Why I Left Android for the iPhone

On Wednesday, December 18th, I decided it was time to give up my Nexus 4 Android for an iPhone 5s. This was a move that most of my close friends recognized to be life changing. Here is a guy that has been pro Google everything for years and he is dumping his Nexus 4 for an iPhone 5S? There has to be a darn good reason! Well, here is my story.

My Smartphone History

I guess now is the time to go over my brief smartphone career. In late 2007 I had the misfortune of purchasing a Motorola Krave clear flip phone. At the time I thought it was the coolest thing since ICQ. Suffice it to say that this particular model was not the smartest of phones. It was my first touch screen phone but the technology was terrible. Texting on this phone drove me absolutely bonkers. In late 2009 I knew it was time to make a switch. The iPhone 3GS it was. I purchased the phone in September of 2009 and I was in love.

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My first “smart” phone – The Motorola Krave

This was a smartphone that was actually smart. I could check my email, browser the Internet and even play Angry Birds. At the time I had no social media so Facebook and Twitter apps were not even on my radar. The only apps I had on the iPhone 3GS were time and money management apps. When I would travel I would make the $1.99 purchase to get a map or tourist app. All was great in the Wojdylo smartphone land until 2011.

In September of 2011 I was due for an upgrade and I was ย ecstatic when I heard the iPhone 5 was going to be announced by Steve Jobs in the summer of that same year. If you remember correctly, the iPhone 4 had some issues with the design and the antenna that wrapped around the phone. I was ready for a revolutionary mobile device that was going to change the world. Steve walked on stage, had a smile on his face and subsequently announced the iPhone 4S. What?!? You are giving me some chick named Siri and that is it?

I was furious. I had waited patiently for this amazing iPhone 5 and now I have going to have to wait another entire year? At this point I decided I would give Apple a few months to come out with something different. There were rumors in January and February of 2012 that the iPhone 5 would be coming out by Memorial Day weekend. Once again, I was super excited. Well, Steve Jobs was getting very sick and Apple was dropping the ball with the latest iPhone in the early part of the year. I was still toting around my iPhone 3GS while everyone else had an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. I was so frustrated that I didn’t even download the latest iOS.

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I actually had the white one but the iPhone 3GS looked like this.

In March of 2012 I hoped on Google+ and started to ask about the newest iPhone versus Android. For anyone that has never been on Google+ you must understand that the user base is very pro Android and anti Apple. After doing a little bit of research I decided to break down and buy the latest Android phone that was available at AT&T. In late March 2012 this was the Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket. How can a phone not be awesome with a name that included Skyrocket? This thing could take me to the moon!

One of the main reasons I purchased an Android phone was to utilize the Google tools. Apple had decided they wanted a Google-less phone and here I was using Maps, Gmail, Adsense, Analytics, Google+, Trends and every other Google product available. That search thing was pretty big in my life as well. For the first few weeks I learned how to use the Android operating system. I was never a guy that wanted to customize everything about my phone. I dove into Android as much as I could and was enjoying the ability to access all things Google at all times.

I will admit, the Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket was not as pristine as the iPhone. It had more of a plastic casing and the feel was not the same. It was much lighter but not as durable. I dropped it a few times and the back popped off. This never happened with an iPhone. One of the features I did enjoy about the Galaxy SII Skyrocket was the ability to take out the battery. I am a smartphone user that must have a battery that is above 80% at all times. I start to go into coniptions if my battery gets close to 65%.

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My white Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket on AT&T

This was a huge issue with Android. It was nearly impossible for me to keep my battery at a level higher than 50%. With all Google services running on my phone I had about three to four hours of battery life before I started to run low. Note that I was a heavy Internet and app user at this time. Unlike my iPhone 3GS I did use the Skyrocket to run all kinds of apps including Twitter, Gmail, Google+, ESPN and others. At any given time, I would have 10 or 15 apps open. By December of 2012 I had fully grasped the Android operating system but there were little things that were starting to irk me.

One of the main issues I had with Android was the apps that would stay open. This is such a problem with Android that “Advanced Task Killer” is one of the most popular apps. This should tell you something. It is almost like Windows on a phone. Remember all those random Windows programs that would open just because? Well, it is similar with Android. The GPS is another huge issue with Android. When you turn GPS on it completely drains the battery. Remember, this is a guy that wants his battery above 80% at all times. If I turned the GPS on for more than 10 minutes the battery would sink well below 80%.

Enter Ingress. In early December 2012 I downloaded Ingress; an augmented reality GPS game based on landmarks and monuments. I fell in love with Ingress and started playing several hours a week. Heck, I drove from Raleigh to Wilmington and all the way to Richmond, Virginia just to hit some portals. Unfortunately, battery life was a huge concern. If I played Ingress for an hour my Skyrocket was completely dead. As you can imagine, this is not fun when you have driven three hours just to capture some portals. I know, that is a me problem.

I decided to buy a second battery for my Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket solely for Ingress. By late January and early February I realized that Ingress was taking up way too much of my time and it was time to pull back. This was the same time the Nexus 4 became available to the masses. Prior to February of 2013 you had to get on a waiting list for the Nexus 4. When it became available in the Google Play store I dropped the $300 for the pure Google phone. Who wouldn’t want a Google Android phone that gets the latest operating system the day it is released to the public?

