Tuesday, January 3, 2012

On My Switch to Apple

It's been nearly three months now from my transition into an iPhone. (Previously, I was connected to the world via Android Captivate). My brother, who's first and only smart phones have been Apple, kindly allowed me to trial out the iPhone 3GS as he obtained the newest gem in glory, the iPhone 4GS.

As any Android Ambassador, I was all angst and negative reviews. I was determined to dislike the product, whatever it took. In fact, my first words were, "Wow, what a cloudy screen. No voice guided GPS? Lame." My brother just smiled and said "just wait.." So I did. Days turned into weeks, and weeks turned a month, and I was cruising through the phone like no tomorrow. No confusing paths or endless tapping to get to the settings, no random crashes, no hyped up apps that turned out to be glitchy and overly fru fru. Despite all my unfounded hatred, I was beginning to veer towards the Apple side.

Desperate to recover my indifference and vast apathy, I switched on my Android to rekindle the fire. And that was the last strike. Fifteen minutes later, when the phone finally loaded, I was quite angry. When I tapped a single app, I had to wait another five minutes for the screen to then freeze and take me back to the home screen. I opened up my favorite app, Google Talk, and swype was suddenly confusing and slow. It spurned out wrong words, incorrectly spelled, and froze after two words. And here is where the Android Stoic may say, "Ah, the problem was the Captivate. If you would have had the EVO or the Thunderbolt.." And that's exactly what I mean. In their efforts to make a customized phone for everyone, they sacrificed efficiency and seamless integration. I've played with EVO and Thunderbolt and the phone is always clunky, battery always on the verge of dying, and never delivering half of it's promise. My iPhone 3GS is now 3 years old, and it still works smooth, quickly and updates almost automatically. With Android, I was always being left behind. From 1.1, to 1.2, to 1.5., to 2.5, ( Froyo, gingerbread, ice cream sandwich, popsicle rainbow, jolly rancher, peppermint diarrhea.. etc. ) and before you know it, the phone you invested in two months ago is now archaic.

With Apple, that is history. I'm still on par with newer iPhones, I still have ability to use the same apps, and not be penalized with being unable to access Netflix or other apps because my phone is slightly older. So Android fans, what is all your hate based on? Sometimes open sourced is a good thing, like the Waze app Apple offers, (which is a much better replacement for Google Maps, with real live traffic and cop warnings) and sometimes its just the means to confusing demise, like Android Market. If everything was Open-Sourced, medicine would be a lot riskier, grocery shopping would be dangerous, and so on and so forth. It's not always a good thing. Leave the professional editing to professionals. Leave the designing and creating to those with skill and experience. And leave the Android in the store, where it belongs.

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