At some point in his lengthy, three-part article at TechHive on why he switched from the iPhone to Android, Andy Ihnatko says, “This isn’t the story of why Android is Way Totally So Much Better Than iOS. This is the story of this one dude who switched phones. Andy Ihnatko moving to Android isn’t a pivotal moment in the history of mobile computing.” No, it’s not, but Andy’s piece is still an utterly rational, carefully presented, well argued, and nicely supported explanation of how Android is legitimate competition for the iPhone, even for serious users. That’s a good thing — strong competition is the rising tide that floats all seaworthy boats.follow link
Springy Dock Tricks
If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.
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Andy Ihnatko Switches to Android
"The Galaxy S III's screen has roughly the same pixel density as the iPhone 5 (they're both greater than 300 ppi). . . A movie or video is large enough that I feel as though I'm seeing all of the rich HD detail I was meant to see."
You guys need to get away from those phone and visit a movie theater. Or maybe visit the Grand Canyon - the real one, not the virtual one.
I would also add that I don't want to run Android because I do not want to spend time worrying if something as critical to my life as my iPhone might have malware on it or if I should run anti-virus software, or if I need to manually manage running apps.
And I look at this as similar to the decision in the 80's over Mac versus DOS and in the 90s of Mac versus Win95/98. Do I want to work ON my computer, or do I want to get work DONE on my computer. Every time I have to tinker with something, that is time I'm not doing something productive. I spend enough time not being productive already.
In the end, reliability is less interesting to me than the productivity boost of using my system. Reliably unproductive is not a help, and I'm willing to tinker with my systems on occasion to boost my productivity when they are functioning properly.
But I am not willing to give up the reliability and security of iOS. So I will wait and hope that some of those things get added.
The other thing, of course, is that I do not want to buy many hundreds of dollars for Android that I already own for iOS. This may not be that much of an issue for Andy, but it is for me.