After seven years with Android, I return to iOS

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After seven years with Android, I return to iOS
It was that sound which kept replaying in my head. The soft "plop" of my beloved Motorola DROID Turbo as it tumbled out of my breast pocket and landed in the toilet. It was about 5am and I thought that my DROID Turbo had been safely housed in my breast pocket. Apparently, it slipped out in between my shirt and the sweater I was wearing.

My initial thought was that I had grabbed it fast enough to prevent serious damage to the device, especially since the DROID Turbo, like many high-end Motorola phones, is protected by P2i's nano coating. But that protection covers spills and light rain. Could this water resistance actually protect a phone that had been submerged, albeit very briefly?

The initial prognosis looked good. Everything was functional, running normally. Had I taken the time to think about it, what I should have done is turned off the battery. When your phone is water damaged, removing the battery will prevent your phone from shorting out. But I was in denial because the phone appeared to be working. I put on Netflix and fell asleep. When I awoke the next morning, the Turbo was dead.

Hoping to revive the handset, I took a plastic bag and filled it with two servings of uncooked rice. I placed the Turbo inside and sealed the bag, hoping for a miracle. Yes, there are many who say that this does not do a thing, but it was worth a shot.

Meanwhile, I needed to find a replacement phone to use and my daughter offered her old Apple iPhone 5. Earlier this year, she had purchased a rose gold Apple iPhone 6s Plus and could afford to spare the older the model. I was instantly intrigued at the idea of using iOS after so many years of being an Android user. In fact, the last time I used iOS regularly was back in 2007 when I owned the OG Apple iPhone. But the rest of my family was on Verizon and voice calls were handled differently back in those days. So back to Verizon I went, seeking a phone that was as capable as the iPhone.

First, I tried Verizon's iPhone killer at the time, the LG Voyager. That naturally led to the LG Dare. By the time I landed the Phone Arena gig in early 2009, I was using the BlackBerry Storm 9530. But from there, it has been a succession of DROIDs with one exception. I owned the Motorola DROID, Motorola DROID 3, Motorola DROID 4, the HTC DROID DNA, the HTC One (M8) and the Motorola DROID Turbo.

So there I was with an iPhone 5, using iOS regularly, and I found myself smitten with it. The self-correcting keyboard was as amazing as I remembered. It might be a cliche, but everything just worked. Since iOS is designed explicitly for the iPhone, I felt that gave the iPhone a major advantage over my Android phone which was manufactured by Motorola, but powered by the Google built OS. This is not something to take lightly since it helps Apple update the iPhone in a more timely manner than Android handsets. In fact, no sooner did I start using iOS than the update to iOS 9.3 was released. On Android, updates hitting my phone were cause for a major celebration.

I even found that the iOS version of certain apps looked better than the Android version. In my mind, I had already made the switch to iOS permanent. Considering that I had rather enjoyed the smaller screen on the iPhone 5, I decided I would buy the Apple iPhone SE. But then, something happened that I didn't expect. The DROID Turbo sprung back to life.

After the first day of its rice therapy, the DROID Turbo showed some signs of life. By the third day, everything seemed fine except that the phone would not charge. So I continued with the rice until lo and behold, the Turbo started holding the charge. But it is too late. After just a week of using iOS, it is already in my blood. Which is a shame in some ways, because the DROID Turbo is a great phone that still holds up after 18 months on the market. In some ways, it is better than the Motorola DROID Turbo 2.

So now I embark on my life as an iOS user. My smartphone journey, which started with the OG iPhone, now continues with iOS 9.3.

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113 Comments

1. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

LOL! A tech blogger fell for the rice myth!

19. Dreamboat

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

You realise it does work to an extent right?

43. engineer-1701d unregistered

It works to the extent if you just dropped it in the water and it's soaking wet stick and rice and absorb what's on the outside as the inside and less you're in a vacuum which would be in the mail by the technician that I could grab the vacuum pump make some stuff together and just Evacuate the air causing only water to boil off

105. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The silica packets that come in shoes and other things works WAY better than rice!

38. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

RIP, so sad for your loss Alan F

79. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Alan F has always been a Apple fan to me. Every Android review he has done is a senseless rant.

94. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Agreed. The door will probably hit him on the way out. Zero fooks given

93. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

Haha, the android market and consumers won't notice you left. Well, a lot people stay in towns and cities, and later, for one reason or the other, they leave and return to the village, where there is not congestion, and pollution and consequently no civilization, development and advance technology. Yet cities and towns are still crowded and no body notice the other left.

