The reasons why I intend to go Windows Phone 7 when my contract is up.
My first android phone was the first android phone, the Tmobile G1. I can't remember why I wanted it, but I think it was sort of a promise buy, buying a device for the future promises of great support and awesome apps. When I first had the device in late 2008, it was pretty impressive, I had nothing to compare it to other than the iPhone and Blackberry, when it came to smartphones, and between those two, I thought the G1 held up nicely. But the problem with android, or at least one that I see, and not many sites talk about because it's extremely hard to prove, is that when you get a phone, a new one specifically, it will never be as fast as when you first boot it up. Of course, I have no proof, but I know from the android phones I have owned, it is indeed the case. I admit, I am not a heavy user, I have never rooted any of my androids, because I honestly do not see the point. I haven't used Google Voice because Gmail is the only outlet I contact people, and vice versa. So in terms of a lot of services running on my device compared to other, more enthusiastic users, I am a lightweight, and even still, every phone I get runs slower and slower as the weeks tick by. The reason, I think is Android isn't built to support its own weight, it can't handle hardware smoothly because it has no relation with the hardware, it's the nature of the beast, let manufacturers take the OS and work on optimization until the second it works just well enough. If you're wondering, the Android phones I have used and own are the G1, Tmobile MyTouch 3G, Nexus One, and G2. All known as Google phones, nexus is a bit tighter with Google, but the point is, hardware not pairing well with the OS on a Google phone is a bit tricky to justify. Of course, in the grand scheme, this is a picky complaint, but valid to me. That is not the only reason i think Windows phone 7 will be a better candidate than Android.
Android, with every new update it seems, is getting clunkier, more confusing, and more time consuming than the last. Save for the very early days when an update meant pushing video recording to your phone. Ever since Duarte joined Googles team, I thought, like many others, "Oh, good, now we will see some simple, elegant designs coming out of Android's next update." It makes sense, he made my favorite looking OS, WebOS, so one who puts two and two together would only assume he would bring that same sort of elegance to the Android platform. But I just have not seen it yet, and from what Ice cream sandwich looks like, I am led to believe it's only going to continue down this path where you have to press something three extra times to get some simple task done. Becoming a designer for Android seems like becoming President of the United states in some ways. When you get the job, nothing is really up to you, you just sit by and make sure things run smoothly, the groundwork is already set, it good luck trying to change to established things. Just like with android, the OS was already extremely popular when Matias Duarte stepped in, so I can't really blame him for making the Android OS more of the same grids and panels with a fresh coat of paint.
Even though my two biggest gripes about android may sound tepid, it's because the OS itself is fine, but something I want a smoother, better looking experience. I am willing to drop an entire platform and start on the early days of Windows phone 7, only because I know Android isn't changing it's ways anytime soon. I could have brought up the fact also that I don't like how when you buy an Android phone, it's essentially not the best choice on your carrier a month later, that something can already run games you can't six months later. Also, on the fact of games, anybody with an android phone at least acknowledges the sad games library. Sure WP7 has much less apps, but they do have more quality games than android. All of these factors make the once exciting android, something of a move on to another OS and see what happens to android sort of situation. Tell me if I'm crazy about switching OS's for these reasons?