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Why I Use an iPhone [Opinion]

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Last week in my opinion piece about why I think Android users should consider the Moto X I opened up the article with an admission: I currently use an iPhone 4S and I plan on getting the next iPhone. This wasn’t supposed to be a secret (if you follow me on Twitter then you would have noticed that I use iOS most of the time). On the Droid Life Show I have shown my iPhone and discussed using my iPad. That said, I know that a lot of readers did not know, and more importantly, were surprised or upset to read that I use an iPhone. Below you’ll read my responses to questions I have received about why I use iOS, when I made the transition, and why it matters. If you have follow up questions or comments then feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me on Twitter.

You said that there are specific reasons why you use iOS over Android. What are they?

iMessage has become the main way I communicate. I use iMessage daily with my wife, my closest friends, and family. It’s simple, works well, and it’s seamlessly integrated with Messages. This might seem like an odd item to put at the top of a list about why I use iOS, but between read receipts, deep OS-level integration, iOS still has vastly superior apps in every category that matters to me. Apps like Tweetbot, Fantastical, Yahoo! Weather, Swipes, Mailbox, Vesper, Day One, and Safari provide a vastly better experience than their counterparts or peers on Android. There are admittedly some apps that have counterparts on Android that are better (Path and Hangouts come to mind), but that has been the exception, not the rule, in my experience. There are definitely apps on Android that let you do things that you can’t do on iOS, but the apps on iOS are better for the things I want to do than they are on Android.

Performance on iOS is more consistent than on Android, especially with the passage of time. I’ve owned and used a lot of Android phones, and most of them slow down over time. Android 4.3 might finally solve that problem for the phones that will actually get it, but time will tell. My iPhone 4S is finally now starting to lag once in a while with returning to the home page or swiping between home screens. It appears to be a bug in iOS that creeps up every so often. Outside of that, however, this is the first phone I’ve had that has lasted me two years without having major performance issues. Maybe that can be explained away by inferior hardware on my previous Android phones or OEM skins or the lack of complexity in iOS, but the reality is that I, and plenty of other people, have recognized that Android seems to become more janky with time.

I really like Apple’s hardware. Yes, it is more prone to breaking from a fall than many other Android phones, but mine has held up well despite a few falls. In fact, the most recent fall was from about 4 feet on its face and the screen did not shatter (it did take a chip out of the left side of the plastic chin). More to the point, I like the size and feel of Apple’s hardware. The 4S is beginning to feel a little cramped for me, but the 5 feels perfect. I’ve always preferred smaller phones and bigger tablets. The camera on my 4S continues to impress me, the screen is crisp, and the hardware definitely looks and feels high end.

iOS is really simple. Your apps are on the home screens and that’s about it. You can customize their location, add folders, and slightly customize the notifications shade, but other than that the experience is dirt simple. I know that a lot of Android users don’t like that, but I love it. While I enjoy customizing my Android phone with different icon packs, widgets, and transition effects, it is more important for me to have my phone work simply and quickly. The idea of simplifying the interface on Android was what brought me to write my first guest post for Droid Life about Launcher 7. So while I like that Android’s interface can be simplified and tweaked like crazy, I enjoy working with a limited palette.

When did this happen?

I first bought an iPhone 4S about a year and a half ago. My decision to switch to iOS came after spending two years of my contract going from the HTC Touch Pro2, to the Droid Eris, to the Droid, to the Droid 2, to the Droid Incredible. Every one of those devices had hardware or software issues despite being considered top of the line when I had them and most of them had to be replaced multiple times by Verizon due to software and hardware issues.

The first time I bought an iPhone actually happened some time before that. MIUI had just come out for the Droid 2 and I was experimenting with it and some other ROMs. At some point late at night I bricked my phone. I was out of ideas for what to do to fix it, so the next afternoon I went down to my Verizon store. I knew what to expect, but I still looked down the shelves of Android phones. Not one of them appealed to me. I was facing phones like the Droid Charge, the Droid 3, and the Thunderbolt. Within a few minutes I wandered over the the iPhone 4 and told the Verizon clerk I wanted one.

My then-girlfriend-now-wife was shocked and a little upset. I had bad mouthed iOS for so long, but now I was willing to impulse buy an iPhone? That night I played around the the iPhone some more. I had trouble with the simplicity of the interface compared to Android, but I liked it. I didn’t like that the phone had to be tethered to iTunes (iCloud didn’t exist yet) for a lot of things, but it was a really neat device with a lot of things going for it (especially the app selection and quality).

