I made the switch.

So I finally made the switch to Android. I picked up the Galaxy Nexus today. To be honest, it’s a bit jarring after being an iPhone user for so long. I’ve lived in the Apple ecosystem for nearly eight years (my first Apple product was an iMac G5 back in 2005). My first smartphone was the iPhone, and I got it just a couple weeks after it came out. I even went to seeRatatouille in the theater the night I bought the iPhone. Since then I’ve owned the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 4.

So now that you know my background, here’s where I stand.

There’s some love, and there’s some hate. My main motivator right now is the fact that my life has become so intertwined with Google (my calendar, contacts, email, documents, and yes, even my wallet, are all in Google). So it stands to reason that I get a Google phone.

My secondary motivator is complete and utter boredom with iOS. There’s been nothing but negligible changes from Apple since iPhone OS first showed up. Meanwhile, Android has taken leaps and bounds in upgrading it’s OS.

Here’s a list of what I like and don’t like. I’ll start with “don’t like” so I can end on a positive note.

I don’t like. . .

  • The fact that it doesn’t feel like a sturdy phone. I know, this is a matter of personal preference, but I do like a little more weight to my devices.
  • The loose volume rocker. I don’t know if it’s just my device or if it’s across the board, but the volume rocker doesn’t feel like a very solid set of buttons.
  • The lack of a mute switch. It was a luxury on iPhone that I took for granted. If I was going into a meeting or just wanted my phone to stay quiet for some reason, I could just flip a switch. Not so on this phone.
  • The lack of a devoted messaging client. I know, it’s not really feasible for Android phones, but I really miss iMessages. I have a ton of friends with iPhones, and it just kills me that my texts are now going to show up in snot green on their phones instead of cool blue. ;-P Actually, I really just miss how fast iMessages were and the fact that you could see when the other person was typing.

I love. . .

  • The customization options. Big deal for me. I’m sick of staring at a grid of apps and folders that I can’t really customize.
  • 4G LTE speed. Okay, so it’s probably only a matter of time before an iPhone iteration gets LTE capability, but I’m really enjoying how fast this phone goes.
  • Different security options. I know that iOS had the option for a multi-character passcode, but something about pattern locks makes me feel more secure. And the whole face unlock is cool, but I won’t really rely on it as a security option. It’s neat when I’m at work or with my friends at church (I work for a church), but when I go out to restaurants, pubs, and shopping, I’m mostly using the pattern lock.
  • The ability to side-load apps. Sure I could jailbreak an iOS device, but I’m not a fan of voiding my warranty. With an Android device, I can get apps from wherever I want. I just installed Google Wallet onto my Verizon GNexus, and I can’t wait to try it out (though admittedly not tomorrow as a snowstorm is in the forecast :-/).

I’m sure the adjustment period is going to be difficult. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. For now though, I’m done with the iPhone.

It feels oddly liberating.

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