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Back to iOS?

Yes, I am an Android user…

But before that, I was a Windows Mobile user, a BlackBerry user and an iOS (iPhone 4/iPad 2) user.

So I guess switching (mobile) OSes isn’t new to me.

My first Android device was the Galaxy Note 2… Loved the size and I also immediately fell in love with Android.

Coming from an iPhone 4, I love the fact that you can use gestures to type, turn by turn directions thanks to Google Maps, launchers and themes to customize the look and the ability to assign other apps as default.

My Galaxy Note 2 was really abused. It geo-tagged my photos during vacations, used as a GPS when driving and personal hotspot. Thanks to its OTG feature I even used it to back up photos to Dropbox and even used it as a portable media player (using an MHL cable).

I then replaced my iPad 2 with a Nexus 7 (2013) since I wanted a smaller tablet…

Nexus 7 had it’s limitations (no OTG and MHL) but it received Android updates.

It was updated to KitKat (Android 4.4) months before my Note 2 received the update. My Note 2 also never received Lollipop (Android 5).

Here’s my problem with Android, you buy a current flagship device (I presently own an S6 Edge) then months later you’re never sure when and if you’re ever getting the latest Android version.

I know a lot of people who doesn’t care which version of Android their using, but I won’t be writing this blog if I was one of them… I want to use Now on Tap and I’m hoping for improved battery performance of my devices… Something Marshmallow (Android 6) will provide. Sadly, all I can do right now is wait.

Something I’ll never have to do when I’m using an iOS device.

When Apple announces a date for iOS, ALL qualified devices get an update.

But there’s a catch, my iPad 2 never received Siri when it got updated to iOS 5. my daughter’s iPad mini 2 did not get the Split Screen mode of iOS 9 and even if the 4S got iOS 9, it’s doesn’t support CarPlay.

When my Nexus 7 (2013) receives Marshmallow (Android 6), it will get all the available new features from the new OS.

So basically, you get a limited update on iOS… But you still get something new. With Android, you may never get an official update but when you do, its like having a new device again.

Another issue are cases, I’m unable to find a case for my 2 year old Nexus 7, even my wife’s Galaxy Note 8 (BTW, is presently stuck on Android 4.4) has very limited cases available! Yes, maybe not everyone will care about their device’s case, but if you travel a lot, having a case is very handy…

Do I go for the stability of iOS? The assurance of updates and accessories? The beauty of its Apps? And the one size fits all Apple approach?

Or do I go Android and have my device replaced evary 2 years?

I guess the best route is to have an Android/iOS combination… Since Google did not announce a Nexus tablet this year, do I go S6 Edge plus iPad setup?

Let’s see… I’m expecting to get Marshmallow for my Nexus 7 before the holidays… If everything goes well, I can wait for the iPad Air 3!

I got myself an iPhone!

I have been a Windows Mobile user for a very long time…
My first Windows Mobile Phone was the Smart Amazing Phone (also known as the HTC Tanager), then I bought an I-Mate Jam (also known as the HTC Magician), then I used a Dopod 838 (also known as the HTC Wizard) and lastly the Asus P525.
I used a Nokia E63 for more than a year after the Asus P525 as I was still undecided on which phone to get next.
I wanted to wait for a new WebOS device from HP but the waiting seemed to take forever.
RIM’s Blackberry is really not for me, Windows Mobile 7 just didn’t have the apps and features I need now and I find Android too risky for me.
Let me explain on what I mean about Android’s risks.
You see, I love upgrades… My Smart Amazing Phone ran on Imate’s ROM (instead of the original ROM from Smart). I was happy with the Imate Jam’s ROM so I just changed my wife’s O2 XDA mini’s ROM to run Imate too. And my Dopod 838 also ran an Imate ROM.
Although these ROMs were not official, they were available with the risk of only voiding your warranty.
For Android, un-official upgrades are also available, this would be my choice of Mobile OS 5 years ago but since I am now very busy with work and other family stuff, I can no longer research and gamble on installing a new Mobile OS.
Not all Android phones are guaranteed to have an official update to the latest Android version, just look at Sony Ericsson’s X10 mini, they presently run on Éclair (2.1) even if Froyo (2.2) has been available for a while and Gingerbread (2.3) is officially released.
If you use Android devices, you’ll know that performance from Éclair to Froyo is a big upgrade and next year, Android will have Honeycomb.
This is just a very big issue for me for Android devices as I will not be happy getting stuck at Éclair knowing that Froyo and above is much better.
For Apple devices, (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) an update is almost assured for at least the next 4 years (updates for the original iPhone and iPod Touch are no longer available).
Updates are easy to install since you only need to sync your device to iTunes and we all know that there’s almost an app for everything…
All my favorite apps and games are available on the iPhone and Android but the iPhone version just works better.
I can list a lot of reasons why I decided to get an iPhone but basically the biggest factor is that WebOS is just taking too long to release a new phone, Android upgrades are not guaranteed and Windows Mobile 7 does not have the complete features I need.
Hopefully, other manufacturers come up with better tablets before I decide to get an iPad next year…

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