never could get Android to do voice control and recognition correctly, even on a Nexus device.

I guess since I'm not all about the hundreds of thousands of useless apps -- and believe me, there are tons of those in the WP Store as well -- I can find solace in a phone OS that doesn't feel rough around the edges (Android) or too controlling and childish (iOS).

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