I’ve been watching developments over in Android land with some interest. No, I’m not about to jump ship (again!), abandoning all my Apple gadgets. But I’ve been watching how Android is quickly shaping up to be an excellent alternative to iOS.
So why wouldn’t I switch next time I upgrade my mobile phone?
My Apple Watch. Surprising, right?
Since getting my Apple Watch (I’m now on model number two!), I’ve grown to really appreciate its simplicity and power. I get select notifications when I want them. I track my fitness. I control my music while I’m out for a run. I use it to control Siri (okay, very occasionally, and even then, just to start timers for when I’m cooking. But still…)
As far as I can see, now that the Pebble has gone into the great gadget graveyard in the sky, there is no viable alternative to the Apple Watch. Apple have essentially cornered the smart watch market – an understandably small market, compared to that of mobile phones.
And when I consider what it would be like to move to Android and not have a smart watch, I quickly change my mind and hug my iPhone just a little bit closer.
That said, I’m not sticking with the iPhone because it’s the best phone on the market. I think that several Android phones can claim that title, not least of which is the Samsung S8 (no explosion jokes, please). When I look at the latest Samsung phone, I long for Apple to challenge their design principles and bring out a device with a smaller bezel. I want more screen, not a bigger handset.
So, rather than look over the fence at the (not necessarily) greener grass, I’ll pin my hopes on Apple surprising and delighting its fans this September, when they announce a new iPhone that takes the leap forward from the iPhone 6 that the iPhone 7 failed to achieve.
My iPhone 8 wish list?
Well, I’d love an even bigger screen, but with the same dimensions of the iPhone 7Plus.
Better battery life would be a win, though I’m not exactly suffering now, given the iPhone 7 Plus battery’s strength. I’m not longing for wireless charging, but wouldn’t say no – as long as it didn’t require me to buy even more dongels.
If we get an even bigger screen, I’d love if Apple made the Apple Pencil work with the iPhone. It seems like they’re missing a trick here. They’d probably need to launch a newer, slightly smaller version of the Pencil, but I’d queue for one! Add handwriting recognition to the Apple Notes app and you have a super productivity tool!