I wish my Apple friends would stop Android-shaming me

I wish my Apple friends would stop Android-shaming me

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I do not learn about you, however most individuals in my prolonged circle are iPhone customers, together with nearly all of my household and lots of of my closest friends. A few of them are die-hard, Apple till they die, Steve Jobs walked on water varieties, however most of them have simply chosen a cellphone and OS and caught with it as a result of it really works.

That is what most of us do as a result of it is simple and comfy. I completely get that, and it is a completely legit alternative for anybody to make. However after studying a chunk by Mike Sorrentino at CNET earlier this week about his expertise switching cellular working techniques, I was reminded of an underlying angst I’ve felt ever since I began utilizing Android telephones as my major units. My Apple “family” simply appears at me a bit of otherwise now. I do not imply to say that they’re outright impolite or offensive, however there’s positively an air of superiority of their questions or feedback about my day by day carry selections.

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Not like CNET’s Sorrentino, I come at this from a barely completely different angle. Whereas he switched from Android to iOS, I got here from iOS to Android. My colleague Michael Hicks has an important sequence of posts on his expertise of extra just lately switching from iOS to Android. Whereas he does a incredible job of highlighting the enjoyable new experiences that he is uncovered, I have little doubt that he, too, has encountered the not-so-subtle eye-rolling and even outright disdain that many iPhone customers have for Android followers. And you understand what? It sucks. It is unfair. And I’m sick of it.

Debunking frequent Android critiques by iOS customers

No platform, service, or gadget is ideal, however dependent on what I’ve heard from iOS cheerleaders, each instantly and not directly, you’d assume Android was and at all times has been a second-class citizen. That is merely not the case.

Design and construct caliber

One of many first criticisms of Android that I bear in mind listening to from friends and household was that Android telephones have been low cost and poorly constructed items of crap. That is undoubtedly true of some Android telephones, however in my expertise, it would not replicate the fact of the smartphone panorama.

Among the finest, most revolutionary designs and applied sciences come first, or solely, to Android telephones.

Many (certainly most) of the highest-quality, most premium, most well-built smartphones are, the truth is, Android telephones. Applied sciences similar to AMOLED screens, excessive refresh charges, biometric scanning, and even foldable screens have debuted or have lengthy been unique to Android telephones. And whereas there is no such thing as a scarcity of excellent, low cost Android telephones, a lot of the finest Android telephones are as premium as any iPhone you will discover.

And whereas the prevalence of repairable telephones has decreased over time, the easy reality is that tinkerers and people who wish to extend the helpful lives of their telephones have extra choices to take action within the Android ecosystem. Actually, a few of the folks and corporations who’re most lively in these efforts are Android customers.

Safety and privateness

The subsequent knock on Android that I’ve heard repeatedly is that it isn’t a safe platform and that in case you actually care about privateness, it’s best to keep away from it in any respect prices. However, as my colleague, Alex Dobie just lately wrote, that is a bunch of B.S..

Among the most safe telephones you should buy run Android, together with Google’s Pixels and Samsung’s Galaxy units. To be clear, safety and privateness aren’t the identical issues, however in case you’re frightened about being hacked or having your knowledge stolen, that is simply as prone to occur on an iPhone as it’s an Android gadget. Most safety leaks occur when an app or sport builders or third-party {hardware} producers themselves are compromised, not due to malicious code that immediately seems in your cellphone.

Android customers have extra management over their private knowledge than ever, together with being able to ditch Google fully.

Google’s apps and providers certainly acquire a ton of your private knowledge, however you even have a ton of management over what knowledge will get retained via your Google account. For instance, you possibly can manually or routinely delete issues like your search historical past or map travels from Google’s servers everytime you need. Google can be constructing much more privateness controls into Android 12, to assist customers higher perceive and handle which apps are attempting to entry their knowledge.

And if that wasn’t sufficient, you possibly can go the additional step and set up an alternate Android-based OS in your cellphone like /e/OS, which does not ship any knowledge to Google, and allows you to know which apps are attempting to gather what knowledge, so you possibly can determine whether or not the tradeoff is price it to you or not.

Integrations, apps, and options

iOS adherents usually wish to reference how indispensable iMessage and Facetime are to their digital lives, and it isn’t tough to grasp why. These apps are pre-loaded on each Apple gadget, and so they interoperate fantastically. However as muddled as Google’s messaging app technique has been, there are a ton of nice messaging apps on Android that “just work,” too. Google Messages continues to enhance, and now helps finish to finish encryption between Messages customers (very like iOS), and you need to use it in any net browser or Chromebook. I’ve even been pretty profitable in convincing most of my friends and household to make use of an alternate messaging platform like Sign or Telegram, in order that iMessage would not lock me out of their circles.

Facetime is coming to Android (and Home windows) with iOS 15, and regardless that it isn’t essentially the identical expertise as on an iPhone, it opens up new methods for Android and iOS customers to attach, and that may solely be good.

iPhones can combine easily with Macs and iPads, however so can Android telephones with Home windows PCs and Chromebooks.

Lastly, my Apple friends like to speak about how their iPhones work seamlessly with their Macs and iPads, however a lot of those self same folks do not realize simply how good the expertise of utilizing an Android cellphone with a Home windows PC is. Even earlier than the inclusion of Android apps in Home windows 11, PC customers might reap the benefits of strong providers like Microsoft’s Your Telephone app, or Samsung’s more and more competent Dex setup. And the Telephone Hub function is one thing I use every single day on my Chromebooks to take care of incoming notifications and messages from my Android units.

Let’s be taught to be collectively, not the identical

As if it weren’t evident by my alternative of profession and my employer, I am a tech nerd. I love experimenting with all types of working techniques, platforms, and units. I haven’t any drawback leaping backwards and forwards between Android and iOS or between Chrome OS, macOS, or Home windows, however I acknowledge that I’m in a novel place to take action. For causes of inertia, desire, or privilege, most individuals have a tendency to stay with what they’re aware of and do not enterprise to the opposite facet of the digital fence. I do not harbor any ailing emotions towards those that selected the expertise that’s proper for them and their wants. You do you.

When you’re an Apple fan, that is nice — so am I! Apple makes a few of the very best tech on this planet, and there is a purpose why it is a chief in each class it enters. Each platforms frequently affect and push one another to get higher, and typically they flat out copy one another’s finest options. I simply need my Apple-loving friends and household to appreciate that utilizing Android (or Linux, or Home windows, and so on.) is a sound, legit, thought-about, and affordable alternative and that we’re not “settling” or misguided. We are able to do every thing you just do as good, and in some instances, even higher.

One of many issues that I love most about Android is that it is made up of a vibrant and numerous ecosystem of builders, gadget producers, and customers. So let’s rejoice that variety in tech as we must always in our on a regular basis lives.

Have an important Sunday, and I’ll catch you subsequent week.

— Jeramy