It is hard to believe that six months ago, Adam and I were touting the new iOS 14 update. Apple users received widgets and some cool stuff. Adam had an iPhone 11 Pro and I had a budget iPhone 7. Obviously there are a few differences, but much of it resides in the camera and screen. Recently, we discussed that if we chose to go back to Android, it would be with a Pixel. The choice was made. Both of us have returned to Android. Why I went back to Android is for a funny reason. Well, two reasons actually.
The two definitive reasons are for people that had Android for a long time. If you never had Android, you wouldn’t really notice them. Adam has different reasons than I do. But mine are minute and can easily be overlooked. Not for me, of course. But, for someone that didn’t know better.
Multiple Accounts for Apps.
Now, this isn’t for people that think you need a burner app icon for sketchy business. Some may do it for sketchy business, but that isn’t for me. Some apps like Instagram and Twitter allow you to toggle between profiles. Other apps like WhatsApp, FB Messenger, and Snapchat don’t like that. You literally have to log out and login under your other profile.
This is a major reason why I went back to Android. For personal and professional purposes, I have two separate Snapchat and Messenger needs. I use one to exchange nudes, but the other I use for The Lazy Geeks business. Promotion and information. Sometimes, you just don’t have the time to logout and login under your new profile.
Even on the install of certain apps, Android lets you know that you can install multiple copies of certain apps. For me, it is one less thing that I have to think about. Well, sometimes I forget which app is which. But that is on me. Not on Android. For Apple to have install an app and do a work around. That’s too much work for something that should be easy.
Use Mostly Google Apps Anyway.
I went back to Android because I use mostly Google apps on my iPhone anyway. It sounds ridiculous but it’s true. The apps on iOS are not particularly spectacular. Their generic mail app is garbage. Functionality is limited and just the aesthetic is lousy. You think for a company that worries about the aesthetic, they would work harder on the apps.
Don’t even get me started on Apple Maps, Calendar, Notes, and Safari. The only apps that I found worked out was iMessage. However, Google improved greatly on their Message app. With Android users, it works just like iMessage.
It isn’t hard to imagine why they allowed users to change their default for mail and browsers. I used Gmail, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and Chrome. I used to use Firefox on both Android and Apple, but it has gotten so resource heavy recently I dumped it. I’m, also, over the whole privacy thing. Using the Chromecast with Android TV, it works better to use Chrome.
On Google Maps, for me, I can add a transit layer to the app. It never goes away. For Apple Maps, you have to go into settings every time to add the transit schedule to it. So annoying. Calendar app has two versions. Their stock app is slightly better than Apple’s when it always opens up on the month. Their other Calendar is more like a feed with a better aesthetic.
The Final Verdict.
I went back to Android for the customization of the interface. Now, that doesn’t mean I will ever use a Samsung phone again. Another reason I went to Apple was due to their non-bloatware policy. When you turned on an iPhone, you don’t have third-party apps already installed. However, going back to Android will come with a Pixel.
When I did a factory reset on my Galaxy device, it came with Facebook, CNN, so many games, Pandora, and news apps. I counted over a dozen of third-party apps and Samsung’s own apps. They took a good chunk of storage space. Right now, with storage space at a premium, I would like to install only what I need.
This isn’t a condemnation of iOS. I still have an iPad but Android really served my needs more efficiently. Again, it is only because we had extensive experience with Android. These differences are something that long-term users will understand. I mean, why get an iPhone when you use mostly Google apps anyway?