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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Very well said.
by snip3rm00n on Fri 13th Jun 2014 15:31 UTC
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This article definitely hits some of my peeves of the iOS platform on the head. I especially hated that I had to use iTunes to get material onto my old iPhone 4s. Everything from photos and music to even contacts from my previous phone at the time (HTC Hero, which itself was complete utter tripe but that was a fault of Sprint, not the device). The iTunes iDevice management system is very flawed and unintuitive. I can't count how many times iTunes wanted to resync everything on the phone just because I made a change to the behavior on one of the iDevice's tabs.

One of my other biggest qualms about the iOS platform is the fact that there is nothing truly customizable about it. Sure you can tweak settings and such for certain applications but you cannot go into the depth of customization that Android and other mobile OSes give you. If I don't want the flat, over driven white, and painfully bright interface that modern technology companies push on to all our devices like its the solution to all of the industries problems then I can just go into the settings and change it. If there isn't a setting to change it then I can download an app, extension, or launcher that will let me change it.

I do love being able to install third-party applications on my Galaxy S4. I'm not limited to any one app store or even to the need of having an app store. If I find a game or utility written by an indie-developer then I can install it on my device just by going into the settings and the changing the "Unknown Sources" setting to on. This certainly makes testing apps made by the company I work for a breeze.

Lastly, one of the key things about Android that I like is if I don't like or agree with the current stock OS on my device then I can flash a custom ROM into my phone and give it a try. If that ROM doesn't suit my taste then I can just flash a different ROM and keep going until I find one that's just right.

Now, I'm willing to grant that iOS has some ups to it. With the restrictions in it, there is less of a chance of getting a rogue app that will eat your battery life. With an iOS device the possibility of contracting a virus is slimmer (but not impossible). And if you want an in-depth level of customization you could attempt to jailbreak it and keep your fingers crossed that your phone isn't part of the X% that bricks in the process. However, the fact of the matter is that iOS has been behind the curve for a long time. When I saw the iOS 8 WWDC conference all I could think to myself was "Congrats, iOS, you've finally evolved to the level of Android 2.0 Eclair."

Edited 2014-06-13 15:32 UTC

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