I’m typing this entry from my shiny, new Apple iPad Pro with the new M1 processor. Recently I was doing some research for a family member about moving from an Android phone to an iPhone. That research prompted me, an Android user for the past 12 years, to get an iPhone 12 Pro. To say that I am impressed by the ease of use, quality and overall Apple friendly world is an understatement. It’s been a really long time since I was excited about technology. In my Android days I’ve rooted phones, installed custom ROMs, sideloaded various apps I didn’t really need and even put together a few basic apps that never really took off. The latest releases of Android and the Google Pixel hardware left me underwhelmed for the last several years.
Everything in Android land just seems to lag behind what’s available for the Apple world and when Android does get a similar feature it’s buggy and can be a real pita to deal with. I don’t fault the Android devs for this, no, I fault the wide base of phones/manufacturers that Android runs on. Every hardware platform and revision has quirks that must be accounted for in the Android OS. Apple, on the other hand, doesn’t have to deal with this since their software runs on hardware they have ultimate control over.
That’s not to say I think Android is junk I just think given my experience with it I wanted a change and changes I have made. Since I got my iPhone ~2 weeks ago I have purchased AirPod Pros and the new iPad Pro that I am writing this post with. I’m also using the Logitech Combo Touch case for the iPad and I must say the keyboard functionality is amazing. So much so that I haven’t really used my laptop since getting it. I am also completely enamored with the AirPod Pros! I have been looking for a truly wireless earphones for years and every pair I’ve tried with an Android phone has just sucked. Random disconnects/skips while the phone is in my pocket and an overall crappy sound. The AirPods are completely different and the noise cancelling tech in them truly amazes me. I have a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort headphones and while I use them frequently the noise cancelling always gives me a feeling of pressure in my ears and head. The AirPods have a vent that allows air/sound to exit and it makes the noise cancelling so much more useful to me. Also, there is a “transparency” mode which is basically using the external mics to pass sound through. It works so well that I actually hear somethings better with the AirPods in and in transparency mode than I do without them.
So, there you have it. I am officially an Apple now and I’m pretty OK with that.