4 Reasons I ditched my iPhone for Android

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1. The luxury of time

I’ve tried the Google Pact before and became easily irritated by the more complex Android interface so went running back to my comfy old iPhone.

This time I was on holiday in Australia for 2 weeks and I took along a Samsung Galaxy S4 and bought a Telstra sim for it. (loved the 4G network in Aus, it was a real luxury). I left my UK sim in my iPhone so, essentially, I forced myself to use The Samsung Android out of the fear of an immense roaming bill!

Because I was on holiday, I wasn’t impatient, I had time to fiddle and faff and that’s what it took for me to fall in love with Android. I needed to know where everything was and how to feel comfortable with getting things done quickly and efficiently.

I used to be an Apple Fanboy but, having had the time to get under Android’s skin, I fell in love with Google’s Platform because it feels as if it has been crafted for the Power User. Yes, iOS is cleaner, simpler, easier to us and its UI is far more intuitive but Apple can only achieve all of that by trading down on Features and Functionality.

2. SwiftKey

SwiftKey speeds up typing and increases accuracy. Before I continue, please watch this:

I can’t be alone feeling that my biggest frustration with a smart phone (and in particular the small-screen size of the iPhone) is typing on it. What changed things was when a friend demonstrated Swipe typing. It’s a game changer. Swiftkey allows me to get a job done in less than half the time it was taking on my iPhone and with less typos and gaffs.

Interestingly, being able to type without pulling your thumb off the keyboard after each word means you can hold a bigger phone and type on it one handed. This invalidates Apple’s argument that a bigger screen size isn’t comfortable or usable! (PS this post should probably be 5 Reasons as I consider the titchy iPhone screen old fashioned and very constraining)

Sadly, Apple won’t open their iOS keyboard to allow developers to innovate. Apple’s command and control strategy killed iOS for me and this leads me onto my next point:

3. Open Sharing

Everyone has a different suite of tools on which they rely. For me I have several tools built into my daily workflow but two of the most important are Evernote and Pocket. Why should Apple have the right to tell you what Apps you can share to? Using iOS sharing is so cumbersome. In fact, the only way to achieve this on iOs is to email everything into Evernote and Pocket. It doesn’t matter what apps you use, sharing should be open and seamless. Apple is far too arrogant to insist that they are in control of how you can share. Bollocks to that. It will be their demise. One of the nicest things is being able to open an email and to send a link in the body of that email to any app in Android.

4. Notifications

Android’s notifications help you manage your online life. I don’t think I ever used iOS’s notifications (even in iOS6) they just irritated me. Android’s are useful and my most popular gesture is swiping downwards to see what’s new. On Android, notifications work. On iOS, they don’t.

I miss my iPhone for a few things (most notably the camera) but unless Apple opens up iOS and stops dictating what a user can and can’t do, I shan’t consider going back.