I wanted to get a new Windows Phone but the new 950s were too expensive. However, I didn't want to get an older phone because I didn't know how upgradable it would be (Windows 10 Mobile had just come out). On top of all that, I was have a little frustration with some of the apps missing from Windows Phone along with a study that Kristina was doing that required an Android or iPhone. It was really looking like Windows Phone was a dead end and, with iPhones being so expensive, I decided to try an Android phone. After some discussion, I gave my phone to my wife and got myself the Android phone.
I decided to get a Nexus 5x. Nexus phones are guaranteed two years of updates and are sold unlocked so I would have no carrier dependencies and would get security and other updates (these things are important to me and rare in the Android world). So, after spending 4 months with Android, here is what I found:
- The apps are better on Android; there's more of them and they're usually more mature
- The fingerprint scan is awesome! I don't want to call it magical but it's pretty magical
- The size is great for me - it's the first time I wasn't wishing for a screen that was a little bigger
- Google Now let's me set timers - it may seem a little thing but I use timers all the time and Cortana doesn't do timers
- Amazon Music - I use Amazon Music on my Sonos and it's cool to have it on my phone as well
- Call notifications on my fitbit - kind of cool when it works but no text notifications
- Thanks to the Chase app, I can deposit checks from my phone
- No live tiles - I tried widgets but they're not even close - no homescreen notification of texts, calls, or emails; now I have to manually pull up the notification screen and it's so full of email and other alerts that it's not always obvious if I missed a text or a call
- No reading of text messages in my car (bluetooth enabled car stereo)- Cortana would read me my texts and let me respond all via voice; with android I just get an alert sound (I tried some apps that are supposed to do it but they made my phone hot and didn't work consistently)
- Performance - the phone starts out snappy but some apps (especially chrome) slow it to a crawl; I find that I'm constantly quitting apps so that I can get good performance
- Phone heats up - this phone gets warm and I find myself quitting apps to cool it down
In the end, I switched back to my trusty Windows Phone and upgraded it to Windows 10. I am happy to have my live tiles back and Cortana reading me my texts while I drive. I do miss the fingerprint scanner and a couple of the apps but I really didn't use them that much (Amazon Music may have been the exception but I listen to books while I commute now and the Audible app on Windows Phone is great).
So, I tried Android but I'll be sticking with Windows until I can't any more. I guess I just like it too much. Meanwhile, my wife is trying out the Android phone. I may follow up on her experience later.