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10 things I miss about my iPhone now that I'm on Android
Last week, I went mano-a-trollo discussing the 25 things my new Android phone does that makes my iPhone feel like it comes from the 1990s. The article stemmed from my recent move off of my aging iPhone 4S to a new Samsung Galaxy S4.
There are, in fact, many things the Android phone does that make my iPhone feel old. However, we're all about full disclosure here on DIY-IT, and so in all honesty, I have to tell you that there are some things I do miss about my iPhone.
That's what this article is about.
Image courtesy David Gewirtz.
1. Too much crapware
While it's true that the iPhone comes with it's own crapware (the Newsstand icon that you can't even put in a folder comes to mind), there's no comparison to the rather considerable amount of can't-delete crapware that comes with the Android phone. I'm not even talking about all the Google Play apps. Do we really need Play Books, Play Magazines, Play Movies & TV, Play Music, and Play Store?
Oh, no. I'm talking about the crap Verizon and Samsung added. Apple has managed to keep the carriers' garbage off their phones, but when it comes to Android, you get a never-ending stream of junk. You also get a pile of upsells, like NFL Mobile and Caller Name ID (which is caller ID, but costs an extra $5 for names).
Image courtesy the crap loaded on my phone by the carrier and the manufacturer.
Every iPhone looks and works the same. Yes, it's true you can't customize the launcher, but you can't customize the launcher. That means when your mom calls with a question about how to use her iPhone, you can answer knowing her phone works exactly like yours does.
When it comes to Android, there are a bunch of different candy coated names (Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb), and even different launchers, not just dependent on which phone maker you have, but also those you might add on your own. It gives a ton of freedom, but it's sure not the best for predictability.
Personally, I still like tweaking my new Android, but there is something to be said for consistency of home screens.
Image courtesy my same-ol-same-ol iPhone.