An iPhone user’s reminisce of Android
I really felt driven to write about this, well, because it is something that I feel strongly about. I remember being in high school and early years of college and having a Samsung Galaxy S3, but wanting an iPhone so badly…. But alas, a Samsung Galaxy was all that was in my budget.
I remember my “Android crew” hating on iPhones talking about how limiting they are and why Apple is bad and this and that and so on – it didn’t matter I still wanted one… here’s why. An Android device to me was a device of freedom and danger. You could download an app for almost anything (both shady purposes and otherwise), you could do things that you shouldn’t be able to do with a phone, and you could modify the core OS of the phone itself… something I did and enjoyed very much.
I remember the days where everyone had a custom ROM compliments of XDA-developers, and every other day some new ROM was coming out that everyone was flashing their device too. Don’t even get me started on the cracked apps that enabled tethering on Android devices. It became so prevalent that carriers began to try to implement measures to detect tethering as it didn’t go through their official channels and add-ons.
It was all so much fun until it wasn’t. With so much UN-limitation, the price became stability and consistency – and data loss. There came a time where I found myself longing for a simple, consistent, and RELIABLE smartphone experience. The base Android software at the time was pretty limited, and having to change/modify the ROMs to get a better experience put my data in jeopardy each and every time.
Another major issue with early Android devices is that the hardware was not designed around the software or vice versa – meaning that after literally a year of using the Android device with limited apps, it began to lag horribly. I remember when I finally switched to an iPhone 6, it was a magical experience, absolutely magical. The software resembled an intuitively crafted work of art, the apps were highly curated and worked wonderfully on the phone – I finally felt like I had found my phone home.
Fast forward to today, I am very curious as to how Android has evolved and improved over time, and I won’t lie that some of the features look very fun – So at this point, I’ve decided maybe in the future I’ll look into getting an Android phone as a second device, but I really have no desire to leave my iPhone behind. What are your thoughts?