This interview was conducted with a lifelong iOS User who wanted to experience Android because iOS was getting a bit dull, so I loaned him my now 1 year old Nexus 4 and he gave it a try for about 30 days. +Micah Komp is one of my best friends and this interview was conducted at my home. I in no way influenced or assisted Mr. Komp during this experiment though I would check-in with him every other day to see how he was doing. Objectively, I can attest to the fact that he really had a tough time deciding if he should switch or not which was quite surprising to me given the stereotypes of some iOS users. The purpose of this interview is to attempt to bridge the gap and articulate what goes through the mind of a consumer before switching from one OS to the other. I hope this interview helps those who are on the fence make a choice and enlighten the blindly hardcore that things are not as far apart as they seem.
So before we begin this interview I just wanted to lay some things out for our readers and get through some of my newly acquired legal knowledge based off certain events that have taken place over the past couple weeks. This will prevent us here at The Droid Effect and you from being sued, or at least I hope so.
After doing some research and using very credible sources like Reddit, Wikipedia and various blogs; I thought I would open with you raising your right hand and me swearing you in. So repeat after me. I Micah Komp.
Micah: I Micah Komp
Do solemnly swear.
Micah: Do solemnly, really?
To not say a word that describes a sugar coated treat that all children love and rhymes with the name “Andy” but begins with the letter “C”.
Micah: *laughs* Kay
I will also, not mention the name of a certain company that may sue us whose name refers to the leader of a monarchy, or rhymes with “Ping” but begins with the letter “K”.
Responding with “Kay” might be a little close to saying that the name. Let’s just try to avoid that letter all together. Ok, according to my research we are all covered. Lets start the interview.
1. Tell me a bit about your history with iOS. What was your first iOS phone? What turned you on to iOS instead of Android all those years ago?
Micah: First phone was the iPhone 4s, primary reason for going with the 4s was that I had an iPad prior to owning a 4s. The iPad was my first Apple product since the Apple 2E I used in elementary school so that kind of shows how tech savvy I am. I used my iPad for my commute because there was really nothing else on the market at the time and it got me through my day. So when I went to buy a phone I already had an experience with iOS and it was good. So I just decided to get an iPhone. I really didn’t think about it. I thought, “Hey, the iPhone works the same as the iPad ok I’ll pick that up”. Plus I had already purchased apps through the App Store so it was an “on a whim” type decision.
2. Would you classify yourself as an “iOS Enthusiast” or “The Average Joe” type of user?
Micah: Somewhere in the middle. I’m like a football fan that never goes to any games. I find technology fascinating because it’s the thing of our time. My extent of following Apple usually revolves around their conferences when they are going to release something but that’s about it.
3. What do you see as the positives of being an iOS user?
Micah: The biggest positive that I like about iOS is that I’m comfortable with it. It’s the first and only smartphone I’ve ever had; I’ve grown up using it. I have learned how it links to my computer, which is an iMac and how that links to my Apple TV. I’ve also learned little things about my iMac along the way. Like how to digitize my movie library and use iTunes via Air Play or Air Video from my iPad or iPhone to send media to my Apple TV. So now my entire home is based on Apple and I live in that ecosystem. I no longer use DVD’s or CD’s because all of my media is on iTunes.
So it’s the integration?
Micah: Well, what I said was just an example but yes. When they pushed out Mavericks or Lion they really pushed out further integration between their computers and their mobile devices. So now when I check my email or calendar everything syncs up via the cloud. So it goes back to how much you have invested in that ecosystem. I consider myself fairly committed, so that may play into my difficulty switching. I would have to figure out all this stuff again if I went to Android.
4. What do you see as the negatives of being and iOS user?
Micah: I think the biggest thing is that I’m just getting bored with it. When iOS7 came out, I thought it would have some big changes and features and it just didn’t deliver. That’s not to say iOS7 it’s bad, it’s ok. But it’s not great. When I look at what my previous iPhones compared to my 5S all I can physically see different is that my screen is 5cm’s larger, I got a fingerprint scanner and another row of apps for $800. I mean sure it got faster, but in my daily experience I just don’t see the advertised difference. It operates the same on all my devices so what’s the difference? I understand they upgraded things, but the daily experience from the 4s to the 5s just wasn’t worth the money in my opinion. I just was not impressed with the experience for the cost.