The updates to the operating system is another huge issue with Android. Each and every Android phone gets the newest operating system at a different date. There are some Android smartphones that are still running operating systems that are two or three versions old. I am not going to get into the technical reasons for this but I think it is silly. Why should a Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket be running an operating system that is completely different from the Nexus 4? All Apple iPhones are running the same operating system. I digress…

I was very excited about finally having a pure Google phone with the latest operating system. I was running Android Jelly Bean and it was amazing. I could do anything and everything with my smartphone. I later found out this was a problem. I was doing anything and everything with my smartphone. When I went to a sporting event or to a movie I was on my phone checking apps or updating Google+. I was also checking my email and looking at Twitter. There was never a moment when I was not fully connected to something on the Internet, mainly a Google product.

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My all glass Nexus 4

A major concern with the Nexus 4 is the fact that it is made of glass. Yes, the entire phone is glass. If you drop it on its side or on its back you are going to break it. While at a golf event in Raleigh I dropped my Nexus 4 from about three feet and it shattered the entire back of the phone. There was absolutely nothing I could do. The phone was still functional but it looked terrible. Mind you, I have never broken a phone in my life. I have dropped phones but never broken them. It is also difficult to find accessories, such as cases, for the Nexus 4 because you have to purchase the phone through the Google Play Store.

A few more months went by and I started to notice that my Nexus 4 would have a new “system update” every single morning I woke up. Yes. Every morning. Not the Sugar Ray song. This drove me crazy; once again, not the Sugar Ray song. Even when I did not want apps to update they would. One that was a huge problem was Swiftkey. Anyone that has an Android knows there are hundreds of customizable keyboards available. This sounds great to a new user but it causes all kinds of problems down the road. I was a fan of Swiftkey just because it memorized many of the words and phrases I used. Unfortunately, every single time Swiftkey updated Android reverted back to the stock Google keyboard. This would happen at least a few times a month.

By the time November 2013 rolled around I was fed up with all the random updates and the over customization of the Android operating system. I know there are millions of smartphone users out there that love the ability to customize the font of the apps on their phone. That is not me. I want a smartphone that maintains battery life and can do the basic functions of a phone which is call other phones! Also in November I decided to curtail my Google+ usage because it was taking up too much of my life.

I was a guy that was updating Google+ over ten times a day. I would use my smartphone for many of these updates. Anytime I went to an event I would take a photo and post to Google+. When I went out to eat I would mention it on Google+. When I was writing a new blog post I would share it to Google+. I had to admit to myself that I was using social media, particularly Google+, way too much.

In December 2013 I got sick for the first time in several years. While sick I would pick up my Nexus 4 and checked my Gmail and Google+. As you can imagine, little things started to get on my nerves. I then deleted the Google+ app from my Nexus 4 and decided I needed a change. On Wednesday, December 18th I woke up to an email from Sam’s Club stating the iPhone 5S was on sale for $119. Count me in!

Buying my iPhone 5S

On December 18th, 2013 I was still sick as a dog but I needed to get out of the house and do something. I went to Sam’s Club with a hop in my step as I was getting the brand new iPhone. Maybe even the gold one! I asked the salesmen what options were available and he said the gold iPhone 5S was available. He put my information in his computer and explained I was not due for an upgrade until March 2014 which would have been two years after I purchased the Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket. I was heartbroken. He said I could call AT&T and ask them to bump up the date because it was the holiday shopping season and it wasn’t that far away.

I made the call to AT&T and they explained I could get the gold iPhone 5S but it would be $199 and I had to purchase it from AT&T directly. I decided this was fine as I wanted to get away from the Android operating system. The AT&T employee was extremely nice as he explained the phone would be overnighted to my apartment. I was going to have my new iPhone on Thursday. I had little concerns about getting the phone from FedEx because I knew I would simply turn the iPhone on and it would be ready to go. It is not complicated.

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My gold iPhone 5S. Ain’t she a beaut?

On Thursday, I received my phone around 4:00 pm est and the rest is history. By 4:45 pm my phone was ready to roll with all the apps I needed. I downloaded Twitter, Snapchat and Fandango. Everything else can stay on Android and out of my life. No Google+, no Facebook and definitely no Gmail. This has been a truly life changing experience as I am no longer connected when I leave my apartment. If clients want to contact me, they have to call. If friends want to eat lunch, they have to actually hear my voice. It has been glorious.

Why the iPhone is Better For Me

Even though I toned down my online social interactions I still like to be social. As much as I love Google+ it is still not the social hub I desire. I am a huge sports and entertainment fan. Some of my more enjoyable online social events happen to be centered around live events. At this point, Google+ has very little, if any, interaction related to live events or sports. Twitter dominates that arena. Any time I do not want to purchase a UFC fight or I want to know the score of a college basketball game I can hop on Twitter and get an update within seconds. Not only can I get a score update but I can get a first hand experience from someone at the event.

The latest iOS update integrates Twitter beautifully. You can drop photos into Twitter and it will Tweet within seconds. One of my biggest complaint about the Nexus 4 was the terrible integration of Twitter. Well over 40% of the time I would try to tweet it would fail to send. If I was trying to tweet anything with media such as a link, YouTube video or photo it would fail over 90% of the time. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I tried to tweet a photo of a golf course and it failed to send. It was very frustrating.

Not only is Twitter far superior on iOS but so is Snapchat. Three days after I purchased my iPhone there was a Snapchat app update; only for iOS users! Remember, this is the same app that was available on iPhone for three months prior to coming to Android. This is all too common with the more popular social apps. They are released on iOS and months later there is a version for Android. Unfortunately, the Android version is never as good. Just another reason the Apple iPhone is much better for me.

