For more than one reason I decided to use an Android phone in place of my iPhone as I felt:
– I needed to understand Android
– the costs – an Android with comparable functionality is less expensive than the iPhone and you get more
– as long as I didn’t loose key functionality Android is viable
– what I would be gaining – the launcher or the UI varies from Android to Android and in many cases the launcher is considered far more robust
– proven system with many of the essential attributes
In essence, there was little to loose and a lot to gain by using Android. Further, as a reviewer it is difficult at best reviewing something that you don’t use.
Apple though brings a lot to the table in the form of applications and what they refer to as the [walled garden]. When jumping to Android there is a lot you can maintain but there is too much currently you loose. Some applications are essentially ported and fully cross platform whereas other applications might have something similar to what you’re using and be as good as or better than the primary application. Testing this though, is necessary to determine the viability of the approach.
Finally, Android might provide a hearty enough environment of its own not requiring cross systems functionality. However, the more extensive the Apple environment used the more this would not be the case. You might use a Markdown editor to write a document at the desktop and want to continue with that document, unvarnished in the mobile app. In this case the more compatible the two environments the better.
In generally all cases that involve cross platform functionality, you are going to loose something. Likely there is the odd scenario where the bulk of your apps work and you really don’t loose a thing. However, the larger your app environment the more likely it is that you will be cut by this walled garden approach.
As an example, Evernote runs perfectly between environments. However, DEVONthink, which some researchers, academics and like prefer to use only runs in the Apple environment. If you think of IOS as gateways to the database system, then it would make sense for there to be a DEVONthink to Go for Android but there isn’t.
DEVONthink to go is not really where you would want to do the bulk of your work with respect to the product. Although all the data resides in the mobile products and can be used to reference if you need to do more work with the data it would be hard to do on the handheld. This is best done on a computer.
IOS products can be full fledged and run on their own with their data set or they can be more a front end to the data sets entirety. Regardless, it is important where available that you have cross platform operation.
On Android many products have been made cross platform while a great many have not. To ensure that everything you use that is available to a mobile platform exists and is therefore beneficial to run Apple everything due to its tight integration. However, if you did not have Android and the ability to run certain things cross platform there would simply no competion at all.
Returning to the iPhone
Everything I run is Apple. However, a while back I felt it important to not only understand the Android environment but to use it. Android is finally coming into its own and some of the devices available are very first rate. Yet, there is money to be saved using an Android. More importantly, the Android device is very customizable and some things are just easier to do on Android.
Although I was always able to operate an Android fully integrated into the Apple environment using such networking protocols as Exchange and Fruux and applications that were built as cross platform apps, I finally had to bite the bullet and accept that some applications would either be a while in coming till they’re ported to Android or it may never happen. Though there were always work around apps like Ticktick for task managent, Nimbus Notes for advanced note taking and journalling apps like Day One and Journey there were too many apps that I was beginning to miss not being able to use.
It’s not like the solution wasn’t always at hand. The iPhone hadn’t gone anywhere and if anything it has become a far better device and I think a lot of this has to do with competition. However, I had grown to like Android. My final Android was the Samsung s10 + and this was a fantastic phone from both a looks and use perspective. The OneUI v2 interface was dynamite and the phone with its 855 chipset was not lacking at all in speed. I suspect the s20 that is to replace the Samsung s10 with the 865 chipset and new camera system will be on par with Apple from every angle except the walled garden will continue to do its work. The camera system if it is as touted and we will know shortly may drive users to the phone regardless of any lock-in approaches by Apple.
The iPhone still is the Standard Bearer
I do need to say right away that I love my iPhone. I’ve used one since its inception and it was pure genius and the genius that we remember Steve Jobs by. The phone is the best from all angles. It is well built, stylish and extremely user friendly. The exciting software at one time emanated from the Windows camp but that is no longer the case. Apple is now where its at.
Regardless, the Android’s are finally coming into their own and are driving in many cases the technology. Competition remains robust as a result and you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get the best. There is no question Android phones, like Samsung, have been sneaking up in price. Once they are roughly equivalent to the iPhone there is really no question that one should buy an iPhone for many reasons.
For myself, the primary reason to have an iPhone is the walled garden that I live in. Everything I use and have except for a couple of Google nests is Apple. Their customer service is top notch and they have all the software and kinds of software that I use or would want to use.
Now that I have returned to an environment where my Smartphone works seamlessly with my iPad and computers I couldn’t be happier. I remain keen that cross platform will continue to evolve and that Android phone will not only run on their own independently but will be a part of the Apple ecosystem as a peer device for the use of data or as a gateway device to deliver and receive the data. This will be important for the entire industry.