My case against Android
It’s funny how the littlest things might spark the strongest epiphanies in life. I was on my way to work today and connected my Jabra Revo Bluetooth headphone to my iPad for the first time in order to watch a movie. The fact that the connection worked like a charm notwithstanding, I was amazed to see that, next to the Bluetooth status on the iPad, the battery level of my Revo was being displayed. How cool is that?
My growing pains with my Nexus 5 have been developing over the last few months, but this little thing was what completely took me off guard.
Maybe a little clarification first.
I’m an explorer. I get bored of using the same system and always want to try something new. I always wanted to have a Mac, but recently installed Windows 10 using Parallels just to see what it looked like. I had a Pebble and now a Moto 360. I was a faithful iPhone user since the first generation, up until the iPhone 3GS, after which I decided to try out Windows Phone 8, because why not. When Windows Phone didn’t work out for me (the platform was just not ready) I decided to try Android out. Not the bastartised version that manufacturers put out, but rather a vanilla Android experience, which is why I decided to get a Nexus 5 (the thing was dirt cheap as well).
My initial euphoria even lasted much longer than with Windows Phone. While WP8 did feature a couple of cool features, such as the best contact management seen in any phone yet (they took a lot from WebOS’ brilliant Synergy logic), it just lacked a lot of features from the get go, such as baked in VPN, DAV support and good GMail sync. Android, however, was a whole other thing. It is a good OS with more features than it needs, including a home-screen view that is tough to match. For those who complain that they don’t need widgets, you can fill your pages with Apps as well. Flexibility is Android’s main selling point.
This is where my moaning starts. Android is very flexible and complex. Lollipop even features an acceptable design and more consistent User Experience… It just takes a lot of effort to get it running like it should. This is where Apple is king and this is why I am starting to question my choice. It is not that it’s not fun playing around with Android. I just need something that works when I need it to. Apple prioritizes showing the battery status of your connected Bluetooth headphone over a configurable widget home-page that might not be fully implemented on release. It provides out-of-the-box Cal- and CardDAV functionality instead of letting you mess with your processor clock-speed. iPhones got NFC chips when they were needed, not when they were cool to mention in a spec-sheet. Apple basically gets priorities right and I know I will get a not of nay-sayers here but, mostly, you need a phone that works, not one you need to work for.
Since Google did not at all make the Nexus 6 attractive, due to its bloated size and equally bloated price, the choice of going back to iOS after my experiment was over was’t just an easy one, but rather a full no-brainer.
It truly is the best user experience you can get, without a doubt and if you are willing to pay for it. Google is still on the right track, but they haven’t won me over this time and probably will not for the foreseeable future either.
Now I just gotta find the cash for that iPhone 6+.