Why I jumped ship to Android

By Ashley Campbell.

My mobile handset history is varied to say the least, starting with the Ericsson ‘Coca Cola’ phone which I had to save up promotional ring pulls for, through to Nokia 3210′s, Motorola Razr’s (1 and 2), Nokia N-Gage, the first Sony mobile before they teamed up with Ericsson, the LG with the DJ like record interface, another Nokia which name escapes me which brought me to the Blackberry Bold 9000 as the last phone I had before I waded into the murky world that is iOS vs Android.

(It’s worth mentioning that my listing of the above was more a fun trip down memory lane and I dare say it’s highlighted a lack of brand loyalty if anything)

But yes my weapon of choice after the Blackberry was the iPhone 4, why? because it was the closest thing to a brand new phone on the market for me. Everything was put together from the feel of the handset to the apps and features I liked.

The reality is that in purchasing an iPhone I joined an elite club I probably didn’t want to be part of, got into habits that all iPhone owners do (eg. call me on my ‘iPhone’), and later on found that I’d favour texting those who had the iMessage function over those whose message bubble stayed green.

Also I must say that the ease of use had me parting with my money on a regular basis to the good people at Apple. iTunes and the App Store were two of the easiest to navigate functions I’ve used on any device which saw my music spend enter the hundreds for the two years I owned it, with App downloads creeping up to the £100 mark (at a guess.)

So all in all the iPhone 4 I cannot fault as a piece of technology, cries of that owning an Apple product is a fallacy and the reality is that you’re a promotional tool who get told what you can and cannot do with your device didn’t wash with me, as everything I needed from the phone was there and put together in a way that created a joy from a user experience point of view.

So why the switch in 2012?

Simply put, Apple did not release a new iPhone with the iPhone 5, they released a better one. I awaited the announcement of the iPhone 5 with no issues and was waiting to get the confirmation for myself that I’ll be pre-ordering my new device the day after. But instead I was on the phone ordering my new Galaxy sIII which arrived 3 days later.

The main reason around this is simply that I couldn’t justify what I felt would equal 4 years with the same device, it’s like getting your heart set on a new car, but opting for upgrading the looks and tuning your existing car’s performance levels and telling yourself you own a brand new car because it goes faster and the body kit is a touch different here and there.

Of course I did my due diligence in purchasing the sIII, the HTC one X was a worthy competitor but I wasn’t convinced that they had sorted things like poor battery life and the need to send it back for repairs within a few months which I had heard from owners of other HTC devices. I did a quick sanity check on the basic stats on the sIII and the iPhone 5 and found they both had the other beaten in different departments, so long as I wasn’t purchasing an Android shockingly inferior then I’m not fussed that my phone has a ’0.54643 better x’ where the iPhone has a ’0.4564 better of y’.

So what have I gained in switching to Android and the sIII? The joy of discovering a new phone (and not just a few new features); a device which I can customise to my tastes with aspects such as widgets on pages of different themes I have created, including my social network and chat page which displays my Twitter mentions, and the sports page with Sky Sports scores updates proud on display; and of course the device itself which is a fantastic piece of kit. I am also fully aware that I have just scratched the surface of what one can do with an Android phone and am enjoying the research to discover new features.

There’s a massive bout of “fanboyism” in the Android v iPhone world very similar to those who have their PS3 vs Xbox 360 battles; it’s tit for tat arguments by those who have a fear of owning an inferior product trying to make someone admit that they in fact own the worse of piece of kit. In the end it comes down to personal preference. It’s worth adding that if I opted for an Android phone instead of the iPhone 4 at the time I would definitely be buying an iPhone 5 this time around, for the same reason of it being a new phone. With that in mind who knows if Windows Phone gets proper support in the form of developers and apps I may opt for the best version that’s available at that time.

I’m definitely happy with my decision to switch phones and didn’t get stuck on staying with what I know or playing safe, which is essentially what technology should not be about when it comes to high quality goods!


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