Why I’m thinking of ditching my precious iPhone for an Android

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If you don’t like personal stories about infidelity, please read no further. After being in love with my iPhone (s aapl) for several years now, my attentions are increasingly being pulled elsewhere — and I’m not fighting it. I’ve been an iPhone fan ever since I first got my hands on one: it instantly made my BlackBerry(s rimm) feel like an ugly brick that was designed by orangutans. All I wanted to do was hold it forever, and that’s almost exactly what I’ve done since I first got one — until, that is, I switched to using an Android (s goog) phone over the holidays.

I didn’t decide to try an Android phone because I was dissatisfied with Apple or the iPhone — in fact, I still think the iPhone is one of the best-designed and most appealing products of any kind that I’ve ever used. I have a MacBook Air and an iPad that I also love using, and I recommend them whenever I get the chance. But I will confess that I have been looking enviously at Android phones for a little while, after seeing friends like my GigaOM colleague Kevin Tofel using them and then borrowing one last fall for a trip to Amsterdam for our Structure: Europe conference.

Part of what I was interested by was the larger screens on the Nexus and other phones — I like to read webpages and other documents and look at photos on my phone, so more screen real estate was appealing. But I was also interested in the openness of the Android ecosystem, and whether that would be a benefit compared to the walled garden that Apple runs for iOS.

Apple’s garden is beautiful — but the walls aren’t

There’s no question that Apple’s garden is beautiful, as walled gardens go, and it is extremely well-maintained; nasty or disturbing apps are kept out, and everything is checked to make sure it works properly, and that is definitely a big benefit. In other words, the bars are hard to see behind all those beautiful flowers. But in some cases, useful things are kept out as well, whether it’s content or applications — or ways of integrating with other networks and services that maybe don’t meet Apple’s standards (or aren’t willing to pay Apple for the privilege).

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Here’s one anecdote that sums up the differences between the two platforms for me: when I took a photo with the Android phone (a Motorola Razr HD), it suddenly occurred to me that maybe I could beam it to my TV somehow — I have a media hub from Western Digital that has all my photos on it, and usually I have to copy the pictures from the iPhone to a computer with iTunes and then share them with the WD hub. But I figured maybe I could beam them from the Android because the hub is a DLNA device (DLNA is kind of the open version of Apple’s AirPlay standard for wireless networking). Within five minutes, I had downloaded an app that beamed my photo to the WD hub, and we were looking at it on the TV. I did the same thing with a YouTube video.

Another light-bulb moment happened when I went to share a webpage from the Motorola: when you do this on the iPhone, you get to choose between Twitter, Facebook, email and printing — but on the Android, the sharing menu is longer than the screen. You can share just about anything with just about anything else, whether it’s a web service or an app, and for me that’s kind of a metaphor for the two platforms.

It’s probably possible to beam your photos to your television with an iPhone or iPad, but to do that you would need an Apple TV and AirPlay and to be hooked into other parts of the Apple ecosystem (like iTunes, which I confess I have always loathed using). If you have a motley crew of non-Apple technology the way I do — like the Western Digital hub and my desktop that runs Ubuntu — then you are a second-class citizen in some ways, since Apple often doesn’t play well with others.

Choice and openness or a nice garden?

For awhile now, I’ve also noticed the same thing I’ve seen others like Liz Gannes at All Things Digital mention: namely, that I’ve gradually been replacing many of Apple’s services and default applications with Google ones — like Maps, and Mail — or those made by others. The iPhone itself, the hardware, is still incredibly appealing because it is so well made and appealing to hold, but for services, Apple has never really been the best, and you can see that in things like iCloud.

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There are things I miss about the iPhone: like Ralf Rottmann, who has written a great post about making a similar switch, I miss iMessage, because a lot of friends and family have iPhones. I also miss Photostream, which was a great way to have pictures I took automatically show up on my iPad and MacBook Air — but I have replicated much of that by using auto-upload with both Google and Facebook(s fb), as well as an open-source photo hosting service called OpenPhoto that uses Amazon’s(s amzn) S3 for hosting.

When I try to describe the difference between the two platforms to friends, I put it this way: with iOS, if you want to do something, there are may be one or two apps that will let you, and they work pretty well — but if you want a feature they don’t have, you are out of luck. With Android, if you want to do something with the phone, there are 15 or 20 apps that will help you, and many of them are free — but most of them won’t do everything you want, and only a couple will actually work the way you want them to.

