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This is what life is like for an iPhone loyalist who switches to Android

Published Feb 18th, 2014 10:06AM EST
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The “iPhone vs. Android” debate is an odd one but it’s also quite prevalent among technology enthusiasts, so we cover it often here on BGR. Among the more interesting aspects of the debate are the perspectives shared by users who jump from one camp to the other and then share their thoughts; since we use both mobile platforms constantly here at BGR, the occasional outside commentary is interesting.

In the past, we covered an account from an Apple fanboy who couldn’t stand using the Nexus 5 even for a full 24 hours, and we also found a more level-headed anecdote from someone who switched from the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S4 for six months.

Now, a Silicon Valley investor and marketer has shared his thoughts on Android after switching from the iPhone a few weeks ago.

Semil Shah heads mobile product marketing for Swell, a news radio app, and he is also an investor with Haystack Fund. As Swell moves to launch its iOS app on Android, Shah decided to switch over to Google’s mobile platform from his trusty iPhone and he wrote about the experience in a column on TechCrunch.

Shah chose the Nexus 5 as his weapon of choice, and while it’s not the most popular option with mass-market consumers, it’s certainly a good option — in fact, we called the Nexus 5 the best Android phone of 2013 in a recent feature.

The column was broken into two main sections, and the first covers what Shah likes most about the Nexus 5.

Amid the listed Nexus 5 highlights are the larger display, better multitasking compared to the iPhone, Google Now, and more versatile apps enabled by Android’s open model. Among his favorites, Shah listed Cover and Aviate, which we discussed in a recent feature about 5 awesome Android apps that do things the iPhone can’t.

Then, Shah moved onto what he misses most about his iPhone. While he does like the Nexus 5’s bigger screen, he says he misses the iPhone’s smaller form factor, which is more comfortable and better for typing.

Of course, that’s exactly why we want Apple to do the impossible with the iPhone 6.

Shah also noted that he found his iPhone’s touchscreen to be much more responsive than the Nexus 5, and he doesn’t like Android’s workflow compared to iOS devices, which do not utilize a back button.

The piece makes for an interesting read, and it’s linked below in our source section.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.