So I am back to iPhone after making a serious effort to go Android. The most important thing I learned is that I definitely prefer a unified, connected experience to that of increased yet disjointed and ad-hoc functionality.
As I wrote back before iPhone launched, feel beats features–at least for me.
But it’s clear that this is not the case for everyone. Some people simply don’t resonate at the frequency of design/feel the way I and others do. And for them the choice between iPhone and Android is a clear one for the latter.
I desperately wish Android’s versions of Google Maps and Google Navigation were on iPhone; they are so superior on an Android device that it’s like stepping back three years to use the iPhone versions of each again.
Since some people will be interested, here’s a subset of the issues that caused me issues on Android:
- Open a text in native text messaging app instead of the one I selected
- Hate the screen; larger with less resolution
- Hate the responsiveness; often press multiple times to get a response
- Dislike the app store compared to apple’s
- Plug into my mac and my photo app doesn’t recognize it
- The tethering intermittently stops working
- I’ve had a voicemail in my notification bar that I can’t get rid of
- Google voice integration, isn’t
- The voicemail app is not pleasing
- All my main social apps are far better looking and feeling on iphone: twitter, facebook, foursquare, tripit, fandango
- BATTERY LIFE; measured in a few hours rather than a day or more
- UI polish is completely not there (the tethering app, for example)
- updating and tweaking isn’t my thing (I like it, but don’t want to)
- I prefer the soft buttons to the hard ones
- The unified email client on OSX is superior to those on Android according to my preference
- There are constant updates coming out for Android–new ROMs, new kernels, etc. that make me want to spent a LOT of time messing with my phone
- Browsing was far more jumpy and crude compared to an iPhone
- Flash on Android was hideous looking–very jumpy when scaling in, scrolling, etc.
- Much prefer the camera on the iPhone to Android
This is a list of random thoughts; so don’t take the language or tone too seriously.
I also want to explicitly thank my friends Sasa and Ken for doing their best to make me feel at home with Android during my transition period. They did help me get deeper into it, and I was convinced I was going to stay with it for a few days there before the doubts started leaking in. Their efforts were much appreciated, and I know how it feels to be into something so passionately that you want your friends to enjoy it as well. I’m truly sorry it didn’t work out in the end.
Anyway, for the time being I’m going to be an Apple guy. But I haven’t sworn off of Android. I think Google is going to figure out fairly soon that they need to do what Apple is doing in terms of core applications. They need a core set of apps that are unified and integrated that accomplish all the main tasks. Music, media, images, everything. All within native Google apps that sync to the desktop, the cloud, other devices at home, and that look as polished as Apple.
This is within them to accomplish, and I think (and hope) it’s only a matter of months before this happens. I maintain my position that I will eventually end up on Android; I thought it might have been early (two weeks ago), but it turns out the time isn’t quite right for me yet. But it won’t be long: perhaps 1-2 years. Once Google figures out how to do what it is I like about the iPhone I’ll have no reason to stay with Apple whatsoever. I’d rather be a Google fanboy than an Apple fanboy any day. ::