Ok, I get it. I am a social butterfly when it comes to a smartphone. That is not for everyone. I completely agree. Many of my friends do not have Snapchat and they tweet three times a week. Even if you take out all the social apps, the iPhone is far superior to the Nexus 4. The camera is 10 times better. This isn’t even a debate. I compared the two cameras side by side and the iPhone wins hands down. The battery life of the iPhone is amazing. Since I have purchased the iPhone I have not had the battery below 50%.

Just last night I went to a college basketball game. I live tweeted, shared three Instagram videos and texted with my family members during the entire three hour event. By the time I arrived home my battery was at 68%. If I were using my Nexus 4 it would not have made it to halftime of the game. No way. No how. If you enjoy a phone with a very strong battery there is no questioning which phone is better.

The iPhone is Not a Google Phone

Apple has been adamant about making the iPhone Google-less. When I purchased my iPhone there were zero pre-loaded Google apps. No Gmail. No Google Maps. Definitely no Google+. At this point in my life I am fine with this. I lived for 21 months locked into Google every waking moment. I amassed over 525,000 Google+ followers and I met some amazing people. That said, I have recognized that it is not for me. I enjoy real life social interactions. I know some may say that Twitter and Snapchat are not real life interactions. I agree, but I can participate in conversation with those around me.

When I use Google+ there are very few people within 50 miles of where I live. When I go on Twitter I can find thousands of people updating their Twitter feed with UNC, NC State and Duke college basketball tweets. In fact, the majority of the students I know at UNC are active on Twitter and they have never used Google+. Twitter is a great way for me to see what is going on in the local area. If I want to go to a UNC sporting event I hop on Twitter and see what games are being played that day. If I want to go to trivia night on Franklin Street I can find out quickly on Twitter. These opportunities are not available on Google+.

Apple has done an amazing job of helping people use their phones to make life easier. I can honestly say that my Android phone made my life harder. I had to constantly charge the phone. I was always sending and receiving emails. I was encouraged to use Google+ quite a bit. Once again, I know this is a me problem but it is something I solved very quickly by purchasing an iPhone and removing Android from my life.

As of December 29th, 2013 I have one Google app on my phone – YouTube. I am not signed in and I use it just to check out some of the more popular videos that are trending. YouTube is the place to go for online video so there are few alternatives. I have no desire to download Hangouts, Gmail, Google+ or any Google app. If I need to use a Google service it will be done on my MacBook Air computer. It has been a wonderful experience so far.

The Response to My Switch on Google+

To no one’s surprise, those on Google+ that are pro Android are pointing out all of the reasons I do not know how to use an Android smartphone. This is the exact issue with Android. I am an individual that understands technology pretty well. Heck, I set up this website and make a living off it so I can’t be that far behind. Maybe I am. Who knows? That said, many explained that my heavy usage and little understanding of the operating system is why the battery died so quickly. Umm, I need to write a thesis on using an Android to get the most out of my battery life?

As I stated in the previous sections, I have been able to live tweet an entire basketball game and update Instagram with videos and I have zero concerns with my iPhone battery. Maybe it was Google+ that was draining my Nexus 4 battery. If so, one would think the company that created both products would find a way to make them work together without concerns. Is that asking too much? I bought the pure Google Nexus 4 phone hoping there would be no issues concerning the Google apps.

Some have also pointed out that my lifestyle was the reason I left Android for the iPhone. Umm, no shit? I would call myself somewhat of a computer nerd but not so much that I am only willing to converse with those that have the same passion for customizing the fonts of a smartphone as I do. Since leaving Android I have had so much fun in sports and entertainment conversations on Twitter and, get this, real life! Let’s bring that issue up right now. Many Google Plussers stated that I should have downloaded a third party Twitter app. Why? Why is it so dang hard to use Twitter on Android that I have to download a third party app?

You know what Twitter app works amazing on iOS? The Twitter app! You know what Snapchat app works amazing on iOS? Snapchat! I have had zero concerns with either of these apps on iOS. I grabbed the ole Nexus 4 yesterday and checked my Twitter app. Per the usual, there were updates and tweets that were not sent. The only reason I tried was to see if things had changed in the last 10 days. Same story, new day. If you have used the Twitter app for iOS and the Twitter app for Android there is absolutely zero comparison. The iOS app is far superior. This is coming from a guy that runs the Google Plus Chat on Twitter.

Some have predicted I would be back to Android by the end of the year. I have two Android phones that are running on wifi right now and I can assure you that I have no desire to go back at this point. Once again, it is very important to note that I am looking for a phone that fits my lifestyle. Not a phone that can go to the moon and back with a flick of the wrist. The iPhone has worked wonders for me, but that does not mean it is for everyone.

Over the past 24 hours I have been called everything from an iSheep to a wannabe journalist. I guess purchasing a phone that suits my needs is the wrong decision. Maybe everyone on Google+ can help me choose the smartphone that is correct for me. Sadly, this type of mindset is what has pushed someone with 525,000 followers to use Google+ less and less over the past month. I would imagine I will reduce my personal usage even more in 2014. Google+ is still the best social network for business but it is not a place to enjoy fun and entertaining social interactions. Luckily, the Google+ app does not come stock loaded on the iPhone. No concerns there.


68 thoughts on “Why I Left Android for the iPhone

  1. Richard L. Brandt

    So there seem to be a few problems.
    You bought an all-glass Android. I’ve got a 3-year-old HTC phone, have dropped it many times and it still works great. People who drop things should not buy glass phones..
    You used the Google features too much. Now you’re not using them at all. Problem solved. Should improve battery life as well.
    Google updated too much. You could have turned off the updates.
    New problem: Apple is going to do everything it can to keep you from using any apps from another company (especially Google) when Apple has its own competing version. It kicked Google Maps off the iPhone in order to push its extraordinarily buggy alternative. Apple will do this forever. It’s a common problem in most American corporations that I call Punishing Your Customer. If it’s (supposedly) good for the company, screw the customer! And given the quality of Apple products without Steve Jobs, you may come to regret this.
    So what was the one real, overwhelming reason you decided to switch to an iPhone?