That night I had an idea. I hooked up my Droid 2 that had been sitting dead on my desk and brought it back to life with some combination of SBF and adjusting how the phone connected to the computer via USB. With a working Android phone I had no reason to keep the iPhone, so I returned it. Shortly after the iPhone 4S came out that fall I decided that I would upgrade to the 4S from my Droid Incredible (which I had switched to from the D2) permanently. It wasn’t that I didn’t like Android anymore; it was that I liked iOS for more reasons than I liked Android.

Why do you still write for Droid Life if your main phone is an iPhone?

I still have plenty of thoughts and opinions about Android, so I still write about Android. I love my iPhone and iOS, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still love Android (and webOS for that matter).

I joined Droid Life to write opinion pieces about Android and Google. In fact, I originally intended on trying to become something like what John Gruber, Marco Arment, and MG Siegler are for the Apple community. When I started writing at Droid Life I was completely dedicated to Android as a platform and completely opposed to Apple. I wanted to evangelize Android and Google.

It was Android and Windows enthusiasts’ vehement, unmitigated hatred towards all things Apple that pushed me to play devil’s advocate for some time. Eventually I found myself convinced that iOS was a much better fit for what I wanted in a phone. I didn’t stop being a “power user” or enjoying customizing my phone. Instead, I found that while using iOS I became more productive and enjoyed using my phone a lot more. It isn’t the only way, but Apple’s design and execution philosophies make much more sense to me personally than do Google’s.

Having an iPhone just means that I know more about the other side of the fence. If that offends you, then you may as well know that I also own a HTC Touch Pro2, a HTC Trophy, and a Palm Pre 2. While at one point I was hyper-loyal to Android, I see myself as more of a lover of technology in general now. I prefer Apple personally, but I understand why people choose the alternatives: everyone has different needs and desires for the technology they use.

Why should I care?

That’s completely up to you. If you think owning an iPhones makes me inept at commenting on Android then you should probably just skip my articles. Like I’ve stated many times before, I’m more of a technology enthusiast than an Android enthusiast.

If I’m critical of Android or Google, it isn’t because I think the iPhone is better and Android users are stupid; it just means that I don’t like something Google did. If I’m critical towards an Android manufacturer that doesn’t mean that Apple paid me to bash them. In the same way, if I say something nice about Android or an Android manufacturer, that doesn’t mean I’m paid by that manufacturer; it just means I like what they did. I don’t write inflammatory articles to generate more page views or generate more comments. I like interacting with commenters, but I don’t get paid any more or less based on comments and I have no idea how many views my articles get.

I understand that some people are upset that I use an iPhone as my main phone instead of an Android phone. I know that my reasons may not make sense to you or jibe with your experience, but remember that objectivity doesn’t exist. We can have different opinions and still discuss Android.

Conclusions

So, yes, I use an iPhone and an iPad to write for Droid Life. I also have a drawer full of Android, webOS, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone phones. I think that makes me less biased towards Android and the competition. Obviously my goal is no longer to become an Android evangelist, but I still love Android and the community around it. I still recommend Android phones to friends and family when I think it fits them best. Having an iPhone doesn’t change that I love Android and love interacting with you, the reader. Thanks for reading and participating in the community!

  • Fattie McDoogles

    Well said man. Good piece.

  • Greyhame

    You call yourself a tech enthusiast, but your last android phone is 2 years old? Come on. What kind of enthusiast predetermines what device they’re going to get before trying it and others, and seeing what’s the best available???

    • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

      I don’t have money just sitting around to buy phones off contract. I’m stuck on a 2 year contract like most people.

      • Guest

        Ron, I think you are missing the point people are trying to make.

        No one really cares if you use an iPhone, even if it may sound like that.

        However, if you are going to be an “authoritative figure on Android” — that’s what you are when you write for a site like this — then you need to be invested in FULLY understanding Android and that isn’t going to happen when you don’t use it and are invested in iOS.

        Furthermore, when you’ve already decided that your next device will be an iPhone, even though it’s not out and regardless of what’s available for Android, it shows a clear propensity and favoritism toward one platform and ignores giving Android handsets a chance.

        Therefore, you really don’t have anything significant to share with Android users other than how an iPhone fan views Android & Android devices.

        You are placing yourself, artificially, as an “Android authority” when writing articles when in reality you are less informed than most readers of the site.