For me it comes down to this: Apple has great design, but it restricts your choice in all kinds of ways. And I have been seeing those restrictive bars more and more, despite all the beautiful flowers. Android offers a kind of “tyranny of choice” — but in the end I think choice and openness are better, even if they seem less attractive at first glance. And that’s why I’m thinking of making the switch permanent. Forgive me, Steve.

Post and thumbnail images courtesy of Flickr user Afroboof and Shutterstock / nopporn

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Rohan Jayasekera

I’ve been a cloud dweller whenever possible since I first went online in 1971. That’s part of the reason for my never having bought an Apple product despite my great admiration for so much of what they’ve done. They don’t like the cloud because they don’t control it — and even when they do come late to the party with their version of a cloud service, it’s not very good. And then there’s the fact that the single worst piece of software I use is iTunes for Windows (horrible UI, buggy, slow, drags down my other running apps). I’d love to use an alternative client to access their store, which contains content I can’t find anywhere else (without resorting to piracy, which I won’t do) — but they won’t let any third party develop one.

The Engineer

I was also in this position a few months ago, with my MacBook Pro, ipad & iPhone (my forth one) but was tempted by Android. I bought a Galaxy Note, but kept my iPhone. Thank God I did – I sold the Note after only a month, have you have tried to sync an Andoird 4+ with a mac! Basically you cannot. Forget Kiess. What wine my was iCloud, Andoird has nothing like it. Sure Google & several other 3rd party apps you can get close, but the experience isn’t anything like as suite. My Android friends just don’t get it, but its true what they say, “it just work”. It’s as simple as that if you want quality hardware with software that just works, Apple is the only way.

Sue go try and Android, but you’ll be back – unless that is you simply text, make a few calls and check the news.

STL

“I am considering giving up my beloved iPhone for an Android”
Free advice Mathew: Think again

Dave

Mathew, My condolences to you on your thoughts of infidelity, and coveting thy neighbors smartphone. Though more helpful to the community that you write to might be an informed comparison afterwards, where the focus is more on experience than speculation and doubt.

fwiw, when I share a document with my iPhone or iPad, I have many choices (20+?), beyond the three you listed, which makes me wonder about your perceived limitations. The number depends on the which apps registered willingness to receive what ever type of document you’re viewing (html, pdf, jpg, etc). There isn’t an apple restriction here. Regarding your question of sharing pictures/video/music from mac, pc with itunes, iphone, iPad, iTouch to your $99 appleTV. The answer is yes. Just push the airplay button and bingo it’s there. A good reviewer should know that. Not sure though about a $180 WD media hub.

I think “openness” in this context is google marketing speak, chosen to differentiate and deflect questions about why the android platform have such malware app issues.

H. Murchison

This article takes a bit too many liberties.

First you must define open. Both Android and iOS are open in many ways but closed in others. This is the natural way of things. When you left your home today it’s likely that you locked your door. There’s always a context in which safety is paramount.

I think you falsely created a link between a Walled Garden and one’s ability to get things done. For instance your WD player supports DNLA and there are many apps on iOS that will send audio to DNLA devices in fact Qualcomm just announced Skifta (www.skifta.com) which combines cloud media playback and DNLA/UP&P support. It’s not difficult.

I think you made an inarticulate analogy with the web sharing “light bulb” primarily because you prefaced this moment with the idea to share a web page and then you discussed sharing other items like apps, or just about anything but you had already the context within web sharing. That’s confusing and a bit unfocused.

The Walled Garden approach works. I’ve never seen a Castle built with 2 foot walls last very long. Open is a halcyon dream. Even the Jailbreak community for iOS has resorted to silly customizations because largely the needs of the market are satiated within the OS itself.

As someone that covers technology you should be open to other platforms but I believe Apple’s approach is more congruent with the needs of the rank and file non-enthusiast or someone not entrenched in Google’s way of doing things.

Dniz

If you use your phone for actual productivity and don’t want to use Gmail and Google’s online suite good luck with Android.

Paul Natsch

I’m a long time Mac user (since 1986) who has also now had both an iPad in iPhone the last few years. So I guess you could say I’m definitely deeply integrated with Apple’s ecosystem. That alone makes a switch to another platform difficult for me at this point. I would only even consider doing so if the disparity of quality between the platforms became so large that it became difficult to ignore. With that all said iOS is far from perfect but it works for me and generally works very well. In fact I think it’s better to say that the “walled garden” approach is a big reason why it’s as reliable as it is and generally works as well as it does although the walls probably don’t need to be as high as they are. Obviously using only Apple devices helps in making all my devices work seamlessly together.

