Yesterday I typed out my thoughts on the new iPhone 5, and how I was planning to upgrade to it when it’s released in a week’s time – probably. What I’m not planning to do is buy a different phone from a different manufacturer.
This is despite the fact that there are a number of good non-Apple phones out there – Samsung has the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Nexus, and there’s the HTC One or Nokia’s Lumia series. And they are good phones. But they’re not for me. Here’s why.
I’m a Mac user
Generally speaking, Apple products are very good at working together, and indeed the iPhone works very with a Mac. I have my music, podcasts, contacts, calendars, notes and photos all synchronising between my iPhone and my Mac, through iTunes. It’s simple to set up, and works well with very little effort.
If I had an Android phone, then the syncing gets a bit more difficult. Contacts and calendars will synchronise via Google, and notes can use any IMAP email account, like Gmail. Photos can be done automatically via Dropbox as well. But music would need third party software on my Mac such as DoubleTwist (for which the Mac download links seem to have disappeared…), so it’s not nearly as seamless. And let’s not talk about the abomination that is Samsung’s Kies software.
I’ve spent a fair amount of money on iPhone apps
Looking through the iPhone apps that I use at least once a month, there’s £20 of apps that I’ve bought. Not only would I no longer be able to use them on Android but in some cases (1Password, Geocaching) I’d need to buy replacements. If Android manufacturers are serious about converting iPhone users, maybe they need to work with Google to offer some kind of app replacement scheme where you get free Android apps from Google Play that replace their iPhone equivalents.
I’m happy to pay more for a better experience
I’m not convinced that Android phones will offer a better user experience to my iPhone. Sure, you can do more with an Android phone, as apps aren’t bound by Apple’s rules, but I don’t think that they’re easier to use. They may be cheaper, and have more impressive technical specifications, but are they actually better to use?
I’m aware that not everyone agrees with me – not even my partner Christine who prefers Android phones and will almost certainly choose an Android phone when she too upgrades this year. And I have looked at iPhone to Android switching guides, such as this one from Lifehacker. But I feel like I’ve got too much to lose by abandoning the iPhone platform, that I’ve made such an emotional investment in over the past couple of years.