        Finally, if you would have just given the Moto X a chance to win you over, as you suggest others do, then this wouldn’t be an issue, but you are heavily invested in iOS and intent on staying with an iphone, and you cannot afford to have multiple devices, as you stated numerous times, thus you are not equipped to write intelligently about Android — that’s why people are offended and lashing out at you.

        • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

          I disagree. Just because I choose to use one platform as my main phone does not mean I don’t have access to high end Android phones through review units and it definitely doesn’t mean I can’t use Android extensively to understand how it works the way it does. Picking one platform shows that it meets my needs, not that I’m biased towards it.

          • Guest

            You really should re-read your prior articles on DL. You are clearly biased, but like most apple fanbois you can’t admit it.

            I’m done dealing with an apple fanboy!

      • Greyhame

        OK I can understand that. But then I’d say you love tech, and are not an enthusiast. A tech enthusiast would try everything that was the latest and greatest, and base their opinions of of that. Not old tech which they continue to base their opinion on. Thanks for replying.

        • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

          I do try the latest and greatest through review units. My opinion is based on using phones like the One X and GS3. Still waiting for GS4, Moto X, and One review units.

      • joe coreno

        CraigsList

  • Droid Life Fan

    You make some valid points and this is the land of the free after all so use whatever device you like, but this is DROID-LIFE. It seems like a bit of a betrayal to have someone here who is using an iPhone as their daily driver. Don’t get me wrong, it gives you great insight and you can accurately compare features, etc. I understand that you still have numerous Android devices and can still provide your opinions, etc. Still, perhaps you’d be better suited somewhere like BGR and leave DL to those actually supporting Android. You shared your opinion, as a reader this is just mine for what it’s worth.

  • Leo

    I think you’re allowed to use whatever phone you want as your primary device, however I kind of feel “cheated” for reading opinions and reviews about Android coming from an iPhone user.

  • Sirx

    [Meanwhile, at the next Droid-Life push for advertisers dollars]

    Kellen: “So as you see, we have a very healthy, active community and our approach to engagine the readership makes us an ideal site to get your company seen.”

    Sponsor: “I’m sorry, but there are hundreds of Android blogs around the internet, and we simply must be selective about our marketing funds. What makes yours so special?”

    Kellen: “I didn’t want to have to do this, but…” *speaks into walkie talkie* “…Tim, send in the secret weapon.”

    [Ron enters the room in an all-white suit and white hat with the brim pulled down low. He looks up to reveal that he is wearing a pair of 'Deal With It' shades. It should be mentioned that this meeting is taking place at night]

    Kellen: “We have a Ron!”

    Sponsor [mesmerized]: “Take…all…of the money…” *drools*

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Hah! This was well formulated and fantastic. Saving this one. :)

    • Alexander Garcia

      Haha! Best comment on this post so far. You sir, win the interwebs for today. =)

  • TimTheK

    I’ve got to say, while I respect your opinion and understand all of your choices and reasons, there’s just one that I don’t get.

    “iOS is really simple. Your apps are on the home screens and that’s about it. … So while I like that Android’s interface can be simplified and tweaked like crazy, I enjoy working with a limited palette.”

    You like iOS because its layout is limited and you don’t like Android because you can do more with it? So even though you can limit your layout to operate exactly as iOS (shortcuts only, folders, no widgets)….you don’t like that? That part just makes no sense to me.

    • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

      I like Android because you can do more with it, but I choose to use the iPhone because I was something simple for my main phone. I love customizing my home screens, etc. on Android.

  • SchwannyT

    Well I, for one, like having someone who is a technology enthusiast. I have very little contact with iOS, so I don’t have a good perspective on how Android is doing compared to competitors. Without someone like Ron I’d never have the comebacks I need when my boss is telling me how cool his new idevice is.

  • googlyeyedfrog

    As someone who “loves technology” and writes for an android website, it seems odd that you are so focused on choosing a phone that’ll last 2 full years between upgrades. I mean, if Kellen didn’t use a different phone every 3-4 months, I’d be shocked. It would seem that if you loved technology, you’d want to use the latest and greatest device, and therefore be the most informed when you write opinion pieces about them.

    • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

      Of course I want the latest and greatest, but that requires a lot of money to buy phones off contract. I don’t have the money for that and if I did, I don’t think it would be wise to spend that money on phones.

