I won’t lie – as a fan of technology period, it’s easy to be swayed from one platform to another, whether it be in smartphones, desktop computing, gaming or what have you. I’d hate to admit this being a writer for an Android enthusiast site, but I’ve strongly thought about adopting other smartphone platforms before.
iOS wooed me with its buttery-smooth performance and a quality app marketplace. Windows Phone 7 is dangling Xbox Live in my face. WebOS has always had me jealous of its multi-tasking and unique programming language used to develop apps. Meego taps into my inner-geek and BB OS, well, that’s one platform I haven’t had the desire to try out.
But yes, I get antsy and want to try new things. I’ve subdued my iOS itch by grabbing an iPod Touch and will soon grab an iPad. I’m going to jump on the first Windows 8 tablet the first chance I get as it’s the closest I’ll get to a non-phone Windows 7 device. And with a pretty nice deal on the HP TouchPad today, I’m one retail store away from buying the damned thing.
However, even with all of this great technology in the smartphone sector, I can’t bring myself to leave Android. No, it’s not because I fear I might lose my job here (though that’s certainly a good chunk of my deciding factor), but because Android just fits me. I could have jumped on iOS long before we heard of the G1 with the introduction of the first iPhone, but I stuck to my Windows Mobile phone (I was a devout T-Mobile Shadow user up until this point). For some reason, Android was different.
I’m sure it’s because my life was tied into Google’s services at the time (and still is), but I also like to believe that I was gravitated toward Android because it was rough around the edges. It had that geeky flare that screamed “I’m not perfect, but with time and a lot of elbow grease, I’ll get there”.
I liked having something that not many people had or knew about. And now that Android has become the fastest. most widely-adopted smartphone operating system in the world, I’m proud to be inside the bubble and I don’t foresee myself leaving.
No one gets as excited about phone updates like Android users because Google always provides significant new features and technology that just can’t be had anywhere else.
Sure, such rapid development cycles have contributed to the fragmentation problem we seem to be facing today, but as a technology aficionado I’ll put up with the imperfections of the Android ecosystem simply because I love wondering what’s going to come next.
I want to hear from you all, though. What’s keeping you on board? Have you had urges to jump ship? And do you see yourself having those urges a long time from now when Android eventually becomes the king in overall global market share? Let’s hear it below!