I have been labelled a fan boy of Apple products before. That’s fine. It let’s me know who knows me, and who doesn’t. If you really knew me, you would know I do indeed very much love Apple products, but I also hold no loyalties to any technology. As of today I am officially using Android devices for almost ALL of my mobile experiences. And so far, I am well pleased.
Still Love iOS
Now this is not to say that I have any major beef with the Apple mobility products, but rather an acknowledgement on my part that Google has addressed some of my biggest complaints with Android.
I Hated Android
Firstly, I was not interested in Android because it was really, dreadfully slow. The stuttering of the screen and apps was so bad, I honestly thought something was wrong with the phone the first time I got to try it. Google acknowledged and fixed this with their “Project Butter” in the 4.1 “Jelly Bean” release. Performance on a decently spec’d out Android phone is no longer an issue.
Secondly, Android and all the apps were just plain ugly. Yes, there were custom themes, etc, but there was no consistency between apps or the OS. It was just bad, bad, bad. Last year, finally Google answered this with an actually fully thought out design philosophy when they announced “Material Design.”
Of course there are other issues, but every product has its share of issues, but at this point, Google has addressed my major concerns and I figured it was time to jump in with both feet.
A New Day In My Mobile World
With the soon to be released Moto 360 v2, I was able to grab the current Moto 360 for a discount at $149, and a day or two later used an upgrade and ordered a Nexus 6. Couple that with my Nexus 7 and my Google Glass, you could say I am about as Google mobile as you can get.
Now, I do admit that I will keep my iPad for the larger tablet and for a few apps that I like that are iOS iPad exclusives.
That said, this current Android experience has until my next upgrade is available around late 2016 to prove to me it can be my daily driver. I will say however, after the first day of use, I think I will for the first time have a real hard time deciding which platform I will choose.
What types of technology choices have you found hard?
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