Linked by Adam S on Fri 5th Jun 2015 15:26 UTC
Android In June of last year, I finally decided to commit to an Android device. I had carried every flagship iPhone up through that point from the original iPhone to the 5S. To the world around me, I heaped the praise into a life transforming device, but in my tech circles, and on my blog, I frequently posted about my frustration, mostly with shackles and intentional limitations imposed. So last year, why I decided to make the jump to Android. I outlined 10 reasons why I was finally ready to make the jump to Android’s 4.4 release, KitKat. A year has passed. It's time to revisit my original assertions and complaints with some follow up and see where I stand one year later.
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Considered this but don't think I will
by Hank on Fri 5th Jun 2015 21:27 UTC
Hank
Member since:
2006-02-19

I had considered doing the same thing. I've been only on iPhone based smart phones from the very beginning. Last year when it was time to replace my iPhone I decided to go with a Galaxy 4S. I figured I'd see how the other half live and decide if I should leave the increasingly annoying Apple ecosystem. I ported all my music into Google Music. I got my podcasts out of iTunes and into Downcast (on iPhone) and into other players on Android. If all went well I was going to convert my personal phone over to Android when its number was up too.

Unfortunately I can't say I've enjoyed the Android experience much. It works, and it works okay enough. However I find it increasingly twitchy and cumbersome to use. I have the opposite impression of the Google Music interface as you do, especially with integration into my car. I haven't found a podcast system that works as well as iTunes does, which still sucks compared to Downcast. Worst of all, I'm not a fan of these phablet sized phones. I really would prefer something no bigger than an iPhone 5. The smallest I can get is an iPhone 6. Therefore I'll probably end up keeping iPhone for my personal phone and will second guess my move to Android for my work phone on its next upgrade too.

Edited 2015-06-05 21:30 UTC

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the Android phone you're looking for.

Same innards as the larger Z3 (Snapdragon S801 SoC), but with a 4.6" screen (just barely larger than an iPhone 5). Screen is only 720p, which means the GPU should just scream, making things buttery smooth.

And Sony has the thinnest of customisation layers over standard Android. Not to mention, they participate heavily in AOSP development.

You really should not judge "Android" based on Samsung's TouchWhiz UI bastardisation of Android. It's one of the least-liked variations out there. Samsung makes good hardware, but really sucks at software.

Edited 2015-06-05 22:52 UTC

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

You can still get an iPhone 5c or 5S. You don't have to go with an iPhone 6/6+

There are rumours that Apple is preparing to replace the 5c/5S with another 4in sized screen. So all hope for you is not lost.

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