Over the past 6 months, I’ve been in a quandary — should I stick with Android or do I go back to iOS? I studied every area of my life to understand which device and software ecosystem best supports my needs and finally in late November, I fired the shot. After four years on Android, I was going to move back to iOS.

I’m certain at this point, the fanboys (and girls) are all arming themselves with why what I did was either right or downright stupid. So let me make myself abundantly clear, I’m a platform agnostic user. As my brother put it, this makes me a very ‘weak advocate’ of my choices but I’m not here to take a stand and tell you that you too should switch to the iPhone. I couldn’t be fussed. After all, your reasons for ownership of a device may either mirror mine, have some overlaps or diverge completely.

Firstly, let’s get a few things out of the way so we don’t sully this post into debating the merits/demerits of either device portfolio. When it comes to core hardware & software functions, both the iOS and the Android flagship ranges are pretty well developed and in quite a few hardware cases, the Android flagships from HTC, LG and Sony Xperia obliterate the Apple offerings.

So why then did I take a reverse step and switch to the iPhone 6?

First up is Music.

It’s quite dissatisfying that in the four years I owned the Android handsets, I never once used any of my phones to play music for extended periods of time.

MEDIA MANAGEMENT

I’ve owned the Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung Galaxy S4 and both of them were quite miserable at handling music. And having DoubleTwist didn’t help either.

The biggest drawback with the native music proposition on Androids is the lack of a really strong media management client that you can run off of your laptop or desktop. And this forces you to rely on the cloud or to use the terrible Kies platform developed by Samsung. Honestly, Samsung’s intentions around launching Kies may have been honorable but the results are catastrophic. It plays in a complete silo from the rest of my machine and doesn’t offer much beyond that.

Google Play Music or Google Music too have taken much too long to mature. The quality of the music imported when streamed is absolutely rubbish. I’d rather load up my memory with my music than stream it off the cloud. Yes, I’m old-digital-school that way.

On the other hand, the iOS experience always began from iTunes. It’s matured over time to make that work best and hence Music Management on iPhones is one of the easiest tasks in the world to perform: just sync and go. So with my iPhone 6, it’s a rather simple effort to plug it in, sync my playlists and be done in a matter of seconds/minutes.

USB AUDIO

Sometime in late 2011, Google decided to move away from USB Storage Access (UMS) to Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) and the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP). While the benefits to doing this from a hardware standpoint are massive and well thought out, it immediately alienated a very important part of the market — car owners with USB jacks.

And I was one of them. It’s a pretty well known fact that I like my music. And it’s also widely known that I like to drive a fair bit. And listening to good music while driving is my best outcome at combining two passions into one.

So naturally, I waited and submitted a ticket to Android’s forums. But 4 years later today, USB Storage has still not been provided as an option besides the other two. And I’m tired of waiting.

Why not use Bluetooth?

Many of my Android toting friends have hinted or downright implored me to use Bluetooth to stream my music in-car as I do for my calls. But anybody, who has ever played music directly from the wired source on USB will tell you that Bluetooth still doesn’t compare.

And that’s not the only bad bit. It’s the control. Using Bluetooth means that I have to manually use my phone to control the music and change playlists. That’s a bit of a distraction, don’t you think?! And definitely not safe. It’s nearly as bad as texting while driving.

To compensate for all of this, I’d invested in an iPod Nano and it was doing its part very well. But if I can combine the functionality of two devices into one which will be managed by the same laptop then it seems counter-productive to carry two devices around.


Ultimately, the terrible music management coupled with the missing USB Audio was a massive factor towards my decision to switch to the iPhone 6