But like I said iOS is far from perfect and quite frankly is due for an overhaul. Sometimes I wish Tim Cook would read forums like this and take what people are saying to heart because Apple needs to start doing more innovating and adapting or both or they’re going to have some problems down the line. Little things like allowing one to set default apps, adding widgets, and on screen toggles would go a long way to making iOS “sexy” again. I also think that they’re going to have to eventually make an iPhone with a larger screen. Among my Android friends I’ve noticed that their large-screen Android phones have become the center of their world much more so than my iPhone friends. They have less need for a tablet and in some cases a laptop or desktop as well. It’s almost like carrying a small tablet around that doubles as a phone, which eliminates (or at least diminishes) the need for other devices. It’s starting to look like that’s something that’s becoming very attractive to people. You can’t currently do that with an iPhone really.

Of course Android isn’t without its problems as well. I frequently hear my Android friends bitch about having to wait for the latest OS update or even wonder if their device is going to get it at all. If they use multiple devices (tablets, computers, and phones) they don’t work seamlessly together as well as having all Apple devices. I’ve had to help some of my Android friends try to set up similar systems where all their devices work together seamlessly and it wasn’t nearly as easy and didn’t work nearly as well. I’ve also had some of my Android friends complain that the same app on their phones doesn’t look as nice, and in a few cases doesn’t function as well, as its iOS counterpart.

Of course all of the above examples for both iOS and Android are just a few of them. The bottom line, at least to me, is that both platforms currently have enough advantages and disadvantages to where one is really not all that much better than the other one. So being that it’s now that close it really comes down to personal preference and what works best for each person. I have no doubt that I could switch to an Android phone tomorrow and in a few days have it set up to work reasonably well with the rest of my Apple ecosystem. I’d probably also be very happy with said phone. But would it be all that much better? I’m not so sure… Yet. So with that said I just don’t think it’s worth the trouble right now. But if Apple doesn’t start adapting and innovating soon I may have to revisit this decision sometime in the future.

Danox

So your friends are having trouble, but you are going to switch Android because?

Paul Natsch

I never said I was going to switch. I only said I might consider it in the future if Apple doesn’t innovate and adapt more. If you haven’t noticed Android has caught up quite a bit. It’s not perfect either but it’s being more aggressive in fixing its imperfections then Apple is with iOS. I’d like to see Apple change that.

Vogon Poet

Ok, i´m an old poop ( 30 ), that saw IRC shrink steadily when MSN came around. The avg users always choose the easiest solution over flexibility. MmM emoticons.

I suppose alot of users “just want stuff to work”, and doesn´t want to be bothered with unecessary details.
For example, MS Windows is shipped with options like “hide filename-extensions”, “hide menu bar”, and other things.
Apple takes this further on IOS by removing the sense of operating with files and commands alltogether by limiting sharing-options. Why would you need more?
I installed instagram and instantly removed it when i figured out i couldn´t even save my photos to “camera roll” if i wanted. The result are users who doesn´t know what a filetype is. Btw, i just noticed App-updates on the mac doesnt show me the size of updates until after i hit “update”. Why?

You no longer need a bunch of accounts on the internet, as “everything” wants you to share accounts and integrate with facebook, google/youtube etc. I tried to avoid getting Spotify hooked up to anything, but for some reason unknown to me, i´ve got a bunch of contacts there too. Why does everything have to have a social component?
And, i´ve got an iphone 5, which i like for numerous reasons, but it wont be completely useful until its jailbroken!
Result : New users understand less and calls the tech-hotline more often.
Developers : Please consider a “no bullshit”-mode for us old poops?

Idon't Know

Every time I see one of these link baiting articles the persons justification makes no sense. probably because they are simply trying to get attention and page views. For example there are plenty of ways to get photos etc from your iPhone to a TV that don’t involve Airplay or iTunes. Spend 2 seconds googling it.
Apple specifically restricts SOME interapplication communication because of malware. That is one of the many reasons why major corporations buy iPhones and not Android phones.

