Interesting Gizmodo article* from a self-described ‘demanding power user’ of smartphones, describing a big jump in the latest version of Android … An iPhone Lover’s Confession: I Switched To the Nexus 4. Completely. (Leave aside the dumb ‘confession’ angle. They can’t help themselves.)
Read his article and let’s talk.
Me? Still good with the iPhone, thanks. But I found it interesting to read Ralf’s reactions, especially his feeling iOS seems out-of-date in comparison:
… whenever I grab my iPhone for testing purposes, iOS feels pretty old, outdated and less user friendly.
User friendly is an important dimension. So, that’s news. I also like the sound of the colour-changing LED. I use the flash LED on my iPhone, and distinctive ring/text tones for specific people, and iOS provides for distinctive vibration sequences to communicate. But I liked the kinda Blackberry-like LED on my Palm Tungsten.
A commenter makes the point that if Ralf is so keen on customisation, he should ‘jail break’ his iPhone, which a lively community of geeks and enthusiasts has done since early days in iOS, benefitting from a wealth of open source and other tweaks I’ve never really wanted to experiment with.
I’m not a jaded pro-user like Ralf, so my priorities are different. No problem, no argument.
I think Google/Android has run up against the fragmentation of their ‘open’ OS for phones … I read the percentage of Android phones running even a relatively recent version of the software compares poorly to Apple’s iOS which has a smooth system for updates baked in, and a higher rate of uptake. Hence the ‘prime’ (Apple-like?) Nexus brand and this advice from Ralf:
What Samsung does with its TouchWiz modifications and many of the other tiny changes – and other non Nexus vendors, too – totally ruins the experience for me. If you’re coming from iOS I highly recommend choosing one of the Nexus devices with guaranteed updates and a clean Android environment the way Google envisioned it.
* Ha! Sounds funny saying it.