After years with iPhone, here is why I am sticking with Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Android (For now)
“Oh man, another iOS vs Android post? Can’t you think of anything more original to write about?” The answer is yes, there are many topics one can write about in the ever-evolving world of modern technology. However, I am writing about this for two main reasons.
The Equation is Changing
You see, if you had asked me a year ago whether I prefer iOS or Android for daily use, there really would have been no hesitation as I answered in favor of the world’s most valuable company. It was a clear decision. I want a phone that will work, work fast, and wont unnecessarily complicate things. And so, back then, Android was not an option, irrelevant of the actual device I chose.
Today, all that has changed. I think the turning point was Android 4.1Jellybean, with what Google is calling Project Butter (I would so love to have the job of the guy who comes up with these names, then sits back and laughs as serious people use them in daily conversations.). Android, as I write these words, and assuming you are on a high end and powerful device, is just as fluid as iOS.
In fact, if I am going to take one example, a practical one, comparing Flipboard on my Nexus 7 or Note 2 to Flipboard on my iPhone, I am going to go out on a limb and say, the iPhone is actually slower and less responsive.
The Note 2, no matter what I throw at it, is super fast and responsive. Something tells me its quad core 1.6 CPU has something to do with that, but truth be told, I don’t care, I just want a good experience, and the Note 2 provides it.
Now, there are other elements that have to be taken into account such as comparing the experience of viewing a video on a 5.5” stunning display like the one on the Note 2 to the experience on a 4” display, Retina or not. Well, I think I can sum this topic up by saying, there is no comparison.
What else is there? The multitasking. No no, I don’t mean double pressing on a home button to show me what apps were recently running so I can start them again. I am referring to someone sending me a full HD video, watching it at the top of the screen while I check my Gmail or Twitter. Or both. Yes, on the Note 2, there is the much-talked-about multitasking bar that enables me to choose multiple apps and run them simultaneously on the screen.
“Wow, that must take its toll on the processor and make the phone stutter, right?” Wrong. Not only can I run Gmail and Facebook at the same time on the screen, but I can move the two windows around, resize them, and a whole lot more, all without the slightest hiccup.
The bottom line is this. Once upon a time, Android users, the hardcore kind would say the following sentence: “If you want a phone that is a toy, use the iPhone and if you want a work horse, Android is for you”. That was not completely true, as Android had its issues, but with the Note 2’s performance, that statement is spot on!
Still Trying to Decide on a Phone
As I wrote previously, I am in the process of choosing a phone. As I wait for my iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC 8X, BlackBerry 10, and Nexus 4 to make their way to my doorstep, I found myself struggling between my iPhone 4S and my Note 2 on a daily basis.
Truth be told, I was and am not willing to completely abandon my investment in iOS (apps) or my dependency on iMessage, but the Note 2 has become my primary device over the past month. Oh, and I am not alone. Far from it.
Yes, I had to work out some kinks, but at the end of the day, as I said to someone yesterday, the Note 2 redefines the word “Smartphone”. This thing is beyond smart, it is freakin brilliant.
Of course, one cannot talk about the Galaxy Note 2 without mentioning what I believe is its most important feature, the 3100 mAh battery. I come home after a day of heavy usage including web, video, email, and others to a battery that stands at 60%. How is that possible?! I will tell you how. The phone has a 5.5” screen, which means there is more room for a bigger battery.
You know what else there is more room for? Better wireless radios. In my home where my iPhone 4S has close to no reception at all, the Note 2 gives me perfect call quality. Same goes for Wifi range. This phone is a beast in every sense of the word.
So at the end of the day, between the genius S Pen integration with handwriting recognition the likes of which I have never seen before, video quality at a level I have never experienced on any mobile device, and complete personalization abilities, this is not about iOS vs Android. It is about what Apple wants your phone to look like and what YOU want your phone to look like.
As much as I like Apple products, I will choose me over them, thank you very much. So for now, Galaxy Note 2 and Android it is. Don’t worry, Apple (I know you must be worried), I still love my iPad and iPod Touch, but time to refresh that iOS operating system that was innovative in, what was it? 2007? Exactly.