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I Bought A MacBook Air M1. I Like It.

There’s a fantastic quote in Isaac Asimov’s The Naked Sun that sums up the disparity in experience enjoyed by macOS and Windows users alike: Any world is queer to people who do not live on it. I suppose this sums up my journey when it comes to explaining my experience (Asimov’s quote is also quite relevant to another post I wrote on this blog) on both sides of the pond. But it also explains why I bought the MacBook Air M1.

My old MacBook Air

My 2014 MacBook Air was getting long in the tooth, and had some battery issues that affected my productivity; this was one of the main reasons why I opted for the MacBook Air M1. I think the main reason for this issue was that I upgraded to Big Sur. But, to be honest, I was pretty bad when it came to looking after the battery as well. I always used the device while keeping it plugged in. I understand that this issue is not applicable to the M1 since this was possibly an issue with the Intel chip as well. (I stand to be educated on this issue, and would appreciate any feedback, which you can provide by leaving a comment below.)

I know that there are many opinions being bandied about, and what you’re reading on this right now is an opinion as well. One life lesson I’ve learned is that it is good to function from two extremes — scarcity and excess. In a way this defines Windows and Apple. The reason I say this is because Windows is ubiquitous while Apple is still residing on the edges of niche-dom.

The Purchase

One of the greatest inconveniences as a writer is lugging around a heavy laptop with a charger when meeting clients. Add insult to injury here when the battery crashes to 75% within seconds and then blips out into darkness within a nanosecond or two. I loved this device while it lasted and couldn’t see myself choosing anything else. But it really was time for a change.

The packaging remains uninspired

They said that in your youth you start out as a liberal and become a conservative as you get older. In other words, you become set in your ways. I used to have Windows laptops throughout and buying a MacBook was like upgrading from a Nissan to a BMW. I just didn’t have the cash. Competition is great, and it is this requirement to push boundaries that has led Windows to come up with some excellent devices. But more on that later.

Inconspicuous yet aesthetically pleasing

One of the most endearing aspects of an Apple product is how minimalist their design philosophy is. Compared to the older MacBook, the packaging of the newer MacBook Air M1 seems, well, uninspired. The big reveal isn’t such a reveal either with the device being smaller while the backlit Apple logo being absent. I prefer the aesthetics of the MacBook Air M1 since it is finally inconspicuous (well, sort of).

The older Mac was bought from Abans while I decided to check out some other outlets and found that Techmart had some great user reviews on Google. The owner was super helpful and I made the purchase. The MacBook Air M1 cost LKR 238,900 while the 2014 MacBook Air in 2017 cost LKR 157,999. That’s quite an increase, but, hey, what can I say except that tech costs.

The Main Benefits

There’s been a huge hue and cry about the new MacBook Air M1 ever since it launched and there’s been a great deal of advertising on its speed etc. It’s all good stuff. Even Windows fanboys and Apple haters had to admit that this device is something that’s extraordinary.

1. Big Sur

For an entry level laptop, the premium quality really does shine through on this Mac. The macOS Big Sur update was the Achille’s Heel for my older Mac simply because its hardware just couldn’t handle the update. Yet I experienced Big Sur on the older Mac and on the newer Mac there’s no difference. There’s just the comfort of everything being same, and this is one of the highlights of Apple products. It’s a comfortable and easy transition from one device to another.

2. M1 Chip

I’m not a hardcore techie by any stretch of the mind, and while everyone says that this is a fast device, I’ll accept it. There have been no major issues per se. I just need my work done, and this new MacBook Air delivers on all fronts. The battery is fantastic as is the charging facility which is fast. The battery lasts forever and one really cool factor here that helps a lot when it comes to productivity is that you can just flip open the laptop and you are ready to Touch ID your way to action.

3. Retina Display

There’s no doubt that the screen on the MacBook Air M1 is fantastic, and watching YouTube videos and Netflix is a thrill. The brightness is great as is the viewing experience. It’s easy on the eyes, and just makes the world seems a better place (and it is all thanks to the super cool retina display).

4. Touch ID

Now, this is a feature that I’m relying on a lot. When it comes to privacy and easy access, Touch ID is certainly far better than anything else that I’ve used. I’m seriously impressed by its speed, and it has not faltered even once. This is probably not a fair comparison but the fingerprint scanner on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite sucks BIG TIME! The fingerprint scanner on my iPhone 7 is still functional and works much better than the Lite. This is just one example where Apple can justify the high prices that it commands.