      • Guest

        Actually staying up with the “latest and greatest” isn’t that expensive. You can usually sell a used unlocked device for a pretty good price compared to what you initially pay for it — consider it investing in your job, kind of like how many of us have to pay thousands a year for continued education in our field. Heck, your cost is pretty cheap lol — no one expects you to buy many but at least a yearly flagship otherwise they might as well turn to sites where the writes do have. . . well, nearly every device.

  • Drome

    troll / click bait at it’s finest.

  • RonBegone

    Slow newz day? So you like your granny phone. Whoop de do …

  • Chris Bailey

    God bless ya Ron – at the end of the day it’s a damn phone and it’s your choice… H8ters gon H8.

  • fauxshizzl

    Go home Ron, you’re drunk.

  • eazy

    Seriously droid life y is this on here …sad day for this blog

  • aQuickBit

    ITT: typical witch hunt and Internet extremists.

  • xMrRocknRollx

    The fact that more people here aren’t outraged by the complete ridiculousness of one of the writers openly admitting why he thinks his iPhone is better makes me wanna go buy a Windows phone.

    • aQuickBit

      I have a Windows Phone 8X (and ipad) and I come here because of my love for android (since I still have my beloved GNex). I enjoy all platforms and like to figure out the strong points of each. This is my go-to android blog. I also consider myself somewhat of a power user on android. Please try being open minded because it’ll make your life easier and you won’t be mad as much from an online article about a phone.

      • xMrRocknRollx

        I was being half facetious but at the same time, we’re not talking about religion or politics or anything of legitimate value here, thus it’s perfectly acceptable to have a closed mind about your phone preference. Leave the “let’s all hold hands and sing kumbaya because we’re equals despite our phone operating systems” at the door please.

  • Ian Smith

    “I also own a HTC Touch Pro2, a HTC Trophy, and a Palm Pre 2″

    that’s great, buddy.

  • Ian Smith

    Ronald. It’s okay to be a douche. We did not need this article. Thank you for your effort.

  • legaceez

    I stopped reading after you said Safari being a better experience…most apps on the iPhone LOOK nicer but are functionally limited compared to their Android counterparts, in my experience.

    In the case of Safari though it has nothing on the stock Android browser or Chrome.

    Not to start a flame war or anything. Just saying…stating personal opinions like that in an article just give people so much ammo to start them.

    • Alexander Garcia

      I’m sorry, but based on my extensive experiences with both Android and iPhones, Chrome for Android is a complete POS compared to Safari. Now stock Android Browser on the other hand…

      • legaceez

        I’ve never seem to have any problems with Chrome. Does everything Safari does functionally and then some. What exactly is so POS about it?

        Safari on my gf’s iPhone on the other hand just feels so restrictive. Clicking on links isn’t intuitive and does open the correct apps for the type of link. Copy and pasting, sharing URLs or anything between apps, etc… is a chore. Tab support is abysmal. Menu system is from like 1995. I could go on and on…

    • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

      Stating personal opinions in an article explicitly labeled as an opinion article makes sense to me. In terms of performance, speed, and zooming on text I’ve found that Safari is better, but it’s hard to completely compare because Safari doesn’t run on iOS and Chrome on iOS is just Safari in a shell. Firefox for Android actually handles a lot like Safari.

      • legaceez

        My bad I completely missed the [Opinion] tag. I do apologize I took it way too seriously lol

  • Higher_Ground

    So aside from a brief foray with the OG and the Dinc, you really don’t have as much “experience” with android as most of us would have assumed. Have youe even used an ICS or JB phone? The Droid Eris was terrible and the Droid 2 was never really considered to be all that great over phones like the DX or Evo.

    I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt because I don’t disagree with most of your articles all that much. I do have to say though, that based on your reasons for choosing iOS over android, I probably won’t be putting too much stock into them anymore.

    Nothing personal or fanboyish about it – you just don’t seem as earnestly interested in android so by extension your opinions about it are going to come off as either ill-informed or half-assed to people who are keenly interested in android specfically.

    • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

      I used the Gnex, One X, and GS3 for months. I did not own them, but I reviewed them extensively.

      • Higher_Ground

        Cool, that does make your opinion carry more weight than if you hadn’t had the opportunity to review them. I know when my contract was up I was on the fence (aka stuck with GB) and the gnex’s terrible radios still had me cautious, but I think android has finally rounded the corner

        • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

          I agree, as we discussed on last night’s DL show.

