Yesterday was a big day for me. I’ve been a loyal iPhone/AT&T user since 2007 but it was time to change. I didn’t change because the iPhone was bad or I didn’t enjoy it, but I switched to Android/Verizon because I was naturally curious about the entire Android ecosystem and Verizon’s network and my contract with AT&T was up. I very much enjoyed my iPhone and invested heavily in the surrounding app ecosystem (tons of apps for my kids on it).
Back in December 2010, I wrote a post about wanting to experiment with different Operating Systems. It took me about 7 months to convince myself, but I finally did it. I’ve been told by friends that they think I’ll probably go back to the iOS, but I am looking forward to this experiment. My entire computer infrastructure in my home is Apple-OS, so this will be the first non-native OS in my home.
The first 18 hours with the phone have been great. It’s actually been a lot easier to setup than I thought it would be and Android is very much intuitive. I’d say that the Android system allows the user to have a lot more control. A good parallel here is manual vs. automatic cars. The Apple iOS is very much an automatic transmission, it (just) works. The Android OS is a manual (stick) transmission that isn’t necessary, but allows for much more tweaking.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the Android Marketplace. There hasn’t been an app yet that I cannot find and love how Android allows for multiple apps to be open at the same time (which I suppose is coming in iOS 5).
The phone also has 4G, which is much, much faster than my 3G.
So far, so good. Looking forward to exploring.