I need to start this dumb post by saying that I'm most likely the worst flip-flopper ever. For years as proclaimed myself an "Apple" guy, happily owning many iterations of the iPhone and other Apple products (Apple TV, iPad Air, older iPods, a Mac Mini and MacBooks). I dabbled in the Windows Phone world twice and I regretted it. The OS was neat and everything, but the lack of apps would strain on me and it was becoming clear that no matter how optimistic one would be, Microsoft's efforts led to little to no traction. There isn't a strong #3 in the mobile front, it's a battle between Apple and Google. At one time, I was 100% on the Apple side.
But now, I may be shifting to the Google side.
Ever since Android 5.0, aka Lollipop, my interest in Android changed considerably. Up to that point, I had little-to-know interest in Android. The interface was ugly, the "openness" was not appealing and despite ability to customize and control the experience, I didn't see anything about Android that appealed to me. I joked a lot about Google being this evil company that wants all of your information. I still believe that some of that is true, but really I knew that Google offered some cool technology and services. Even so, Android was not exciting.
But then Lollipop happened and slowly my opinions started to change. (They changed and I still didn't blog about them...how unfortunate.) Anyways, I would keep an eye out on certain tech like the Nexus line of phones and the OnePlus One. I even went so far as to get an invite to order the OnePlus One, add a phone and case to the cart and then let the invite expire. I did this three times. No matter how strong the interest, I could not part with my beloved iPhone.
In 2015, two things happened that really peaked my interest. First, Android 6.0, Marshmallow, was released. While it's not a HUGE change over Lollipop, it has the same sort of polish that iOS 8 brought to iOS 7. Second, the Nexus 6P was announced. It seemed to have the right mix of sex appeal, hardware spec and, perhaps most importantly, price. It was starting to seem like a no brainer...it was time to switch!
So I did just that. In late December, I bought a Nexus 6P and, really, haven't looked back. The experience was great and I knew I would enjoy the phone and Android OS because I wasn't longing for my iPhone. With Windows Phone, I would have similar "honeymoon" periods...but then the app stuff would crash my boring reality. Since apps, or the ones I use, are on par with their iOS counterparts, the transition was even smoother.
I can wax poetic about the level of customization I have now and how that's affected my work flow, for the better, but really what it boils down to is this: Apple's iOS/iPhone offerings are just not what they used to be. That's not to say that Apple sucks or their tech sucks. I still like iOS and the iPhone. I just find that what Google is offering with Android is FINALLY exciting and interesting. And the Nexus line of phones are a great reminder that lower cost doesn't translate to cheap quality. If anything, I found it to be the exact opposite. My Nexus 6P (base 32GB aluminum model) is beautiful, designed nicely, has great speakers and baddest finger print scanner available.
Know my track record, I will switch away/back to iOS within a few months. But I think I know better now. I finally feel like I've freed myself from the walled-garden...for real this time! I have been embracing cross-platform even more than ever. It shouldn't matter where my data is, as long as I can choose the app and platform to obtain. There's a little bit of cloud-computing in that statement, I think that's more important than having a shiny iPhone.
But if I do end up truly flip-flopping, please call me out on it. I'll deserve it.