Thinking of leaving Android + Windows
Every day I’m thinking more and more about leaving Android + Windows and just getting a Macbook and iPhone. While I’ve been thinking about this, the Google event yesterday kind of gave me an additional push.
Google and Apple seem to be going in two different directions, and I’m starting to agree more with what Apple is doing. Watching the event yesterday, I frequently asked myself, “who actually wants this?”
For example, the hand gestures. Who ACTUALLY wants that? Why was so much time wasted on R&D for this feature when:
1. It has already existed for a long time
2. There is virtually no demand for it
It reminded me of Android 10’s new “desktop mode” as well. This is something that even non-Google companies have been trying to implement (e.g. Samsung Dex). The idea is that we would have either 1 device we use for everything, or seamless syncing of devices like the Apple ecosystem. So Google has the opportunity to steamroll the market and create this “desktop mode” that will essentially turn their phones into an all-in-one device, and instead, they release some garbage alpha version that needs developer options toggled just to use semi-properly.
At first I thought that perhaps 1 device would be superior, but now I’m leaning more towards the ecosystem being better. Especially considering the new changes Apple has been making, where developers can actually make apps that work on iPhone, iPad, AND Mac from one code base.
Another thing is privacy. Look at all of those new google devices that are going to be listening in on EVERYTHING you say. At first you might think, “wow, this is convenient!” and shortly after you think “wait, so I’m literally being listened to 24/7?”
It just seems like Apple is starting to give people what they actually want and use while maintaining a strong sense of privacy. Google is just throwing shit at a wall and hoping some of it sticks. It makes me wonder – how many people at Google actually use iPhones instead of Pixels? Like, do people who create these products actually USE them?
I might just go to Best Buy today or tomorrow and drop $5k to see if I’m right about my feelings. I’m posting this here to see if anyone has switched over to Apple and had a similar experience/thought process.