iOS to Android


I’ve been an iOS user (in various incarnations: iphone 3G, iphone 3Gs, iphone 4s, ipad, ipad 3) for more then 4years, I’m what many of you would call an Apple fanboy.

Two years ago, I bought a Nexus 7 to get more involved with Android. At first it all seemed very strange, various applications weren’t available and I just kept getting back to my iOS devices.

But this year, instead of the next logical upgrade to an iphone 5s, I decided to go with a Google Nexus 5.

Truth be told, I was getting a little bit tired of iOS as I could not see any new feature on the iphone 5S besides an improved battery…

So I took the plunge!

Google - Nexus 5

Software wise, I can now do everything I used to do with my iphone, all my favorite applications are available at both stores, even though some applications do seem a lit bit sub-par with their iOS counterparts. On the other hand, the android platform does seem more accessible to developers who are not required to pay an upfront fee of 100€. I don’t sell on the respective App Store’s any of my applications, but I do like the fact that I can easily develop and distribute Android applications without any upfront fees (I’m not even considering less legal options

Hardware wise, the Nexus 5 is a great phone. It’s lighter than my iphone 4s and has a bigger screen, which was by the way my biggest concern as I privilege a small form factor. The Nexus 5 is equipped will all sorts of new technologies such as Qi charging, NFC, BLE which is create for a geek that likes to play around with this stuff. Everything is blazing fast thanks to the quad-core CPU and LTE.

In the last iterations of both operating systems there has been a lot of catching up (for both platforms) and Android KitKat in its Nexus 5 incarnation is a really good platform.

Migration was also very smooth. It was just a mather of synchronizing all my stuff with Google servers and I was ready to go. Only complain so far is the battery, it doesn’t last more than a day, but neither did the iphone 4s :)

written by Diogo Gomes