The Phones I’ve Loved and Lost

techSince 2010, I have owned and enjoyed to varying degrees, eight phones over the last seven years, three of which were non-Apple related phones. The Windows Phone first caught my attention, with Metro UI and live tiles. I had been on the iPhone since the iPhone 3G. But something about the idea of the live tiles spoke to me deeply. On paper it was a dream. In practice however, the Windows Phone seldom lived up to its promise. It was a beautiful phone, and it offered me a different look from what I had become accustomed to in the last two iPhones. But the love affair was short lived. A lack of apps, combined with the reality that live tiles were never quite as lively as they should have been, and adding that almost no one I knew actually had such a phone, I inevitably ended up back with the iPhone 5s.

But by the 6, almost a year and a half later, I found myself bored again, and during my next upgrade availability I decided to try for something new. Something fresh. Windows Phone had been a disaster, and unfortunately for them, their sales followed suit. As admittedly something of an Apple elitist, I had never considered Android a viable option. From purely a design perspective, there was always something about the look of Android that I could never quite get over. Recently I read a quote in which someone called Android, ‘a face only an engineer could love,’ in it’s early days. And that was most certainly true in the earliest days of the OS. Then Lollipop happened. The inevitable answer to iOS 7, and yet, honestly the better of the two. The flat design craze had met a formidable partner in Lollipop, and it was the first time that I considered the possibility of making the switch.

Like the Windows Phone before it, I suddenly found myself overwhelmed with choice. The LG G4, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, were the top contenders. I had been edged away from HTC from others’ experiences with it, and I had all but forgotten about the One Plus as even being an option as I was doing my research. I had never particularly cared for the look of other Samsung Galaxy phones, but the Note was simple enough that I thought I might enjoy it. I think the S-pen was really what got me (for as much as I used it). The Android experience was an enjoyable one, but somewhere the siren call of the iPhone called to me again with the 6s+, and I found myself falling back into it’s clutches for at least the next two phone cycles until this past year when I finally decided to check out the phone that I had heard so much about across the Android blogosphere. The One Plus 3T. Even though it’s still early days, and it won’t be long now before we’re looking at an entirely new One Plus phone, I actually really love it. It has an incredible camera and light feel, and for the first time my mother is even considering leaving iPhone for this phone. There are definitely some design features they could update, but it’s a solid phone with a beautiful interface and I’m appreciating the customization ability more and more the longer I have it.

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