Hello all. I have decided that I need to address this topic in its own thread and at some length. I’m trying real hard to be friendly here, let me know if I’ve missed the mark.
In my current search for new hearing aids, I have made numerous attempts to convince people that I am fully committed to Android. Yet all too often, the solution to any connectivity problem or even a simple request for advice, is “get an iPhone.” Many times these comments are made derisively. The implied comment being “get an iPhone you idiot.” In a recent post on my recent search for new aids, I specified that I would never have an iPhone. Yet, I have encountered the following comments:
“Once we remove Android requirement from our equation, all our options suddenly expand manifold and focusing on the core features of the hearing aid becomes easier. In my view, no android solution can match Made for iPhone stability and ease of use at present.”
“I have no idea what your problem with iPhone is, but the old expression regarding cutting off one’s nose to spite his face comes to mind.”
So I guess I need to take some time to explain myself a little better. In the future, when people have a hard time understanding my choice, I can just point them to this post. If you disagree with anything I say here, feel free to say so. I don’t mind debate and, as long as you’re reasonable, I’m a pretty easy guy to get along with.
I see one major difference between iPhone and Android. iPhone offers stability, Android offers customizability. That’s it in a nutshell. Some people need reliability, and are willing to sacrifice customizability to get it. Some people want customizability, and are willing to sacrifice reliability to get it. I’m in the latter.
I like to use an analogy comparing Apple to a car manufacturer:
I’d like a truck.
Here’s a nice white truck for you.
Can I get it in red?
Okay. I see it’s a crew cab. Can I get a standard cab?
Okay. Umm. The radio appears to work only with iTunes. Can I install a different radio?
Okay. It has an automatic transmission. Can I get it in manual?
Well, I don’t care for the exhaust system, I’ll probably install an aftermarket exhaust.
Oh. So tell me, why should I buy this truck?
Because there’s a 98% probability that it will never break down before you buy your next truck.
Very good. Here’s my money.
If stability over customizability is your preference, then iPhone is the phone for you. I get it and have no problem with that. My wife loves her Galaxy Note 5. Her first smartphone was a Note 2. She says she would never want to be without her S-Pen. But she also says that if I were not in her life, she would probably have an iPhone. I’m a tinkerer, she’s not. I get it.
Here’s another point. For 80% of smartphone users, all they do with their phone is:
1. Make phone calls
2. Text message
3. Social Media
4. Listen to music
5. Surf the web
Well, either platform is going to do those five things without issue and, with the possible exception of listening to music, pretty much in an identical manner. That’s why a lot of people can easily switch between platforms.
I am in the other 20%. I have well over 200 apps on my phone, and have spent over $300 on those apps. My wife once asked me if I was addicted to getting apps. I thought about that for a while, did some introspection, then realized how I felt about this. I’ve spent a lot of money on this phone. I spend a lot of money on this phone for the data service every month. I’m going to make this phone earn its keep. Out of those 200 apps, only 7 are games. None of them are social media. I have 15 calculators, several different note taking apps, banking, three different office suites, three bible apps, two electronics references, etc. And on the customization issue, probably somewhere around 20 of these apps are simply to make my phone work the way I want it to. I have a fitaly keyboard, and I don’t want to lose that. I rarely use stock apps. Text messaging, email, calendar, to-do list, they are all custom apps that work the way I want them to.
I see this phone as a massive toolbox, and right now it is chock full of tools. If I were to switch to iPhone now, just so I don’t have to wear a Bluetooth dongle around my neck, I would have to start all over and rebuild that. I would solve one problem, and create 200 other problems.
So you see, I am fully immersed in this platform. It’s not going to change in the foreseeable future. Please respect that. Android may not work as well with hearing aids as iPhone, but it does work with hearing aids. I know there is a subset of people on this forum using Android and very happy with their setups.
I enjoy a little humorous banter, but a lot of the comments I’ve received sound more like derision than banter. And please don’t take my adamant stance as derision towards you. I don’t hate Apple or iPhone users, I just love Android. Trying to get me to change is as futile as trying to get a Harley rider to buy a Kawasaki.
Thank you for listening.