Andy Ihnatko, a technology journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and author provides the following four major reasons for switching from the iPhone to the Android:
- Better keyboards
- Larger screen
- Collaboration between apps
While a larger screen has never been a factor for my planned move to the Nexus 4, I couldn’t agree more with Ihnatko on why a better keyboard, collaboration between apps and customization are so important to a person who really uses a mobile device for more than than just simple phone calls, texting and facebook updates. I have large hands and fingers so the little keyboard on my iPhone is and always has been lacking. Accidentally activating Siri is also one of the most frustrating and all too often repeated annoyances.
The keyboard issues on the iPhone are annoying but the lack of collaboration between apps is unacceptable. I have been an Evernote user ever since it was in beta and I use it more than any other app on my mobile devices and computer so not being able to send content, a link or web page directly to my Evernote todo list is a major productivity drain. Getting information and content from one app to another in IOS is horrible and is reason enough to switch.
When you factor in customization options that Android offers and the fact that for just a little more than $310 CDN I can have an unlocked phone that I can use anywhere on any network the decision to move the Nexus 4 makes sense. I also agree with Ihnatko that this move isn’t for everyone. I still would recommend the iPhone for new users or those folks who don’t really do much more than phone calls, texting and facebook. If you aren’t a poweruser who can really take advantage of all the Android offers I still think that IOS offers the simplest solution that just works.
I am looking forward to reading Ihnatko final post.