It took only two weeks since writing the letter to myself trying to stop myself switching away from Android. Guess what, it didn’t work. Last night I ordered a Jet Black iPhone 7 128GB.
So what happened?
It was all triggered by my twins being born. Congrats, yes, thanks. They’re healthy, great, and tiring. I spend a fair amount of time with a son in one arm, and a phone in the other. As I wrote in my previous post, I currently own a Nexus 6p, which is a 5.7″, also known as: pretty darn big, heavy and not that comfortable to operate with one hand. That’s problem number one.
Number two is the camera. Practically all pictures taken off my first son were iPhone pictures, and they’re pretty decent. Not pro level, but good, made instantly, never had a complaint. The Nexus 6p has a reasonable camera, but not as nice as my old iPhone 6. Specifically, it sometimes takes 2 seconds to snap the picture which can mean I missed the moment.
Case in point:
Here’s my oldest son blowing out the candles during his third birthday last week:
Nice timing Nexus…
Yeah, that’s a shame. Don’t remember having such issues with an iPhone. You’re phone’s camera is a big deal, especially if you have kids growing up. And I do… an army of them.
So, size, weight and camera kicked off the doubts once more. The way my brains work, this then resulted in reevaluation of just about every pro and con, and guess what, things tipped over to the iPhone side again.
Here we go:
1. Notifications on Android are more useful
This is still true on iOS, but somehow I don’t consider this that big of a deal. I end up “clearing all” on Android anyway. Notifications have improved signifying in iOS 10.
2. Like it or not, you live in the Google ecosystem, and Google apps are better on Android.
This is probably still true. However, one annoyance of Gmail on Android is the lack of “real” support for a combined inbox as a default view. Outlook on iOS does have that (on Android too, but I don’t like the Android version). Somehow I’ll see if I can sort the sync thing out on iOS.
4. Google understands cloud
What can I say…
5. The Android ecosystem (Chromecast, Pebble) is affordable, feature rich and reliable.
I’ll probably stick to using the Chromecast and maybe even Pebble. Have to see how well it works with iOS.
6. You can set different default apps for certain things, for instance rather than launching Skype to call your parents, you just use the native phone app, which directs the call via some VoIP transparently based on the fact that it’s a foreign phone number.
The default app for calling and transparently calling through Skype is supported in iOS 10. Another browser as the default is nice, but in the end I don’t use this feature on Android either…
7. Google’s Play Store is better and smarter than the Apple App Store.
Still true. Not a deal breaker. I’m more into the Apple ecosystem, so I will hear about good apps through other routes.
8. Talking about stores — since Google is less strict about payments, your Kindle and Audible apps actually allow you to buy Kindle and audible books from within the application, without going through the browser like on iOS (because of Apple’s rules).
Yeah that’s an inconvenience.
9. Usability niceties
This is a mixed bag. Android has some nice tricks and shortcuts, but my iPhone 7 will support some nice ones too through 3D touch swiping between apps, moving the cursor that way etc.
10. You’re naive enough to be willing to trade privacy for quality of life, as a result you enabled all the “location broadcasting” features that your Android phone gave you. As a result, your phone now knows where you parked your car, tells you to leave for your next appointment, or warns you about traffic to your son’s school even though you never told it where that is.
Yes, nice gimicky features. iOS 10 will also do the car parking thing. I don’t drive between appointments so… whatever. I’ll live.
11. On-screen keyboards are better
Yeah well… I think I can take it.
So I’m eagerly awaiting my iPhone 7. See you again Android, perhaps in another couple of years…