The other day I did something rather astonishing that I myself never would have seen coming. I went out and bought a brand new iPhone 5s. For many years I had been very much against the iPhone as a platform. It lacked a lot of the features that Android introduced with the Nexus One. With ios 7 a lot of that has changed and as well the Android platform has changed as well and not in a good way. I gave up on Android because Google unfortunately sold out to the carriers and the handset vendors. Android is no longer the platform it was many years ago. From the bundling of crapware into the rom to the horrible hacks that the carriers have installed on phones to the really awful UI's that the handset vendors wedge under stock Android. The fun does not stop there either. Androids brain dead way of allowing apps to spawn CONSTANTLY in the background and suck up CPU and memory as well as access the network despite the users desires otherwise absolutely murders the battery life on a device. Google lost track of the user as being their customer and instead made their customer the carriers, handset vendors and app writers.
There were a few things that triggered my defection. One of those things was a friend who was looking for a new phone. I suggested they buy the Nexus 4 which never really worked at all from day one. I think they have it in a drawer somewhere now. It overheated constantly and had huge issues with network connectivity. They replaced it with an iPhone and never looked back. The biggest thing though was the removal of privacy features in Android 4.3. That really said something to me. Why on earth would you want to remove the ability for users to be able to control their own devices? That was the biggest objection I had with the iphone and the app store's walled garden. Google is doing this likely due to pressure from their partners with the ultimate motivation being money.
Say what you want about Apple and the app store's walled garden and the lockdown on the devices. I don't like it either. BUT. If you have to be in a digital jail cell why not the one with the more comfortable accomodations. Apple's main motivation with the whole ios platform seems to be the user experience being the most important. Carriers want the iphone and don't have the leverage to "wheel and deal" to errode the user experience like they do on Android. Carriers can get whatever they want on Android by leveraging Google and by leveraging the handset vendors if Samsung won't play ball perhaps HTC will and so on. Carriers only have one place to negotiate and try to wreck the experience on ios. That's Apple. And that costs them big time since it's one of the most desired handsets out there. If Apple says no they have the last word.
I'm rather impressed with the 5s so far. The fingerprint recognition works flawlessly and allows multiple fingers to be registered. The navigation is not quite as bad as many of the Android "fanboi" videos seem to show with the head to head videos on Youtube (I can't tell you the number of times Android navigation has crashed and burned on me while in the middle of driving someplace without decent network connectivity to start over). There was zero third party bundled crapware on my handset when I bought it. All of my data transferred seamlessly onto the new handset within an amazingly short amount of time. And the battery life is absolutely mind blowing. The hardware quality is also a huge step above the Android devices I am used to. For many years I put up with a brown phone with a trackball on it with "Amazon Mp3" spawning itself constantly in the background. Now I don't have to anymore.