No, it’s not a joke. Andy Ihnatko has switched from an iPhone to an Android handset.
One of the head cheerleaders of the iPhone club since day one, it seems he’s finally had enough and thrown his lot in with Android. And he seems quite happy about it too.
My question is, why?
Here’s what changed: Android got great. The OS got great, and the hardware got great. One of the sweet benefits of being a tech columnist is that I get to try out every significant new phone for a month or so. Time after time last year, I’d pack up and send back another flagship Android phone, switch back to my iPhone exclusively, and spend the following few weeks missing a great feature of the Android phone’s hardware or OS that I’d come to rely on during my testing.
I briefly had a Google Nexus 7 last year, and while it was fun for a while, it just never stacked up to the fully-blown iOS experience on my iPad. It was rapidly replaced as soon as the iPad Mini became available.
In this first part of a three-part story, Andy highlights better keyboard and bigger screen as two of his reasons for moving from the iPhone 5. I can see his point on the screen size – I’d love an iPhone with a 5″ display. I’m one of those people who stare forlornly at the Samsung Note devices in shops, wishing my iPhone was just as big. And had a stylus.
Anyway, if someone as soaked in the Apple love as Andy can see the sense of moving to an Android device, then what does this mean for Apple?
For myself, I can’t see me buying an Android handset in the near future. My iPhone 5 and iPad Mini combo works a treat. But I’m always interested in other people’s experiences and will look forward to the next couple of parts to Andy’s story.
I wonder what our friends in Cupertino make of all this…?