Thinking of switching, think again...

Discussion in 'Chat' started by W5HRO, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. W5HRO

    W5HRO Administrator

    Below is an article just published today. Sounds like he's talking about a Windows PC :icon_shh:

    I made a bold move from iPhone to Android, and I completely regret it

    Business Insider, April 6, 2015

    My current phone, the Galaxy Note 3. First of all, let me explain why this was so "bold."

    Apple has ruled my personal technological world for years. My first smartphone was an iPhone 3G back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Around that time I also got my first MacBook, one of those white plastic beauties. Both devices blew my mind at the time.

    I remember endless conversations with a close friend of mine, touting iOS as the future of consumer technology. Simple, easy to use, and intuitive, it had an interface that a monkey could use. Why would you want your phone to be any more complicated than it needs to be? Mobile phones are about speed of information.

    Eventually, I moved on to a MacBook Pro, an iPhone 4, and an iPhone 5.

    Then, in September 2014, my iPhone 5 kicked the bucket. I mean, that thing was dead. One day, while riding the train, it started losing its electronic mind. The screen started showing bars and the Apple logo became a permanent fixture of my little screen.

    I was committed to going big for my next phone, but we were a month away from the iPhone 6 Plus, and I was in an anti-Apple phase. I was sick of the hype around the company. It felt trendy among friends and colleagues in the worst kind of way, like a popular diet program that is all hype with mounds of hurt — disconnected from reality.

    If I never went through that phase I might have made a better decision. Instead I got a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 — the year-old model — and skyrocketed into big phone bliss, and a world of hurt.

    What a disaster.

    At first it wasn't so bad. I enjoyed the customization of the Android operating system. You can modify everything on Android from the fonts to the actual way you launch apps and shortcuts. Apple has none of that customization. It's Jony Ive's way or the highway.

    I wish I had waited for the iPhone 6 Plus. I've had to cover up so many of Android's flaws with third-party apps that it barely resembles Android anymore.

    I'm reminded of a line from an episode of my favorite show, "Doctor Who," in which the Doctor proclaims to his patchwork robot enemy, "Question: If you take a broom and replace the handle and then later replace the brush — and you do it over and over again — is it still the same broom? Answer: no, of course it isn’t, but you can still sweep the floor ... "

    A patchwork of technological madness.

    When my Verizon "Edge" plan is upgrade-ready in the fall I'll be jumping at whatever new big-screen iPhone is available from Apple at the time, and never looking back.

    The future of technology is not in increasingly complex user experiences geared towards customization, it's a movement towards seamless integration in our everyday lives. Android (and Google) is getting it very, very wrong.
     
  2. K4TQF

    K4TQF Member

    I won an iPod touch, in 2009 at a school raffle. I liked it so much that I bought a iMac-mini. It really de-stressed my life on the computer. Like you said, a monkey could use it. Well... my HD eventually filled up and it was 5 years old...so, I decided to get a new Win 8 PC with a bunch of cores, memory, HD , etc... big mistake. I am now starting to deal with the same old windoze headaches that have been around forever.
    I really don't see where MS has "slimmed down" anything.
     
  3. WD5JKO

    WD5JKO Member

    Still using my 3GS here. I changed my plan and they had to give me a new sim card. The old one was stuck in there. I took it to a smart phone repair guy 5 doors down from the T-Mobile store. They had to pop open my phone to change the sim card. That worked perfect, and I asked how much...they said it only took a minute, so no charge! I will be back there since they have several Iphone 5's for around $200-250. Being stuck on IOS 6 is somewhat limiting...

    Jim
    Wd5JKO
     
  4. K4TQF

    K4TQF Member

    PS: no smart phone here... but my cost is only $15 per month :icon_thumbup:
     
  5. W5HRO

    W5HRO Administrator

    I would wait, because the new iPhone will be coming out this fail with some significant changes. Depending on when your contracts expire it would be wise to wait.

    It will either be called the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, or the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Whatever they call the new model it will have iOS 9 pre-installed.