Posted August 14, 2014 by Andrew Anderson in Technology

Why I prefer Android, for now.

I haven’t always preferred Android, in fact it’s only a recently new found love. So, let me establish that this isn’t an Apple bashing post, rather a realisation that I’d like to share with you.

When I first made the switch back in May 2013, I was still very unsure as to whether I was ready to leave that warm, fuzzy, buttery goodness that IOS is. I was growing tired of the gradual, but small improvements to both the OS and devices released from Apple—I wanted vast improvements!

HTC One M7

HTC One M7

I was on holiday in Asia and had my interest piqued by the glorious design of the HTC One (M7). At first glance, the design rivals something of that Apple may have produced—with the slick, stainless, uni-body look. Everything from the bezels to how the phone felt in my hands was enough the sway me and before I knew it, I was flying home with a phone that I had very little idea of how to use.

At first, I won’t lie that I struggled to navigate everything and grasp how much of an integral part Google and it’s software, plays in Android (duh, they develop it). As I began to familiarise myself with all this, I started to understand Android and the hardware associated with it. I liked it, but still missed the buttery smoothness of IOS. So I bought the iPhone 5s a few days after the release in October, but soon realising this was an expensive mistake that only Jodi (my partner) benefited from, as after a few weeks I gave her the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

It felt nice to be able to go back to Apple’s software that they’ve spent so many years perfecting. Everything just seems to work, very well. Unfortunately, much was left to be desired with the hardware after using the HTC One. I had a realisation that the screen was too small, the speakers were really bad, I much preferred having a capacitive return button and that the bezels on the iPhone were absurdly large.  I continued to have this struggle with myself wanting IOS on hardware from the likes of HTC, LG or even Moto.

Fast forward to just a few months ago, I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 after having sold my HTC One (for want of having a better camera and battery) and looking to give Android another shot. After receiving the update to KitKat 4.4.2, I saw vast improvements to how the OS was running and just the little bit closer to being comparable to IOS.

As for the phone itself, the Note 3 is a beast of a device boasting some of the best spec’s available in a phone, currently. I do however have problems with Samsung’s modified version of Android called ‘TouchWiz’—to the point where the first thing I do is instal a launcher, so I don’t have to navigate through that horrible mess.

With there being a lot of freedom in the software development for Android, you can see some pretty unique apps

I've gone for a productive/minimal setup, by only having one screen with all the apps I need inside of folders. That then has an icon for the folder to give a less-cluttered, minimalistic look.

I’ve gone for a productive/minimal setup, by only having one screen with all the apps I need inside of folders. That then has an icon for the folder to give a less-cluttered, minimalistic look.

An example of the freedom to customise you're device how you like. This is the "home screen" on my phone.

An example of the freedom to customise you’re device how you like. This is the “home screen” on my phone.

that, unfortunately cannot exist on IOS. I enjoy the freedom of being able to change how I experience Android on multiple levels. It can be as simple as downloading an icon pack that changes the way the application icons look, to completely modifying the way that you interact with your phone in the search of being more productive, social or however you wish.

With the recent unveiling of Android L, the once inferior operating system is set to become a real contender, namely by having a graphic overhaul called “Material design“, creating a familiarity through out all of Google’s software. This’ll be a radicle change to the OS and from what I’ve seen so far, I’m very much liking it!

In the coming weeks, we’re expecting big releases from both Apple, Google and several hardware manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola, Sony and LG. I’m fairly confident in what I’m anticipating from Google and said manufacturers, but cannot say so much for Apple. We do tend to see “leaks” all over the internet leading up to keynotes, but you’re guess is as good as mine when it comes to what Apple may have in the pipeline. It is heavily speculated that we’ll be seeing a considerably larger iPhone this year, but the specifications have to match the intention ie. a much bigger battery, higher resolution screen, much better audio, faster processing and so forth.  If we can have an iPhone that is comparable to that of the Android devices being released, I’ll very much consider getting the next iteration.

Apple certainly has potential to turn all this on it’s head, but for now, I feel that Android hardware manufacturers are shipping devices that are much ‘better bang for your buck’ and that Google is pretty much on par with it’s software. And, this is why I’ll be sticking with Android, for now, but am excitedly anticipating Apple’s keynote on September 9th.

Let us know what you think. What phone do you use? What OS do you prefer? What new feature or device would get you wanting to make the switch to either?

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Andrew Anderson

Andrew Anderson
Since my debut as an apprentice greenkeeper (some seven years ago), I have forever been interested in the crossover between our industry and Technology. I try to have at least a brief understanding of most Tech, some more than others. My most knowledgeable aspect would be of mobile and mobile OS. My goal is to enlighten all that care to read, on some fairly simple how to's - to some more advanced stuff for the adventurous. Green keeper at Bonnie Doon Golf Club, Sydney, Australia.