Why an Android blogger uses an iPhone


Android’s low barrier to entry has powered most of its explosive growth all over the world, but in the last few releases Google has added a lot of polish and some great features to the OS, which have compelled a number of iPhone lovers to switch to Android phones. Of course a lot of people want bigger displays, which is another reason why many people buy Android phones.

But Ron Offringa, a writer at Android blog Droid Life, uses an iPhone 4S as his main phone and plans on buying the next iPhone too.

The main reason, he says, is that iOS still gets the most polished (and better) apps:

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.

It’s a pity that Apple’s platforms have highly talented developers but they’re still limited in what they can do due to Apple’s restrictive iOS APIs, which do not expose functionality that could greatly help in increasing the utility of apps and the productivity of users. This is an area where Android particularly excels —as it is lot less restrictive, enabling developers to add great features, which are only possible on a jailbroken iPhone.

Another one of Ron’s reasons for using an iPhone is the performance on iOS, which, due to Apple’s tight integration of hardware and software, is much better than on Android, especially over time. Ron also likes iOS’s simple interface where there’s not much on the home screen apart from apps, a limitation that many iPhone users, especially those who jailbreak, dislike.

Tell us in the comments below if you agree with Ron’s thoughts.

[via Droid Life]

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  • Akram Zaben

    i’m an iPhone Blogger and use Galaxy S4 with my iPhone

  • KennyDied

    I’m a commodore 64 blogger and use Amiga 500 to blog with….

  • iJunkie22

    I agree, having spent time with both operating systems, I came from iOS being an avid Winterboard theme developer, I quickly realized that my expectations of Android theming set by my peers were inaccurate. There is a significant difference between theme plugins for apps and ‘launchers’ and what was possible with Winterboard for jailbroken iOS. I felt so boxed in that I had rooted my Droid within 3 days of switching, and attempted to switch to a custom ROM within 2 weeks, however, because I hadn’t followed a specific sequence of ‘wipe the cache, install the ROM, wipe the cache 2 more times, install the ROM, and wipe the cache a 4th time…and it went on. I had mistakenly only wiped the cache and then install the ROM, and ended up spending another 8 hours debugging and eventually “re-flashing” my Droid. This might be worth the trouble but the apps have left a lot to be desired, finding only a handful of decent artistic apps. I have messed up my Droid so thoroughly that I have to remove the battery to reboot almost daily, and the battery efficiency is pitiful. Honestly 95% of the innovation is coming from 3rd party Devs. In other words, Fro-Yo Android is like Linux, the window managers and environments are what really define it. The deal breaker was NO LOCK SCREEN CAMERA.

    I will conclude this rant with one positive for Android, a useful “refund” feature in the Play store.

    • bcsc

      Little bit of exaggeration huh? You wipe once at the end of a flash to clear lingering effects from the old ROM.

  • NeedName

    I find the iPhone to be inadequate due to iOS artificial limitations and it’s oversimplified nature that Ron loves so much. For ever “Ron” there’re 9 others going to Android to have the more “complexe” mobile OS. . . . just sayin’ — maybe he just can’t handle Android????

    • Jeremy Taco Patterson

      Or… Maybe be actually LIKES the simplicity and power of iOS. As a Droid blogger, I hardly see him feeling a need to make up reasons why he prefers the iPhone.

      Use a little logic and throw those preconceptions out the window.

      • NeedName

        He is NOT a “Droid blogger.”

        He has posted some [opinion] articles on “Droid-Life.” That does NOT make him any less an apple fan nor an authority on Android nor a “Droid blogger” — nearly all his [opinion] articles promote iOS and slam Android.

        Maybe, you need to look into the topic a little and get your own logic and facts straight.

        He’s a long time apple fan that used Android because Verizon didn’t have the iPhone. . . that’s all there is to it. His opinion is nothing more than any other apple fan’s opinion about iOS Vs Android.

        • Jeremy Taco Patterson

          Well silly me, reading the title of the article and the content of the article and not researching the life history or the subject of the article himself.

          If only I had the time to not have a life…

          • NeedName

            IF only you weren’t reading an article taking things out of context. . . as so often apple/ios fan sites do in their need to make apple/ios appear to be “the best” — this is the writer’s fault for not giving this article proper context and misleading people with the “Android blogger” blurb — the only reason I bothered to comment on this article in the first place.

        • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

          Actually I originally wanted to switch from Windows Mobile to webOS. I had a Touch Pro 2 that had been replaced several times and I tried to get a Pre Plus, but Verizon wouldn’t let me switch to that, so I picked the Droid Eris. From there I went to the Droid, to the Droid Incredible, to the Droid 2. After the D2 I made the switch to iOS. I used Android because I liked it and I thought it was better than iOS. I still use both and I think both operating systems have a lot going for them. iOS just works best for me personally.

  • bdone

    funny you should want something more complex(e), when all you need is a decent spellchecker. jk. also funny for me to see people that think android is more complex and cooler than ios. i challenge anyone to describe a feature that a rooted android can do, that i can’t do with my iphone (jailbroken). i either already can, or i can dl something similar, but better from cydia in less than 3 minutes.
    bottom line…the apps on apple are taylored for the device, they look better, and if you debug your jailbreak to get rid of tweaks that were written incorrectly and suck down your battery, and all your ram, then they run better than android too. it’s hard for people to find the balance between more functionality of the jailbreak tweaks, and the stability of the ios (basic) and that is precisely why apple locks it down and why lots of people i jailbreak, end up just going back to basic ios. apple locks the ios because they don’t want to support a bunch of shit that they didn’t approve and that sometimes run away with resources due to bad programming. if i really like a tweak, i will try to point out the errors to developers using twitter, so they can fix, and i can upgrade in cydia. in order to jailbreak correctly, you have to spend a lot of time to get the phone debugged or stable again. people tell me that they have never seen a jailbroken iphone run so good. i use pkgbackup to keep my settings in case i need to semi-restore and fix something major. i have had iphone since day one of 3g and have had the 3gs,4,and now 5. unlimited data ATT whoop! so yall have fun with your wannabe smartphones, and i will continue to support a vertically expandable marketplace with tight hardware/software integration and a whole lot more valuable market share.

  • turk23

    well considering i’ve been a long time iphone user and supporter……id have to agree!!!!!!!