Are you a Mac or a PC? I’m a PC and always have been. I’m one of the five people who bought Microsoft Zunes instead of Apple iPods to play music. It seemed foolish to me to pay so much more for the Apple products when the competitors met my needs just as well and for a lot less money.
Then Apple came out with a phone.
My Smart Phone History
My son, a Mac, switched cell service carriers just to have an iPhone when they first came out. I went the opposite direction for a smart phone and got the Droid.
Other than an initial lack of apps, I loved the Android operating system. The phone did everything I wanted and more. More and more friends chose Android over iPhone; no one chose Blackberry.
After a couple of years, the battery was wearing out and I was ready to go without a keyboard and upgrade to the 4G experience.
The G in 4G Wasn’t Great
By the time I upgraded, my carrier had the iPhone but not in 4G. After much consideration I decided to go with another android phone. It was so much faster and I loved the phone…. but only in 4-6 hour increments.
The battery life was atrocious! My two year old phone would last as long or longer than the brand new one. I was told that it was a problem with all android phones. Some blamed the 4G network. Apparently the speed was also sucking the battery life.
The Conversion to iPhone
The turning point was being at Blog World with a dead battery in November. I had to be tethered to a charging station or risk being cut off totally from the world. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that dire but I saw my friends Phil and J. go all day on their iPhones and was mad that my 5 month old phone couldn’t match it.
I got my iPhone 4S the next month and have been thrilled with the battery life. And Siri is pretty cool. We used her a lot to find restaurants, directions and more during our holiday road trip.
Downgrading to 3G wasn’t bad; it’s almost as fast as the Android phone was with 4G. The camera is better but I dislike the calendar. Other apps are pretty equal with pluses and minuses for both.
I think the hype about iPhones is overblown, but I must say it’s great to have one that works all day. After all ,what good is a product if you can’t use it.
Are you an Apple fan?
photo by: Brett Jordan