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.
Itâ€™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.
Iâ€™ll be honest, the things I miss about the iPhone, I still miss. Mainly: iMessage. Iâ€™ve yet to find a worthy companion for the Pixel. Sure thereâ€™s Facebook Messanger, WhatsApp and GChat, but those only work if youâ€™re friends are on them, and for whatever reason, Iâ€™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: â€œDonâ€™t you dare invite me to WhatsApp.â€ Jeez. Tough crowd.Â 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 itâ€™s annoying that they canâ€™t text me as easily as they used to. And that my texts come in the dreaded green colour. Seriously, people treat us â€œgreen textersâ€ like weâ€™re from District 13 or something.
But besides that, I honestly donâ€™t miss much else. As I see people complain about their iPhoneâ€™s slowing down with each new phone release, thatâ€™s something I havenâ€™t been experiencing at all on my Pixel. My screen hasnâ€™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.Â Â I honestly wasnâ€™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.Â Â I honestly think as consumers weâ€™re getting more and more picky, and we want to feel like weâ€™re appreciate, or at least wanted. Iâ€™ll be honest, when it comes to brands, I think Google is kicking Appleâ€™s ass. And while it might not mean much right now, I think somewhere down the road, Apple will be asking, â€œShould we have been nicer to our consumers?â€
Right now, Iâ€™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 donâ€™t want to convert to Bluetooth headphones, whatâ€™s so wrong with that. Itâ€™s just one more thing Iâ€™m going to forget to charge.
Time and time again, Iâ€™ve been shocked at the quality of the Pixelâ€™s camera. To the point where Iâ€™ve pretty much put away my point and shoot, only taking it out to take night photos. The Pixel 2â€™s new camera looks incredible, so itâ€™s something to look forward. But I like to think I donâ€™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 Iâ€™m using is the one I got four years ago, and itâ€™s holding up amazingly. I sorta wish it wasnâ€™t, so I could get a new computer, because new computers are fun. But I think my bank account is probably relieved. Iâ€™ve been circling around Googleâ€™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 donâ€™t really need Pixelbookâ€™s tablet feature. Iâ€™ve just havenâ€™t seen the purpose of a tablet yet, but I love the idea of using android apps like Snapseed on my computer.Â Â I thought Iâ€™d get the Pixelbook the day it came out, but now Iâ€™m stuck somewhere in between. I think Iâ€™ve read every review, and Iâ€™m still not sure. And Appleâ€™s new laptops just seem so expensive. When it comes to computers, Iâ€™m definitely in the undecided category.
If I had to decide right now, I’d probably get a Pixelbook.Â It seems exciting and fun, and isn’t that what technology is all about?