My experience with an Android phone (Pixel 2 XL) in the past 3 months
Don’t attack me just yet, I currently have a Pixel 2 XL I’ve been rocking for the last 4 months, and I want to fully love this phone and leave Apple but Android’s OS makes it hard.
Initially, I went with the Pixel 2 XL because I’ve alwayyssss admired this phone, I’m a huge fan of the camera and the biggest fan of the integration of google assistant. I really like the extra features of “Now playing” so it shows you what songs are playing in the background.
What makes it hard for me is I struggle with Android, and I think in 2019 I wonder why there are so many simple design issues for me.
First, app design. If you just simply look at Facebook on ios compared to android, ios has all their tabs at the bottom, to make it easy to reach, but for some reason in 2019 Android has all their tabs at the top… on this huge ass phone, I have to reach all the way to the top to swap tabs. And facebook app isn’t the only one, a lot of apps are like that and I have no idea why especially with phones getting bigger.
Secondly, multitasking. Dude it is 2019 and multitasking is just … choppy. It doesn’t feel natural by any means. So when you’re in the multitasking window and you want to flip through apps it has this weird invisible centre window it locks the app page into, so if you try to swipe left or right, it does it suddenly and snaps the next app page to that invisible centre window. I hope this makes sense. The thing is if you try to swipe lightly left or right and you don’t swipe hard enough, it snaps the app page back to the centre window. It just feels so unnatural and jaggedy. So if you decided to use the pill to swipe between apps, it doesn’t do it naturally either, it does it on a timer…. whyyyyyyy, so when you go through app pages its like swap… wait… swap… wait… swap… Stuff like this surprises me because android has such cool smart features but stuff like this feels so jaggedy and unnatural.
Third, grouped notifications. Android is the first ones to do this, yet, Apple seems to be doing it better than them. Sometimes they group messages, sometimes they separate them on two rows and I have no idea why. I had messages that were separated on two different rows, that were 8 minutes apart.
Fourth, playing music. In the swipe down notifications menu, why is the play/pause button so tiny…. sometimes I have to really focus and make sure I hit that button and not another notification or hit the skip buttons which are so close to it. It’s especially smaller for google podcasts. For iPhone as soon as you wake your phone it’s big and literally the first thing you see so you can pause or skip your music quickly and it is not clustered with all your other notifications… c’mon Android.
Fifth, phone calls. When I’m in a phone call and I lock my phone because sometimes I’ll have it on speaker if I have to hang up I literally have to unlock my phone to hang it up…. why… this is something you should be able to go straight from the lock screen.
Sixth, the nav bar. This just seems so unnecessary, it’s literally taking up space on the screen to navigate. But can’t hate too much as android q will be doing away with this, so thank God.
Seven, copy and paste an image. It’s just not possible. The only way to do it is by using the share feature, then you have to search for the specific app you want, then you have to look for the specific thing within that app to share it to. So if your app isn’t listed, you have to save it to your phone. It’s such an inefficient method. I hate saving screenshots and memes to my phone, sometimes I just wanna message it to my friend without cluttering my photos app, but the process on Android is so multi-stepped. Do you know how this is done on ios? You screenshot, copy, then go to wherever you want and paste. Simple, and you don’t need to save it to your phone.
Overall, I still do miss that fluidity apple has and that intuitiveness of navigating. I guess I’m just ranting because I really do just wanna use my pixel only, the features are so cool and I love what Google does, but some of these issues wear on me over time and make it hard for me to fully switch over especially when you’ve used something more fluid and intuitive before. Do you guys come across the issues? Do they bother you?