5. Magic Keyboard

This is a nice touch. What is even nicer is the shortcut key for dictation, which is something that I use a lot. And compared to the older Macbook Air, this is far more effective and precise. The shortcut keys are easy to access and really does help when it comes to functionality.

6. Trackpad

The trackpad got some getting used to, but it has touch variations that are super useful. There is not much to say in this front since I’ve accepted this facility and it has reached a sense of normalcy where I don’t see anything special in it. This is just another perfect Apple feature that, well, works perfectly.

7. Siri

I rarely use Siri. I know it’s great, but there has been no need for it at present. (A note to self: Learn to use it more often.)

There Are Issues

I created a YouTube video using Filmora on How to Install Hyvor Talk on WordPress. It came out pretty well, but had a few issues mainly thanks to the screen size of the MacBook Air M1, which is a 13.30-inch display that has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.

Some applications like Filmora are best used with a bigger screen

There were a few instances where the spinning wheel of death stopped my productivity in its tracks. Most of the time it was caused when rendering took place. The spinning wheel happened quite a lot on my older Mac.

This is a headache

The spinning wheel usually appears when an application freezes, or overloads your Mac’s processing power. Checking the Mac’s available storage space and RAM capacity can shed light on the potential causes of a frequent spinning wheel. But all is well that ends well. I suspect this probably wouldn’t have happened on a MacBook Pro M1. One other issue I face with the older Mac( and sometimes this Mac) is that Safari freezes. This is why Chrome is my go to web browser.

Enter The Mouse

I was always curious about the Magic Mouse 2. It is a fantastic experience with the whole novelty of swiping gestures promising a seamless and intuitive experience (yeah, I know, it’s all Apple lingo I’m throwing here, but it has been true to date). The mouse, which was also bought from the same place as the MacBook Air M1, cost north of an exorbitant LKR 20,000. Is it worth it? No, not really. But neither is a BMW, but I’m paying for the experience more than anything else.

Not such a big deal, but it’s certainly an enjoyable experience

Once the novelty wears off, it is just peaceful co-existence that you can look forward to with the Apple Mouse 2. There’s just one down side to this contraption and it’s known as being on the heavier side, which can be tiresome on your wrist.

Why I Left Windows

Remember the allusion to Nissan and BMW above? The truth is that both cars can get you from A to B, and that’s the main requirement, right? The same thing applies to both a Windows and Apple device. To put it succinctly the main reason I left Windows is because I was bored, and just required a change. That said the macOS ecosystem is a comfortable place to be in, and is something I don’t see myself leaving.

The Dell XPS 13 was in the running to help me make the switch to Windows

Actually wanting a change is not the only reason why I switched to Apple. I had a very bad experience with one particular Windows laptop in the shape of a HP ProBook 4520. I used to call it Hot Plate since it heated up so much that you could literally fry an egg on it. Add other issues like malware and a system that slowed down and crashed one too many times, it ended being physically abused out of pure frustration.

That said I wanted to check out the Dell XPS 13, but, the prices in Sri Lanka were just crazy. I came across the base model, which commanded north of LKR 300,000. This made no sense whatsoever, and so I decided to stick with Apple. So far no regrets at all.

Psychology Led To This Purchase

The Romans coined a term: de gustibus non est disputandum, which means tastes are not to be disputed. I think we’re drawn to call something beautiful whenever we detect that it contains in a concentrated form those qualities that are deficient within us.

I think the above paragraph gives a justification as to why people choose what they choose. I think this is why people choose religions as well. Our understanding of the psychology of taste can in turn help us to escape from the two great dogmas of aesthetics, the view that there’s only one acceptable visual style or that all styles are equally valid.

The diversity of styles (in this case either Windows or Apple) is a natural consequence of the many fold nature of our inner needs. It’s only logical that we should be drawn to styles that speak of excitement as well as calm, of grandeur as well as coziness given that these are key polarities around which are own lives revolve.

