Moving to Android

May 18 2013

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If the title if this post isn’t enough of a giveaway, I’ve retired my iPhone 4S and purchased a Nexus 4.

To say that I’ve invested a lot of time and money into the Apple ecosystem over the past five years is an understatement. So this is somewhat of a big deal for me.

Why the change?

Quite simply I think I’ve outgrown iOS and all that it has to offer. I’ve longed for more power user features and configurability over the past six months than ever before. And sadly iOS just isn’t able to provide that for me at this moment in time.

Perhaps it’s a premature move on my part, since we can only speculate as to what iOS7 has in store. But knowing Apple as a company, they aren’t going to make a change, for changing sake. Looking back at their previous releases is evidence of this. Think about how long it took them to implement a simple feature like copy and paste.

Android first impressions

Android is pretty darn sweet now. The clunkiness of the interface has gone and the responsiveness is excellent! Added to the fact that I have been able to see dramatic software improvements take place over the past few years made this a no brainer for me. Yes there’s room for improvement, but I’m confident that these are going to get addressed in the near future.

That said I’m thoroughly enjoying my Nexus 4 and all that it has to offer! In fact I’m busy writing this very blog post using the gesture enabled keyboard. Something I’d never dream of using my old iPhone.

Pros and cons

For those of you who are considering making the move to Android, here’s a quick rundown on a few of the things that I’ve noticed since jumping ship. Some of these might be phone specific, rather than applicable to Android, but I’m going to list them here anyways.

Pros

Hardware

Software

Cons

Hardware

Software