Why I dumped my Android-based HTC Desire and went back to my Apple iPhone

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“My last blog post I wrote about tips for people moving to the HTC Desire from the iPhone. I was writing with the bliss of a new & shiny gadget in my hands,” Shane writes for Shasam.net. “But this post is why after a few weeks I have found myself back using my iPhone, whilst the HTC Desire now resides in my top drawer, probably never to see the light of day as my daily handset again.”

Shane writes, “Android just isn’t there yet. Sorry fans of the OS, but it’s like the best intentions of the open source community have produced an OS that has not learnt any lessons from the failings of the dated Windows Mobile OS, and along with the snazzy HTC Sense UI have actually made a number of brand new mistakes on the way.”

1. Android OS (whilst hidden behind the beauty that is HTC Sense) is an inherently geeky, inconsistent, temperamental and beta-like OS. It fails in numerous ways
2. Possibly more importantly, I have come to believe Android is not and can not be an “iPhone Killer”, nor really even a competitor

Shane writes, “Android just isn’t there yet, and the HTC Desire (or any Android handset) is no real competition for the iPhone ecosystem. Of course it’s not all about ecosystem (you need to compete vs iTunes etc) but it’s one area I don’t see anyone really focusing on and until they do I can’t see anyone really causing Apple concern.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “TiBook” for the heads up.]


  1. I like my walled garden. Because it protects my data. Imagine a platform in which any developer can create an application that can track your position and access your personal data without you knowing about it. That is the Android platform.

  2. If these people ever get their hands on a iPhone they will soon relize the error of their ways! I have done the same thing switch and then in a few weeks I switch back to the iPhone.


    Enough said!

  3. Apple primarily makes its profit from selling you the hardware. Therefore, Apple’s primary motivation is to refine the user experience (through design and software), in order to sell more hardware.

    Android is “open source.” To make any profit from Android, Google needs to do things, such advertising and collecting user data, that are not directly related to user experience. Therefore, Google has less motivation for improving user experience, because most hardware makers (except a few such as Apple, RIM, and maybe HP) will use Android as the only viable choice.

    It should be obvious why most users prefer iPhone.

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