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    1. Jesse Wojdylo Post author

      Richard,

      I am an individual that is *extremely* coordinated. I am a former college athlete and I am not clumsy. That is what makes the broken Nexus 4 even more of an issue. This is a guy that has never broken anything. Knock on wood. I am very aware of my surroundings. I happen to drop the Nexus 4 once and it shatters. Mind you, the only reason I dropped it was because of the glass back.

      At this point, I am very happy with my decision. The Apple iPhone just works better than Android when it comes to Twitter, Snapchat, Fandango, Yahoo! Sports. Heck, anything not Google, the iPhone works better. Hands down.

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    2. Ian Eisenberg

      Apple did not kick Google Maps off it’s phone. In fact after Apple released their own Maps, Google released a maps app for iPhone… which was released to the app store almost immediately.
      I don’t agree with a lot in the article (it sounds like it was just the wrong device for the author) but your bias is showing.

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  2. Peter G McDermott

    Interesting…

    It’s funny, you and I are opposites. I have adopted an ecosystem to help me better manage my daily life. Having Google apps allows me to easily keep track of things for very different purposes. I can always sign out of Google+ and mute Hangout notifications, but I always have those tools with me if I need them. Granted, you have access to all of those tools on iOS, I just find it interesting that you, someone who is so immersed in Google+ have removed it from your mobile lifestyle. I’m not sure if you enjoy doing this or are just doing it to be contrary…

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    1. Jesse Wojdylo Post author

      Peter,

      I have always gone against the trend so that may be exactly it. When everyone is doing something I do the opposite. We have all heard that Google and Google+ are being consumed on mobile. That was me two years ago, as you know. Now that everyone is doing it I am running away. I guess that is what happens when you are the baby of seven children.

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  3. David Foster

    I was actually a hard core apple guy for many years. I had tried a couple android phones….the Galaxy SIII being one of them, and I just was never happy. So I went right back to my precious iPhone. Once the 5 came out, I was quick to upgrade, but just was not at all happy with the issues I was beginning to have. So once more I decided to try an android phone, and went with the MOTO X, and I have to say, it is by far the best phone I have ever owned. I know it is a matter of personal preference for sure. I just like all the customization I can do on an android phone.

    I do not hate the iPhone for sure, but for now I am an android guy, but when it comes to technology, I am not loyal. Whoever puts out the best device for me, gets my business…and for this year, that is the MOTO X. I will say that I did like the app market on apple way better, but I think the android market is getting better. I did uninstall Twitter, Gmail and Facebook from my phone though too. I just do not want the constant distractions this year. I have a goal, and that just does not fit into reaching it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. david

    Jesse, I wouldn’t call using an iPhone going against the grain. My retired parents and my wife’s retired parents all have iPhone s so I’d say thats about as close to the grain as you can get. At the end of the day, it is not android vs iOS, R’s using your smartphone in a less obsessive way s so to that I credit you. Enjoy the phone!

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  5. Richard dale

    I agree with you. I’ve used the iPhone since it came out but earlier this year I decided to give Andriod a try since one of my friends was recommending it.

    I bought the HTC One and I just couldn’t get into it at all. I tried for around a month and gave up and bought the iPhone 5 out of my contract I was so desperate.

    These are very personal but for me iOS just a superior OS and the phone it’s self is just better quality.

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  6. Madana Prathap

    Sounds like a ghost-written public relations exercise. It isn’t even a trolling article designed to draw ire.

    Carefully engineered FUD to retain Apple users/prospectives. Unbelievable to all others, as a journalist or otherwise. I know you’re not going to give my comment a fair chance, and will moderate it out.

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  7. Randy

    If you could have everything that Android does on your iPhone the battery would drain just as fast. I have a Note 2 and also a heavy user and my batter last for about 19 hours. If you had an Android phone and used only those apps you use on your iPhone the battery would last a lot longer. You keep talkie about Twitter but last I heard Twitter is also on Android. The choice is all yours on which platform and OS you want to have but don’t complain an Apple to and orange and tell people the Apple is better. As far as updates go I have an Apple product that is forced to run IOS 2.3 and can’t be updated. If this was an Android device I could root it and flash a custom ROM with the current OS. I also know that if you wanted Google Apps they are available in the Apple store just as they are on Android.

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  8. Dan Rippon

    Maybe I’m the only one, but to me, I read so much less in this about a choice of which technology, than someone purely and simply suffering a burnout. (You got sick for the first time in years – uh, hello? Bueller? Bueller?)

    And let’s face it Jesse – over half a million followers (and CircleCount putting you at #30 in their “all-time” list), are you freaking kidding me?! You’re a social media geek – and you’ve you’ve got a small city following your moves on a daily basis. With the metric crapton of work you put into building that following this year, some kind of fade-out was inevitable.

    Drop out, recharge, go see if you can improve your Fran time at Froning’s CrossFit box or go play golf with Tiger, whatever you need. And as they say over here, you’ll be apples in no time mate. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Jesse Wojdylo Post author

      Dan,

      Of course. You make some amazing points. In 2014 there will be a lot more golf and fun. Building that small city took a lot of time and effort. I agree that I need to pull away and enjoy being anti social media for a bit.

