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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I have both
by cropr on Fri 13th Jun 2014 09:22 UTC
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As a app developer, I have currently an iPad2, an iPhone5c, 4 android phones and a Nexus7 tablet. I do like the iOS ecosystem for the hardware quality and for the smooth, consistent way of working. But some aspects are annoying or outdated. The virtual keyboard works OK if you don't know anything else, but once you experienced a Android keyboard, you suddenly realize that the iOS implementation is mediocre. (This should be fixed in iOS 8). As a power user I have some other pain points in iOS: no way to define a reply-to address in the mail app, no way to define a SSID in the personal hotspot, lack of widgets, iCloud. The last one is a real PITA to work with if you also have non Apple devices.
The main issue with Android are the non removable software shipped by the phone manufacturer, and the mediocre quality of some apps and widgets. Some widgets are really great, productive and not battery unfriendly, but others are just shit. It takes time to find out which ones are good, The one I really like is Wifi network chooser. It takes on iOS 5 times as long to choose a an available wifi network if you are a public place where you haven't used Wifi before.
I don't see the update cycle for Android Phones as a big issue. The phone is in most case faster replaced/lost/broken than the need for an OS upgrade. However for tablets this is defenitely a negative point.

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