"Everything around you that you call life was made up by people, and you can change it." —Steve Jobs
— David Konig (@davidkonig) October 8, 2015
I’ll be honest… I was very very pro-Android when it first came out. I liked the fact that it was open source as compared to Apple‘s proprietary iOS, that the SDK was easy, that the Google Play Store was more of an open playground than the walled garden of the App Store. It was cooler to be a Droid user than an Apple fanboy. Droid was young, rebellious, and free as compared to the old, costly, and compliant iOS.
Then I joined the iCult in not just my mobile preference, but pretty much all my computing. I realized that in order to be as productive as I can, I need tools that will actually work and that was (and to a degree still is) an issue with Android.
But the rebellious spirit of Droid lives on! Most recently with a special pictograph in Google Maps…
Although it has since been removed, the Android Logo relieving itself on the Apple Logo has to give you a chuckle. I found it pretty funny, and of course I found it interesting that the logo was found and spread on the same day that the Apple Watch was available. I don’t think it, or the day it was found, was as accidental as it has been made out to be.
Being open definitely has its benefits, but it also often leaves you at the mercy of others who’s intentions may not be as benevolent.
- I know it’s been awhile. Quite a bit has been going on, so it was pleasant the other night to be able to sit with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked, which is probably my favorite flavor of them all (or equal to Cherry Garcia) and just ponder a few things:
- So I broke down and got an iPad Air on November 1st, the release day. Thus far I’m loving it, but that’ll come in a later post (hopefully). What I do want to comment on is what a great service pick-up is from the Apple Store. I literally ordered the iPad Air through the Apple Store app and in less than 120 minutes I had it in my hands from the Fifth Avenue Apple Store… bypassing the line of dozens that had formed outside to get their hands on it. If you want something day of release and already have an iPhone or iPad, pick-up ordering is the way to go
- I’ve had a lot of “down time” so to speak, so I’ve occupied that time by working (or intending to work) on one or more of my many manuscripts. I’ve also been listening to quite a few podcasts, and was very pleased to find a new one called the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast. I LOVE this podcast! I’ve listened to all the episodes and quite honestly it has absolutely the best content out there for people who are interested in self-publishing. It’s an interview based podcast averaging about an hour, but what really separates this from other podcasts is the host, Simon, is NOT a self-published author. Being detached from the activity lends an authenticity to the content as he is someone who asks the same questions many people not in self-publishing are most likely to ask themselves. The authors that he interviews provide a variety of perspectives, ideas, and techniques that form a solid foundation for anyone looking to get started or improve on their self-publishing efforts
- It’s no secret that I’m a pretty huge Star Wars fan. One of the other things I’ve been doing is playing Tiny Death Star. It’s a game based on one of my other favorite games, Tiny Tower. Check out the trailer:
It’s a great time burner, especially when your in bed. Doing nothing.
Have a great day!
Last week my girlfriend, Stef (who I often refer to as Poppy), and I celebrated being together for 4 years. Besides congratulating her on a will of steel and a heart of gold, one of the things we decided during such occasions is to chose something we both want and then get it. Whether it be tickets to a show, a new television or, in this case, new phones.
With our contract at the point of an upgrade we decided it was time to get new phones. My girlfriend on the other hand had decided before we hit the store on the iPhone 4s, leaving her Droid X behind. I was waffling a bit between the Droid Bionic, the soon to be available Droid 4, and the iPhone 4s. As you may be able to tell by the photo, I went iPhone 4s.
This may come as a shock to most of you considering I have been an ardent supporter of the Android platform. I was a proud and early adopter of the original Droid phone, I own an Amazon Kindle Fire that is the most successful Android tablet form to date, and use Google for most of my online tasks such as e-mail and keeping my calendar. Whenever someone talks about an iOS app, I’m usually the one asking where an Android version is.
So how did Apple woo me from the Droid Army into the iCult?
Simply put, performance.
For the last year I’ve noticed my Droid running considerably slower. Sure there were more apps that became more sophisticated, and it showed in the overall performance of the phone. The worst indicator of this was when Foursquare would freeze up while getting my morning coffee after the phone came off a full night of rest. Not only was it frustrating, but it endangered my mayorship.
Battery life was nowhere near where I needed it to be. Even with aggressive battery management I was plugging it in after maybe 1 hour of usage and 3 hours of standby. There were lots of times when the sync function would last for an hour or more, draining the battery even faster.
The absolute worst part was when I would run “Low On Memory“. I was unable to move memory hogs like Facebook and Google+ off the actual phone and onto the mounted SD card that still had plenty of space, so the only solution was to delete apps and lose one function to gain another.
In the end, Droid wasn’t what I was looking for. I needed something that would be responsive and perform throughout the life of the contract. Having the Droid was, for all intense purposes, the same as owning a PC. It was good for the first year but the hardware was quickly outpaced by the software and there really wasn’t much I could do about it.
Is the iPhone 4s the Droid I’m looking for? Even the all knowing and wise Siri isn’t sure. It’s too early to really tell, although thus far things are VERY promising.
I haven’t had a power management issue, I’m running apps quickly, there are no memory issues to worry about, and the phone hasn’t frozen yet. The worst part was losing all the contacts in the phone, but truth be told I’m okay with re-adding them and NOT syncing it to my Google contact list, which is significantly large to say the least.
The fact is in two years we’ll have an opportunity to change again. Whether I stay in the iCult for my phone will really depend on how the performance is over the next two years. Hopefully Apple delivers on the hype and I will be another mindless happy consumer.
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