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  9. Scott Worthington

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about, Jesse. I think your article is fair and balanced. You are a guy that has a lot of experience on both sides of the field. Yeah, maybe some of your satisfaction comes from the lifestyle choice to be less connected. Better battery life, too. Still, you made a choice that works for you and explained very clearly why you made that choice. Why it’s right for you right now but may not be right for others.
    Why do intelligent, articulate, and generally sensible folks get so worked up over an OS? I use the iPad (using it now) and LOVE it. I got an Android phone in October and have been somewhat frustrated trying to figure it out.
    Android may be powerful, but I just don’t need that. Don’t understand it and it’s not important enough to me to learn it. I want something that just works. I’m no techie, I want a phone to make calls, and take a few pics. Sounds like that’s the direction that you have chosen.
    More power to ya.

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  11. Brett Jarman

    Though I differ in preference I’m with Scott on this. Folks get a bit too defensive about operating systems and tech providers.

    I’ve never understood the fascination with iStuff never enjoyed a comfortable ‘flow’ when using it, however I respect those who do find it the right tool for the job. But those who buy it ‘because it’s Apple’ or because of style rather than substance (he says smiling lovingly at his iWife) could well be using a tool that doesn’t really suit their needs.

    Your experience shows you’ve given both a good run for their money and your analysis shows excellent justification for your choice. One to bookmark and send folks to the next time debate flares up. Thank you.

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  12. J Waldo

    Has this conversation evolved to the point where you all realize that you are talking about preference? There is no repeatable measurement, no analysis here… nothing that would count as “here’s a list of benchmarks” etc..

    In addition, as a former athlete, I too do not drop things very often… and as a catcher for 13 seasons, when I do drop something, I usually freaking catch it… but when I buy a $300 device, I buy some kind of case because even if I were the most coordinated man in the world accidents still happen. So, I have a pretty beat up bumper ($30? from the Play store) and a Nexus 4 that is beautifully undamaged.

    Lastly, and it totally make sense that this blog post addresses it this way because Jesse isn’t a guy in a lab getting handed phones to compare, but there are comparisons between the *current* generation of iPhone (btw, my daughter just got a 5S) and the n-1 Google phone. There *is* a Nexus 5, a good friend and fellow tech guy has it, and it is pretty freaking snazzy. It does *not* have that 120 FPS slo-mo video thing… which is killin me on my daughter’s phone… but it is pretty freaking snazzy.

    Point is, Jesse – buy a dang case. Everything else here is preference.

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    1. Jesse Wojdylo Post author

      J Waldo, you hit the nail on the head. This is an opinion article explaining what happened to me. I have had hundreds of people tell me I am wrong. How am I wrong if it is my experience and my opinion? Did these individuals live in Jesse Wojdylo’s body for the 21 months I had an Android phone? I guess so.

      Also, about the case, I have never liked putting a case on my smartphone. I have never done it. With all the phones mentioned in this article I did not put a case on them. I only cracked the Nexus 4. The reason it cracked is because it is as slippery as a condom. The front and back is glass so when you sit it on a marble countertop it slides right off. Trust me, I saw it happen dozens of times before I wised up. It is a terrible design for a smartphone. The back of the phone should be made to stabilize on any service. That said, I guess it is my stupidity for thinking Google would think ahead with product design. It never happened in the past so why would it happen now? Just look at Google Glass and the Google TV as produce design disasters when they were first released.

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      1. J Waldo

        you’re right about the Nexus 4 being slippery… i don’t know if the designers expected us to use the bumper or some other case or if it was just poor planning, but live and learn. i was kinda joking about the case thing anyway… part jab and part “i just said preference, now you MUST HAVE A CASE FOR YOUR PHONE!!”

        anyway, interesting post and freaking bizarre to see the truly fanatical responses to it. i shouldn’t be surprised, but i can’t help it… ๐Ÿ™‚ maybe you should make a sweet super-slo-mo vine of you shooting the bird to the nutters.. hahahha

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  16. jaime

    Well I don’t care about apple I still going with android because apple has always the same software the same star end you not be able to costumized

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  18. rajesh

    Super likes. Really enjoyed your story and laughed a lot. Had similar feelings after using Android for three years. I am tired and bored of Android and I was going to buy a windows phone. I was reading a lot of reviews and yours is the best review I have read in months. It was long but I had the patience to read because I liked it. I felt as if I was writing my own story, and I wanted to know whether other people feel the same as me about Android. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Charles

    Very good article Jesse….in a similar way, I could write one titled, “Why I keep returning to iPhone from even the best Android phones.” My first iPhone was the 3G in June 2009, and since then I have used every one of them, as well as most of the major Android phones (Galaxy S3 and S4, Nexus 4, htc one, and moto x)….of the whole lot of them the only one that comes close to the iphone is the Moto X….but as good as it is, it doesn’t measure up to how well iPhone works for me, and the way iPhone integrates with the larger Apple universe of devices and apps. The battery life issue is a significant example of how much better iPhone is. Smaller battery than most Android phones, but far better efficiency. I tried this experiement to prove it: charged my iPhone 5S and my Moto X to 100%. Set both as close to identical settings as possible (GPS, wifi, etc) and simply put them down…no calls, no web surfing, just put them down and returned in 90 minutes….the iPhone was still at 100% charged, the Moto X was down to 98%!! Granted that’s not much, but I have found the iPhone still holding 100% charge after 30 minutes of basic daily usage…no way have I ever gotten that kind of result from any Android phone I’ve used. So, as much as I really like the Moto X and Google’s innovative apporaches to mobile technology, in the end, for me, as for you, Apple does it much, much better for what I need a phone for,

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    1. Greg

      I feel like i’m in the twilight zone when I read these comments. The Iphone 5 and 5s are both known for having bad battery life compared to android phones.

