Andy Ihnatko switching to Android!

I've been reading, with great interest, the series on the Macworld site by Andy Ihnatko about why he switched to Android from iOS. This is because Andy Ihnatko is one of my favorite tech writers and because he always makes good points. Also, I have been admiring the pretty Android phones my colleagues have. I do think the giant Galaxy Note phablets are over the top, but my friends who have them make the undebatable point that I never talk on the phone anyway so my argument that speaking into it would be like talking into a concrete block is pretty much null. And void, too.

Good points aside, I don't want to switch. I had a Galaxy tablet for a while until the iPad Mini came out because I really wanted that size of tablet, but its Android-ness made me nuts. I could generally figure out how to do what I wanted to do, thanks to services such as Dropbox and to the fact I do most of my writing in Markdown anyway, but it took too long and annoyed me. Indeed I could customize it seven ways from Sunday, but for me, it just wasn't worth the time. I can customize my iPhone too, but I am weary of the time and effort required for jailbreaking. In my experience, jailbreaking an iPhone and figuring out how to get an Android device to do something simple are about dead even.

I didn't like the inability to easily sync stuff. Calendars and contacts can be handled by Google, but I kick it old school with my music and depend on play counts and such for smart playlists that change and update via iTunes Match. Photos can now be synced with Dropbox auto-upload, but I still like Photo Sync. The gap is closing with these issues, particularly for those who don't mind using services such as Spotify for everything.

Which means, of course, that it's pretty much a dead heat at this point. It's become a pick-your-poison type of thing. Some folks really do enjoy the big pretty screens---my dad does, because his neuropathy from chemo gives him very little ability to manipulate tiny icons. He reads books on his giant phone rather than full-size iPad I gave him because it's hard for him to hold the iPad. That's just one use case I can see.

Part 3 of Ihnatko's series promises to answer the question of whether Apple is dead, and the answer is apparently "hell, no." I tend to think that serious competition from Android will only cause iOS to become spiffier, so I can't imagine that improvements in either would be bad for consumers.