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The switcharoo... For better or worse

posted Sep 12, 2012, 3:54 AM by Tom Otomanski   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 8:46 AM ]
So for those few of you in the know will be aware that I've decided to make a switch to the Android OS for my new Smartphone contract for the next 2 years.

After coming to this decision the next choice was which phone to pick. I eventually went with the Samsung Galaxy S3. It's probably the most fully featured Smartphone available on the market at the moment (Providing Apple pulls out a hail mary device this evening with it's iPhone 5 announcement).

The reason for switching is simple. While I can't fault Apple for designing a very intuitive mobile OS that's easy to use, I'm a hacker and tinker at heart. I like to be able to change the look and feel of my devices and unfortunately iOS 6 is doing nothing to update it's UI to make it more appealing to me, the iPhone 5 will not sway me from my decision either. This choice was not made on the basis of which device has better hardware, but more on which device will allow me to do more.

I've been getting hounded by the Apple fanboys regularly since making this decision and they have a point. I am leaving a well designed eco-system that has major support by developers, and they'll make more than the $1 billion from Samsung for patent infringements, etc. But, at the end of the day, the "new iPhone" and iOS 6 won't let me do what I want with my device.

So I'll be charting my transition to Android as much as possible so you can take this journey with me! ;)

P.S: I still have my iPhone 4 running which means I'll still be keeping in touch with the iOS world.