So a few weeks ago I admitted that I had gone back to the dark side, my Desire has disappeared and morphed into an iPhone 3GS. I used to have one of the original iPhone 2G’s before giving first BlackBerry another try and then I found myself going after an Android phone.
So why have I gone back to the iOS? Part of it was growing bored with my Desire – the fact that pretty much every week I ran into problems installing apps, thanks to the memory restrictions of the handset. This was one of my main gripes, but obviously a newer Android handset was definitely another option to overcome this. Boredom was also another big piece of the puzzle, if I had been able to install a different variety of apps, perhaps the Desire would still be in my hands. That’s not really the developers faults, when it comes to gadgets, I do tend to get bored with certain aspects very quickly. Now I no longer run my phone shop, obviously not getting my hands on the latest handsets as they hit the shelves has helped curb getting bored so quickly – I simply don’t get to tinker as much as I used to.
No I think my main issue in the end was the support overall from Android, you hear all the time about how much fragmentation there is, and boy that’s true – yet Android is still a very accessible OS with some great features. However the 3GS is still being supported, the majority of apps released every day can still run very merrily on the 3GS. A phone that is now over two years old! My Desire on the other hand would not be receiving any more updates, and a lot of the newer apps, which I quite liked the look of wouldn’t be able to run on the darn thing. I mentioned a while back about the re-release of Dizzy: Prince Of The Yolkfolk, a game I was really looking forward to and should have run on my Desire – alas the memory issues reoccurred and no matter what I tried – it just simply wouldn’t install! Then you have the simple fact that ICS upgrades for handsets like the Samsung Galaxy IIS have yet to be released – even though ICS was released last November. I’m sorry but what’s the hold up, why aren’t these phones getting the support that the customers deserve? This is where Android seems to me to be falling totally flat on their faces. They need to get the manufacturers on board with quicker updates, and they need to get them on board to support the handsets for at least the minimum length of contract, which at this time is usually 2 years.
I’ve been using the iPhone now for several weeks and to be honest apart from the obvious customization options, which Android scores on and Google maps I haven’t looked back. Although I must admit I didn’t expect to get so addicted to some of the games and some of the photography apps! So yes it seems that I will be sticking with the iPhone for the foreseeable future – it does exactly what I want and does it extremely well – including making a phone call…