I started using Android in 2010 when Google started its race in dominating the smartphone market with its Android OS.
I immediately fell in love with the features and ease of use it offered. One of the most loved feature was the Google Maps.
It literally gave the convenience to all the travellers like me. No location or route is now not unknown to us.
Years on years Android kept on evolving and all the new features added by Google and hardware manufacturer were adding to the flavour.
I used a lot of Android phones from Motorola, LG, Samsung, HTC and had experienced from Android Eclair to Kitkat.
Until 2014, I didn’t have anything to complain about and haven’t expected to get anything (smartphone) better than Android.
What went wrong then? Why I switched to iPhone?
Actually I didn’t knew but Android & Google made me addicted to new features and innovations. Over the past 5 years I was regularly getting new features with regular OS updates. I was always fascinated with the new features and always tried to use them to improve my daily activities.
Then there comes a saturation phase in Android OS. No new features were coming (apart from few customisation here and there). What Next? It made me find something different.
However being a professional from tech industry I was aware about iPhones but the whooping price tag never made me think about buying one.
Since no other OS was available which is anywhere near to Android, I decided to buy a iPhone. I only got my first iPhone, an iPhone 5S, in late 2014 —making the leap from a string of Android devices.
The change wasn't predicated by any dissatisfaction with Android. Instead it happened mostly because I was constantly looking for new features.
With a new iPhone 5S and a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, I was quite happy that I had best of both worlds. By chance, both the phones were new (Note 3 being less than 3 months old).
By comparision, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 & iPhone 5S were priced similar at that point, but former having bigger battery, bigger display, bigger storage, microSD support and Android (I was familiar with), I was majorly using it.
iPhone 5S having smaller display (major factor), I was using less often.
By the time both phone aged 1 year and I was quite comfortable with iPhone 5S, I started to noticed that Note 3’s performance and battery degraded faster than expected.
Hitching and slow loading times became a severe annoyance towards the end —something I learned was relatively common with Android devices at the time.
My last Android phone was an Sony Xperia. That one was actually pretty solid, with a sharp display, improved OS, decent camera, good battery life, and no major slowdowns to speak of. But same issue of deteriorating performance as device aged was still there.
I switched to iPhone as my primary device and after switching, my main discovery was how smooth an iPhone felt.
Because of Apple's integrated hardware and software, apps and the OS ran like buttery smooth all the time.
My Sony Xperia had been a workhorse, but still stuttered occasionally with things like Gaming.
I finally understood why some people were iPhone stalwarts —it's just innately satisfying to have such a polished experience.
It was also pleasing to get OS updates to all the iOS devices, the moment they became available. In Android, Nexus devices were always guaranteed to get the latest version of Android, but staggered rollouts still sometimes take weeks.
Adding to which you have all the apps available on iOS App Store with less junk apps. Also any new apps are first launched to iOS platform then Google’ Play Store. In fact, recently Google rolled out Google Allo to iOS weeks before its own Android.
Certainly, there are things I missed about Android phones. I enjoyed the convenience of Android's integration with various Google services. For example, all of the efforts Apple made with Siri and iOS, there was no comparing against Google Now's voice commands and info cards which hooked into data from services like Gmail and Google Maps, even if that might be scary for some people from a privacy perspective.
An accessible filesystem and less rigid sandboxing also made my Android phones more customizable. For example you can put widgets directly to your homescreen that would display any important event or stats, you follow rigrously throughout the day. Something which is missing in Apple. I know you have today screen but its less useful than Android’s widgets.
At present, I'm happy to stay in the iPhone ecosystem. There are pros and cons to both platforms. It's just a matter of smart shopping, and deciding which tradeoffs you're willing to live with.