Why make the switch to Android?

Do you adore your iPhone? Can you ever envision deserting it? Well, maybe here’s the better question: Have you compared your iPhone to an Android-powered smartphone like the Galaxy S III? If you do, you may be tempted to make the swap from an iPhone to an Android phone, just like technology writer Andy Ihnatko recently did. Ihnatko outlined his smartphone conversion in a recent column for the Tech Hive Web site. Perhaps his move will convince you to reassess your love affair with the iPhone.

Making the switch

Ihnatko writes that he’s long been a fan of the iPhone. He purchased the first generation of the device. And did it during a period when AT&T offered an unlimited data plan. He still had that unlimited plan prior to making the decision to switch to an Android smartphone. What’s that mean? It indicates that Ihnatko really had to like Android to give up that unlimited data plan.

Color him impressed

Ihnatko writes that the Android operating system has developed into what he calls a great operating system. Simultaneously, the hardware that runs this system – the smartphones themselves – have become much better, too, he writes. That combination has steered him away from the iPhone and toward Android-powered smartphones. Ihnatko is so enamored of his Galaxy smartphone, he has even abandoned the unlimited data plan that he held with his iPhone, a plan he had because he had joined iPhone nation so early.

What he likes

Ihnatko points to two key factors when explaining his smartphone switch. First, the keyboards that come with Android smartphones are simpler to use than are those that are included with iPhones, he writes. Secondly, the screens on Android-powered phones are larger. That makes a big difference in an age in which users use their smartphones to surf the Web and watch movies.

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