      • Guest

        You know Ron, I went back through all of your DL articles, and even looked at your wordpress.com articles. I never seen any review of the above devices, no in-depth analyses of them or of Android on them. All I’ve seen are a butt ton of [opinion] articles that generally point out ios’ superiority to Android.

        Let’s face it Ron, you were stuck with Android because Verizon didn’t get the iPhone right away but you switched to an iPhone asap because you are an apple fan, plain and simple. The rest is a charade for you to be able to preach ios to the “unwashed masses” here on DL.

        Sad!

        • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

          By the time I was able to get review units of those devices they had been out for months, so a review of them did not make any sense. I was not stuck with Android. I was stuck with Windows Mobile. I wanted to switch to webOS, but I wasn’t able to, so I decided to try Android and I loved it (despite issues with my Eris). I still like Android and use it regularly, but iOS is the platform that makes the most sense for me. This isn’t about me being biased towards Apple or trying to preach iOS. I honestly do not care what phone you buy. Let me say that again: I honestly do not care what phone you buy. This article was for readers who asked me to write about why I use iOS. If you don’t understand that or don’t like that, that’s fine, but please don’t try to rewrite my own history or libel me.

  • KG

    tl;dr

  • mike

    My life cycle through smart phones has predominantly been android. Being I work at verizon wireless i use all the phones in their arsenal (verizon gives us a business line and every 4 months we get a new phone so i know the ins and outs off all the phones) . All my personal phones have been android besides a 8 month stretch when I gave the iphone 4s a run for its money. I do agree with ron to an extent that iOS is more polished, and the apps are developed better. But only a month into using an iphone I was ready to get android back in my hands. Yes iMessage was really convenient to message, and the operating system was a bit less buggy. All the advantages of iOS did not overcome all the options android has to offer. I respect everyones opinion because everyone has different needs and tastes of doing things.
    Ron please dont take everyones heat on here in a negative way, when you write an opinion piece about iOS on a Android website you are just asking for it….

  • Dustin Gerlach

    What’s up with that “Prayer” app?

    • Steven Dinsdale

      He’s super into religion.

    • Alexander Garcia

      Ron’s a devout Christian.

    • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

      It’s an app for the Book of Common Prayer.

  • Adam

    I think BGR is hiring.

    • Android Enthusiast

      +1000

  • chris420o

    Dont need to justify your love affair with your iphone…none of us truly care…we come to read about android related news…so post these articles on a different site….that is all

  • BobbyG

    Why have an Apple user blog on an Android site?

  • Sean O’Keefe

    I say more power to you, if that phone suits you better. Just because you own one type of phone doesn’t mean you don’t have an interest or love for another and this site is all about loving Android.

  • Alain Lafond

    There are people that loves to convince others that the earth is square… If you like more IOs good… It’s a pity that you come here and try to solve that fight using that kind of arguments.
    I don’t use Android because it’s easy to use. I use Android because I feel I have some kind of power over it. Roming, customizing, and …
    If you like the kindergarden as it is it’s your point of view…
    But I left kindergarden loooooong time ago, and I don’t wanna live my life formated. And more then that, I HATE FOLLOWING THE HERD…
    But it’s your point of view.

  • Masta Marc

    Also I hate Carrier Branding on Android phones. The Note 2 has all those VZW logos making a huge phone ugly. Carrier installed apps and the only way to get rid of is to root the phone or hide them- but they’re still using memory. Annoying.

    Verizon tried hard to sell me another droid.. told me i did not want an iphone… This was the customer service line at *611. I think this is due to the people with iphones not caring to upgrade as soon.

    I think what schwayed my opinion the most to iphone is that my First gen ipod touch– outperformed my OG Droid.. which was released 1.5 years after it.

  • Mordecaidrake

    This makes me sad.

  • Phillip Morales

    Yet have I seen my Lumia 920 lock up, freeze, or lag. More reliable than IOS. Has technology that Droid is still lacking, like supersentive display, clear black technology, wireless charging, and the ability to view text in direct sunlight. Yes some phones have some of these features but only AFTER Nokia introduced it. Now they have a 41 megapixel camera, that is rated by ZDnet as the best camera on any phone period. Windows is something that people don’t know enough about, but should really educate themeselves

  • Masta Marc

    I somewhat agree with Ron here. I’m an Android lover but I have an iPhone 4s. LOL It’s odd, even though iOS hasn’t changed…nearly at all since the beginning of time— oddly it just works. Smooth and fast. Battery isn’t getting worse, it’s not lagging, no hiccups. My last android phone was the OG Droid-I hated this phone. Had it replaced 10 times by verizon. I called them for the 11th time and the lady goes “oh you’re trying to break a record” lol.

