Ever since the first batch of Android phones were released in the UK I have been a fan. My first, the HTC Dream (also known as the T-Mobile G1), is still my all time favourite phone. The slide out physical keyboard was fantastic. I’ve had a whole range of different Android-based phones both high-end and low-end, some with quirks, some fairly standard, most rooted and tweaked to their limits.
But, in recent years, my enthusiasm for both Android and Google in general has waned. I have been slowly moving away from various Google services over the past couple years. Google search replace by DuckDuckGo, Gmail replaced with ProtonMail, Drive replaced with a self-hosted Nextcloud, etc. while also getting frustrated with the way most Android devices get abandoned soon after launch.
When the new iPhone 12 was released I decided to give it a try (the blue does look very pretty). Rather than just settling for the new iPhone 12 I decided to also pick up an iPad Air for the family (what I’m currently writing this post on).
It’s been at least a couple weeks now since I made the switch so I thought I’d collect some of my thoughts on how I’m finding the change so that maybe it’d be of use to others.