I’ve got a new phone in my life… my Droid Razr Maxx arrived last week and I’m pretty much in love. I’m saving that review for another day, though. Today I wanted to answer a question I’ve heard more than once. Why didn’t you choose an iPhone? If you’re trying to choose a phone, I’ve got a few reasons to consider choosing an Android based phone, or a Windows 7 phone, over the iPhone (iOS).
Before I get started, I want to say this… the iPhone is a great phone and many, many people love theirs. But just because a phone is popular doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for everyone. Here’s why an Android phone was a better choice for me. Many of these apply to Windows 7 phones as well.
- No Apple ecosystem. Apple products are known for being "easy," but that’s partly because they only play nicely with each other. That’s changing, but I didn’t want to be locked into the Apple ecosystem.
- Options. I wanted to choose the phone that had the best features for my lifestyle and I’m stubborn enough that I don’t like it when other people try to prescribe those for me.
- Larger screen. Yeah, I wanted a bigger screen than the iPhone has and many of the Android/Windows 7 options have them.
- A back button. This may sound like a small thing, but it’s one of my biggest pet peeves about Apple mobile products. There is no way to go back. I don’t know why, but it drives me crazy on my iPad.
- SWYPE. Ok, I actually wanted a hard keyboard, but you end up trading off other specs and I wasn’t willing to do that. SWYPE allows you to "type" by swiping a finger over the on-screen keyboard. Very cool.
- Google Maps with turn-by-turn voice directions. Built in. Siri is a cool trick, but Android phones had voice recognition for a year or more before it came along. I say, "Navigate to Target" (or wherever) and my phone finds the closest target and proceeds to navigate me there using verbal directions. I love that. I have a completely up-to-date GPS with me wherever I go. It even has a traffic overlay.
- Free apps. I get a free Android app every day from Amazon. Some of them have turned out to be my favorite apps on my device.
There are a number of reasons why I specifically chose the Droid Razr Maxx, but since many are specific to the phone (or the brand), I’ll save those for that review and just think of them as "options." I hope that if you’re thinking of buying a new phone, this can help you decide which way you want to go. These things are important to me, but they may not be for you.