    My iPhone has been replaced once… I dropped in the toilet by accident. Also I feel like im getting my money’s worth… A phone I am happy with for the entirety of my contract.. All of my coworkers dropped their iphone for the Galaxy S4 though.. I’m definitely considering.. that phone is NICE! I need help deciding if I want it though.

  • Masta Marc

    So the ultimate question is iPhone 5s or Samsung Galaxy s4???

    • Guest

      Irrelevant question. Rom will ONLY consider the iPhone! That’s the problem people are having with him writing for an Android site — he clearly is NOT an authority on Android.

      • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

        I prefer the iPhone, but I recommend Android phones regularly to friends and family.

        • Guest

          You clearly are missing the point, Ron.

          • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

            I disagree. I use Android phones regularly and regularly review top of the line Android phones.

          • Guest

            BUT. . . you do NOT live with them day in and day out, thus there is a lot you are missing and that makes you less informed than your readers. You don’t have to “live with Android” therefore you won’t know it like someone who does — you’ll just use your iphone to make it easy on yourself instead of investing in Android and really living with it.

            Would you really listen to a MS/Windows fan, who occasionally “reviews” apple products from time to time but ONLY uses MS/Windows products fulltime, about what apple product you should get? Of course you wouldn’t. I know, the rationalization is kicking in — you think you are smart enough to be an authority on iOS and Android and not “living with Android” is irrelevant, etc. . . . refer back to the beginning of this comment until it sinks in ;)

          • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

            I didn’t feel any rationalization sinking in. All I felt was the reminder that sometimes people disagree with you and there’s nothing you can do about it but move on. I’m not an Apple fan who sometimes uses Android phones; I’m a technology fan who uses an iOS device daily, but uses all sorts of other devices regularly as well. I’m very well informed about Android; if I wasn’t then I wouldn’t be allowed to write for the site and be on the show.

          • Guest

            OK Ron, you win. You are that smart, therefore I’ll take your advice and get an iPhone — that’s what you spend your money on thus recommending any other device is hypocritical. Why would I buy a recommended device when that person wouldn’t spend their own money on it? Therefore, since you are that intelligent and use an iPhone, and your next phone will be an iPhone, it MUST be the best!

            Therefore, the iPhone it is for me, thus I won’t need to read DL any more.

            Excellent!

            Sending DL readers to iOS/iPhone sites must be making Kellex happy!

            Excellent job, Ron!

            I’m sure I’ll love my new iPhone. . .

          • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

            I didn’t tell you to get an iPhone. Just because I use something doesn’t mean it’s hypocritical for me to recommend something else. The things that I use don’t necessarily meet the needs of everyone else I come in contact with. Choosing a smartphone platform isn’t about picking the empirically best platform, it’s about picking what works for you.

          • Guest

            There’s no point in trying to make you understand how you are abusing your faux “authority” on Android derived from this site. You are deep into rationalizing it and using semantics to sidestep everything.

  • Steve

    Many of the points noted in this article are the exact reasons why I dont do Apple anything. Its too simplistic, its too small, its too integrated with iTunes (this is my biggest beef). Yes, the screen looks great and it works. I, however, take great issue with how Apple lock down the phone. I dont appreciate that I cant connect it to a computer and drag and drop photos or music or anything else the way I can with Android. I dont like that there is zero expandability. That being said, I had an opportunity recently to play around with an iPhone 4s. My wife was given one for work and seeing as she is not tech savy, I had to set it up. now, a month later I can honestly say that all of my gripes about Apple are valid. I find the phone to be too limited. There are icons on her home screens that you cant delete. I know you cant delete stuff from Android too, but at least you can put it somewhere where you never have to see it. Apples response of “:just move it to another home screen” is not enough. The new OS may be able to hide them bettter, but on my wifes phone it cant so that is what I base my opinion on. Out of the box, her phone feels laggy so that kills the responsiveness argument. I have a Droid Razr and on our home wifi we opened the respective browsers on our phones and typed in the same website. The Droid finished loading it about 10 seconds faster than the iPhone. I opened Plants Vs. Zombies on my phone and was up and running well before her phone loaded the same game. I connected my phone to the computer and transfered 37 tunes and over 200 pictures from the computer to the MicroSD card way faster than iTunes could ever try. And when my phones internal storage gets a bit full, I simply move stuff to the SD card. Yes, my phone becomes bogged down sometimes but a reboot usually fixes that and I have found that the closer my phones internal storage is to being full, thats when it starts to lag (just like on a home computer), so being a pack rat on a 16gb phone doesnt really work, but again, I have storage options. The physical look of the iPhone 4s is, or was, pleasing but it has become boring. I like variety and Apple is certainly NOT known for variety in styling. Dont get me wrong, I have issues with Android too. Most notably the fragmentation issue, the sheer number of OS’ out there are another issue and then there is the fact that OEM’s are able to bastardize Android with their own take on what it should look like. The lack of worthy apps is a poor argument now that the App store has as many apps as iTunes. There are some pretty crappy apps in iTunes too so that argument is invalid as well. Oh, and lastly, recharging my phone is not the adventure that it is for an iPhone. If I lose my cord, well, I have a drawer full of replacements or I can go buy one for 5 bucks. If my wife loses her iPhone cord, well, she can buy a new one too but its much more expensive and I find the Apple replacement cords to be flimsy. So, while I agree that there are people out there that are perfectly suited for the iPhone and its Kindergarden mentality, but its just not for me.

