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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Running Android without Google services is super-easy - custom ROM, don't flash GApps, but instead pick one of the million other application stores, or just sideload everything.

Yes, for sure. When I used an xperia play as my daily phone it was nice to be able to flash between different ROMS.

However one point I think you have to keep in mind is that your average Joe phone user is not going to be able to flash his phone nor would they likely know you can on some phones. So with the stock Google/name your manufacture GUI, you are going to be tied to Google services.

Honestly there is a risk either way but seeing how Apple controls the devices and the software and the cloud services and is not in business solely to make money off my data, I prefer Apple.

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