For the last couple of weeks my social media feeds have been filled with people clamouring over the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. And truthfully, none of it has impressed me much.

It’s been a year since I wrote this blog post about making the switch to Android and joining the Google Pixel family, so I went back and read it and wanted to provide an update.

I’ll be honest, the things I miss about the iPhone, I still miss. Mainly: iMessage. I’ve yet to find a worthy companion for the Pixel. Sure there’s Facebook Messanger, WhatsApp and GChat, but those only work if you’re friends are on them, and for whatever reason, I’ve found myself surrounded by iPhone users.

I still remember the day I told my friend that I switched to Pixel, she wrote back immediately: “Don’t you dare invite me to WhatsApp.” Jeez. Tough crowd.  In a way I honestly think not having iMessage has affected some of my friendships, or at least what my friends tell me. I know they think it’s annoying that they can’t text me as easily as they used to. And that my texts come in the dreaded green colour. Seriously, people treat us “green texters” like we’re from District 13 or something.

But besides that, I honestly don’t miss much else. As I see people complain about their iPhone’s slowing down with each new phone release, that’s something I haven’t been experiencing at all on my Pixel. My screen hasn’t cracked, despite dropping it on a nearly daily basis. Not one of my cords have become frayed. Nope, for the most part, my Pixel is the same as it was the day I got it a year ago.   I honestly wasn’t expecting it to hold up as well as it has.

The other reason I happily switched was for a community. I never felt like Apple cared about me, not that I really expected them to. But I mean like a community.   I honestly think as consumers we’re getting more and more picky, and we want to feel like we’re appreciate, or at least wanted. I’ll be honest, when it comes to brands, I think Google is kicking Apple’s ass. And while it might not mean much right now, I think somewhere down the road, Apple will be asking, “Should we have been nicer to our consumers?”

Right now, I’m not feeling the urge to invest in the Pixel 2. First, it got rid of the headphone jack, which was one of the reasons I got it in the first place. I don’t want to convert to Bluetooth headphones, what’s so wrong with that. It’s just one more thing I’m going to forget to charge.

Time and time again, I’ve been shocked at the quality of the Pixel’s camera. To the point where I’ve pretty much put away my point and shoot, only taking it out to take night photos. The Pixel 2’s new camera looks incredible, so it’s something to look forward. But I like to think I don’t need a new phone every year. But maybe the Pixel 3 will be in my future?

My MacBook Air is the final piece of my former Apple-addicted life, and honestly, the one I’m using is the one I got four years ago, and it’s holding up amazingly. I sorta wish it wasn’t, so I could get a new computer, because new computers are fun. But I think my bank account is probably relieved. I’ve been circling around Google’s Pixelbook, because it makes sense to have devices that talk to each other. But the price point gets me pretty close to a new Macbook, which is arguably a better built device.

Plus, I don’t really need Pixelbook’s tablet feature. I’ve just haven’t seen the purpose of a tablet yet, but I love the idea of using android apps like Snapseed on my computer.   I thought I’d get the Pixelbook the day it came out, but now I’m stuck somewhere in between. I think I’ve read every review, and I’m still not sure. And Apple’s new laptops just seem so expensive. When it comes to computers, I’m definitely in the undecided category.

If I had to decide right now, I’d probably get a Pixelbook.  It seems exciting and fun, and isn’t that what technology is all about?

Mike Morrison