iPhone 5S to Nexus 5
Last week I switched from a 16GB iPhone 5S to a Google Nexus 5. I have had every iPhone since the original back in 2007 and own a MacBook Air and an iPad Mini with Retina Display.
Although I thoroughly enjoy the experience I have with my Apple products I have always had an itching to try out Android. Now that Android has matured and having read reviews about the Nexus 5 I was ready to jump ship. First of all the screen size and clarity of the display on the Nexus 5 is fantastic, I have wanted a bigger phone for a while after seeing friends with Galaxy S4s and HTC Ones. I don't miss Touch ID either, it was great at first and when I first got the phone is was something unique to show friends but I have been so used so swiping the screen and entering my password that I quickly stopped using it.
I have been using the Nexus 5 now for 7 whole days and can honestly say that I do not miss my iPhone. Sure the camera isn't as great with the Nexus 5 and a lot of the apps come out after the iPhone but that's what I have my iPhone for. All the apps I used on my iPhone that are not on Android I now have on my iPad. It's small and light enough to take with me in my bag everywhere I go anyway.
The one feature (if you can call it that) I was surprised to like the most is the app draw. It allows for apps I do not use regularly to get out of the way and my home screen to be clean and tidy with nothing but a google search bar and the 4 default apps at the bottom. This allows me to set a background picture and for it to be seen unlike the iPhone with it being covered with rows and rows of apps, some of which I barely used.
But the real reason I switched which irritated me the most was Siri. I use my phone a lot whilst I am in the car. It's the only real reason I got excited about it. I thought I would be able to mount my iPhone in the car and for it to be completely hand free. This however is not true. you still have to hold the home button down for a few seconds distracting me from the road and then you have to poke your finger at the screen to put the call on speaker phone. On the other hand with my Nexus 5 as you probably know I can just say 'OK Google' and tell it whom to call or what to do. Granted, I do still have to poke my finger at the screen to put it on speaker and I hope this gets ironed out with a future software update.
Siri and Google Now are both competing for a hands free experience with your phone, allowing them to make calls, send texts, navigate you to places and even opening apps; however Google Now is the only true hands free assistant allowing you to essentially wake up the voice recognition with a preset sentence the phone is listening for.
I believe until Siri is able to offer a true handsfree experience Google Now is currently the winner, especially for people who use their handsets in the car and do not have the feature built into their cars.