  • Yaniv

    A Dark Day In The History Of Droid-Life. A Really Dark Day.

  • turb0wned

    I couldn’t care less what you like better, freedom of choice. You should use what you like. Ijust can’t see why this article should be on an Android website. Yes it’s a good phone but if you want to talk about your great iPhone,go to ifans.com.

    • Scott Huddleston

      That also should apply to Android fans that go to supposedly unbiased tech sites where anything that’s said even remotely positive about Appple gets hit with fan boy accusations. The hate that that I see that exists for the iPhone is driven completely out of biased ignorance and close minds.

  • joe coreno

    The Droid Eris was considered top of the line at one point? I must have missed that.

    • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

      I never said that.

      • joe coreno

        “going from the HTC Touch Pro2, to the Droid Eris, to the Droid, to the Droid 2, to the Droid Incredible. Every one of those devices had hardware or software issues despite being considered top of the line when I had them”

        You did.

      • joe coreno

        “going from the HTC Touch Pro2, to the Droid Eris, to the Droid, to the Droid 2, to the Droid Incredible. Every one of those devices had hardware or software issues despite being considered top of the line when I had them”

        • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

          I was thinking of the other phones, not the Eris. You’re right, I could have excluded the Eris from the “top of the line” label.

          • joe coreno

            OK, fair enough.

      • joe coreno

        “going from the HTC Touch Pro2, to the Droid Eris, to the Droid, to the Droid 2, to the Droid Incredible. Every one of those devices had hardware or software issues despite being considered top of the line when I had them”

  • Sporttster

    Good article. I have a Razr Maxx. My first smart phone was the OG Droid. I’ve had two, that’s it. I’ve had ocassional probs with them but nothing serious. Never had to swap phones out for any reason. Yes I’ve noticed the phone slow down deal over time. It is frustrating but cleaning cache and a few other things can help some. Still very useable. Just bought my son a used iPad 1st gen. Very good build, very solid. Fiddling around with it. The one major thing I hate with Apple is as you said everything HAS to go through iTunes. No drag and drop anything. That drives me crazy. Makes using anything Apple a whole lot more frustrating, to me. I like plugging the phone in, going to the file/folder I want, and doing what I want. Not so with iTunes. Hate that. From just messing with my daughters iPod I can see how simple the interface is. Another thing I hate is they charge out the booty for storage. Want a 64gb phone? Pay huge $$$. I can still get a phone that allows me to put a sd card in, although some Android manufs are going the Apple route, which I absolutely hate. Doesn’t bother me in the least that you own a iPhone. I also like technology and if Apple comes out with a killer iPhone with all sorts of things I like, I may get one, too eventually. Don’t care either way. All I want is for the thing to be what I want it to be and need it to be, then I’ll jump. Simple as that….Android or Apple….

  • ApplesNAndroids

    Look at all these nerds crying foul play over Ron’s article.
    Oh my GOD, somebody has a different opinion than you? I should probably be hung as well for working at GM but owning a Ford. The android “cult” is worse than those who carry ios devices these days. Most don’t like this because deep down they agree. I also own an iphone 5 and I ALSO plan on buying either the X or Note 3. Must be some kind of witchcraft going on around here.

