Why my next phone will be the next iPhone

Why my next phone will be the next iPhone

Summary: I thought it was time to drop Android and go with a Windows Phone. My thoughts have changed and my next phone will be the new iPhone when it is available. What hasn’t changed is that I will indeed drop Android.

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When it comes to gadget purchases I can be an impulsive guy. I see one that catches my eye and I am prone to buy it without hesitation. That's a big reason why I have too many of them.

Given my history, it's telling that I still haven't acted on an impulse I had a while back to ditch my Android phone and go to a Windows Phone. Phones running Microsoft's OS are different from anything out there and my feeling was that it would be a refreshing change over Android.

See also: Smartphone doldrums: Time to go Windows Phone

So why haven't I traded my old Android phone in for a new Windows Phone? Several reasons have held me back.

First of all, I can't get past the possible lack of apps for Windows Phone. All the apps I need may very well be in the Microsoft Store, but I don't want to do a lot of research to find out. I don't need to do that with the iPhone or Android; they have everything I could possibly want.

I regularly see Windows Phone users on social media wishing that one app or another was available on the platform. After a lot of thought I've decided I have no desire to play the wish game.

The second reason that I am passing on Windows Phone is because it is its own little island in the Microsoft sea. The platform is totally separate from Windows 8.1 for all intents and purposes. The apps are completely separate on the two platforms and devices running them don't directly link up. They're similar but separate.

Lastly, I am firmly entrenched in the Google system for email and other stuff. That's what kept me in the Android camp for so long. But the fact is, Google is supporting its services very well on iOS, and I use them heavily on the iPad. The same should hold true for the iPhone.

Google and Microsoft are not the best of friends, and the former is not producing apps optimized for Windows Phone. Google may be petty in its refusal, but it is what it is. That makes Windows Phone less attractive the more I think about it.

This thought process leads me to wait for the next iPhone, the iPhone 6 or whatever it will be called. I've waited this long to switch phones so I may as well wait until the fall when Apple should spring the next iPhone.

I own an iPad so I can leverage most apps I've purchased. Many have one version that fits both iPad and iPhone so I'm covered.

Most importantly to me, when iOS 8 arrives around the same time as the new iPhone, it will link to the iPad. I'll be able to answer calls on the iPad if that's what I'm using (like now), while leaving the iPhone in the pocket or gear bag. That is a very big deal to me, and it's pushed me over the edge to go iPhone.

Windows Phone is fine, it's maturing nicely for such a short history. But it's not there yet and I'm not going to compromise my user experience. I want to get a new phone and just start using it fully. No researching to see if this is available, or if it can do that. Maybe in the future when Windows Phone has everything the other mobile platforms have. Maybe.

Update: To Microsoft's credit, they announced "universal apps" at the BUILD conference this year. These apps are intended to run on both Windows Phone and Windows, making it easier for developers to cover both platforms with a single effort.

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley has the scoop on universal apps and while it is exciting, the reality is it is not here yet. While some apps are rolling out, it's likely we won't see many for a while. Eventually, Microsoft intends that all apps be universal, but unfortunately we probably won't see a lot of consistent activity in the timeframe of my purchase decision.

Topics: Mobility, iPhone, Smartphones, Windows Phone

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  • Hmmmm

    Do you really believe anyone cares what OS or phone you've chosen to use? I liken these kinds of proclamations to those made by liars professing their innocence.
    cj100570@...
    • Angry?

      Try not to be too upset by this article.

      People choose a platform that works for them, and usually stick to that for all devices so that everything works together well.

      I take it from your intense comment that you have settled on another platform. That's fine. To each, their own.

      But one point about the Microsoft ecosystem that James Kendrick made about Windows Phone is true: "The platform is totally separate from Windows 8.1 for all intents and purposes."

      It is odd that Apps that run on a Windows Phone can't run on a Windows tablet (and vice versa). This inability to share apps (many of which you may have paid for) between phones and tablets is a reason for most people not to get into this platform.
      Harvey Lubin
      • App work on WPS and Windows 8.1

        I have installed several apps that work on the tablet as well s the phone. I paid for a RDP app years ago on WP7 that still works on my tablet and my phone. The issue is more that the developers are not supporting multi platform, not the store. Also they are probably not updating their apps because of lack of revenue. The lack of revenue is not caused by a lack of customers, its because the stock phone has just about everything you need. I have very few external apps on my nokia and most are specific to an application like OnStar or the everyday web portal apps to banks and whatnot. The gadget apps that everyone installs on IOS and Droid are mostly present when you but the WP phone. One Note, Skydrive, Scout, Drive, photo apps, etc are all provided by nokia or MS.
        wparsonjr@...
      • Why Angry?

