Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Cover: promising like Aviate but not for everyone

Cover, a new lock screen replacement app, was released last Friday and I've been using it since then. I've even joined the super-user community to help test out new updates before they hit the Play Store. So, 5 days in, what do I think of it?

Overall, I rate it similarly to the other big location based app of the last few months: Aviate. Both are in beta, and are very promising, but, just like Aviate, I don't think Cover serves a very useful purpose for users like me. There are millions out there for whom both Cover and Aviate will be game changers, but just not everyone. If you segment your life tightly into Work and Home, both of these apps will be useful for you.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Which OS did users use to view my Android switch post?

These are the OS viewing stats for my last post about switching from iOS to Android:

I think I'll repost it in an iOS community!!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Why I don't regret switching to Android

There are plenty of blog posts out there about the benefits of switching from iOS to Android but I'd like to add my perspective to the mix.

The background to all of this: I used an iPhone between March 2009 and September 2013. I had a 3G and then a 4S. Pretty much everyone else in my family is an Apple person.

But during the summer I got pretty fed up with how locked in the device was and started browsing through the Android community posts on Google+. I learnt about new and upcoming devices, about ROMs and rooting, about JellyBean and Kit Kat, and about stock versus skinned. 4 months ago these phrases would have induced a very puzzled look on my face. I'm now familiar with these phrases, although by no means an expert. But they still provoke confused expressions from my friends and family who are wedded to their iPhones. 

I've since come to realise that there's a lot more to the switch than just getting away from the lockdown that Apple subject iPhone users to. It's about using a system that betters my day to day life. It's about a system that helps me get things done efficiently  and effortlessly. It's about a system that let's me configure my expensive ($1000 expensive) device how I want. Most of all, it's about a system that may have started behind Apple's but is now leaps and bounds ahead.

So here are my top 5 reasons why the switch to Android for a long term iPhone user is really more than just about being fed up with Apple; it's about enhancing your life. These aren't in any particular order, just 5 of the main reasons.