Nine years of iPhone it’s time to move on

In 2008 I made the upgrade from the Sony Ericsson K850i to the iPhone 3G. For those of you who don’t know what mobile phones looked like pre-iPhone, I’ve gone ahead and included an image below of the K850i.

Sony Ericsson K850i
Cybershot 5.0 and EVERYTHING

Today, as I type this article for you, on my desk sits a MacBook Air and a stealth edition matt black iPhone 7 which is tethered to my Apple Watch of the same hue and I realise its been nine years. Nine years of Apple iPhones and every single one of those years a positive one, every upgrade from the 3G onwards, a positive experience.

However, gone are the days of leaps in technological features from one iPhone generation to the next. I still recall the feelings of sheer joy by the iPhone 4’s Retina display or its predecessors’ introduction of Siri, then, less so by the iPhone 5 and its introduction of a slightly larger screen in a similar form factor. All whilst seemly Android, from this blogger’s personal point of view, was stumbling along trying to find its way in the world with article after article describing Android as ‘fragmented’, ‘malware-ridden’, ‘cheap’, ‘tacky’ and the like, needless to say, whilst Android was fighting fires on one side of the fence, I was perfectly happy in my walled garden to be told I was going to be supplied with a free case to help my beautifully crafted but functionally flawed iPhone work as intended.

Fast forward to 2017 however and the playing field has levelled out somewhat, where Apple rightfully claimed to had been “5 years ahead of the competition”, they now appear in some areas to be playing catch up. This may be addressed with the next generation of iPhone but if the last three iterations of the device are anything to go by, this reviewer is not so sure and I sit strongly in the camp of switching platforms.

You see, less than 3 months ago I purchased a Google Pixel which in my opinion is the undisputed, cleanest form of Android today.

Unfortunately it just so happens to be in one of the ugliest forms of hardware I’ve handled, its wedge-shaped design combined with a chin that serves no purpose, now throw in a lack of features such as water resistance and stereo speakers and frankly it’s a hard-sell for a device priced as high as the Pixel and after a two week trial it was happily returned.

Look anywhere else online however and you’ll find that this is not the general consensus of the Google Pixel amongst other reviewers.

But this experience opened my eyes to the power of customisation once again, to be able to shape my device to how I saw fit. I wanted to replace Siri with Google Assistant, I wanted to be able to use two apps side by side on screen, I wanted to have app icons displayed on screen wherever I choose and have shortcuts to the things I use often, oh and widgets, who doesn’t want widgets with information on the things that are most important to me when I need at a glance and a swipe.

If the Google Pixel was in Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge hardware, the title to this post would read ‘Apple user switched to Android‘.

Now just like I mentioned in my post on BeatsX, regarding my hopes and wishes that the sound profile will be tweaked just enough that the headphones will be great for more genres of music, I hope that Samsung does the same with the Galaxy S8 in terms of software.

The biggest flaw in the Samsung Galaxy series of phones is and always has been the software, namely, TouchWiz.

Now I know this is where you’ll say that you can just root the phone, or install custom launchers and I understand this, however, I’m hoping on April 18th that when or indeed if I make the decision to go all-in and put money down on the Samsung Galaxy S8 that when I boot it up for the first time, the display that will look back at me will be nothing but 100% pure, clean, Android goodness and as close to what Google originally envisioned.