The Android Experiment Ends

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Android, Apple | No Comments

iPhone 4S

I’ve been using an Android (HTC Incredible) for the past 6 months or so. Overall it’s been pretty good, but I never loved it. I’ve been looking forward to replacing it with the the iPhone 4S, and now that I have I’m so much happier.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what bothers me about the Android, but this “Four months with Android” blog post reflects my experience pretty accurately. Overall, it came as advertised and mostly did what it was supposed to do. There were little little annoyances throughout the OS: inconsistent button behavior, lagging button responses, odd screen and phone behavior. On their own they sounded like minor nit-picks, but taken as a whole it led to an overall unenjoyable experience.

The things that Android had that the iPhone didn’t ended up not being so great. For example, I found home screen widgets cool in theory, but in practice they were both screen and battery hogs. And the one thing Android did have that I would miss on iOS — voice dictation — has been added to the iPhone 4S.

True, I could (pretty accurately) be called an Apple fanboy. But after only a week with the iPhone my phone now “just works” — no UI annoyances that get in my way of just using my phone the way I want.