I have never been an Apple fan. For the simple reason that I am an enemy of elitism and exclusivity, especially the kind that, because of the size of my wallet, mocks my social class. But I have used Android devices enough to learn new things. I have experienced the frustration of being excluded from an Android update just a couple of weeks after buying a shiny new gadget. I have experienced the broken ecosystem that is Android and its horde of device devils. The big lesson has been that exclusivity is everywhere. Strangely worse in Androidville actually where every other month you’re made to salivate over a high end gizmo that’s simply out of economic reach. So, the envy of watching friends enjoy a better experience on the Apple side of the fence is finally getting the best me.
To be clear, my wallet’s not any bigger but coming clean takes a huge burden off me right now. Apple makes the better experience. And nothing has convinced me more than studying information on the new iOS 7 and, last week, the new iPhone 5s and 5c. The much cliched ‘this is not technology for technology’s sake’ sums up my impression.
If you’re like me, you just want the simplicity to get on with your work and life. Yes there are moments for us geeks to want the adventure of bending and fixing the technology. Doing new stuff that pushes the limits of the phone. But most times, I just want to check my email, make Facebook and Instagram updates, take awesome photos, chat on WhatsApp and be human. I want to get on with my life without the troubleshooting, rebooting, workarounds and figuring outs etc… I want to use the device and not be constantly finding ways to use it.
All this device trouble is what Android feels like right now, and I wish, against all economic realities and sense, that I could leave right away. The one thing I know is that I’ll never buy a top range Android phone again. No. Not even the Moto X.