disclaimer: This reflects my personal experiences with Android over the course of two years and is related only to mobile phones. I’ve owned an iPhone5 for over two months.
That’s it. I’ve had it. I took up my wallet and went to the nearest phone shop and make the jump. I was leaving behind the Android handsets and picking up my first iOS device. It was a jump that shocked even the staff of the store. ‘Why?’ they asked. ‘Why jump to iOS?’
As the member of staff tried to direct me towards a Samsung Galaxy I had to kindly turn them down. Stating once more that I was done with Android. Still, they wouldn’t back down. That for me was the start of a part of my brain that wanted to know why people jump from iOS to Android. Android was awful. At least for me it had been. So once they gave in and let me purchase the iPhone 5 quickly found out why people jumped ship and my, were they wrong.
My first smart phone would be a HTC Sensation. A powerful bit of kit this phone was packing power, performance and a lot more. My main reason for purchase was the camera and the long lasting battery life. The Android OS was new to me and due to not being able to afford an iPhone I really wasn’t that fussed. So what was it over the space of two years that made me want to jump ship? Well maybe the following three points will help you understand.
1: The Android OS is just not what it should be.
At the time, Android really wasn’t great. Take into account I had to deal with HTC sense as well on top of that so performance and usability of the phone quickly died. The ‘brand UI’ is a rather annoying element that I’m happy to see has gone on newer Android devices.
2: It’s really not that smart.
The HTC Sensation was, in short, just very long winded. Though there were things that it did well more often then not I would find myself just thinking ‘You could do this much easier’. A product so make the customer smile and yet this one was unable to do just that.
3: I just wanted it to work!
It didn’t work. It rarely did. For the first few weeks it was fine but then it went down hill after the first few updates. Then once HTC sense got an update it got even worst. In the end I had a phone that couldn’t take calls, send texts or even pick up signal.
Now I know an easy conclusion would be I just had a bad phone, maybe didn’t look after it, or maybe it’s age. Though to sum degree I will agree that hardware might have been to blame here, I blame it more on the OS and given I looked after my phone I’m set on the OS.
1: It works. Just works.
I’m not a fanboy. I’m a consumer. Nothing more and nothing less. I know my stuff to some degree but I do just want a phone that works and iOS just does that. Android was, and maybe still is, too open and not consumer friendly.
2: It’s current and up to date.
Though many of the features you’ll find in iOS6 are not new the way that Apple have deal with them is. Function and use with iOS is more natural and modern and those ‘future’ features are more welcoming.
3: It’s smart.
I really don’t need to explain this one to much but it honestly just works. Though yes, me and Siri don’t get along, the iPhone and iOS are smart in function and design.
This is of course a quick look at why I’ve jumped over to a new platform and though I have two years ahead of me on this device I’m happy with the choice. With iOS 7 looking to bring a lot more to the table I really can’t wait. Of course many have pointed out that you can ‘make’ Android ‘look’ like an iOS device and even iOS 7. That is true but I don’t want that. I want a phone that works and the option to make your Android device ‘custom’ is one of the main things I disliked. Android just isn’t want it should be.
I’m sure that most of you will disagree with my comments here but know that is fine. Everyone is allowed there own views and as I detail these points as a consumer I can’t lie. Apple and the iPhone really have got their acted sorted. Android, it’s your move.