I never used my iPhone 4s. Well I used it, but only for necessary communication. I hadn't bought a new iPhone in the fall because I thought it was too similar and wanted to wait for the 6. But I also wanted a bigger screen, and was curious about Android after hearing from so many people that android is great.
I bought a Nexus 5, Stormtrooper edition.
I LOVE it! great colour, matches my style.It's thin and light but still grippy and I don't think it will fall out.
I LOVE having the big screen (I think everyone here knows about my vision problems) and like to have things big on the screen and thereby a lot of real estate.
I LOVE Google Now. This feature is absolutely BRILLIANT! and on the Nexus 5, it's right there! one swipe away and always listening to you, plus it knows what you need to know! It knows where you are so it puts up the weather. it knows where you commute to for work and otherwise so it puts up traffic info (I take transit, but still) I ordered a package online and it knew to put the the tracking info there. I went to Hawaii, all my plane stuff was there. This feature is the FUTURE. NO QUESTION!
I don't yet understand what everyone says about android and it's customizability, but I've had the phone a bit less than a month, so I'll figure it out I'm sure. The ecosystem is pretty sharp, I like it fine enough. Graphics are very snappy of course which is awesome. I can get my apple apps or reasonable facsimiles, and most apps look reasonably good, rather than a "stretched browser" like people tell me that Android is supposed to be like.
I have a fairly large iTunes library that consists of iTunes purchases and ripped CD's. While there are third party apps that can somehow put your iTunes on an Android, but the two ecosystems don't really go together well, and I don't really want to trust a third party app to something as valuable TO ME as my music collection. I want it to work smoothly and I want it to work effortlessly as one. it doesn't. It doesn't automatically fill space on your android phone, (this is important because Android phones are only 32GB max, and not 128GB like apple) and it darn well does not automatically randomize songs each time you sync it. Am I simply resistant to change? possibly. If you have a suggestion for me, I'd greatly appreciate it.
I'm Canadian. We don't get Spotify, we don't get Pandora. There's no iTunes radio here or Google play. Nothing. We have something called "Deezer" which is France based. I bought a short membership (a Costco sale) to try it out and so far it is HORRIBLE. Point being, I'm pretty much stuck with iTunes, which at this point is my preference, anyways, although I know I'm wasting money buying each of my songs/albums as opposed to a subscription based service, but we don't have anything adequate here for that, so the iTunes problem just isn't going away.
Along with iTunes, everything else in the apple ecosystem works equally as smoothly. I know that Android phones have better specs. of that there is no question. but a phone choice is about much more than specs. Ecosystem IS important to me, a music lover with no alternative option. I'd love to have both specs and ecosystem, but just can't.
there are MANY things to love about an Android phone. Especially the Nexus 5, which has the naked Android installed without Touchwiz or Sense. Google Now is absolutely the future of smartphones. I love having the huge screen and thin light phone, and I love the stormtrooper colour scheme. I gave it a good try, but at this point I'm thinking I'm going back to an iPhone 6.
I have been using Chrome/GMail on my desktop and iPad... and while it's got a lot of interesting features, I'm thinking of switching back to Safari/Mail. Again, Chrome may have the better "specs" but Safari is fully integrated to the ecosystem, and if I'm going with the ecosystem, I may as well go all the way...