Switching Back

I switched from an iPhone to a Pixel about 3 years ago. I did it partly because of work requirements, but also because I wanted to experience what life is like outside of Apple’s App Store/iCloud ecosystem. I was perfectly cognisant of how it was all designed to be very sticky for the user, making it hard to leave or live without, for as long as you’re using the hardware.

Just last week, for reasons I won’t get into, I was mildly frustrated with the Android experience, while coincidentally, Apple made the keynote announcements with the new iPhone 13.

I must say, I was very very tempted to switch back, with full knowledge of what I would be getting myself into. Instead, I found my old iPhone X, dusted it off, booted it up and updated the OS and all the apps.

I missed the level of polish seen in the native iOS apps, as well as the third party apps which I used to love. I scrolled through the old iMessages and photos and it felt like getting reacquainted with an old friend. I mean, this piece of hardware is almost 5 years old but it’s still working very well.

But after a few days, I powered down the iPhone and went back to my Pixel 5. It was fun for a couple of days, like a summer fling with an ex-lover but I’m not ready to commit yet. For me, the equation is simple – for as long as I don’t have to pay for my own phone, I will not spend a cent on a mobile device until I have to. I’m lucky to be given the latest devices for work, so I should just count my blessings – a dollar unspent is a dollar saved. The day will come when I will have to buy my own phone and the decision then will be easier to make.


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