I switched to Android and back to iPhone — Here’s why
This post was originally published on Current.
I’ve been happily using an iPhone for four years. That is, until my Android envy started heating up.
This is just my experience
My experience is not necessarily universal, but it’s a prime example of the strength of Apple’s ecosystem.
The hardest part about my Android experience was communicating with everyone else – but that’s because my everyone else uses an iPhone.
If you find yourself part of an Android community, you might not share my sentiments.
My Smartphone Story
I’ve been using a “smart” phone since the early days – as far back as the Palm Trio.
Over the years, I’ve switched between Palm, Windows, Blackberry, Android and Apple.
I’ve been an iPhone user for the last four years – before, during and after my two plus years working at an Apple Store (I was an AT&T store manager before that).
Recently, I started getting Android envy.
I was bored with the same look and feel I’d become so accustomed to. I craved the larger screen and true customization.
I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 because of its size and appealing split-screen multitasking.
After one week, I switched right back to my iPhone 5s. Here’s why.
Day 1 : The First Date
As soon as I started using my new Galaxy Note 3, I spent about an hour playing around with settings and downloading all the necessary apps (having a great password keeper is key for this): Twitter, Flipboard, Instagram, Candy Crush, etc.
Things were carefree and I was having fun.
Day 3: The Honeymoon Period
The first couple of days with the Note 3 were great – we were getting along swimmingly.
Soon after, I dove right in: I started using my Note 3 like a new toy.
I instantly fell in love with the display: it’s size and and how vibrant the screen was. Reading news, emails and web pages required almost no zooming.
At Moshi, we use Gmail and the setup on Android was absolutely seamless: everything blended into the operating system and that was a huge plus.
Thanks to widgets within the top menu pulldown, I was able to see information from different apps without having to open the application.
I could see stock quotes, calendar events and my most recent emails all on one screen. This was something I could never do on iOS, though similar customizations have just been announced for iOS 8.
True multitasking was a dream come true.
It’s hands down, my favorite thing about the Android experience.
For the first time in my new relationship, I wasn’t happy.
Day 5: The First Fight
My biggest issue was not with the operating system or even the phone itself.
It was the cell service.
I didn’t switch carriers or change my plan, but I noticed a significant decrease in call quality and sending SMS messages was a pain – they would only go through intermittently.
Nowadays, there are plenty of options for messaging, from WhatsApp and WeChat to Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts.
As I started relying more on Internet-based messaging apps, my communication was splintered (not to mention, data usage started to increase).
I was maintaining multiple conversations on multiple different messaging apps and it was hard to keep track.
Most of my friends and family have iPhones (I’d estimate around 85%). With iMessage, I could pick up my conversations right where I left off on any Apple device, and I already own an iPad and a MacBook Air.
I was quickly becoming disenchanted.
Day 7: The Break Up
The straw that broke the camel’s back was a 30-minute phone conversation that could’ve been solve with a five minute video chat.
I received a frantic text from my grandmother telling me she needed help with her new printer.
She tried to FaceTime me (video calls are the best way to troubleshoot anything for friends and family, by the way) and clearly wasn’t going through to my Note 3.
Yes, there are plenty of other video chatting options, but none as grandma-friendly.
In what could have been a brief Facetime chat, I spent 30 minutes going back and forth with grandma.
As the designated IT support for both sides of a very large family, there was no way I could spend countless hours switching everyone over to a new service just so I could help them.
This was when I realized there was no escaping it: I wasn’t ready to leave iPhone.
As much as I loved the Android experience and my fancy new smartphone, convenience won over preference in my Android vs. iPhone battle.