Troy D Patterson
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Tue 9 Jun 2020
10:38 PM

Why I Won’t be Able to Leave iOS

I’ve discussed a few times when I gave up on Mac that I might even be considering going to Android for my next phone. I even placed the Pixel 4a at the top of my list of upcoming releases to keep an eye on, after the One Plus 8 released and was not what I had in mind. Since then I’ve been doing some work on my iPad and I’ve come to the realization that it would be nearly impossible to move to PC and Android exclusively. I’ll break down why in a few segments.

Apps

There is just something about a well made app and for many reasons the apps made exclusively for iOS just work and look so much better than those made for Android. I actually like the material design of Android but the independent designed apps made for Android fall so far below those on iOS.

At the same time the apps made for cross platform fall down by trying to be usable in a similar way on all apps. This means apps fail to have even simple functions work on iOS like the swipe to go back function. If you make me reach to the very top left to go back I’m about 10X more likely to delete your app. I see this all the time in apps like Starbucks and Spotify when simple functions and gestures either are not included or fail to work due to poor implementation.

Developers

Perhaps I just know the iOS world better, but I spent a few weeks trying to find Android blogs, podcasts, etc to tell me what was going on in that space. I listened to a few like Material and Android Police. What I found was so often they were discussing Apple news or just device releases and not anything specific to Android or what was new on the development side.

I feel like this is a trend in Android for a long time. Devices and flashy hardware are the central draw to Android. Having the best processor or newest camera trio is what the following basis their interest in. I understand how hard this must be for a developer and why there didn’t seem to be the same environment in Android as I have enjoyed in iOS. I can’t imagine having to develop an app that runs on so many different devices and always looks good and runs well.

There are smaller developers doing apps like podcast and task managers that run on both, but I now more than often see the shortcomings of that then the benefits. An app like Overcast would likely be made worse by being developed for Android. The same goes for Things and Drafts. Nothing can be gained by expanding the system uses and it appears a lot can be lost.

Multi-Device

For awhile I was only using an iPhone and had lent my iPad Pro to my daughter to finish her school year after Chromebook broke. She bought a new MacBook this summer so I took back my iPad Pro to use as my writing device and remembered how well iOS devices work together and makes getting things done on them so easy. I can work in so many devices and move between them with so little effort and have everything be there ready to go.

Handoff, Airdrop and iCloud sync just work and get me my information in the apps I use and ready to keep going. There are some other great apps that have amazing sync, but even today it seems more the exception that the rule. I’ve had so many apps that when I switch devices require me to fiddle with them and open and close to get them through. That said iOS sync of photos is still a dumpster fire and can take much longer than it ever should.

Conclusions

It seems like while I am looking at new devices a bit in 2020 it’s highly unlikely to be Android for another year. I enjoy to many of the features that don’t necessarily even have to do with Apple and more with the community around apple devices. I’m still glad I went PC for my computer to, as games like Destiny 2 on PC are worth the investment alone, but for most of my non-gaming needs I’ll be turning to iOS and iPad on the regular.