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Why one iPhone fan dumped Android after trying it for 8 miserable months

Published May 13th, 2015 12:48PM EDT
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When some iPhone fans decide to try out Android, some of them find a lot of things about it that they really like. Others, however, decide they can’t stomach using Google’s mobile platform for even a day. Business Insider’s Matt Johnston has been trying to get used to Android for the past eight months and he’s described it as an utterly miserable experience that he’s regretted right from the very start. In a new essay posted on Wednesday, Johnston describes the palpable sense of relief he’s felt ever since ditching Android for the iPhone 6 Plus.

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In case you don’t remember, Johnston had previously complained about Android in a lengthy essay where he complained about everything from apps not functioning as well as they do in iOS, to software that is “clunky” and not as intuitive, to a software update cycle that takes months to deliver the latest version of Android.

Now that he has an iPhone 6 Plus, however, he says that his experience with Android over the past several months was much worse than he realized at the time.

“My phone should be easy to use, quick, and should work the way I want it to work right out of the box,” he writes. “While Apple tends to get that, Google and Android seem actually too focused on putting the experience in user’s hands. The problem is, technical acumen varies from consumer to consumer. If you don’t get it right out of the box, if it doesn’t “just work,” then you’re assuming too much about your audience and bound to frustrate them.”

Of course, a lot of this boils down to preferences. Android fans will argue that they like having the ability to tailor their own user experience instead of relying on Apple to tell them what they should have. This sort of thing isn’t for everyone, of course, which is why Apple has loyal fans of its own who prize fewer options and a more intuitive user experience.

Read Johnston’s full essay on his experiences with both iOS and Android by clicking here.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.