When my original generation iPad started to crash every five minutes, I quickly stole my wife’s first generation Nexus 7, don’t feel bad for her she had already moved on to the new Nexus 7. It was my first experience in the Android ecosystem and after a week I was hooked. What struck me most was how productive I was on the Nexus vs the iPad. The iPad is pretty, shiny and fun. I spent most of my leisure time on my iPad and used my Mac Pro for work. Now I accomplish just as much on my tablet as I do on my laptop, without the photo editing.
The biggest improvement is the swipe keyboard that is fully integrated into the android operating system. Typing on a smartphone is a tedious process. It makes me miss my BlackBerry, but with swipe keyboard’s intuitive operation I can write full long blog posts, like this, with relative ease. While the keyboard isn’t perfect it is much more adaptive than the iOS autocorrect system.
Another improvement is the smooth integration of the Google suite of products that I was already using. Apple seems to try to stymie other companies integration into the iOS environment in order to promote their own apps. One example is the non-safari browser’s are relegated to a second tier operation in order to slow them down when compared to the native safari browser. Now with the Google suite on Android I am able to move through the web seamlessly and create or edit documents while on the move. I also really like the Google Keep app which isn’t available on iPhone.
So the first week has gone by smoothly. I do miss the the push notifications but the information center in Android is starting to grow on me. It also seems like the battery is wiped much quicker on the Nexus vs. the iPad. I’m actually feeling so confident in Android that next week I am going to switch from my iPhone, but more on that later.