Back to the iPhone: Features Versus Implementation And The Truest Words You’ll Ever Read About Android
Number sixty three on my list of things I love about Apple is their announcements. It’s always “here’s a thing, here’s what it does, here’s how much it costs, and here’s when you can get it”. And then boom, just like that, a week later, we have the new shiny in our hands. Apple Watch notwithstanding1, it’s how the vast majority of Apple products in recent memory have been launched, and it’s easily one of the best things about the company.
This is new iPhone week, where the larger screened iPhone 6 and even bigger-screened iPhone 6 Plus will become available to everyone in Apple’s first tier release countries. This Friday, Apple aficionados all across Australia (along with the US and eight other countries) will be able to get their hands on the first larger-screened iPhone since the iPhone 5 in 2012. It’s been a long time coming, but this time, it’ll come with Touch ID, a better camera, a faster processor, and iOS 8, Apple’s latest and greatest iteration of their mobile operating system.
I. Cannot. Wait.
Not because I’m particularly excited about a new iPhone per se, but mostly because I’ve been iPhone-less since June. Using Android as my smartphone platform of choice gave me a chance to experience life on the other side of the fence, so to speak, and as a longtime iOS user, it’s really opened my eyes about what Android is like in real-world day-to-day usage. And let me tell you now, it’s not all cutesy codenames for versions of Google’s mobile OS.
I’m switching to Android. But before we get into the what and the how, we have to answer the why.
A long, long time ago, in a different corner of the internet, someone posed a single question: if you had to use something other than Apple products, would you give up Mac OS X and move to Windows, or would you cast your iPhone aside and switch to a competing mobile platform such as Android, Windows Phone, or even — perhaps if you were truly insane, or just liked to live on the edge — BlackBerry?