Final Thoughts

The real deal is that all Apple products offer you an experience and it promises ‘a something’ that goes beyond just pure functionality. If you want just functionality, which based on most complaints I hear, is a flawed functionality (aka Windows). I’m not going to bash Windows too much rather I will say that based on my experience thus far Apple certainly does things better. Yet this blog post is an opinion based on personal experience and comes from a person who is mainly a writer and a content creator. I’m sure Windows does a lot of things better and certain things like Power BI does not cater to Mac devices. Different strokes for different folks is what I’ll leave you with, and I’ll just say that the decision in choosing the right device ultimately lies in your hands.

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The Machines Are Taking Over

Gods have a habit of dying: they usually do once a civilization ends. Case in point: does anyone still worship Poseidon or Zeus? But humans need something to worship, and as human revolution has given away to technological evolution, it is obvious that the machines are taking over.

Yuval Noah Harrari talks of the gods of the technological era. These are (or yet to be) our new masters. We know about how the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution is leading to the loss of jobs, but maybe some cannot be replaced at all.

But why is AI becoming a big deal today? For one reason, we have a huge level of computational power today. We also have oceans full of data and that’s not going to stop. Another reason is the level of complex algorithms that we have. Plus the accuracy and benefits offered by AI means that businesses and governments are investing in AI, and it is becoming an economy in itself.

Upgrade on Netflix is an example of Artificial Super Intelligence

John McCarthy first coined this term in 1956. He defined AI as the science and engineering of making intelligent machines. Artificial Narrow Intelligence, which is known as Weak AI, like Siri is what we have today. Then there is Artificial General Intelligence, which is known as Strong AI, can be a reference to something like AlphaGo. Lastly, Artificial Super Intelligence, which is a hypothetical situation, is where computers will surpass humans when it comes to capability.

I Am Mother on Netflix is a firm favorite, and showcases how AI can be devious and nefarious

The writing of this particular blog post is heavily influenced by Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harrari. We hear of how we humans are living longer now, and how violence and famines are on the decline. It’s clear that the future of humans is one where we elevate ourselves to becoming gods. This is clearly happening with the marrying of tech and biometrics. The desire to live forever is fast becoming a serious expectation, and the evolution of technology could probably lead to its reality.

Ex Machina on Netflix portrays the dangers of AI, but then again, it is fiction after all

But can humans survive an AI apocalypse? Nick Bostrom argues that a computer with near human-level general intellectual ability could initiate an intelligence explosion on a digital time scale with the resultant rapid creation of something so powerful that it might deliberately or accidentally destroy human kind. We are someways away with such morbid and despondent predictions. Present-day AI fatalities are more to do with faulty car sensors.

Or, alternatively humans in the near future might become a class known as the ‘useless class’ since tech is evolving at such a fast rate and we are being made redundant. We see this happening in the job market already. Even in the armed forces, drones and cyber worms have taken over the jobs of soldiers.

Despite the ideas being portrayed that the future looks bleak, I suppose, one could trust human nature and its ability to feel a sense of connection. This excellent interview with Yuval Noah Harrari shows how technology can be an issue and lead to a dictatorship, but that can also be a blessing in disguise. Technology in one form or the other is a blessing. It is true to state that the machines are taking over, but the question remains as to what checks and balances should be put in place to ensure that humanity isn’t at the wrong end of this transition.

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Life With A Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

As per biologist E. O. Wilson: In ancient history and prehistory, tribes gained visceral comfort and pride from familiar fellowship, and a way to defend the group enthusiastically against rival groups. It gave people a name in addition to their own and social meaning in a chaotic world. It made the environment less disorienting and dangerous.

These prehistoric proclivities have migrated onto modern life, and now, it does more harm than good. Let’s discuss lies, and how they are related to the forever argument of whether Android or iOS is better.

Lie Number 1: Apple/iOS is the best.

Lie Number 2: Samsung/Android is the best.

Your purchase depends on the narrative that you choose to believe, you see. Sadly, in society you need to subscribe to one or the other. Like most things that make up society whether it be religion, food or a university/school, you are compelled to choose. Or, your circle of influence (think parents, friends, religious leaders et al.) will embrace you into their fold and hammer their beliefs into you.

But, it is all a lie. Anyone who has read Sapiens will know that we choose the narrative we want to believe based on the stories around it. That sense of community created by brands (because, they all are brands, aren’t they?) is the glue that builds camaraderie.