        Why would you think the original poster was angry? Personally, I agree with the sentiment that these types of "stories" are rather stupid. Do you honestly care which platform James Kendrick or any other tech writer happens to be switching to this year? Honestly, who cares? These stories are filled with notions of self-importance that just doesn't hold true.

        Further, this is obviously a game... this year, the drama is all about dumping Android and moving to the iPhone. Next year, the drama is about dumping the iPhone and moving to .... whatever. It's all about getting page hits and for a topic that nobody cares about. iPhones are great, but the personal endorsement of James Kendrick or any tech pundit is meaningless for me.
        techconc
    • It might be better

      if you demonstrated your lack of caring by not commenting because nobody cares that you don't care.
      GrumpyOldMan
    • At least JK admits its a personal preferance.

      And he states his reasons why. I think that is at least commendable compared to some of the commentary that some writers give as to their reason for purchasing brand "A" and not brand "B" is because brand A is wonderful and brand B is junk.

      On the other hand I am more than slightly amazed at the fact that we have IT writers here who have found that their worry about WP8 apps is significant enough to prevent them from making the jump. As he points out, I can see how some who love to social network find they cannot get a specific app that makes the world go round for them is an upset, Im just shocked that we have gotten to a place where an only slightly restrictive app library for a cell phone would prevent someone from purchasing it.

      It seems so odd. How much important computing does the average person do on a cell phone? I can tell you as a fact that when it comes to social networking I do see lots of sub 20 year olds, and up into some in their lower 20's that do seem to be doing an awful lot of social networking, but onnce we get past that, everyone I know has a smartphone, dozens that I am around all day, and many more than that I see and speak with frequently throughout most weeks, and even more who I see from time to time. But not a single one seems to talk about their "apps" and what they have and "whats missing".

      Sometimes its like their are two different Earths. One, here on ZDNet, and probably to some degree on other IT websites, and then the rest of the world. Sure, there are quite a few tech heads these days, but seriously, not so many as to tilt the scales in any new way between the IT savvy, who are still in the minority, and the Mr. and Ms. Joe Averages who get by with knowing what "should happen" when they press a particular button on a particular device; and then hope it does happen because they don't know what to do next if it doesn't.

      The Mr. and Ms. Joe Averages seem to rely on just a few main apps, then sometimes some games, and a few here and there have some app for their phone that provides some assistance for them on the job sometimes. I just don't hear people saying "look at this cool app I downloaded, see what it does!!" Except...and far more frequently, from my tech minded friends. But as I have said, out of all the people I know quite well, which is more than I could count, only a relatively small percentage is significantly "tech savvy" and its only those who seem to think closely like most of us on ZDNet.

      I myself did have an iPhone for almost 3 years. Great phone, I loved it, and if its what JK really wants I would be pretty hard pressed to talk him out of it. I know there are those out there who might hate iPhones, I don't know why as they are a pretty slick device.

      But I swapped out when I upgraded to a Windows phone. After doing some looking, monkeying around with a couple, I found it rather irresistible. So easy to use, and versatile. It was very much like, although Apple always promotes how user friendly their devices are, the WP8 just literally kicked iOS to the curb on that count.

      Less apps? Maybe, sure, I didn't count but it admittedly does seem that way and all facts as I understand it shows there are fewer WP8 apps by a significant margin than for iPhone. I see no quarrel with that point. But how important is that to the average user, and I mean for REAL important, not just optically important, but really affects the usability of their smartphone so significantly in some negative way that it outweighs other advantages, if they exist, of a Windows phone?

      Quite frankly, while I can understand James point in so far as James himself and his choices go, I always wonder every time I hear all these "most apps" arguments about why you should buy one smartphone over another, I also watch too many people struggle with their Android or even an iPhone at times to get it to do what they know its supposed to do, and I marvel at the ease with which I use my WP8.

      I just know that apps as a deal breaker dosnt make sense for most users. Almost everyone I know that has an iPhone now, the deal breaker for switching brands is not reliant on the fact that iOS has an endless supply of apps. Its just that for most iPhone users I know, switching at all is a deal breaker if it means its a switch to something that's NOT an iPhone.

