Longtime Android settler: After using Apple’s iPhone 4S, Android just feels wrong

“Like I usually do when new gadgets hit the tool kit, I have been using only the iPhone 4S for the past few days. I still have my Nexus S 4G Android phone running the current version of Gingerbread, but it remained on the charger while I carried the new iPhone everywhere,” James Kendrick reports for ZDNet.

“Last night I decided it was time to pick up the Nexus and get reacquainted with the phone that has served me well,” Kendrick reports. “It didn’t take me long to realize that after using the smooth, polished iPhone 4S that Android just feels wrong.”

MacDailyNews Take: Dude’s been drinking ripple for years now. Why is he surprised that it tastes like toilet water after sampling a few glasses of the world’s finest wine?

“This realization hit me hard, as I found that as I used the Nexus, a phone I absolutely love, the user experience was jangling my nerves,” Kendrick reports. “The inconsistencies in the interface between apps and the occasional lag doing simple things like scrolling in windows just screamed at me. I hadn’t really noticed it before, but after using the iPhone these things jump out at me.”

MacDailyNews Take: Sounds familiar. See: Windows to Mac switchers.

Kendrick reports, “In just a few days with the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 I had come to expect operation to be fluid and consistent system-wide. That’s just not the case with Android, and every little interruption in smooth operation now accumulates into a feeling of frustration as I use the phone… The lack of fluid operation in Android may be due to the OS, or perhaps it is hardware related. It might be due to better apps on the iPhone, or tighter control by Apple over them. I really don’t care as a user, I want the best user experience I can get. The good one delivered by the iPhone 4S makes it clear to me how wanting the Android experience actually is. It just feels wrong.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you’ve stumbled here via Google, don’t settle for cheap imitations, Android settlers. You only live once and life is short. Get an Apple iPhone and see what’s it’s like to use the real thing.

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


  1. Ive a palm pre, htc hero, htc evo, and Samsung galaxy s before I arrived at my now 3GS. I didn’t realize what I was missing until I turned to the light. All the “great” extra features caught me. I’ll never turn back.

  2. Is not it amazing that there are no news sites/bloggers who consistently make declamation of love to watches by Rolix, and shoes by Abibas — instead of original Rolex and Adidas?

    Then how come there are so many fans of imitation in technology sector?

    1. Actually, that’s a good analogy.

      Last year, if I would have picked up a fake Rolex, I wouldn’t have known the difference.

      I happen to have the real thing on my wrist now, and if I look at a fake one for just a second, I can tell right away it isn’t the real thing.

      You can’t know how bad something is until you’ve tried the real thing it’s trying to replicate.

  3. Why do humans make mistakes?

    If it’s good stay the course then again make a change once you realize your mistake. Only human 🙂

    Go AAPL today as iSay record revenue = $107 Billion!!!

    2012 = $555
    2015 = $828 🙂

  4. English is a euphemizing language. We have layers of euphemisms, because English euphemism decay into crudeness. For example, we used to have “burials,” but that got euphemized as “funerals,” but “funerals” became too direct, so we have “celebrations of life” paradoxically when there is a death.

    “Toilet” is what a woman did while sitting at a vanity in front of a mirror, putting on make up and adjusting her hair. Later the word “toilet” became a euphemism for performing certain functions in the restroom, then it became a crude term. The original meaning of “toilet” survives in the phrase “toilet water” which refers to the perfume one puts on during that process.

  5. At least the writer got it. I’ve tried to explain to others with android flavored phones, and the incredible doe like look I get from them. There are a lot of people who can not perceive these differences. They are use to simply hitting something harder to get the square peg into the round hole, they are immune to anything that works so effortlessly and smoothly.

  6. These guys are in such denial for so long…at least he finally pointed out just one of the benefits of an Apple product. That is products that ships near perfect with attention to detail and operation. From OS to hardware. Android and cloners? Just slapped together POS to make it look like an Apple product.

  7. My daughter’s Android phone came loaded with some operator apps that sent out information in the middle of the night and cost me a fortune in data charges (this is Spain). Apple would never allow that on their iPhone.

  8. The difference between iOS and Android is like the difference between making love to a beautiful woman and tossing off to the ladies’ underwear section of the Sears catalog. Or so I hear…

  9. > It might be due to better apps on the iPhone, or tighter control by Apple over them. I really don’t care as a user, I want the best user experience I can get.

    Why was he using an Android phone in the first place?

  10. Aside from the performance, Android “just feels wrong” to me because it is a counterfeit version of iOS. A cheap copy, just like those fake Louis Vuitton bags you see the mall people carrying around. Except they don’t brag about how their fakes are better than the genuine article.

  11. I don’t know, my wife had the 64g iphone 4, I have the GSII… after playing with both and being a iphone owner for 3 years now, I love the GSII, the screen is amazing, battery life is AMAZING! OS is fast and fluid with no crash… I think maybe once you try a high quality android phone, you guys might sing a different tune, or at least stop sounding like narrow minded folks.. just saying

    (let the flaming begin!)

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