I was a long term iPhone user for about 7 years. I switched to Android just to learn it and immediately liked it. I started with a couple of HTC phones – the a9 and HTC 10 which were fantastic. From there I got onto LG and initially the G6 but finally I’ve stopped with the V30.
The LG V30 is simply one fantastic phone. It has a DAC for music which enhances the sound unbelievably and the camera is superb. It is dual lense – both closeup and distance and creates simply wonderful shots. It’s fast with an OLED screen which is stunning. I now know Android; can use it and most importantly write about it but ….
If I like Android So Much, Why the iPhone X
During my Android excursion, I always kept my feet in the IOS pond. There wasn’t an iPhone that could touch my Androids if it wasn’t for one thing. That thing is the software. I am a full blown Apple household and have been solidly Apple since 2003 and Apple and PC in the years preceding that.
I got used to certain software on my Mac and it was beneficial that the same software ran on the mobile platforms. Initially, some of the software didn’t run even on the Apple mobiles and the Apple mobiles had software that wasn’t available on the Mac. That changed though over the years so, in my case, all my software ran in both places.
Android as a Cross Platform System
Android has become quite the cross platform system and if software on the Mac runs on the Android everything syncs. It’s only been getting better over the last two years. I find that a lot of software now introduced runs identically on IOS and Android. In terms of legacy software the scenario is different.
Software that at one time was only Apple has made it’s way to Android. Day One and 2do are good examples of this. The reverse of this also became true. Software that one time was only Android made it’s way to the Apple ecosystem. Journey, Todoist, TickTick etc were all appearing on the Mac ecosystem.
However, there was lots of good Mac software that seemed to be avoiding the trend to Open Systems. Two of my favourite pieces of software, Omnifocus and DEVONthink have remained Mac only and they seem to have no intention of getting on board with the necessity of communication and operation between what has become the defacto mobile environments.
In my case, there are two key pieces of software and basically three software solutions that steadfastly remained Mac. Along with the above two, my journaling was initially cut out until Day One, my preferred environment, ported to Android and my next favourite system, Journey, ported to the Mac.
For journaling I was covered and it was great. There simply was no difference using the software on either platform. Interoperability was not only possible but a reality.
However, the other two pieces of software, DEVONthink and Omnifocus or a task management system was critical to my working effectively. What I found though was I could enable the functionality using similar software that was cross platform. In this case, I used TickTick in place of Omnifocus (excellent solution) and Nimbus Notes or Evernote in place of DEVONthink. Evernote has become somewhat expensive but it is a broad platform capable of doing what DEVONthink does almost but not quite.
Regardless, the above approach worked. I demonstrated that this was viable and I wrote articles on the viability of the approach but further the necessity of this happening. Things will only get better with time but I’m dealing with reality today.
The Day I waved a White Flag
My goal was to see whether this could be done and it’s viability. For some, it will be easier than for others depending on the reach of their software systems. However, I was using TickTick and ran into a bug that just simply should not have existed especially considering the price they charge for their software. Enabling batch editing on TickTick proved very difficult. Yet, it worked perfectly on IOS.
I had some alternatives here but nothing I would consider very pleasant. I could switch my whole task management system to 2do or Todoist. I could wait for TickTick to rectify the problem but they gave me no timeframes other than to stick with the v30 (yeah right?).
Came across an iPhone which was Amazingly on Sale
I wouldn’t have changed phones but the iPhone was on an amazing sale and I thought I’ve accomplished what I set out to do so it’s time to put the software headache behind me but just for now. We are moving to open systems I’m just caught at the mid point.
Some Android‘s are Better but ….
To be clear, there is no question the LG V30 is the better phone. Considering the price I got it for on Amazon it is also $450 less than what the iPhone is at the Apple store. A better phone and for a lot less money. If this sale didn’t exist, the decision to go to the iPhone X might have been very different. However, putting all the positives of the LG V30 aside, software is the key to which phone you use. If it’s a minor hassle to have the LG V30 instead of the iPhone X for its feature richness and price, there is no question you’re better served by the LG V30. Yet, software problems cost money themselves from time lost to potentially a lost sale or what have you.
I clearly saw I was happier with the LG V30, although the iPhone X is no slouch. Cross platform is the way things are going. The infrastructure, such as the cloud, is there to support this. Prior to the cloud, it was not a situation to be discussed. This is no longer the case.
The primary problem, as I see it today, is software and more so legacy software is not totally getting it (yet). Some developer’s live in a glass bubble called the past. You can do this but it‘ s at your own peril. A developer who does this is either being misadvised or has his head in the sand.
The question as to which platforms are the mobile solution/s is over. It is clearly IOS and Android and this is not likely to change. What needs to be recognized is the world in total does not work in a vacuum. Software solutions that might involve teams are completely at the mercy of this axiom. People on teams need to be able to exchange data.
We are at a phase where this has become a doable reality. Yet there are still some who live in the glass bubble and aren’t prepared to commit to cross platform and the people who need this to effectively conduct their work. Gone are the days when a team was formed and everyone was given a Blackberry to get work done. Now people bring their own device (BOD) and it is expected that the work that needs to get done will get done. This means having to choose software that is fully cross platform.
Benefits the User and Developer
The benefit of a cross platform solution is not solely for the user who has a wider range of choice and solutions but for the developer also who can increase his market size to sell to and increase the application capability making the choice more desirable. All in all, this provides a broad scope of benefits.
Apple products are good and innovative having created new markets. But the benefits of competition can not be underestimated. An iPhone X is an excellent device but it doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. By increasing the scope of the product that can play in a market segment it increases choice, helps to control costs, generates new application solutions and prevents the silos of information that dotted the landscape in days gone by. Shut-in is tempting by a developer but has proven to have negative long term consequences. Working in an enclosed environment can be less irritating in the short term but in the long run it threatens open communications and efficient work. My choosing to return to the iPhone X has nothing to do with I like it more but rather I just want to reduce irritation. Finally, although the iPhone X is a good phone I prefer the v30 so I’m the looser as I’m not using something slightly more cost effective and that I prefer to use.