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I joined my colleague Matt Lynley in a little experiment over the past month. We both switched to Android phones from our iPhones.Lynley used Samsung’s stellar new Galaxy S III, and I used a Galaxy Nexus running the brand new version of Android called Jelly Bean.
Yesterday, I returned to the iPhone for the first time in over a month.
It was a shock.
While I agree with Lynley that the iPhone is due for a redesign, I don’t think that’s a reason to call it boring or outdated as Lynley does. After being back on iPhone for 24 hours, I now remember why I still call it the best smartphone you can buy today.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Galaxy Nexus. It’s one of my favourite phones of all time. But even with all of Android’s recent improvements, the iPhone still provides me with what I really need: a tightly integrated experience and an incredible ecosystem of apps. Android is getting there when it comes to cultivating a solid ecosystem, but the iPhone is still way, way ahead.
For example, I really missed using two of my favourite apps, Clear (a gorgeous to-do list app) and CardMunch (an app that lets you snap photos of business cards and automatically pull in the person’s LinkedIn account). And now that I’m back on iPhone, I finally got around to downloading Dark Sky, the beautiful app that can accurately predict when it’s going to rain down to the minute.
You simply can’t find great apps like those on Android right now. They may arrive one day, but it’s likely Android users will have to wait. It took years for super popular apps like Instagram and Flipboard to finally make it to Android. And you can bet the next hot app will launch on iPhone first.
And overall, the look and feel of the iPhone’s operating system appeals to me more than Android does. It’s simple, clean, and a lot more responsive than Android. And because of that, I’ll keep going back to iPhone until Android or someone else does it better.