Thoughts on Leaving iPhone for Android Device

Posted on May 28, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

It isn’t often we find stories online of people who abandon their iPhones to try something different, be it Windows Phone 7 or some iteration of Google’s Android OS, but it does happen.  Rarer still is when it happens to a self proclaimed Apple fanatic whose entire tech arsenal consists only of Apple products, but it does happen.  It happened to me just last week.  One thing you need to know about me before reading this article is just how much of an Apple snob I’ve been for the past twelve years.  During this time, the family home has been Mac-Only when it comes to computers – and since the iPhone 3, iPhone-only when it comes to mobile devices.  When Android was but a distant rumor, I scoffed at it from far away.  When it landed, I laughed.  When its use became widespread, I rolled my eyes.  And when it got really, really good, I accused them of stealing their best stuff from Apple’s iOS.  I was really stubborn, even though my online life was deeply entrenched in Google services which I had no qualms with whatsoever.  Honestly, I can only chalk my anti-Android attitude up to that stubbornness and to certain elitism I’ve always thought I was too good to possess.  What happened last week, while not especially impulsive, seemed shocking to many people who know me.  Here’s how it went down.

One of my colleagues at work is as much an Android addict as I am an Apple one.  We’d had several conversations in the past about the merits of our favorite mobile operating systems, most of which ended with me lightly dismissing Android in some inoffensive way and turning my attention back to my iPhone.  But secretly I’d been looking really hard at some beautiful Android devices for months now, wondering why my iPhone has suddenly started to look and feel so clunky, why iOS was so limited in what one can do with it without jailbreaking, and most importantly why the entire thing was encased in fragile glass.  Why couldn’t you expand the iPhone’s storage with a micro-SD card?

I’ve lost a couple of iPhone screens and one back to shattered glass – twice while protective films and cases were on the phones.  When you lose a power adaptor for an iPhone, it’s expensive to have it replaced, even with a knock-off by another company.  A micro USB charger is comparatively simple and inexpensive to find.  I was thinking again about all the repairs I’ve had to make to my broken iPhones, all the parts I’ve had to special order.  It occurred to me that perhaps Android as an operating system had indeed grown up.  It wasn’t like it used to be.  Google Play, the Android version of Apple’s App Store, has come a very long way making apps easy to find and match up with your phone.

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When my colleague brought in his unlocked international version of the Samsung Galaxy Note last week, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  I fell instantly in love with it.  It was the Android device I had been waiting for, with a big, delicious 5.3” display encased in Corning Gorilla Glass, and a back battery cover plate made of plastic (much more practical and reasonable and easier to deal with on a daily basis than glass.)  I held his phone for all of ten minutes, then rushed out to Best Buy during lunchtime and bought my own.  I no longer cared about what Apple might or might not do a year from now.  I knew what I wanted and I went for it.  And really, I haven’t looked back.  There was a very minor learning curve.  I had to find Android equivalents for only a few apps I’d had on my iPhone – and it wasn’t difficult.  And I’m totally happy with the Galaxy Note and looking forward to the Ice Cream Sandwich update coming soon.  Have you recently switched to an Android phone from an iPhone?  I’d love to hear about your experience.  Comments are welcomed.

Melonie McLaurin is a technology blogger who currently writes for The Apple and Paw, and many other tech related sites.

About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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