I loved my iPad. It was barely out of my reach for the two years since they first came out. I was an early adopter and was completely won over by the portability, interactivity of the tablet experience. I used my Ipad mainly for email, diary, web surfing and lots of fun with the children playing games together. I wrote a chunk of one of our books on it on frequent train journeys into London. But something happened in November that means I have hardly used my Ipad recently
My work finally stopped a blackberry only policy which meant I bought a Samsung Note 2. This was a momentous step as it was my first step outside of the Apple ecosystem as we are an iPod, ipad, Mac family. So what changed my mind:
The Note 2 is a phablet – a phone and tablet hybrid. Initially I was worried that i would feel like a comedian with a huge phone. But instead the size of the screen is perfect for me. Its big enough that i can read anything on it – from Kindle books, Logos commentaries, the Guardian Website and so that i can easily write notes with my S-Pen, yet it is small enough to fit into my pocket. Rather than fussing about on an Ipad which is not quite big enough to do serious typing on easily – I use my Macbook Air for that. but for quick responses to emails and note taking, web browsing – all the things i was using my Ipad for the Note 2 is spot on for me.
The Iphone 5 feels too small now and i would end up carrying 3 devices around:
Phone, Ipod, Ipad and my Macbook Air.
I now carry one thing about most of the time (and it fits in my trouser pocket). If i need to do a serious amount of typing then I carry the Macbook Air. Thanks to the tethering options on the Android I can get online on my Mac when I need to as well.
My Note 2 was cheaper than buying the entry level Iphone 5 16GB.
I could also put in two additional batteries (3200 mah)- which give me a day and a half of heavy mobile usage and also boost the amount of memory (see below)
In my opinion Steve Jobs was wrong. The stylus is a very useful addition to tablets. In fact I was using a stylus with my ipad a lot (and normally losing the thing because there was nowhere useful to put it). The S-pen that comes with the Note 2 is a thing of incredible precision and is very useful for writing, flicking through a list, previewing items.
4. SD cards
My music collection is bigger than my iPod and bigger than the available space on my Macbook Air even with a 32 GB memory card permanently onboard. Buying a iphone with a big enough memory was prohibitively expensive so it was going to be an iphone plus an ipod which was going to be bulky and expensive and confusing. The Note 2 comes with 32 GB plus I can put in a huge 64 GB card which solves all my music challenges. Not only that but thanks to 50GB drop box free upgrade and the wonders of Google Music I can now access oodles of cloud storage too.
5. Swipe type
typing on an IOS device feels very old hat – actually having to type in letter by letter. Swipe Type is so much quicker and more intuitive. It’s hard going back now.
There are a few things I miss:
- the blackberry was pretty good at Voice dialing which was very handy with my hands free kit.
- itunes is a very intuitive interface – and it took me a while to get used to google play
- podcasts are a little awkward to download – but have found some workarounds
But I can’t imagine going back now – so come on over Android you’ll enjoy the experience.