5. Is there an iOS feature that you can’t live without? Which One?
Micah: The Phone. *laughs* If there is one feature I couldn’t live without it’s making phone calls. But aside from that, if there is one thing about iOS. When comparing it to Android, it’s the integration. Apple has the iMac and Apple TV. Those things have become part of my lifestyle, and since Android doesn’t integrate with these things I find myself enjoying iOS more because of this. But other than that its nothing, if my fingerprint scanner stopped working I wouldn’t be like “Oh my god, my life is over”. But if the integration wasn’t there with devices I already own, it would be easier for me to switch.
6. If you could improve one thing about iOS overall what would it be?
Micah: So after playing around with Android and its widgets, the one-dimensional nature of iOS began to really show. Call it the “Customization” of Android or whatever but I enjoyed it. But that customization has a dark side as well, things are layered deeply and are not as easy to find as they are in iOS but I digress. I would say Apple really needs to take the homescreen area and allow the user to add a couple of things, similar to Android with Widgets I think that would be a big plus.
7. When you are shopping for your next smartphone. What characteristics are you looking for in that device? Which of those characteristics are more important to you?
Micah: What I’m looking for is going be significant improvements to what I already have. I feel a little bamboozled by my jump from the 4s to the 5s. I feel like the market has peaked so I’m content because there is nothing out there that has impressed me. Nothing that has “Wowed me”. I think they did a great job marketing the 5s cause I bought one, but once I got over the new phone feel I realized it was basically the same.
8. I was at this point in the interview that took it upon myself to show him some of the features of the Moto X, Touchless Controls and others. He had already seen my Nexus 5 so he was familiar with that device as well.
Micah: So my response to that is. How does that improve my life? It just means I don’t have to touch my phone, but it’s the same capability and it’s slightly creepy cause my phone “Google” is always listening to me. I think that’s a novelty thing, but it’s not a game changer. It’s cool, but not game changing. I could put my Bluetooth on, hit a button and activate Siri through my speaker. I’m not sure what the game-changing thing is, but I think I will know it when I see it. I would equate it to the self-driving car that will completely change how we interact with our vehicles. The iPhone did that for cell phones and I am waiting for something that will do that again.
9. Do you have one feature about a smartphone that you will not compromise on, regardless of how great the smartphone is overall? If so which? And why?
Micah: I would say up until I used android it would have to be that it had to be an Apple product. But now that I’ve played around with Android it’s opened my eyes more and I no longer hold that opinion. I think after using Android the one thing I wouldn’t compromise on is battery life. A phone has to have great battery life. My 5s doesn’t have great battery life and this is something that I think a phone absolutely needs. This is a such a hard question because all the phones today are similar. If I pick a Nexus or the Moto I’m not compromising anything to an iPhone, it’s all very similar. But if it’s a Blackberry like the one we use for work then we have all types of compromises.
That is intended to be a factual statement!
10. Ok, so now lets do some rapid-fire response. Ready?
a. Form (Looks) or Function? Form
b. Aluminum or Plastic? Aluminum
c. Android or iOS? iOS
d. 4 inch screen or larger? It’s not the size that counts it’s how you use it.
e. IPS or AMOLED? WTF?
f. Pure or Skinned? Sure?
g. Rooted/Jailbroken or Stock? Stock, cause I know what that means
h. Siri or Google Now? Siri, because I just haven’t learned Google Now. But I’m very interested. Plus Siri is a bitch and she has been frustrating me lately.
i. White or Wheat? Like Steven Colbert I don’t see color.
That question is about bread.
Micah: Oh, umm…
11. Ok, enough with the softballs. At what point did you decide to become a traitor to your kind and pick up that damn Nexus?
Micah: $800 dollars later, Unimpressed. I think the other big part of it is that iOS is just feeling stale. I’m just searching for something new. In years past Apple spoon-fed interesting functions to you with each update. Now there is just nothing there. Now that I feel like I’ve had my one-night stand with Android, I’ll be going back to my tried and true and apologizing.
