Wow. It’s been like three-and-a-half months since my last blog post. I can’t believe it! Although I’d (unintentionally) started posting blog updates less frequently so that I’d have a little more to report, so that sort of makes it okay.
There’s been quite a bit going on since Election 2016. As you’re probably already aware, Donald Trump is now our president. Take that how you will. Meanwhile, I’ve been keeping myself quite busy.
It was about a week before Christmas when it finally dawned on me that I had hardly any Christmas shopping done, so I had to scramble to pull everything together. New Year’s Eve/Day were low-key as usual. In January, I got really lucky when I found out that one of the companies I’ve been dying to work for was hiring writers. Got myself an interview and was offered a tentative position, which essentially equated to having to complete some test exercises before I was brought completely on board. Unfortunately, it’s been more than two weeks since I submitted my exercises and I’m still waiting to hear back, but my phalanges remain crossed.
On Valentine’s Day, I took my guy to Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse not too terribly far from where we live. He loves Texas de Brazil and we hadn’t been there for quite a while so I figured it was time. The only problem is that I’d gotten really sick like three days before Valentine’s Day and have been pretty sick ever since. Somehow, I managed to avoid getting sick through almost the entire winter before finally getting hit right before we head into spring. But that’s my luck.
In other news, I randomly decided to switch back to iOS a couple weeks ago. Unless BlackBerry counts, my first smartphone was the iPhone 3G and I remained an iPhone user until just a few years ago. My iPhone — which, admittedly, which quite a few years old since I hadn’t upgraded in a while — was giving me trouble so I bought Michaels’ old Samsung Galaxy S3 from him when he got the S5. It was my first experience with Android and it was generally a positive experience.
Mostly due to the fact that there’s a greater selection of Android phones than iPhones, I decided to stick with Android for a while. Shortly after buying the S3, I bought the Note 3 for the bigger, better display. After that, I went into the Note4. At this point, my tech writing career had started taking off, so I was trying lots of different phones, including the OnePlus 2, Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3, and the ill-fated yet stunning Galaxy Note7. As you may have noticed from some of my other posts — like this one and this one — my next move was into the Google Pixel XL, which I liked quite a bit despite the fact that it lacked some of the finesse of a Galaxy phone.
As I spent more and more time with Android, I got more comfortable being an Android user and found myself missing iOS less and less. The biggest selling point for Android, at least for me, was having so many different phones to choose from. However, I used quite a few different Android phones over the past year and sometime in the midst of the OnePluses and Galaxies I found myself missing iOS.
Don’t get me wrong: I still really like Android. In particular, I like Android’s versatility, the ability to root and install ROMs for complete control over my Android phone, the potential to install third-party apps from outside the Google Play Store, the plethora of unique phones designed by many different manufacturers, and so on. But even with all these huge benefits, Android still feels inferior to iOS to me.
For one thing, iOS is much more polished than Android. Whereas Android has evolved from a rather unattractive operating system to something that’s a little more attractive, iOS looks almost the same as it always has while still having an incredibly sleek design. Plus, iOS is noticeably smoother. On Android, you might experience dropped frames and slight stutters in the UI while navigating between screens and menus, but navigating iOS remains silky smooth. And these are just the surface-level differences.
Another thing I really missed about iOS was iMessage (or ‘Messages’ as it’s simply called now). Since I’m a Mac user through-and-through, it’s great being able to send and receive text messages on my computer. I can’t tell you how convenient this is when I’m working on something and I receive a text message; instead of having to stop what I’m doing, grab my phone, respond to the text, put my phone back down, and go back to my computer, I can simply click over to the Messages app, respond, and then click back over to whatever it was I had been working on. Try as they might, Google still hasn’t developed a version of iMessage for Android; there have been attempts and near-misses — i.e., Hangouts and Allo — but so far, none of Google’s messaging solutions can compare.
And even though I love being able to choose from many different Android phones, few of them can hold a candle to the quality of Apple’s iPhones. Sure, the iPhone 7 Plus that I’m currently using is noticeably heavier than the Pixel XL I was using previously; however, the iPhone feels significantly better in the hand. It’s kind of hard to explain, but it just feels like a really well-made, high-end piece of hardware.
Speaking of hardware, the fact that Android phones are coming with up to 6GB or more in RAM while the latest generation of iPhones has only just now been upgraded to 3GB is pretty telling. On the one hand, it’s nice to have top-of-the-line specs and massive amounts of RAM and storage, but why is it that Apple’s smartphones can perform as good (or perhaps even better) as Android phones while only needing half as much RAM to do it? Sure, maybe it’s like comparing apples to oranges; they just work differently and, therefore, need different things to work, right? I’m not saying that hardware isn’t important, but Apple’s focus on software optimization just makes a lot of sense to me since we can only interact with the hardware by using the software.
I didn’t mean for this blog post to become an Apple-versus-Android monolog. And to be clear, I’m only explaining my own opinions and why I decided to get back into iOS after several years as an enthusiastic Android user. I also want to disclaim that I’m not saying that iPhones are definitively better than Android; I don’t think there’s a clear answer to this argument. Instead, I think it varies from person to person and from situation to situation. And I do still enjoy Android a lot, too. In fact, I’ll probably be hanging onto my Pixel XL for the foreseeable future. I just really missed having an iPhone, which is especially great for someone who uses other Apple products.
That’s about all I’ve got to report for the time being. Stay tuned as I’ve got a really cool top 10 piece coming up very very soon.