A few months ago, I had an upgrade. Okay I stole Andy’s upgrade.
But, my iPhone 4S was a hot mess. It wouldn’t update, it wouldn’t upload to cloud, and it generally hated my guts. So, I could go get another one of those…. orrrr I could get one of those fancy-schmancy Samsung Galaxy S3’s that’s gotten all those OMG IT’S BETTER THAN ALL THE “I” THINGS IN THE WORLD reviews.
So, I got one. A white one. 32gb.
Oh my God guys, it was so pretty. It was big and bright and fast and smart. I loved him.
See, I had a Droid X a few years back, before switching over to the iPhone, so the Android platform wasn’t entirely foreign to me. In fact, I remember when I first made the switch over to an iPhone, I cursed it’s existence for an entire week before it became a necessary appendage.
Weeks flew by, and some of the growing pains that come with owning a new phone didn’t entirely pass. Namely. THE FUCKING GALAXY KEYBOARD. God, it was horrific. The autocorrect was belligerent (Yes, I shut it off). And Swype? Yeah yeah, I downloaded Swype beta, I did all the right things, never in my life was something so un-user friendly (Yes, I shut that off, too). I tried tons of other keyboard apps, I even downloaded a $5 iPhone keyboard, and while that was the most lucid of the bunch, it was still an irritating endeavor.
I loved the phone…you know…until I had to type coherent words on it. So, I did the most rational thing ever, had my 4S fixed, cleaned off and updated, and spent a week using both phones.
And now, I’ve decided to lay out a pros and cons list of each, in a completely uneducated, non-tech savvy fashion. More like, I own a phone and I want it to magically do shit the way God intended.
Pros: It’s an iPhone, everyone has one. Great camera, great apps, tons of phone cover options. Flows seamlessly in our household network of iPhones and iPads. It’s familiar. Free messaging between iPhones, plus group messaging which I happen to use a lot.
Cons: Small and heavy. Sure, the iPhone 5 is longer, but who the hell wants a longer phone? Facebook runs like shit. You can’t get more storage, and the higher storage phones are out of my Taco Bell price range, plus I don’t like that you can’t take the battery out.
Pros: Very light and thin. Amazing screen, bright and awesome. Lots of phone color options. Hands down, this sucker is pretty, and super fast. You can do the whole phone bump to transfer files thing, but no one I knew had one… so I never got to do it. The screen layout is more customizable, making your phone more personal. The app store is catching up to Apple, so a lot of my favorites were available to me.
Cons: Obviously, the whole keyboard/Swype situation, and before Android lovers get upset, word on the street is it’s an entirely different version of Swype than featured on past phones, aka, way more assy. Battery drainage? HUGE ISSUE. This thing sucks battery. It has the forward/backward camera thing like an iPhone, but it felt like the Galaxy pictures weren’t as crisp. The Galaxy self updates, and does this fun thing where when it turns itself back on, it restores some default settings… like the keyboard. No more free iPhone to iPhone messaging, which I learned the hard way after going over my text limit for the first time ever last month. Apparently all my friends own iPhones.
So, it’s been a week, and I adore different things about both phones, honestly, it’s a first world problem, and both of them are bad ass, but what did I end up using? My iPhone 4S. Familiarity, ease and free texting wins out…. for now.