    • Tim242

      It’s not about what he uses. It’s about his trash talking and comparing his experiences on an of RAZR and an Eris.

    • Guest

      Why read a site for authoritative knowledgeable information when in fact it’s written by people that have no clue what they are talking about because they don’t use the item/products they are telling people about.

      It’s like going to a carpenter for heart surgery.

      Or do you just like reading articles on a topic by someone very uninformed on the subject?

  • saltyzip

    In order to write for Droid Life you should be passionate about Android and therefore without question, an Android phone should be part of your life. If its not then in the voice of Alan Sugar or Donald Trump, “You’re Fired”!

  • Luis

    It seems that Ron pulled a Jerry Maguire on you

  • Brett Lizotte

    Those are the same reasons I love my iPhone. I love how small it is and also how heavy it is. Feels perfect. I prefer android on my tablet, widgets and such look great on a tablet but I hate them on my phone.

  • nicotinic

    Trial 4.3: the State of Android vs. Ron

    excerpt from the trial’s minutes:

    AC: “Vile betrayer…you stand before the Android counsel accused of heresy. How do you plead?!?”

    Ron: “i…”

    AC: “Heretic!!”

    • Rickerbilly

      Get a rope!

  • Rickerbilly

    Ron does not deserve to write on this site. He is not qualified.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    I have tried to like the ios experience but damn those tiny screens and elementary software. Took me a while going from og droid to various androids, iphone 4s and 5. No I am happy with my N4. Best phone so far. Being away from Verizon is a big part of that. I have an iPad 2 and N7 too. A chromebook and various other things. I love tech and Google had been really doing it for me. Nice article though. Its nice to hear something from the dark side that isn’t fanboy cheering.

  • Rickerbilly

    The site is called Droid-Life. Not Phone-Life. I WANT BIAS in Android’s favor. Why is he a writer on this site? Go away RON!!

    • Guest

      Not so much “bias” as well informed knowledgeable Android information. How knowledgeable can you be if your Android device is over a year old and your main device is an iPhone?

  • TheRobotCow

    To be honest I really liked my iPhone 5 when I had it. Due to being in a bad situation I was forced to sell it. It always ran really smooth, battery life was never a problem(one thing I can and will never say about my galaxy nexus), and it never lagged.
    Why do you guys care so much why he likes his iPhone? Its not like he’s bashing on android and shoving Apple down your throat.

    • Guest

      No one cares that he uses an iPhone or that he loves iOS. What people care about is, that he is NOT knowledgeable enough about Android to be considered an authority and therefore writing about it — how well versed on Android can he be when is primary device is an iphone and his last Android is over a year old POS?

  • KevDog

    Ron
    I love your perspective and think you are a great addition to the show. Please keep contributing, however just a few points
    The iphones — after owning bigger phones like the GNex, S3, S4, looking at an Iphone now it feels like I need glasses. The screens on these things are soooo small. Yes the Iphone5 is vastly improved to the Iphone 4/4S, however its still a small screen. Second — Itunes — don’t get me started on this garbage. Everything has to run through ITunes which frankly is a pain. I have an Ipad2 and love it, but when it comes to managing music, photos, and backups, its frankly a pain in the ass. Nothing like the ability to connect to a ssh server and do an rsync backup. Yes I believe the overall experience using an Iphone may be better in some cases than Android — however that difference is becoming quite small — however some of the limitations such as screen size and itunes are major factors which keep me away from using this platform.

    • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

      The 4S screen is starting to feel small to me. I never plug any of my devices into iTunes. iCloud and Match have me covered there.

  • burpootus

    It’s much easier to see the good in both OS’s. I’ve had multiple Android devices (OG Droid, Droid X, HTC Incredible, GS3, Nexus 7, Nexus 10) and am currently using a Note 2. But for a tablet I settled on an iPad. The iOS devices feature real time audio processing. This is important to me because I can play my guitar through the iPad. There are some really cool apps for this type of thing. With Android, there are no real apps for this because there is no real time audio processing and therefore there is always lag between plucking a string and when you actually hear it. It is impossible to play in this manner. I prefer Android for most things, but iOS completely dominates among musicians and it is possible to create professional sounding recordings, play through amps and effects while also listening to a song you are working on, etc.. But at the same time, I wouldn’t even consider trading my Note 2 for an iPhone.

  • Neil Voskeritchian

    Fire him

  • md

    yuck, go away. thanks