Anyone who knows me well (and not that well but well enough to know my online opinions), will know that I am fully signed up to the cult of Apple.
I have been for years. I love the devices. I love the operating system. I love the thought and attention to detail. I admire the UX and the accessibility Apple put into all their kit.
I am considering moving to Android!
There is not really any major difference between smartphones these days, apart from the OS itself.
All offer very similar functionality, it’s just down to how it is provided to the consumer and how the consumer can choose how (or how not) to use a device.
Don’t get me wrong, I would never get a Samsung phone. To me, they look cheap and Samsung as a business have spent their recent years copying other companies (not just Apple). Oh and we had a large Samsung TV which broke just after the guarantee run out so there is previous here!
Apple were the pioneers of innovation and yet the iPad is being left behind by the Surface Pro (which is way too expensive for most people but that’s another point). But it proves that Apple is not able to keep up with the changing face of consumer technology. They certainly don’t seem to be providing devices people WANT or could utilise fully.
There are lots of rumours about the iPhone 8 (as usual) and I will probably wait until WWDC in June to see what Apple comes up with, however, my mind is already wondering.
Some friends told me years ago about OnePlus and their great headsets. One of them moved from iOS to Android and she survived. Why can’t I?
Yes, there is the issue I am typing this on an iPhone and a Macbook but that should not stop me from doing what I want to. We have lived in an Apple v Microsoft world for decades and we all survived.
I truly wish the manufacturers would open up to one another and put the consumer first but that won’t happen as they all simply want to make as much money as possible.
I remember when Apple launched Facetime they made it an open platform so people could video call across devices. No one took them up they all simply created their own versions – this just leads to fragmentation and does not truly help people connect.
Yes with Android you can have a shitty experience with cheap kit but that’s true of anything. With the speculation that the iPhone 8 could cost around £1,000, I cannot bring myself to spend that much, let alone carry around a piece of £1,000 glass in my pocket! It’s madness.
I have either been very lucky or very careful and have never had a damaged Screen until recently. I went for a run with my iPhone 6S in my arm cuff but put my gym locker key in with it (I think) – this sadly caused top level surface scratches on the screen which now feels rough and has left a dull patch on a section of the screen.
Well, that’s what I thought happened but I could be mistaken. I actually don’t now how I did it (which is annoying) but this is my best guess.
My point though is how can something so simple or trivial cause such a physical cost to the device I own and the experience I have of using it?
This is my second iPhone 6S as Apple replaced it when I had an issue with the battery draining rapidly. Sadly this is happening again with little to no explanation. My commute is over an hour. I read a few emails and listen to music only to find half of my battery has gone. This is not acceptable for a device that cost £600!
Richards employer recently moved all their office applications from Microsoft to Google and he seems to be getting along fine with it. He too damaged his iPhone 6S Plus screen after it fell out of his pocket and now he has an Android phone which he is very happy with. It wasn’t super expensive, it is an Honor phone. But you know what, it works!
I have used an Android phone before and had a really bad experience with it. This I believe it due to the device though as it was an entry level propitiatory Vodafone handset that the office gave me when my previous iPhone died. I really did not enjoy using it but I think the speed and the size of the device were more of an issue than the Android OS.
So I am at a crossroad. Apple is about to announce something at WWDC but no one really knows what that is and, let’s be honest, if it continues to lock me into devices, menus, apps and customizations as Apple believes is good for me – is this good enough?
As a user spending so much of my hard earned money (money that isn’t going half as far as it used to), should I end up releasing so much capital o Apple and let them control me as much as they do now?
Or do I wait and see what OnePlus come up with as the release of the OnePlus 5 is imminent. I have tried to 3T (the previous model), in store and I like it. Would I get on with the 5 as my day to day phone? Who knows? What’s the harm in trying?
Let me be clear, I am not made of money. The OnePlus 5 is reported to cost as much as my current iPhone 6S so it won’t be cheap but I have a way around this conundrum.
My current work phone is a smaller iPhone 5 (BYOD) which is starting to slow down and show it’s age. I have the option to move my personal phone to a OnePlus and then move my work phone to the iPhone 6S. I can live with the poor battery life of the iPhone 6S as my work phone is switched off when I am not working.
So this may be my get out of jail (Apple) card. It may work, it may be a waste of money (but I can revert to using the Android as my work phone). We shall just have to wait and see.
I am going to sit back, wait and see what the tech giants (and not so giant giants) have to offer and see what the future brings.
I may very well be moving away from a life dominated by the fruity Californian company (or I may stick with what I know and ashamedly delete this post in a couple of months).
As they say, the futures bright, the future might no longer belong to Apple (no they don’t really say that I just paraphrased “Orange”).
(On reflection, isn’t it odd that a device as simple as a phone can provoke such a long winded post and such thought, anger and concern?).
What do you think? Are you firmly in the Apple or Android camp? Have you made the switch? What is your opinion? Are you happy? Why not post a reply and let me know what you think…