I hate Apple as a company so buying an iphone is something I really don’t like doing. Hard to believe that I’ve had my HTC One since it came out and still have the same Android 4.1 I had when it came out. I hate to say it but I think I am going to go back to iphone where I can get timely updates. This pains me to say.
Things that I hate about Android…
1. Contact list absolutely sucks. When I had an iphone, I use to love the way I could update my contacts on my Gmail account and it would sync with my phone. It did a very good job and I loved it. I use to rationalize with myself about how cool that was and how amazing it would be with Android since Gmail and Android were both Google. My actual experience? Disappointing at best. My contact list is filled with duplicates and I have not entered a single person on my phone. All of my contacts were entered on my Gmail account. I pride myself on the orderly way I manage all of my contacts with their numbers and emails, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
2. Contacts list again. Wow! Where do I start? One thing that worked very well on my old iphone 4 was the ability to click once on one of my contacts and dial someone. On this HTC One it takes Four clicks to call my wife and she is on my favorites. Unbelievable! I click the phone, then scroll to favorites, then click on my wife’s picture, then it brings up a list of her numbers and emails. I have to click on her number that I want to dial. Nine times out of ten, I just dial a person’s number outright. The favorites are useless.
3. Updates… This one really angers me. Android is all the way up to 4.4 now and I am still using 4.1 because Google allows the phone company to decide when we get updates. There are three updates available and I can’t even get one of them.
4. Notifications. This is another one that gets me. On the iphone, it has a notification on the icon of the program that has a message telling me how many messages I have. It also has a lock screen preview of the message so I can see what the message is before opening it. Many times I am in a meeting and cannot answer my emails without disrupting the meeting. Also, where I work it is considered rude to be checking my phone during meetings. Often, I have to wait until the meeting is over before I can check my messages. On Android, you don’t get those notifications and it is easy to forget to remember to call someone back after the meeting is over.
Google has no excuse for the contacts list problems. This one is unacceptable and really frustrates me. Those that know me, also know that I passionately hate Apple for their gouging people on their prices. They charge $2,000.00 for a 15″ laptop when I have two laptops that are 17″ that I paid $1800.00 for the both combined.
As much as this pains me, as soon as ipone gets a decent size screen where I can see the darn thing, I am going back. While there are some things that I like about Android, some are just too much to overcome. It should not take me four clicks minimum to dial my wife when she is in my favorites.