So for the past 2 years or so, I’ve been pretty all-in on the Android train. Owned two tablets, one phone, and convinced my friends and family members to buy countless others. Heck, I even went to a big Android convention in Texas last year for a few days. In short, I’ve been pretty into Android for awhile now, but the honeymoon has definitely begun to be over. I’m Myke Batez, and this is why I might be getting an iPhone this year.
For starts, it’s partially that the things I used to go to Android for just aren’t as important to me as they were before. When I first got my Nook Tablet, I barely had it for a week before rooting it and starting to flash custom ROMs for the first time. Then with my Asus TF300T and my Galaxy Nexus, they were both rooted and running ROMs before I’d had them for a whole day. I was a crack-flasher for a long time as well, jumping from ROM to ROM and barely ever giving one time to actually sink in and test for a prolonged period. It was fun, but it didn’t last.
Around the beginning of fall last year, I started not wanting to mess around with my phone as much and so I found a really great custom ROM that was basically just stock Android and then added on a few mods that added some functionality. It was smooth, it had good battery life, and it did what I wanted it to do. I used that ROM for a good 7 or 8 months until finally the developers behind it moved on to other projects and so I was left again to try and find another ROM.
Since then it’s been months of me flashing different ROMs and always finding something wrong with them, one had bad battery life, another was really laggy, still another’s data didn’t work at all. I’ve gotten sick of it sense then, and have pretty much given up on finding a ROM that will make my Gnex appealing to me again. I’m done with customizing, I’m just ready for my phone to work so that I can get around to doing things with it.
Which brings me to my second point, that I want to be able to really do things on my phone, and I don’t want to have to screw around and troubleshoot everything for a day and a half to get it to work the way it should. That brings up two things, that the iPhone has a lot better app support than Android, and there’s not a single way you can spin it otherwise. Apps come out first for the iPhone, there are far more valid writing, photography and productivity apps in the App Store than there are in Google Play, and I’m ready to start doing more of those things when I’m out and about so the iPhone makes a more logical purchase for me.
The other thing is that many of those tasks I just named can be done on Android, no doubt about it, but often they don’t just work “right out of the box” or as they should. I often find myself dealing with quirky things on my Gnex that shouldn’t happen, and so something very simple but consistant like iOS seems like a good choice, even if I will miss my custom keyboard (<3 u SwiftKey) and theming my homescreen.
And who knows, in the end maybe I’m just ready for a new phone and tired of my old, slow one. Maybe I’ll be making a huge mistake running away from the platform that I’ve loved for two years. But hey, there’s also a chance that maybe, just maybe I’ll be happier on the other side, and to me it’s worth the chance.