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[2]: Excellent choice!
by Drumhellar on Fri 13th Jun 2014 09:08 UTC 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[4]: Excellent choice!
by JAlexoid on Fri 13th Jun 2014 15:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Excellent choice!"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Did no one around here actually watch the recent Apple WWDC?

You guys are mostly talking about the past.

When the other shoe drops this fall (new hardware, new device categories and additional features in the OS that never made the cut for WWDC) the entire Apple ecosystem will be transformed.


They are talking about now, not autumn. You are talking about the future... (Last I checked, autumn 2014 is in the future)

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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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RE[4]: Excellent choice!
by Drumhellar on Fri 13th Jun 2014 23:55 in reply to "RE[3]: Excellent choice!"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

I've never had much success with my 2nd gen iPod Touch using third party software to access it - on Windows, Linux, or FreeBSD. Granted, I haven't tried recently, but I may give it a shot again.

But, still, those third-party apps aren't supported. iTunes is the only officially supported gatekeeper to your device.

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