I wrote about renewing my iPhone vows about a month ago. I’m changing my mind. Why? A combination of curiosity and convenience.
I’m not going to discount the number of posts from influencers like Matthew Ingram, Guy Kawasaki and Robert Scoble, but the tipping point was really friends who’ve adopted Android with their latest phones. Whether they were entrenched Apple users or smartphone newbies, their move to Android was inspiring. It made it seem less intimidating to ditch the familiar for something a little more challenging. I mean, I haven’t thought seriously about a smartphone purchase since I first bought a smartphone nearly five years ago. I wasn’t going to make this decision without help.
Why now? It’s easier. Android apps have grown up. Most of my most used apps are available and those that aren’t can be replaced with comparable apps. More importantly, I’ve come to realize that my dependence on basics like Gmail and calendar are better solved with a native platform. I’m also unreasonably excited to try some of the UI tweaks, like Ubuntu-style app launchers and the like. Being able to reinvent the experience is something that will keep me interested as well.
It’s hard to believe, but I’ve had an iPhone for nearly 5 years. I’ve lately noticed more of my friends are switching to Android, and I’ve read a number of articles about bloggers cutting ties with Apple. Would I join them in 2013? Could I break free from familiar iOS apps and move to Android?
Turns out I won’t be making the switch. I’d dialed in on the Droid DNA. I’ve been researching it for weeks, watching YouTube videos, reading reviews and talking to friends who’ve been trying to get me to move to Android for a while. I was convinced this was the phone for me. Moreover, I’ve recommitted to Google on iOS in a big way. Throw in Google Now and I was sure I’d switch.
And yet I won’t. Why?
I had no idea how much I’d grown to love the iPhone form factor. I’ve seen the “feels good in the hand” meme, but there’s something to it. I just couldn’t switch to something that felt like a lesser product, knowing full well the specs are off the chart.
Instead I’m choosing to stick with the iPhone when I upgrade and switch to Verizon. With that in mind, what are the apps you can’t live without? I’m committing to Evernote, blogging with Poster (it’s great!), loving YouTube and I can’t say enough good things about Zeebox, a great app Comcast invested in last year. Recommend your favorites and suggest good blogs, Twitter accounts, YouTube channels and podcasts that you follow to stay up with the latest and greatest.