My first smartphone many years ago was an HTC Evo Shift. That was the one that had a full keyboard tucked into the back that you slid out. I clearly remember "needing" to have that keyboard. My previous phone prior the Evo Shift was a Kyocera that had that full keyboard and I wasn't ready yet to make the transition to the digital keyboard. My wife also had the Evo, but she made the jump to the digital keyboard before me. After a couple of years with the Evo Shift and the Android platform, I made the transition to the iPhone 4. Over the past 6 years, I have gone from the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone 6, thinking that I was going to be an iPhone guy for life.
Over the course of the past few months, I started considering switching over to the Google Pixel. I had heard a lot of great things about it, plus since my life is so incredibly centered around Google apps, I figured it would make a lot of sense to use a device built by the same company whose products dictate my day to day business. My hesitation came from my several years' relationship with Apple and the App Store, my iTunes account that is chock full of music (plus my apps, podcasts, videos, etc.), and my general familiarity and expertise in the iOS platform; learning the Android platform all over again did not sound too appealing. Then the iPhone 8 and iPhone X came out, further twisting my thoughts further regarding a new phone. Ultimately, my decision was to wait since my iPhone 6 was still in good shape and paid off.
Things change when capitalism takes over in late November. Every company and corporation tries to lure people in to buy their stuff during the holiday season and cell phone companies are no different. On Thanksgiving Day between the food and family, I perused the different stores deals on phones, finding that the Pixel 2 was going to be 50% off on Black Friday! iPhones were also going to have deals, but more to the "buy it for full price, get an iPad for $99," which is still a great deal, but I wasn't interested in a $1000+ phone (I wanted at least the 128GB, if not the 256GB), plus dropping another $99 for the iPad, not to mention all of the accessories that you need to get when you buy a new device, such as car chargers, screen protectors, cases, and the like. So it was back to the "what are the advantages and disadvantages of switching to the Pixel 2 and the Android platform?" Ultimately, I decided that the pros outweighed the cons and the deal on the Pixel 2 was too good to let pass, so Friday afternoon, I sauntered into the Verizon store and made the switch from iPhone to Google.
My impression thus far is that I couldn't be happier! There isn't anything about the iPhone that I am missing thus far, but there are many things regarding the Pixel 2 that I am loving in comparison to the iPhone.
|I have to have my music!|
|Nice shot of the Wolf Pack rolling out the|
Fremont Cannon after their 23-17 victory
|The beautiful Sierra Nevada while rolling down US 395, somewhere south of Mammoth Lakes|
When I turned on the phone for the first time, I dreaded the thought of having to go through my old iPhone and find all of my apps in Google Play and download them individually. Once again, I was blown away when all I had to do is plug my Pixel 2 into the iPhone, run a scan of it, and Google Play downloaded and installed the apps that I had on my iPhone as long as they were available in Google Play! So far, out of well over 100 apps that my phone found, I have only had to download two apps that didn't make it through the scan. Maybe it is because my iPhone was a couple of years old, but I find the apps to run more smoothly and download more quickly on the Pixel 2. I also like that on my apps' notifications, you can perform actions a lot quicker without having to open the app. Many apps like Twitter allow you to do so on the iPhone, but I don't recall seeing that option on Voxer, for example. And then one of the greatest things I have discovered, and maybe it's available on iPhone and I didn't figure it out, but the split screen on the Pixel 2 that allows you to open two apps and VIEW THEM BOTH at the SAME TIME! No more bouncing between apps when trying to work with multiple apps!
If you are considering a new phone, I cannot say enough good things about the Google Pixel 2. I cannot knock iPhone, especially the iPhone 7, 8, X, and variations of each model; they are all high-quality devices. But for the money, ease of use, and cool little tricks that the Pixel 2 can do, I am very happy with my decision to switch.
Until next time...