Barring some monumental announcement at WWDC (Apple’s developer conference) this year, I will be ordering the next version of the Moto X. The biggest reason I am switching is because I am tired of waiting for Apple to do innovative things with iOS. iOS just isn’t innovating in the areas I want it to and because it is so locked down, I can’t change that. Apple seems to fight against its customers and then, when it caves to customer demand, it hides and obscures features. I’m referring specifically to widgets only being allowed in the Notification Center. Widgets could be hugely beneficial to users but hiding them in NC means they have to go out of their way to use them. Worse than that is its treatment of developers pushing what is possible with iOS. Launcher was an NC widget that launched other apps which was pulled because Apple didn’t want to make a rule outlawing the functionality but wanted to send a message to developers to stop submitting those types of apps. Launcher recently relaunched but the developer spent 6 months fighting rather than developing his app. Frankly, I’m tired of being stuck in an ecosystem that developers have to use convoluted workarounds, and pray their apps won’t be rejected, if they want to do “out of the box” things. The more I read about Apple’s relationship with 3rd party developers, the more I don’t want to build iOS apps. Apple isn’t just letting its core rot, it’s actually spraying pesticide.
The Freedom Of Android
Android is the bastion of freedom that I am looking for. Where a developer can make the type of apps that I want to use. Where I can do what I want with my apps and not worry about innovative ones being pulled from the App Store. I am not saying Android is perfect but it suits my needs more and more every day. (Plus I like their “Material Design” aesthetic far more than what Apple is doing.)
Why I Am Going With Moto X
The Moto X is the most innovative Android phone. It listens for my voice at all times, ready to respond to my commands. This may not seem like a huge deal but it is something I wish my iPhone had everyday. It runs practically stock Android. It is beautiful.
It’s as simple as that.
The iPhone is great for a lot of people, it just isn’t great for me anymore. I don’t like the limitations, I don’t like how they treat developers and I don’t like the direction they seem to be heading with their software. I could keep waiting for the features that I want but I will spend years waiting for things already available on Android. It just doesn’t make sense anymore to wait. There are things I will miss dearly, Touch ID in particular, but I will deal with it. Moto X here I come.