Android and iOS both fulfill a function, but most audiences prefer to snuggle in a rabbit hole of arguments and dysfunction. Rather see a product for what it is, which is to cater to a requirement, and make whatever inconveniences redundant. The problem with any circle of influence is the set of beliefs they instill in you.

Thus begins my justification of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite — (sometimes) referred to as Lite hereonafter. Whatever you assimilate today make sure you ponder the contents of this article before you make a purchase decision. Full disclaimer: I’m comparing the Lite to an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus running on iOS 14.

Productivity and Word Consumption is Better on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

The stylus on this Lite for some strange reason helps the sinuosity of my sentences. Maybe because it is a novel experience or maybe because the user experience is conducive to creativity. Either way this is a great addition and it makes the Lite a fantastic smartphone.

The stylus on the Note was a game changer and continues to be one

Since I’m a writer by profession, the varying keyboards that you can draw up are helpful. I usually shift between the Samsung Keyboard, Gboard and the Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard. The whole experience of collating, curating and fleshing out data is a joy on this device.

Who needs a laptop?

Although I want to try Stencil as a design tool, I have decided to stick with Canva since I have a Pro Version of it, and working on it via the Lite is an absolute breeze. Collaborating via the Google Workspace and using apps like Ahrefs is convenient.

Ted Chiang is an inspiration

The Kindle app works great on the Lite, and reading is a rewarding journey on this device. Of course, there’s nothing like a book as far as the writer in me is concerned. But this works well and the reading experience is fantastic.

Samsung Health is Better than Apple Health

My weight loss journey is documented on this blog, and I used Apple Health to document the distance of my daily walks. I knew that there is assured to be some disparity with regard to the accuracy of the distance covered. But what I realized is that some measure was better than nothing.

Apple Health was generous with clocking in the distance on the 20th of October

Enter the Lite. I was curious to see what was actually better when comparing Samsung Health vs. Apple Health, and so decided to do my morning walk with both devices.

On the 20th of October, Samsung Health said I’ve walked less compared to Apple Health

The Lite said that I’ve done less when it came to the distance covered. And based on the app reviews present, I think I will believe the data generated by Samsung Health simply because there is proof.

Netflix and Apple Music is Better on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Who would have thought that Apple apps work better on an Android? Without diving into the whole mechanics of what is under the hood, it makes sense to remember that it is the experience that matters. The Note 2 that I had promised a lot in the way of specifications but ANY iPhone would have put it to shame.

This is my jam and Doja Cat is the bomb

And then there’s Netflix on Android, which offers a fantastic viewing experience, too. This is largely thanks to a 6.7 inch screen that is Super AMOLED. Running on Android 10 with One UI 2.5 the user experience on this Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is far better that iOS 14 and that truly is just my opinion.

Deadly Class is a great watch on Netflix and I really think that Tarantino actually made this

Let’s also consider sound when it comes to the listening experience. The Lite features a 3.5mm audio jack and Dolby Atmos surround sound technology. The sound experience on this device offers one eargasm after the next.

Dolby Atmos on and Dark Mode off

I use JBL earphones when walking and the Samsung earphones when listening to media. Both are great, but, as you would expect, the JBL noisemakers are better.

Battery Life is Seriously Good on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Everything works seamlessly in one cohesive team powered with a 4500 mAh battery pack. The Lite has lasted more than 1.5 days on a full charge.

4500 mAh worth of power

This efficiency will reduce as time goes on. But with 4 months on the clock, there’s no visible sign of the battery losing its glimmer. The Lite has a Snapdragon 855 processor, which is a flagship phone processor, and that’s quite a good reason to go for it. The processor is one generation old compared to what is powering the Note 20, but the Lite is great as it is.

What Should You Buy?

It’s a good rule of thumb to skip the first generation of any product since there will be teething issues. This is why I researched thoroughly before deciding on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite.

Additionally the whole concept of marketing is done in such a way that you would always opt for the flashiest and newest iteration of whatever product. And, this is a surefire way to ensure that you end up burning a hole in your pocket.

Rather choose a product based on your requirement; this video shows why a Samsung Note 10 Lite is enough compared to a Samsung Note 20.

