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I left Android for iOS… and instantly regretted it

This is the story of a stupid decision. Not a life changing stupid decision — it’s about phones — but still…

First of all, the reasons I switched to the iPhone:

  1. I spend more and more time on my phone (don’t we all) so I wanted and was happy to pay for the best. My nexus 4, bought in December 2012 for ~360 Canadian Dollars unlocked had served me well but it was now growing a bit senile — mostly on the battery life front
  2. iPhone 6 was the best hardware from any phone I could see on the market at the time. That new A8 chip, the screen resolution, the beautiful rounded design, the camera, etc — clearly it’s made of good stuff.
  3. I’m always interested in new apps & startups often launch iOS-first. Often the Android version takes a while to get out. Being on android I was tired of having to wait for the latest cool software

Now, here’s why I’m pissed off. I’m going to go through things that suck on iOS that I could do easily on Android.

1. Sharing things easily between apps

This is probably my number 1 pet peeve.

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Her forehead hasn’t changed too much
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What’s “Plague”, you ask? https://gigaom.com/2014/11/26/meet-plague-an-app-plumbing-the-depths-of-viral-networking/
  1. Leave Chrome/Safari
  2. Go to Whatsapp
  3. Find the right conversation
  4. Paste the link
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No shit David Brooks has a Bill Maher problem

2. Having Useful Widgets & Quick Settings

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Oh, the bitcoin price ride. Good times.
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Great song, great lyrics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RghsLFEuuJM

3. Better integration between browsers & apps

On Android, say you have twitter installed and you click on a tweet from your browser, e.g a tweet that has been linked to in an article, it opens it in Twitter.

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NO

And a few more things..

Now for a few more smaller things that piss me off:

  1. Google Now is better than Siri. Plenty has been written about that. It’s pretty clear. https://www.stonetemple.com/great-knowledge-box-showdown/
  2. App Store search & discovery is a mess. This post makes that case very well http://gedblog.com/2014/12/15/how-broken-is-discovery-on-the-app-store-this-broken/
  3. No way to dismiss all notifications at once. You dismiss once per app. If you have notifications from 6 apps, you click dismiss 6 times.
  4. Non-threaded notifications. You get one notification per email, one per whatsapp message, one per mention on twitter. What is this nonsense? Android groups these (e.g 12 new whatsapp messages) and you can swipe down on that notification to get the detail.

Conclusion

OK these reasons are getting increasingly pedantic as this post goes on… ☺

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Product Manager at Improbable, chutney enthusiast. Views are mine. Newsletter at https://ernest.oppet.it/

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