Cynthia

I had an iPhone 4, swapped for an android, now back with iPhone 5 – will NEVER switch again

Darren

Let me tell you why I am switching from my iPhone 5 today after being an iPhone user from day 1. I will make this as short as possible, but Apple almost destroyed my Buisness and if you are not careful it might happen to you. I had 25g’s of storage that was not supposed to expire until September. For reasons unknown even from Apple itself it was downgraded to 5g’s. You might not think this is a huge problem until you find out that Apple’s email is linked to the cloud so I could not receive or send emails for two days after frantically buying more storage that Apple itself was telling me I should of already had. They could not fix this for 2 days after 9 hours frantically spending my time with them on the phone. It’s basically extortion that your email locks up like this and the fact my business is an online Buisness and all my orders are sent to my email I have no idea who was ordering from me or trying to contact me. Not a good impression when you run a Buisness. I have had more problems in the last month with Apple then I have in 6 years. The cloud is a disaster and they have lost there way. I warn anyone that has their email thorough iCloud that if your storage goes over it will say you reached your quota and your email will be effectively shut off.

chrish1961

I suppose it didn’t occur to you that you could download a DLNA app for the iPhone to stream those same photos to the TV?

Idon't Know

Well if he did that then he would have thought about something actually useful to write about today.

John B.

Great article Mathew!

You have resurrected a lifetime known fact of Apple. Steve Jobs rekindled interest in a company that was on the verge of bankruptcy. As a past Apple supporter, I couldn’t stand the beatings I took from friends about how free they were to do as they wanted through Windows. I simply wouldn’t sway my beliefs that Apple was the superlative. Then it happened. I literally had to experience the provisions of the open concept in order to realize that so much more was offered over the tightly wound vertical integration of Apple. I moved on to a Windows PC and then fell in love with Android. Sometimes the quality of offerings and Apps can be subpar. However, the choices simply reinstate the comfortable cushion of being able to find many other great Apps. I can do as I want with my phone, not what Apple says I can or can’t. When the original iPhone made its debut, I consistantly conveyed my message to this new generation that being tied to Apple can be a detriment. If you can accept Apple for what it is, then you will enjoy a good experience. However, If you wish for more, then it is time to move on. Apple does work on that premise.

John B.

Idon't Know

Tell us exactly what sorts of things Apple has “restricted” you from doing.

Mike Barton

I’d be wary of the reliability of Android. My 6-month-old Droid Razr M is slower now than new and I have a pretty light load of apps and also close ones not needed. It lags between processes to the point of me eyeing my old, unregistered iPhone 4 again. I had tried Android before with the first generations and went to iPhone. This time, I had thought with Android 4 the problems were over. Apparently not. Hmmm. There is also the issue of the lifespan of support for Android devices: http://www.wired.com/insights/2013/01/the-orphans-of-android/

I am open to hearing ways I can resurrect my Droid Razr M. Do I need to go Windows 98 every few months and just do a clean reinstall/wipe?

Olivier

Just to let you know, on an iPhone/iPad you can beam photos to your TV if you have a Roku box and the Roku app installed. It is seamless and works great.

Idon't Know

That is one of many ways and I use Plex to do that. But he doesn’t really want to know there are many ways of doing this. Else he would not have written this link bait article and gotten all of us to comment and give him more page views. This is Giga Om after all. Not quite Engadget/Gizmodo but not far off either.

Jake

I had the exact opposite experience to this. I had two of the flagship Android devices (at the time) the Droid and the Droid X. I had the media docks for both and they always sat there collecting dust because even with a direct, wired HDMI connection, I could never get a single image from either phone to show up on the screen. They also only worked for pics and video and I did all sorts of troubleshooting and finally gave up (and that was after spending $129 on the stupid media dock accy bundle from Verizon). The Droid X had DLNA but again, I could never get it configured because it would only ever show a loading page before it crashed and I’d have to restart the phone.

I ended up picking up and iPad 2 and bought the HDMI connector for it and was up and running in seconds, it was plug and play. I was able to do full mirroring too and not just view pics and videos which made it great for reading bed time stories to my kids. They always liked to crowd and fight over the iPad but when I had it connected to the TV they all could see it much better and stopped fighting crowding in.

I ended up picking up the Apple TV which again was plug and play and very easy to setup, it allowed me to do wireless mirroring and it just worked. I know some people would argue that I had to pay $99 for it but at the same time I paid $129 for the media dock on my Android phones and they never even worked. The media docks also did not include nearly the same amount of functionality that the Apple TV offered.

It also got old to need an app to close other apps running in the background or apps to force quit the apps that had crashed. I didn’t like having a flagship device and not getting any updates for it. I also had a TON of bloat ware (more so on the Droid X than on the Droid) that I couldn’t get rid of without jail breaking the phone which I didn’t want to do. Basically I had the same complaints that most people who don’t like Android find.