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The Social Dilemma Is Why I Left Social Media

Do you know why this post has a title that states — The Social Dilemma is Why I Left Social Media? Read on to understand why. Whether it’s eloquently stated by Tristan Harris, Yuval Noah Harari or Cal Newport, the evils of social media are well-documented. It’s true online toxicity is real, and so too is suicide. Ironic then how I went from being a Social Media Manager at a Digital Marketing Company in Sri Lanka to someone who left social media twice. That said I will state that social media has its place in any content strategy, but that is a different topic for a different day.

Have you noticed the lack of civil discourse, the misinformation present, fake news, and the division within relationships present on social media? The Social Dilemma attempts to raise awareness around important issues like design ethics and data privacy (like the Cambridge Analytica data breach), and succeeds.

Tristan Harris reminds us that — If the product is free, you’re the product. That realization never dawned on me until much later. The first time I left social media was in 2014 when the whole process of posting how fantastic life was just plain tiresome.

This will be the best documentary that you’ll watch this year

The second time was in 2020, and the social media landscape seemed more dysfunctional than the first time. Tristan Harris speaks of how Facebook is a social persuasion machine and is excellent at monetizing your attention. And with all the brands I handled working for the above-mentioned digital agency that was exactly what I was doing.

We hear of how social media companies use attention engineers to make these social media entities as addictive as possible. Profit can be maximised thanks to you giving attention and handing your data over. The University of Stanford talks of the Magic of Maybe, where we really do care about what others think of us — think Likes, Comments and Reactions. This is all a reference to the shot of dopamine you get. Some sources say that this shot of dopamine is equivalent to the levels experienced when consuming cocaine. Additionally there are ethical implications of data extraction even with the new products of Facebook.

Social Comparison Theory

Facebook Depression is a thing

Showiness is often mistaken for reality. What you can gather from this is that more often than not, social media perpetuates that endless cycle of being fake. And I’m not talking about political fake news. Social Comparison Theory is something that is pertinent at this juncture. We have a proclivity to compare ourselves to people who have similar characteristics to us. This can boost or destroy our confidence.

Leon Festinger has a theory, which suggests that there are two types of social comparison — Upwards and Downwards. Upwards is where we compare ourselves to someone who is less than or inferior to ourselves. Downwards is where we compare ourselves to someone who is superior or better than us.

The theory basically states that individuals determine their own social and personal worth based on how they stack up against others they perceive as somehow faring better or worse. No surprise then that so many suffer from what is known as Facebook Depression, which leads to less life satisfaction and more sadness.

The Antidote To Social Media Is Deep Work

A truth bomb

Seth Godin makes a mention of how — one should not become a wandering generality, be a meaningful specific. That’s a pertinent thought for any individual or company. Social media is a waste of time, unless you’re a brand. It does have its place in crafting out a brand’s journey. And if you’re career-minded, it can assist unless you commit yourself to that heinous dopamine-driven feedback loop, which affects your cognitive function.

Cal Newport mentions how our attention is being fragmented to such an extent we cannot concentrate. The solution is deep work that’ll help you focus on rewarding work minus the distractions. We are all part of the attention economy, and social media companies are competing for your attention. But with social media morphing into more of a business than just a social interaction tool, it became an entity that could be best described as being nefarious.

Unsubscribe

All the moral panics are real. The Trauma Floor showcases the issues faced by Facebook moderators, and it is harrowing. More so are the issues with your supply of attention, which focus on your short to midterm goals being decimated. Chamath Pahaliyapitiya said it best — If you feed the beast, it will destroy you. And so, this is my conclusion, especially if social media doesn’t benefit you in a way that’ll help you becoming a meaningful specific (like an author): Unsubscribe.

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Here’s Why I Switched To Android

Here’s Why I Switched to Android isn’t a tale about how bad iOS is. Rather it is a tale of boredom. Tolstoy defined boredom best — a desire for desires. Boredom does lead to terrible things like: starting a relationship, whoring around, busting up the last few thousand rupees on your credit card, or drinking a bottle of arrack while gurgling a melody in some ditch. 

Boredom: This is the Reason

Boredom can also lead to wonderful things like the start of something new like this blog. It’s fitting then that this is my first post. I would suppose it would be prudent to Thank God for modern capitalism, which has multiplied amusements and consumables. And, capitalism probably is the reasoning behind the statement — Here’s Why I Switched to Android.

