29 Days With Android: Day 22 - A Sad Farewell?

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Do you believe in fate? Do you believe in signs? I personally do not abide by these philosophical notions because I like to feel that I am in control of my own life. However, sometimes, shit just happens, and you’re left with two options: Sit back, and ride out the storm until a solution presents itself, or constantly question how you got there in the first place.

To sum this up quickly, Android....I am done with you. At least for now. I will continue to follow through with my analysis of your operating system, and I will continue to enjoy the things I like, and complain about the things I hate. However, please know, it’s not entirely your fault. I just can’t stand HTC Sense. My HTC One X has bricked several times since we’ve been together. My OS randomly restarts; my SIM card deactivates; my widgets stop working; my phones performance degrades if I don’t restart you regularly; these are all unacceptable issues that cannot be forgiven. Whereas I love the One X’s design and still regard it as a solid piece of hardware, I cannot understand why HTC insists on installing it’s own ridiculous front-end,touch interface on a phone that would be amazing had it come with a stock version of Android.

I don’t want to root my phone,and install ROMS in order to get Jelly Bean 4.1 (Which is a moot point considering there is still no way for me to root my device). I don’t want to wait 6 to 18 months to get a new version of an Android OS when it hits Nexus devices in a matter of weeks. It’s ridiculous. I don’t want the bullshit bloatware, and I don’t want AT&T’s branding all over my phone.

However, it wasn’t all disappointment. I loved the larger screen the HTC One X offered me. I loved reading Flipboard articles on it’s beautiful IPS-panel display with vibrant color reproduction, and fantastic pixel density. I loved sifting through Google Reader, keeping myself up-to-date on when the hell Android Jelly Bean was going to hit the HTC One X. (Among other things). I enjoyed the Beats by Dre audio on my device. And I absolutely LOVED the Google integration on the Android operating system; the one thing I will definitely miss the most about this phone when I finally get rid of it in 7 days.

 

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The big 3. Which one would you chose?

 

It’s a sad goodbye. What remains uncertain, however, is where I’ll end up. In terms of hardware, I still find the iPhone 5 to be a boring upgrade. True, it would meet all the necessary requirements needed for me to deem it a great smartphone. And there is no doubt Apple’s new Jesus Phone is fast as shit with it’s new A6 processor and LTE antenna, but I am also interested to see what Google announces this coming week with it’s future line of Nexus devices. I’m also extremely curious about the Lumia 920, which from what I've read and seen online, is a truly innovative smartphone, complete with wireless charging, a stronger pixel density than the iPhone 5 and the most responsive touch display the industry has seen since the first iPhone. (All will have to be verified later).

 

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I'm very tempted to try out the Lumia 920. It's a sexy device.  

 

Regardless, it's been a fun ride and I still plan to further explore what Android has to offer since I clearly see the benefit to using Google's OS. It has a very loyal & dedicated community behind it, which leads to many tweaks and custom ROMs that allow any user to create a very unique and tailored experience. Essentially, Android can be whatever you want it to be. I admire that in an operating system. It’s why I always enjoyed jailbreaking my iPhone 4. It’s why I used a PC for years, and it’s why I built a new one just a few months ago. However, I also like it when things JUST WORK. Sometimes I like it easy.  There isn't anything wrong with either philosophy, it just comes down to whatever suits you best. In regards to my cell phone, I just need it to work 99% of the time. And I often found myself incredibly frustrated with my HTC One X because of random missing SIM card errors, various performance hiccups and the constant wondering on when the hell HTC is going to make a year-old update to the Android OS available to my phone. It’s bullshit.

I definitely see the advantages to an open ecosystem, but seriously, why the fuck do Galaxy S3 owners, and HTC One X owners get hosed if they don’t buy a Nexus device?! Some Android phones are still 2-3 iterations BEHIND on their operating systems. I understand with so many devices to worry about, updating every Android-based smartphone to the newest version of its OS may be impossible, but if your phone is less than a year old, and it still can’t get the latest version of Android, then you have every right to be upset. There is no excuse for continuing to foster a poor customer experience, and hopefully Google is working hard to address these issues.

Again, this is simply a rundown of my experience. Not everyone who decides to make “The Switch” has a bad venture. In fact, my experience with Android wasn't necessarily awful, just rather disappointing. It’s important to note, however, my experience could have been dramatically different had I been able to root my phone; or purchased the Galaxy S3; or purchased a Nexus device, etc. There are a number of different paths I could have taken, and this series of blog posts only chronicles my experience with the HTC One X. I will always keep an open mind, and I LOVE trying out new hardware and operating systems. It’s the beauty of competition; we have choices, and I encourage others to experiment and explore what else is out there.

 

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Farewell for now, but we shall meet again, Android. 

 

In the meantime, I am thinking of picking up a Nexus 7 in order to experiment with Android in what I feel is the BEST way to experience it: as a stock OS. I’ll continue to update my blog as I “enjoy” my last week with the HTC One X, and who knows....perhaps HTC will announce a Jelly Bean update in the next 7 days, and it will change my life. Stranger things have happened.

Till next time....

 

-T