|Yeah, that old battle...|
At first, Android was a breath of fresh air. It was different, and I could CHANGE THINGS!
- Don't like the font? Change it!
- Don't like the icons? Change them!
- Don't like the colours? Change them!
- Don't like the keyboard? Install a new one!
- Don't like the home screen, or the launcher? Change it!
- Want access to apps that let you do amazing and cool stuff with the user interface? They're there!
- Want to root your device and play around on the command line? No problem!
...you get the idea. Android is massively customizable, and that was the initial draw. You weren't locked into accepting anything about the device, it seemed. You could change almost EVERYTHING.
Changing almost everything sounded like a veritable mine of awesome. I could have my phone the way I wanted it, how I wanted it to look.
Actually, it's a nightmare.
There were SO MANY customization options that I was never happy with it. I was always changing something, tweaking something, trying new fonts, launchers, keyboards, sounds, rooting, un-rooting...
If you're a nerd, this sounds like heaven.
The difference is, I'm a nerd for a living. I mess around with electronics and technology every day. When I come home from work at the end of the day, I don't need another technological distraction. I don't need another puzzle to solve, or something else to tweak. I'd like it if my phone would just work, and not lure me into more technical playtime. The temptation freedom to idly do anything I wanted to my phone and make it look just not quite how I wanted it was too much. Like I said, I was never happy.
Why didn't I just leave it how it was? If you're a nerd, you understand. Given the virtually limitless possibilities to play around with the OS, it's almost impossible not to get drawn in.
Android 5.0 - The nail in the Android coffin, for me.
After HTC One M7, I had an HTC One M8, then another M8, then a Samsung Galaxy S5 (you can read about that technical support nightmare here) and then I switched to Verizon, on an LG G3. Android Kit Kat 4.4.2 was the operating system and it was fine. Of course, I was still drawn into messing with it all the time, fighting bugs and incompatibilities between launchers and apps mainly.
|Funny, but if you want to live on the bleeding edge, be|
prepared to pay for it in some non-relaxing way.
Unfortunately, any design overhaul was massively overshadowed by terrible bugs in Android 5.0. On my Verizon LG G3, I saw a myriad of issues, such as:
- Slow battery charging.
- Fast battery discharging.
- SD card activity high, using battery and heating up the back of the LG G3.
- No app notifications when on WiFi, sometimes. Notifications all flood in when WiFi is turned off.
- No silent mode. Apparently replaced with a "dead" mode, which stops the notification LED, and even silences your alarms in the morning. What use is this?
- Extremely slow WiFi.
Comments such as "How do I remove this HORRIBLLY ANNOYING lollipop update?" and "how i can back to the previous update plllllllllls !!! I HATE this one" (and WAY worse) are common on Reddit and online support articles.
There is no "legit" way to downgrade to Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat, but I did manage it using the LG Flash Tool. I used 4.4.2 until I switched back to iPhone.
When I switched back to iPhone, the associate in the Verizon store was very candid about Android 5.0's issues. He said that people complaining about, or having trouble with Android 5.0 consititute two thirds of their support issues at the moment. Not good.
The lack of freedom to customize was one major reason why I switched from iOS to Android. I saw this as a downfall in iOS, but in hindsight, that is the very reason why I switched back.
Android's level of customization is proportional to its time-vampire qualities, and Android 5.0's bugs make an otherwise excellent device irritating and borderline useless in some respects.
Switching back to iPhone after two years, several "flagship" devices, and a few iterations of the Android OS was the best decision I've made regarding phones/mobile devices. There's just something almost intangible about the operation of iOS that Android just doesn't capture.
Aside from that, if you want something that is attractive, clean, sleek, just works when you want it to, and doesn't suck what limited spare time you have out of you - get an iPhone.