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Why I Switched to Android

by Joey Davidson | September 5, 2011September 5, 2011 7:02 pm PDT

I loved my iPhone. The EDGE device was the first smartphone I bought into. Before that, I was rocking flip phones and pumped about how KRZY thin they were getting. Apple dropped the bomb with their newest innovation and I took the plunge.

Then I snagged a 3G. Again, in love with the iPhone and iOS. This was around the same time that I started noticing Google’s Android.

Now, look, if you ever want to accuse me of being a fanboy for anything on this earth, do it for Google. You’d be absolutely, 100% correct. I love Google. I was in the first trial for Gmail way back when. I hopped onto the Google Docs train as soon as it launched. I even tried Orkut (hah!).

I’m the games writer for TB, it doesn’t matter that I would let Google invade my house and take my first born to raise as their own.

So, anyways, buying the iPhone 3G lined up, roughly, when I started to notice Android. Quite honestly, at first, I wasn’t impressed. I loved that it was something from Google, but I never actually considered making the switch after seeing the operating system in action. It just seemed, I don’t know, too unorganized.

The iPhone 4 came out and my wife wound up snagging it for me on my birthday. That was just over a year ago. I had my iPhone 4 and I loved it just like the two devices I owned before.

But then something happened. I started feeling confined, stuck, ordinary. The iOS and iPhones were everywhere. The operating system hadn’t changed all that much since the first iteration. I mean, seriously, the most exciting thing to drop during my ownership period was being able to have a wallpaper behind your main screen as well as your lock screen.

Really? It’s an operating system that advances on subtle changes, I get that. And a lot of them have been great, like the brilliant inbox changes that came a few versions ago. But my confined feeling remained.

My iPhone 4 broke. The audio out portion of the device, whether through charger/speaker dock or mini cable, sounded terrible. I took it to my nearest Apple store and, guess what, I’m 20 days out of warranty.

I use my phone for two main things beyond talking: Pandora while driving and GPS tracking with music while running. I do both of those things every single day. They became impossible. I needed a new phone.

I thought back on my feelings of ordinary confinement and restriction. I considered stepping back into that world by choice. But then I thought of the Android operating system. I hit Google (of course) and started searching for phone reviews. Guess whose popped up?


I dug up OS tutorials, apps, rooting and ideas. The Android operating system is so insanely customizable that practically every video I watched showed off some user’s own personal configuration; and they were all entirely unique.

I wound up test driving the Samsung Infuse (Not Really) 4G. The network speed sucks, but the device itself is gorgeous. It’s humungous (I feel like a giant whenever I use my wife’s iPhone now). But it’s snappy, crisp, responsive and packs that level of customization that I was looking for.

But you know what I love most about the Android operating system so far? I’ve had this thing for a little under a month and I still get lost. That may seem like a knock to some of you folks, but I absolutely love that it’s taking me this long to learn all the ins and outs of the device. Within a day on iOS, I knew exactly what it was and wasn’t capable of. Android? No clue… but that gets my jazzed in a geeky way for what’s on the horizon.

I changed to Android because I wanted more out of my device. I’ll always love iOS for what it is, but what it isn’t will forever turn me off. Should I ever want to head back to a more simple interface and phone, I’ll probably get a new iPhone. But for now?

You know what, think of it like this: I went from automatic transmission to manual. Stick is more fun. Is it for everyone? No. But I love interacting with my phone in the same way you interact with a manual transmission. You’re there for everything it can do, not just pressing the gas and watching it ride.

Have any of you made the switch recently?

Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...