Friday, October 11, 2013

Crawling Back to Apple

Alright, so... first things first.  There has been a blog name change!  I am horrible at naming things (except pets and electronic devices), so I'm not even really in love with this one, but meh.  A rose by any other name, and all that.

How the name came about is that I kept thinking of things I could write a blog about-- like, Cash (my dog), but noooo, no one would want to read that.  I should start running! And make a blog about that!  But no one would read that either.  Or a cooking blog... or a blog about books, or... you get the picture.  Basically, with each topic, I concluded that no one would want to read it.  So, here we have the new title.  Because, honestly, no one's going to read it anyway, so I might as well write about whatever my mind is drawn to.

Recently, I switched from an iPhone 4 to a shiny new Galaxy S4.  And at the beginning, I loved it!  I really, really loved not having to squint to look at my phone!  As someone who's worn glasses since the 1st grade (see pictorial proof below), and needed them since she was a baby, I'm all for things that are easy on my eyes, since my eyesight isn't the greatest.  I really loved that about the Galaxy S4!  It was so pretty, and big, and my eyes weren't strained... ever.

Little Natalie gets her first pair of glasses, circa 1992.


But, as the 2 week trial period began to near (I could return my phone through Verizon for only a $35 restocking fee for 2 weeks, after that, I was stuck with it for 2 years!), I began to miss my iPhone.  Terribly. When I got the Galaxy, I was excited!  I have been a mac based person since grad school, when I got my first mac book.  Prior to that, let me say that I was for SURE one of those people who would sit around and talk about how there was absolutely no difference between a mac and a PC... until I got a mac, and realized how wrong I had been.

Anyway, since then, I've been into Apple.  And since the OS is pretty similar across all devices (computer, iPad, iPhone, what have you), I was super excited to get into the Galaxy and give it a try-- a NEW gadget!  Yay!  However, I quickly became lost-- there was SO much going on.  SO MUCH.  And I felt lost half the time I was using my phone.  Save the pretty screen and the ease with which I adjusted to using SWYPE, I was missing the simplicity of my iPhone like nobody's business.

So, eventually I decided to switch back.  I went back to Verizon and turned in my Galaxy S4 with my tail between my legs (I did it on iPhone 5s launch weekend, too, so I had to wait over an hour to do it), got my refund (less $35), and went home and ordered my shiny new iPhone 5s (in gold, you judgmental bastards), and it's set to arrive from China next Wednesday.  I'm super excited!

I will miss the screen size immensely--and SWYPE.  I still sometimes try to SWYPE on my iPhone 4, and get incredibly frustrated when I realize it won't work.  But, in the end, simplicity, and knowing what the hell I'm doing won out.  Everyone kept saying that there was a learning curve--I'd get used to it, etc.  But, truth be told, it wasn't a $200 and some odd dollar chance I'd be willing to take.

Another thing I came across when trying to figure out my new phone (and another thing which led me back into the comforting Apple embrace) was a ton of people saying "There's an app for that."  Which... is awesome, I guess!  But, I'm not used to needing an app for everything.  I'm used to my phone just doing nearly everything it needs to do.  So, iPhone it is.

Through this process, I've learned that there IS a major difference between Android users and iPhone users. For years now, I've heard tons of Android users complain about iPhone users-- how they are all condescending, etc.  But, this hasn't been my experience.  Being the avid indecisive person that I am, I did research-- a LOT of research before turning my S4 in.  And this research led me to various Android blogs, and just blogs in general (people really blog a lot, huh?), and personal experiences when I'd ask for advice on my social media, and I came to the conclusion that Android users are usually very aggressively Android.

Android users are like this: APPLE SUCKS, IT IS TERRIBLE, AND EVIL, AND DESTROYING EVERYTHING IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.  IF YOU WANT A *REAL* PHONE, GET AN ANDROID BASED DEVICE, THEY'RE THE BEST FOR CUSTOMIZING EVERYTHING, AND TECH ORIENTED PEOPLE WILL LOVE THESE PHONES, AND IF YOU USE APPLE YOU'RE A SELL OUT.

And like this, when new iPhone features are released: MY ANDROID HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT FOR YEARS.  Or, THAT'S NOT GOING TO WORK, THERE'S GOING TO BE SOOOO MANY BUGS.

iPhone users are like this: ZOMG I LOVE MY IPHONE IT IS SO COOL.  But, yeah, I totally understand why some people would like Android better, and there is a lot you can do with those phones, it's just honestly a matter of personal preference.

And like this, when new Android features are released: Oh, man, that's pretty cool.  I would love it if the iPhone did something similar to that... maybe it will someday.  Still lovin' my phone, though.

Capslock intentional, by the way.

Anyway, I can't WAIT for my phone to get here-- I'm excited for something moderately new, and functional, and right for me.

To all my Android users, I still love ya! (I'm an iPhone user, after all. ;) )

Natalie

5 comments:

  1. To be honest I don't care one way or the other. I only avoid iPhones because they are flimsy and easily broken. The slightest drop can deliver a huge crack to the screen. Basically an iPhone would be great, but they can't withstand an anxiety attack. Luckily my HTC copes with being thrown.

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    1. Haha, interesting. That hasn't been my experience (*knock on wood*) with the iPhone. I've dropped it with and without a case from varying lengths and with varying degrees of intensity, and it's been completely safe. I've heard horror stories, but then I've also seen HTCs, Galaxies, and the like with smashed/cracked screens.

      Comes down to luck, I guess. But, I also have insurance on my phone, so fingers crossed!

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    2. The only time my screen has cracked with my little Itouch 4G was when I had no screen cover on it. I had a case on it, but it landed on the corner, then pitched forward onto the glass. I can't remember when I bought it, so I think the warranty on it is almost up....

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    3. Oh no! Take it into where you bought it, maybe they'll know? Or contact Apple? Not sure how that warranty stuff works, I've always just gone through Verizon for my phones.

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