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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RE[3]: Excellent choice!
by ilovebeer on Fri 13th Jun 2014 15:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent choice!"
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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!"
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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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RE[5]: Excellent choice!
by ilovebeer on Sat 14th Jun 2014 02:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Excellent choice!"
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They're supported by the people (individuals and companies) who make them, and people get full blown access to their devices. As long as they have that, I doubt many people care if Apple officially supports them or not. I know I don't.

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