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  20. Jean Parks

    Choice.. it’s a beautiful thing isn’t it? Android has spurred development and made choice possible for the consumer. As a tech lifestyle reviewer I’m comfortable with all platforms but frequently lament the fact that we cannot combine the best features from all platforms into one device. Till that glorious day arrives the best we can do is pick the ecosystem that best suits our needs & I’m glad you’ve found a solution that works for you!

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  21. Mike Connick

    There’s a slight problem with your timeline laid out in the article. Steve Jobs died in 2011, but you refer to rumors in January and February 2012 followed by:

    “Once again, I was super excited. Well, Steve Jobs was getting very sick and Apple was dropping the ball with the latest iPhone in the early part of the year.”

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  22. Nathan

    Who cares what he got; how does that affect you? Everyone has their choice of tech. If it doesn’t work for you, you get the next thing. I prefer Android over iOS because I want to tinker. That’s me. Some people want something simple and to the point. How people can bash others over things like that is odd. I’m happy for you, Jesse, as that’s something that will help you out.

    My first smartphone was a Bionic that made the journey from 2.3 to 4.1. It was great, but I needed an extended battery due to the building design. Recently, we went to Moto X. I was worried about the battery and 14-day trial time but it is doing very well in the building.

    I have noticed the GPCs have dropped since February and have wondered what happened. This post explains a little. lol

    Nathan

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  23. Dave Duister

    I have a personal Samsung Galaxy S4 (Switching from an iPhone4 mainly because I wanted to play Ingress) My work phone is an iPhone 5 and of all your comments, which are for the most part your personal experiences, battery life is the biggest thing I notice.

    I use both phones equally from a screen time usage level, all though most of my phone calls are on my iPhone, and still at the end of most days the Android phone is below 40% and the iPhone is always above 65% and that is without running Ingress.

    I do like the integration of both phones into my life and they both serve different roles in my day. I really wish that people would get off the whole battle of what is better, lets face it we all know people that could never handle an android and an iPhone is perfect fit. It’s a phone, a personal choice come on people get over it. Thanks for the good read, I enjoyed your article.

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    1. Jesse Wojdylo Post author

      Dave,

      Battery life has always been a very important of a smartphone for me. I am one of those guys that gets anxiety when my smartphone goes below 80% battery. Don’t ask me why, it is just who I am.

      Just yesterday I had lunch with an old friend and we talked about the difference in the iPhone and Android. I will fully admit that the Android can do 10 times what the iPhone can do but that is the exact problem. I don’t want my phone to do everything. When I close my laptop and walk out my door I do not want technology to follow me. To each his own. Some people love checking their email and Facebook the whole time they are out and about. I don’t. I enjoy looking up and actually smiling and talking to people rather than hitting the like button on my smartphone.

      Enjoy your weekend Dave!

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      1. Spencer

        You can do exactly that with any phone, Android and Windows included: you just install the apps you need, you can have a simpler (zen like) home screen. The case is that with Android you have a choice.

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  24. Shane Thompson

    Choice…

    It’s a wonderful thing it is, only to be cursed and criticized by society for not making the correct choice. Seems that your “battle” isn’t that of hardware, but more software. Yes iOS is a “simple” platform, very manageable and accessible to most people, and yes Android is somewhat of a “exploration” platform. I will agree with you that in the early stages of Android, battery usage and extraneous process consumption were a turn off, however Android is advancing and taking the necessary measures to correct these issues. Yes, I prefer Android, due to the “personalized experience”, rather than iOS I can model a phone’s “appearance” to me. Now, that I’ve stated a simple reasonable explanation as to why I prefer Android, let me explain why I can not agree with your article.

    It’s interesting how you are able to drop Google Services all together. I am not sure who or what you do, but to go without access to e-mail (with what appears to be your primary account anyway) bothers me right from the start. Let’s pretend G-Mail is your primary E-mail, I would love to hear how you are able to just drop that form of communication all together, otherwise ignore this inquiry.

    For the true underlying reason I cannot agree with your article. You are essentially complaining about how Google has “ruined” your physical social life. Please read the very first word in my comment…. Choice. You are practically proclaiming that you have to move to iPhone in order to live “Google free”. You have the option (or choice) to disable most Google’s products on Android. Calendar,Contacts,G-mail,etc. leaving only the required services for Play Store usage and such. I would like to iterate that Google is not to blame for you social endeavors, but that of what you choose to let control and consume you. How long before Twitter is to be blamed for your lack of social engagement? I have your respect in the fact that you are able to publicly announce proudly your beliefs, and take some personal blame with you, however while you may not directly point and pull the trigger with Google in the cross-hairs, you certainly leave a lot of finger prints.

    Comedic Sarcasm:
    You should implement Google + integration on your website, and see how many +1 my comment gets. =]

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    1. Spencer

      Exactly !

      As I understand the post (a nice one, by the way), the problem was not the phone, was is (maybe) excessive use of social apps.

      Also, I have seen a lot of iPhones (mostly iP 4) with broken glasses.

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  27. Mark

    This is ckearly fake.

    ” I started to notice that my Nexus 4 would have a new โ€œsystem updateโ€ every single morning I woke up. Yes. Every morning.”

    Also you have fallen into the apple trap of believing the version of zndroid you have matters. Apple only update one a year. Google are constantly evolving androids as everything is now serviced by google play services. Things that are baked into ios and rarely get improvements are serviced independently on Android.

