Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Switch From iPhone To Android, And Why Your First Impression Is Wrong

A week or so later, it clicked. When I want an option that isn’t already visible, I hit the dedicated ‘Menu’ button just beneath the screen. Need to jump to a previous screen in an app or the web browser? Hit the dedicated ‘Back’ button. In some ways, these are actually better than the soft buttons located in iPhone apps, because they’re always in the same place. It also saves some screen real estate. Using them has become totally second nature to me. But they aren’t the reason why I’ve decided I prefer Android over the iPhone.

First time I've seen someone make this point, and to me this is dead on. Having used my Droid for a while now, when I go back to using apps on my iPod Touch the lack of dedicated, single-purpose buttons is frustrating, and in some cases even within Apple's much-lauded app store, it's easy to box yourself into a corner and have no way to get back to a previous screen. This is because it's up to the app to provide navigation, and in some cases they simply don't.

This whole article is great and it's refreshing not only to see someone stand up and say that Android is actually better (it is), but to examine and explain why long-time iPhone users may find Android off-putting, at least at first.

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