      I don't think that's a smart way to purchase anything that's not cheap, is going to require some level of commitment and your going to use a lot. Brand loyalty is still where its at for most iPhone users.

      But, I refuse to say that when someone chooses an iPhone its a bad choice, because that just isn't true at all in my experience.

      But, in my "opinion" its just not the best choice over all, perhaps unless you just cant get by without some of those social networking apps that WP8 dosnt have yet.

      Its a real shame about some deal breakers.
      Cayble
    • Yes people DO care what OS he's cjose

      If you doubt that, then look below at all the anti-MS and anti-Apple posters throwing down all kinds of accusations and excuses against James's choice... :)
      William.Farrel
    • Really?

      Do you think anyone cares about yours? We came here to read his. We read yours just from some bad luck.
      melgross
    • Nonsense

      What the heck do you think this website is for? This is exactly what tech news sites do. Expose people to their choices. That you can't deal with the fact that someone might actually make the choice he did is extremely clear - and telling.
      ewelch
  • Interestingly MS says threshold/W9 will run on lumia phones

    And of course universal apps on in the pipeline now. Just a thought before you sink more money into the apple ecosystem...
    Johnny Vegas
    • Devil's in the details

      "in the pipeline"
      JamesKendrick
      • phone and tablet convergence?

        Padfone infinity
        you don't need to remote link your phone or sidesync from your tablet. Your tablet IS your phone!
        Phone calls and SMS on your tablet? Padfone
        1 SIM card, 1 dataplan? Padfone
        Whatsapp or Line app on your tablet? Padfone
        no data sync and zero bandwidth syncing? Padfone
        tablet camera just as good as a premium phone? Padfone
        charge your phone with your tablet? Padfone
        like carrying a tablet but not also your phone around the house? Padfone
        warboat
    • Well...

      It looks like Mr. Kendrick would rather run different apps on iOS and OSX then with the Windows ecosystem :) Although I agree that the Windows environment isn't there yet, it is much closer than either the Apple or Google ecosystems are. Apparently Mr. Kendrick feels it will take longer than 2 years (2 year contract) for Microsoft to get there. I believe it will be sooner, hence Mr. Kendrick may be wasting a year with a phone/tablet that only runs prorpietary iOS apps and that's it. Certainly nothing wrong with this, but his main issue with the Windows ecosystem may be a distant memory by the midpoint of using his new iPhone.
      BruinB88
      • Heh!

        You "believe". All that means is that you don't know. Also, apps on Windows Phone are considered to be inferior. Just read any review of them, or the phone system overall, and you will see that.

        So not only are there fewer apps, but on average, they're not as good.

        And since the marketshare is dropping (China's went from 3% a year ago to .6% now, and from 4.7 to 3.2% in N. America, and is dropping in the EU as well), the question is whether developers will want to put as much effort into this in the future. And remember that Microsoft is having to pay developers to write apps for them, never a good sign.
        melgross
  • Hmmm

    This actually reads like a 2 years old article. I had to check the date to see I'm not traveling back in time.
    mikosoft83
    • Dear Mr Kendrick

      ditch the ipad, get a Note 10.1 2014.
      ditch the note2, get Note 3.
      welcome to 2014
      warboat
  • You spent time researching apps available on the iPhone screen format?

    What ... you spent time researching apps available on the iPhone screen format?

    "I own an iPad so I can leverage most apps I've purchased. Many have one version that fits both iPad and iPhone so I'm covered."

    I'm shocked at this biased inconsistency! :-)

    I sense yet another 'epiphany' in the future... lord only knows about what.
    greywolf7
    • He didn't say he spent time researching the screen format.

      Greywolf7, anytime the author of this article paid for a universal version of an app for his iPad, the fact that no dedicated iPad version existed would have been unavoidable. So for those apps, he already knows the version he paid for will run on his iPhone without having to pay for it again. No research necessary.
      OhPlease987
  • What a shame....

    "All the apps I need may very well be in the Microsoft Store, but I don't want to do a lot of research to find out."

    - Lot of research to find apps? Bahahahaha... the lamest exuse I have heard in a long time..


    Time to ditch Google 'ecosystem', except YouTube there is nothing worth to use Google...
    Owl:Net
  • Your job is a zdnet monkey

    shouldn't you own all current phones and not write dopey articles like this?
    everss02