I’ve been using an iPhone since 2009, and I loved every second of it. Recently, the operating system on the iPhone (IOS) hasn’t been meeting my needs or expectations, and I’ve decided to leave. Blackberry and Windows Phone are absolutely out of the question, leaving me with Android, specifically the Moto X. There are many reasons why I am giving up my iPhone, but they can be distilled down to four core ideas that make Android better than the iPhone.
1. Android Is Open.
IOS lives under a set of rules that allow for very little experimentation outside of Apple employees. Android is like the internet in that anyone with the desire can take Android and change it into whatever they want. Small development teams have been behind some of my favorite apps on Android. This allows users to pick and choose what and how they want their phone to work. If you want to root your phone and put CyanogenMod on it, more power to you.
2. The Screens Are Larger.
I know that Steve Jobs said the perfect screen size was 3.5in, but he was wrong. I have been using a 4.6 inch phone, and I will never go to a smaller screen. Phones have fundamentally changed how I read my news, and having a larger screen to read that news has been freeing.
I dislike having to launch iTunes simply to change the song. Android has fixed this problem with widgets that often eliminate the need to jump into an app just to do something, like change a song. The widgets can also take you to a specific place in that app, be it a new note in Evernote or a new date in your calendar. It may be a small thing, but it creates a better experience.
4. There Are More Choices.
In addition to a huge selection of phones, there is a larger selection of music apps that allow you to buy music. Apple is greedy with the apps that they allow to make transactions on the iPhone. You can’t make purchased from your iPhone for any music service except iTunes. There are many examples of this closed market on the iPhone, call me old fashion, but I like a free open market.
At the end of the day, the reasons to switch to Android outweigh the reasons to stay with IOS. I enjoy a larger screen with a more open ecosystem that allows for experimentation, and changes to the core operations of the system. I do think there will be many reasons to ever go back to the iPhone, but I’ll keep my eyes open. Just in case.