Ditching Android – 6 Weeks On

I'm Kev and I'm a Cyber Security professional from the UK. I started this blog so that I could share my thoughts on the things that interest me. That's usually technology, Linux, open source, and motorbikes.

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  1. Hey Kev, just found this article. If you miss the typing experience on Android, you can download GBoard from the iOS app store. It actually works! It doesn’t require you to sign in, but Google probably records every keystroke, so there’s that. Regardless, I do find it to be vastly better than the built-in iOS keyboard.

    1. I try not to use Google services where possible, but I’ll definitely take a look, thanks.

  2. iOS just works and that’s what 99.9% of people want. I’ve just installed Lineage OS, modified the DNS entries using the adb push method and using TOR to proxy my traffic via several apps. I can’t see many people (anyone) wanting to go to that trouble though, unless tinkering with your phone is a real hobby you get enjoyment from and you have the time to do it. Everything seems to be working. The only thing I’ve not tested is phone calls. Oops! Maybe I should go and test them :p

    1. Hahaha! I think that might be a good place to start…of finish, as the case may be. 😊

  3. I’ve switched to iPhone as soon as Xs Max was released. I find it quite good. Although I was iPhone user at one point in time (5s) I’ve since then switched between various Android Phones (Lg G3, Xperia Z3, and most recently OnePlus 5).

    Although any of those devices can be easily used today and I had no issued with them I also found that iOS workflow is better suited for me.

    You can use Android devices without thinkering as well, but which workflow and functionality suits you best, you have to decide for yourself. For you it was iOS, for me as well, for someone else it might even be Windows phone.

    Use whatever you feel most comfortable with! Privacy? Well, you can’t have guarantees about that since there are unfortunately no true open platforms. Ya, you can root Android, but does that provide some reassurance to you? I don’t think so. You still don’t control various firmwares on that device (Standard trivia question is: How many computers are in your mobile phone? – hint, more than 5).

    With all ranting out of the way, I would really recommend a newer model, like Xs or Xs Max, depending on which size you prefer. It will last you for 5 years for sure and experience will be much better for sure.

    1. I agree, and I think I probably will go for a newer model next time, but I didn’t want to take a punt on such an expensive device. Form factor is VERY important to me – I don’t like these “phablet” phones now. 5″ is the absolute maximum, but even that’s too big really.

    1. I’m happy to say that the iPhone seems to have move forward significantly since you wrote this article, Mike. So, when you gonna buy an iPhone X? πŸ™‚

      1. Ha! That will DEFINITELY not happen, and that has nothing to do with the fact it’s an iPhone. It’s that stupid notch. I refuse to buy a phone with a notch, whether it’s the iPhone X or the Pixel 3 XL. I hate those stupid things.

        1. Notches suck big time! Fully agree, what fool came up with that crap..

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