Going All-In On Android For 12 Months

Before I get into the heart of the matter, Apple has it’s October event tomorrow and since there are unlikely to be any surprises, I’m not going to regurgitate the many “What To Expect” posts from across the web. Check out Mark Gurman’s piece on 9To5Mac. The iPad Mini with Retina will be the most interesting thing for me to keep an eye on, but I don’t know how they’re going to balance going retina and improving performance with maintaining current levels of battery life because iOS 7 on the current model is pretty janky and unseemly.

What I did want to write about briefly was my decision to go all-in on Android for the next 12 months. I’ve always had two phones ever since the iPhone 4S came out, an iPhone and a Nexus phone; I have owned all of the Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus One. I really like both platforms and have to come to appreciate each’s respective strengths and weaknesses. However I want to leave iOS completely and see how it is to be Android-only for an extended period of time.

I want to see if it’s as bad as the Apple fanboys suggest and as good as the die-hard Android folks claim it to be. Are the tablet apps really that bad? Does a thriving indie/third party app ecosystem exist on the platform? Do I have to wait for a major app to release their Android version after shipping it on iOS? I guess I know the answers as things stand today, but I want see if they change with time, especially with Google kicking it up a notch in recent months.

I will keep my iPhone 5 handy as a backup and to test any new noteworthy iOS exclusive apps like Overcast by Marco Arment. But apart from that, it’s green sailing until one year from the day I buy the yet-to-be announced Nexus 5. I also sold my iPad mini a few days back and bought the new 2013 Nexus 7. Looking forward to this!