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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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

And the worst part: you are obligated to use Google services for everything.


This is quite obviously completely and utterly not true. 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.

Try running iOS without Apple services. Good luck with that.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

This is quite obviously completely and utterly not true.


Indeed, my first Android phone was a Motorola Cliq, which positively sucked running the stock MotoBlur ROM. I flashed CM7 and used alternatives to Google apps for everything, via F-Droid and Aptoide. It still wasn't a great phone, but it was usable at that point.

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NeoX Member since:
2006-02-19

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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torp Member since:
2010-08-10

"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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Not only your average Joe. I'm a developer (including custom Linux kernels on ARM), but I'd rather do my actual development instead of tweaking the device I bought for phone calls and web browsing.

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sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

This is quite obviously completely and utterly not true. 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.



You are not being serious... following your logic, iOS is very open too if you do a jailbreak!!

Regarding the usage of iOS without Apple services... I don't have problem with Apple services really. Apple business is selling phones and headphones not people's privacy.

Google is whose trying to be Skynet here, our privacy is their product. I don't need their free "goodies". No thanks.

BTW I will be very glad to switch to Firefox OS when it's done, a real open OS without creepy companies with hidden agendas behind it.

In the meantime, iOS is the only sane choice for me. I prefer to pay for "just work" products not betas.

Edited 2014-06-14 09:47 UTC

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