Kevin has loyally covered Android topics for several years at Phandroid.com, but with the iPhone 5 in hand and a smile on his face, he is welcomed to iSource as a brand new iOS enthusiast.
My name is Kevin Krause, and I’m a recovering Android user. For over three years I have used Google’s mobile OS exclusively, I even blogged about it obsessively over at Phandroid.com. Perhaps you stumbled across a post or two. But after all that time, Android just isn’t doing it for me anymore. I need something exciting, new, different. Perhaps a change of scenery.
I am an Apple user, and have been for the past decade. I’m typing this on the latest generation 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The iPhone was the first smartphone I lusted after but the Motorola Droid was the first smartphone I owned. So started a cycle of dependency on Google and its mobile ecosystem. But today I break that cycle. Today everything comes full circle. Today I own the iPhone 5.
I will miss Android, its openness. I will miss a wide selection of phones to choose from. Over the past three years I have owned distinct devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Droid RAZR M and tested out countless others from Samsung, LG, and HTC along the way. But I’m ready to trade that in for a singular piece of hardware that simply outclasses all others in terms of design.
I will miss the advanced software features of the platform such as Google Now, enhanced multi-tasking, and widgets. Yes, widgets. You never know how much you love widgets until your homescreen becomes the equivalent of your Android app drawer.
But some things I won’t miss. The unreliable nature of the platform, inconsistent software updates, the neglect of app developers, batteries that quit after less than half a day of use. For me, Android became a frustrating experience toward the end, and that Apple mantra, “It just works,” began to play in my head.
So here I sit, iPhone in hand, unembarrassed to call myself a newb. It feels like making the transition from Windows to OS X all over again. There will be a learning curve, but I’m hopeful that once I get the hang of things I will be blown away all over again by the iPhone.
So stick with me. Yes, some of my early posts might seem a bit rudimentary, but I am going to be as open and honest about my experiences as possible. I am hopeful my past with Android will provide a new perspective on Apple’s platform, as familiar as it is to some readers at iSource. I look forward to getting to know the community here as we set off on this marvelous adventure together.