The bottom line for me at least is that iOS did the things that I always wished my Android phones did and iOS did them better. Android is supposed to be more open yet I would still have to jail break it to get rid of bloat ware or update the OS earlier than the carrier allowed. I like iOS because it just plain works and I have no reason to even want to jail break because it does everything I need it to do.

Besides it goes both ways. When my sister comes over with her iPhone she can stream her music right to my receiver through the Apple TV. When my brother comes over with his Droid Razr, he can’t because there’s no way for his Android phone to interface with my receiver. So both platforms have equal limitations in my opinion depending on what you chose to surround yourself with.

I won’t switch back until I run into a situation where an Android phone can complete some functionality I need better than my iPhone and so far I haven’t run into that situation. When I do, I’ll go back but I don’t think that will happen any time soon, I like the feeling of security I get inside the Walled Garden.

Noku Rukakikika

I love the garden, and don’t mind the walls at all. One big reason I have loved using Macs all these years is not having to worry about viruses. I feel the same way about an iPhone. There’s a lot to be said for peace of mind. That peace of mind is not available on Android, and that would bother me a lot. There is way too much sensitive information on my phone for me to allow it to be stolen so easily. The author did forget to mention how prone Android is to data theft.

I rely heavily on Google Drive and Google Apps for Domains and find them quite easy to use on my iPhone and iPad. I never felt the need to switch to Android for their sake.

A friend recently took advantage of a promotion and picked up a Samsung with Android ICS. She couldn’t figure out how to use it and asked for my help. I found it pretty much a confusing mess. I’m sure that I would have gotten used to it, but right from the start it not seem at all to be intuitive.

I don’t buy the author’s bemoaning the limitations of the iPhone because he wants more choices – like being able to share to many services – as a reason to switch to Android. He uses Ubuntu on his desktop. You don’t use a linux desktop without getting used to, even preferring, limitations. People use linux desktops for a variety of reasons, many of them good, but never because it offers a multitude of popular hardware and software choices. One of the reasons people use linux is security and the peace of mind that comes with it. That’s one reason I am happy with my iDevices.

Adam Smith

“One big reason I have loved using Macs all these years is not having to worry about viruses”

“Mac users should become increasingly aware of the threat that malware poses to their machines. Hackers and malicious coders are getting better everyday at breaking into the once thought unbreakable Mac. ”

http://www.webpronews.com/the-latest-mac-virus-is-hilariously-bad-2012-08

I use the free Avast anti-virus on my Nexus 4. Scans all my apps as they’re downloaded. I’ve used Avast on my PC for years, I’ve very pleased.

I find it ironic that Apple, which ran the iconic ad in 1984 of a man breaking free of Big Brother has become big brother.

Never owned a thing made by Apple, I doubt I ever will.

MidianGTX

What a tardy, roundabout way of doing things. Antivirus programs are hideous creatures, they should not have to exist and the fact they do highlights a ton of underlying flaws on the system they’re designed for.

MidianGTX

Oh, and if you haven’t owned something, you’re probably a terribly unreliable person to pass judgement. A great deal of Apple users grew up on Microsoft. Think about it logically for a moment.

The Gnome

zzzzz nobody cares. Get a cheap plastic Android if you don’t care about design and quality apps and be happy with it… there are plenty of nerds buying Android and liking it, no big news here.

Mirco

Install Dropbox and activate the automatic photo uploading feature.
That’s much better that iOS’ Photostream!

Hortron

It used to be that PC users criticized MacOS and OSX for being locked down and too restrictive (especially in the days that there would be 20 windows titles to 1 or 0 for mac to accomplish a task). But it was basically the same as now – the functionality was there in the Mac you just had to be REALLY knowledgeable to get there.

It sounds like today is the same as the late 90s/early 00s.

For the record, I don’t own any smartphone, I prefer using Windows. and I haven’t owned a mac in 8 years.

Mirco

As built on Unix MacOS X wasn’t very restrictive. It was very open (and I can’t reproduce that thing with 20 window titles)…but it was different.
But MacOS X is going to be restrictive. That’s what gatekeeper’s for. I’m a long-time mac-user and I don’t like the way apple goes with it’s new “iOSX”. This is also why I’m using an android device and working with a 4 year old system on my 7 year old mac.
But’s that off-topic now.

Idon't Know

Those PC nerds were wrong then because they didn’t know what they were talking about and you are wrong now.

Karl Tiedemann

I concur on every functional critique you’ve leveled at iOS. But to say that Android has greater choice is blind. The only apps worth using on Android come from Google or were first ported from iOS (Facebook, Dropbox, Twitter, etc). The vast majority of Android users that try to tempt me to switch all cite how great Google’s apps are. But they can never give me any viable 3rd party options that I’d pay for.

