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: Excellent choice!
by henderson101 on Fri 13th Jun 2014 00:53 UTC in reply to "Excellent choice!"
henderson101
Member since:
2006-05-30

Aside from the fact that one never really owns an Apple device


Quite blatantly untrue. You own your apple device no less than any non Nexus device and in many ways, your is upgrade path is far richer with an Apple device. Only the Nexus makes this untrue for android, and even then you need to factor in the shortcomings of the Nexus devices.

In almost every way, Android phones and tablets are superior and offer many more options such as connectivity, expansion and performance.


Expansion/connectivity - not really. Stock android supports the same types of expansion as iOS. SD, USB etc, these are all hacks on stock android as much as they are on iOS. However, it's obvious you have a blinkered opinion. There are far more interesting devices that one may plug in to an iPhone than an android device (for example, there are some pretty amazing iOS add one for music production.)

Performance - swings and roundabouts, but I'd rather have a mobile device that performs well whilst having decent battery life due to sensible power management, rather that a powerful device that eats my battery in a couple of hours.

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RE[2]: Excellent choice!
by Drumhellar on Fri 13th Jun 2014 09:08 in reply to "RE: Excellent choice!"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Aside from the fact that one never really owns an Apple device


Quite blatantly untrue. You own your apple device no less than any non Nexus device and in many ways, your is upgrade path is far richer with an Apple device.



I don't think he meant it literally, but rather that all the limitations Apple places all around makes it difficult (or impossible) to customize it in a lot of ways and make it truly fit your style the way you can with Android.

Hell, you can't even access data on a plugged in iPhone without Apple's iTunes being the gatekeeper.

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v RE[3]: Excellent choice!
by Tony Swash on Fri 13th Jun 2014 13:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent choice!"
RE[3]: Excellent choice!
by ilovebeer on Fri 13th Jun 2014 15:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent choice!"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Hell, you can't even access data on a plugged in iPhone without Apple's iTunes being the gatekeeper.

That's 100% false. There are several apps that can access practically anything in an iphone (or idevice for that matter). Just yesterday I used iFunBox to `sideload` an older version of the iHome Sleep app that's no longer available through the app store. I copied the app from someone elses phone who hadn't updated. The copy isn't locked to their device or contain any of their information (such as appleid). No trickery or jailbreak required.

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