    If this is a genuine post (which i doubt), you will be back. One you have used a good android device (and a Nexus4 is quite good) going back to ios limitations is a major chore.

    Why you didbt get a nexus 5 or premium sony, samsung or htc phone is beyond me.

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  28. joe

    Exactly you had a android and never read a forum or used juice defender or rooted I get 36 hours with emulators WiFi and several app usage a day so why you had bad battery has to be user not the phone problem

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    1. Jesse Wojdylo Post author

      These are all things I do not feel as if I should have to do to enjoy a smartphone. Why is it that my iPhone never gets below 80% yet my Android was always under 50%? Do I need to read an entire dissertation before being able to properly use an Android? If so, I am not interested.

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      1. Nico

        I’m an extremely heavy device user and my mother is not and she’s plugged into a wall way more frequently… I don’t think anyone denies that iphone users are going to be plugged into a wall more often. You might be ok right now because you have a 5s, but we’ll see in a year (or a few months maybe) after you receive your butchered ios update.

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      2. Spencer

        My Galaxy Note 3 has better battery than my wife’s iPhone. A friend new Moto X has a way longer lasting battery than his previous phone, an iPhone 4.

        If there was a way of reading a little “dissertation” and double your actual iPhone’s battery, would you read it? or wouldn’t you interested?

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      3. Greg

        I guess every website that shows many android phones having superior life to the iphone 5 and 5s are all just in a fantasy world.

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  30. Nico

    Twitter is a cesspool, imo… and the meaninglessness of Snapchat is just about it’s core value. It’s content lasts seconds and is largely meant to disappear from minds and hearts afterwards… At least for the majority of content on Snapchat. I suppose the same could be said about Twitter too. There’s so much content-less content and most of it is meant for the short term. It looks bad, imo, and is a hassle to navigate.
    Google+ for me is a bit like Flickr mixed with an RSS reader, with corresponding circles for things like tech, brands, world (news/thought), etc; that also back’s up my photos and makes Hangouts albums of photo’s shared in conversations . I’ve never looked back on an account of mine or others to revisit content, the way I do on Google+. Comments meant to be short term are so as comments on relative content, but G+ posts can also be somewhat archival (e.g. a news post, an NPR story, a Ted Talk, etc).

    Wanting to disconnect from the connected world isn’t too unusual. I know a good number of older relatives that also use iPhones for the ease of use and understanding the device (assuming you’re not used to working Android, where settings for an app are found in the settings… in the app). I gave an overview of upcoming iOS 8 features, using similar Android features on my Nexus 5. It seems like until iOS users’ devices essentially force an update on them, they don’t want to have to learn how to effectively use services, even if I personally think [and preach that] the current abilities of Android are life changing… and when I talk about how quickly I get the information I need or perform all sorts of tasks because of Google [tracking everything I do], I get the flip phone argument from the iPhone user as a response: “oh, well my iPhone does what I need it to do”.
    Just remember that the real reason that iPhone doesn’t come with a bunch of core apps backed by powerful intertwining services is because the device is not backed but a bunch of powerful intertwining services. I understand not wanting bloat on your device but when the core apps and features are largely backed by the best services and functionality to be had, then I don’t consider that bloat. If I didn’t want to use G+ socially, I’d still want to backup my photos whether its to have them in the future or to clear memory from my device. Or perhaps I’d want to look back at the images exchanged between myself and my GF, that links back to G+ too.

    Google Now, Gmail, Chrome, Hangouts, G+, GDrive, my Calendar, Play Music, Keep, GMaps, and even Google Wallet are all always relevant apps for me. I would do just fine using only the stock apps on my device once i’m signed into it. I don’t need and/or hardly use (or don’t use at all) Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, Flickr. I used to use most of those services (all except Vine) until I got into Android/Google… so in a way, I’ve probably disconnected more than you, thanks to Android/Google’s Android.

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    1. Jesse Wojdylo Post author

      The fact that you are always connected to your email and all things Google means you are not disconnected. When I leave my office or desktop there is only one way in which people can contact me – a phone call. Heck, sometimes this is not even the case as I leave my iPhone in the car or at home. Being truly disconnected is not getting email or any Internet updates.

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  31. Randy Lee

    Your personal opinion does not equal facts. So don’t be telling people Apple is better for them. It’s just better for you. Also, it could’ve been the wrong choice of Android phone you’ve purchased. I mean, com’on really? You complain about the Nexus 4 glass design and blame it on the Android ecosystem as a whole? Way to switch and bait. I also like how you keep forgetting Android have a vast variety of phones. So the choice varies greatly, so does the experiences using an Android phone. While Apple just have iPhones. Your choice is restricted so are it’s features.

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    1. Jesse Wojdylo Post author

      Just today I spoke with someone with a Samsung Galaxy S5 and he mentioned just how bad Twitter and all social apps are on the Android ecosystem. If you think social apps are even semi up to par on Android you are kidding yourself. That is the facts I be telling.

