Monthly Archives: April 2013


My Transition from an iPhone to Android: Part 3-Android OS

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series My Transition from an iPhone to Android

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series My Transition from an iPhone to AndroidAuthor’s Note: I’ve gone back to the iPhone and switched to T-Mobile. Check out a new series of posts coming up! In Part 1 of my series on transitioning from an iPhone to Android, I gave the background on why I made the transition, as well as my general purchase experience on switching to the Samsung Galaxy Note II (the Android phone I ended up switching to). In Part 2, I gave an in-depth review of the Galaxy Note II’s hardware, comparing it to both my iPhone 4, the iPhone 5, as well as other popular Android smartphones (the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One). In Part 3 of this series, I want to touch on the heart of switching to an Android phone, the Android OS (Operating System) itself. Jelly Bean and TouchWiz The Samsung Galaxy Note II currently ships with the Jelly Bean (4.1) release of Android OS, masked behind Samsung’s TouchWiz interface (versus stock Android). Jelly Bean seems like a solid Android release for a person like myself to switch into, and all in all, it feels pretty stable. I’ve had a couple of minor app crashes since switching, but […]


My Transition from an iPhone to Android: Part 1-Purchase Experience

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series My Transition from an iPhone to Android

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series My Transition from an iPhone to AndroidAuthor’s Note: I’ve gone back to the iPhone and switched to T-Mobile. Check out a new series of posts coming up! About two weeks ago, I did what was, for me, the unthinkable. I parted ways with my iPhone 4 and switched to an Android phone (Samsung Galaxy Note II to be exact). What makes it a shocker to me is the fact that the iPhone was the only smartphone (and cell phone for that matter) I ever owned. Unlike those who in the past used Blackberrys or Windows Mobile phones or even some other form of phone before the iPhone, I’ve been a “one phone person” my entire life, and my phone of choice has always been the iPhone. And rightly so. Everyone knows me as a die hard Apple fan, using Macs since early 2006 (and waiting to switch to a Mac even before then). I switched to the Mac at a time before Macs became popular (and people thought I was crazy to switch to a Mac), so it obviously made sense to be an iPhone user as well. Apple and I have had a solid bond for years. One could […]


My Transition from an iPhone to Android: Part 4-Back to AT&T (Nope! T-Mobile!)

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series My Transition from an iPhone to Android

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series My Transition from an iPhone to AndroidI’m swapping out the text if my old blog entry with the information below taken from my series on switching back to the iPhone. Why am I doing that? I’m no longer an AT&T customer. I’m a T-Mobile customer. I have to reason to recommend AT&T to anyone. I have tons of reasons to recommend T-Mobile to everyone. So enjoy the blog post text swap out and see why I am now a T-Mobile customer. In Part 1 of this series, I explained why I missed my iPhone and what caused me to go back to the iPhone. In Part 2, I gave an overview of the iPhone 5s from a hardware standpoint. In Part 3, I touched on iOS 7. In Part 4, I explain what caused me to leave AT&T as a wireless carrier, forego Verizon and Sprint, and join the T-Mobile “un-carrier” revolution. AT&T: Clueless About Customer Service Shortly after going back to AT&T as a wireless carrier, I deeply regretted it. Instead of being presented with a welcome mat to bring me back, I felt stabbed with a knife in my back instead. AT&T immediately started adding additional fees on […]