12. First thought as soon as you took the Nexus 4 out of the box and handled it?
Micah: First thought was, “It’s plastic” sigh not really liking the plastic. It made it feel cheap. Before I turned it on, I just felt like it wasn’t a quality product. I also thought it was slightly bulky. But I will say that these thoughts passed quickly and I found the more I used the device, the more that didn’t matter.
13. Now that you have been using the device for a month. Have you found any apps that the “App Store” has that the “Play Store” doesn’t?
Micah: Nothing that I couldn’t live without. As far as the App world went, it was an irrelevant factor. All the major apps were there. The only app app I really missed and it’s kind of goofy was “Photos”. I have a shared family photos stream with my wife and I didn’t have that on my Android phone so I missed having that functionality. I didn’t notice a difference in quality, I will say that the widget factor was big and that was a wow-factor for me on Android. How each app had a widget that I could put on the homescreen and my BBC app had a widget so did my e-mail. So I could just put the app in the app drawer and use the widget to monitor my feeds was really convenient.
14. What are some of your favorites things about Android?
Micah: I think my favorite thing is that you can make the homescreen your own. The fact that you can place widgets and get rid of things you don’t want to see. The cool thing was I keep my apps in the drawer and then design the homescreen around my daily use stuff. You really have a phone that’s built around YOU and what YOU want to do.
15. What would you say you disliked about Android, or needs to be improved upon?
Micah: I think I would say it’s because Android is not iOS. It’s because I had to adjust to another environment. It’s relearning another OS, but I never once had the reaction that I hated something about Android itself. I did have the reaction of “This is very annoying to try to figure out how that particular function works”. The learning curve was the biggest thing I didn’t like. That has nothing to do with Android that has more to do with my comfort with iOS and my lack of time to try to figure out something new.
16. What’s your impression of the Android/Nexus experience overall? (Battery life, size, durability, operating system integration).
Micah: I feel like I was using an iOS knock-off. There was nothing so cool about it that I couldn’t live without. I felt like it was simply a different version of iOS. There was no single feature or thing that Android gave me that I couldn’t get from iOS; it just gave it to me in another way. I think if I started with Android, I would have felt the same way about iOS had I used it. I think that they are both great products but I also feel like they have both plateaued. Again, it’s the same stuff given to you in a different format.
Maybe you’re not in tune with “The Force” but I am, and I sense a disturbance in the force right now. The armies of Android and iOS are collectively baffled at this point? There must be a supreme OS.
Micah: This is just how I feel about it.
17. So would you say that Android and iOS are closer together than further apart?
Micah: Yes in that they both use apps. They use the same structure for accessing your apps. They have the same apps. The apps are practically the same. The only big difference I found was the presentation. But neither product had something that was unique to that product. I like the presentation of certain things better on Android and some better on iOS. I like the widgets and the homescreen better on Android. It makes iOS look like it was written in crayon. But I would also say that the settings menu and the control that I have in iOS are much better than Android. Android was cluttered and felt disjointed and confusing. Just not as clean as iOS.
18. So now for the big question. Will you switch? (Feel free to elaborate on why or why not; or if you will live in both worlds)
Micah: No. I will not be switching. But I feel like if I started with Android I would be the same way about iOS. It’s not that I love iOS, it’s that iOS is what I’m used to. I have a lot invested in Apple and iOS my Home and infrastructure is Apple. There is nothing that is so cool or unique about Android that would cause me to have to redo all of that. Android is a nice product but not enough for me to have to redo all of that. Wow, now that I’m saying this, it makes me feel like I’ve been trapped and cornered by Apple. I feel like they got me, like unless there is something miraculous that comes along, I won’t switch and can’t afford to switch. I don’t know how much my iTunes account is worth and it scares me to think about that.
19. Final Thoughts?
Micah: It was a fun experience, but slightly disappointing. Cause I was really hoping that Android was really going to knock my socks off; I was looking for that. Again there was just no “Wow Factor” ok “Widgets a little” but that would not be enough to push me out of my current ecosystem.
I tried this experiment with a phone, but was wondering if I would have felt different if I was using a tablet. I will not switch my phone as it is such a central part of my daily life and I do not want any disruptions, but I am seriously considering adding an android tablet to my collection just so I can learn more about it without the interference in my daily life.
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