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  36. Paul Blazevic

    Well you had me reading all the way!!!!!
    Personally I love Google/Android because I can login anywhere in the World any PC/Phone and be in touch Chrome is the magic behind it all ๐Ÿ™‚

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  37. Mike Smith

    Jesse, I just wanted to put my 2 cents in. I also have posted about the battle between iPhone and Android. In a nutshell it comes down to what is best for you, the user. Everyone that is slamming you saying that you were using it wrong or whatever do not have all the facts and people that make rash comments like that with only some of the facts are in my opinion close minded. They feel that Android is the best and that if you had a bad experience then it was your fault and not the phone. This would be like telling a construction worker that the best vehicle for him was a car and not a truck because that is what they always drive. What is good for them may not be good for others. My first jump into the smartphone game was on a HTC touch with Windows Mobile which I loved at the time but then I got to play with the iPhone 3GS and fell in love with that. I upgraded to the 4 then the 5 and loved them all. Then some friends convinced me to try the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. I have to admit that I do love the NFC and the large screen size (eye site is failing a bit so it helps). But one of my biggest complaints with my note 3 is that I have to reboot it numerous times each week because it starts getting slow and sometimes locks up. I even had to completely erase my phone and restore it to factory because the battery wouldn’t last for any more than 4 hours and that was after having my Android power user friend go thru my phone and turn off all Google services. Turns out it was a virus. I never had those problems on any of my iPhones let alone a virus. Now that the iPhone 6 plus is out I am switching back to iPhone. Why because it is the better phone for me. almost every family member I communicate with has an iPhone. We have Apple tv, I have a Mac mini and they all work really well together. So I applaud you for switch to a phone, whatever phone it is, that works best for your lifestyle. If any Android user out there reading this tries to tell me that my bad Android experience was my fault is an idiot because they don’t have all the facts. The only way someone could say it was my fault would be if they actually saw my usage of the phone and investigated it and found that I was actually doing something wrong or had a setting wrong. My Android power user friend did and it was the phones fault not mine and it is still the phones fault that I have to reboot it all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Android phones are bad. I feel that both iPhone and Android phones have their strong points and their weak points you just have to weigh which one has more strong points for what you are using the phone for and go with that phone. Sorry to be long winded but this is not a topic that be discussed in just a few sentences.

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  38. Brixdan

    I just want to note that the back popping off a phone is a good thing, it absorbs the damage so that the screen doesn’t break. Apple phones don’t have a removable back, so without getting a case to protect it, your screen will break every time.

    Also, I had an iPad that ran slow all the time due to process running in the background. The processes you open and then close with the home button stay on all the time, as do they on android devices. Be a smart user and figure out how to make them stop running. Both devices are equal in this regard.

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  39. CJ

    I’ve read numerous articles online about people switching to and from Android or Apple. What I find so interesting is how subjective each article is and how they usually read as a justification to the person writing the article, that they made the right decision to do so. I personally have no reason to be upset that you’ve chosen to move to an Apple product over another android device but I do get frustrated when articles are written like this that make it sound like all Android experiences are subpar to Apple products.

    I’m going to try to point out a couple areas where I disagree with your opinions in the article about android.

    Battery Life:
    Battery life on android devices have been usually shorter than their IOS counterparts, however most android devices that were manufactured in 2013 or newer have battery life that exceeds their IOS counterparts.

    Build Quality:
    The beauty of Android is that it’s not one size fits all. If you want a metal phone, android has it, if you want a glass phone, they have that too. if you want plastic, yeah they have lots of those. Maybe Android’s phone choices are too overwhelming or you didn’t have time to consider what you truly want in your phone but I can guarantee that you can find phones that match or exceed the build quality that you find in IOS devices.

    OS updates:
    Again this is another issue that Google has been working on fixing, and is largely not their fault, it’s the OEM and carrier that drag their feet to push customers into newer devices. Most recently almost all the major OEMs for android have promised to update their 2013 line up of phones to the latest OS in less than 90 days of when Android 5.0 was released. So yeah this would have been an valid argument a year or two ago but not so much anymore. Also not all IOS devices run the same versions of iOS, depending on what model of Iphone you have you could be missing features. I’ll admit that IOS release schedule is faster but I know many IOS users that refuse to do updates because they say that the updates always slow down there phones.

    App crashes & integration:
    I personally haven’t had the issues you’ve described with Twitter particularly but I find as a whole I prefer the full google experience that is offered in Android compared to Apples. I also have to say I rarely have crashes in apps and if I do usually it’s because I needed to update the app in the Play Store.

    At this point in time IOS and Android are very comparable and a lot of the flaws that made you leave android have all been resolved. I hope you enjoy your new iphone and that you’ll still give android another shot in the future because it’s certainly not the same OS or hardware you used before.

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  40. Dave

    If I read correctly, you left Android because you used it too much? Now you’re back to iPhone you use your phone less?
    I enjoyed the read, but having been on both iOS and Android, I know I prefer options, and a phone that “just works” and “does what I want”.
    Each to their own, I recommend iPhone to all my non-tech savvy friends, it’s a easy to use phone that does enough to pass the day.
    I like my better battery life, bigger screen, smaller design, the ability to use my phone how I like without being locked into something just because others.

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  41. Mike Sweeney

    I’ve got both, S5 and iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. What do I use the most? iPhone 6. The least? The S5. For any number of reasons but for the most part it comes down the iPhone just works. It’s the same interface on my iPad and all the prior gens of iPhone I have around here. Even the kids won’t play games on the Droid when the iPhone 6 is handy. They are too small to care one way or another. It’s just a device to them. They won’t even pick up the Amazon Kindle color or not. I remember when the Moto came out, we desperately tried to make it work on the VPN. The iPhones just worked, the droid, not so much. Ended up being a bug in the Android Subsystem for the VPN that Google knew about for years and did nothing. To the point that the vendor’s FIX was to root the phone and install a 3rd party VPN subsystem. If you want to play constantly and dink around and in the OS, then droid are cool. If you just want the damn thing to work most of the time, then iPhones are cool. I have a much bigger issue with the carriers than I do the phones. But nobody talks about that

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