47. engineer-1701d unregistered

What I find so strange is the fact that all of the seven years not once have you used a Samsung device

106. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

It is not a shame to prefer a certain brand. But it is a shame to talk bad about a brand that one has never tried before though.

114. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I'm assuming you've slept with men and women then? Maybe dogs too?

107. Chidoro44

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Like me, he probably preferred the durability of the phone and the left-over attitude towards the OS. The 1st turbo is great great phone

124. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

I WAS THINKING THE SAME EXACT THING LOL he wasn't an android user just had a certain android phone and just got the new version of each. not to mention not many of those phones were heavy hitters

95. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I'm still laughing at this, "as it tumbled out of my breast pocket and landed in the toilet." That happened to me.......in 2002. After that, no more cellphones in shirt pockets for me.

99. MSi_GS70 unregistered

pathetic article

102. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Some science: you can use any hygroscopic substance/compound (rice is one of them) and place it near the humid device, in a close environment (a bag that is). It will absorb the moisture from the air and lower the pressure of saturated water vapors. If this pressure is low then the evaporation will happen more easy and, as you can see, the water from the device goes into the rice. How fast is this process: the truth is that it is reeeally slow, it obviously depends on how much water you need to take out and how good the hygroscopic compound is (it helps if everything is warm also). This is why most electronic devices are packaged with a small bag of desiccant. It will save you device: unlikely as, by the time you will get it dry (a lot of hours), most probably the water will damage the circuits already (stain). ...there were successfully stories tough.

103. adi9764

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

There were some stories that are successfully tough? Learn English please

115. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

It's no myth. It works, as does a bowl of 91% or higher rubbing alcohol. Although to really do a good job I'd recommend taking the device apart after a day or 2 in rice and cleaning it with rubbing alcohol if you can't immediately disassemble it.

2. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

Damn Alan, you're my favorite and imo least bias reviewer here. Just don't let the iPhone change your ways. Much love

17. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

It's just a phone like any other. I think everyone should try every platform for at least a month because 80% of PA readers are Android trolls that never actually used WP or iOS or haven't used in last couple years. How can one form an opinion if he didn't get to try every choice

20. Furbal unregistered

Only reason I hated Apple was the lawsuits, since those have stopped there is no reason to differentiate them from other brands. Much like you said, it is just a phone!

21. Unordinary unregistered

Then you shouldn't buy gas from the majority of gas stations, driving miles out of your way. You shouldn't shop from Walmart, pick up a quick bite from any 3 of the major fast food chains, use Samsung TVs, Sharp TVs, watch any show on ABC, NBC, FOX or FX. You shouldn't buy from Luxitica, an Italian company who owns almost every Sunglass brand, and every glasses chain, with their monopoly of sales. I can keep going and going. It's silly that your mentality is shared by many many Fandroids, because the very companies used in everyone's daily lives have sued religiously at one point or the other.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But they don't sue to remove competition from the market. McDonald's didn't sue Burger King for making hamburgers that are round with meat between two buns, looking to have then banned from the market. McDonald's didn't try to ram through patents on round burgers to use as weapons. There is a difference.

42. Unordinary unregistered

Actually, one company tried, with fries. I'll leave the rest to you.

36. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

If I give money to a charity, does that mean I have to give to every single charity or relief organization there is? Just because we support or boycott one thing, it doesnt mean we have to do it for every single similar thing out there. We make choices for ourselves and that's it. I took issue with the lawsuits because they were suing a company for infringing when at the same time they were as well. Besides that, some of the patents they were suing over would've severely gimped the industry had they stood. That was why I had a problem with them. Whether you think it silly or not, I don't really care. I'm not you and you're not me. We make decisions for ourselves.

41. Unordinary unregistered

Exactly :) I love my iPhone :)

63. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Did you eat paint chips as a child?

91. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I've used them all and found iOS to be less customizable to my tastes in what I want to see on my display. Windows Phone lacked apps (not really entirely their fault) and was more accustomed to Google Maps. Google was quite good until Lollipop when there were some issues under the hood where some google frameworks caused wake locks. Then Google updates apps that adds features or fixes bugs while creating new problems or breaking some functionality.

33. Alan01

Posts: 615; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Thanks for the comments. You're making me blush! Regards, Alan F.

59. Subie

Posts: 2363; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Like all things that are a matter of personal preference: " To thine own self be true" - William Shakespeare.

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