Seismic shifts happened last Thursday in my personal and business world, in that a man who’s worn iOS blinkers since the iPhone 4’s launch in 2010 has moved to the dark side, Android.
Let me explain first why this was so chasmic a move.
It reads like a long brag, perhaps, or as excessive myopia, but since 2010, I’ve accrued most Apple gadgets.
- MacBook Pro late 2011 (RIP)
- Various incarnations of the iPad ranging from the original with no camera up to the behemoth iPad Pro 12.9 this year.
- iMac – 21 inch and 27 inch 4k retina (my daily work tool).
- A MacBook Air
- Various iPods
- Apple Watch (series 2)
- iPhone 4, 6S Plus, 8 Plus
- Apple Pencil
If anyone’s locked in that ecosystem, it’s me.
But on Thursday night, after a week of YouTube browsing, I headed to Norwich to upgrade my iPhone 8 Plus.
It worked perfectly, was in great condition, but my head had been turned by the XS Max, and, though needing a new phone is different to wanting one, I was a man on a mission.
The much vaunted retained value of Apple began to look a bit thin. Every retailer I went into offered me the same price: around £370 to take it off my hands with the 256gb one still selling new for £849.
I did the maths in Apple, Carphone Warehouse and worked out to upgrade to a bigger phone with Face ID, an OLED screen and less memory, would cost me just over £700.
That’s a hell of a leap for a new iteration of a smartphone.
Using delaying tactics, I wandered into Samsung, knowing full well its passionate devotees and its manufacturing of screens for Apple and was offered a trade in for a Note 9 with 128gb that would cost just over £300.
I bought one.
No one believed I’d do it, people shook their heads with disbelief that this blinkered Apple sheep would ditch iOS 12.
But, I bought one.
So what’s it like?
Which means awesome if you’re 17 in age, or 17 mentally like me.
The technology of the bluetooth S Pen, the 4000 milliamp battery, the water cooled screen are a joy after staid incremental progression of iPhones. The build quality is as good as the phone I left behind and the ability to customise after the comatose tile arrangement of Apple is wonderful.
And there’s no frigging notch, which in any other phone manufacturer, would lead to media ridicule.
Okay there’s a few drawbacks.
My Apple Watch is now just that: a watch and contactless payment device.
When I take a photo on the Note 9 it doesn’t port automatically to my other iOS devices but overall I like it.
Now whether this switch to Android is long term, or a flash in the pan, remains to be seen.
But Apple have lost my custom on their latest devices, which I never ever expected to happen.
Oreo, despite my coeliac disease, is now my favourite smartphone snack.