Apple’s Walled Garden as a limiter of choice is a complete fallacy. All the quality 3rd party options on Apple dwarf Android’s offerings. The 3rd parties drive iOS.

Case in point: On Android, Google makes the best apps. On iOS, Apple makes the worst and 3rd parties pick up the slack. How’s that for choice? And people PAY for those apps.

How many Android users are NOT using Chrome, Gmail, Google Search, Google Docs, etc etc etc as their primary?

Arvydas

It depends what kind of user you are. If you are average user, who is not commited to spending time searching for a solution how to beam content to tv or even have that kind of need, then iOS is perfect. If, however, you are a power user then of course you will require Android. These two platforms target completely different users. I like that my choices are limited in iOS because these choices do not compromise on quality and I dont have to filter out the crappy ones.

Timothy Weaver

It would help if the anecdotal “open” examples were actually accurate. A search of “ios dnla apps” solved the first one. And the second one is nothing more than installing apps that support the “Share” functionality on iOS. It’s supported fine by the SDK.

I could care less what anyone uses, and when it comes to a wider variety of devices you cannot argue that Android-based phones offer you more choices (but iPhone users have more choices when it comes to 3rd party accessories of all kinds). But the “open” argument is such utter nonsense it should be banned outright as a reason.

Timothy Weaver

It would help if the anecdotal “open” examples were actually accurate. A search of “ios dnla apps” solved the first one. And the second one is nothing more than installing apps that support the “Share” functionality on iOS. It’s supported fine by the SDK.

I could care less what anyone uses, and when it comes to a wider variety of devices you cannot argue that Android-based phones offer you more choices (but iPhone users have more choices when it comes to 3rd party accessories of all kinds). But the “open” argument is such utter nonsense it should be banned outright as a reason.

Mathew Ingram

Thanks for the comment, Tim — I know there are DLNA apps for iOS, but that type of streaming content to all kinds of non-Apple devices is still easier with the Android (some newer models have sharing to DLNA devices built in).

As for the sharing menu, I have already installed all the apps I want to use on the iPhone and it doesn’t see them as capable of being shared to, while the Android does. That’s a big plus for me, maybe not for everyone.

Paul

Android has a few hills to climb. Quality, ease of use. Device security. Simplicity.

iOS also has hills to climb. Hardware variety. Configurability. Even ease of use in some cases (that Android widget that controls radios, updating and brightness is much better than digging through menus).

It may come down to single sign-in access to user data, and what you can do once you have that. Nearly everyone uses Google Search. Most people have a Gmail account. More people every day use Docs/Drive. Apps that tie these together (Google Now) will become more important to fit and augment just the right information into the constrained I/O bandwidth of mobile devices. Tough to see Apple keeping pace here, though I hope they do.

pstmstr

I’ve tried to switch from an IPhone 5 to a Galaxy Note 2 twice now and just can’t do it. I actually like the size but just can’t get Android to do what I do most on IOS. Of course the day I returned my Note, Agenda was announced for Android and more apps are being released that are on IOS so maybe I gave up too soon. Falcon Pro is no Tweetbot but pretty good, ToDo isn’t on Android yet and Journal for Evernote isn’t either. Maybe if I can find replacements for these I will give it another shot.

Bill

Wow, here is what I got from your piece: you already own an iPad, a Macbook Air, and an iPhone… that work fantastic together with some limitations. You also have enough spare time on your hands that you can experiment with 10-15 apps per task… and are willing to use multiple apps per task to get a few extra features… at the expense of convenience and time.
And the best example you have of making it worth it… is a bigger screen for web pages and putting video on a TV with your WD device.
You should read web pages on your iPad… and have splurged an extra $30 over that WD streamer to get an AppleTV to complete the solution. You would have less stress in your life and not be wasting hours a week playing with apps that have a feature or two, but don’t work well.

Nicholas Paredes

Frankly, I’d rather that Microsoft gets a solid third ecosystem… Developing for Android, and deploying (testing) apps is a nightmare.

realjjj

Get used to it, limited hardware choices can’t win and Microsoft will have to change that soon enough if they gain share. Other OSes that might have a chance (there are 3-5 of them and not counting BB10) will have to work on a wide range of hardware options- in case that’s what bothers you and not something Android specific.

Idon't Know

Which doesn’t have anything to do with hsi complaint that Android development is a mess. Which it is.

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