Why I "bought" an Iphone when my HTC went tits up
I loved android, thought it was amazing compared to the "shitty" iPhone. I could do SO much more on it. Then my htc desire arrived and I was fairly happy with it, although I though they could have done a better job with the build quality, i was still smug as I inserting the 8Gb memory card that I already had from a previous device. 6 months later the battery compartment got a bit loose and it started turning off randomly "they all do that sir" was the sales monkies response. after 12months of playing games and downloading from the play store the phone stopped updating saying there "wasn't enough memory" even though there was 4Gb free on the card, weird. Taking out the card and updating worked, a bit of hassle and even more strange but I was okay with it.
Then came time for an upgrade from my network provider, I ordered the HTC sensation, more phone memory so less of a problem with the updates according to HTC who recognised, finally, there was an issue with the internal memory size, but rather than google fixing the issue, the manufacturers just chucked more memory at the problem hiding it for just long enough that the contract would be renewed and a new phone issued as an upgrade before most users spotted the issue, as a techie I didn't like this solution but I couldn't possibly go to crapple it was just too locked down for a techie like me.
After 12months the memory problem came back, but at least the build quality was better. When I thought this I should have bought a 2x4 from the builders yard to touch permanently...2 months later, phone started turning off...a bit of paper pushing the batter to the contacts solved the issue for the most part, so it was all good.
After 3 years of "workarounds" on the HTC I came to replace it with the next latest gen phone...But there was a problem, they were ALL the size of my face!! at least the top of the line ones. The sales drone claiming that Bigger is better was told to do one, whilst I went away and looked at my options. It turned out that the only phone that was a normal phone size but was also a fairly high end device was the iPhone. Over the 3 years of my "totally free OS" that "wasn't locked down like Apple" I realised that all I had done was play games and surf the net (and use it as, you know, an actual phone) so having a locked down device was fine with me.
I got the iPhone 5, and immediately I liked the feel of it, I could actually hold it in one hand without feeling like it would drop at any moment. After almost a year I have had 0 problems, no battery failing or working loose, no random turn offs, not suffering from the slow down of HTCs that happen over the years of using them. But the most important thing about it is that when I download an app, it works, perfectly, every single time. Compare candy crush on the iPhone to the same game on a Galaxy S3, or even the S4 (it's the same app) yes the screen on the samsung is MUCH bigger and does look nice, but the games are designed for the older devices and look total crap compared to the iPhone version. The same is true of every app I have installed on the iPhone compared to the Android version, It was always touch and go with the android apps, some were even just poor quality Java ports that ended up taking up a 1/4 of the screen and being unusable, very annoying, and ruining the experience.
I will not be going back to Android, the user experience just isn't mainstream enough yet, yes they might be able to do more, but what more do you need that being able to use it as an MP3 player in the car, make calls, surf the net and play some random games from time to time?