But, I viewed it as an opportunity to check out the Android options out there. I've always been intrigued by the Android OS - mainly because of the Google Apps integrations (no third party apps required) and the ability to use widgets to get quick glimpses of what's important (eg: an embedded list of my upcoming calendar events).
So, I stopped by and tested out the Samsung Galaxy S III, which I'd heard was supposed to be a competitor for the iPhone 5. I spent some time thinking about it and doing research, then I stopped by again and bought the thing.
After several weeks of use, I really like the phone. The touchscreen is snappy. The camera is great. I've installed a few apps that allow me to customize what my phone does and when (eg: connect to wifi when I arrive home) and the swipe-to-type functionality is pretty gosh darn handy. All of the apps that I rely on were either available on Android or I found good alternatives.
But, there is one apparent glitch that is starting to drive me crazy.
It is this: When I turn wifi off (or go somewhere where wifi is not available), many apps don't seem to automatically switch to using the data connection. Navigation won't work. Facebook gives me a 'not connected' message. Instagram fails when I try to post photos.
Now, all is not lost. If I restart my phone, it usually 'fixes itself.' But, trying to do that when I'm en route to a destination and needing directions or trying to post a location-tagged Instagram photo is pretty lame.
It's gotten so bad, that I've just asked my hubby (or other iPhone using passengers) to look up directions or google something for me.
I'm pretty sure I still have a week or so to decide if I want to keep the phone or upgrade to an iPhone (thanks AT&T). And I must admit, this issue has me waffling.
Jenna Baze is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: Google Apps, Salesforce.com, Pinterest, natural light photography and finding creative ways to avoid doing dishes (which includes updating a handful of blogs).
email@example.com | Twitter: @RatherGeeky | Facebook: Rather Geeky Tips