This is why I'm not getting an Android...Can anyone convince me otherwise?
Over the past couple of months, I've been out there looking for a phone + tablet/ portable smartdevice combo, both o which are portable (Nothing above 5 inches for the phone and 7 inches for the tablet, which also rules out Windows RT devices), running different OSes (For some variety and a sort of best-of-both-worlds experience) and with brilliant cameras and screens (I like taking photos and my eyes are rather bad at handling low-brightness and low-density screens).
After not much deliberation, I decided to finalize my secondary device first, since that would narrow down the hunt for the perfect phone. And the competition was almost non-existent. Windows Phone 8 OEMs haven't announced any desire in creating iPod touch competitors, the Galaxy players suck and since I own an iPod touch 4th-gen, an iPod touch 5th-gen upgrade seemed sane. It has a decent camera and screen gives me the option for high storage, and has Siri too, along with Bluetooth 4.0 and Airplay. To defend the exclusion of the Nexus 7 from the selection criteria altogether, I wanna confess that I was madly attracted to it in it's first few months, but the poor reviews for the screen, the absence of a proper camera and limited storage (I use a LOT of storage for music and movies,and 16 Gigabytes is nowhere near enough for me) convinced me otherwise, with the storage being the killer factor.
Next up is phone selection. Considering that the iPod touch was the reason for me not choosing an iPhone, and the fact that I don't want two of the same OS, the iPhone 5 has immediately been ruled out. I'm not saying that it's not good, it's blazingly good, but the iPod touch has a certain...umm...aura, I guess, which makes me want one, not to mention the fact that the iPod is pretty much the only decent secondary device for my requirements.With BB OS 10 being a world away, that left Android and Windows Phone 8 as the two choices. Both offer great and somewhat similar specs and performance, I decided to leave out the internals of the devices in making this choice, since I would only go for a flagship device, i.e. a Nokia Lumia 920 or a Samsung Galaxy SIII / next Nexus.
So, here are a few flaws I found with Android (the OS as well as major devices), which convinced me to make the move to WP8 (or rather the Lumia 920). Bear in mind that these are my opinions on these matters, and not things that I consider to be universally true for everyone and every device.
First up is fragmentation:
Android currently runs on approximately 1400 'unique' devices. Some are phones, some are tablets while some are one-off devices like the Ouya and the Ubi. This creates mass confusion for and frustration amongst developers (who, as it is, are left penniless for all their efforts owing to rampant piracy), who also have to make sure that their apps are compatible with as many devices as possible. On other platforms, compatibility is nowhere near as big an issue. With the discontinuation of the 3GS (How long has it been, three, four years?), iOS now has only 4 screen resolution: the Retina display for the iPhone 4 and 4S, the Retina display for the iPhone 5, the HD display for the iPad 1 and 2 and the 3rd-gen iPad's Retina display. Also, with the last two being multiples of each other, backward compatibility from the iPad 3 to iPad 2 requires only scaling of apps. iOS devices' rather slow growth also plays a huge part in the apps functioning on older devices too. Since the growth from year-to-year is limited, it takes longer times for apps requiring the power intensive newer processors to function to be developed. WP8 is also almost as stringent, with 3 supported resolutions and definite minimum specs required for all devices. And what do we have with Android? More devices to be supported than those running iOS raised to the power of those running WP8 or even vice versa. That means that even newer devices aren't able to support all apps, unless they are flagship devices such as the SGSII ot SGSIII. Also, the huge leaps that Android specs year-on-year mean that last year's hardware may not run everything as quickly or at all against this year's stuff. Even die hard Android fans criticize the Galaxy Nexus' hardware, ridiculing it's 720p (pentile) display, it's full HD camera and it's weak (dual-core 1.2 GHz) processor. These specs beat the hell out of those of the iPhone 4S, but all that is just on paper. In the real world, the 4S' specs monster the Nexus.
Next up are software updates:
This is where Android crashes and falls before iOS. The iPhone 3GS runs iOS 6, granted that it won't be nearly as smooth as on a 4S or a 4, but the point is that it does. That means that it is able to run the newest versions of all application. The Desire HD was HTC's flagship device a little over a year ago, before being replaced by the Sensation. My friend bought it alongside me when I got my iPod touch. He got it with Gingerbread pre-installed. He still has that. I, on the other hand, updated from iOS 4.2.1 to iOS 5 to iOS 6 now. That sort of experience knocked a great deal of sense regarding Android into my head. HTC argued that the Desire HD didn't have it in itself to bear ICS. This.seemed just wrong considering how even current-gen mid-range HTC devices with inferior specs can. Developers proved otherwise, installing even Jelly Bean onto the HD. Even Google's official developer phone, the Galaxy Nexus was starved of the Jelly Bean update for a month by Verizon, who along with AT&T and other carriers have given in to Apple's demands for non-carrier-controllable software updates. This was one of the other major reasons for my reluctance to accept Android. Sure, I can get a Nexus device, but those too are plagued by increased fragmentation. In the past two weeks alone, 100 MILLION devices have been updated to iOS 6. And the best thing about iOS is universal availability. All updates for all supported devices are available ASAP.
Also, increasing malware is a major concern for me, with the TouchWiz device remote wipe bug of recent times being a hint of what may be hidden beneath the fragmented surface.
And for anyone thinking that this is a hater post or a troll, let me clarify that it isn't. I know that everyone will say 'Buy a Nexus', but isn't the whole point of Android the variety of options available? Choose a processor, camera, screen size and resolution and Android WILL have it. That's the whole point of Android. So this post is to discuss whether (non-Nexus) Android devices should be considered as options in picking a phone. And since Windows Phone 8 is a mystery for now, and I don't really mind the interfaces of either OS, it makes sense only to check whether the flaws of Android are small enough to not affect the pros.
So, can anyone convince me to give Android a chance now?