I popped my smartphone cherry with a flagship phone (back when virginity was a thing). The first Android smartphone I had was a Galaxy Note 2 that ran on Kit Kat. One inebriated night, I slipped and the Amoled screen fell flat on its face and became a mosaic of shards. Despite a list of fancy vanity specs, there were hiccups like S Pen Notes crashing while typing important articles etc. 

Then I bought an iPhone 5S. This led to a 6S Plus, and finally an iPhone 7. There’s a reason I stuck with Apple products including a Macbook Air, which I bought in 2017. Everything was just better. And predictable. Any writer worth his salt will fall in love with Apple’s catchy terminology. The Apple Watch Sport’s glass is actually Gorilla Glass that had been used by many electronics for so many years. 

But trust Apple to serve up such plainess with a description promising goosebumps: “We used an alumina-silicate glass that’s especially resistant to scratches and impact. It’s fortified at the molecular level through ion exchange, with smaller ions being replaced by larger ones to create a surface layer far tougher than ordinary glass.”

Apple Music coupled with JBL headphones IS fat loss

Before I bought a Samsung, I’ll be honest: I was looking at an iPhone 11, but I was curious about what delights an iPhone 12 would bring. Yet, based on research, I realized that iOS 14, which the iPhone 12 would be powered by, is slated to offer the comfort of predictability, and not the chaos of excitement. Widgets are also on the cards, something that Android had since Adam and Eve romped around Eden. 

The Transition

So, what was the final deciding factor? It was cost. I trundled over to One Galle Face, checked out the iPhone 11, gave it a grunt and a look of derision (similar to one deployed by a Colombo 7 aunty from behind her Gucci spectacles), and went towards Samsung Lanka. 

The iPhone 7 cost me north of LKR 130,000 three years ago. The Galaxy Note Lite was just over LKR 100,000 with a JBL speaker thrown in; this purchase was made in August of 2020. When you have passed the 40 year old mark, you tend to be more pragmatic and conservative. The zeal to be cool is something that you resist (this is mainly because you are guaranteed to fail). It is this desire for pragmatism that leads you to research any future purchase with manic fervor. 

There are a few things that I miss about iOS like the buttery smoothness of the transition from app to app. I miss the privacy features and the industry-leading security that iOS offers. Apple Music is something that I use a lot, and this app crashed twice on the Note while playing Muse, which destroyed my sweaty rhythm on the treadmill. 

2 Reasons Why

Forgiveness can be extended to all these gremlins since the Note 10 Lite is a completely different beast powered by Android 10. Two important factors are key for me: 

  1. The incredible battery life thanks to a 4500 mAh battery and a 25W fast charger, which lasts close to 1.5 days with heavy usage, and 
  2. The ginormous screen at a price that the iPhone cannot beat. I’ve actually moved onto using the Lite for all my article writing much to the chagrin (I suspect) of my MacBook Air. 

I could go on about the camera, which is on par with the camera setup on the iPhone 11, but this is a redundant subtopic. Gone are the Instagram (ahem, foodstagram) days, and now functionality is what I’m after. I don’t hate iOS by any stretch, and I enjoyed how incredibly reliable it was/is. But, for now, the Lite as a midrange smartphone has got my vote. Speaking of midrange phones, the Lite behaves like a flagship, and I do think, at present, that midrange phones are the new flagships

The battery life on this thing is crazy good

Things have changed drastically in the smartphone world, even more so with our individual desires and requirements being all over the place. The best takeaway I can offer you today is that there’s a phone for everyone whatever the budget, and that Android and iOS are on par when it comes to most things.

Stuck wondering what to choose? Maybe a quote in Paco Underhill’s book, Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping may offer an idea; an idea that you could unbox like your next smartphone — “How you present your ideas and information is just as – or more – important as the ideas themselves.” 

I’ll Conclude by Saying…

It is after all the idea that you are subscribing to, which you buy. Both operating systems are great like the devices they support themselves. Android, for me, is all about flexibility, functionality, and freedom of choice — it’s the perfect mix of ingredients to keep the spectre of boredom at bay.

iOS, on the other hand, changes people into an audience that has good taste in digital products. If you do decide to transition, remember that there’s a great deal to love in both ecosystems. The level of difficulty adjusting is all based on how long you’ve spent in the comfort of one operating system.

And on a final note, remember that a smartphone (whether it runs on Android or iOS) is merely a tool to access your content that is happily residing on the cloud.