The Grass Is Not Greener
This time last year, I was dealing with a major crisis. It started out hopeful but went from bad to worse like a snowball effect that had me rocking back and forth on the floor (metaphorically, at least), wondering how I could ever allow such a thing to happen.
I had switched from iOS to Android. My device contract had been up at work, so I asked them to send me the new Samsung Galaxy, because frankly, I had had it up to here with my iPhone.
I was sure that Apple made those charging cords faulty on purpose so we would have to purchase new ones regularly. Then there were those operating system updates that even the old devices really needed — or you’d risk losing the viability of your apps. But if you don’t have the new device and finally cave in to upgrade anyway, then you’d be stuck with the slowest phone ever invented. That’s if you could even figure out where to start to clear the space needed to install the upgrade. I mean, come on, who just has an extra 4-8 GB laying around?
Then there was the issue of battery life, which was laughable after iOS 6 or 7. This caused iPhone users to turn into wall-plug-dependent freaks searching high and low in every public venue for a free outlet. It had us sitting on the floor in airports or making friends with bar staff, DJs, and hostesses so we could plug in our phone “just for a few minutes.” But hey, emojis!
Because of all this, I was done with my iPhone and ready to graduate to the professional world of the Galaxy. Everyone at work who works extra hard, I noticed, had a Samsung Galaxy. The photos they sent me always were great, high-quality images with a good flash, and they never were looking for a phone charger. I was ready to make the switch from the young millennial hipster in a hoodie to the suit-wearing professional that is obviously smarter and more productive.
In the end, though, it took all of three days before I was over it. This was mostly because of the iMessaging. We iPhone users don’t know how good we have it. As much as group texts can be a burden, just wait until you are the odd man out trying to keep up from a non-iOS operating system.
Plus, the Galaxy was difficult to customize, and its home button had me constantly pulling up the wrong applications. Typing emails or texts turned me in to an illiterate child. It was an uphill battle to reprogram my hand-to-brain phone use that I had gotten so accustomed to over the past five years.
Sometimes, things that might appear better are just different, which might be OK for a minute, but it’s best to stick with what makes you comfortable and productive.
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