I love the idea of Android. I’m a Google product user – my email, both personal and work, is run through Google’s services. I love Google+. I use Google search. I use Google Docs for both personal and professional needs. I like my stuff in the cloud, and Google is a master of learning “me” and giving me the stuff I want.
I love how Android phones are “open.” I like how Google Now scans everything Google gleans about me, and serves me up useful information. I like Google Maps on android better – I love the way all of Google that I use and love everyday is baked into every ounce of the operating system. I like the bigger screen of my Galaxy S4. I like widgets.
But I’ve realized something lately, after my failed attempt to move to Android from iPhone. It can’t be done. I just can’t quit Apple.
The S4 is a beautiful phone… and it’s fast enough to to be almost as fluid to use as the iPhone. But it’s not about the phone. It’s not even really about OS features. It’s about ecosystem.
I realized it when I was watching my kids watching the new season of Good Luck Charlie on our Apple TV. Or maybe I realized it when I got the notification of an upcoming evening engagement that my wife added to her iPhone, to our shared calendar on iCloud. Or maybe it was when my kid paid her allowance money to unlock a new bag of doctor tools in her favorite Doctor game on our iPad mini. Or maybe it was the fact that I could pick up my iPad and respond to text messages when my phone died. Or maybe it was when my wife added her
I know, I know. There are a ton of ways to replace that functionality on Android. Some of them are probably even better than their iOS counterparts. And there are TV Shows and movies available through the Google Play store, and Chromecast could handle the same features as my Apple TV.
But the cost is simply too high. With hundreds of dollars of TV and movies, hundreds in apps and games, and thousands in hardware (1 Macbook, 1 Apple TV, 2 iPhones, 1 iPod Touch, 2 iPad minis, 1 iPad)… all of which is geared around consuming my media, organization, scheduling, gaming, and communication choices… I’m simply too locked into the Apple ecosystem to ever commit to a change.
My Galaxy S4 that I was so excited to switch to is now stuck on an extra line on our family account and I use it when I need something specific to Android. I like my texts showing up on my mac, iPad, or iPhone. The reminders and calendar could be easily switched to another task app and google calendars… but that means getting my wife comfortable with something new.
That’s the insidiously amazing thing about Apple – you can’t quit… not if you’ve been using it the way they mean for you to. Most of Google works there. But none of Apple works on the Android.
I just can’t quit you, Apple. No matter how much I try.