A brighter future sends me back to Android following eight months with iOS

This article may contain personal views and opinion from the author.


You might remember that just before April, my trusty Motorola DROID Turbo took a dive into a toilet which was too much for the P2i nano-coating. I decided to accept my daughter's offer to user her Apple iPhone 5, and from the end of March through now, I was using iOS for the first time since I owned the original Apple iPhone in 2007.

Right off the bat, I was impressed with how quickly video would load on the iPhone 5. Software updates were a breeze and iOS 10 worked smoothly. Not bad for an old timer. The 8MP rear camera even produced better than average pictures and video. While I was generally happy using the phone, and considered buying the Apple iPhone SE, I was extremely disappointed in Siri. I found that Google Now was far superior as Apple's voice activated personal assistant sent me to a web site for my answer far too many times than Google Now did. I found myself using the Google iOS app far more often than using Siri.

Over the last few weeks, I suddenly realized that Google might have a clearer idea of what the future will look like thanks to Google Assistant. The latter uses AI to become more like a person than Siri or Cortana. Sure, both of those assistants tell a mean joke. But Google Assistant is conversational, and in the future it will use AI to really know you. The possibilities are endless.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and crew showed off the company's AI powered future at I/O 2016 last May

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and crew showed off the company's AI powered future at I/O 2016 last May

Now here is the amazing part. While on the outside I still carried the iPhone, inside I was really thinking Android. And then I received an incredibly generous gift that among other things, included a brand spanking new Moto Z Force DROID. If there ever was a signal, this was it! After all, in the past I have owned the Motorola DROID, Motorola DROID 3, Motorola DROID 4, HTC DROID DNA, the Motorola DROID Turbo and now the Moto Z Force DROID.

Going from a 4-inch screen to a 5.5-inch glass is surreal. And the Android 7.0 update was ready to be downloaded immediately. While I was away from Android for only eight months, I really sensed something different about the OS with the new build. It is this feeling that Google really has a plan for the future, powered by Google Assistant, that makes me excited to be returning to the platform.

Let me add that there is nothing wrong with iOS at all. I did enjoy my time using it and once again it lived up to the old cliche that "it just works." But there is something exciting about Google's plans for AI that has drawn me to the Android platform. Google seems to be on the right track.

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Moto Z Force Droid Edition
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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31 Comments

1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Yeah I agree. I reckon I'll switch to oneplus, Apple just isn't exciting anymore

29. cheetah2k

Posts: 2151; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Apple hasn't been exciting since 2007.... Same old shizz iOS needs a complete make over as its pushing 10 yrs old now.. meh..

2. scarface21173

Posts: 631; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Android is evolving every day.

6. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

They've come a very long way. Android used to be a bit of a mess but over the past 6 years it became the powerhouse OS while still maintaining an easy UI. I actually prefer Samsung's approach to the Android UI vs Moto, LG, and HTC. Still have my Note 4 and currently own an S7 Edge. I also use an iPhone 6S Plus, and find myself enjoying it but I'd enjoy it more if I didn't have to jailbreak it to get the functions and settings I'm used to with Samsung. I wish the iPhone had a native setting to disable transition animations, because they're stupid slow compared to Android. "Reduce Motion" has the same transition delay but it's a fade-out instead of zoom out animation. I always jailbreak my iPhone for the primary purpose of safely disabling transition animations (as well as changing the home button action to launch the camera with a double-click, even while the screen is off and phone locked with fingerprint, same as how Samsung does it). With the animations disabled completely, iOS is lightning fast with how it launches apps and switches between them. No idea why Apple thinks it's necessary to not have a setting to shut that transition crap off. If it weren't for jailbreak tweaks, I wouldn't bother with iPhone.

3. obedchuni

Posts: 308; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

you switched to android only coz of siri, I m sure that most people don't use siri neither google now, I m sure that's not the valid reason and keep writing fake article, only siri made you switched to google now, haha, it could have been low storage or non customization, rather your experience was odd

8. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Most people don't use Siri or Google? I doubt that. Without touching the phone, I can text, respond to text, email, check the weather and traffic, get directions, queue up my playlist, etc. Google can also do these things. With how easy it is for Google and Siri to perform common functions with voice commands, what lead you believe that nobody uses them? You might not use them, but that doesn't mean the world subscribes to your ideas.

15. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Accuracy and probably distance of execution need to improve.

17. may_czos

Posts: 954; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Stick your nose outside US. Most people in the world do not speak English.

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 6323; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's virtually impossible to text in an unsupported language so Siri/GN are almost useless (I don't need to know how much is 3+3 or the capital of Zimbabwe when I drive).

30. obedchuni

Posts: 308; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

really you do it all the time, then its great for you, and switching phone for google now is just a lame excuse

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You were blind and lost. Now you are blessed with the gracious light of Android. May you never lose the right path.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

wait until iPhone8, and he'll write another article about jumping to iOS again... /s

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The title will be "I lost faith in Android and going back to my beloved IOS".

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Don't quite understand this article. A bit vague.

7. strikerchooooo unregistered

Dude, what can I say - this article is so...sliced and diced:) The ONLY reason you moved from an iPhone 5 to a "5.5" inch display and Handroid is because you're poor. But yeah, so brighter future with the plagiarist Giggle, mhmm:) Cute.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Actually, its not important what phone a person use. As long as it serve his or her purposes.

21. uzimafioso

Posts: 467; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Err Z Force Droid is the same price as the iPhone 7 Plus... Plus you get Shattershield...

24. BlueVisionist

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

Some android phones cost as much as the Iphone 7 plus and they're far more superior

10. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

Both iOS and Android are best mobile operating systems. Both of them have pros and cons. But, don’t forget: Android operating system smartphones are made by so maaaaaaany manufacturers, iOS operating system smartphones are made by only Apple. It means, Apple knows what smartphones should have. Apple’s iPhones are the king of smartphone world, like Nokia’s feature phones were the king of mobile world in the past. Am I right?

22. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You are full of bull crap lol

11. Bankz

Posts: 2477; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

"A brighter future for google" and you know this by? Btw, what does the google assistant AI have to do with any of this? Its not like you can asses it through the Moto Z force in the first place. Meanwhile, imo, the Moto Z is the best android phone of 2016 outright. The most innovative, gets googles updates first, near stock android, crazy always on display/notifications, no duplicate apps, fm radio, hands down best customization

13. zoppy

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

One article about moving to iOS and everybody is mad, and now one the other way around and nobody complains.

23. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The day is young lol, people are not up yet.

14. FlySheikh

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

The smell of popcorn drew me to this article

16. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

C'mon ! !

20. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

as usual and always, Android is much better to use than crappy iOS.

25. mike2959

Posts: 692; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I would go back if the battery and power handling was at IOS level. Face it, it's not. Project Voltron or whatever it was called did very little.

26. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

IOS battery are not great and some of us will take features over a second faster opening apps.

27. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

A better article than the one from last week where it "took a lot of courage" from the writer to switch to iOS, because "it just works". Still as tech experts I would expect you to switch OS'es like you change socks, easy and frecuently... I suppose. You need a section like "personal blog" where you can share your personal thoughs on personal matters. This would have been an editorial would it have focused on Google Assistant and your expectations about it, its advantages, risks, instead of just being the reason for you to switch to android.

28. Recon360

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

Lmao! Damage control from last Friday's iPhoneArena post? I think so lol.

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