Sometimes I feel like an Android living in an iWorld, where only Apple products and iPhones rule the day. I’ve been a Samsung Galaxy user since the Galaxy S3. Not that I am anti-Mac, I am typing this story up on my iMac at home.
It’s just that – once I got used to the Galaxy phone, I found it easier to keep buying the later editions, transferring my files over seamlessly, and not having to learn a new operating system.
Also, I’m a bit of contrarian, so I felt that having a Samsung rather than an iPhone gave me some of that outsider edge. But the scoffs I get and the mocking that I endure every time I tell a new friend, co-worker, or romantic interest that I have an Android phone…it’s wearing me down.
I was recently set up on a virtual date (as I am abiding by the coronavirus quarantine). Of course, they assume we can do it on Facetime. I had to text the young lady and ask if we can do it on Whatsapp video chat. Her response was simple and direct: “Get a freakin’ iPhone bro!”
Needless to say, it didn’t work out.
My friends, all of whom are iPhone cult leaders, often send me files I cannot open. They make fun of me. They jeer at my stubborn persistence that this world would be a better place if Android and Apple users could co-mingle and co-exist.
And if all that wasn’t bad enough, now I’m caught in the midst of a war between iOS and Android systems, as Apple has acquired the popular weather app Dark Sky and announced they will be shutting down the Dark Sky Android app in July; only iPhone users will be able to access the app.
“Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy,” Dark Sky co-founder Adam Grossman writes in the post. “There is no better place to accomplish these goals than at Apple. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone.”
All this pains me. It irks me. Do I succumb to the mounting peer pressure to transition away from my beloved Galaxy and buy that new iPhone? It’s a position that keeps me up at night. But at the end of the day, I have to be true to myself. Are you true to your Android? Let us know in the comments…